Chinese Medicine

Chinese Medicine is the Most Widely Used Medicine in the World

Chinese medicine, a 3000+ year-old medicine, is practiced in more countries than any other medical system in the world.  It is a complete medicine (as is western medicine), meaning that it can stand alone in diagnosing disease and prescribing treatment for a vast amount of health problems.  Because it is a complete medical system, it can be used in place of western medicine.

In fact, many people have chosen Oriental medicine as their primary health care system.  It can also be used as a complementary medical system to western medicine because it is better at diagnosing and/or treating certain types of conditions and diseases, particularly, chronic diseases, gynecological problems, fertility issues, pain, and diseases that go undiagnosed by western medicine.

Western medicine, on the other hand, would be the better choice for life threatening situations and major acute conditions.  It would be wise to consider Chinese medicine and Western medicine  as mutually beneficial rather than mutually exclusive.

Health and Illness

All illness is understood as a consequence of either a depletion or a congestion of qi, moisture and/or blood. Depletion leads to weakness, lethargy, frequent illness, poor digestion, and inadequate blood flow. Congestion results in aches, tension, tenderness, pain, a distended abdomen, irritability, and swelling.


Practitioners of Oriental Medicine assess a person’s health by feeling the pulse and by observing the face, tongue, and body of the patient. This information is interpreted in the context of the patient’s complaints, work and living habits, physical environment, family health history, and emotional life.


The goal of treatment is to adjust and harmonize Yin and Yang. This is achieved by regulating the qi, moisture, and blood in the Organ Networks. The weak organs are tonified, congested channels are opened, excess is dispersed, tightness is softened, agitation is calmed, heat is cooled, cold is warmed, dryness is moistened, and dampness is drained. Treatment may incorporate acupuncture, herbal remedies, diet, exercise, and massage.

Duration of treatment depends on the nature of the complaint, its severity, and how long it has been present. Acupuncture is scheduled as often as three times a week or as little as twice a month. Response varies. Some need only a few sessions while others need sustained care to reverse entrenched patterns established over time. As symptoms improve, fewer visits are required, individual progress being the yardstick.

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Integrating Chinese & Western Medicine.  Chinese Medicine and Western Medicine are both “complete” medicines in that they can both function alone in diagnosing and treating disease.  However, there are great benefits to incorporating both approaches with certain illness into one’s treatment plan.  Read more

Conditions treated by Chinese Medicine.  Chinese Medicine has been treating a multitude of diseases for thousands of years around the world.  There will never be enough studies conducted to prove the efficacy of Chinese Medicine for all diseases.  However, there is a list being compiled with a world-wide concensus of what conditions Chinese Medicine has shown to be able to treat.  Read more

Diplomate of Oriental Medicine.  Ms. Harris is nationally certified as a Diplomate of Oriental Medicine which includes all aspects of Chinese Medicine, not just acupuncture.  Read more