Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioner

Traditional Chinese medical practitioners are health care professionals that practice Chinese medical theory. This includes using Yin and Yang theory, Wu Xing theory and traditional Chinese medicine to diagnose, prevent and treat conditions resulting from imbalances in the body.  

Some conditions treated by traditional Chinese medical practitioners include:

  • Mental conditions such as fatigue, insomnia, stress, addiction and depression
  • Muscle pain and inflammation
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Toxin build-up
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Lowered immune system
  • Menstruation problems
  • Infertility
  • Various organ and body system dysfunctions

To fix these body function imbalances, traditional Chinese medical practitioners offer several different services, including:

Acupuncture: Inserting thin needles into the skin to stimulate acupoints.

Tui Na: Massaging the skin to stimulate acupoints.

Gua Sha: Using a smooth, hard object to bruise a lubricated area of the skin

Cupping: Using suction to draw the skin and muscle into a small silicone or plastic cup

Moxibustion: Burning mugwort near the skin to stimulating acupoints with heat.

Chinese Herbal Medicine: Treating with plant-based medicine


In Ontario, “Traditional Chinese Medical Practitioner” is a regulated profession subject to the standards of practice, guidelines and policies defined by the College of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturists of Ontario. For more information on regulatory colleges, view our What is a Regulatory College? page.