Frequently Asked Questions about Oriental Medicine

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What is Oriental Medicine?

Oriental Medicine is a system of medicine that is over 2,500 years old, and is based on the philosophy of Taoism, which states that all things in life are interconnected and may be understood according to the theory of Yin and Yang, the principle of complimentary forces.  Oriental Medicine includes acupuncture, herbal medicine, nutrition, different forms of medical massage and energetic therapy, Qi Gong (breathing and meditation exercises), and lifestyle counselling.
The over-all goal of treatment is to restore the body-mind to a balanced state of functioning.  Once this has been accomplished, the body is better able to heal itself.

What is acupuncture?

Oriental Medicine is perhaps best known in regards to acupuncture, the skilful placement of fine needles into specific points in the body to balance the patient’s Qi (life force), and thereby restore and maintain health.

Q: What problems can be treated with Oriental Medicine?

A:  Unless you require Emergency medical services Oriental Medicine is an excellent choice for any health care need.  Many health problems can be treated effectively through Oriental Medicine alone, while others diseases may be best treated by combining Oriental Medicine with other forms of therapy, such as modern Biomedicine.  A detailed intake diagnosis will determine what is possible for your needs.

Q: Is acupuncture safe?

A:  The modern standard of practice of acupuncture is to use pre-sterilized, one time use, and disposable needles.  This significantly reduces the risk of exposure to blood-borne pathogens.  If you are treated by a licensed professional, or a student intern who is under the watchful eye of a professional, they have been trained to safely insert the needles, knowing how deep they may be inserted, and at what angle.

Q: Is acupuncture painful?

A:  It is common to hear people say, “I’m afraid of needles.”  This fear is usually due to experiences with larger, hollow needles that are used to draw blood, or inject some substance into the body.  An acupuncture needle is very thin, and is usually inserted painlessly.

Q: How many treatments will it take?

A: It is rare that one treatment with any modality of Oriental Medicine is enough to completely resolve a health problem.  For most minor ailments, a series of three to ten treatments will usually give good results, and for more chronic or serious illness, more than ten treatments will probably be needed.

What is herbal medicine?

A:  Herbal medicine is the use of medicinal plant substances, which are combined into formulas that address the underlying health problem.  These herbs are natural, pesticide free substances which have many different healing characteristics.  Some of their properties include aiding digestive function, improving circulation, stimulating hormone release, relaxing the nervous system, and enhancing the body’s immune system.  Herbs are often used in conjunction with acupuncture to enhance the effectiveness of the treatment.

Q: Are Chinese herbal formulas safe?

A:  When a professional with the appropriate training prescribes Chinese herbs, they are very safe, as opposed to pharmaceuticals, which can be very toxic to the body and result in many unpleasant “side-effects”, even when prescribed correctly.  The strength of Chinese herbal medicine is that each formula is created to match the specific qualities of the patient, and modified as the patients condition changes. When the herbs are in balance with the patient it maximizes the healing potential, and minimizes the risk of “side-effects.”

Q: Are all Chinese herbs of plant origin?

A: While the majority of herbs are from roots, rhizomes, tubers, leaves, flowers, bark, and twigs, the “material medical” of Chinese herbal medicine includes substances of animal and mineral origin as well.  Many modern herbalists will not use animal substances such as tiger bone, or rhinoceros horn,  due to problems with extinction and animal cruelty, but it is always recommended that you ask your herbalist what is being used in your formula.

What is acupressure and other forms of medical massage and energetic therapy?

A:  This form of treatment employs the same theoretical principles as acupuncture, except that finger pressure and soft tissue manipulation are used instead of needles.  This is very relaxing for people who have a lot of stress, and is particularly effective for the elderly and children as well.  There are many forms of medical and energetic massage, including tui na, shiatsu, jin shin do, jin shin jyutsu, polarity therapy, and qi massage (hands on universal healing).

What is qigong?

A:  Qigong is an integrated mind-body healing method that has been practised with remarkable results in China for thousands of years.  The word qigong means working with the life energy, learning how to control the flow and distribution of qi to improve the health and harmony of mind and body.  So qigong is a system of self-healing exercises which combines breath work, movement and meditation.   Qigong is often recommended as a way for patients to take charge of their own health.

What is nutritional guidance?

A:  Advice about nutrition and dietary needs are an important component of any health program.  Practitioners of Oriental medicine may advise a patient as to which foods and supplements would be beneficial for their specific condition, as well as those that should be avoided.

What is lifestyle counselling?

A:  This includes suggestions for therapeutic exercises, stress reduction techniques and proper breathing methods.  It may also include self inquiry suggestions regarding lifestyle choices that detract from a healthy physical, emotional or spiritual life.  All of these support the patient’s overall program to restore good health.

Q:  Why are more people choosing Oriental medicine?

A:  The answer is simple…it works!

Q: where is the Quan Yin Practice for Oriental Medicine located?

A: in Voorburg, nearby train and bus stop

Q: how do I get started?

A: Call for an intake appointment: 06-55342134