Traditional Chinese herbal medicine, acupuncture and food therapy have been practiced in China for thousands of years on both animals and humans. Alternative Eastern therapies are frequently combined and compliment and enhance one another. They can also be used in conjunction with more traditional Western medicine, to treat a wide variety of acute and chronic conditions.
In traditional Chinese medicine, Qi (pronounced chee), is the life force or vital energy of a being. Qi is broken down into two opposite forms, Yin and Yang (pronounced Yawn). Qi flows throughout the body 24 hours per day and when Yin and Yang are in balance, the body is in a state of homeostasis or harmony. When the Qi flow is interrupted by a pathological interruption (i.e. virus or bacteria) the balance or harmony of the body is lost and illness, pain or disease may occur.