In the last 1500 years the Chinese and others developed very logical, sophisticated and effective models for using herbs in the treatment of disease and promotion of health. Chinese herbal medical theory and practice is much more developed and sophisticated than most Western herbal traditions, and relies on carefully balanced formulas. These formulas are combined in ways that are simple in principle yet show a remarkable sophistication behind their construction methods. Formulas are made up of individual herbal substances with complementary (or sometimes antagonistic) properties to achieve what are often complex therapeutic goals. Some ancient herbal formulas have stood the test of use over hundreds of years and millions of patients.
Nutritional and Lifestyle Counseling
Diet and lifestyle play an important role in Chinese medicine. Chinese dietary therapy is very different from Western nutrition, and is fully integrated with acupuncture, herbs and other therapies. The old rule of computers, “Garbage In, Garbage Out” applies to your body as well: food is the foundation upon which your body rebuilds itself each day, and can influence the direction of one’s health. With the thousands upon thousands of cells in your body that will be replaced today, are you simply recreating disease, or growing toward health? Chinese dietary therapy is based on simple prinicples that allow you to get your health back on track.
Qi Gong, Tai Chi Chuan and Yoga are lifestyle additions that can make a tremendous difference in your health. Research has shown that seniors who practice Tai Chi daily have fewer falls, and maintain greater flexibility and balance. Tai Chi and Yoga have played a part in the healing process for cancer patients, chronic headache sufferers, patients with post-traumatic stress disorder, and many others.
Please note that we do not sell any products. If a Chinese herbal formula is recommended, Jeanie uses Crane Herbs, an online Chinese pharmacy. She will leave your prescription with them, and you complete the transaction via email. If supplements are recommended most can be found online or at your local natural food shop or vitamin store.
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Jeanie Mossa M.S., L.Ac. Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine 703-299-0500
Old Town, Alexandria VA 22314