The goal of Chinese medicine is to simply restore balance. Chinese medicine does not treat disease, it treats individuals whose imbalances manifest in certain processes as the body attempts to regain balance.
Illness is seen as an imbalance between internal influences such as diet, exercise, rest, and emotions; and external factors such as weather, trauma, microbes or poisons. Health is the state of being in balance in body, mind and spirit.
Traditional Chinese Medicine encompasses many different treatment modalities including:
- Moxibustion (applying heat from the slow burning of mugwort)
- Herbal Medicine
- Qi Gong (movement and breathing exercise)
- Tui Na (Chinese medical massage)
- Lifestyle counseling
All these modalities are effective ways for treating a variety of conditions with minimal side effects.