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Oriental Medicine is the indiginous system of health care that has been used in China and throughout Asia for more than 5,000 years. It is based on the philosophies of Yin and Yang, polar opposite qualities that permeate everything in the Universe, combined with the concept of Qi, the body's living energy. In Oriental Medical philosophy, your normal state of health relies on a proper balance of Yin and Yang, and the proper flow of Qi in the body.

Examples of Yin and Yang include day/night, light/dark, hot/cold, water/dry, active/passive. Neither can exist without its paired quality, and each of these, along with many others, are required in their proper proportion at the proper times. For example, an active mind and body is normal during the daytime, which is Yang in nature, but would be considered pathological during the night, a Yin time, when we should be passive and resting.

The concept of Qi relates to the energy of the entire universe. In the human body, Qi is perceived to flow through the body in pathways called Meridians, which are associated with the major internal organs and disperse Qi throughout the body. The meridians branch into progressively smaller branches, eventually connecting to the nucleus of every cell in the body where our DNA is stored. The energy frequencies of Qi are thus hypothesized to be able to influence even the expression of DNA and our genetic makeup.

Acupuncture is a primary treatment modality within Oriental Medicine which uses fine gauge needles, inserted at key points along the meridians, to stimulate and regulate the flow of Qi. This can restore balance to the flow of Qi in the meridians and organs, thereby returning the body to a state of normal health.

Chinese Herbology is another treatment modality within Oriental Medicine. Thousands of years of recorded use of medicinal plants has been documented in Chinese history, and the documented experience of hundreds of generations of Chinese Herbologists goes into every herbal formula.

Whether using Acupuncture or Chinese Herbal formulas, it is the underlying philosophy of Regulating Qi or Balancing Yin and Yang that are the basis for treatment and enable Oriental Medicine to successfully treat many conditions that do not respond to any other method of treatment.


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