Theory
Chinese Medicine is a complete medical system that supports the body's innate ability to heal itself, treating the whole person, not just the disease. Two patients may come in with the same symptom and receive entirely different treatments, depending on their constitutions. This ancient philosophy focuses on comprehensive patterns of relationship between the internal physiology and the external environment, and within the body between organs and organ systems. Optimum health results from living harmoniously within the cycles of day and night, and the yearly cycle of seasons.

Discerning these patterns, a doctor of Chinese Medicine can then determine where in the integrated whole there is a weakness or blockage of circulation of Qi, life force energy, and apply this understanding to the treatment and prevention of disease, and to health maintenance.

Developed long before modern laboratory diagnostic equipment and the discovery of 'the germ', Chinese Medicine is based on empirical knowledge gained from over two thousand years of observation, which has led to a refinement of both diagnosis and treatment.

Diagnosis
During the initial visit a full health history is taken. Symptoms, such as the presence of pain, trouble sleeping, digestive complaints, an aversion to hot or cold, depression or irritability, lack of energy, stress and for women irregular or painful periods, all illuminate the nature and pattern of the imbalance.

In addition to asking questions, a Chinese medical practitioner may look at the tongue and feel the wrist pulses. Both tongue and pulse provide insight into the underlying causes of disharmony in the internal systems of the human body.

By organizing the findings, a precise and comprehensive diagnosis is made of where Qi has become weakened or blocked. This informs the practitioner as to the course of treatment, which may include Acupuncture, Moxibustion, Chinese Herbal Medicine, and Nutritional Therapy.