FAQ, What is TCM?

What is TCM? Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) has a 2,000 year old tradition of touch therapies, acupuncture, herbal and dietary medicine, and movement and breathing exercises. TCM is based on principles of nature, including living in balance with your environment and the seasons, and also having harmony in relationship to your body. Both China and Japan have systems of bodywork therapy, daily movement and breathing for health and longevity. They are based on the concept of energy or life-force in the body called ‘Chi’ or ‘Ki”. This energy is in pathways called ‘meridians’ or ‘channels’ that run throughout the body. There are twelve main meridians on both sides of the body, with more than three hundred acupuncture points. These meridians and points relate to organ systems in the body. These meridians have distinct energy characteristics and relate to both physical health, as well as the emotional mind/body. Pain, fatigue, tightness and mental/emotional disharmony are due to stagnation of energy, or patterns of excess or deficiency. Asian Bodywork Therapies utilize TCM in assessing and treating disharmony in the body. The goal is to bring the whole person back to a balanced and free flowing state.