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What is Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine?




Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine have been used as healing arts for more than five thousand years. The general theory is based on the premise that there are patterns of energy flow called “Qi” (pronounced “chee”) throughout the body, that are related to the organs and tendino-muscular system. When the energy flow is disrupted due to trauma, poor diet, stress, medications, or other conditions, pain and/or illness result. Acupuncture focuses on correcting these imbalances of energy by inserting ultra-thin, single use, stainless steel needles under the skin to stimulate specific points in the body. Stimulation unblocks the channels and encourages an even flow of energy and blood, relieving pain and other symptoms. As a sidebar, Martin Haines is not only Licensed by the State of California to practice Oriental Medicine, but also holds Nationally recognized “Diplomate” status in Acupuncture, Chinese Herbology and Oriental Medicine. 

As long as it has been around, Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine is one of the newest acknowledged primary health care professions in the United States. The benefits of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine have become widely recognized and integrated with mainstream health care. Acupuncture’s complex system of diagnostic methods takes into consideration the person as whole, not just isolated symptoms. Oriental Medicine is based on the discerning the body’s “patterns of disharmony,” and treating it accordingly. 

Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine treat and strengthen the physical condition, normalizes physiological dysfunctions and controls pain. The aim is not just to eliminate or alleviate symptoms, but rather to treat the underlying cause, increase the ability to function and improve one’s quality of life.

One of the many interesting facts regarding Oriental Medicine, is another side of the medicine, Chinese Herbology, perhaps less known, but by no means, less effective. Rather than utilizing just one herb for a health issue, we rather utilize herbal formulae. One or two herbs in a formula may be directly for the primary issue. There may be one or two for secondary symptoms. The rest may be to guide the formula to a specific location of the body, and yet another to Harmonize all of the herbs in the formula. This allows for a balanced formula, designed especially for the patient’s needs. As far as interactions with prescribed medicines go, we are trained to keep your experiences as safe as is possible. There seems to be far more safety utilizing Chinese Herbology, prescribed by a qualified health professional (i.e. by an Acupuncturist licensed by the State of California) than some other commonly used medicines regularly prescribed.