What is Traditional Chinese Medicine?
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is a comprehensive system of health care with a continuous clinical history of over 3000 years. TCM includes acupuncture, herbology, massage, dietary therapy and exercise. These therapies work with the natural vital energy inherent within all living things to promote the body’s ability to heal itself. This system of health care is used extensively by one-quarter of the world’s population residing in Asia and is rapidly growing in popularity in the West.
How Does It Work?
TCM is based on an energetic model rather than the biochemical model of Western medicine. The ancient Chinese recognized a vital energy behind all life forms and life processes. They called this energy Qi (pronounced chee). In developing an understanding of the prevention and cure of disease, these healing practitioners discovered that this energy flows along specific pathways called ‘meridians’. Each pathway is associated with a particular physiological system and internal organ. Disease is considered to arise due to a deficiency or imbalance of energy in the meridians and their associated physiological systems. Acupuncture points are specific locations along the meridians. Each point has a predictable effect upon the vital energy passing through it. Modern science has been able to measure the electrical charge at these points, thus corroborating the locations of the meridians mapped by the ancients. TCM uses an intricate system of pulse and tongue diagnosis, palpation of points and meridians, medical history and other signs and symptoms to create a composite medical diagnosis. A treatment plan is then formulated to induce the body to a balanced state of health.
What Can I Expect?
Many conditions may be alleviated very rapidly by acupuncture and TCM. However, some conditions that have arisen over a course of years will be relieved only with slow, steady progress. As in any form of healing, the patient’s attitude, diet, determination and lifestyle will affect the outcome of a course of treatment. Patients are encouraged to actively participate in their healing process. Although TCM can treat most conditions, there are circumstances that can be dealt with more effectively by Western medicine. In such cases, your acupuncturist will recommend you contact a Western medical doctor. Acupuncture and TCM should be seen as complementary to Western medicine.
Is Acupuncture Safe?
In the hands of a comprehensively trained acupuncturist, your safety is assured. Acupuncture needles are sterile, single-use and disposable.
Is Acupuncture Painful?
Acupuncture bears no resemblance to the feeling of receiving an injection, since the main source of pain from injections is the larger diameter, hollow needle and the medication being forced into the tissue by pressure. Acupuncture needles are very fine and flexible, about the diameter of a human hair. In most cases, insertion by a skilled practitioner is performed without discomfort. You may experience a sense of heaviness or electricity in the area of insertion. Most patients find the treatments very relaxing and many fall asleep during treatment. In some cases, your practitioner may also recommend herbs or dietary, exercise or lifestyle changes.
What Does Acupuncture Treat?
The World Health Organization (WHO) recognizes acupuncture and traditional Oriental medicine’s ability to treat over 43 common disorders including:
* Gastrointestinal Disorders, such as food allergies, peptic ulcer, chronic diarrhea, constipation, indigestion, gastrointestinal weakness, anorexia and gastritis
* Urogenital Disorders, including stress incontinence, urinary tract infections, and sexual dysfunction
* Gynecological Disorders, such as irregular, heavy, or painful menstruation, infertility in women and men, and premenstrual syndrome (PMS)
* Respiratory Disorders, such as emphysema, sinusitis, asthma, allergies and bronchitis
* Disorders of the Bones, Muscles, Joints and Nervous System, such as arthritis, migraine headaches, neuralgia, insomnia, dizziness and low back, neck and shoulder pain
* Circulatory Disorders, such as hypertension, angina pectoris, arteriosclerosis and anemia
* Emotional and Psychological Disorders, including depression and anxiety
* Addictions, such as alcohol, nicotine and drugs
* Eye, Ear, Nose and Throat Disorders
* Supportive therapy for other chronic and painful debilitating disorders
Galen Y. Gui
Acupuncturist, LAC of NY, PA
Diploma of NCCAOM
Member of United Alliance of New York State Licensed Acupuncturists
Masters Science in Health Science/Acupuncture from NYCTCM 2003
Bachelor Degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine from Beijing University of Chinese Medicine 1984
I possess over 30 years of experience practicing Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine in China and in the United States.
Pain Management: Arthritis, Migraine, Sports Medicine, Dysmenorrhea,
Mental illness: Stress, Anxiety, Depression, Addiction,
Infertility, No pain Oxytocin
Nutrition and Chinese Herb
Accepts some insurance plans
For more information or to schedule an appt, please contact Dr Gui, L.AC., DIPL. CH.
Office location: Balance Yoga 680 E Jericho Tpke Huntington Station, 11746
What is Yoga Therapy?
Yoga Therapy involves a process of adapting yoga very specifically to the various needs of an individual over time. This uniquely ancient and therapeutic approach is for people, including those who assume they can’t ‘do yoga,’ in all stages of wellness. Yoga Therapy can address a broad range of physical, mental, and emotional concerns. Your personal goals can be approached through this process, so please consider what you are seeking prior to your first consultation. Following the consultation, your teacher will design an appropriate practice, which you will be asked to do at home on a regular basis. After a series of weekly visits, the duration of time between appointments will reduce, until you may be seen once monthly, or even every other month for practice refinement.
Karen Dubi,ERYT-500, AWC, RD
What is Ayurveda? Ayurveda (pronounced ‘Ah-yur- vay-dah’) is a 5,000- year-old, time-tested system of medicine that originated in India, integrating science with the art of natural healing. The word Ayurveda translates as “knowledge of
life”. The goal of Ayurveda is to preserve the health of a healthy person. Health is more than “an absence of disease”. Rather than merely pacifying symptoms, Ayurveda seeks to address the ‘root cause’ of imbalances and aims to reverse them. Unless the cause is removed, the symptoms will never be cured. True health comes from a balance of physiological systems, emotional state and thoughts. Ayurveda offers practical and natural solutions to prevent most diseases. Ayurveda has become increasingly popular in the United States and around the world due to its relevant principles. The most important concept Ayurveda offers, is Prakriti – Body Constitution – It is a blueprint of your genetic makeup, your personality and physical characteristics. This distinguishes Ayurveda from many other healing sciences. Everybody is different and there is a meaning behind that difference. Once we know the meaning, we can literally change our life. Ayurveda respects each individual Prakriti and offers individually suited diet and lifestyle plans to restore balance. Ayurveda health plans are based on unique individual care, thereby not adhering to the “One size fits all” motto.
Ayurveda as a system of healing.
Life presents us with opportunity as well as challenge. Given that we don’t live in a bubble, we are faced with numerous influences that affect our health on a daily basis. Many of these influences stem from our choices that we make, including diet, lifestyle, exercise, unprocessed emotions an physical and emotional stress. Additionally, there are factors that are beyond our control, such as water and air pollution, environmental influences and harmful chemicals in the food supply, etc. As we interact within the world, both our internal and external worlds will undoubtedly get jostled out of balance. In order to maintain harmony and health, it is important to pay attention to the individual constitution to strengthen the body, mind and consciousness.
Ayurveda has traditionally been used to address the root cause of imbalances in the following areas:
KAREN DUBI, ERYT-500, AWC, RD
Karen is a Registered Dietitian, accredited with the American Dietetic Association. Karen is a well accomplished Yoga Teacher accredited with Yoga Alliance, and currently serves as the Director of Curriculum Development for the 500 Hour Advanced Teacher Training Program at YTTI, Yoga Teacher Training Institute. Ayurveda is considered to be the â€˜sister science â€˜ to yoga. Given Karen’s dedication to Yoga and nutrition, she was inspired to learn ancient wisdom of Ayurveda. Karen’s professional career had culminated with studies in Ayurveda at Kerala Ayurveda Academy, wherein, she is a Certified Ayurveda Health & Wellness Counselor. For over two decades, Karen has been studying, teaching, practicing and utilizing all that she has learned to better serve and educate people in achieving and maintaining health & harmony. Karen is the founder and managing director of Priya Veda, Inc., providing Ayurveda and Wellness services and product lines. www.priyaveda.com