Chinese Medicine, developed more than 3,000 years ago, is a holistic perspective on health and illness which treats the relationship of a symptom to the person as a whole. Basic foundations of oriental medical analysis, interpretation and treatment include factors of environment, behavior, emotional state, stages of life and season. Chinese medicine includes the Yin-Yang theory of balance, a “Five Phase” theory coordinating organs within categories of fire, earth, metal, water and wood; the concept of qi, a vital life energy flowing throughout the body along meridian pathways; acupuncture and acupressure; herbs and nutrition. Great emphasis is placed on preventive techniques.