The Chinese Medicine Sanctuary

Ancient Healing in Modern Times

Robin Burby

Robin Burby  MATCM   MBAcC

Practitioner of Traditional Chinese Medicine
Royal Society of Medicine Senior Associate

BSc (Hons) Traditional Chinese Medicine
BMed (Beijing University of Chinese Medicine)
BSc (Hons) Business Administration

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What is Traditional Chinese Medicine?

Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) is an ancient medical system, about 2,000 years old that views the state of health in a completely different manner to our conventional Western, or biomedicine.

According to TCM basic theories, the body has an energy that runs through it in channels known as meridians. This energy, or Qi (pronounced 'chee') flows in and around our bodies and is linked up to our internal organs, such as the Heart, Liver, Spleen, Lung and Kidney. These organs are all inter-dependent in their functions and in normal health maintain homeostasis, or balance in regulating life's functions and activities.

When we experience a state of ill-health and have physical (or mental) symptoms, there is an imbalance, or disruption in the flow of our Qi and Blood, which disrupts the normal functions of our internal organs which then manifests as disease.

Like some other complementary or alternative therapies, TCM is a holistic system that by definition, takes into account everything in your life such as mental state, emotions, appetite, bowel movements, sleeping patterns, and occupation before arriving at a diagnosis, and hence, a treatment plan.

TCM treats the body not only through medication but through a variety of manners so that the treatment is also carried out in a holistic manner. There are five main treatment groups within TCM: acupuncture, Chinese herbs, diet, exercise/lifestyle and massage (tui na pronounced two-ey nar).

This concept of holism means that once a diagnosis is made, treatment will be highly individualised to suit your personal makeup and lifestyle, and will encompass varying combinations of the five treatment modalities outlined above to do just that.