About Chinese Medicine

Chinese Medicine is over 5,000 years old.  The herbal aspect of the medicine predates acupuncture by about 3,000 years.  The basic belief of Chinese Medicine is that our body is composed of  energy, or “Qi”, and that when this Qi is strong and balanced, there is health.  Also, the Chinese have believed that there are two opposing aspects of the body, called Yin and Yang.  We must have balance between these two aspects or soon enough, symptoms will begin to arise.

Originally, Chinese Medicine was used primarily as a form of preventative care.  So strong was its efficacy that doctors were paid only to keep their patients well.  If a patient became ill, the doctor would not be paid, since the prevailing belief was that, had the doctor been doing his job in practicing good medicine, the patient would have remained free of dis-ease.

Today, it can be used equally well as a preventative medicine.  As a part of your regular preventative self-care routine, you will find the acupuncture, herbs, and nutritional guidelines that you receive will not only help you to maintain your present state of health, but will increase your overall levels of energy, emotional well-being, and the strength of your immune system.  At the same time, your treatments can play a large role in maintaining healthy weight, keeping stress in check, and increasing your own awareness of your body and its needs.

Unfortunately, since our modern medical model does not support prevention, most people these days do not think of receiving health care until they are already ill, or so exhausted, in pain, or stressed out that their quality of life has been severely  reduced.  Therefore, the more common treatments today consist of alleviating symptoms and helping people to recover from or cope with dis-ease and/or pain.  Acupuncture has been found to be so effective, that well established and respected Western Medical institutions, such as Harvard Medical School, the National Institute of Health, and the World Health Organization, to name a few, are funding large-scale research projects to further investigate the success of these treatments.  Most medical school programs have now incorporated basic Chinese Medicine courses in their programs, and have hired acupuncturists in their hospitals.  As the years unfold, we will have more answers from a Western perspective as to why these treatments are so effective.  For now, what we know is that it works.

What is known as Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is a combination of acupuncture, herbal medicine, Tuina massage techniques, nutritional therapy, and QiGong exercises.  One or more of these techniques will be used throughout the course of your treatments, depending on your individual condition.