Traditional Chinese medicine Practice
Traditional Chinese medicine includes several integrated parts - acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, food therapy and Tai Chi Chuan. Traditional Chinese regarded “Yin” and “Yang” as the two basic energy forces which underline the universe. The balance between “Yin” and “Yang” is the key to achieve harmony of life. One of the major assumptions inherent in traditional Chinese medicine is that illness is a loss of balance of “Yin” and “Yang”. Thus, in Chinese medicine practice, a physician will treat the underlying imbalance to reestablish the healthy balance state. Food is a major source of energy for life and therefore food intake has great effect to the “Yin” and “Yang” state of the body. Food is classified according to its “warm” or “cool” in nature in traditional Chinese medicine. “Warm” or “cool” has nothing related to the physical temperatures of the food, but a characterization of the energetic effect to the “Yin” or “Yang” state of the body. “Warm” nature of the food contributes “Yang” state of the body, while “cool” nature of the food contributes “Yin” state of the body. Balancing diet of “warm” or “cool” food will help to achieve harmony state of body.