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The Healing Power of Oriental Medicine & Holistic Treatment Modalities
Oriental Medicine recognizes 12 organs: the lungs, large intestine, stomach, spleen, gall bladder, liver, heart, small intestine, urinary bladder, kidney, pericardium, and the overall digestive tract. They produce blood and energy, which are the building blocks of proper body function. Blood flows in the blood vessels throughout the body. Energy flows on specific pathways throughout the body.
Physical, chemical, or emotional stressors can cause the organs to malfunction, blood to stagnate, and energy to stagnate. The function and healing process of vital body parts are affected at this point and although extreme health problems have been observed, it is more often not noticed at all. If the condition is allowed to go untreated, the body will attempt to support the affected area, but as the problem increases, the area starts to degenerate.
The longer the condition is allowed to go untreated, the less chance there is for recovery. What began as a minor problem or discomfort may lead to lasting and irreversible damage.
The purpose of Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine is to return flow of energy and blood back to normal and to reinstate optimal organ function. This will, in turn, encourage restored function to the affected area and the body will begin to health itself. If detected early, organ malfunction and blood and/or energy stagnation may respond well to Oriental Medicine with an excellent chance for a complete and painless recovery.
Oriental Medicine Definitions
Energy – Vital substance produced by the organs flowing on pathways to every cell in the body. Energy moves the blood.
Blood – Fluid circulated by the organs and energy through the vascular system, carrying oxygen and nutrients to every cell in the body.
Organ - Part of the body adapted for specific functions that govern health, including the production of blood and energy.
Acupuncture - Insertion of hair-thin needles into the body at specific points in the treatment of health problems.
Chinese Herbal Medicine – Method of composing herbal formulas taken internally in the treatment of health problems.
Qi – the life force or vital energy that flows through all living things in the universe
Gong – Accomplishment or skill that is cultivated through continued practice.