Traditional Chinese Medicine is the longest enduring, continuously evolving, literate medicine in human history. Its methods of treatment, including acupuncture and botanical (herbal) medicine as well as auxiliary methods such as tui na, moxibustion, gua sha, eastern nutrition, and cupping, have been refined over thousands of years and applied to the successful healing of – quite literally – billions of patients. Traditional Chinese Medicine is perhaps the most tested form of medicine practiced around the world today.
There is a saying in Chinese Medicine: “To treat a disease, find the Root”. The symptoms (along with the Western diagnosis) that you currently experience, no matter the severity, are all considered “Branches”. The root of the disease can likely be traced back many years. This is one of the primary differences between modern Western and Traditional Chinese Medicine. TCM will treat the branch (symptoms) along with the root cause of disease whereas modern Western medicine typically focuses treatment entirely on the branch.