What is traditional Chinese medicine?

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) has a long history. Archeologiststraditional Chinese medicine can trace it back as far as 2000 B.C. However, Acupuncture protocol as it is practiced today was developed in the twentieth century. The term "TCM" describes the modern practice of Chinese medicine that came out of sweeping reforms in the 1950s in the People's Republic of China. During that time, much research was conducted and standard protocols for acupuncture were established.

Most typically, TCM includes an acupuncture protocol, herbal therapy and possibly the use of cupping, gua sha or auricular (ear) needling.