Chinese Medicine

Chinese Medicine is a potent medical tradition that embraces the totality of our human experience and condition.

Globally recognised
ancient tradition

Borne out of a history that has accumulated over 2,500 years’ worth of empirical knowledge, Chinese Medicine has become a globally recognised and valued form of natural healthcare that is capable of effectively treating a wide range of conditions.
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Chinese Medicine consists of
four pillars

Practising Chinese Medicine involves many years of training in each of these disciplines and many decades of dedicated practise to master.

What is a
Qi Doctor?

Qi (pronounced chee) is both a conceptual model and the presence, expression and function of life-force within us. However, ‘life-force’ is a somewhat limiting translation of this fundamental, complex and multi-layered concept in Chinese Medicine. Simply put, Chinese medical theory begins by describing the Three Treasures within each of us that together span the spectrum of our human make-up, encompassing both our energetic and physiological anatomy from the refined-frequency-wave of our consciousness down to the dense-frequency-wave of our physical body:


A term denoting consciousness or our subtle, more rarefied level of being.


A term denoting our energetic level of being, as our consciousness becomes a little denser and takes the form of mind, emotions and energetic processes within us. It is the medium of information, the conduit of communication between consciousness and physicality.


A term to describe the end point of that process of descent into matter, whereby our spectrum of being is now consolidated into physical substance. Jing carries our DNA coding, the blueprints for who we are born as and who we have the potential to become.

Qi therefore, is the energetic interface between our Shen (consciousness) and our Jing (physicality); between all that we are psychologically, spiritually and emotionally and all that we are physically, the bricks and mortar of our physiology.


Acupuncture predominantly works on the level of Qi and is therefore described as a healing modality that mediates like a hyphen between body and consciousness. By affecting the level of Qi, we can influence both upstream, to the level of Shen (consciousness) and downstream, to the level of our physicality and physiology.

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Together, Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine are two sides of the same coin, treating from the outside-in and the inside-out, encompassing the full spectrum of disease from existential and energetic imbalance through to cellular, visceral and physiological repair. They are both essential facets of Chinese Medicine, different yet complementary and when used together, they can dramatically enhance the practitioner’s capacity to deliver a profound and effective treatment.

Chinese Medicine

Meanwhile, with Chinese Herbal Medicine (and indeed botanical medicine in general) using the physical composition of plants, we can exert potent biochemical influence over our physicality, physiology and psycho-emotionality.

Nuanced understanding of health

Chinese Medicine offers a profound and nuanced understanding of the nature of health and illness, mapping the seeds of imbalance from the level of Shen through to their manifestation physically as complex disease.
In health, we are continually self-balancing and self-regulating our homeostasis. In other words we seamlessly respond and adjust to both internal conditions and our external environment to maintain comprehensive health.
Illness and disease arise when, for a plethora of reasons, this exquisite balance is lost. The art and skill of the practitioner is to discern just how to restore this finely interwoven balance. This perception of wholism is a fundamental feature of Chinese Medicine and enables the practitioner to make perfect sense of a seemingly unconnected assembly of symptoms and complaints.

Holistic approach to health

A Qi Doctor perceives dimensions of health beyond the norm.

A Qi Doctor therefore is working with all Four Pillars of Chinese Medicine, treating at the level of energetic Qi to effect change, healing and rebalancing on all levels of a person’s wellbeing. Through Chinese Medicine, a Qi Doctor can perceive additional dimensions of health, illness and both our energetic and biological physiology. It can be used alone or as an adjunct therapy to conventional biomedicine either to help reinforce biomedical treatment or to help counter its side effects.
Chinese Medicine pattern

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