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About Traditional Medicine

Traditional medicine

Traditional Oriental Medicine (TOM) is rooted in the practice of keeping healthy and nourishing life by preserving harmony between the body, mind, spirit and environment. It encompasses many modalities, the most popular, perhaps being acupuncture and herbal medicine. There are several medical texts that are the cornerstone of the interpretation of TOM. The Huangdi Neijing (Inner Canon of the Yellow Emperor) 黃帝內經 and The Shan Han Lun (Treatise on Cold Damage Diseases) 傷寒論, both elaborate on the patterns and relationships between the physical body, emotional body, the earth, the heavens and the universe as a whole. The understanding of these patterns and relationships offer insight on how to preserve health through the use of different balancing practices.

Traditional medicines are based on a model of preserving health and avoiding illness by using lifestyle practices such as; exercise (e.g. qi gong), food, herbals, and mindful practices. If disease does arise, then implementing different modalities to rebalance yin and yang, a person in their environment as well as the physical body and the emotions, then one can enter again into a balanced or healthy state. 


The brilliance of the Traditional Medicine model is about understanding all the parts and how they function in the whole. By having this perspective, we can treat every aspect of a person…so that they may find lasting health through healing at the deepest levels.