Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) consists of several different treatment methods. One of the treatment methods is acupuncture, which has been used for thousands of years in China. Other examples of treatment methods are herbal medicine and qigong. Qigong may be described as meditative movement patterns in order to stimulate the body’s healing ability.
One of the strengths in TCM is that people are treated on the basis of both cause and symptom. A disease can be detected long before the results in a blood test or an x-ray. From this follows that many diseases can be prevented. If a disease has already occurred, TCM may help your body to regain balance again. The diagnostic techniques are different compared to Western methods (see Test techniques). Another strength of TCM is that the therapist makes an individualized treatment plan.