Eastern Medicine. Definition

Medical Definition: Eastern Medicine

A medical system that has been used for thousands of years to prevent, diagnose and treat diseases. It is based on the belief that qi (the body's vital energy) flows along 20 meridians (channels) throughout the body and keeps in balance the spiritual, emotional, mental and physical health of a person. Oriental medicine aims to restore the body's balance and harmony between the natural opposing forces of yin and yang, which can block qi and cause disease. Oriental medicine includes acupuncture, diet, herbal therapy, meditation, exercise and massage. Also called traditional Chinese medicine and TCM.

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