Traditional Chinese Medicine
is approximately 2,000 years old. It consists of the disciplines
of acupuncture, moxibustion, herbal medicine, acupressure, cupping,
therapeutic exercise and nutrition. Traditional Chinese Medicine
is based on the principle of internal balance and harmony, chi or
"life force", yin and yang and the five elements. The
chi is regulated through the meridians or "energy channels"
by the interdependent forces of yin (female) energy and yang (male
energy). It is the job of the practitioner to bring yin and yang
back into balance and so regulate the flow of chi through the system,
restoring health and harmony.