Traditional Chinese medicine is a healing approach that originated in China thousands of years ago. Often referred to as “TCM,” practitioners use herbs, diet, acupuncture, cupping, and qigong to prevent or treat health problems.
Although it is still practiced in many of China’s medical facilities alongside modern medicine, in the United States, traditional Chinese medicine is considered a form of alternative medicine.
Traditional Chinese medicine is used to address the following conditions:
- Arthritis (e.g. rheumatoid arthritis)
- Back pain
- Eczema, hives, acne, psoriasis, and other skin conditions
- High blood pressure
- Menopause symptoms
- Parkinson’s disease
Although standard treatment in modern medicine is based on the diagnosis, in TCM, the treatment would depend on diagnosing the imbalance. For example, a person with insomnia may have difficulty sleeping because of an imbalance such as a kidney yin deficiency, liver yang rising, or blood deficiency.
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