Chinese Herbal Medicine is one of the great herbal systems of the world, with an unbroken tradition going back to the 3rd century BC. Yet throughout its history it has continuously developed in response to changing clinical conditions, and has been sustained by research in every aspect of its use. This process continues today with the development of modern medical diagnostic techniques and knowledge.
Because of its systemic approach and clinical effectiveness it has for centuries had a very great influence on the theory and practice of medicine in the East, and more recently has grown rapidly in popularity in the West. It still forms a major part of healthcare provision in China, and is provided in state hospitals alongside western medicine.
Chinese Herbal Medicine alongside other Chinese Medicine (Acupuncture, Tuina, Shiatsu, Tai Chi, Chi Gong, Dietary Therapy) is based on the concept of Yin and Yang and the Five Elements. Its aim to understand and treat the many ways in which the fundamental balance and harmony between them may be undermined and the ways in which the person's Qi or vitality may be depleted or blocked. Clinical strategies are based upon diagnosis of patterns and signs and systems that reflect imbalance.
However, the tradition as a whole places a great emphasis on lifestyle management in order to prevent disease before it occurs. Chinese medicine recognizes that health is more than just the absence of disease and it has a unique capacity to enhance our capacity for well-being and happiness.
Chinese Herbal Medicine - Shiatsu - Tai Chi
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