Acupuncture & Chinese Herbal Medicine
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Oriental Medicine

Oriental Medicine is a holistic medical system dating back over 3,000 years. It is based on an energetic medical model, with its main focus on "Qi" – the vital energy present in all living organisms. Oriental Medicine is used worldwide to diagnose and treat illness, to prevent disease and to improve a person’s state of health. Therapeutic goals are directed at preventing disease, treating the underlying root cause of an illness and alleviating the present symptoms. Many therapeutic modalities are used in Oriental Medicine – most notably are Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine. Other modalities tend to be more complementary in nature.

In a state of good health, this energy called Qi is abundant, balanced and flowing like a river through energetic pathways in our bodies. These pathways called meridians, circulate throughout the body nourishing all of our organs, tissues and cells. Problems arise when one’s Qi is weak or is not flowing properly.

Many factors can lead to an imbalance in the body. Physical and emotional stress, illness, poor nutrition, lack of exercise, toxins and injury will result in a compromised state of Qi. By influencing the quantity and quality of Qi, Oriental Medicine helps to restore balance in the body, strengthen physiological systems and maintain optimal health.

By asking detailed questions and assessing specific physical features, Katia is able to develop a picture of each patient’s internal constitution. From this viewpoint, a diagnosis is made based on the individual rather than the symptoms. Each treatment is customized to strengthen and harmonize from the inside-out so that lasting health can occur independently.


Acupuncture, a complex branch of Oriental medicine, 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 Qi and create specific therapeutic effects in the body. Through a balanced flow of Qi, 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.

The history of acupuncture began in China and has been documented for over 3,000 years. However, it has only been known in the United States since 1971, when an American journalist returned from his trip to China and wrote about this odd therapy used in China as a form of surgical anesthesia. Since then the acceptance of acupuncture has grown rapidly. The National Institute of Health and The World Health Organization recognize acupuncture to be effective in the treatment of a wide variety of medical problems and numerous studies have concluded the positive effects of acupuncture.

With Westerners experiencing the healing powers of acupuncture on such a profound and deep level, the demand for it is exploding. Millions of Americans are making visits each year to their acupuncturists for a wide variety of ailments with positive results. For a list of commonly treated conditions, please click here.

Chinese Herbal Medicine

The Chinese pharmacopeia 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 2-20 medicinal substances are combined in a formula to facilitate the unique therapeutic goals of each patient.

Traditionally, a formula is taken as a custom-made tea, prepared and consumed daily. Formulas are now available in many forms although not all are customized. Other forms of herbal preparations include; manufactured herbal pills, plasters, tinctures, drafts and highly concentrated granules.

Chinese herbs may be an important part of your treatment plan. However, in order to reach and maintain a therapeutic level it is necessary to take them consistently. We are be happy to explain your options in depth so that you may choose a form that is suitable to your lifestyle.

Other Modalities

Other modalities used in Oriental Medicine include:

  • Acupressure- applied pressure to a point or meridian area
  • Cupping- the use of suction cups on the skin
  • Diet therapy- based on traditional Chinese medical theory
  • Electrical, mechanical or magnetic devices- to stimulate points
  • Gua sha- rubbing on the skin with a blunt or rounded device
  • Infrared devices- to stimulate points or areas of the body
  • Ion pumping cords- to stimulate the flow of qi in the meridians
  • Laserpuncture- the use of lasers to stimulate points or meridians
  • Moxabustion- indirect burning of herbs over an area or point
  • Sonopuncture- the use of a sounding device over an area or point
  • Therapeutic exercise- such as qi gong and tai chi
  • Tui na- Chinese massage over an area or point