Healthcare Perspectives - Oriental Medicine/Acupunture

Oriental Medicine is a system of medicine which originated approximately 4000 years ago in Far East Asia. It is a complete health care system capable of delivering both primary and specialized care. Oriental Medicine views health as an expression of balance and disease as physical expressions of an imbalance within the body.

Taoism is the most influential root of Oriental Medicine. A main focus of the Taoists perspective is on the observable and natural laws of the universe and a human beings' relationship to the universe. Within this view, when the body and its many systems are balanced between the forces of Yin and Yang (yin energy being associated with receptivity, coolness and dampness and yang energy being associated with activity, heat and dryness) health is predominant, when Yin and Yang are imbalanced, disease occurs.

Oriental Medicine Physicians look at the symptoms along with other diagnostic methods to identify patterns of disharmony within the functional systems of the body. Each of the body organ systems must be in balance within itself as well as within its relationship to the other systems of the body.

There are cardinal signs of imbalance related to each organ as well as cardinal signs of multi-organ disharmonies. By being able to recognize the cardinal symptoms of single organs and organ relationships, various applications of Acupuncture, meridian manipulation and herbal treatments are able to get to the root of problems beyond only treating the symptoms that manifest as the result of the deeper imbalance. Using acupuncture, herbs, and other modalities, the Oriental Medicine Physician seeks to restore balance. When the body, as a body of systems within systems, is balanced health is restored.

Within this complex system there is incredible simplicity -balance in the human body. Although modern Acupuncturists may use lab work as additional diagnostic tools, Oriental Medicine generally determines one's level of health through the examination of the normal and abnormal organ system functions in the body. This is done by the examination of pulse and tongue as a diagnostic process, by viewing the outside of the body as a window into the internal organs and by recognizing the underlying communication between the body and the mind. Today Oriental Medicine is practiced in allopathic hospitals, in traditional hospitals, in conjunction with allopathic medicine, and hybrids of both forms of medicine have been developed.

Healing Modalities within Oriental Medicine/Acupunture

  • Eight Vessel Theory
  • Five Element Theory
  • Traditional Chinese Medicine

Licensure

Must be licensed in the State of Florida and completed a state board-approved national certification process


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