ore than ever, people across North America are returning to more natural methods of improving their health. Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is continually growing in acceptance and practice. It focuses on health promotion, illness prevention and treatment through natural remedies such as acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine and tuina massage. The philosophy and practice of TCM are consistent with the most significant developments in healthcare today:
1. An emphasis on prevention.
2. The call for natural, non-invasive medical approaches.
3. An acknowledgement of the need to balance the physical, emotional and spiritual aspects of life.
4. The changing role of the medical practitioner as the facilitator of a patient's health and well-being.
As a result, the demand for qualified health care professionals in complementary or alternative fields of practice is increasing. Acupuncture and TCM are among the fastest growing career choices in health care today.
The study and practice of TCM brings together traditional and modern views of health and eastern and western approaches. It provides an opportunity to participate in one of the truly remarkable achievements of mankind. TCM has served over a quarter of the world's population for thousands of years and repeated clinical tests have proven its effectiveness in fighting many diseases.
In China, its country of origin, TCM and western medicine work hand-in-hand to provide the very best health care and disease treatment possible. Doctors of TCM are well-respected and recognized. Many TCM universities offer postgraduate programs leading to Masters and PhDs in Chinese medicine.
Across North America a trend is emerging in this exciting field – the recognition of TCM as a formal health care profession. There has never been a better time to pursue a career in TCM.