Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), is a synthesis of the oldest and most modern aspects of Chinese medicine. Codified in China in modern times before being exported to the west, TCM is the most commonly-known and most popular style of acupuncture around the world. Some of the most important aspects of TCM philosophy and treatment are those based on the root principles of yin and yang, the much-researched system of qi meridians (invisible energetic pathways running through the body,) and their accompanying energetic organ systems (each meridian runs on a path moving directly through, and thus energetically supporting and being supported by, one of 8 major western organs).
Examined in its entirety TCM offers the practitioner and patient a road map and guide to the entire holistic energetic system of the body, and a wide variety of treatment strategies whereby one can shift these patterns into more optimal processes. By utilizing these ancient paradigms and principles TCM practitioners and acupuncturists in general are able to access deeper and more elusive aspects of the psychosomatic individual than is currently permitted within the reductionist model of biological systems in current western medicinal paradigms. The founding strengths of the original Chinese theories are the bedrock on which most, if not all, other acupuncture forms take their basis.
While TCM has made some significant shifts away from some of the core classical Chinese doctrine, most significantly in its inclusion of some Western/modern principles and in its exclusion of the ancient shamanic rituals woven throughout the ancient practices, it is still considered to be the main conduit through which the ancient Chinese practices are propagated throughout the world today.