Herbal medicine uses plants and natural substances for therapy or medicinal purposes. It is the world's most ancient form of healing. Studies of herbs and their medicinal properties were prominent in the ancient civilizations of China, Egypt, Greece Tibet, Persia and India. In some cultures, herbal knowledge was said to have been handed down from the gods. Much of this knowledge is still used today and has been proven effective in modem clinical testing.
The practice of acupuncture began more than 3,000 years ago in China. Early observations of the predictable patterns in nature pointed to the realization of an underlying, cyclical flow of energy. We see this energy manifest most clearly in the change of the seasons. The tradition of Five Element acupuncture is based on the understanding of this cyclical flow of vital energy - also known as Qi. Each of the Five Elements -Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal and Water - represents a distinct quality of the Qi energy that is vital to the continual health and flow of nature.
The First Visit
The first visit in our acupuncture clinic is devoted to gathering a great deal of information about main concerns, medical history. physical conditions and energetic observations. We address your questions and discuss a treatment plan. In Five Element acupuncture, this process is called the Traditional Diagnosis, or TD, and usually lasts about one hour. There is a short physical examination, along with pulse-taking, but no needles are inserted during the first visit.
Acupuncture is one of the oldest continuously practiced healing systems in the world, dating back thousands of years. By focusing on the powerful interconnections of body, mind and spirit, acupuncture is very effective in restoring health and preventing future imbalances.