traditional chinese medicine history

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is going through somewhat of a renaissance nowadays, ever since western medical practices have accepted its benefits and how it complements other medical treatments.

TCM’s concept of our bodies’ vital energy – also known as Qi – about how our body interconnects our vital organs and functions through what we call meridians is well known in the East and becoming accepted in the West.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) itself has accepted TCM into its coveted International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems (ICD) as know remedies.

TCM practitioners use herbal medicines, acupuncture, mind and body practices like tai chi, massage therapy, and nutrition to help treat a multitude of complaints and help you to find balance in all areas of your life.

Here we take a look at the origins, progression and acceptance of how TCM is of benefit to us all.


One of the world’s oldest sustained medical systems, Traditional Chinese Medicine practices date back at least 2,200 years, with written records dating back as far as the 3rd century BCE in the Huangdi Neijing – or Yellow Emperor’s Inner Classic writings.

Concepts of the body and of disease used in TCM reflect its ancient origins and the emphasis on our bodies’ dynamic. In TCM, the understanding of the human body is based on a holistic understanding as described in Daoism and the treatment of illness is based primarily on the diagnosis and differentiation of syndromes. It also works by rebalancing the complementary forces of ying and yang.

Traditional Chinese Medicine is also based on an understanding that health is more than just the absence of disease or illness, but also its unique ability to enhance our capacity for happiness and fulfillment.

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As an ancient system of health care, TCM being has undergone continual development over the centuries as the causes of illness that afflict mankind have evolved.

In China, the world’s new superpower, it is not an alternative form of therapy but is currently used in government-run hospitals in tandem with modern medicine.


Even though it has been practiced worldwide for decades, in the WHO’s 11th revision of the International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems (ICD) in 2019, Traditional Chinese Medicine was formally classified into its medical practice systems.

The legitimization of East meets West medical practices means even more people will have access to the wide-ranging benefits TCM has to offer. This is seen as a major positive step to the advancement of worldwide health care.

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To gain a further understanding of how Traditional Chinese Medicine can complement treatments of all kinds, visit the ThisHerb website and explore how TCM can be a benefit to you.