Oriental Medicine & Acupuncture
Oriental Medicine is a refined medical system, which has been used for more than 3000 years to diagnose and treat illness, prevent disease and improve well being. It is effective for physical, psychological and emotional problems.
Acupuncture is one of Oriental Medicine’s most important treatment modalities. While Western science has recently determined that human beings are complex bioelectric systems, this understanding has been the foundation of Acupuncture practice for thousands of years. Energy circulates throughout the body along well-defined pathways. Points on the skin along these pathways are energetically connected to specific organs, body structures and functional systems. If this energy circulation is disrupted, optimal function is affected, resulting in pain or illness. Acupuncture points are stimulated to balance the circulation of energy, which in turn influences the health of the entire being.
An equally important but lesser known modality is Chinese Herbal Medicine, which differs from Western herbology. Chinese herbs are almost always prescribed in combination, giving the formula a synergistic effect far greater than the sum of its parts. Most formulas are hundreds of years old with proven clinical effectiveness.
A complementary technique is moxibustion, an effective form of heat therapy. Massage and manipulation are also often utilized. Additionally, dietary modifications are a common, integral part of oriental healing regimens.
Patients play an active role in their healing by forming a partnership with their physician. As a doctor, I seek to inspire confidence in my patients and respect them and their individual needs.
The effectiveness of Acupuncture is well documented and is endorsed as a system of primary health care by the World Health Organization. People of all ages and walks of life can benefit.
How I became involved with Oriental Medicine
My journey into Oriental Medicine began in the early 1970s when I was introduced to Taoist philosophy through the use an application of the I-Ching. Soon after I enrolled in Chinese martial arts. My teachers strongly encouraged me to pursue an education in Oriental Medicine, which I began in earnest in 1979 at SAMRA University of Oriental Medicine, one of the first of such schools to open in the America. I graduated in 1985 with a Doctor of Oriental Medicine degree. I taught at the International Institute of Chinese Medicine in Santa Fe, NM from 1990–1993. I also served on the board for the New Mexico Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Association from 1991–1997 and as President from 1996-1997.