Oriental Medicine is a complete medicine which can treat many dis-eases within the body. It employs acupuncture and many other modalities to maintain our health through alignment of the meridians and by benefiting the organs. The goal of the medicine is to improve the efficiency of the circulatory system and harmonize the organs and bowels for better health and balance within the entire self. Oriental Medicine helps to clearenergy blockages in order to relieve pain and discomfort and also helps to train the body to be in better accord with the external environment.
We encourage patients to be an active participant in their own health regiment and we meet our patients where they are in their current level of participation with their health. We respect and encourage patients to listen to their body and intuition for the most optimal healing although the practitioner might make suggestions about the treatment or treatment plan. It is our experience that when patients have more control over the treatment and more participation in their own healing process this ultimately leads to faster healing time.
The 8 Pillars of Chinese Medicine
Chinese Medicine is composed of the 8 Pillars of healing. The eight modalities all balance different levels of our energy and together they balance the whole being. In this way the goals of health and wellness are accomplished. The first four modalities require a practitioner of Oriental Medicine however the last four are lifestyle practices which only initially require a teacher. The 8 pillars of Oriental Medicine are conceptually similar to the 8 limbs of yoga.
- Acupuncture and acupressure
- Heat therapy – Moxibustion and heat lamps
- External therapies – Gua Sha, Cupping and Tuina
- Internal medicine – Medicinal formulas
- Nutrition – food as medicine
- Physical exercise – Qi Gong or Yoga
- Breathing exercises
Here are some of the ways in which we encourage patient involvement:
- You choose how to make an appointment. You can book through a phone call, text, email, on-line scheduling or in person.
- You choose your goals for treatment. Symptomatic relief, elimination of the root cause of disease or health maintenance are generally the most common goals.
- You choose which and how many modalities to be treated with. The practitioner will make suggestion as to which modalities might serve you best.
- You choose the intensity of treatment according to how sensitively you react to the treatment.
- You choose how frequently to come based on your reaction to the treatments and your goals for treatment. The practitioner will inform you of the standard course of treatment.
- You choose the duration of each individual treatment depending on how long you are relaxed and healing or what your schedule for the day looks like.