Quick explanation of basic Oriental Medicine
In Oriental Medicine, energy is pumped out from 12 organs throughout the meridians to the entire body, just like the heart pumps blood and circulate the body.
Now imagine a meridian as a road and energy (Qi) as the cars. If there is a traffic jam, the cars do not move smoothly. When gridlock occurs, traffic does not move at all. Similarly there will be stagnation when energy doesn't move through the meridians.
When traffic is slow or does not move, how do you feel? Irritated? When people are irritated or angry, they tend to get hot. Similarly, when energy is stagnant, excess heat is produced. In Oriental Medicine, heat equals imbalance
When Qi is not circulating well, the pump (the organ) will overwork to pump more Qi. An over working motor become deficient. Since the body has to keep going, other organs must compensate for the weak organ. The resulting imbalance causes problems.
This is just one example of how imbalance can arise in the body. In addition to be deficient, excess heat, cold, dampness or other conditions can lead to imbalance.
Acupuncture needles stimulate the certain points on the meridians to move stagnant energy. Just like when a traffic light turns green, when the meridian is stimulated, energy (or traffic) begins to flow once again.
Acupuncture needles are used to accomplish goals other than moving energy as well. It will help strengthen, reduce heat, and so on..
In California, we are allowed to use only sterilized and disposable needles. Every needles that we use are new and used only once.
Chinese herbs are medicinal substances, including plants, animals and minerals.
Each herbs have its unique properties.
Herbal formula is a combination of herbs and usually modified to each person's conditions.