Therapeutic treatment should be tailored to the individual and should be based on the concept of bringing the body/mind back to a state of balance. From a holistic perspective, any therapy must address environmental, genetic and emotional factors to properly treat any complaints or disorders. The root and branch of the disorder must be addressed; the symptoms and the cause. That which is deficient or weak must be strengthened. Inversely, that which is overbearing or excess must be sedated. This is the philosophy behind any system of holistic treatment; especially in Chinese medicine.
This technique is the foundation of external therapy in Oriental Medicine. Tui Na is used to recalibrate and balance the skeletal structure, muscular system and the joins. It is the base of treatment that increases efficacy of other forms of therapy.
Acupuncture or Acupressure:
A form of external treatment that uses needles, the hands or other tools, to stimulate energy centers along the body’s energetic pathways.
Originating from northern, cold climates, moxibustion is a form of therapy that uses heat and smoke to stimulate points along the acupuncture channels for therapeutic effect.
Cupping is the most external body therapy. It not exclusive to Asia; being used in dozens of cultures around the world for thousands of years. It is a simple and primitive, yet effective tool for balancing the body and treating various disorders.
Diet and Herbal Therapy:
There are the internal forms of therapy used in Oriental medicine. Internal Holistic medicine is a complex, tried and true system of therapy used to treat a myriad of health problems.
Lifestyle and Behavioral Adjustments:
Many times, a simple adjustment to lifestyle, attitude, clothing, sleeping and other behaviors can have a massive impact on a person’s health.
Qi Gong Therapy:
This is the most energetic type of therapy used in Oriental medicine. The therapist utilizes the subtle nuances of the energy in the body to treat disorders and relieve issues.
A therapy that involves doing certain types of stretches or exercises to treat a patient’s problem(s) and increase their vitality. It is often given as homework and a means to self treat when there is no therapist available.
These are the primary and most common forms of therapy in Oriental Medicine. They can be used in conjunction with each other or as isolated therapies, depending on the problem or issue that needs to be addressed.