There are many modalities in Oriental Medicine, (OM) including acupuncture, herbal medicine, nutrition, moxibustion, Qi Gong, Tai Chi, massage, cupping, and Gua Sha, to name a few. Just as there are many modalities, there are many theories that OM uses to show us how to live in harmony with the universe and explains the progression of disease and treatment principles. One of the theories you will learn about in depth is the Five Element Theory. This theory takes the natural forces of fire, earth, metal, water and wood and applies them to the body. For example, the earth element represents the fertile soil where our crops should be grown, it also encompasses the organs of digestion and their ability to absorb vitamins and minerals properly to help grow a strong body and mind. The fire element is connected to the heart, cardiovascular system and feelings of joy and passion in one’s life. Oriental Medicine helps us to see all the different things in our world are really just parts of the same whole.
Herbal Medicine is a primary branch of OM. We at Eden treat many of our patients with herbal medicine through a combination of powerful soaks and internal formulas to help reboot and rejuvenate your system. Online consultations for Oriental Medicine and Herbology are available upon request. Feel free to contact us for further information or to set up an appointment.
Due to the sheer weight of evidence as to the effectiveness of acupuncture and Oriental Medicine it has become widely accepted around the world as a valid treatment option. There are many paths to wellness and we invite you to join us to learn some tools to live your best life.
Acupuncture is just one of the many facets of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and Oriental Medicine (OM). It is a process by which points are stimulated along energy channels (also called meridians) that run along the surface of the body. These points are where energy from the body wells to the surface and is more accessible by stimulation from either pressure or the insertion of a thin needle. Stimulating these points can have a direct effect on the area where they are located or they can treat other regions and organs in the body. The entire body is a cohesive unit that functions or dysfunctions based on its inner connectedness. Acupuncture was created to help maintain balance so the body is able to function optimally to prevent disease. When a person is out of balance and disease arises, acupuncture can be very effective at getting things back on track and healing the body.
Acupuncture was developed during a time of relative peace among the humans of that era so the medicine evolved to take a more balanced approach that advocated living in harmony with one’s self and nature to prevent disease instead of treating symptoms as they arose. However, as humans evolved and villages grew, people became more disconnected with nature and themselves and from that many diseases began to arise. Thankfully acupuncture and Oriental Medicine were able to evolve as well and provide treatments and solutions to these very modern problems. Today, our current society has continued to evolve in a similar fashion. For the first time in history more people are living in densely populated cities than in the rural countryside.
This shift has caused an even greater disconnect between humans and the earth we inhabit. Also, with the major increase in technology in the past few decades, there has been even more disconnect from our fellow human beings and our own bodies. We no longer have an inherent understanding of our bodies and how to be healthy, instead we rely on diagnostic equipment to tell us how we are feeling. Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine provide effective treatment for the diseases that plague modern humans as well as teach us how to live in harmony with nature and ourselves.