What is Traditional Oriental Medicine?

Traditional Oriental Medicine (TOM), one of the most ancient and revered forms of healing, has been used to diagnose, treat, and prevent disease for over 3,000 years. TOM healing practices include acupuncture, herbal medicine, nutrition, and Asian bodywork such as Tuina bodywork, Shiatsu bodywork, acupressure, cupping, guasha and Qi Gong. TOM originated in China and is now used worldwide as an effective means of overcoming disease. It uses SAFE and NATURAL therapies to help eliminate pain, restore organ function, increase mental focus, renew energy and vitality, and create a sense of optimal, harmonious well-being. The basis of TOM is balancing our life force or energy, Qi (pronounced chee). Qi can become blocked, deficient, or unstable due to stress, injury, poor nutrition, or life changes. These blockages can lead to illness, reduced energy, or diminished life quality. Asian medical treatments move blocked Qi and strengthen it to promote balance and wellness in the body. The unique approach used in TOM is based on the understanding that each patient is an individual whose state of well-being is affected by his or her lifestyle – such as diet, habits, emotions, attitude and environment. TOM is focused on treating the root of a condition rather than just its symptoms. It is comprehensive and affordable care that not only rids the body of symptoms, but also rejuvenates it by bringing it back into harmony and balance.