What is « Traditional Chinese Medicine » (TCM) ?

TCM is a 3000 year old medicine which was developed in China and has since spread out all over eastern Asia. Through their observation of nature, the Chinese have created philosophical concepts like Yin & Yang, the 5 elements (wood, fire, earth, metal and water) and Qi (the energy which flows), in order to describe the varying components. Believing that man belongs to nature, the Chinese have developed different techniques and treatments. Over time, Chinese doctors have aquired a comprehensive medicine based on massage, acupuncture, herbs, diet and Qi-Gong.

Chinese Medicine and Western Medicine

These two complementary medicines have very different approaches, both philosophically and therapeutically. While Western Medicine analyses the smallest entity, trying to understand it, Traditional Chinese Medicine focuses on a comprehensive view where everything is interrelated.

Chinese Medicine does not consider diseases as they are defined in Western Medicine. For every patient TCM defines a complex picture of disharmony in the channels and organs. Consequently, patients with the same disease might have very different disharmony pictures, and they would therefore be treated differently.

Examinations like blood exam or radios can provide additional and useful information for a TCM-Diagnosis. Please do bring them with you when you come for your first appointment.

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