In the last century (the age of Western medicine) Western medicine developed into a science with a very narrow focus: researching separate clinical issues and curing the symptoms of disease. In America it has turned into an "expensive equipment" kind of medicine that is not affrordable by many. Human beings as physical and psychological entities have receded into the background. Measures to maintain health and prevent disease have not received adequate attention. As a result, the past decade has seen a growing interest in naturopathy, (w)holistic medicine and traditional Chinese medicine (5000 years of practice). Health is, according to Chinese doctors, the equilibrium of body and soul. Unlike Western medicine, Chinese medicine does not focus primarily on the treatment of an illness. Instead it focuses on the entire person....the unity of body, mind and soul. Chinese medicine recognizes that illness is only one manifestation of an imbalance that exists in the person as a whole. The underlying philosophy of Chinese medicine is that we live between heaven and earth, and comprise a miniature universe within ourselves. The material of which living things are made is considered to belong to the Yin, or the female, passive aspect of nature. On the other hand, the life functions of living things are considered to belong to Yang, or the masculine, active, advancing aspect of nature. Yin and Yang are not opposing forces, they belong together. We all carry both Yin and Yang aspects within ourselves. If Yin and Yang are in equilibrium, this leads tom overall health and well-being. If they are out of balance, illness and disease occur.