The notion of the unity of the body and psyche is fundamental to the Oriental healing arts. Changes in one's physical condition will result in changes in one's thinking and in one's intuitiveness and emotional processes. The mind likewise directly and indirectly influences gross and subtle changes in one's physical nature and in the actions we take. Virtually all aspects of health are rooted in the harmonious integration of the body and the psyche.
The Oriental health-maintenance and health-promotion arts, such as tonic herbalism, take full advantage of this oneness of body and psyche to help each person to grow to as full a state of health, well-being and spiritual awareness.
The tonic herbs are used to bring about changes in one's physical condition. simultaneously, they are routinely used to influence the conscious and subconscious mind, the emotions, and the human spirit.
A person's ability to adapt to the ever-changing factors in life determines a person's health, well-being and happiness. Adaptability requires energy. The greater the stress and the more dynamic change in one's life, more adaptive energy is required. purpose of using tonic herbs is to aid the body-mind its adaptive needs. The greatness of the Oriental tonic herbs lies in their adaptogenic quality; that is, the ability to adapt to changes in the environment and overcome the stresses of lifeently and accurately.
In Oriental Tonic Herbalism we utilize the law of Yin and Yang constantly.
Tonic herbs are categorized according to Yin and Yang. It is the attempt to provide Yin and Yang energy in balanced way to attain a proper balance and eventually achieve a radiant health. Thus it is important to discern which balance of Yin and Yang herbs is appropriate. It is our belief that, since Yin and Yang are always both necessary, both Yin and Yang herbs should be consumed by everybody.
A person who shows signs of Yin deficiency will do well to take more Yin herbs while a person who shows signs of Yang deficiency should take more Yang herbs. Since Yin is by definition cooling, moistening and relaxing, Yin deficiency is often characterized by hot conditions, hot feelings, dryness and agitation. Yang, on the other hand, is warming, drying and invigorating. Therefore Yang deficiency is characterized by cold feelings and conditions, excessive moistness and a lack of vitality(fatigue).
Oriental Tonic Herbalism is an adaptogenic system. This relates to the concept that the body-mind is naturally and innately self-regulatory. Human neurological and endocrine functions have evolved over millions of years as the primary human regulatory systems designed by nature to maintain homeostasis(functional balance). The herbal medicine helps these fundamental regulatory systems in maintaining optimal functioning and provides increased vitality in carrying out their roles efficiently and accurately.
The body's vital energy(Qi or Chi: 氣) circulates through channels, called meridians, that have branches connected to body organs and functions. When the vital energy(Qi) flows well and goes to the right places, a person will experience good mental and physical health. When the flow of vital energy(Qi) is blocked, disease occurs.
Acupuncture increases blood and the vital energy(Qi) flow, modulates pain, enhances the immune system and restores wounds.
Acupuncture involves the insertion of very thin needles through a person's skin at specific points on the body. Needles can be placed at near where disease is located or others selected points depending on symptoms. A combination of these points is usually used. Acupuncture with appropriate combinations bring the energy flow back into proper balance.
Moxibustion (Tteum or Jiǔ: 灸) is a traditional oriental medicine therapy that involves burning herbs and applying the heat that's produced to specific points on the body.
The heat generated during moxibustion helps increase the flow of vital energy(Qi) throughout the body via meridians.
Moxibustion can be administered in conjunction with acupuncture, or alone.
We use the Indirect moxibustion method. Therefore, you can be treated safely without worrying about burns.
Cupping has been practiced for thousands of years for the treatment of disease and pain.
Disease is attributed to interruption of vital energy(Qi). And pain is also due to stagnation of vital energy(Qi). This stagnation can be due to injury or stress.
Cupping is believed to stimulate the flow of blood, lymph and vital energy(Qi) to the affected area. Cupping is used for pain relief, improvement of blood flow, relaxation and well-being, and as a type of deep-tissue massage.
The therapist puts number of glass cups on the skin for a few minutes to create suction.