Traditional Chinese Medicine includes acupuncture and various forms of herbal medicine, as well as massage (TUINA), exercise (qigong), and dietary therapy. These therapies are based on a tradition of more than 5,000 years. They work with the natural vital energies of the body, and they promote the body’s ability to heal itself. This system of health care is used extensively by one-quarter of the World’s population who reside in the Asian countries, and it is becoming more and more popular in the West.
TCM’s view of the body places little emphasis on anatomical structures, but is mainly concerned with the identification of functional entities (which regulate digestion, breathing, aging etc.). While health is perceived as the harmonious interaction of these entities and the outside world, disease is interpreted as a disharmony in interaction. TCM diagnosis includes tracing symptoms to patterns of an underlying disharmony, by measuring the pulse, inspecting the tongue, skin, eyes and by looking at the eating and sleeping habits of the patient as well as many other things.