CHINESE MEDICINE

Overview

Chinese Medicine is the oldest continuously-practiced system of medicine in the world. It's a comprehensive natural health care system that has been used throughout Asia for thousands of years to preserve health and diagnose, treat and prevent illness. Chinese Medicine includes the use of acupuncture, Chinese herbs, massage, exercise and diet to restore mind, body and spirit. The beauty of Chinese Medicine is that it can be used to correct imbalances that have become illness and pain, or even correct imbalances prior to the appearance of symptoms—thereby preventing disease.

Chinese medicine uses a sophisticated and complex system of diagnostic methods that takes the whole person into consideration, discerning the body's pattern of disharmony rather than isolated symptoms. The aim is not only to eliminate or alleviate symptoms, but instead to treat the underlying cause, thereby increasing that person's ability to function and improving their quality of life.

The potential benefits of Chinese Medicine are widely recognized. Since the 1970s, when Acupuncture first became available in the United States, more than 15 million Americans have tried it. The risk of side effects is low and the potential benefits are endless.

Much of the philosophy of Chinese Medicine comes from the same historical basis as Taoist philosophy. Both reflect the classical Chinese belief that the life and activity of individual human beings are in intimate relationship with the environment on all scales.

Unlike Western doctors, a Chinese Medicine Doctor does not generally focus on one specific area of specialty, since Chinese Medicine is meant to examine each patient as a whole and provide a precise diagnosis based on a solid understanding of the "big picture."

To keep the body in good health is a duty... Otherwise we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear.

- Buddha