Oriental medicine is a traditional medication system that’s been around for centuries. It’s used to diagnose, prevent, or treat a wide range of medical issues. This system is mainly based on qi i.e. the flow of the body’s vital energy along various channels. Qi also keeps an individual’s emotional, physical, spiritual, and mental health in equilibrium.

Its use is designed to create harmony and balance between opposing forces. This system describes health as an ongoing process that’s achieved by maintaining qi. Also known as Chinese medicine or Traditional Chinese Medicine, oriental medicine significantly differs from conventional medicine. The former is tries to create a balance between natural complementing and opposing forces (yin-yang) which are responsible for shaping the world and all the life in it. When these forces block qi, a person ends up suffering from a disease.

The Basis

It involves the following:

  • Massage
  • Acupuncture
  • Herbal therapy
  • Physical exercise
  • Meditation

Principles

There are 8 main principles that are used to categorize and analyze the symptoms of various conditions.

  1. Cold and heat.
  2. Yin and Yang.
  3. Interior and exterior.
  4. Excess and deficiency.

Elements

Each element corresponds to specific senses, weather, flavor, color, emotions, and organs in the body.

  1. Water
  2. Fire
  3. Earth
  4. Mental
  5. Wood

Treatment 

oriental medicineThe use of this system is based on individual treatment. The techniques are designed to help improve the quality of life. In some instances, they help to reduce pain. Treatment involves various modalities such as:

  • Oriental massage.
  • Various herbal formulations
  • Acupuncture
  • Tai chi and others

Oriental medicine, as a system, has evolved over the years. Practitioners use a number of body and mind practices to improve the quality of life. The basis of this system is to treat the root cause of the problem and not the portrayed symptoms.