Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is a system of primary health care that includes acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, remedial massage (anmo tuina), exercise and breathing therapy (such as qigong), and diet and lifestyle advice

 In Australia, the most popular forms of TCM health care are acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine.  This natural medicine is a preventative medicine which supports your overall wellness with little to no side effects.

Traditional Chinese Medicine has an uninterrupted history of development in China and other parts of East Asia dating back thousands of years.

The primary feature of modern TCM is the premise that good health relies on the restoration and maintenance of harmony, balance, and order to the individual.

TCM takes a holistic approach to understand the normal function and disease processes and focuses as much on the prevention of illness as it does on the treatment.



What is qi & how does it affect the body?

When healthy, an abundant supply of qi (pronounced chee) or “life energy” flows through the body’s meridians (a network of invisible channels through the body).

If the flow of qi in the meridians becomes blocked or there is an inadequate supply of qi, then the body fails to maintain harmony, balance, and order, and disease or illness follows.

This can result from stress, overwork, poor diet, disease pathogens, weather and environmental conditions, and other lifestyle factors and becomes evident to TCM practitioners through identifiable signs of body dysfunction. 

TCM practitioners look carefully for these signs of health and dysfunction, paying particular attention to not only the presenting condition, but also the medical history, general constitution, and the pulse and tongue.

TCM treatment decision making

Clinical assessment, diagnosis, and treatment principles are based on the theoretical frameworks of TCM which seeks to identify underlying symptom patterns that indicate how the body is or has become dysfunctional.

Treatment is focused on the underlying condition as well as treating the presenting symptoms.

Clinical decision-making and patient management strategies are also influenced by contemporary Western approaches to health care, including infection control practices and known interactions of herbal medicines with pharmaceuticals and other therapeutic substances.



 Information Sourced from ACCMA
 image; Unsplash Photos for Everyone

Medical Disclaimer

The information contained on this website is for general education purposes only and is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. You should always obtain advice relevant to your particular circumstances from a health professional. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read on this website. Medical information changes constantly. The information on this website or on the linked websites should not be considered absolutely complete, current or exhaustive, nor should you rely on such information to recommend a course of treatment for you or any other individual. Reliance on any information provided on this website or any linked websites is solely at your own risk.

Copyright: Catherine Argyros ,The Barefoot Doctor I Wellness I Heart Driven Services 2020