What is Oriental Medicine?


Oriental Medicine is a holistic medicinal treatment which incorporates the use of acupuncture, herbs, moxibustion, physical therapies, and lifestyle changes to restore balance.

The basic premise of Oriental medicine is balancing the life energy flowing through the body called Qi (pronounced chee). This energy flows through the body on channels known as meridians that connect with all of the body’s major organs. According to Chinese medical theory, illness arises when the cyclical flow of Qi in the meridians becomes unbalanced or is blocked.

A Chinese medical practitioner will make a Chinese medical diagnosis based upon an extensive examination and consultation. The examination includes an assessment of the pulse and tongue along with a series of detailed questions and a thorough medical history. After a diagnosis is made, the most appropriate and effective treatment will be chosen based on the diagnosis of a pattern or set of patterns. For example, five people might see a Chinese medical practitioner all complaining of migraine headaches, however, each patient may be diagnosed with a completely different Chinese medical pattern. This pattern will be based on their main complaint along with a group of symptoms unique to each patient.