Integrative Chinese Medicine (ICM) is a holistic healing system beginning in Ancient China thousands of years ago when the ancient Chinese used to live in isolated regions of the country. Qi Gong or meditative practices were used for healing purposes; later, when society became more agrarian and people lived in villages, additional therapies were incorporated -- herbal medicine, then acupuncture. Integrative Chinese Medicine (ICM) uses other healing methods in addition to Chinese Medicine.
Chinese medicine includes the use of acupuncture, electro-acupuncture, herbal medicine, cupping, moxibustion (also known as moxa), breathwork, Qi Gong/Tai Chi, dietary recommendations, and self-care techniques, to name a few. By working with the body gradually and with few side effects, the concurrent use of several Chinese healing methods provide a synergistic effect and improves overall health and well-being. Traditional Chinese Medicine not only treats the physical body, but also treats the mind and spirit, helping to bring the whole body to a higher level of function and improved state of balance – what Western medicine calls improved metabolism, stronger immune system and organ function, and homeostasis.
ICM can treat a wide variety of conditions, such as anxiety, stress, irritable bowel syndrome or other digestive symptoms, acne, headache and pain. For a more complete list of conditions, please see Conditions Treated.
Resources to learn more about Chinese Medicine
Ancient Herbs, Modern Medicine: Improving Your Health by Combining Chinese Herbal Medicine and Western Medicine by Henry Han, Glenn Miller and Nancy Deville
Between Heaven and Earth by Harriet Beinfield and Efrem Korngold
The Simple Path to Health: A Guide to Oriental Nutrition and Well-Being by Kim Le
The Web that has No Weaver by Ted J. Kaptchuk
Health & Healing Library (a Planetree Library)
2040 Webster Street
San Francisco, CA 94115
American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine -- Library
555 De Haro Street, Suite 210
San Francisco, CA 94107
(415) 355-1601, ext. 20
Acupuncture & Integrative Medicine College -- Library
2550 Shattuck Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94704