The term “Chinese Medicine” refers to a number of practices, especially acupuncture and herbal formulas and their theoretical basis. Chinese Medicine also includes Tuina/Shiatsu massage therapy, diet counselling and modification, and lifestyle counselling. Traditionally, the theory of Chinese Medicine was a theory of nature, health and disease. The forces underlying the theory are described as:
- Yin and Yang;
- The Three Essences;
- Five Elements;
- Eight Principles of Therapy; and,
- The Fourteen Meridians.
When all of the underlying forces and systems are in harmony and balance, health can be achieved and maintained.