Oriental Medicine has been used for thousands of years in Asia. It is based on an understanding of life and the body that is very different from our traditional way of thinking here in the Western world. Oriental Medicine views our bodies as intricately linked with the world around us and even with one another. It takes a holistic, or whole body, approach to health that sees individuals as entire systems, not just as a list of symptoms to be treated separately.
One of the most basic concepts in Oriental Medicine is the idea of “Qi”, pronounced “chee,” a word that is usually translated as energy or life force. Qi is the energy within us that is responsible for almost every aspect of how we live. We get Qi from the air we breath, the food we eat, and the experiences we have. We transform all of this into the energy that promotes our health and enlivens our bodies.
Qi is a simple concept but within the context of Oriental Medicine it becomes more complex in the various roles it plays in our health and development. Disease and pain are the result of Qi not transforming and moving smoothly to perform it’s multiple functions within the body.
Oriental Medicine can be used for treating a wide variety of ailments affecting both adults and children. Many of the most common health problems we have in our Western society respond extremely well to the holistic and gentle approach of Oriental Medicine.