The World Health Organization‘s definition of “Traditional medicine”:

“Traditional medicine (TM) refers to the knowledge, skills and practices based on the theories, beliefs and experiences indigenous to different cultures, used in the maintenance of health and in the prevention, diagnosis, improvement or treatment of physical and mental illness. Traditional medicine covers a wide variety of therapies and practices which vary from country to country and region to region. In some countries, it is referred to as “alternative” or “complementary” medicine (CAM).”

“Traditional medicine has been used for thousands of years with great contributions made by practitioners to human health, particularly as primary health care providers at the community level. TM/CAM has maintained its popularity worldwide. Since the 1990s its use has surged in many developed and developing countries.”

In 2010, the WHO published “Benchmarks for training in traditional /complementary and alternative medicine: benchmarks for training in traditional Chinese medicine.” ISBN 978 92 4 159963 4 © World Health Organization 2010 (for full document, please click here)

中 医 Traditional Chinese Medicine

Traditional Chinese Medicine, commonly referred to as “Chinese Medicine” or simply “TCM”, is one of the oldest forms of medical treatment and one of the most commonly used in the world.

Its origins date back over thousands of years and it has stood the test of time remaining the main form of medicine used in China today. Nowadays, it has reached all corners of the world and has been widely used with more and more people availing of its benefits.

Here in Ireland, TCM has been steadily growing in popularity and it is now one of the safest and fastest growing medical therapies in the country.

TCM is a complete medical system and therefore made up of many different types of therapies – the most commonly know of which is acupuncture.

Less known, but also very important within the context of Chinese Medicine as a whole medical system are: tuina massage, cupping, moxibustion (heat treatment with a slow burning herb – mugwort), herbal medicine, medical qigong, dietary therapy, medical exercise (Qi Gong, Tai Chi) and lifestyle advice.

Traditional Chinese Medicine is one of the recognised Complementary and Alternative Medicines (CAM) by the World Health Organization (WHO).

World Health Organization

TCM is not ``new age``, or ``alternative``. TCM is a complete medical system that has been practiced for thousands of years and has a theoretical background. TCM is one of the recognised Complementary and Alternative Medicines (CAM) by the World Health Organization (WHO).

Chinese Medicine vs Western Medicine

Both Western Medicine and TCM have their respective strengths and weaknesses which is why, in modern China, the two systems are used together. When appropriately combined, both systems have a synergistic effect which serves the patient well. As a broad rule, acute life threatening conditions are best dealt with by Western medicine, routine and chronic conditions for which drug therapy and surgery have not been effective often benefit from TCM.

  • Traditional Chinese Medicine

    • For those interested in further reading about TCM, we recommend a great publication: Principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine, by Mr Xu XiangCai (2001)

    • “The Science of Acupuncture” follows Professor Kathy Sykes from Bristol University as she investigates how and why science is beginning to respond to centuries old remedies.

  • Acupuncture

    • For those interested in further reading about TCM, we recommend a great publication: Principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine, by Mr Xu XiangCai (2001)

    • “The Science of Acupuncture” follows Professor Kathy Sykes from Bristol University as she investigates how and why science is beginning to respond to centuries old remedies.

  • Moxibustion

    • For those interested in further reading about TCM, we recommend a great publication: Principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine, by Mr Xu XiangCai (2001)

    • “The Science of Acupuncture” follows Professor Kathy Sykes from Bristol University as she investigates how and why science is beginning to respond to centuries old remedies.

  • Tui Na Medical Massage

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  • Cupping Therapy

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  • Chinese Herbal Medicine

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  • Medical Qi Gong

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  • Exercise and Lifestyle

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  • Dietary Advice

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Why Choose TCM Ireland Clinics?

  • Siobhán Seville, Lic. TCM

    Siobhán Seville is from Rathfarnham, Dublin. Being a mother of four, she was always looking for a more natural way of treating her children’s as they were growing up – which was how Siobhán came across Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine.

    Siobhán is the Co-Founder and Co-Director of TCM Ireland alongside Sandro Graca – their work and expertise has made TCM Ireland a recognised and reputable entity in the field of acupuncture for fertility, IVF enhancement and pregnancy care in Ireland.

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  • Sandro Graca, Lic. TCM

    Sandro Graca is a graduate of the Irish College of Traditional Chinese Medicine.
    Originally from Portugal, Sandro moved to Ireland in 2004 and established successful Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine clinics in Trim, Donaghmede and Maynooth.

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