Oriental Medicine originated in China more than 3,000 years ago, and is used throughout the world today to treat disease in all its forms. This complete medical system incorporates acupuncture, herbal and nutritional therapy, magnetic therapy, breathwork, diet and lifestyle counseling, and exercise and meditation to improve well-being and prolong life. Like Functional Medicine, Oriental Medicine views health as a state of optimal vitality rather than the mere absence of disease. It addresses physical, psychological and spiritual issues.
Important diagnostic tools used in Oriental Medicine include tongue and pulse diagnosis; examination of patient medical history, diet and lifestyle; palpation of the abdomen, back and acupuncture points; organ assessment; and meridian evaluation.
In keeping with Chinese philosophy, Chinese Herbal Medicine is based on the harmony and balance of Yin and Yang. A well-trained practitioner can pick up the slightest disharmony, excess or deficiency. The traditional view places great importance on preventing disease before it occurs, as well as treating whatever complaint you come in with. Over the course of treatment you will sense the changes in your body and develop greater awareness of your body and its energy system.
This ancient system of health care has been modified and expanded continually over the centuries as the causes of illness that afflict us change with the times. Traditional Chinese Medicine is the only indigenous form of medicine today that is practiced in hospitals alongside modern medicine. It is completely integrated with Western Medicine in hospitals in China, Korea, and Japan. Rigorous research and western scientific testing methods have proven acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine to be safe and effective. Today, Acupuncture is considered mainstream and is practiced in hospitals in America and around the world.