Oriental Medicine/Traditional Chinese Medicine is a sophisticated approach to healing, developed over a period of at least 3,000 years, and is based on ancient Chinese medical texts which laid its foundation. Treatment in Oriental Medicine is centered on the individual rather than the disease. The oriental medicine practitioner pieces together your individual signs and symptoms, and synthesizes them into a clinical picture of you as a whole person. In Oriental Medicine the mental, emotional and physical are closely related, thus taking the entire person into account, both in diagnosis and treatment. Disease is typically viewed as disorder or disharmony, and treatment is directed toward balancing and harmonizing. Diagnosis is made through visual inspection, interview, palpation of the pulses, at local areas of tenderness and at specific acupuncture points and inspection of the tongue. Once a working diagnosis has been decided upon, your practitioner formulates a plan of treatment.
Acupuncture is the ancient science and art of regulating the body's physiology through the insertion of very fine needles. Stimulation of these needles at designated points along the meridians will restore the normal balance of vital energy and create specific therapeutic effects in the body. Through the balanced flow of vital energy, the body is able to heal itself and maintain its own health. Acupuncture is a safe, effective and relaxing therapy used as a dynamic approach in the prevention and treatment of disease, and the restoration of health.
Chinese Herbal Medicine
Chinese herbs can act both as a complement to acupuncture treatments and as a primary form of therapy. Chinese herbs can help change unhealthy balances and patterns, resulting in decreased symptoms, increased energy, improved digestion, improved sleep and/or regulated menstrual cycle. The Chinese pharmacopoeia lists over 6,000 different medicinal substances, 600 of which are in common use today. As the oldest practiced system of herbal medicine in the world, the healing properties of these medicinal substances have been studied and utilized extensively. Anywhere from 2 ~ 40 medicinal substances are combined in a formula to facilitate the unique therapeutic goals of each patient.
Magnetic Acupuncture: Painless Treatment to Remove Pain!
The oldest known medical book in Oriental Medicine, The Yellow Emperor's Classic of Internal Medicine, is thought to have been written around 3,000 B.C., and mentions the practice of placing the natural magnets on acupuncture point. Magnetic acupuncture has been used in the east in many forms right up to present. Today, the practice has evolved to the use of very tiny magnetic beads applied to acupuncture points. In the west, Aristotle wrote in 300 B.C. about the use of magnets for healing purposes. In 1939, Albert Davis rediscovered that the two poles of a magnet have different biological effect. Davis carried out repeated experiments on the effects of different magnetic poles on rats, mice, and other animals, as well as seeds and plants. Davis' basic finding was that one pole stimulated living organisms, and the other pole calmed them. Careful research carried out in the past thirty years with the aid of powerful microscopes and other sophisticated equipment and techniques has solidly supported the value of magnet forces in the healing process. There are no doubts as to its efficacy, and rarely are adverse effects reported. Swiss physician Marcus Weber (1992) describes a study of the results of pulsed magnetic fields on 1,712 patients with inflammations, joint and organ disorders, fractures and acute injuries and circulatory disorders. Over 60 percent of the physicians evaluated the results as either very good or good; no side effects were observed.
In NFA clinic, diagnosis is made through interview and palpation of the pulses primarily to find out the root causes of the complaints to be addressed. The practitioner may need to observe the shape and color of the patient's tongue. After an initial evaluation, the practitioner will provide a treatment plan that includes the modalities to be used as well as the frequency and duration of treatment. A normal series of treatments are from 5 to 10. Sometimes, the practitioner may recommend multi-level approaches that include nutritional supplements, Chinese herbs, dietary change, etc.. Acupuncture points along relevant meridians will be treated with pea-size permanent magnets by being taped on. The magnets need to be removed after 6 ~ 12 hours and brought back in next visit. It is important to treat any kind of chronic condition for a period of time after the pain is gone, so complete healing and even strengthening will occur. If this is done, a relapse is less likely.
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