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What is Asian Medicine and Acupuncture?

Asian Medicine

Is an ancient holistic approach to healing that is composed of systems that regain and maintain balanced levels of the body’s vital energy (Qi) and essential fluids.  When proper balance is disrupted due to trauma, poor diet, chronic conditions or other circumstances, pain or illness result.

Asian Medicine is based on the understanding that the body is composed of two distinct forms of energy: electrical and chemical.  These two types of energy can be manipulated and balanced with acupuncture affecting electrical energy and medicinal herbal formulas affecting chemical energy.

Chinese Herbal Medicine

Herbal formulations are an integral part of OM.  Herbal prescriptions further and maintain the correction of energetic imbalances that are initiated through acupuncture treatments.  Formulas contain a selection of herbs that not only possess different qualities and properties but also target different areas of the body.

The majority of medicinal herbs come from organic substances such as plants (80%), minerals and animal products.  This understanding of the properties of these substances dates back to ancient Chinese texts from as early as 210 C.E.  An additional 1800 years of vigorous clinical use and theoretical debate have created a safe and effective system of herbal medicine.

There are various methods of administering the formulas, most of which consist of four to twelve herbs and have internal and external applications.  Traditionally, the most powerful effect is obtained by boiling or decocting the raw herbs into a tea.  However, many formulas are available in pill form and in powders that may be taken with warm water or placed in capsules for convenience.

Each herbal formulation is customized to treat the patient’s illness and constitution at that specific time.  The formulas are then modified as the patient’s condition improves and treatment continues until health and balance are restored.  The aim of Asian Medicine is not just to eliminate or alleviate symptoms, but rather to treat the underlying cause, increase one’s ability to function and improve the quality of life.


Acupuncture corrects these energy flow imbalances through the stimulation of specific acupuncture points by ultra-thin disposable needles.

Biochemical and neurological research has shown that acupuncture works by signaling specific control centers of the brain to release necessary substances to the area of the body that is in need.

Acupuncture can:

  –Signal neurological pain-control centers to release endorphins for the relief of pain.

 —Improve circulation and reduce inflammation.

 –Stimulate and strengthen the immune system.

 –Affect levels of glucose, cholesterol, triglycerides, and hormones in the blood.

 –Balance nervous system, endocrine, and gastrointestinal function.