Introduction to Eastern Medicine - Acupuncture, Tuina, Qigong, and Herbal Medicine

The strength and flexiblity of eastern medicine is a direct result of the eastern philosophical views and understandings from which the medicine is drawn. Eastern philosophy provides us with different approaches to viewing our nature, the workings of our bodies, the manifestation of disease and the process of healing. While it is true that no single system of philosophy holds all of the answers, the eastern framework provides us with a wealth of guidance and practical techniques to foster physical and mental health.

The basic techniques within Traditional Chinese Medicine (or TCM) are acupuncture, bodywork (tuina), energywork (qi gong), and herbal medicine. These techniques have been used for thousands of years to help heal diseases of the mind, body and spirit. Today eastern medicine techniques are used to treat conditions from back pain, to depression, to cancer.

In addition to the medical techniques and theories, eastern philosophy and tradition provides one with many opportunities for self-healing. Through theories related to diet, exercise, and mental development people can strengthen their energy, heal disease and improve their vitality. Practices such as tai chi and the many varieties of qi gong and meditation have been shown over time and through modern research to improve immunity, balance our emotions and strengthen our bodies.

As our site contains a vast array of information related to eastern medicine, the following articles have been written to help you begin understanding these techniques and how they may help you: