The concept of holism in Traditioanl Chinese Medicine (TCM) considers the various parts of the human body as an organic whole, emphasizing the coordination of the internal organs among each other and the harmony of the human body with the external environment.
TCM believes the human body is a complex network of connections, made up of channels and collaterals, which cover the neuroendocrine-immune network and circulatory (blood and lymphatic) systems in modern science. These networks not only connect the internal organs, but also control their functions through Qi and blood. Through these connection, the dysfunction of an organ may impact the functions of other organs. Therefore, treatments with Chinese medicine and acupuncture are based on this concept.