ORIENTAL MEDICINE: WHAT IS IT? HOW CAN IT HELP?
Written by: Neida Fedison, L.Ac + Dipl. Ac + DAOM
Have you ever heard about Oriental Medicine? You probably have but don’t even know it. You most likely know what Acupuncture is and with some limited information obtained through family members, friends, or even movies and TV shows.
Then what is Oriental Medicine? It is the oldest medicine in The World with records from 3,000 years ago. Its birthplace is China and for centuries, it was the only medicine practiced there. During the Chinese Communist Revolution, the new regime tried to eradicate it, having thought it was mostly superstitions and folklore, but in the course of this time their Supreme Leader got sick and western medicine couldn’t help him. They brought an Oriental Medicine Doctor and he was able to restore his health. After that, they fused OM with western medicine which is what we know today as Oriental Medicine. Oriental Medicine Doctors do a detailed screening of their patients taking all their symptoms and combining them with the ancestral diagnostic techniques of tongue and pulse. This allows them to determine a 100% personalized diagnosis, treatment plan, and medication (Chinese herb formulas).
The treatment plan will include a style of Acupuncture, such as: Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), Neuro-Acupuncture (Scalp), Auricular (ear), DAO (Myofascial) and sometimes in combination of electro-stimulation. Other techniques used in OM treatments are cupping (suction cups), Gua Sha (scraping), Tui Na (therapeutic Chinese massage with manipulations), moxibustion (warming of Acu-points with hot herbs). Additionally, a complete OM consult includes Chinese herb formulas as the medication, and a detailed nutrition guidance to optimize their wellbeing. There is no health problem that can’t be treated with Oriental Medicine, including chronic pain: neck, back, shoulder, elbow, carpal tunnel, knee, ankle, plantar fasciitis, fibromyalgia, migraine headaches; GI: acid reflux, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, constipation, IBS, Crohn’s, Diverticulitis, etc. Gynecological: Irregular or painful menstruation, PCOS, infertility. Mental health: stress, depression, anxiety, PTSD, ADD/ADHD, Autism. Endocrine: hypothyroidism, hyperthyroidism, obesity, insomnia and much more. Oriental Medicine is a dream come true, 100% personalized, natural, no side effects, no contraindications, no interactions when done by a certified practitioner. The worst thing could happen is that you don’t try it.
Neida Fedison is a doctor in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, Licensed Acupuncturist, Diplomat Acupuncturist by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. Her 11 years of experience have shaped her unique approach to healthcare, where she focuses on empowering patients through education and making them active participants of their recovery. She works as the only Licensed Acupuncturist at Naval Medical Center Portsmouth, where she treats Active Duty military personnel suffering from chronic pain and/or PTSD. Additionally, she facilitates and participates in an Interdisciplinary pain professional group as an expert on her field helping to diagnose and design treatment plans for complicated cases. She is an avid learner and through her career has been training in multiple Acupuncture modalities, such as TCM, Battlefield, Neuro-Acupuncture, and Dao needle. She is currently working on receiving her certification as a Functional Medical Practitioner.