Alternative Medicine - The Natural Choice
At Northfield Acupuncture and Alternative Medicine Clinic, we treat each patient with the awareness that many factors can affect one’s health. Emotional well being, physical stress and even diet all play a part. We strive to treat the individual as a whole, finding the root cause of the problem and treating the source, not simply relieving external symptoms.
Using the latest Oriental Medicine Modalities, from Moxibustion to Microcurrent Therapy and Acupuncture to Herbal Medicine, our aim is to strengthen the physical condition, prevent disease, control pain and achieve longevity, not necessarily to eliminate or alleviate symptoms.
Acupuncture is a area of traditional Chinese medicine. Acupuncture originated in China over 5,000 years ago. It is based on the belief that living beings have a vital energy, called “qi”, that circulates through meridians on the body. There are twelve of these meridians. Each meridian is associated with a different organ system. When the flow of qi throughout a meridian becomes imbalanced, then this is how disease begins.
What is Oriental Medicine/Functional Medicine?
It’s a science-based, natural way to become healthy again. Functional Medicine is patient-centered medical healing at its best. Instead of looking at and treating health problems as isolated diseases, it treats individuals who may have bodily symptoms, imbalances and dysfunctions. As the following graphic of an iceberg shows, a named disease such as diabetes, cancer, or fibromyalgia might be visible above the surface, but according to Functional Medicine, the cause lies in the altered physiology below the surface. Almost always, the cause of the disease and its symptoms is an underlying dysfunction and/or an imbalance of bodily systems.