.: TCM :.

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) has been practiced for healing for thousands of years and provides the perfect complement to western methods of treatment. TCM builds on the concept that all functions of the body are regulated at different levels. Symptoms therefore occur as a result of insufficient regulative forces. These are diagnosed through palpation of the pulse or inspection of the tongue, amongst others, so as to recognise and categorise disharmonies or blockades and arrive at a distinct Chinese diagnose.

TCM has proved effective in a number of different diseases and conditions, such as:

  • Chronic pain
    (migraine, cephalgia, pain in the shoulders, back, hips or knees, etc.)
  • Diseases of the musculoskeletal system
    (carpometacarpal joint osteoarthritis, "rheumatism")
  • Gastro-intestinal diseases
    (e.g. chronic diarrhoea, irritable bowel syndrome, colitis ulcerosa, Crohn’s disease)
  • Gynaecological problems
    (menstrual problems, infertility, menopausal symptoms)
  • Skin diseases
    (neurodermatitis, psoriasis, acne, itching, urticaria, etc.)
  • Lung diseases
    (asthma, chronic bronchitis, sarcoidosis etc.)
  • Chronic sinusitis
  • Dry eye syndrome
  • Burning tongue
  • Chronic wounds
  • Allergies (hay fever, etc.)
  • Performance problems, chronic fatigue
  • Diseases of the neurological system (e.g. multiple sclerosis)
  • Burn-out, mood swings, fatigue, depression, panic)

Aside from the above TCM is often used to treat conditions of “unclear” origin not classifiable with western methods. TCM has also proved successful in supporting conventional therapies for the treatment of severe diseases, such as cancer.

TCM Herbs

Chinese drug therapy primarily relies on the use of dried medicinal herbs. Individual recipes are prepared from a wide variety of plants in accordance with the Chinese diagnose. Medicinal herbs are usually administered in the form of teas (“decoctions“). These herbal teas are an acquired taste, to put it mildly. Bear in mind, though, that they are intended as medication and not as a beverage served at the tea table. Vienna has a number of TCM pharmacies which have undergone strict controls to assure western drug standards. Some also deliver to the surrounding provinces. Medicinal herbs are prescribed either as decoctions (herbal soups cooked for several hours), as granules (to be dissolved in hot water), as a wash or ointment.