Oriental Medicine

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We offer several different holistic treatment services including:

  • Acupuncture
  • Electrical Stimulation
  • Tui Na Massage
  • Cupping
  • Nutritional & Lifestyle Counseling
  • Exercise Instruction
  • No Needle Acupuncture
  • Acupressure
  • Infrared Heat Lamp
  • All treatments and counseling available in private rooms

These services are all complementary to each other and together provide a web of holistic treatment therapies. Some patients may need a few of these treatments for specific ailments while others may need more or less based on their individual needs.

What is Oriental Medicine?

Oriental medicine is a system of natural health care that is about 2,500 years old. It is the oldest, continually practiced form of medicine in the world, and it consists of a complex system of diagnostic and treatment strategies that are as valuable today as ever.

Oriental medicine emphasizes the re-establishment of natural balance (homeostasis) and utilizes the body’s innate healing wisdom to safely address the underlying causes of diseases. It includes modalities such as acupuncture, bodywork, gentle exercise, relaxation techniques, nutrition, and the use of non-pharmaceutical herbal medicines.

Most Oriental medicine modalities may be combined with other forms of medicine or treatment, depending on your condition and preference.

How does Oriental Medicine work?

Oriental medicine is based on the idea that humans are not just a collection of physical molecules and individual parts, but we are also complexes of interrelated and interconnected energetic systems and functions. That is to say, we contain Life Energy, which in China, is known as Qi (“chee”). One is said to be in perfect health when this Qi energy is flowing unimpeded, and in an adequate amount throughout the body. Proper Qi flow is the foundation for the proper functioning and smooth interaction of all of our organs and physiological processes: it provides structural integrity and stability, physiological efficiency, and the potential for life, health and healing in general.

It is when this energy becomes imbalanced, blocked or deficient that we experience pain, discomfort and disease. The type of illness that occurs depends on how the energy is out of balance or disrupted, and can include symptoms on physical, mental and emotional levels. Energy becomes imbalanced due to a number of possible factors, including poor nutrition, genetic predisposition, lack of exercise, poor lifestyle choices, injuries, chronically poor posture, environmental toxicity, dietary & pharmaceutical chemicals, intense emotional situations, overwork, stress, lack of rest and outside pathogenic influences, such as viruses, bacteria and parasites.

Oriental medicine considers you as a whole picture. Your physical, emotional, mental and spiritual well-being are all equally important pieces of your health, and they cannot be separated. Your sleep patterns, physical activities, digestion, cravings and even your mental outlook, among other factors, are all integral to the overall diagnosis of your condition in Oriental medicine.

Once an Oriental medical diagnosis is made, the modalities of Oriental medicine (acupuncture, nutrition, Chinese herbal medicine, bodywork, gentle exercise) are used to directly access and regulate the flow of Qi, encouraging it to flow into areas where it is deficient, and break through areas where it is stagnant. By adjusting and managing the flow of Qi, Oriental medicine addresses the underlying cause of illness, promoting the body’s own healing functions, and creating the favorable circumstances for health and harmony in the body.

Acupunctureacupuncture needles

What is acupuncture?

Acupuncture is one modality of Oriental medicine. Very fine, sterile, one-time use needles are inserted into specific points on the skin to adjust and regulate the flow of energy in the body. Gentle physiological responses occur, which create the circumstances for the body and mind to re-balance, release pain and heal.

How does acupuncture work?

Acupuncture directly accesses the Life Energy, or Qi (“chee”).  Over thousands of years, the Chinese mapped pathways along which this Qi energy flows in human beings. These pathways, known also as Meridians, can be thought of like rivers. They carry Qi energy to all organs, tissues and cells in the body, ensuring proper physiological and structural functioning.

Acu-points are specific areas on the skin through which the Qi in the Meridians can be accessed. Though the Chinese have had knowledge of these points and their locations for thousands of years, Western science can now confirm their existence and locations, through electromagnetic research.

These acu-points are the insertion sites of acupuncture. The needles directly regulate the flow of the Qi energy in the Meridians, correcting imbalances and improving flow, thereby promoting harmony within the body and assisting the body’s own built-in healing mechanisms.

Does acupuncture hurt?

Not generally. The needles are very thin, similar to a cat’s whisker. In fact, about 10 acupuncture needles can fit inside the hole in a typical hypodermic needle. Some patients may feel a light pinch upon insertion at a few points, but once the needle is in place, any unpleasant sensation dissipates. Most people fall into a deep relaxation during treatment and many patients find the whole experience to be relaxing, rejuvenating and enjoyable.

Is acupuncture safe?

Yes, when performed by a trained professional. The needles are made of stainless steel and are sterile, individually-packaged and disposable. No needle is ever used twice, so there is virtually no risk of infection.

Can I combine acupuncture with my current medical treatment?

Yes. Though acupuncture can stand alone for many conditions, it may also be used as a complementary therapy to conventional medicine. In fact, acupuncture is recommended by many infertility specialists, neurologists, orthopedists, physical therapists, psychologists and oncologists to complement their own therapies. Acupuncture is also the perfect adjunct to massage therapy, chiropractic treatment, chelation and other alternative therapies.

What does Western science say about acupuncture?

In Western medical research studies, acupuncture has been shown to stimulate the immune system, positively affect the circulation, blood pressure, rhythm and stroke volume of the heart, increase secretion of digestive juices and enzymes, stimulate production of red and white blood cells, and regulate hormonal balance. It also stimulates the release of endorphins, the body’s natural “feel-good” brain chemicals.

Many hospitals, rehab centers, infertility clinics, and well-respected cancer care facilities have already integrated acupuncture into their treatment services.

What is Cupping?cupping

Cupping is a bodywork technique that has been used in China for millennia. Both the Native American and the Greek cultures also had their own versions of cupping. Today, cupping involves the use of small glass, rubber or plastic cups to form suction on the skin. The suction pulls the superficial layers of skin and muscle upward to greatly increase the flow of energy, blood and lymph, releasing toxicity and pain. The cups may remain stationary for up to 15 minutes, or be slid across fleshy areas, such as the back, with the aid of an oil lubricant or lotion. Cupping is mainly used for the treatment of pain and lung diseases (like chronic cough and asthma), though it can be used for other disorders as well. For most people, cupping feels like a deep massage that releases tension.

Cupping can leave discoloration on the skin. These marks can be red or purple and look like a bruise, but, unlike a bruise, there is no pain when moved or touched, and it fades within days. Doctors of Oriental medicine recognize this discoloration as a sign that there was “blood stagnation” (poor circulation) in the area, and that the cupping has cleared all or part of it. In subsequent cupping sessions, there will be significantly less discoloration, and eventually, none at all, signaling that all of the “blood stagnation” in the area has been resolved.

Chinese Herbal Medicine

Traditional Chinese herbal medicine consists of over 5000 substances derived from plant, animal and mineral sources. Many of them may be familiar to you such as ginseng, ginger, fennel, cinnamon, goji berry, licorice, turmeric, hawthorn berry, cardamom, peppermint and many others that gain mainstream popularity every day.

The use of these substances can be traced back to 1,000 BC. Since that time, an incredibly rich and powerful system of medicine has been created; classical Chinese herbal formulas have been developed that are effective for most health issues. These herbs are available in the form of teas, liquid extracts, tablets, capsules, granules, lotions, creams, salves, powders and poultices.

When prescribed according to an accurate Traditional Chinese medical diagnosis, herbal medicine takes a leading role in restoring health. Herbal formulas naturally support physiological processes, such as digestion, assimilation, elimination, detoxification, respiration, sleep, circulation, reproduction, immunity, and repair, with minimal or no side-effects. Chinese herbs can also help decrease pain.

How does Chinese herbal medicine differ from Western herbal medicine?chinese-herbs

Single substances are rarely prescribed in Oriental medicine. Unlike Western herbal medicine, which tends to use just 1 or 2 herbs to treat a specific symptom, a Chinese herbal formula may have as many as 20 different herbs. These sophisticated and balanced combinations are carefully selected to work synergistically to enhance the therapeutic effects, and reduce any potential side-effects that might happen with single herbs. You can think of Chinese herbal formulas like a symphony, where each herb contributes a specific performance that is essential to the effectiveness of the whole.

While Western herbal medicine treats on the basis of symptoms alone, Chinese herbal formulas are tailored to treat the specific Oriental medical diagnosis of the individual person, not just symptoms. This is why, for example, the Chinese herbs that your friend needs for her headache may not be the same ones that you need for your headache. The causes of your two headaches could be completely different. So, the herbal prescription depends upon your individual Chinese medicine diagnosis, not your symptom. This is why it is very important to get your Chinese herbs from a trained Doctor of Oriental Medicine.

Jairo Kajimoto, A.P.Jairo Kajimoto, is board certified Acupuncture Physician.   His previous experience from abroad as an Acupuncture Physician and Physical Therapist gives him the knowledge to successfully provide efficient, effective diagnosis and treatment.

Kajimoto, A.P. will develop an individualized treatment plan using Oriental Medicine.  His treatment protocol combines electrical energy stimulation, heat stimulation, cupping, individualized herbal formulas and traditional acupuncture needle or non-needle therapy to treat pain and illnesses.