Background | Who can benefit? | What to expect at a treatment
is part of the traditional holistic medicine of China, which has been
developed over the last three thousand years and has arrived at a unique
understanding of human beings in health and illness. The main therapies
of Chinese medicine are herbalism, acupuncture, massage (tuina) and
exercise (qi gong, tai chi).
Acupuncture is a
method of using fine needles to stimulate invisible pathways of "qi" -
which loosely translates as energy. These pathways (or meridians) run
beneath the surface of the skin, and stimulation of points along them
effects a change in the energy balance of the body, which works to
practitioner work together: while acupuncture treatments promote the
restoration of the patient's natural state of balance, the patient
himself is equipped to take greater responsibility for his health and
Chinese medical theory
has a precise and profound understanding of the interface between body,
mind and spirit, and the relationship between the individual and her
environment. Health is viewed as a state of balance, harmony and relaxed
flow. The Chinese medicine practitioner identifies patterns of
disharmony by investigating the physical and emotional traits, age,
habits and all aspects of the individual. The subtle diagnostic tools of
tongue and pulse examination are integral to this process.
One of the greatest
services the Chinese Medicine practitioner can perform for the patient
is the imparting of information and advice. Because Chinese medical
diagnosis can penetrate to the underlying causes of disease, the patient
can learn more about himself, how to participate in his recovery - and
how to stay balanced and well. This may involve making lifestyle changes
around diet, exercise and relaxation, for instance, or identifying and
addressing emotional issues.
is unknown in Western medicine. In simple terms it is our vital energy.
It keeps the blood circulating, warms the body and fights disease. Qi
flows through certain channels forming a network that links all parts
and functions together so that they work as a whole.
Changes in qi precede physical change, so acupuncture
can act as preventive medicine, correcting the energy before a serious
illness can occur. If physical change has already occurred, it can
sometimes be reversed by adjusting the qi.