Chinese Medicine is one of the oldest systems of medicine in the world, with a history of over 5000 years. It is based on the holistic theory that good health is a product of balance within the body and mind, and balance between man and the environment in which he lives. Chinese Medicine theory teaches that we all have energy flowing through the body, called Qi, and that any blockage to this flow of energy or Qi may eventually manifest as illness.
Chinese Medicine is somewhat unique in that it places great emphasis on the prevention of disease. In ancient China, Chinese doctors were paid to keep their patients well. If the patient fell ill, the payment ceased until the patient got better. This method ensured that practitioners regularly monitored their patient’s health in an effort to keep them well.
The emphasis on preventive health is still very much a feature of Chinese Medicine today. Chinese Medicine also stresses the interaction between the mental, emotional and physical health of the patient, in both diagnosis and treatment of illness.
In Chinese Medicine, treatment is tailored to the individual. Treatment aims to treat the root cause of the disease as well as symptoms. The various methods used include Chinese Herbal Medicine, Acupuncture (including electro-acupuncture), Cupping Moxibustion, Tuina (Chinese Remedial Massage) and Diet-Therapy. Chinese Medicine has been shown to be effective and safe in the treatment of a wide range of disorders