Oriental medicine | Center for Integrative Medicine, Aventura, Miami, Fl

ORIENTAL MEDICINE

Oriental Medicine is a complete system of medicine, which successfully treats a number of musculoskeletal, neurological, endocrine, gynecological, gastrointestinal and emotional disorders. Just like conventional medicine uses surgery, drugs, radiation and so on, Oriental Medicine has various tools. Most known is acupuncture, which is often associated with Oriental Medicine as one and the same. However, in addition to acupuncture, Oriental Medicine involves use of complex herbal formulas, Oriental bodywork, including massage, tuina, shiatsu, acupressure and bone- setting techniques; diet therapy, breathing exercises, Qi Gong or energy cultivation, modern Oriental Medicine also utilizes ultrasound and other physical treatment methods such as moxibustion, cupping, micro bleeding and electrical stimulation.

Qi Gong or "Energy-Cultivation", is an aspect of Chinese medicine involving the coordination of different breathing patterns with various physical postures and motions of the body. Qi Gong is mostly taught for health maintenance purposes, but there are also some who teach it as a therapeutic intervention. Today millions of people in China and around the world regularly practice Qi Gong as a health maintenance exercise. Qi Gong and related disciplines are still associated with the martial arts and meditation routines trained by Taoist and Buddhist monks, professional martial artists and their students. We use a practice known as Qi Gong massage utilizing sophisticated modern equipment, known as Qi Gong (infrasound ) generator to produce healing energy comparable with the one cultivated by Qi Gong master practitioners. 

Cuppingis a method of applying acupressure by creating a vacuum next to the patient's skin. In traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) it involves placing glass, plastic, or bamboo cups on the skin with a vacuum. This technique, in varying forms, has also been found in the folk medicine of Vietnam, the Balkans, modern Greece, and Russia, among other places. Instead of using a fire cupping we use modern practice of using a vacuum pump, where a vacuum is created by suction of the air in a glass cup placed flush against the patient's skin. A vacuum forms that pulls up on the skin, creating the acupressure effect. It is often possible to slide the adhered cup around on the skin, preserving the suction seal as it glides. This is known as the cupping massage, which besides healing has skin beatification benefits.  This therapy is used to relieve what is called "stagnation" in TCM terms, and is used in the treatment of respiratory diseases such as the common cold, pneumonia, and bronchitis. Cupping is also used to treat back, neck, shoulder, and other musculoskeletal pain. It has other applications as well.

Micro bleeding
Unlike bloodletting of old times, with massive bleeding, performed by barbers in Europe and United States, Oriental Medicine utilizes much more gentle approach. We use sterile lancets, similar to the ones used for testing blood sugar. This allows for quick and virtually painless procedure. Micro bleeding has very strong effect, especially for the back and other types of pain. Micro bleeding is sometimes combined with cupping for even stronger effect.

Moxibustionis an oriental medicine therapy utilizing moxa, or fluff of mugwort herb. It plays an important role in the traditional medical systems of China, Japan, Korea, Vietnam, Tibet, and Mongolia. Practitioners burn the fluff; they can use it indirectly with a stick that resembles a (non-smokable) cigar, with acupuncture needles, or sometimes burn it on a patient's skin. Practitioners use moxa to warm regions and acupuncture points with the intention of stimulating circulation through the points and inducing a smoother flow of blood and qi. Scientific research has shown that mugwort stimulates blood-flow in the pelvic area and uterus. It is claimed that moxibustion militates against cold and dampness in the body. Practitioners consider moxibustion to be especially effective in the treatment of chronic problems, "deficient conditions" (weakness), and gerontology. We use a modern version of this ancient therapy utilizing infrared machine producing heat in the same profile as burning actual moxa, but without smoke or risk of burn injury.

 

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