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Chinese Medicine and East Asian Medicine

The wisdom of ancient medicine

What is East Asian Medicine?

Licensed East Asian Medical Practitioners are trained in acupuncture and Traditional Chinese medicine in the Washington State. We provide a philosophical approach to care that applies thousands of years of Chinese medicine observation and pattern diagnosis to create the unique art and mastery of acupuncture, Chinese herbs, Tui Na massage techniques, moxibustion, cupping, and Chinese nutritional therapy as an alternative modality to treating many common health conditions in combination with traditional western methods.

Acupuncture

Acupuncture therapy involves the inserting fine needles along specific points on the body to regulate the flow of energy through the body for the purpose of decreasing pain, promoting circulation, regulating the nervous system and other regulatory systems of the body. Acupuncture can also be used with electro stimulation when a stronger stimulation is necessary. In doing so, acupuncture is facilitating the natural healing processes that the body is already capable of and continually performing.

Acupuncture is the most well-known Chinese medicine technique in the west, it is also the most unique and fascinating, but it is not the only tool in the Chinese Medicine chest of goods.

Chinese Herbal Medicine

Chinese Herbal Medicine is also a powerful tool and is the Chinese medicine version of the pharmacological medicine. Unlike the western practice of herbal medicine that practice more with singular herbs based on western diagnosis, Chinese herbal medicine is based on Chinese diagnostic patterns and the herbs are Formulas comprised of many herbs for a balanced effect. For this reason, Chinese herbal formulas are often uniquely tailored to the individual based on their presenting patterns.

Chinese herbal medicine is an art form that has been practiced for centuries and the formulas and herbs currently in use have been effectively utilized by the Chinese people for centuries. Now, western medicine too can benefit from centuries of observation and wisdom.

Tui Na, Cupping, and Gua Sha

Chinese Tui Na massage is a therapeutic form of massage. It utilizes both gentle and deep tissue techniques depending on the needs of the patient. When used correctly, Tui Na can promote functional movement of joints, break up muscle adhesions, and promote blood and lymph circulation.

Cupping and Gua Sha are tools that were developed to assist Tui Na techniques. Cupping lifts up on the skin and fascia, allowing better blood and lymphatic movement. Cupping has become a popular tool among massage therapists as well.

Gua sha is the strong application of a rubbing or grinding technique utilizing a specific tool. Physical therapists have adopted this technique as their “Graston Technique” utilizing the Graston tool, although the original gua sha tool was the Chinese porcelain spoon. This technique is useful for breaking up muscular adhesions and realigning the fibers. However, acupuncturists also use cupping and gua sha in other ways such as to prevent the onset of a cold.

Chinese Nutrition & Lifestyle

Chinese medicine also contains a wealth of knowledge in terms of general healthy living. The ancient Chinese people that put the original compendium of Chinese medicine together were obsessed with health and immortality as well as the idea of the person being in balanced within themselves, within their environment, and within the general universe.

The ideas that stemmed from these observations focusing on aligning the individual creature in the most optimal balance for a healthy life. This includes a philosophy that guides nutrition and dietary hygiene, sleep hygiene, exercise, and one’s social life. Additionally, a person can also be organized by their presenting constitutional patterns and the best lifestyle according to this constitution as well as their strengths and weaknesses when it comes to making decisions that affect health.

Moxibustion

Moxibustion therapy is a subcomponent of acupuncture. It is the application of a burning herb to specific acupuncture points as a different method of stimulating that point. The herb most commonly used is Ai Ye also known as Mugwort, Mother’s wort, or Artemisia vulgaris. 

The heat and essential oil released by burning this herb have been shown to support immune system regulation. Chinese, Korean, and Japanese traditional medicines all look to regular moxibustion therapy for prevention of illness and disease. It can be a helpful supportive treatment for chronic conditions like Chronic Fatigue, Fibromyalgia, Auto-immune diseases, allergies, chronic digestive conditions, and many more.

Exercise, Tai Qi, Qi Gong

Chinese medicine also contains a wealth of knowledge in terms of general healthy living. The ancient Chinese people that put the original compendium of Chinese medicine together were obsessed with health and immortality as well as the idea of the person being in balanced within themselves, within their environment, and within the general universe.

The ideas that stemmed from these observations focusing on aligning the individual creature in the most optimal balance for a healthy life. This includes a philosophy that guides nutrition and dietary hygiene, sleep hygiene, exercise, and one’s social life. Additionally, a person can also be organized by their presenting constitutional patterns and the best lifestyle according to this constitution as well as their strengths and weaknesses when it comes to making decisions that affect health.

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