Traditional Chinese Medicine
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is based on the philosophical concept that the universe is made of an energy called qi. This energy can be any state of matter or energy in existence. TCM believes that the body is a small universe unto itself that is a complex of subsystems of energy and matter, and that these systems work together to maintain a healthy mind and body. The characteristics of the operation of the mind/body are described in terms of the five elements (metal, water, wood, fire, and earth), Yin/Yang organs, deficiency/excess, emptiness/fullness, hot/cold, wind, dampness, pathogens, internal/external, meridian channels, qi (several different types), essences, body fluids, vessels and more.
Arthritis, depression, memory loss, muscle and joint stiffness, pain, heart problems, diabetes, insomnia, bladder and kidney problems can be debilitating but there have been numerous studies undertaken showing the positive results that can be achieved through acupuncture and Chinese Medicine. Just small improvements can impact on the quality of life.