Acupuncture, the main modality utilized by practitioners of Traditional Chinese Medicine, is also used in varied forms by practitioners of the traditional medicines of Japan, Korea, and India. The core philosophy of Traditional Chinese Medicine is over 3000 years old and is based on the concept that Qi, or life energy, flows through the body in a network of pathways known as meridians. A blockage or dysfunction of Qi can cause pain, imbalance, and eventual disease.
The ancient cultures of the world all share a similarity: they all used plants and other naturally occurring substances as medicines. The Chinese have used the natural medicinal qualities of plants for thousands of years. To this day, lore passed down from generation to generation provides for the use of these substances in the preparation of Chinese family meals equipped to treat and prevent illness. The Traditional Chinese medicine system incorporates the most extensive herbal pharmacopeia of substances of any culture on the planet.