Traditional Chinese Medicine, also known as TCM, is a wide range of holistic medical practices used in China which has adapted and developed throughout several thousand years.
These practices include Chinese herbal medicine, acupuncture, acupressure, moxibustion, food therapy, qigong, and cupping.
TCM states that processes of the human body are interrelated and are react directly to its environment. For this reason, the theory of TCM searches for signs of disharmony in the environment of a person in order to understand, treat, and prevent illness and disease.
The practice of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and acupuncture has been well known and recognized worldwide since the 1970's. In 1996, the government of British Columbia designated and regulated the profession through the Health Professions Act and established a self-regulatory body known as the College of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturists of British Columbia (CTCMA).
The provinces of Quebec and Alberta also recognize the practice of TCM and are in the midst of implementing it into their own health system. This example is also closely followed by the province of Ontario, Canada.