Concept of Chinese Medicines
Herbal medicines, also known as herbalism or botanical medicine, can be traced back to ancient times. Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), being one of the oldest form of herbal medicine, are pass down from generation to generation. Over time, these experiences accumulate; and thus creating an integrated system of theories; such as the yin and yang; and positive and negative forces. It is the practitioners that uses different herbs to harmonize (and heal) the Yin and Yang and the various qui in the human bodies.
As Western medicine brings influence to Chinese medicine, heavier emphasis is placed on the chemical and biological effects of these natural remedies. However, the core traditional idea remains unchanged; to promote internal well-being and self-healing.