TRADITIONAL CHINESE MEDICINE
Our clinical practice is part of a tradition going back thousands of years. For many generations, the physicians of China and Japan have blended the philosophical perspectives of ancient Taoist and Confucian sages with a keen observation of the natural world, developing a system of medicine with profound benefit for the modern world.
Within this system of medical thought, close attention is given to environmental factors and fundamental physics. The human body is seen as an interplay of primary forces, of heat and cold, fire and water, of upward and downward movement. These forces can be re-enforced or re-directed, promoting the conditions for optimal health and vitality.
There are many modalities and techniques within Chinese Medicine, the most widely known being the art of needling. The human body is viewed as having a network of channels through which the Qi and Blood, the vital forces of the body, flow and interact. These channels have key points on the surface that can be manipulated with direct pressure and the insertion of needles, thus tonifying and re-balancing various ecological factors within the human body.
Acupuncture itself can have a profound and rapid benefit. It has been known to eliminate a headache, nausea or lower back pain within a single treatment session. Chronic or severe conditions usually require persistent treatment for effective results.
The main side effects of acupuncture are deep relaxation, emotional equanimity and mental clarity.
Chinese Medicine includes a highly sophisticated knowledge of herbal medicine. A vast pharmacopeia of plant, animal and mineral substances combined with a deep understanding of nutrition, helps to provide the correct internal environment, so all the tissues and organs of the body can operate in optimal conditions.
Chinese Medicine practice also pays close attention to biomechanics. Massage and various exercise systems have a long history within East Asia. Likewise, the cultivation of mental health through ethics and discipline is intrinsic to the practice of Chinese Medicine.
Deborah and I are very grateful for the existence of Chinese Medicine as a healing art and we owe a deep respect to the generations of practitioners who have gone before us, practicing and refining this system for the benefit of humanity.