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Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) is an ancient medical system used to prevent, diagnose, and treat disease. It is based on the belief that Qi (the flow of energy), flows through the body in channels called meridians. Meridians are described as being a complex network of lines of energy, which help to keep a person’s spiritual, emotional, mental, and physical health in balance. TCM believes that blockage of Qi results in an energy imbalance, which leads to injury or illness. Traditional Chinese medicine involves the use of practices such as acupuncture, tai chi, cupping (the use of warmed glass jars to create suction on the skin), breathing and movement exercises called qi gong, and feng shui. It uses a combination of diet, herbal remedies, meditation, moxibustion (burning moxa – a cone or stick of dried herb near the body), physical exercise, and massage therapy to address health problems. The four key TCM Principles are: the body is an integrated whole, individuals are completely connected to nature, individuals were born with a natural self-healing ability, and prevention is the best cure. TCM treats infections such as bronchitis, pneumonia, coughs and viral infections. In females, TCM treats several conditions including amenorrhea, anemia, lactation problems, habitual miscarriage, menopausal problems and infertility. In males, TCM is useful for impotence, premature ejaculation and prostate problems. In children, TCM can treat bed-wetting, infantile paralysis, teething, mumps and measles. Lastly, TCM can treat food, drug and alcohol addictions.