Oriental Medicine

Oriental Medicine is a whole system of medicine that integrates many therapies and is applied by practitioners to treat illness and diseases. Of these therapies, acupuncture and Chinese herbology are the most popular in the United States. Some additional therapies include: diet, nutrition and lifestyle counseling, as well as tai qi and qi gong (physical exercise), and tui’na(manual therapies–chiropractic). 

Is it For You?

Oriental medicine is used not only for pain management, but also as a comprehensive system of health care and health maintenance. Athletes use Oriental medicine to achieve optimal performance levels. Cancer patients are treated for the side effects of chemotherapy to enhance their quality of life. Detoxification treatments have been proven to help those with chemical and/or substance dependency problems.

The following is just a short list of commonly treated conditions:

  • Allergies/Asthma
  • Anxiety/Depression
  • Arthritis/Joint Problems
  • Back Pain
  • Bladder/Kidney Problems
  • Childhood Illnesses
  • Colds/Flu
  • Cough/Bronchitis
  • Dizziness
  • Drug Addiction/Smoking
  • Fatigue
  • Frozen Shoulder
  • Gastrointestinal Disorders
  • Gynecological Disorders
  • Headache/Migraine
  • Heart Problems/Palpitations
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Immune System Deficiency
  • Infertility
  • Knee Pain
  • Macular Degeneration
  • Menopausal Discomfort
  • Neck Pain/Stiffness
  • Pre-Menstrual Syndrome
  • Paralysis/Numbness
  • Rhinitis
  • Sciatica
  • Sexual Dysfunction
  • Shoulder Pain
  • Sinusitis
  • Skin Problems
  • Stress/Tension
  • Tendonitis

Is it Safe?

Acupuncture and Chinese herbology are safe medical procedures and are well known for their efficacy and lack of side-effects when administered by a qualified practitioner. Most practitioners use pre-sterilized, disposable needles when administering an acupuncture treatment. 

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How Does This System Work?

“It has been scientifically determined that human beings are unique bio-energetic systems. For thousands of years Oriental medicine has acknowledged that there is a vital life force that flows through all things which is called “qi” (pronounced ‘chee’). In Western culture, it is often referred to as “energy.” Energy (qi) flows along pathways in the human body which are related to the organs, the muscular system, and nervous system. When the balance of this energy is disturbed due to trauma, poor diet, medications, stress, hereditary conditions, environmental factors, or excessive emotional issues, then pain or illness results. Oriental medicine focuses on correcting these imbalances, which stimulates the body’s natural ability to heal itself. In other words, Oriental medicine focuses on treating the factors that cause disease.” – AAAOM

In our office, balancing the inner energy of the body is accomplished through acupuncture and the administration of Chinese Herbs, which generally come in tablet form and are very easy to ingest.  Unlike conventional pharmaceutical remedies, Chinese Herbs have almost no side effects since they do not treat a symptom, but instead, they focus on correcting the cause of the disease.

Chinese Herbs

“Ancient Chinese herbal formulas are as effective now as they were when first introduced more than 2,000 years ago. Most formulas consist of two to eighteen different herbs. Formulas treat a wide variety of symptoms while stimulating the body’s natural healing process. Hospital studies prescribing individualized complex herbal formulas have demonstrated excellent results with patients who fail to respond to conventional pharmaceutical treatments.” – AAAOM

How Do I Take Chinese Herbs

“Formulas may be taken as teas, pills, capsules, granules, or tinctures depending on the patient and the recommendation of the practitioner. Chinese herbal medicine is generally safe and effective when prescribed by a qualified practitioner of Oriental medicine.” – AAAOM 

In our office, herbs are given most commonly in tablet or capsule form.  However, sometimes a powdered formula or a tincture (fluid-powder mix) is necessary.


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