Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) was originated in ancient China and has a history of over two thousand years. Influenced by ancient Chinese philosophy, culture, and science and technology, Chinese medicine uses the theory of Yin and Yang and the theory of Wu Xing to explain the mechanism of balancing the function of the body.

Only registered members of the College of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturists of Ontario are allowed to:

• Use the protected title(s) of “Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioner” and/or “Acupuncturist”, and the designation(s) of “R. TCMP” and/or “R. Ac”; and

• Perform the following authorized controlled acts:

1. Perform a procedure on tissue below the dermis and below the surface of a mucous membrane for the purpose of performing acupuncture.

2. Communicate a TCM diagnosis identifying a body system disorder as the cause of a person’s symptoms using TCM techniques.

When visiting a TCM practitioner and/or acupuncturist, patients should expect that after the patient gives consent to treatment, the practitioner will gather information of the patient’s medical history, perform assessments and provide a diagnosis and treatment plan.

Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners use a number of treatment options based on the patient’s diagnosis. This may include a combination of herbal medicine and treatment modalities, such as acupuncture, moxibustion, cupping, gua sha, and tui na.