Ancient Medicine from the Orient, available in Charlotte, NC
Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine have their roots in China. Created more than 2,000 years ago, these health practices are two of the oldest and most commonly used systems of medicine in the world. What is commonly referred to as “acupuncture” is really the system of Oriental Medicine, which provides an approach to helping the body heal itself through natural medicine. This comprehensive system includes, but is not limited to, the fields of Chinese herbal medicine, acupuncture, moxibustion,Tui Na massage, cupping and dietary therapies.
This medicine is based on a unique and highly sophisticated view of the human body and the nature and development of disease. The ancient Chinese viewed a person as an energy system in which body and mind are unified, each influencing and balancing the other. Unlike some approaches that attempt to isolate and separate a disease from a person, the Oriental perspective emphasizes a holistic and natural approach that treats both the body and mind. Through such an approach, the patient may experience not only relief from aggravating symptoms like watery eyes and nasal congestion associated with a condition such as an allergy (either triggered by the seasons or by foods), but also alleviation and even elimination of more serious conditions such as arthritis, depression, and hypertension.
This ancient and elaborate medical system is based on the concept of Qi (pronounced “Chee”), a vital energy that nourishes and animates the body. Qi moves throughout the body in a network of meridians in much the same way as blood flows through the blood vessels. Oriental medicine views disease and health conditions as the result of stagnation or blockages in this energetic system. A well-trained practitioner can remove these blockages to help treat disease and bring physical and emotional relief in a safe, effective way, by allowing the body to restore a natural balance to itself.
One way to understand the flow of qi is to look at the body’s response to stimuli. For example, if a person suffers from an allergy, he or she may experience sneezing, coughing, hives, or some other allergic reaction when exposed to a specific “trigger.” Such allergens may be pollen in the air or specific foods like peanuts. In many cases, individuals who may think they are allergic to one thing, may actually be allergic to something else. Or, the person may need to boost an immune system that has been compromised by stress, poor nutrition, irregular sleep habits, or a wide variety of other factors.
Regardless of the symptom, Oriental medicine purports the underlying cause of health problems is the failure of qi to circulate through the body in an optimal way. Just as a person whose blood does not flow through the body in an efficient manner will likely experience something as minor as having the foot “go to sleep” because of poor circulation, to something more severe such as a heart attack, a person with qi not circulating in an ideal way may experience everything from a seasonal allergy to an upper respiratory infection.
The Oriental medicine practitioner uses an array of tools and insights to diagnose the patient’s specific problem, then provide appropriate treatment. As this traditional form of medicine has spread throughout the world, the medicine has evolved through a continuous process of critical thinking and clinical observation to include a variety of treatment modalities and therapies from many Asian countries.
During your first acupuncture / Oriental medicine treatment at our Charlotte office, we will ask about your health condition, health history, lifestyle and diet. All this information is used to form a comprehensive picture of your condition and what may have contributed to it. You should always inform your practitioner about all the treatments and medications you are taking and any medical conditions you have. This includes informing your practitioner of “less serious” conditions you may have (ex: hay fever, a cold, etc.), and even over-the-counter medicines, herbal remedies, or vitamins you may take. It is also very important to inform your other health care providers, such as your primary care physician, about any acupuncture / Oriental medicine treatments you are using or considering.
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