What is Chinese Medicine?

Chinese Medicine is a complete medical system which has developed and has been practiced for more than three thousand years. Unfortunately with the cultural gap between many other countries in the world for centuries, the merits of Chinese Medicine have until very recently been limited to its original birthplace.

Chinese Medicine has established upon its own philosophy and pathology a system of physiology, diagnosis, and approaches, as was described in Huangdi Neijing (Huangdis Internal Classic ) of the Warring States Period (475-221 BC). Historical documents from the Han Dynasty (206 BC - 220 AD) record performances of surgical operations using certain Chinese herbs as analgesic.

Chinese Medicine manages the treatment of diseases with:

  • Natural medicinal substances such as plants and minerals
  • Acupuncture, Moxibustion and Cupping
  • Bone setting
  • Tuina (or therapeutic massage)
  • Dietary therapy
  • Exercise therapy
  • Qi Gong (internal exercises)

The World Health Organisation, WHO reports that:

Traditional Medicine remains the major source of health care for more than two-thirds to three-quarters of the world's population.

(WHO Traditional medicine, Report by the Director-General, EB 63/WP/2.,15 Nov., 1978,PP. 2 & 9).
Being one of the oldest forms of medicine, Chinese Medicine has been repeatedly tested and proven effective through the accumulated rich experience in its long history of development. Additionally, with the development of integrating Traditional Chinese Medicine and Western Medicine in China, Chinese Medicine is now serving more people than ever before. Practitioners of Chinese Medicine, nowadays, having been trained in Traditional Chinese Medicine plus all the Western medical sciences, prefer to be known as Chinese Medicine practitioners, to mark this development of the new era.