You will often see me use the terminology “Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)” to define my practice, either in conjunction with or instead of acupuncture, and it is important that I explain what I mean when I use this terminology.
TCM practice draws from, philosophies and collective medical wisdow that has a continuous clinical history dating back over 2,000 years. It incorporates several medical practices that influence our balance and well being. These include acupuncture, herbs, massage (Tuina), exercise (Qi Gong or Tai Chi) and dietary therapy, all seen as essential components not only in terms of remedial medicine, but to promote and maintain health. When I refer to TCM, I am describing the discipline on which I draw my information.
It is also important to note that there are several different types of acupuncture including medical, Japanese, Five element etc. When I use the terminology TCM acupuncture, I am describing the style I practise which has its foundation in one of the oldest methods of healing in the world.