Chinese medicine is considered a traditional form of medicine that has been practices in China for thousands of years. Like Western medicine, there have been numerous developments throughout history. These ensure that there are different points of view, visions and ways of approaching Chinese medicine.
A basic idea is that disease in the body is a result of imbalance. By correcting this disharmony through different types of treatment, one can heal man. This must be considered in its entirety at all times. A holistic approach, so to speak. Holistic also means more than just the person in his / her whole, but the person in the context of his or her environment, social context, etc…
Chinese medicine is often seen in the West as a supplement to regular medicine. And is often known by Western doctors for its effectiveness in pain, stress and sleep disorders, etc… That is a pity because Chinese medicine is much more than that. Chinese medicine is a discipline in itself that should not be seen as a supplement but as a full partner of Western medicine.
Chinese medicine has many forms and facets. It’s part of a culture. It has its own theory and language. Diagnostics and treatment. With a modern look or with a more traditional look.