Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is an umbrella term to encompass all of the techniques that a Practitioner of Traditional Chinese Medicine (PTCM) would use to diagnose and treat a patient. Diagnosis is done through the examination of the pulse and tongue, the taking of a thorough case history, sometimes palpation of the abdomen or examination of specific areas of question and some range of motion testing if applicable.
Once a PTCM has come up with a diagnosis then the correct course of action is to be determined for each individual patient. We call our diagnosis a Syndrome Differentiation. What this means is that with every patient we see we individually assess their particular situation. For example, if a patient comes in with digestive complaints such as chronic diarrhea, we could diagnose them with Liver Overacting on Spleen or Spleen Qi Deficiency or Dampness Injuring the Spleen etc. Therefore, every case of chronic diarrhea that comes through our doors would likely have a different syndrome differentiation and therefore be treated differently. Each diagnosis is individual to each patient and this is what makes (TCM) an incredible healing modality as a practitioner you are diagnosing the person who sits in front of you and not the “dis-ease”.
As TCM practitioners we have many treatment options available for both diagnosis and treatment.
TCM can be used to treat or aid in the treatment of digestive disturbance, hormonal imbalance, migraines and headaches, musculoskeletal pain, arthritis, skin rashes, coughs and cold and the majority of issues seen in a Western clinic.
TCM is an incredibly effective tool to get healthy and or maintain health all on it’s own or together with Allopathic treatments.
For best results seek out a Master Herbalist skilled in Herbology and Pulse Reading; these skills can take a lifetime to master, and in some cases are a family tradition passed down over generations.