Chinese medicine is a complete medical system that has diagnosed, treated and prevented illness for over 2500 years. There is a general view that everything contains Yin and Yang within it. It is this harmony of Yin and Yang that is optimal health, where as disease occurs when there is disharmony between them.
Illness is understood as a consequence of either a depletion or congestion of Qi. Insufficiency leads to fatigue, poor immunity, slow digestion and inadequate blood flow, where as excess results in pain, distension, irritability and swelling.
The goal of treatment is to adjust the Yin and Yang by regulating Qi. Weak organs are tonified, congested channels are opened, excess is dispersed, agitation is calmed and heat is cooled. Treatment utilizes acupuncture, botanical medicine and diet.