Traditional Chinese Medicine
Chinese Herbal Medicine is one of the great herbal systems of the world, with an unbroken tradition going back to the 3rd century BC.
Yet throughout its history it has continually developed in response to changing clinical conditions, and has been sustained by research into every aspect of its use. This process continues today with the development of modern medical diagnostic techniques and knowledge.
Today, it still forms a major part of healthcare provision in China, and is provided in state hospitals alongside western medicine.
They are two essential components in Chinese medicine - Acupuncture (usually performed with needles) and Chinese herbal therapy. Chinese medicine is based on the theory of Yin and Yang balance. It considers that the disease is caused as a result of Yin and Yang imbalance within the body.
Chinese herbal therapy is for re-balancing the Yin and Yang when disease occurs. Whereas the role of acupuncture is to regulate the meridians or channels of the body and unblock the stagnation of Qi (energy), to achieve the body energy balance.
Traditional Chinese medicine in it's application is more like art than scientific technology – herbal medicine and acupuncture to the TCM doctor is very much like pen and paint to the artist. The tools are the same, but the final works are very different and of varying value.
Chinese medicine is not standardised like Western medicine. TCM practitioner training at medical school is mainly academic and principle-based; clinical treatment depends upon the individual doctor’s understanding, skills and experience. TCM is highly flexible and it's effectiveness is dependent upon the individual doctor’s own design.
Dr Jie Shen
Our resident medical practitioner, Dr Jie Shen (BSc, Msc, PhD/MD) has acquired over 40 years of exceptional medical experience, in both Chinese medicine and Western medicine.
Dr Shen obtained his medical degrees and training at China’s leading universities; Doctor's degree in medicine (PhD/MD) from Beijing Medical University and postdoctoral training at Peking University. Dr Shen has won several national awards in medicine in China (1991 - National Science Foundation, 1989 - Zhang Xu Jun Foundation). He is a Full Member of the UK Association of Traditional Chinese Medicine.
In 1991, Dr Shen received a fellowship from the UK’s Welcome Trust to work as a Clinical Post-Doctorate Research Fellow (hepatology) at King’s College Hospital London. He later worked in the Wellcome Research Laboratory - one of the laboratories which formed pharmaceutical company GlaxoSmithKline.