Complementary Health Approaches

Frequently Asked Questions

15. What is traditional Chinese medicine (TCM)?

Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) has evolved over thousands of years and includes both herbal products and mind and body practices. TCM encompasses many different practices, including

  • acupuncture
  • moxibustion (burning an herb above the skin to apply heat to acupuncture points)
  • cupping (inducing suction at the parts of the body being treated)
  • Chinese herbal medicine
  • tui na (Chinese massage)
  • tai chi and qi gong (practices that combine specific movements or postures, coordinated breathing, and mental focus).