QYHAC began as a community response to the HIV/AIDS epidemic in 1987. At that time there were no long-term effective Western treatments for AIDS. Anti-retro viral medications now work for many people, but Chinese medicine still plays a role in HIV/AIDS treatment.
Chinese medicine attempts to maintain health by harmonizing the body, mind and spirit. It is believed that immune strength derives from reinforcing the "normal" state of the body, which is naturally "intelligent" and full of vital energy, or Qi. Conceptually, Qi is regarded as being as vital and necessary to life as air, thereby strengthening the body’s Qi.
- People can integrate herbs, acupuncture, massage, our community education program and our classes in Yoga and QiGong as a way to support overall immune health.
- It can also provide relief for side effects of powerful medications, and conditions brought about by AIDS or a compromised immune system.
- Some clinicians have found that including Chinese medicine can delay the start of anti-retro viral medications, and once you are on them, provide better outcomes.
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› View our HIV Wellness booklet (PDF).
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