The beauty of this medicine lies in its holistic framework. Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine focus on a holistic, energy-based approach to the patient rather than a disease-oriented diagnostic and treatment model.

What is Traditional Oriental Medicine? Developed in Asia over 4,000 years ago, Traditional Oriental Medicine is an ancient medical system based on the understanding that health is determined by a balanced flow if Qi, (pronounced “chee”) or energy. Qi is circulated through the body via energy pathways called meridians. Each of these meridians through which Qi flows is linked to an internal organ system. There are over 1,000 acupuncture points on the meridian system that can be stimulated to enhance the flow of Qi.

What is referred to as illness by Western medicine is considered to be a matter of imbalance or disharmony within the body in Traditional Oriental Medicine. Traditional Oriental Medicine views health as a state of harmony between mind, body, and spirit. Thus, the cause of disease is an upset in the balance of your body and a disturbance of the flow of Qi. A Traditional Oriental Medicine practitioner identifies patterns of imbalance which leads to a differential diagnosis and treatment plan in order to restore and maintain health.

Will I get better? Many conditions are alleviated very rapidly by acupuncture. However, conditions that have arisen over many years require a longer course of treatment. As in any form of healing, the patient’s attitude affects the outcome of a course of treatment. Patients are always encouraged to participate in their healing process. In many cases, herbs, dietary, exercise, or lifestyle changes may be recommended.

Is acupuncture painful? Acupuncture rarely causes any pain. Acupuncture needles are very fine and flexible, about the diameter of a human hair. In most cases, insertion by a skilled practitioner is performed without discomfort. A patient may experience a sense of heaviness or electricity in the area of insertion. Most patients find the treatments very relaxing and many fall asleep during treatment. The most common side effect of acupuncture is a sense of calm and well-being.

Is acupuncture safe? When performed by a qualified professional, acupuncture is one of the safest medical procedures in the world. A licensed and certified practitioner is one who has completed a three to four year program at a nationally-approved school, passed national certification exams, and actively seeks continuing education. In the hands of a trained and licensed acupuncturist, your safety is assured. Acupuncture needles are sterile and disposed of after each treatment.

What is Chinese herbal medicine? Herbal medicine is the main treatment method within Traditional Oriental Medicine. Although acupuncture was the first Chinese modality to gain wide acceptance in the West, Chinese herbal medicine is quickly establishing itself as one of the most popular and effective alternative therapies. A comprehensive system of pharmacology that employs the use of over 400 herbs, plants, minerals, and animal products, Chinese herbal medicine treats a full range of human disease. It treats acute diseases, like intestinal flu and the common cold, as well as chronic diseases, such as allergies, gynecological disorders, and autoimmune diseases. Traditional Chinese herbal medicine is effective at not only promoting the body’s ability to heal but also preventing future imbalances.

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