Often Western CAM practitioners and their patients or clients derive their understanding of TCM from acupuncture. However, acupuncture is only one of the major treatment modalities of this comprehensive medical system based on the understanding of Qi or vital energy. These major treatment modalities are:
Acupressure: the use of specific hand techniques to help Qi flow smoothly.
Foods for Healing: the prescription of certain foods for healing based on their energy essences or energy signatures, not nutritional value.
Qigong: an energy practice, generally encompassing simple movements and postures. Some Qigong systems also emphasize breathing techniques.
Herbal Therapy: the use of herbal combinations or formulas to strengthen and support organ system function Acupuncture: the insertion of needles in acupoints to help Qi flow smoothly.
Chinese Psychology: the understanding of emotions and their relationship to the internal organ systems and their influence on health.