Chinese Medicine

photo of Chinese herbs

Oriental medicine, or traditional Chinese medicine, is a set of practices based on a 2,000-year-old tradition and unified by the idea that diseases are caused by imbalances in the body, particularly in the flow of energy, or qi (pronounced “chee”). Acupuncture is one of the key components of Oriental medicine, and it is among the oldest healing practices in the world. Other modalities used in Oriental medicine to assist in healing the body are:

  • Oriental bodywork, including Acupressure, Shiatsu, and Tui Na
  • Chinese Medicine/Herbs
  • Dietary therapies
  • Breathing and Meditation exercises, including Tai Chi and Qi Gong
  • Cupping and Moxibustion
  • Electrostimulation

Three healing concepts underlie the practice of Oriental medicine and embody the holistic approach involving mind, body and spirit:

Purification — may be conceived as clearing the body of its blockages, pathogens, and/or more immediate concerns—whatever brings you to treatment, is presently on your mind, or lies just below the surface.
Tonification — involves assisting natural body functions, especially the lungs and liver, attain optimal performance.
Cultivation — recognizes that every individual has strengths and weaknesses, as well as a constitutional type which may predispose them to disease patterns. However, a longterm understanding of these traits, combined with lifestyle changes, can lead to the ultimate goal: living as fully and as long as possible.

While Oriental medicine has ancient roots and centuries of practice, its underlying philosophy appears well aligned with modern scientific findings in quantum physics, as human beings and our environs are shown to resemble holographic projections or energy fields much more than they do “solid” objects.