Traditional Chinese Medicine

What is Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)?

Traditional Chinese Medicine  (TCM) can be described as a complete healing system.  One of the key elements of Traditional Chinese Medicine is the fundamental belief that the body has an extraordinary ability to heal itself.  Traditional Chinese Medicine helps to promote this self healing by combining traditional acupuncture with other TCM techniques such as herbal formulas, cupping, moxibustion, heat lamps and meridian massage.

One of the main differences between Traditional Chinese Medicine and western-style medicine is TCM's focus on the body as a complex system of bodily fluids, organs, and energy flow. Treatment does not focus only on the one area that is causing discomfort; the many different techniques address the entire body to restore balance to the entire system.  A treatment might incorporate many different techniques in one session, as well as many different body parts (albertaacupuncture.ca). 

Traditional Chinese Medicine and cupping
Traditional Chinese Medicine and Herbal Formulas

Prairie Therapy Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioners

Do I need a Doctor's referral or prescription?

No, you do not need a physician’s referral to see a TCM practitioner.

Will my extended healthcare pay for TCM?

Yes, most extended health care providers have coverage for TCM and/or acupuncture. They may be covered individually or your plan may provide a combination fund for which acupuncture and TCM are eligible. However, all policies are different. We recommend you check your policy or contact your provider to confirm what services are available to you.