Chinese herbal medicine forms part of an integrated system of primary health care known as Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), which focuses on prevention, just as much as cure. Its origins can be traced back more than five thousand years, making it one of the oldest health care systems in the world. In Chinese herbal medicine, parts of plants, like the leaves, roots, stems, flowers, and seeds, are combined in formulas and given as teas, capsules, liquid extracts, granules, or powders. The essence of TCM is based on the concepts of Yin and Yang. It aims to understand and treat the many ways in which the fundamental balance and harmony between these two opposing but complementary forces affect your health and wellbeing.
TIP: To ensure coordinated and safe care, it’s important to tell your TCM practitioner about any complementary health approaches you use and give them a full picture of what you do to manage your health.