Oriental Medicine and How You Benefit

Oriental Medicine is a complete medical system dating back over 3,000 years, the use of acupuncture is widespread throughout Asia, Europe and the United States.

We believe in helping people create the health they desire and that healing involves the cultivation of a trusting and respectful partnership between practitioner and patient. We create an individualized treatment plan using acupuncture, herbs, nutrition, cupping, electrical stimulation and massage therapy.

The type of Oriental Medicine that we practice is Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM).  Traditional Chinese Medicine is a complete health care system with a history and a depth that spans thousands of years, that treats both acute and chronic conditions.  TCM is holistic in its approach and looks at the physical, mental and emotional aspects of a person.  TCM addresses the root cause of disease as well as symptoms. Health is achieved, and disease is prevented, by maintaining the body in a balanced state.   A treatment plan is designed specifically for the individual and may include acupuncture, moxibustion, cupping, Chinese herbal medicine and massage, to create balance within the body.  Additionally, lifestyle and nutritional advice may be offered to help with the healing process and to maintain health and well-being.

Chinese Medicine is based on the belief that we live in a universe in which everything is interconnected.  What happens to one part of the body affects every other part of the body.  The mind and body are not viewed separately, but as part of an energetic system.

Cupping is the use of suction cups on specific areas of the body to increase circulation, reduce swelling and stop pain.

Moxibustion is burning of the herb mugwort leaf, which has warming properties.  Moxibustion can greatly increase the movement of qi and blood, alleviating pain and swelling and can also strengthen the body.

Chinese Herbal Medicine is the combining of various herbs in specific amounts according to individual diagnosis.  Made from organic substances such as plants, flowers and minerals.  Chinese medicinals are the precursors of Western pharmaceuticals.  Unlike their synthetic counterparts however, Chinese herbs rarely elicit side effects and have been proven safe during thousands of years of use.  Chinese herbal prescriptions are highly specific in their actions, temperature, and flavor and are carefully combined to treat individual needs. Herbs can be taken in pill, powder, decoction or tincture form.

 

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