Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) is the oldest, continually practiced, literate, professional medical system in the world today.

TCM is a highly sophisticated and time-tested medicine that fully integrates alongside western surgery and modern drug therapy. At Apricot Forest we practice true classical Chinese medicine and are happy to discuss treatment strategy or your condition with you and your doctor or consultant.

Due to it’s high success rate and lack of side effects, TCM is now  becoming widely accepted in the UK and the Western world.
The emphasis of TCM has always been on health promotion and prevention, treating disease before it happens. The practice of TCM addresses specifically the root of the problems, as well as the symptoms. TCM also has distinct but integrated therapeutic approaches to the treatment of illness that includes primarily herbal medicine as well as acupuncture & cupping, Tui-Na massage and manipulation, with exercise and dietary guidance.

People present at our clinic initially with one disease to treat, later on as they age, this becomes two, three and even up to a dozen conditions. This reveals the level of imbalance they experience and the quality of healthcare they have been receiving, or that is generally accepted in our health service industry and our society.

Our first step is to put these problems into some kind of pathological order and do the detective work to work out how, when, where & why did these conditions originate. We will then return to the root condition and restore the weakened or lacking vitality and most of these diseases simply begin to resolve or disappear, because the body is now able to function more fully. The body is self-healing and when it isn’t repairing itself, there is always reason as to why not. Putting these problems down to aging or wear & tear, is not sufficient excuse to let people degenerate. Patients may come with a long list of medication, sometimes up to ten different prescribed drugs, which in itself often leads to further deterioration or new conditions.

We will assess what treatment we feel would be most appropriate depending on your age, condition, level of commitment and your budget and then negotiate a plan and strategy with you. We expect to see certain changes in a given time, enabling us to then negotiate further action to creating more health.