What is Chinese Medicine?
Originating in ancient China, Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine and perhaps the oldest continuously practiced medical system in the world. Chinese medicine is based upon natural laws that describe the flow of life energy, in nature and in the body. This life energy, called qi (ch'i), travels through the body via pathways or "acupuncture meridians" that have specific functions such as breathing, digesting, and eliminating. When the life energy in the body is full and flowing, health is promoted. When it is blocked, symptoms or ultimately illness appear. Chinese medicine seeks to reestablish the flow of life energy, thus treating the underlying cause, rather than just alleviating the symptom.
What Conditions can Chinese Medicine Treat?
While Acupuncture is widely known in treating pain, Acupuncture as well as Chinese medicine are very helpful for many conditions in which pain is not primary; This includes a wide variety of acute and chronic conditions. Additionally, as Chinese medicine does not separate the body, mind, and spirit, it is capable of addressing situations that are more than merely physical in nature. It is a particularly excellent choice for conditions that have no apparent cause, simple label, or for which modern Western medicine has no effective treatment.
Toyohari (Japanese Non-Insertive) Acupuncture
Toyohari is a style of acupuncture that was developed primarily by non-sighted acupuncturists in Japan. Most of the techniques are quite subtle and do not involve the actual insertion of needles. Rather, needles and other implements made of silver or other precious metals are held above or touched lightly to the skin to balance the flow of qi in the body. It is effective and ideally suited to highly sensitive or needle-shy individuals, as well as children.
Chinese Herbal Medicine
Chinese Herbal Medicine is an ancient and time-honored method of nourishing and harmonizing the body, and that can be beneficial in many chronic health conditions. It is remarkable in its ability to heal old injuries and balance physiological processes. As Chinese Herbal Medicine can nourish as well as regulate natural bodily processes, it is particularly well suited to address women's health concerns including menstrual disorders, menopausal symptoms, and infertility. Chinese Herbal Medicines are traditionally brewed as teas but are also conveniently available as tinctures, powders, tablets, and pills, depending upon your needs and preferences. They can be used as an adjunct to acupuncture or as a stand-alone treatment.
What is commonly referred to as "Five-Element Acupuncture" is a specific style of acupuncture that was developed to treat the health concerns more prevalent in contemporary society. Five-Element Acupuncture's focus of attention is on the individual's uniqueness, with it's fundamental strengths and challenges, including the emotional and stress-related challenges inherent in living in a modern Western culture.
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Chinese Medicine may also be helpful if you are in good health and wish to enhance your vitality, sense of well being, and quality of life. Patients often report increased energy level, heightened personal awareness, and a greater sense of inner peace. Additionally, even in those situations that require the special tools and techniques of Western medicine, acupuncture and Chinese herbs can be helpful to hasten healing and support recovery.
Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine have been found to be effective in treating a variety of disorders, including:
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