Complementary Health Approaches

Frequently Asked Questions

14. What is traditional Chinese medicine (TCM)?

Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) originated in ancient China. It is rooted in the ancient philosophy of Taoism and dates back more than 2,500 years. TCM encompasses many different practices, including acupuncture, moxibustion (burning an herb above the skin to apply heat to acupuncture points), Chinese herbal medicine, tui na (Chinese therapeutic massage), dietary therapy, and tai chi and qi gong (practices that combine specific movements or postures, coordinated breathing, and mental focus).