About Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine - Circle of Healing Arts

Accupuncture at Circle of Healing by Jennifer Jacoby Oriental medicine is an ancient healing practice. Its oldest textbooks and materia medicae date back to 4,000-3,000 B.C. and contrary to popular impressions, these documents reveal a very complex and well-developed theory and practice of medicine. They describe diseases in detail and provide treatment for illnesses still seen in practices across the globe today. Throughout millennia the practice of Oriental medicine has evolved along with humanity, but the basic principles and practices remain the same.

Firmly rooted in Taoism, Oriental medicine is a holistic therapeutic practice that regards people as a unity of mind, body and spirit. Practitioners of Oriental medicine use time-tested techniques to assess and treat organ functionality and the balance of the vital essences - qi, blood, yin, yang and jing - within a patient. Using a combination of discussion, pulse and tongue diagnosis, Oriental medicine practitioners diagnose patterns of disharmony, identifying physiological systems in which the fundamental nature of the Tao has fallen out of balance.

As part of treatment, acupuncture needles are inserted into specific acupuncture points in order to access and encourage the corresponding systems to re-harmonize. The acupuncture needles offer a suggestion to the body, a blueprint for restoring proper function and flow. They access the qi of the body while also allowing the body to draw upon and strengthen itself with the qi of the universe.

Recognized by the World Health Organization and the US National Institutes of Health, acupuncture and Oriental medicine may provide effective relief for a wide variety of conditions, including:

  • Headaches & migraines
  • Insomnia & sleep disturbances
  • Fatigue
  • PMS & menstrual irregularities
  • Menopausal discomfort
  • Morning sickness
  • Fertility & reproductive issues
  • Libido changes
  • Arthritis pain
  • Sports & work-related injuries
  • Common cold
  • Asthma
  • Stress-related symptoms
  • Digestive disorders
  • Post-surgical & post-stroke recovery