“All diseases are rooted in the spirit.”
–Ling Shu (Spiritual Pivot)
Chinese medicine is a centuries-old medicine utilizing tools such as acupuncture, moxibustion, herbal therapy, dietary therapy, exercise and lifestyle changes to address the root cause of an illness as well as symptoms that come up because of it. The oldest creators of the medicine came upon it by careful meditation on nature. This is why the names of acupuncture points and the quality of herbs draw upon inspiration from aspects of nature. Just as our Earth’s ecology goes through changes that are gentle and subtle, our body does so as well. The Earth also falls into periods of crisis, just as the body does. It is the job of the practitioner and patient team to align the body, gently and subtly, to pull itself out of crisis and back to balance and in harmony with nature.
Although the medicine was developed hundreds of years ago, it’s application today is more useful than ever. Chinese medicine can be used alongside all forms of medicine or as an alternative form to mainstream or “Western" medicine. There is a place for all types of medicine in our society. The key to health within the scope of Chinese medicine is the true understanding of your own body’s health by learning what it needs, why, and when. This can be very empowering for the patient. The duty of the practitioner of Chinese medicine is to shed light upon this understanding.
The goal of this powerful medicine is to restore balance to the body with respect to the patient’s ability and potential to heal at any given moment. With that said, the sky is really the limit. Chinese Medicine is intended to optimize your health as much or as little as you would like it to. The direction of the patient's spirit and mind are only known to the patient, and the practitioner is simply there to hold up a light for the healing of mind and spirit.