Concepts of traditional Chinese medicine have been around for over 3,000 years. From what we know, archaeologists first found acupuncture needles and bones inscribed with discussions of medical conditions during the Shang Dynasty in 1,000 B.C.
The medicine is based on the principles of yin and yang, the five elements (fire, earth, metal water and wood), and the seasons. Yin and yang are meant to compliment, not contradict each other. Neither is good nor bad, but rather one should seek a harmony or balance between the two. The five phases are also aspects present in all living beings, often viewed as tendencies or processes.
As a practitioner, I assimilate signs and symptoms to help me gain a better understanding of the overall health and functioning of my patients. I do so by listening to their complaints, feeling their pulses and abdomen and looking at their tongue, ear abdomen an more. From there I reach a diagnosis and develop a treatment that will bring their bodies closer to balance. My goal is to both treat, and prevent, disease.