medicine, and Oriental philosophy, strongly promote the idea of
balance. Achieving and maintaining balance is the goal of life.
Imbalance gives rise to symptoms and disease. Rectifying the imbalance
alleviates the symptoms. Many western medicine suppress symptoms but do
nothing to address the cause. Oriental medicine treats both the root
and branch of disease. It is a holistic approach to healing;
understanding the patient in relation to his or her environment, not
apart from it.
Medicine incorporates acupuncture, herbology, Chinese massage (tuina-
pronounced tway-nah), lifestyle counseling, and other traditional
modalities to help patients achieve balance.
the past 4,000 years, Asian physicians have mapped the flow of energy
in the body. They call the energy “Qi” (pronounced chee) and found it
flows around the body in vessels; similar to blood; with one channel
leading into the next and so on. When the Qi is flowing in harmony, the
body is naturally in a state of good health: the organ systems function
well, sleep is restful, moods are stable, the body is resistant to
disease, and it recovers quickly from injury. For a variety of reasons,
however, the flow of Qi can become obstructed, throwing the whole
system out of balance. Acupuncture uses very thin needles to affect and
balance the flow of Qi in the body, correcting the cause and relieving
the symptoms. Best known for its ability to treat pain, it is an
effective modality to treat many other trypes of conditions as well. It
is a very safe procedure with minimal possible side effects when
performed by a qualified practitioner. The World Health Organization
and The National Institute of Health recognize Acupuncture as a valid
and effective form of medicine.
medicine is the oldest type of medicine. Years ago, humans ate things
and noticed that some foods made them feel better, some foods made them
worse; some foods caused diarrhea, others helped it, etc. Everything
has energetic properties; cooling, warming, moistening, drying,
tonifying, sedating, etc. In Asia, physicians have studied and
documented the properties of most organic substances; both alone and in
combination with other ingredients. When properly prescribed, herbs can
bring the body back into balance. Many western drugs are synthesized
from natural sources. Herbs can be more natural and have fewer side
effects than drugs, but they should not be taken without proper
knowledge. The herbs available at “A Center for Oriental Medicine” are
of the highest quality and safety standards.
Tuina (Chinese Bodywork)
therapy is an acupressure based treatment; incorporating stretching,
rubbing, kneading, deep tissue work, and other types of manual
touch-therapy. Half-hour sessions can address a specific body part; 1
hour sessions can treat the whole body.
therapeutic modalities may be employed, such as fire-cupping,
moxibustion, and guasha. Fire cupping is the practice of putting
suction cups on the back, abdomen, or other body parts, to pull out
environmental evils and stagnant qi. Moxibustion is the practice of
burning chinese herbs over specific acupoints to add energy directly
into a specific meridian or area. Guasha is the practice of rubbing the
skin over the back or any strained muscle in such a manner as to cause
redness and painless bruising in order to mobilize the body’s healing
response. For the needle phobic, a low intensity laser may be
used to stimulate acupoints without the use of needles; this tends to
be somewhat less effective though.
Once thought to be rooted in superstition, Oriental Medicine is
actually an empirical science. The written record goes back 2,000 years
with no dark ages. Techniques that worked were recorded and passed
down, interventions that did not work were also recorded and abandoned.
The written record of Oriental medicine predates paper. Ancient turtle
shells have been found with acupoint and herbal prescriptions written
on them. Rooted deep in tradition, Oriental medicine is a dynamic and
ever-evolving science and art.
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