TCM acupuncture,known as Traditional Chinese Medicine, is one of the most commonly practiced styles of acupuncture today. TCM practitioners, like other practitioners, seek to restore balance and harmony of the body, mind, and spirit.
A TCM practitioner focuses on developing a diagnosis based on the Eight Principles, which are guiding factors used to establish the correct course of treatment. The Principles are designed to help the practitioner to determine whether a condition is in the interior or exterior of the body, if it relates to hot or cold symptoms, if it is an excess (acute) or deficient (chronic) problem, and if it relates to Yin or Yang.
TCM diagnosis also involves four main techniques: pulse diagnosis, observation of a person’s appearance, demeanor and tongue, asking questions, and a physical examination. Once a diagnosis is complete, a practitioner decides what the root pattern of the disharmony is. The practitioner then chooses from a variety of techniques – acupuncture, herbs, nutrition therapy, qi gong, Chinese massage, gwa sha, cupping – to restore and maintain health.