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Steps on the Path to Optimal Health

We are dedicated to integrating the best of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and modern science to serve the needs of our patients and clients.

Chinese Medicine

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The first practitioners were Taoist Monks whose primary goal was to be compassionate and of service to others. This written tradition and passed down from master practitioner to student. This early version of an internship included being a scribe. The written documentation passed down through the generations lead to the classics, written between 23-2800 years ago. The internship was for a minimum of 20 years.  Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is a complete medical system. It has five components: medicine, nutrition, acupuncture, exercise (Qi Gong, Tai Qi), and massage.

Like all ancient cultures, TCM evolved in an environment where religion, science and medicine were intertwined. Like western medicine, TCM has developed along side scientific discovery and today would be considered secular. Where other branches of Chines Medicine; 5 Elements and Classical Chinese Medicine have maintained their original philosophies of the natural world.

It is based on the philosophy that

disease is an imbalance, caused either by

 an excess or deficiency. When the root

cause is addressed; the body is able to

restore equilibrium and health. 

TCM does not fight disease

See the bottom of the page for the latest TCM research.

or manage symptoms.

Everyone asks, what is qi?

Energy

In modern science qi would be defined as biochemical reactions. Bodies (human and otherwise) need

energy to function. Digesting food or absorbing sun light is how organisms produce energy. Biochemically, digestion

(the kreb cycle) is the metabolic process of breaking down and reorganizing nutrients in a way that allows said organism

to grow, keep itself warm, reproduce and maintain homeostasis. This is qi.

Breathe

Respiration is inhaling and exhaling. Inhalation puts oxygen (O2) in blood and is  circulated through the body to nourish cells and organs. Exhalation expels carbon dioxide (CO2). Qi is said “to promote blood movement in the vessels and that qi movement removes toxins". The ancient physicians that fostered this medicine understood that there was something in the air that went into the lungs and moved with blood. They also understood that exhaling was the completion of the cycle and it removed toxins. They called it qi. Modern science has defined these substances as molecules. "That which we call a rose ... by any other name would smell as sweet." W. Shakespeare.

 

Qi is the explanation of bio- and organic chemistry without

the benefit of the periodic table, an autopsy or microscope.

It is the progression of life through the stages of growth, maturity, decline and death.

or movement.

Qi is any change

Traditional Chinese Medicine is a complete medical system.

It's five components are medicine, nutrition, acupuncture, exercise and massage.

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95 percent or more of Chinese medicinal's are plant based. With minimal alteration, the bio-compounds remain in tact and their digestion contains the full spectrum of available nutrients with little to no strain on the kidney's or liver. Plant based medicines are  significantly safer than pharmaceuticals. Natural substances of all kinds can not be patented making these  remedies a mere fraction of the cost of their counterpart.

Medicine

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China's staple meal is rice, soup, vegetables, and other sides, including one bite-size portion of meat or seafood. The diet centered around, fresh and well cooked food. Beverages are always at  room temperature or warmer for better digestion. Until the exposure to western culture, eating with the seasons was a common practice, as well an basic recipes to cure common illnesses. Their equivalent to chicken noodle is called congee.

Nutrition

Acupuncture

Acupoints

Meridians

The insertion of very fine needles into the skin is micro-abrasion. The needles are inserted into acupoints on meridians or Ashi points (not on meridians). Studies and imaging show that Acupuncture needles interact with fascia (connective tissue and extracellular fluid) causing an immune response that increases white blood cell circulation. Studies have also shown that acupuncture needles stimulate chemical reactions that release endorphins and other pain-relieving hormones. No opioids needed. See links below for current research. 

 

Meridians are pathways that connect acupoints. With modern technology, it has been established that although not exact; of the approximate 350 major points, a majority are located near the central nervous system, along peripheral nerves or their endings. As well as near lymph node clusters and follow long bones where bone marrow and white blood cells are produced. Similarly, western medicine named cranial nerves based on the organ or its sensory-motor function where as Chinese medicine named meridians based on the organ it has a relationship to.

I don’t mean  to belabor the point, but they figured

this out without the use of x-ray or other imaging.

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In Asian culture Tai Qi, Qi Gong and walking are the traditional forms of exercise but anything that keeps you moving, strengthens the heart or 

body is exercise.

Exercise

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Chinese Medical Massage (Tui Na) is performed fully clothed and serves the sole purpose of restoring muscles and bones to a state of equilibrium. In Asia Tui Na includes spinal adjustments. 

Massage

Biomedical Research and Traditional Chinese Medicine

This research article titled, "The return of the “Ashi Point” from its journey East and its modern theoretical reconstruction", gives the historical context of Ashi points which means off meridan.

Dating back to the Tang Dynasty (618-907) within the text, Qiān Jīn Yào Fāng "Thousand Ducat Prescriptions". It lays out the evidence of why dry needling is the appropriation of East Asian medicine and culture for the purpose of profit. While many states are not requiring adequate training, this profit is endangering the health and well being of citizens.

Research published by the National Institute of Health, Acupuncture reducing Systemic inflammation: https://www.nccih.nih.gov/research/research-results/new-findings-suggest-acupuncture-stimulation-reduces-systemic-inflammation

Open the link below to watch open heart surgery performed with acupuncture as the only anesthesia. Although this is somewhat common in NYC and California, As of yet I haven’t found a video from the states. https://www.britannica.com/video/179539/Discussion-medicine-focus-use-Chinese-anesthetic-surgery

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