Oriental Medicine

An ancient holistic system of healing that uses a variety of modalities

The art of this traditional medicine has embraced a strong cultural and philosophical tradition for many centuries. Traditional Chinese Medicine (the broad term we mostly use) is the crystallisation of the wisdom of the Chinese people achieved in their long-term efforts for treating diseases.

Traditional Chinese medicine has had a notable impact on the health of mankind and the culture of the world. It encompasses the basic concepts of the correspondence between man and nature, the integrity of the human body and mind, and the maintenance of a dynamic balance of life activities under the influences of the internal and external environments.

Qi (Chi) is the vital energy or life force that flows through the meridian channels or pathways of the body. The meridians need to be in harmony not disharmony (dis-ease) to promote health. Qi regulates the person’s spiritual, emotional, mental, and physical health.

Medicinal herbs (and occasionally some animal and mineral products) in whole and natural form are used to treat and prevent mental, physical, and emotional illness. Herbs are believed to restore harmony to the mind, body, and emotions.

Oriental Medicine practitioners may also be trained in physical therapies such as acupuncture, acupressure, auricular therapy, moxibustion, cupping, Shiatsu, Qigong and Tai Chi.