Frequently Asked Questions
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) has a 3000 years history and is one the oldest continuously practiced medical system in the world. It is used by roughly one fourth of the world’s population for primary health care. It is quite possible that throughout history, more people have been treated by Chinese medicine than by any other formalized system of medicine. Traditional Chinese Medicine has many facets that are outlined below.
The nature of Qi
Interpreting the nature of Qi is the cornerstone of Traditional Chinese Medicine. This highly effective system of medical care is based on natural laws which govern the movement of vital life giving energy, both in nature and in the body. This energy, translated as “Qi” or “ Chi”, moves through the body in precise channels (meridians). In health, Qi supports the harmonious functions of the body, mind and spirit. In illness, “Qi” moves with “ disharmony”; imbalance begins to surface in the form of specific symptoms. To treat the “disharmony of Qi”, all symptoms are viewed holistically in relationship to the whole person. To address the TCM diagnosis, many forms of TCM treatment can be chosen, but in BC acupuncture is the most popular.