Traditional Chinese medicine is an ancient traditional form of medicine practiced in China for around 3000 years. It is based on the balance of Qi and Blood, Yin and Yang, the balancing forces of the cyclical extremes of everything in nature, i.e. day and night, winter and summer, hot and cold etc. These basic forces are constantly moving or transforming in order to retain the balance of the whole.
The aim of Traditional Chinese Medicine, which includes acupuncture, herbal medicine, cupping and moxibustion, is to treat the person rather than the disease. The treatment focuses on the whole body rather than on symptoms, and this approach can result in a successful treatment and a marked improvement in well being.
The Chinese believe that acupuncture treatments redirect or unblock the flow of Qi (vital energy) through the body. It can be effective in treating many health problems including asthma, headaches, menstrual problems, stress, pain, skin problems and digestive problems. The World Health Organisation recognizes more than one hundred conditions that can be helped by acupuncture.