What is Chinese Medicine?

Chinese medicine includes all oriental traditions emerging from Southeast Asia that have their origins in China. Practitioners may work within a tradition that comes from Japan, Vietnam, Taiwan or Korea. It is a complete medical system that is capable of treating a very wide range of conditions. It includes herbal therapy, acupuncture, dietary therapy, and exercises in breathing and movement (tai chi and qi gong). Some or several of these may be employed in the course of treatment

Chinese herbal medicine, along with the other components of Chinese medicine, is based on the concepts of Yin and Yang. It aims to understand and treat the many ways in which the fundamental balance and harmony between the two may be undermined and the ways in which a person's Qi or vitality may be depleted or blocked. Clinical strategies are based upon diagnosis of patterns of signs and symptoms that reflect an imbalance.

However, the tradition as a whole places great emphasis on lifestyle management in order to prevent disease before it occurs. Chinese medicine recognizes that health is more than just the absence of disease and it has a unique capacity to maintain and enhance our capacity for well being and happiness.


COMMERCIALLY SUPPLIED: Fresh leaves and/or fresh roots may be used in their natural form, but they also may be found in tablet form, capsules, bark pieces, powders, liquid beverages, extracts, tinctures, lotions, creams, salves, or oils. Whole dried roots or leaves are available.

APPLICATIONS: Some ways herbs can be used.

  • Compress: Soak a cloth in a cool herb solution, then apply directly to the injured area.
  • Decoction: Make a tea from the root, seed, berry, or bark of the herb plant. Simmer the tea, do not boil.
  • Essential Oils: Oils are distilled from plants or by cold extraction. Usually they are mixed with vegetable oil or water and used as an inhalant, douche, or tea. Also, they may be used as eyewash, earwash, mouthwash, or used externally for massage, and to treat cuts and abrasions. Essential oils easily and readily combine with the natural fats and oils of the skin.
  • Extracts: Place the herbs in a solvent and soak, allowing the solution to evaporate. This solution is the most effective form of using herbs when severely or acutely ill.

Tui Na is the traditional system of Chinese style physical therapy or massage. It is used in conjunction with acupuncture to enhance treatments in a variety of musculo-skeletal conditions.

Tui Na treat patients for joint and muscle pathologies, insomnia, hypertension, headaches, toothaches, stomachaches, neuralgia's, etc.  Tui Na is one of the most popular treatment modalities due to its effectiveness and comfort level.

Cupping is a technique where a glass cup or bamboo jar is suctioned onto the body and allowed to sit for about ten minutes. This technique stimulates circulation, relieves swelling, and greatly enhances an acupuncture or Electro-acupuncture treatment. Cupping is used for many conditions including; back pain, shoulder pain, neck pain, common colds and influenza.


Beijing Acupuncture & Herb Clinic
2645 North Berkeley Lake Rd., Suite 133. Duluth, Georgia 30096
Tel: 770-814-9898 770-458-3885