July 2009

The theory of yin and yang is an ancient philosophical concept used in traditional Chinese medicine. Through living, practice and observation of every kind of natural phenomenon, people came to realise that two opposites exist in all things, and furthermore, that their interaction promotes the occurrence, development and transformation of things. Yin and yang always has the following characteristics:

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Channel scrubbing (or gua sha in Chinese), which will be explained in detail, very effectively clears stagnant Qi (energy), blood and toxins in the meridians and muscles. In Chinese medicine the stagnation of Qi (energy), blood and toxins are often the cause of stiffness, sharp or dull pain and lack of movement in the shoulders, neck and limbs. Scrubbing dredges the muscles and meridians very quickly removing the stagnation.

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Cupping is a very traditional method of treatment used in Chinese medicine for over 2,000 years. It is also practiced in Eastern Europe and involves glass cups being applied to various parts of the body for therapeutic purposes.

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Pulse diagnosis is an extremely effective method of helping a traditional Chinese medicine practitioner to provide an accurate diagnosis. The pulse is very important for two main reasons. The main reason is that it provides extremely detailed information of the condition of the internal organs. It does this because it reflects the state of Qi (energy) and blood in the body. As well as indicating the state of the internal organs, the pulse also identifies external, short-term influences (ie. a flu or cold).

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Chinese medicine diagnosis is extremely unique and differs from other forms of medicine. It encompasses observational diagnosis, scent diagnosis, verbal probing diagnosis and pulse diagnosis. Chinese medicinal physicians extract information through these four methods of diagnosis, utilising the principles of Chinese medicine to analyse the root of clinical symptoms of diseases.

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