What Is Oriental Medicine?
Oriental Medicine is a whole medical system that has been used for thousands of years to prevent, diagnose, and treat disease. It is based on the concept that Qi (the body’s vital energy, prounounced “chee”) flows along meridians or channels throughout the body and keeps a person’s spiritual, emotional, mental, and physical health in balance.
The framework of Oriental Medicine has evolved over 2300 years into a comprehensive, internally coherent philosophy. Polar opposites which are bound into balanced union are the basis of this philosophy: Yin and Yang, Earth and Heaven, night and day, cold and hot, wet and dry, inner and outer, body and mind, are some examples. When these pairs are balanced and in harmony, health flourishes. When the healthy balance of this energy is disturbed due to trauma, poor diet, medications, stress, hereditary conditions, environmental factors, or excessive emotional issues, the result is pain or illness.
Oriental Medicine focuses on correcting these imbalances, thereby stimulating the body’s natural ability to heal itself. In other words, Oriental medicine focuses on treating the factors that cause disease.
Oriental Medicine includes Acupuncture, Diet Therapy, Herbal Therapy, Meditation, therapeutic/restorative physical exercise (such as Qi-Gong and Tai Qi), Moxibustion, and Massage. Oriental Medicine is also called Traditional Chinese Medicine or “TCM.”