Oriental medicine is a science, art and philosophy. It takes a holistic approach to treatment, focusing on reversing the underlying causes of disease as well as promoting long lasting health. It promotes improving, strengthening and balancing your body’s natural energy. These treatments can make your feel energetic and relaxed while alleviating disease symptoms. It is not a stand-alone treatment. Oriental medicine programs are best if used in conjunction with modern medicine. The benefits of acupuncture and oriental medicine will depend on a few factors, like the nature of the disease, the competence of the practitioner, and the willingness of the individual to follow through with the different aspects of the treatment plan.

Acupuncture is one of the more commonly known non-medication practices that stemmed from traditional Chinese medicine or TCM.  This medical practice that originated in China some 2,000 years ago is becoming very popular in the United States. This procedure uses the insertion of very thin needles in specific points in the patient’s body. Insertion of these needles is believed to help in balancing the body’s flow of Qi. Qi, which is pronounced as “chee”, refers to the circulating life force or energy that Chinese philosophy believes to be circulating in our bodies. This energy is credited to initiate, control and direct all functions and activities in the body. The obstruction or lack of Qi can lead to pain and illness. Acupuncture is used to stimulate the points along the body to adjust the flow of Qi and help restore health.

Modern medicines have made a lot of advancements in surgery, diagnosis of diseases and prevention of contagious diseases, but it has some disadvantages. Modern medicine is not easily accessible; it can be very expensive and can cause a variety of side effects to the patient. Oriental medicine is proven and uses methods that heal the patient’s condition by supporting each person’s innate healing ability. Oriental medicine acts as a supplement to modern medicine, and is effective at managing and reducing symptoms of chronic diseases and difficult health problems. These all-natural treatments have been proven scientifically to be non-toxic, natural, and safe with minimal or no harmful side effects. Conventional drugs are effective but only focus on the disease and can cause additional unwanted side effects. Oriental medicine treats the source of the problem while also strengthening your physical, mental and emotional health. It is a holistic and personalized approach that anticipates and can prevent illness by maintaining the proper balance of our internal biochemical environment.

Oriental medicine’s approach to achieving good health and well being starts with educating the patient and helping them understand their illness. Giving them this information can help eliminate stress and anxiety about the disease and positively influence the outcome. Oriental medicine believes that by using a combination of preventative strategies, therapeutic techniques, education and empowerment of the individual, it can help positively impact your health and well-being.