The science and art of Chinese medicine is a form of health care developed in China over 5000 years ago. The practice of Oriental medicine in the western world consists of Chinese herbal medicine, acupuncture, various methods of bodywork or massage (including cupping and gua sha), therapeutic exercise, nutrition and the study of energy. Although commonly referred to as Chinese medicine, there are other traditions practiced as well. These can also include Japanese, Korean and other Asian traditions and styles of medicine.
Chinese medical theory explains that pain and disease are caused by either an imbalance or a blockage of the energy circulating throughout the body. This energy must be balanced within the energy pathways of the body in order to maintain health.
Oriental medical diagnosis seeks to determine the deeper, underlying causes of your illness or disorder. The diagnostic process uses skills and techniques with which you may be unfamiliar. Careful visual inspection of the surface of the tongue, detailed reading of the wrist pulse and inspection and palpation of the abdomen are examples of diagnostic arts in traditional Oriental medicine which allow me to understand many aspects of your physiological processes. Even the type of questions asked may be a new experience for you. However, be assured that each question asked, and each diagnostic step performed, is to gain important insight and perspectives, and to help determine the best therapeutic approach for you as a unique individual.
Acupuncture is usually administered with the patient lying comfortably on a treatment table. Only disposable needles are used. New patients report that the acupuncture itself is surprisingly pain-free. In fact, it is most often a pleasant and very relaxing experience.
Chinese Medicine (Acupuncture) is thousands of years old and has a good deal of recent scientific data to back up its efficacy. In fact, the World Health Organization has concluded that over one hundred disease can be effectively treatment with Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine.
Acupuncture and Chinese medicine can be effectively used to treat the following conditions: