A person is healthy when their body is balanced and their vital energy flows freely. When either external or internal factors upset this balance and freedom on any level, Oriental medicine works to effectively identify the factors that are out of balance and bring the entire body back into harmony. This protects a person's health from further development of acute or chronic illness.
Oriental medicine is the oldest and most continuously practiced medical system in the world. It is a complete system of health care and prevention of illness which involves nutritional therapy, acupuncture, herbal remedies, cupping therapy, moxibustion, essential oils, lifestyle assessment, exercise, and meditation.
Diagnosis methods in Oriental medicine differ greatly from traditional Western diagnosis, and the treatment protocol is very individualized in order to specifically address the health concern and to support a restorative healing process. This allows a person to achieve an improved quality of health, and to maintain longterm wellness over the course of their lifetime.
Acupuncture works by giving a mild stimulation to the body at specific points to initiate a natural healing response. In addition to acupuncture needles, cupping therapy and moxibustion are often used to compliment and promote the circulation of energy throughout the body, helping to relieve pain, and prevent illness and disease.
Acupuncture effectively addresses a variety of health conditions, and is most popularly sought after for support with chronic pain, digestive issues, stress management and emotional wellness, respiratory ailments, and fertility support.
The World Health Organization and the National Institute of Health recognize over 40 conditions for which acupuncture has been proven effective. Review the list of conditions here.
Originally designed to treat ailments thousands of years ago, Chinese herbal medicine has adapted to effectively address current illnesses and disease. Chinese herbal medicine came to widespread attention in the United States in the 1970s. Today, at least 40 states license practitioners of Chinese herbal medicine, and it is taught in approximately 50 colleges in the United States.
Chinese herbal medicine uses over 3,000 herbal plants, and 300 minerals and animal extracts in more than 400 different formulas. These herbs and formulas work to correct imbalances in the body, strengthen the immune system, and increase resistance to disease. They can be used to treat both acute or chronic issues.
Chinese herbal formulas are time tested and safe, and have been used by millions of people with positive results, when prescribed by a trained and licensed practitioner of Oriental medicine.
There are many companies that produce and distribute Chinese herbs, however only a select few are GMP (Good Manufacturer Procedure) certified. GMP certified herbs and formulas have been tested for heavy metals and pesticides, and have met the highest standards possible.
In Oriental medicine there is a saying. "There is no pain if there is free flow, if there is pain, there is no free flow."
Acupuncture is based on ancient Chinese theories of the flow of Qi (Energy) through distinct meridians or pathways that cover the body (similar to the nerves and blood vessels). Acupuncture works to help the Qi to flow to areas where it is deficient and away from where it is in excess. And in this way, helps to regulate and restore the harmony and energetic balance of the body.
Acupuncture points have been mapped by the Chinese over a period of two thousand years. Recently, electromagnetic research has confirmed their locations.
You could very likely benefit from acupuncture if you are:
Each patient is unique and responds to acupuncture differently, so the number and frequency of treatments will vary from patient to patient. The number of treatments depends on the duration, severity, and nature of your condition(s). You may need only a single treatment for an acute condition, or a series of six to fifteen treatments in order to resolve chronic problems. Some degenerative conditions may require continuous treatments over time.
Yes, acupuncture originated in China but has spread to Korea, Japan, Vietnam, Europe, the British Isles, and America. In different countries, different styles have been developed based on differing opinions on theories and techniques.
Only sterile, disposable needles are used so there is no risk of infection. Each needle is only used once, and is then disposed. Acupuncture needles are solid and hair-thin in diameter; they are not hollow like needles used for giving shots or drawing blood.
Western herbal medicine primarily treats diseases or symptoms, such as headaches, runny nose, menstrual pain, etc. Traditional Chinese herbal medicine, is based on an individualized pattern diagnosis as well as a disease diagnosis. Your individual pattern consists of your signs and symptoms, your emotional temperament and the overall composition of your body.
Traditional Chinese herbal formulas may include ingredients from plants, animals, insects and minerals. However, the majority of ingredients are plant-based. Different parts of the plants, including leaves, flowers, twigs, stems, roots, tubers, rhizomes, bark, etc. may be used as medicine.
The Chinese adopted and incorporated herbs from all over the world. Fifteen to twenty percent of the 500 ingredients considered standard originated from outside China. What makes these "Chinese" herbs is that they are prescribed according to Chinese medicine theory and a pattern diagnosis.
Licensed acupuncturists generally go to school for 3-4 years and in order to earn a Masters of Acupuncture degree, or a Masters of Oriental Medicine degree, prior to passing national board exams and state licensing requirements in order to practice.
A professional acupuncture curriculum consists of at least 705 hours in Oriental medical theory, diagnosis and treatment techniques in acupuncture and related studies; 660 hours in clinical training; 450 hours in biomedical clinical sciences; 90 hours in counseling, communication, ethics, and practice management.
A professional Oriental medicine curriculum consists of at least 705 hours in Oriental medical theory, diagnosis and treatment techniques in acupuncture and related studies; 450 hours in didactic Oriental herbal studies; 870 hours in integrated acupuncture and herbal clinical training; 510 hours in biomedical clinical sciences; 90 hours in counseling, communication, ethics, and practice management.
45 states and the District of Columbia currently provide for the licensure (or a comparable form of practice authorization) for practitioners. The laws of each state can differ regarding specific education, training, examination, and application requirements. In most states, one or more of NCCAOM's examination modules is required or accepted as a route of licensure. Graduation from an ACAOM accredited or candidate school is required to take NCCAOM's national certifying examinations.