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Oriental medicine is a system of medicine that is based on over 2,500 years of empirical (tried and true) evidence.
This system treats the body as an organic whole and which is inseparable from nature. Oriental medicine promotes healing in a homeostatic manner and uses the body’s own regulatory system to treat diseases (NIH, 2007).
In a nut shell, oriental medicine stimulates the body to heal itself.
Oriental Medicine consists of several different modalities. I practice these modalities:
Originating in China more than 2,500 years ago, acupuncture is one of the oldest and most respected forms of medicine throughout the world. Today, acupuncture is one of the most researched forms of complementary medicine, and the results of this research have proven time after time that acupuncture is a very effective treatment.
Acupuncture uses a variety of techniques when placing very thin sterile needles into specific points on the body. These points are used to strengthen the immune system, regulate the body’s functions and to prevent and treat disease and pain.
The ancient tradition of Chinese herbal medicine uses teas and tea pills made of various herbs and other natural substances to improve and increase one’s health and energy. Chinese herbal medicine formulations are used to help assist the body’s natural self-healing abilities.
Chinese herb formulations are both an art and a science. Most Traditional Chinese formulations have been used for centuries; however, there are also modern formulas for some of today’s illnesses. When I suggest a formula, I pick the most appropriate formula for your specific signs and symptoms. I may also modify your formula to make it more specific for your condition.
Cupping has also been a part of Chinese Medicine for over 2,500 years. Cupping is used to relieve aches and pains from arthritis, low back pain, shoulder pain and leg pain. It is also used for relief from gastrointestinal disorders, cough and asthma.
The modern use of Electroacupuncture is a highly effective treatment used in conjunction with acupuncture for pain, nausea, and chronic ailments.
Along with the other modalities, Gua Sha is another ancient technique that is used as a treatment for colds, and releasing muscle tightness and tension.
Moxibustion is an ancient treatment that uses the herb mugwort to assist with healing and to prevent illness. Moxibustion has also been found to benefit breech presentations. In 1998 a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that 75.4% of women suffering from breech presentations before childbirth had fetuses that rotated to the normal position after receiving moxibustion treatments.