Our logo is the I Ching hexagram #61 which represents Inner Truth. We chose this hexagram from the I Ching – or Book of Changes – as our logo because, healing often involves looking within to fully understand how one comes to be in one’s current state of disease. In the words of the I Ching scholar Richard Wilhem, it “indicates a heart free of prejudices and therefore open to the truth”.
MORE In the introduction to his classic study of the I Ching, Richard Wilhelm wrote, “Nearly all that is greatest and most significant in the three thousand years of Chinese Cultural history has either taken its inspiration from this book, or has exerted an influence on the interpretation of its text. Therefore it may safely be said that the seasoned wisdom of thousands of years has gone into the making of the I Ching. Small wonder then that both of the two branches of Chinese philosophy, Confucianism and Taoism, have their common roots here.” The practice of medicine in China has always been closely linked to these ancient philosophies.
We draw inspiration from the Book of Changes perspective that there is nothing more constant than change and one of our biggest challenges in life is to adjust to these changes.
Our practice began under the name of Chester County Herbs and Acupuncture when it first opened in 2001. From the beginning we were dedicated to bringing best practices to providing preventative, alternative and complementary medical care to our clients. We changed our name to Oriental Medicine of West Chester when we moved to our new office in October 2016 to reflect full scope of our work.
Oriental Medicine is Time Tested:
The wisdom of thousands of years comes together in the ever-evolving system of Oriental Medicine. The Chinese identified and treated medical conditions hundreds, sometimes thousands of years before western scientists. Blood circulation was understood by Chinese doctors 2,000 years before William Harvey published his “discovery” in 1628. Circadian rhythms (body clocks) were used for diagnosis and treatment 2,200 years before scientists accepted their existence in the west. The extraction of sex and pituitary hormones from urine was practiced in 125 BC, it wasn’t until 1927 that European scientists made this discovery. The use of hormones was controversial even then, many doctors would focus on using herbs, acupuncture and qi gong (therapeutic exercise) to regulate hormonal production rather than supplement it.
We know from our experience that Oriental Medicine can help heal our modern aches, pains, traumas, and immune issues. We are here to offer our remarkably effective medicine to our community.
Qi and Blood
Unlike western medicine, Oriental Medicine has always embraced the concept that the body and mind are one, inter-related, mutually creating. Our thoughts and activities can generate production of stress neurotransmitter and hormones or calming neurotransmitters and hormones. This process could be considered qi. These substances are circulated in the blood. Much of what we do with our patients is tonifying and circulating qi and blood. When qi and blood are sufficient and circulating properly we have healthy physical and mental function.
We “listen” to your pulse to determine the quality and circulation of qi and blood in your body. We feel the pulse in 6 positions and 3 depths to determine how to best address your issues.
We look at your tongue to determine the quality of tissues in your body and to understand more about your constitution.
We may do abdominal or channel palpation to feel where your meridians are blocked. While these methods may seem esoteric to some they can provide valuable insight to a skilled practitioner and may reveal functional issues that lab test or imaging like x-ray may not.
The results of Oriental Medicine Treatment can be remarkable. It is an art and science for us as practitioners. For our patients and students it is a process of finding relief from pain and dysfunction and the tools to be as healthy as possible. We invite you to learn more about how much better you can feel and be open to your inner truth.