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Chinese Medicine

November 29, 2004

Chinese Medicine is an ancient system of health care that has undergone continual development over the centuries as illnesses and their causes have evolved.

It has an unbroken tradition going back to the third century BC.

In China, unlike in western societies, it is not considered an alternative therapy but is used in hospitals alongside modern medicine.

Chinese medicine includes all oriental traditions emerging from south-east Asia that have their origins in China – practitioners may work within a tradition that comes from Japan, Vietnam, Taiwan or Korea.

It is a complete medical system that is capable of treating a very wide range of conditions and includes herbal therapy and acupuncture.

Chinese herbal medicine, along with the other components of Chinese medicine, is based on the concepts of Yin and Yang.

It aims to understand and treat the many ways in which the fundamental balance and harmony between the two may be undermined and the ways in which a person’s Qi or vitality may be depleted or blocked.

For more information or for help finding a practitioner contact the Register of Chinese Herbal Medicine on 01603 623 994 or visit www.rchm.co.uk.