Treatment Modalities What is Oriental Medicine ? Oriental Medicine is a multi-faceted health care system which began developing in a focused way in China , Tibet and India approximately 4,000 – 5,000 years ago. Chinese medicine in particular began to spread throughout Asia over 2,000 years ago 
and has evolved with the development of new techniques and national styles over the centuries. Gradually a sophisticated system 
of diagnosis and treatment was developed and has been refined during thousands of years of treating literally billions of people. 
Modern research has produced further improvements in the application of this time-tested approach to health care. The particular focus of Oriental medicine is on the patient's energy/vitality and on the body's ability to remain balanced in its responses 
to its environment. Illness is understood to result from a failure to properly adapt to one's environment and circumstances for whatever reason. Many techniques have been developed to restore balance to the body, mind and spirit. In Japan , Taiwan , China and other eastern nations where modern medical facilities are widely available today, traditional Oriental medicine remains a major part of the health care system. It has been widely accepted in Europe for several decades, has steadily grown in popularity in America and has gained increasing respect in the scientific community worldwide. What Treatment Modalities are Part of Oriental Medicine ? In addition to traditional needle acupuncture there are a variety of other modalities which are often employed as part 
of Oriental medical treatment. These include use of a laser beam on the acu-points (for children and sensitive adults), Korean hand therapy (in which the majority of patients get magnetic or ionic pellets taped to the skin rather than needles), Chinese herbs, hado medicine (ch'i remedies), moxabustion in which the needles or skin are warmed with an herb, Oriental massage, electrical stimulation 
of needles, Chinese heat lamp therapy, infrasonic therapy, a technique called gwa sha (for soft-tissue pain, tension and inflammation), meditation or other forms of stress reduction and appropriate dietary, exercise or other lifestyle recommendations. Any or all of these may be part of your treatment regimen.


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