What is Traditional Chinese Medicine?

Chih Yuchee-014 2x3@150 CL photoDr. Yuchee Chih, Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Registered Acupuncturist, answers three common questions that come up when he explains what Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is all about.

What is Traditional Chinese Medicine?

The basic principle of TCM is to restore the balance of energy, body and spirit to maintain health through stimulating the bodys own capabilities.

It consists mainly of the following categories:

  • Acupuncture
  • Cupping
  • Gua Sha
  • Herbal Medicine
  • Moxibustion
  • Bleeding

How does TCM integrate with Western Medicine?

There are many instances where TCM can integrate with Western Medicine. 

At times, Western Medicine will have side effects (ie: cancer treatment). TCM can help relieve the side effects of western medicine treatment. Other examples are: treatment for the long term drug effects for diabetes, hypertension and cholesterol medication. 

TCM can also be an alternative treatment while waiting for Western Medicine treatment. Alternatively, when Western Medicines intended effects do not fully work, TCM can provide help and relief.

When Medical Doctors support the progress of TCM treatment, every one wins. Because TCM will explore the root cause of an issue, less Western Medicine may be required in order to relieve symptoms.

What can Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine treat?


Headache - migraine, menstrual, cold/flu


Sport injuries, motor vehicle accidents, soft tissue injuries, postural (stiff neck), shoulder, knee and ankle pain, arm, wrist and hand pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, tennis elbow, jaw pain sciatica, tendonitis

Mental Disorders

Stress, insomnia, depression, PTSD, PMS, anxiety, poor memory, hypertension, fatigue

Digestive System

Stomach ache, bloating, constipation

Common Cold / Flu

Post Stroke Treatment

Kidney Specific

Dysuria, Urinary Tract Infections, edema, urianary disease, male reproductive diseases

Anti-Aging / Cosmetology

Weight Loss

Immune Disorders

Gynecological Issues

Endocrine Disorders

If you wish to learn more about TCM or have questions for Dr. Chih, please connect with us at info@cadencesportstherapy.com or 403.521.2278

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