Why Chinese Medicine?
Discover the art & spirit of healing.
What if you could learn about someone’s health by feeling his pulse? Improve chronic conditions or help someone conceive a child? What would those skills mean to the mind, body, and spirit of your patients? What would they mean to you?
Chinese medicine unites the parts with the whole, linking the health of organ systems to the health of the individual and linking the individual to the world around them. This truly integrative medicine draws people from diverse backgrounds together under the common goal of healing.
What is Chinese medicine?
Encompassing acupuncture and other practices such as herbal medicine, mind-body exercise, Asian bodywork, and nutrition, the essence of Chinese medicine is the people. Both the physician and the patient are interested in a healing process that includes the mind, body, and spirit. A holistic practice, Chinese medicine focuses on healing the root causes of disease in addition to treating symptoms. It is non-invasive, patient-centered care for the promotion of health and well-being.
About the Profession
Practitioners of Chinese medicine are licensed healthcare professionals who treat patients for a wide range of health conditions using acupuncture, herbal medicine, exercise, and lifestyle modifications. As of 2011, 45 states license acupuncturists and approximately 12,000 people are practicing as acupuncturists in the US (acufinder.com). The National Institutes of Health reports that an estimated 8.2 million US adults have used acupuncture within their lifetimes. The World Health Organization recognizes Chinese medicine as a critical tool to increase access to health care in developing countries. Graduates of AOMA practice in their own clinics and in integrative practices with other healthcare professionals nationwide.