|Information for New Patients|
The nature of a quality Oriental medicine assessment and treatment is to diagnose and treat the whole person-- body, mind, and spirit, not just their body, and certainly not merely their symptoms. Symptoms are seen as a sign emanating from the body, mind, and/or spirit warning of internal disharmony. Where allopathic medicine all too often concerns itself with the alleviation of what Oriental medicine considers symptoms of a larger disharmony, we look carefully for the root of the problem, address it with a very wide range of non-invasive treatment options, and often find that the symptoms dissolve accordingly. When necessary, Oriental medicine can intercede with strong, very effective, yet safe, natural treatment methods aimed at addressing symptoms which have progressed. Often chronic issues need to be resolved before real internal healing can begin and holistic wellness can be achieved.
However, dealing only with symptoms is the lowest form of application of the arts of Oriental medicine. Higher forms of treatment include the prevention of disease through the coaching and correction of lifestyle causative factors, and effective stress- and emotional-management. This type of treatment can occur right from the beginning of the treatment process, if the patient is fairly holistically well to begin with and has lived with good relative balance in his life, or can be undertaken at any time once major acute and chronic pressing issues, such as debilitating pain, have been addressed. Highest-level treatment can take the form of "nourishing the patient's destiny" by helping them deal with long-term internal disharmony which is so often at the root of problems that patients chase after for a lifetime without success. Nourishing the destiny is the form of our medicine that helps a patient get completely out of their own way in their life, in all ways large and small. It can set a person free of all self-imposed suffering, and often times allows a person to experience a level of depth of vibrancy, in relationships, and with respect to one's own spirit that has never been experienced before.
It is this level of holistic healthcare that makes our clinic unique, even among acupuncture and Oriental medicine clinics. The context of Kosho Shorei, and the methods of integrated Eight-Principle and Five-Elemental styles of treatment allow for patients to reap benefits far beyond even their own expectations.
The following set of ten questions is included with each patient's information packet and is filled out by patients before their initial assessment. It brings up questions people have often been reluctant to face for years. This process can often shed light on inner issues which are at the root of most of the patient's symptoms. Once these issues are brought to light and resolved with a combination of acupuncture and other treatment, a person can often live a better, healthier, happier, and more successful life than they ever thought possible.