Oriental medicine has been practiced for more than 2,500 years and includes acupuncture, herbal medicine, moxibustion, Oriental massage (tuina) and Oriental nutrition. It is a system of medicine that categorizes body patterns into specific types of diagnoses with corresponding treatment plans. Over 15 million Americans have turned to Oriental medicine.
Oriental medical practitioners use a variety of healthcare therapies. Acupuncture, moxibustion (which is a type of heat therapy using the mugwort plant), and Chinese herbal medicine are the most popular.
Other aspects of Oriental medicine are:
- Electroacupuncture – the use of fine microcurrent technology
- Diet, Lifestyle and Nutritional Counseling
- Cupping – this employs a glass or bamboo cup as a suction device to stimulate blood circulation
- Tai Chi – a form of physical exercise
- Qi Gong – breath exercise
- Various forms of therapeutic massage