Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM; simplified Chinese: 中医; traditional Chinese: 中醫; pinyin: zhōng yī; literally: "Chinese medicine") is a broad range of medicine practices sharing common concepts which have been developed in China and are based on a tradition of more than 2,000 years, including various forms of herbal medicine, acupuncture, massage (Tui na), exercise (qigong), and dietary therapy. It is primarily used as a complementary alternative medicine approach. TCM is widely used in China and it is also used in the West.
Acupuncture originated thousands of years ago in China and then spread throughout the far East. It is a healing art which has developed over the centuries to remain as relevant today as it was in ancient times. Acupuncture still features in mainstream healthcare in China, alongside modern conventional Western medicine. It could be argued that China is spearheading the integrative health movement.
Acupuncture and its related therapies (cupping, electro-acupuncture, guasha, moxibustion) are now widely used and accepted all over the world and there is a wealth of research developing. In the NZ more and more people are finding out what acupuncture can do for them.
Tuina is a very important component of Chinese medicine alongside acupuncture and herbal prescription. However, Tuina can be a complete healing system in itself as not only does it work on muscle groups, joints, sites of pain and poor circulation, but it works the same meridians and points used in acupuncture and employs the same basic theory as Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM): "Injury or disease causes blockages in the channels of the body. Blockages cause pain."
Cupping is one of the oldest methods of Chinese medicine and is still often used alongside acupuncture.Traditionally cupping is applied by warming glass cups by holding smouldering cotton wool inside them. This removes the oxygen so that when the cup is applied to the skin the ensuing vacuum pulls the skin and underlying tissue gently into the cup.
Tai Chi (Taiji) is an ancient Chinese martial art that relies on calmness of the mind and balanced and relaxed posture.
This exercise works on the whole body naturally in a low impact way that improves your flexibility, wellbeing and co-ordination while also reducing stress and tension.