About Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)
A Medicine Practice Rooted in Ancient Wisdom
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is a form of healing developed over 2 millennia, as evidenced by philosophical and medical works written on silk discovered in the archeological burial site, Mawangdui [馬王堆 – Emperor Ma’s (burial) Mound], sealed in 168 BC. The silk books included some of the earliest attested manuscripts of existing texts, such as the I Ching [Classic of Changes], the Tao Te Ching [The Book of the Tao (the Way)], and other texts covering military strategy, classical arts, music, horsemanship, writing, etc.
Based on beliefs that man, nature, and the cosmos are one, TCM believes that when one goes against the principles of nature and our surroundings, we move out of harmonious balance, thus creating dis-ease.
We humans are closely linked to our environment, and factors such as our location on earth, month of the year, and time of day, all affect our bodies. Other factors that influence our individual balance include our genetic background, age and body type; and, more importantly, our mind, spirit, feelings and emotions.
The human body innately seeks a return to balance and homeostasis, or in TCM terms, “it is a stream’s nature to flow and we simply need to remove the blockages that impede it.” Anonymous.