Traditional Chinese Medicine
Learn why it’s the foundation of our mission.

How does TCM view your health?*

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) was developed in China about 2,500 years ago, but the roots date back even further. The goal is to maintain or restore balance (homeostasis). This happens by balancing yin and yang. Yin focuses on stillness and rest, while yang focuses on action and movement. TCM divides the body into organs and systems that both correspond to physiological organs and systems as well as energetic ones.

TCM strives for inner and outer balance for the mind, body and spirit.

Note: TCM is an ancient, nuanced practice. TCM doctors receive years of training and are certified, licensed and highly educated. For more information, reach out to a qualified TCM practitioner near you.

What other practices are part of TCM?

Herbalism is an integral part of Traditional Chinese Medicine, but it also includes:

Acupuncture: a practice that uses thin, solid needles to stimulate different areas of the body. (It doesn’t hurt and can feel relaxing!)
Acupressure: This practice, often used with acupuncture, applies pressure to different areas of the body using a practitioner’s body or special devices (like the jade tools that you see on Instagram for gua sha facial massage).
Dietary support: Food is used to support and balance different aspects of the body; foods are chosen based on their properties as much as their flavors and nutrients.
Cupping: This practice uses suction to increase circulation and move energy; it leaves round red spots, usually on the back.

What are TCM herbs?

Over the centuries, hundreds of herbs have been used in TCM, and 50 of them are considered fundamental and familiar.

Some common ones are:
Ren Shen (Asian Ginseng – try it in our Good Morning Sunshine™)
Huang Qi (Astragalus)
Wu Wei Zi (Schisandra)
Gan Cao (Licorice Root)
Ling Zhi (Reishi Mushroom)
Chen Pi (Tangerine Peel)
Jiang Huang (Turmeric)

How is NuTraditions connected to TCM?

NuTraditions combines the ancient herbal wisdom of Traditional Chinese Medicine practices with convenient product formulations to help you navigate today’s hectic world.

Our founder, Wilson Lau, created NuTraditions in homage to his grandmother, Dr. Bing Yin Lee. She received her medical degree in 1935 from the Chinese Medical Institute of Shanghai. In 1984, she became one of the first licensed acupuncturists in the state of California, and she was a sought-after and highly respected practitioner. Wilson decided to formulate TCM products for busy people who value self-care but are short on time.

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How can I integrate TCM into my wellness routine?

The easiest way to start is by bookending your day with Good Morning Sunshine™ coffee + adaptogens and Hello Dreams™ sleep strips.* Both products are made with the principles of TCM in mind – and are designed to complement your busy modern life.*

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Which TCM ingredients do we use in our products?

See which herbs we use in our Good Morning Sunshine™ and Hello Dreams™ sleep strips.