Chinese herbal medicine. The Chinese Materia Medica (a pharmacological reference book used by TCM practitioners) describes thousands of medicinal substances—primarily plants, but also some minerals and animal products. Different parts of plants, such as the leaves, roots, stems, flowers, and seeds, are used. In TCM, herbs are often combined in formulas and given as teas, capsules, liquid extracts, granules, or powders. Acupuncture is the treatment of physical and emotional disease by influencing points on meridians, or “lines on energy”, which interconnect across the body surface. It affects the physiological functioning of the body by the insertion of fine needles into a few specific points around the body. Tai chi is a centuries-old mind and body practice. It involves gentle, dance-like body movements with mental focus, breathing, and relaxation. With a history of around 3000 years it is now used all over the world to treat millions of people for most health problems ranging from colds and flu to neck and back problems to insomnia, chronic fatigue, fertility and hormonal conditions and emotional conditions. It can also be used for health enhancement, to assist in sports performance, addiction withdrawal, and to improve your sense of well-being and vitality.