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Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) has over two millennium of experience in providing solutions to chronic health problems. This form of Asian Medicine is the oldest and second largest medical system in the world today, and currently is used by 25% of the world’s population in over 90 different countries. 

In Traditional Chinese Medicine, the five causes of all illness and imbalance in the human body are improper diet, emotions, lifestyle, external environment and constitution (i.e. genetics).

TCM is a non-invasive healing modality that facilitates the body’s natural ability to heal itself by restoring harmony and balance to the entire individual. This time-tested professional medicine treats and assesses each person as a unique individual, therefore, treating the cause of the disease instead of just the symptoms.

TCM Treatment Methods

1.   Chinese Herbal Medicine
2.   Acupuncture 
3.   Tuina (massage);
4.   Dietary Therapy;




Acupuncture has been practiced in China and the Far East for thousands of years It is a safe and effective system of healing that can be used to treat people of all ages with a wide range of illnesses.

Chinese Herbal Medicine

Chinese Herbal Medicine is the most sophisticated herbal medicine system in the world and has always been considered pre-eminent amongst the various methods of healing within TCM.

12 Chronic Health Problems that TCM Treats Effectively

1.    Asthma
2.   Premenstrual Syndrome/Painful Periods
3.   Acne/Rosacea
4.   Irritable Bowel Syndrome
5.   Anxiety/Depression
7.   Migraines/Headaches
8.   Insomnia
9.   Allergic rhinitis/Sinusitis
10.  Pain
11.   Acid Regurgitation/Reflux
12.  Psoriasis and Eczema

The diseases listed above are just some examples of how Chinese Medicine can offer substantial clinical benefits to patients who have been unresponsive to other forms of treatment. The TCM treatment of these diseases should have no side-effects, and are often curative, not palliative, as they aim to eliminate the pathology of the disease instead of controlling or suppressing the symptoms. In most chronic diseases, modern medicine can at best, only offer temporary symptomatic relief using various medications. Unfortunately, modern treatments also offer possible side-effects, either repeated or long-term.

Don’t settle for that! 

Any long-term treatments must be:
•    Effective and provide relief of symptoms;
•    Safe, with few unwanted side effects;
•    Easy to use.

TCM fulfills the above criteria. Patients who are unwell are delighted when they see how quickly they benefit from this practical, logical and time-tested medicine. TCM is user-friendly, gentle and free from side-effects, making it an excellent option and a wise decision to treat your chronic health problem. 

Robert Tristan Helmer R.TCMP, R.Ac

Rob Helmer specializes in the treatment of chronic, difficult to treat medical conditions that other doctors and alternative medicine providers are unable to help. His primary form of treatment to achieve this is customized Chinese herbal medicine formulas and acupuncture protocols. Rob’s recent research and subsequent published articles have focused on the area of insomnia due to the increase in mental-emotional health problems since the beginning of the pandemic.

He originally graduated from Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) school in Toronto 1998 and completed his Doctorate of Traditional Chinese Medicine at Pacific Rim College in Victoria, BC.  To obtain doctorate level knowledge learned to read medical Chinese and spent many years translating Chinese medical journal articles into English to share with others.

He has completed clinical practice/internships in China (four times), Germany and USA.  Rob is currently a professor of Traditional Chinese Medicine at OCTCM in Toronto and has previously taught at a number of TCM schools in Canada and the US and also has developed and taught post-graduate courses on insomnia, pediatrics, asthma and dermatology based on his own clinical experience and research. Rob is a published author and has previously appeared in various TCM journals (including numerous times in the Journal of Chinese Meidince and The Lantern)  and published a book by Blue Poppy press in 2006 on the TCM treatment of pediatric bedwetting. Lastly, he has been a student of many well respected doctors of TCM over the years in different countries including Dr. David Lam in Toronto, Bob Flaws and TCM dermatologist Mazin Al-khafaji (https://mazin-al-khafaji.com/) including working at his clinic in England

Clinic Location

Zen Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine is located

19 Thorne St. Cambridge, ON. N1R 1SR 
Phone: 226-820-2437 | Email: robth0608@gmail.com