Traditional Chinese Medicine:

Traditional Chinese herbal medicine has been used for more than 5000 years. It utilizes natural herbs with little or no side effects. Traditional Chinese herbal medicine plays a very important role in the prevention and treatment of diseases while promoting a healthy life. There are more than 10,000 kinds of herbs used for prevention and treatment of disease. While some herbs are strictly used medicinally other can be used culinarily.

The diagnosis method of Traditional Chinese Medicine is based on its philosophy of yin-yang and the Five Elements theory. The Yin-Yang Theory holds that all things have two opposite but complementary aspects that are interdependent. For example, men and women, light and dark, back of body and front of body, day and night etc. According to the Yin-Yang theory everything in nature (including the human body) can be divided into two different parts, Yin and Yang. Conditions are optimum when there is balance between yin and yang.

Traditional Chinese Medicine uses the Five Elements theory concept to treat diseases. According to the Five Elements Theory all systems in the human body have qualities that interact with each other just as they do in nature. The theory relates (metaphorically) the organs of the body to the elements of nature such as liver, heart, digest system, lung, kidney, as wood, fire, soil, metal, water. These five elements connect with each other and when they are working together in harmony there is balance, thus making the body healthy. Traditional Chinese Medicine works to balance the natural mechanism in the human body.

  • Liver = Wood
  • Heart = Fire
  • Digest System = Soil
  • Kidney = Water
  • Lung = Metal

In Traditional Chinese Medicine a four-step process is used for diagnosis. First through looking at the face, skin and tongue color, there is a diagnosis of both general health and potential problems with specific organs. Secondly through listening to the voice and breath, the practitioner will know if the person's sickness is deep or surface. Third the practitioner will ask the person for his or her history of illness (how many days, past medical history and family history). This will provide information to the doctor on how to treat the person. And the fourth step is to check the pulse. Certain diagnosis are made based on whether the pulse is weak or strong. This also helps the doctor determine if the illness is deep within an internal organ or if it is just a surface illness. The herbs used in Traditional Chinese Medicine are targeted at treating the original illness and regulating the whole body.

Traditional Chinese Medicine combines culture and history. Its theory and philosophy of Yin-Yang balance and The Five Elements, give tremendous power to healing people. The herbal prescriptions that are selected are composed of very carefully picked herbs, which follow the Yin-Yang theory, combining major and minor in order to regulate and balance bodily functions. The herbal formulas work slowly, accumulate, and recover the whole body.