About Chinese Medicine
Traditional Chinese medicine has evolved over many centuries of observation and practical experience with Chinese herbal medicine, acupuncture, massage, breathing therapy, exercise and nutrition.
It offers a holistic approach to wellness, based on the philosophy that good health results from balance and harmony in the body. At the heart of Chinese medicine is an understanding of qi, the life force, and a five-element framework based on the organs – Liver, Heart, Stomach, Lung and Kidney – with a network of meridian pathways that connect them.
Pain and illness are seen as indications that the body‘s systems are out of balance. The aim of treatment is therefore to restore equilibrium – to identify and treat the root cause of a condition. To that end we consider the whole environment, beyond the presenting symptoms, to discover which organs may be out of balance.
An important part of traditional Chinese medicine is the active prevention of disease. The onset of disease is never sudden: it takes periods of imbalance in the body’s systems before disease manifests itself.
Alongside Western Medicine
Traditional Chinese Medicine improves a person‘s general health as well as treating specific diseases and disorders. It is not a closed system: it can be used in combination with conventional medicine.