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ACUPUNCTURE

Subtle energy flows through the landscape of our body guided by the curves of our muscles and tendons not unlike the way rivers coursing through the earth follow the terrain of the rocks and the trees. These rivers of energy (called meridians) form a complex network that connects all aspects of our body, from our skin and bones to our organs and deepest constitutional essences, into an interrelated unity. By contacting the meridians through the insertion of very fine needles, acupuncture can treat imbalances on any level.

 

herbal medicine

Chinese Herbal Medicine is a highly sophisticated form of medical therapy that has been proven effective by millennia of observation and through ongoing modern research. Chinese Herbal Medicine seeks to treat both the symptoms and the root cause of disease, unlike many Western drugs that often control symptoms without altering the disease process or reaching the underlying causes.

Subtlety and Quality of Herbs

Traditionally, herbs were considered to work not simply through chemical interactions but through more subtle resonance with the person taking them. Herbs, like everything else in the cosmos, are seen as embodying certain qualities often related to where they tend grow and even their physical form. Ginseng (literally “man root” / ren shen) for example, well known for its strong tonic properties, is an herb which grows high in the mountains and is capable of enduring severe inclement weather. The root itself resembles a man’s body and used to strengthen the “whole person”, offering the qualities of endurance, concentration and integrity. Other herbs can be extremely specific in their effect targeting the back of the head or the lower back and knees.