Oriental medicine is also called Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) or Chinese medicine. This is an ancient medical system that dates back more than 3,500 years. Treatment modalities include acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, Tui Na (massage), Gua Sha, Moxa, Cupping, Nutritional Therapy, Qi Gong and Tai Chi.

It is based on the principle that vital energy or Qi (pronounced chee) circulates through meridians or channels through the body. Each meridian is connected to a specific organ and function.

The type of illness that occurs depends on how the energy is out of balance or disrupted, and can include symptoms on physical, mental and emotional levels. Energy becomes imbalanced due to a number of possible factors, including poor nutrition, genetic predisposition, lack of exercise, poor lifestyle choices, injuries, chronically poor posture, environmental toxicity, dietary & pharmaceutical chemicals, intense emotional situations, overwork, stress, lack of rest and outside pathogenic influences, such as viruses, bacteria and parasites.

Your sleep patterns, physical activities, digestion, cravings and even your mental outlook, among other factors, are all integral to the overall diagnosis of your condition in oriental medicine.

Once an oriental medical diagnosis is made, the different modalities are used to directly access and regulate the flow of Qi. The goal is to encourage the Qi to flow into areas where it is deficient, and break through areas where it is stagnant. By adjusting and managing the flow of Qi, oriental medicine addresses the underlying cause of illness, promoting the body’s own healing functions, and creates favorable circumstances for health and harmony in the body.