The Chinese have an different understanding of health to that of the West and consequently the manner in which illnesses are diagnosed and treated is also different.

Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) is a holistic system in that the person as a whole is looked at rather than just the symptoms and the causes of the illness. Its beneficial effects on millions of people in China have demonstrated the effectiveness of TCM.

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Acupuncture is one aspect of TCM which involves applying thin needles to specific points of the body to enhance and balance the flow of energy throughout the body and to promote healthy functioning of the organs.

Moxa therapy (moxibustion) is often used in combination with acupuncture: this is a technique in which moxa, prepared from the herb artemisia, is used to warm certain acu-points.

Chinese herbal medicine is also an integral part of TCM. Remedies in pill, tablet or tonic form are available at Center clinic and may be prescribed.

Acupuncture, moxa therapy, tui na massage and/or herbal medicines may be the advised or preferred method of treatment depending on the diagnosis and the patient.