“Isn’t acupuncture just for pain?”

Oriental Medicine (OM), sometimes referred to as TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) or simply Chinese Medicine, is often equated with the use of acupuncture needles for the relief of stress and for treating pain. While acupuncture excels at mitigated stress levels and alleviating both chronic and acute pain, acupuncturists do so much more.

Oriental Medicine is a complete system of medicine. This means that it encompasses it’s own physiological understanding of the mind and body and the way they work (and sometimes don’t work). One of the foundational principle in OM is in preventing and removing stagnation. We believe that stagnation (like a stagnant pond) is the root cause of most illness and that to prevent illness the active and passive substances in the body have to be brought into balance. To do this, we use herbs, acupuncture, moxibustion, magnets, manual therapy, and other modalities.

Chinese medical theory dates back at least 3,000 years (there is good evidence that it is much, much older). Now, something being old doesn’t mean that its effective – but in the case of OM, being around for three millennia has given it generations of experimentation and critical analysis. This leads some people to say that OM is one of the oldest-running longitudinal studies in history. Some of the most brilliant minds in history have worked developing and advancing the complex system of OM that has been handed down to us today – and which continues to evolve.

Here is a list of complaints that patients have found relief from through Oriental Medicine:

  • Chronic or acute pain or injury
  • The effects of stress and anxiety
  • Immune system dysfunction
  • Gastrointestinal and digestive imbalance
  • Endocrine and hormonal imbalance
  • Fatigue, exhaustion
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Menstrual irregularities and pain
  • Seasonal allergies
  • Mental/emotional complaints and mood
  • Psychological and physical trauma
  • Cognitive decline, senility

And many, many more…

In fact, there is nothing that the wisdom of OM can’t address within its own framework – meaning that given the tools we have to assess the health of the body, there will always be a next step through the use of OM. Many people come to acupuncture and OM as medical refugees, having searched in conventional Western medicine for an answer or a solution to no avail. OM is best utilized along with a preventative lifestyle, but when the body falls out of balance or there is illness or injury, OM is unmatched in its complex and comprehensive ability to bring back the bodies natural vitality.