Oriental medicine can mean any of:
• Traditional Chinese medicine
• Traditional Korean medicine
• Kampo (Japanese medicine)
A whole range of varying techniques and methods from many different systems, including acupuncture, herbal medicine, acupressure, qi gong, and oriental massage.
The thing that stands out in oriental medicine is its emphasis on diagnosing the disruption of the vital energy force (Qi) in health and disease. Diagnosis using oriental medicine involves the classical steps of observation, listening, questioning, and palpation, which includes feeling pulse quality and determining sensitivity of body components.
In a healthy body there is a balance between Yin and Yang, however if Yin and Yang are imbalanced, diseases occurs so health is an expression of balance, so to get back to good health the Yin and Yan have to be balanced again. There are cardinal signs of imbalance related to each organ as well as cardinal signs of multi-organ disharmonies.
Have you ever looked at the skin of an asthma sufferer? They will most probably suffer from eczema. Why? In Oriental Medicine, the skin is related to the Lung system hence it is logical to deduce that eczema would occur in those suffering from asthma. By having the ability to pick up on the cardinal symptoms of single organs and organ relationships, Acupuncture and Herbal treatments can get to the root of the problem instead of just treating the symptoms and not finding the cause. Using acupuncture, herbs, and other modalities, the practitioner seeks to restore balance. When the body is balanced, health is restored - the body is in good health once more.