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Oriental Medicine

Herbs and Remedies

Oriental Medicine is really a catch-all for the forms of acupuncture, herbal medicine, massage and exercise that originated in Asia and are now practiced worldwide.  It is the most widely integrated form of energy medicine in western cultures.  Traditionally used for prevention, it has garnered modern acclaim for successful treatment of a variety of acute and chronic conditions without the adverse side-effects found in western medicine.


The fundamental belief is that we live in a wholly interconnected universe.  So, what happens to one part of the body affects every other part of the body - all part of a greater energetic system.  To understand this, Oriental Medicine uses the powerful Yin/Yang and Five Elements images and metaphors from nature to describe the processes of health and disease.  Many of the concepts used have no counterpart in Western medicine.  For example, Qi ("Chi"), is  a vital life force or energy.  Qi flows through the body along pathways, called meridians, all corresponding to specific organs, systems or functions.  Imbalances in the flow of Qi cause illness;  correction of this flow restores the body to balance.


There are  a host of modalities to help restore a balanced flow, with the most prominent being Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and its component branches of acupuncture, acupressure, Tuina ("twee nah"), massage, moxibustion, herbology, Tai Qi and Qi Gong (breathing exercises.)


The ancient Chinese believed that there is a universal life energy called Qi or Chi present in every living creature.  This energy is said to circulate throughout the body along specific pathways that are called meridians.  As long as this energy flows freely throughout the meridians, health is maintained, but once the flow of energy is blocked, the system is disrupted and pain and illness occur.  Imagine rivers that flood and cause disasters or an electrical grid short-circuiting  that causes blackouts.  Acupuncture works to "re-program and restore normal functions by stimulating certain points on the meridians in order to free up the Qi.

What Does Treatment Entail?


The acupuncture treatment itself consists of the insertions of tiny thread like needles into points along pathways of energy called meridians.  We use only pre-sterilized and individually packaged disposable needles.

A treatment may also include other modalities such as cupping, electro-acupuncture, acupuncture injection therapy, moxibustion, gwa sha, plum blossom, anma and tui-na massage.

An herbal prescription may be given to treat your condition.  We use only the highest quality of Chinese herbal medicinals.

A personalized wellness program may be tailored for you including dietary changes, detoxification cleanses, lifestyle changes, prescribed exercises including Qi Gong, Tai Qi, Yoga and meditation.

Pediatric patients may be treated with other modalities and in some cases needles or tacs (tiny needles attached to tape or stickers that stay on the skin for a prescribed period of time).

As in any form of healing, the patient's attitude, diet, determination and lifestyle will affect the outcome of the course of treatment.  We encourage our patients to actively participate in their healing process.

Many conditions may be alleviated very rapidly by acupuncture and Oriental Medicine.  However, some conditions that have evolved over several years will be relieved only with slow steady progress.

During the treatment most patients experience a sense of relaxation and well-being.

The first component of a treatment is a consultation that allows us to gain a complete picture of your past and current health.  A physical examination, pulse and tongue diagnosis will be taken to assess your body's state of health.  Based on our observations and your input we will be able to make a diagnosis which will lead us to a treatment plan.

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