The history of Chinese medicine began with a curious and creative human. Its foundation can be traced back to ancestral observations of nature. Over the course of at least 3,000 years of inquiry, Chinese medicine has developed into a medical practice that honors art and science with equal importance. In its vast scope, this is a field that utilizes diverse modalities including acupuncture and moxabustion, herbal medicine, bodywork, exercise, nutritional therapy, and environmental health. At its core, Chinese medicine views disease and healing much like the Western medical view of homeostasis—the human body as a dynamic system constantly moving toward optimal balance. When the body shifts between this state, Chinese medicine is able to differentiate patterns of imbalance with insight using thoughtful diagnostic measures.