This healing art stretches back over more than 5000 years. Contemporary Chinese medicine represents the cumulative clinical experience and time-tested theories of continuous practice by traditional Chinese physicians. It remains the world’s oldest, safest and most comprehensive system of medical care, developing as dynamically today as throughout its long history.
The principle behind Chinese Herbal Medicine is to help keep a balance between ‘Yin and Yang’, two opposing characteristics of the life force called ‘Qi (pronounced chi)’. When a person becomes ill, their ‘Yin and Yang’ are out of balance. The concept of this medicine is the use of different herb in combination to achieve a synergy effect; that is each herb in the combination is chosen so that they attack, not only the problem associated with the illness in its own right, but also enhance and catalyse the effects of one another, and therefore produce maximum therapeutic effectiveness. Thus, although each herb may have a special effect, it is rare that any would be used on its own.
Herbs are specially selected to treat the illness following a thorough diagnosis, thus identifying the root cause. This being the essence of Chinese Herbal Medicine as each case is individually prescribed for the person and not just symptoms.
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