Eastern medicine is a holistic medical approach that has developed over thousands of years in Southeast Asia. Over the course of its history, it has been carefully tested and refined to create a very complete health management system. Eastern medicine is sometimes called "Traditional Chinese Medicine" (TCM) or "Oriental Medicine" (OM), but I prefer the more accurate name of "Eastern Medicine". Eastern medicine utilizes non-invasive diagnostic and treatment methods. The goals of these treatments are very different than those of Western medicine. In the West, we tend to look for the germ or virus or rogue cell (cancer) that caused the disease. We try to "cure" it by killing it or removing it. From this perspective, if you can't find the "invader", you can't cure the disease--you can only ease the symptoms (high blood pressure, high cholesterol, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, autoimmune disorders, allergies, etc.). Eastern medicine views disease very differently. Instead of looking for the "invader", it asks the question: "Why was this invader able to invade? Where is the weakness in the body's defense? How can I repair that weakness or restore that function?". This thought process leads to a very different treatment method and goal. The treatments are designed not to reduce symptoms, but to restore the normal function of the patient's system. This ultimately teaches the body to repair itself. If you remove the environment that makes the disease possible, the disease can go away and the body can be healed. This approach makes it possible for Eastern medicine to effectively address many problems that Western, modern medicine finds very difficult to treat. This ancient perspective is amazingly effective and sophisticated when done properly. The treatments are designed to help your body restore normal function (learn more). These methods not only relieve symptoms, but also retrain the body and mind to stay healthy. Eastern medicine combines healing and prevention, correcting your complaint while simultaneously treating the root problem. It is a medical style that truly serves the patient and engages them in the healing process. Isn't that worth a try?
At age 8, I was diagnosed with severe scoliosis. A year later, doctors were recommending a highly invasive surgery. My family and I sought out other options, trying many types of holistic medicine and self-treatment. This led me to Eastern martial arts and meditation, and through this to Eastern medicine. I saw my first acupuncturist at age 16, and I was fascinated by what he did and how it worked. My journey continued, wending through paths of science, medicine, meditation. Now, my path has brought me here, where I can apply my experience and knowledge to helping you. For more information on my background and experience, check out the About page.