What is oriental medicine?
WHAT IS ORIENTAL MEDICINE?
When thinking of Oriental medicine -also known as Chinese Medicine, Traditional Chinese Medicine, or East Asian Medicine- most people immediately think of acupuncture. But to a practitioner of the more than 3,000 year old medicine, acupuncture is just one of many possible treatment options.
Treatment modalities available to a physician trained in Oriental medicine are:
- Acupuncture - various styles of needle technique (Chinese, Japanese, Korean, auricular, hand, etc) using different types of needles as appropriate to the patient’s constitution and condition. Practitioners should be skilled in both insertion and non-insertion methods.
- Herbal formulas - both internal and external application of classic and modified formulas. Delivery methods can be in the form of raw herbs, granules, tablets, capsules or “tea” pills.
- Medical massage (Tui Na) - deep tissue stimulation of affected points, channels, muscle and tendons.
- Moxibustion - the use of the herb Artemis Vulgaris to warm selected acupoints and channels.
- Eastern nutrition - using food as medicine or to create a better balance in food metabolism.
The full spectrum of Oriental medicine has been practiced for thousands of years in China, Japan, Korea, Vietnam and other Asian countries. A licensed, board-certified practitioner of Oriental Medicine is trained and skilled in all of the above disciplines and may use one or more of them in order to effectively treat the patient.