Traditional Chinese medicine. An ancient Chinese system of medicine, that includes meditation, herbal and nutritional therapy, restorative physical exercises and massage, and acupuncture. (See also acupuncture; alternative healthcare and complementary remedies).
Traditional Chinese medicine. The current name for an ancient system of health care from China. TCM is based on a concept of balanced qi (pronounced "chee"), or vital energy, that is believed to flow throughout the body. Qi is proposed to regulate a person's spiritual, emotional, mental, and physical balance and to be influenced by the opposing forces of yin (negative energy) and yang (positive energy). Disease is proposed to result from the flow of qi being disrupted and yin and yang becoming imbalanced. Among the components of TCM are herbal and nutritional therapy, restorative physical exercises, meditation, acupuncture, and remedial massage.