Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)

September 29, 2011 | carolyn

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Chinese Medicine Traditional Chinese Medicine includes a number of key components such as:

  • The theory of Yin-Yang -- two opposing but complementary forces
  • Qi energy or vital energy that circulates in the body
  • Five elements including fire, earth, metal, water and earth

Practitioners use these concepts to construct individualized treatments that may consist of:

  • Herbal medicines
  • Acupuncture
  • Qi Gong

Read the Introduction to TCM from the College of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturists of British Columbia for a good explanation of the concepts and treatment modalities.

Read If You Are Thinking About Using TCM from the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine.

TCM practitioners are not currently regulated in Ontario. To learn more about TCM in Ontario, read the For Public page on the Transitional Council of the College of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturists of Ontario web site. 

Read A Brief History of Qigong by Yang, Jwing-Ming at Acupuncture.Com.

For information about acupuncture including the conditions or diseases for which it is done and the benefits and risks, read  Acupuncture from the Mayo Clinic or About Acupuncture from the Acupuncture Foundation of Canada Institute.

For a list of acupuncturists and their qualifications in the Greater Toronto Area go to The Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture Association of Canada site.

Check out the Library's recent books about Traditional Chinese Medicine including qi gong and acupuncture for more information.  To see which branch has a copy of the book and to place a hold, click on the title or cover link:

Chinese Medicine Bible 
Total Health the Chinese Way 
Inner Beauty 
The Chinese Medicine Bible Total Health the Chinese Way Inner Beauty
Chi Gong, the ancient Chinese way 
Dragon and Tiger Medical Qigong 
Heal Yourself with Qigong 
Chi gong: the Ancient Chinese
Way to Health
Dragon and Tiger Medical Qigong Heal Yourself with Qigong
Getting to Know You 
Is Acupuncture Right for You 
Getting to Know You: a Physician
Explains How Acupuncture Helps
You Be the Best You
Is Acupuncture Right for You?