Chinese Medicine is a complete medical system that has over 2,500 years of documented use and clinical efficacy. It is a system of medicine capable of treating a wide range of conditions, and it utilizes techniques such as herbal medicine, acupuncture, dietary therapy, and exercises in breathing and movement. Traditional Chinese Medicine is truly holistic; that is, the human body and its systems are viewed not only in isolation, but also in terms of how they interrelate, and whether they are in harmony with their environment.
The treatment of illness is based primarily on the diagnosis and differentiation of syndromes. A diseased state is seen as an imbalance of the fundamental energies that flow within the body, resulting in a blockage, excess, or deficiency of Qi, or vitality. Clinical strategies work to restore a state of balance, resulting in a resolution of symptoms. In this way, the root cause of the disease is treated, not just the symptoms.