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Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) is a system of medicine partly based on the idea that an energy, called chi (say "chee"), flows along pathways in the body called meridians. According to TCM, if the flow of chi along these meridians is blocked or unbalanced, illness can occur. In China, doctors have practiced TCM for thousands of years.
Therapies used in TCM include:
Some people use traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) for problems such as asthma, allergies, and infertility. TCM doctors may use several therapies to restore chi balance.
In the United States, the National Institutes of Health, through the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health and other institutes, funds ongoing research of many complementary therapies to determine their benefits and risks.
Traditional Chinese herbal medicines, like other medicines, may also cause side effects, trigger allergic reactions, or interact with other prescription and non-prescription medicines or natural health products. Before you use any traditional Chinese therapies, be sure to tell your medical doctor about any prescription, non-prescription, or other natural health products you are taking.
Current as of: January 3, 2022
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & Kathleen M. Fairfield MD, MPH, DrPH - Internal Medicine
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