What is Oriental Medicine?
Oriental Medicine or TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) is a medical system that utilizes understandings about the laws of nature and applies this to understandings about the human body. It is believed that all living matter maintains a level of energy. In humans this energy or life force (qi, pronounced chee) moves through the body in defined pathways called meridians. When there is illness, this means that there is a stagnation or blockage of the vital energy somewhere in the system.
In order to bring health the stagnation or blockage must move. To do this many techniques have been developed including: acupuncture, massage, qigong, and herbal medicine. Oriental medicine differs from Western medicine in that it naturally deals with individualized health. Each of us has strengths and weaknesses. It is up to us to recognize them and care for ourselves. TCM is about prevention. It is simple, but also very difficult. As a teacher of mine, Dr. Khun, once said, “you must constantly practice, then wait and see.” For this reason alone I believe, dissenters like Christopher Smith (http://www.asiapundits.com/westerners-defend-chinese-medicine/) gain the upper hand. The meta – analysis that he refers to only looks at a snippet of tests. It doesn’t follow those individuals who receive treatment and do the exercises for several years and measure the improvements in their health.
The reason that Oriental medicine is effective and has been for thousands of years is because it is part of a culture. When you insert TCM into the American culture, fraught with high stress, poor diets, and reservation to listen to doctors of course you will end up with only mild positive results.
This is the purpose of my opening the wellness center. My hope is to gain the trust, confidence, and time of those looking to create a life, a culture, based on healthy living. As I said before, it is a simple, but difficult path. One with highs and lows, but the constant intention of being present and happy.