Chinese medicine is a vast treasury of knowledge. It is the product of millennia of practical experience in dealing with sickness.
The living human being is in constant motion. Simply put, the proper movement of material and energetic substances in the body manifests as health and vitality. The stagnation or restricted movement of these substances creates disease. This movement occurs in all tissues and substances in the body through well defined pathways. Material substances, such as blood, move through physical vessels. The energetic substance Qi moves through systems called meridians. The movement of this Qi creates and controls all functional activity in the human body.
It is upon these meridians that acupuncture points lie. Needles are used to restore and regulate the proper movement of Qi and, therefore, the functions of the body. The needles themselves are only tools. It is the correct perception and understanding of Chinese medicine that produces the healing effects of acupuncture needles. Consequently, it is in the hands of a well-trained doctor of oriental medicine that acupuncture is most effective. A complete understanding of Chinese theory and years of practice and experience are required to properly administer acupuncture.
Acupuncture is but one aspect of Chinese medicine. Thoughts, feelings, attitudes, behaviors, and lifestyle choices all contribute to the movement of Qi and the health of each person. How we interact with ourselves, each other, and the world around us is interpreted through Chinese medical theory. All of these factors are considered part of any disease pattern. A causative factor in a disease could be held in emotions, or living in a damp environment could be a source of stress-causing disease. Diet, occupation, family matters, and lifestyle habits can all contribute to disease in the human body.
As a doctor of Chinese medicine, Dr. Mosher addresses all causative factors in the balancing of a disease pattern. Acupuncture, herbs, diet, structural alignment, and counseling are among the main tools used to balance the body. Dr. Mosher uses modern and ancient healing modalities within the understanding of oriental medicine. Modern tools such as blood tests, hair analysis, cranial-sacral therapy, and spinal alignment are all used and integrated in the practice of natural medicine. Even brainwave biofeedback is understood from both a western and ancient oriental perspective. Seeing and treating the whole person in the context of his or her whole life creates a deeper, longer-lasting healing that our patients have come to understand and benefit from.
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