Acupuncture has been practised in the East for centuries. Now this holistic form of medicine is becoming increasingly popular in Europe and America. Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) provides a useful complement to orthodox medicine, as it can treat chronic or recurring problems such as backache, migraines and asthma, and can reduce the use of drugs in many conditions. Sometimes it can make sense of illnesses that modern medicine has difficulty treating. Seeing health and illness from a TCM perspective enables the acupuncturist to treat subtle imbalances.

Chinese Herbal Medicine
Chinese Herbal Medicine is the world’s oldest continuously practised literate science. Its principles were set down around 2,500 years ago and it has continued to evolve as a scholarly clinical tradition ever since. Today it still forms the bckground of public health care in China as well as for millions of oriental people throughout the world. Its importance as a low cost but clinically proven medical system is recognised by the World Health Organisation.

Chinese Tuina Massage
Tuina is the traditional physical therapy of Chinese Medicine. Like other modalities within Chinese Medicine it is very ancient but continues to provide front line healthcare in modern China. It is a therapy which is very popular among patients: every hospital or clinic in China has a thriving Tuina department.

Chinese Therapeutic Exercise: Qigong and Tai chi
Tai chi and Qigong are the main forms of therapeutic exercise used in Chinese Medicine. Qigong is a collective term covering over 4,000 different traditions of health exercise, meditation and martial arts power training which have evolved throughout China over the last 5,000 years. Qigong occupies a similar place in Chinese culture as Yoga does in Indian culture and is used as a hospital-based therapy in China. Tai chi is a martial art based on Qigong principles. The elementary stages of this martial art have become popular throughout the world as a gentle exercise for older people. Today over 100 million people practise Tai chi.