Traditional Chinese Medicine
Good Health! It’s a matter of balance–pure and simple–between the mind and the body, the spirit and the natural world. It’s also a matter of personal responsibility: To thrive–to live well–we must take care of ourselves.
Traditional Chinese Medicine holds that when we promote and protect this balance, our Qi–our vital energy–is at its peak and our body in a state of well being, a state in which we thrive.
Imagine your house in a power outage. The lights go out–your fridge and freezer–on the blink. Your perishables are perishing; no heat from the baseboards–nada–zip–nothing. The temperature drops. You’ve been cut off from the current of electricity keeping your household humming.
It’s a blackout. You’ve been knocked off the energy grid. You have no power. Everything you depend upon–everything you take for granted-has ground to a halt. Until conditions change, until the current is restored, you’re powerless; your energy-dependant appliances will remain shutdown, your living conditions debilitated.
Your body is much the same. Think of it as your house, your home. It operates off of a power grid, too–the Jingluò–and a current of energy flowing through it called Qi (pronounced chee) on which the infrastructure of your body–your zang and fu organs–depend.
The five branches of Traditional Chinese Medicine–acupuncture, herbal medicine, nutrition, body massage, and energy enhancing exercises–are used throughout Asia as “treatments of choice” for restoring Qi to a state of balance when it’s been disrupted by pain, illness and disease.