Alternative Medicine Holistic Health Terms Defined Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)
Alternative medicine terms defined. Holistic health theories defined.
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) is the current name for an ancient system of health care from China. TCM is based on a concept of balanced qi (pronounced “chee”), or vital energy, that flows throughout the body. Qi regulates spiritual, emotional, mental, and physical balance and is influenced by the opposing forces of yin (negative energy) and yang (positive energy). Disease results when the flow of qi being disrupted and yin and yang becoming imbalanced. Among the components of TCM are herbal and nutritional therapy, restorative physical exercises, meditation, acupuncture, and remedial massage.