Traditional Chinese medicine originated in ancient China and has evolved over thousands of years. It is rooted in the ancient philosophy of Taoism and dates back more than 2,500 years. The so-called TCM is based on the concept of harmony between two opposing yet complementary forces: yin and yang.
TCM practitioners use different techniques in an effort to promote health and treat diseases. The most commonly used approaches include Chinese herbal medicine, acupuncture, and thai chi.
The Chinese herbal medicine describes thousands of medicinal plants, minerals and animal products. Different parts of plants (leaves, roots, stems and flowers) are used in the traditional Chinese medicine, and herbs are often combined and given as teas, capsules and liquid extracts.