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What Is Oriental Medicine?acupunture

What Is Qi?

What Is Acupuncture?

How do acupuncture and Oriental medicine work?

What might I expect from an acupuncture treatment?

What problems may be addressed or ameliorated by acupuncture?


What Is Oriental Medicine?

Oriental  Medicine is a comprehensive medical system that includes acupuncture, moxibustion, herbal preparations, Tui Na (Chinese massage), nutrition and exercise. It has emerged from 3,000 years of empirical study and observation of Qi: it’s flow, cycles, changes, movement and balance.

What  Is Qi?

Qi most simply stated, is the substance of life. As the basis of the universe’s infinite manifestations Qi is present in all life forms. Our bodies are the result of Qi’s organizing abilities and the pathways of Qi running throughout the body are known as meridians or channels. Each channel is linked to a particular organ and it’s accompanying system. These channels are the paths along which Qi flows supplying life energy to every cell. When disharmonies arise and the rhythmic and systematic flow of Qi is blocked, diminished or otherwise imbalanced we experience disease. It is these disharmonies that the practitioner must diagnose in a patient before prescribing treatment in Oriental medicine.

What  Is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is a profound healing technique in which the insertion of very fine needles into specific points on the body along or near energy channels adjust and balance one’s Qi. In accordance with the needling depth, manipulation of the needles, the theories of Yin & Yang and the Five Elements, a practitioner is able to restore and maintain harmony in the Body, Mind, and Spirit of an individual.

How Do Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Work?

Acupuncture and Oriental medicine work by adjusting the qu of the invloed channels so that the qi is able to carry out its function and resolve any symptoms and discomforts that have arisen.  In order to accomplish this with maximium potential, the physician must first penetrate the abstract principles of Yin & Yang and distinguish between the polar opposites of Interior/ exterior, Deficiency/Excess, and Cold/Hot that are displayed in a physical condition. This information is then combined with a patient's own bodily signs which are gathered through the Four Examinations. The Four Examinations include Looking, Listening & Smelling, Asking, and Touching. The inter-weaving of information then creates a unique clinical picture of the individual patient and from this the diagnosis and treatment plan are developed.

What might I expect from an acupuncture treatment?

Generally, the effects of acupuncture are gentle, with limited side-effects When stimulus of the needle is obtained, or qi is grasped, the patient often feels accompanying sensation which can range from tingling to a heaviness or tugging,  distension to mild cramping, or perhaps the electric sensation of the qi traveling up or down the affected meridian.. Staying relaxed will help diminish any discomfort

Adjunctive therapies that may be utilized during a treatment include  moxibustion, which is the burning of the herb Artemesia vulgaris sinensis, known as moxa, over the affected area. Moxa can also be applied directly to the skin  or be applied to the head of the needle for a warming affect.

Your treatment may also include the prescribing of traditional Chinese herbs, either in pill form or a combination of raw herbs which you prepare at home in the form of a healing tea. Chinese herbology represents the most organized

consistent and accessible herbal system available to us. The content  of the traditional Chinese Materia Medica has steadily increased in number over  the last 2000 years and today contains about 6000 entries.

What problems may be addressed or ameliorated by acupuncture?

  1. Respiratory Disorders
    acute sinusitis, acute rhinitis, common cold, acute tonsillitis, acute bronchitis, bronchial asthma
  2. Neurological and Muscular Disorders
    headaches, migraines, facial palsy (early stage within 3-6 months), paresis following stroke, shingles, frozen shoulder, tennis elbow, sciatica, low back pain, osteoarthritis, peripheral neuropathy, nocturnal enurisis, Meniere's disease
  3. Women's Concerns
    irregular menses, PMS, uterine bleeding, ammenorrhea, menopausal symptoms, endometriosis, infertility 
  4. Ear, Eye, Nose & Throat Disorders
    conjunctivitis, glaucoma, otitis, tonsillitis, acute sinusitis 
  5. Urogenital Disorders
    cystitis, enuresis
  6. Skin Disorders
    eczema, dermatitis, shingles, psoriasis
  7. Gastrointestinal Disorders
    sour stomach, gastritis, hiccup, chronic duodenal ulcers, acute and chronic colonitis, diarrhea, constipation, esophageal spasm.




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