Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is an ancient, complete medical system that has been practiced for more than five thousand years. It takes a deep understanding of the laws and patterns of nature and applies them to the human body. At the heart of TCM is the belief that the root cause of illnesses, not their symptoms, must be treated. TCM is holistic in its approach It views every aspect of a person, their body, mind, spirit and emotions, as part of one complete circle rather than loosely connected pieces to be treated individually. The true foundation of TCM is Qi, which is can be translated as vital energy. In TCM, Qi is considered to be the force that animates and informs all things. In the human body, Qi flows through meridians, or energy pathways. Twelve major meridians run through the body, and its over this network that Qi travels through the body and that the body’s various organs send messages to one another. For this reason, keeping the meridians clear of stagnations is imperative for the body’s self-regulating actions to occur. in TCM everything is composed of two complementary energies; one energy is Yin and the other is Yang. Yin is the night and Yang is the day. They are never separate, one cannot exist without the other. The Theory of Yin and Yang contains no absolutes. The designation of something as Yin or Yang is always relative to, or in comparison with another. Because Yin and Yang have an inseparable relationship, if there is a problem with one, the other will also be affected. Ideally, Yin and Yang remain in harmony - that is the goal of Chinese Medicine.