Oriental Medicine is a full system of health care that encompasses a variety of therapies. Based on Traditional Chinese Medicine ("TCM"), other Asian cultures have added to the original theory and techniques, and have contributed to modern scientific research within its scope. Acupuncture and Chinese Herbology are the most popular TCM therapies in the United States. Other aspects included diet, nutrition, lifestyle choices, Tai Chi Chuan ("taijiquan"; martial arts/physical exercise), Chi Kung ("qigong", breath exercise) & Tuina (medical massage).
How does this system work?
It has been scientifically determined that human beings are actually unique bioenergetic 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", or "chi", In the west, Qi is often referred to as "energy". Energy (Qi) flows along pathways in the human body, which are connected to the organs and the tendomuscular system. Pain or illness results when the balance of this energy is disturbed due to either trauma, poor diet, medications, stress, hereditary conditions, environmental factors, or excessive emotional issues. Oriental Medicine focuses on correcting these energetic imbalances by breaking up any obstruction and encouraging an even flow of Qi, which stimulates the body's natural ability to heal itself. Diagnosis is arrived at by listening to the patients complaints, asking a series of related questions, observing the physical characteristics of the patient, plus using TCM specific pulse and tongue diagnosis. Treatment is then designed to fit the syndrome and the patient as a whole. Oriental Medicine works best if all aspects of the patient are taken into consideration because the physical, mental, and emotional are all inter-related.