Oriental Medicine is a comprehensive natural health care system that has been used in Asian countries for thousands of years to preserve health and to prevent, diagnose and treat illness. It is a complete medical model that uses a very specific approach to diagnosis and treatment. What makes treatment with Oriental Medicine unique is that while practitioners focus on treating the presenting symptom or “branch” they will simultaneously focus on treating the “root” cause for the imbalance. A pattern of disharmony is looked at, not just the symptom. To do this, Dr. Brook will use one or a combination of the following modalities: acupuncture, herbal medicine, moxabustion, tuina and eastern nutrition.
Cupping is one of the oldest methods of traditional Chinese medicine. A glass cup is placed on the skin and pulls it upward on the inside of the glass as the air inside the jar cools. Drawing up the skin is believed to open up the skin’s pores, which helps to stimulate the flow of blood, balances and realigns the flow of qi, breaks up obstructions, and creates an avenue for toxins to be drawn out of the body. Cupping has also been found to affect the body up to four inches into the tissues, causing tissues to release toxins and activate the lymphatic system
Moxibustion is a traditional Chinese medicine technique that involves the burning of mugwort, a small, spongy herb, above the surface of the skin at specific acupuncture points. The purpose of moxibustion, as with most forms of traditional Chinese medicine, is to strengthen the blood, stimulate the flow of qi, relieve pain, prevent disease and maintain general health.