Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine
Practitioners of Oriental Medicine are trained in traditional methods of diagnosis and treat using multiple modalities. Rather than treating a symptom or disease, this medicine focuses on treatment of the individual. By considering one's physical, mental, and emotional movements through life, practitioners can improve health and well-being. Resolution of symptoms comes from the body’s return to its optimal functioning. Common treatments include acupuncture, herbal medicine, moxabustion, and manual therapies.
Acupuncture is over three thousand years old and is one of the most commonly used medicines around the world. It works with qi, the Chinese concept of our vital life force, which includes blood, lymph, and other substances in the body. In Chinese medical theory, symptoms arise when there is a disruption in the proper flow of any qi. Acupuncture reteaches the body the natural flow of qi by placing pins into very specific points. Each of these points impacts the flow of qi differently. Other modalities work to impact qi in slightly different ways.
Practitioners can earn a master’s degree or doctorate in the field. Programs vary on focus and can include training on multiple different modalities and traditions within Oriental medicine. Students study anatomy, point location, bio-medicine, pathology, Oriental medicine theory, and undergo clinical rotations. Upon passing all exit exams and completing clinic, graduates take the necessary steps for licensure within their state.