Chinese Medicine is a complete medical system that has diagnosed, treated, and prevented illness for over 2300 years. Imagine, for a moment, that the medicine of Hippocrates, the father of western medicine, circa 600 B.C.E., had undergone continuous evolution from the time of Socrates, through the Roman empire, the Middle Ages, the Renaissance, the Age of Reason, right up through the Scientific and Computer ages. Imagine that during this time a highly educated, literate upper class of physicians had compiled a massive written system in which thousands of case studies and both theoretical and practical texts served as the means for communicating with each other on the subtleties of preserving life and preventing disease and untimely death. Imagine a huge population to observe and learn from, in which literacy is prized, medicine is state sponsored, and the course of disease studied, empirically, in the most sophisticated literate pre-modern system. Now you have imagined traditional Chinese Medicine. Chinese medicine is a complete system of treating and promoting health through the use of medicines (herb, mineral, and animal products), Acupuncture, Spinal and Joint Manipulation, Massage, Dietary and Nutritional Therapies, Meditation, Tai Qi, and Counseling.