Traditional Chinese Medicine, frequently referred to as TCM, has been developed over the course of thousands of years. There are five basic branches of TCM:
Sometimes people mistakenly think that TCM is synonymous with acupuncture, but in fact, all five branches are important to treating different types of health issues. Herbal formulas can be as important as acupuncture, or a combination of qi gong and massage may be the best way to treat a particular problem. Practitioners of TCM undertake a vigorous course of study so that they are able to accurately diagnose and treat an almost endless range of health problems.
While people in the US usually regard TCM as a form of alternative medicine, it predates western medicine by a couple of thousand years. Through all of that time, procedures and techniques have been refined, improved, developed, tested, and sometimes discarded. The wealth of knowledge gathered by experts throughout centuries is staggering.
Becoming a practitioner takes years of training and experience. Separate licenses are required to practice both acupuncture and massage, and most practitioners possess advanced degrees. Wayne is a licensed acupuncturist, a licensed massage therapist and holds a Master’s degree from Five Branches University.
TCM is used to treat all kinds of conditions, and often patients find relief for problems through TCM where western medicine has failed to help. Sports injuries, such as runner’s knee or tennis elbow, respond well to TCM, as do conditions like fibromyalgia or even very common problems such as seasonal allergies.
Western science has acknowledged the effectiveness of TCM in treating a range of health issues through testing and controlled studies, although no one has yet been able to demonstrate exactly how some treatments, particularly acupuncture, are able to provide relief.