Chinese Medicine is an ancient form of traditional medicine that incorporates many modalities and originated 2500 years ago. It is based on the theory that your body is made up of many channels (meridians) that are the transport for your bodies vital energy (Qi). These meridians are connected to body organs and when disrupted or blocked they create an imbalance and therefore pain or disease. Chinese Medicine is also based on the principles of Yin and Yang. The Yin and Yang theory expresses the importance of contrasting or opposite forces and how they must interact to create a whole. Everything in the universe can be divided into either Yin or Yang as the universe must be in perfect balance. Yin is the cold, slow moving aspect and Yang is the hot, fast moving aspect. Some examples of Yin factors include water, darkness and the moon. Yang factors include light, fire and the sun. By addressing the wavering balance of Yin and Yang within your body, an acupuncturist will attempt to rebalance and bring you to optimal health using acupuncture and other modalities.
The Which Doctor will start your consult with a comprehensive list of questions including your health and medical history to establish a treatment protocol that is specific to your condition and needs. She will also incorporate the traditional diagnostic tools of tongue and pulse diagnoses as well as any blood test, X-ray or other Western diagnoses you may have into her diagnosis. Her treatment may include 1 or all of the following modalities;