How does Chinese Medicine work?
Chinese Medicine works by re-establishing balance and harmony within the body. This means balance between yin and yang, balance between the five phases, balance between the viscera and bowels, and balance between the qi, blood and body fluids. This balance is re-established by supporting the body’s healthy or righteous energy and attacking an unhealthy or evil energy.

How is this rebalancing accomplished?
If something is too hot, the practitioner seeks to cool it down. If something is too cool, they will try to warm it up. If something is too wet, they try to dry it, while if something is too dry, they try to moisten it. If something is too much, they will try to make it less, and, if something is too little, they try to build it up. If something is stuck, they try to move it, and if something is flowing inappropriately, they try to make it flow in the right direction and amount.

What methods are used to re-establish balance within the body?
The main professionally applied methods of re-establishing balance are Chinese herbal medicine and acupuncture /moxibustion, Chinese herbal medicines may be prescribed internally or applied externally. Acupuncture and moxibustion seek to regulate the flow of qi and blood within the body by either inserting fine, sterile needles at certain acupoints or warming certain acupoints by various methods. In addition, Chinese medical practitioners may also use tui na or an mo, styles of Chinese massage, they may prescribe remedial or preventive exercises, such as tai ji, qi gong, or dao yin, and they typically counsel their patients on diet and lifestyle, and according to the theories of Chinese Medicine.

What is Chinese Medicine good for?
Chinese Medicine is a complete medical system which attempts to treat the full range of diseases, acute and chronic, traumatic infectious, and internally generated. That being said, if a disease is extremely virulent or far advanced, and especially if these are serious changes in organic tissue, Chinese medicine by itself is sometimes not powerful enough or too slow. In particular, Chinese Medicine is an excellent and effective choice at the beginning of any disease or for diseases which modern Western medicine either does not understand or for which it has no effective treatment.

Is Chinese Medicine safe?
Very. When practiced correctly by trained, qualified professional practitioners, acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine are extremely safe. In fact, when practiced correctly, they have no side effects and produce no iatrogenic or doctor-caused disease. If a patient reports side effects from a Chinese medical treatment, the practitioner modifies the treatment until there is healing without side effects. This is because Chinese Medicine seeks to restore balance to the entire person, not just the piece or part. Side effects mean there is imbalance that needs to be corrected.

Does Chinese Medicine only work for chinese?
Chinese Medicine has worked for thousands of years on literally billions of people. Because of the diverse population of China and its varied geography, Chinese Medicine has proven itself effective on all sorts of ethnic groups in all sorts of climates and lifestyles. In fact, Chinese Medicine is so universally effective that the World Health Organization has selected it for worldwide propagation. At this time, thousands of practitioners around the world are proving every day that Chinese Medicine works no matter where one lives or to what race one belongs.

How can I find a practitioner of Chinese Medicine?
In the United States, most practitioners of Chinese Medicine are licensed or certified as acupuncturists. Therefore, the best way to find a professionally qualified practitioner of Chinese medicine is to look in your Yellow Pages under acupuncture. Be sure your practitioner is state licensed, registered, or certified if acupuncture is regulated in your state. In addition, probationers who follow their names with the abbreviations Dipl. Ac. and Dipl. C.H. are nationally board certified in acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine respectively. Chinese medicine as a system is extremely complicated and extensive. It is not just a collection of techniques that can be added to some other health care profession. Just as one does not call an electrician to fix their plumbing, one should only seek treatment from professionally trained and qualified practitioners of Chinese Medicine.