Traditional Chinese Medicine, or TCM, has been practiced in China for over two Millennia. Consisting of several various different treatment methods, including acupuncture, herbal medicine, Tui Na and Qigong, Traditional Chinese Medicine was developed on the principals of 2,500 years of Chinese medical practice.
A lot of practices of Traditional Chinese Medicine are based on the premise that vital energy, also known as Qi, flows through one’s body through certain paths, and that the maintenance of this energy flow is crucial to ensuring the functionality of one’s body. TCM practitioners believe that any failure of bodily functions, or any sickness, can be linked to a misalignment or a problem with the flow of this vital energy. Based on this belief, TCM treatments often aim to correct the flow of vital energy, or Qi.
Among the many different treatment options available in Traditional Chinese Medicine, Acupuncture is perhaps the most well-known. The practice consists of trained acupuncturists inserting hair thin needles of different lengths into specific points on the patient’s body. The insertion of these needles is believed to help change or fine tune the flow of energy through the body, therefore helping to correct or heal any existing health problems.
In modern times, Traditional Chinese Medicine has come under scrutiny by experts of western medicine and many studies have been conducted to find out if these TCM treatments do indeed work. While the results of these studies vary, certain TCM treatments, such as Acupuncture, have grown in popularity all over the world, with many patients choosing to undergo acupuncture in conjunction with their existing treatments, or as an alternative treatment option.
Despite the insistence of critics who claim that Traditional Chinese Medicine treatments are not effective, many people all over the world swear by TCM practices. Among these patients are those who turned to TCM as a last resort, after failing to find a cure or any relief in the world of western Medicine.
Certain TCM treatments such as Acupuncture are known for being able to relieve chronic pain, even those resistant to western medicine and treatment. The sheer amount of people who have had their pain relieved by acupuncture treatments prompted the World Health Organisation to list Acupuncture as an accepted and effective treatment for over 40 different kinds of body pain, including headaches.
As of 2016, most acupuncture treatments are done alongside conventional medical practices.