Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is an ancient and prolific medical system. It represents a synthesis of the practices of literally millions of doctors treating billions of patients over thousands of years. Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is a rich and wholistic system of diagnosis and treatment whose founding principles have roots that go back millennia.

The practice of what is now called Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) was originally called "medicine," and the people practicing it were doctors who diagnosed and treated diseases, and wrote extensively about their findings.

The term Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) came much later than many of the treatments that make up its practice.

The practice of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) includes:

Bodywork therapy
Botanical medicine
Nutritional therapy
Diet and lifestyle counseling


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TCM is a wholistic, self-reflective system of medicine whose founding principles have roots that go back millennia. Early artifacts and writings, even early stone tablets from Mesopotamia make reference to meridians, or channels through which energy flows in the body. Since that time, people have continued to evolve this medicine through long years of observation and application.


During the Maoist era, TCM was formed in an attempt to make medicine more affordable, more readily taught, and more available to a very large and rapidly growing Chinese population. It's principles and theories are a conglomeration of the practices of thousands of doctors across China, and it draws heavily on the information gathered and recorded in the classical texts of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). These texts include the Huang Di Nei Jing (Yellow Emperor's Classic of Chinese Medicine) and the Shen Nong Ben Cao Jing (Divine Husbandsman's classic of herbal medicine). There is more writing related to TCM than any other medical system in the world today.