Chinese Medicine is the blanket term which includes Acupuncture, Chinese Herbal Medicine, Diet Therapy, Exercise Counseling, and Lifestyle Counseling. These modalities make up a system that treats and prevents illness, and interfaces with the Western Medical understanding of the body. Many conditions that would are overlooked or considered sub-clinical or insignificant by Western medical practitioners can be benefited by the use and implementation of Chinese Medicine, such as fatigue, the common cold, and general aches and pains to name a few.
A famous saying in Chinese Medicine is 'many branches, one root and one root, many branches' which implies an important aspect of diagnosis and treatment *of the individual* in accordance this nearly 3000 year old therapy. As a practitioner of this medicine, I treat the individual before me, not their disease or symptoms (although sometimes symptoms can be a helpful tool). This means that I must ask and listen to my patient's complaints, listen to their voice, look at their whole self, and palpate the organ channels below the elbows and knees to get an understanding of where dysfunction resides within the body. By doing this, I am able to understand how to proceed to treat the immediate condition - or chief complaint - while understanding the backdrop of the individual's health concerns or constitution.