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About Chinese Medicine

Chinese Medicine (CM) is a comprehensive approach to health that includes acupuncture, herbal medicine, diet, tui na (massage), tai chi (movement), meditation and lifestyle modification. These ancient methods of health maintenance are based on the premise of living in harmony with nature. CM is rooted in observing the cycles, transformations and balance within nature. Therefore, terms such as dampness, dryness, heat, cold and wind are used to describe, and understand, each person's state of health. Advocates of Chinese Medicine use medical history, signs and symptoms, likes, dislikes, pulse quality, tongue appearance and palpation of specific regions and acu–points to form a diagnosis. Even subtle cues like voice quality, skin color and mannerisms can lend important information. Once a diagnosis has been reached, treatment often includes a combination of tools, including acupuncture, moxa–a warming technique, herbs, nutrition, exercise and lifestyle modifications. CM's integrative approach is a major reason why it has stood the test of time and continues to be an effective style of medicine.