What is Chinese Medicine ?
The more inclusive term for what was once called Oriental Medicine or Chinese Medicine should really be East Asian Medicine. Out of respect for the history and development of this medicine from China, Korea and Japan as well as European schools, let’s reframe the term as East Asian medicine. East Asian Medicine (EAM) is one of the longest living forms of medicine, used to restore and maintain vibrant health in women, men and children for the past 4000 years. EAM encompasses many modalities: acupuncture, herbal medicine, cupping massage, nutritional therapy and moxibustion. EAM offers relief from pain and illness while achieving a harmonious balance with mind, body and spirit. Hundreds of generations of clinical studies illuminate the power and efficacy of these medical modalities.
Although acupuncture and herbal medicine are considered complementary or alternative therapies in the U.S. prominent health organizations such as the World Health Organization (WHO) and the National Institute of Health (NIH) in the U.S. recognize the benefits of EAM and endorse its practice as a safe, effective form of medicine for many medical conditions.
East Asian Medicine Treats the Individual
The value and breadth of a holistic medicine is that it looks at the person as one unified system, rather than treating a “disease” or “symptom.” EAM practitioners assess the seemingly unrelated symptoms of imbalances to formulate a personalized diagnosis and treatment plan that addresses the mind, body and spirit of the individual patient. Three people may come in with the same physical complaint but each may have three different diagnoses, three unique treatment plans.
Support the Body’s Innate Healing Abilities
A common thread in East Asian medicine is to treat the root and the branch of an illness; the root is the cause of the health problem and the branch is the manifestation or acute symptoms of the ailment. East Asian medicine treats all areas of imbalance to bring the body’s natural healing abilities back into harmony. Western medicine understands the body’s innate abilities to heal and defines this harmony of balance as homeostasis. Acupuncture and herbs treat the underlying cause of the ailment, stimulating the body to gently to heal from the source instead of masking the symptom with medication. Many patients prefer natural treatment solutions. If you are interested in true healing rather than simply treating or preventing symptoms, you and your family’s health will benefit from East Asian Medicine!