Oriental Medicine is a holistic medical system that looks at the mind and body as one and incorporates nutrition, exercise, acupuncture and herbal medicine as ways to improve health, prevent and treat illness, and help you achieve your full potential!
Acupuncture is a medical practice that has been used for thousands of years in China to treat a wide range of illnesses. It is based on the concept that there is a natural balance in our bodies that can be disrupted by illness. Acupuncture uses needles in specific meridians to redirect the energy of the body and help it achieve balance again. The most common “side effect” is relaxation, improved sleep and digestion, and as a result, improved energy. Acupuncture can help various conditions, including:
Pain: musculoskeletal pain (low back, knee, ankle, neck and shoulders, …), fibromyalgia, osteoarthritis, pain from Gallstones or kidney stones, migraines or headaches.
Emotional: insomnia, depression, anxiety, post traumatic stress.
Women’s Health: fertility problems, induction of labor, malposition of fetus, morning sickness, endometriosis, PCOS, menstrual cramps, PMS, hot flashes, night sweats, mood swings, …
Respiratory: asthma, allergies, colds, sore throats.
Digestion: stomach pain, acid reflux, irritable bowl syndrome, constipation or diarrhea, chemotherapy induced nausea and vomiting.
Others: auto immune disorder, stroke rehabilitation, thyroid imbalances.
Chinese Herbal Medicine
You may have heard the saying “food is medicine,” or “the first line of medicine is food,” and that is the idea behind herbal medicine. In fact, many of the chinese herbs are used in traditional Chinese cuisine, and some are used in western cuisine as well. Some examples are cinnamon bark, turmeric, fresh ginger, dates, walnuts, black sesame seeds and licorice. However, Chinese herbal medicine also includes other herbs that are only used to treat illness and not used for cooking, such as apricot kernel, astragalus tubers, gardenia fruit, and others.
Chinese herbal medicine is also a holistic practice in that we take the whole individual into consideration when writing an herbal formula to fit his or her specific needs and goals.
Herbal medicine is recommended for many conditions, and it can complement acupuncture treatments very well. Some examples are common colds, allergic rhinitis, seasonal allergies, menstrual problems, hormonal imbalances, PCOS, cough, diarrhea, constipation, IBS, insomnia and others.
It is often taken internally as a tea 2 to 3 times daily, and often given in concentrated powder, which only needs to be dissolved in hot water before drinking. There are also manufactured pills for common imbalances, topical herbal patches, soaks and liniments.