History of Oriental Medicine
Traditional Chinese medicine is a sophisticated approach to healing, developed over a period of at least 3,000 years, and is based on ancient Chinese medical texts which laid its foundation. Treatment in Chinese medicine is centered on the individual rather than the disease. The Oriental medicine practitioner pieces together your individual signs and symptoms, and synthesizes them into a clinical picture of you as a whole person.
In traditional Chinese medicine the mental, emotional and physical are closely related, thus taking the entire person into account, both in diagnosis and treatment. Disease is typically viewed as disorder or disharmony, and treatment is directed toward balancing and harmonizing. Diagnosis is made through visual inspection, interview, inspection of the tongue and palpation of the pulse in both wrists, at local areas of tenderness and at specific acupuncture points. Once a working diagnosis has been decided upon, a plan of treatment is formulated by Dr. Buxton, which may include acupuncture, herbs, nutrition, moxabustion, cupping or Chinese massage (Tui Na).