Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is a system of medicine that includes acupuncture, herbology, moxibustion, massage, exercise and diet. It views optimal health as a state of balance and harmony of the body, mind and spirit. During its clinical use for over 2000 years, TCM has developed into a complete medical system that may diagnose, treat and prevent an extremely diverse range of conditions.
TCM is a natural means of restoring health and preventing future illness by changing the flow of the body's energy system. This energy source - referred to as Qi (pronounced “chee”) - is the life force that supports our existence; it keeps the blood circulating, warms the body and fights disease. It is Qi that distinguishes living creatures from inanimate ones.
As with many ancient cultures, the Chinese feel an intimate connection with the earth and do not see themselves as separate from their surroundings. This belief is so strongly embedded in their culture that the foundation of Chinese Medicine is rooted in what is called the Five Elements System. TCM uses this system to explain how the primary powers of nature – Water, Wood, Fire, Earth and Metal – ebb and flow within human beings.
At the Elements of Health Centre, we honour the TCM philosophy that the human body is like an ecosystem. Just as there are complex relationships in nature that require maintaining equilibrium, the health of your body depends on maintaining the balance of your internal climate and all its different systems. We believe, therefore, that it is essential to evaluate and address all the elements of your health to achieve optimum well-being.