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Ventura & Thousand Oaks AcupunctureAcupuncture

Qi (pronounced chee) is our life force and the foundation of Chinese medicine. Qi is a vital substance that controls our energy and function. Without qi, we cannot live. It flows through the body through networks known as channels or meridians. The meridians traverse every part of our body to connect the tissues, muscles, and organs. Balance, or homeostasis, is obtained when qi is abundant and flowing freely.

The basic principle of Chinese Medicine is that illness and disease arise when the flow of qi is unbalanced or blocked. Any pain or illness is indicative of an abnormality in the amount or the flow of qi. Acupuncture needles are inserted into acupuncture points along the channels to move and balance the qi to restore balance and health.

Treatments are cumulative, with each treatment building upon the previous one. With time, as balance is created in the body, the systems work harmoniously to maintain health and prevent future illnesses and pain.

 

Herbal Medicine in Ventura & Thousand OaksHerbal Medicine

Herbal medicine is the use of a plant's seeds, roots, bark, berries, leaves, or flowers for medicinal purposes, both in treating and preventing disease. Plants have been used medicinally for longer than recorded history. Cultures all over the world use plants and research has shown that different cultures use the same or similar plants for the same purposes.

The World Health Organization estimates that 80% of people worldwide rely on herbs as part of their primary healthcare. Due to the rising cost of prescription medications, as well as an interest in returning to natural remedies, the use of herbal medicine in the United States is increasing.

Individual herbs are often combined into what is known as an herbal formula. Combining herbs produces a stronger effect in the body. Formulas can be taken in different forms. The traditional method is an herbal decoction, in which the raw herbs are boiled in water for 1-2 hours to create a tea. More convenient methods include powdered herbs which are dissolved in hot water or taken in a capsule form.

Herbal medicine can be used to treat many conditions, such as insomnia, asthma, skin conditions, premenstrual syndrome, rheumatoid arthritis, migraines, menopausal symptoms, chronic fatigue, and irritable bowel syndrome. These are just a few examples of the many conditions that herbal medicine can treat!