Traditional Chinese medicine is one of the oldest forms of alternative medicine still practised, and has been around for more than 2,500 years. Having originated around mainland China, traditional Chinese medicine has become very well-known today, and is practised by many people worldwide. What distinguishes it from other forms of Asian medicine is that it has quite a large amount of writings and research work supporting its claims, which makes people more confident in trying it out over other traditional types of medicine.

Traditional Chinese medicine is mainly based around two basic principles. The first one is the concept of “Qi” which can be translated as “vital energy”, while the second one is the slightly less obscure “yin” and “yang” theory. This theory basically states that two seemingly opposite forces are actually complementary and interconnected, and that they need each other to balance themselves and exist. Combining these two principles, traditional Chinese medicine states that harmony brings good health and well-being, while on the contrary disharmony will lead to disease and decay.

Having been around for such a long time, it is no surprise that there are so many different treatments in traditional Chinese medicine. Some of the more famous are:

Acupunture in South Lake – You might probably have heard of this. This type of treatment involves inserting very tiny needles in various parts of the body (called meridians) and manipulating them to stimulate the body.

• Moxibustion – This involves burning moxa (dried mugworth root) and inhaling the smoke as a treatment. This process does indeed produce a lot of smoke, which has a distinct, pungent smell and is often confused for cannabis.

• Tui Na Massage – This is basically a type of massage, but it can also involve additional treatments in the form of acupressure, heating and application of herbal ointments.

• Qi Gong – This a form of physical exercise for the body, while also focusing on concentration to improve mental health.

Even though traditional Chinese medicine has been practised for so long, be aware that many treatments are still not well documented by the scientific community and not enough research has been done to confirm the claims that traditional Chinese medicine can cure diseases incurable by standard medical methods. If you fell hesitant to try Chinese medicine, it may be better to consult with practitioners of other schools of traditional medicine. For example, if you feel joint pain, why not visit a good chiropractor?

But if you do opt to try Chinese medicine, be absolutely sure that you get the help of a reputed practitioner and try to avoid anybody without a good record. This will save you money and time in the long run and possibly avoid catching more diseases! It is not easy to find the best practitioners, but the advantages of doing so far outweigh the risks of getting caught in a scam.