Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) originated in ancient China and evolved over thousands of years. Practitioners trained in Chinese Herbal Medicine use this medical system to diagnose, treat and prevent illness.
Underlying the practice of TCM is a unique view of the world and the human body. This view is based on the ancient Chinese perception of humans as microcosms of a larger, surrounding universe (macrocosm) and their relationship with nature and its forces. What happens to one part of the body affects every other part of the body. The mind and body are not viewed separately, but as part of an energetic system. Similarly our organs are viewed as interconnected structures that work together to keep the body functioning in balance and harmony.
Acupuncture is one of the most accepted complementary therapies in Australia, and is fast gaining acceptance in mainstream medicine across the Western world, with many GPs referring patients to an accredited Acupuncturist.
Acupuncture involves the use of thin solid metal needles which are inserted in the body at very specific points. A major concept of Traditional Chinese Medicine (and Acupuncture) is the notion that a vital energy or life force called Qi circulates throughout the body via a system of pathways known as meridians.
Imbalances or disharmony in the flow of Qi is thought to cause illness; Acupuncturists aim to correct the flow of this vital energy to restore the body to balance and maintains the health of this unique system.