Health and wellbeing in balance
TRADITIONAL HERBAL MEDICINE
Properties of herbs have been painstakingly studied by Chinese scholars for nearly two thousand years. The first book documenting the functions of herbs and the benefit they can bring to Mankind's health appeared in the 2nd century. While the medicinal properties of herbs were being studied individually, a large number of herbal formulas were also being developed.
Nowadays Chinese Medicine doctors have a great variety of herbal formulas at their disposal. However, practitioners of Chinese Medicine believe that no two patients should be treated in the same way, even when they suffer the same ailment. Great skill and experience are required in choosing the right formula and very often the doctor will have to modify the formulas slightly to suit individual cases. Most of the time the patient is asked to boil the herbs and drink the liquid (like tea), although external use may also be suggested.
Acupuncture uses a network of invisible pathways called meridians. A life-energy or 'Qi' flows along these meridians. Illness occurs when Qi becomes deficient, blocked or stagnant. By placing special needles in specific points along the meridians, acupuncturists aim to restore the balance of energy in the body by clearing the meridians. The overall aim of acupuncture treatment is to restore the body's equilibrium.
Acupuncturists are trained to use subtle diagnostic techniques that have been developed and refined for centuries. The focus is not on the illness but on the individual. In addition, all symptoms are seen in relation to each other and not in isolation. As each patient is seen as unique, two people who have the same western diagnosis may well receive different acupuncture treatments.