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- Holistic health care

Chinese herbal medicine takes an wholistic approach to understanding disease processes and focuses as much on prevention of illness as on the treatment of health conditions. Treatment targets not just the presenting signs and symptoms - it looks at the underlying condition, other health problems and the general state of health and well-being.

Most diseases or illnesses present with a core set of recognisable signs and symptoms, but the actual presentation of a particular disease or illness will vary from person to person. For this reason, people with similar health conditions may be provided with quite different Chinese herbal medicine prescriptions.

A qualified AACMA practitioner is able to prescribe a Chinese herbal formula that specifically matches and treats your individual health problem. As your condition changes and improves with treatment, the Chinese herbal treatment is also adjusted and modified until the desired health outcome is achieved.

- A philosophy for health

According to TCM theory, when healthy, an abundant supply of qi (pronounced chee) or "life energy" flows unimpeded through the body's meridians. The meridians are a network of energy channels that flow through the body in well- mapped pathways. If the flow of qi in the meridians becomes blocked or there is an inadequate supply of qi, then the body fails to maintain normal function, and disease or illness follows.

TCM practitioners look carefully for the signs of health and dysfunction, paying particular attention to not only the presenting illness or condition, but also the medical history, general constitution, the pulse and tongue, and a range of other indicators. Clinical assessment, diagnosis, and treatment principles are based on the theoretical frameworks of TCM, identifying the underlying symptom patterns that indicate how the body is or has become dysfunctional.