What is Oriental Medicine?

Oriental Medicine has been practiced for more than 2,500 years and includes acupuncture, herbal medicine, moxibustion, massage, breathwork and nutritional therapy. It is a system of medicine that categorizes body patterns into specific types of diagnoses with corresponding treatment plans. Oriental Medicine is practiced in China, Japan, Korea, Viet Nam, Thailand, Tibet and India. One may be surprised to find that Oriental medical theory and practice has spread to France, England, Spain, Germany, Russia, much of Middle and South America, and Africa. It has gained worldwide acceptance and recognition as effective medical treatment. Due to the sheer weight of evidence, Oriental Medicine demands that it be taken seriously as a clinical approach of considerable value. Over 15 million people in the U.S. have turned to Oriental Medicine, making it the complementary treatment of choice for Americans everywhere.

Oriental medical practitioners use a variety of healthcare therapies. Acupuncture, moxibustion - which is a type of heat therapy using the mugwort plant - and Chinese herbal medicine are the most popular.

Other aspects of Oriental Medicine include:

� Electroacupuncture - Fine microcurrent technology
� Diet, Lifestyle and Nutritional Counseling
� Cupping - Glass suction device stimulates circulation
� Tai Chi - A form of physical exercise
� Qi Gong - Breath exercise and movement
� Meditation and Relaxation
� Tui Na - Form of therapeutic massage

Source: California State Oriental Medical Association

NCCAOM - National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine