A Brief History of Chinese Medicine

Chinese Medicine is a natural, holistic treatment methodology that was first developed in China thousands of years ago.  Because Acupuncture is so effective, over the course of time, countries all over Asia, including Japan, Thailand, and Korea adopted their own variations of Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine.  Chinese Medicine is more than just Acupuncture, however. Chinese Medicine is actually a very comprehensive plan for maintaining and maximizing your health and wellness.  Chinese Medicine has "5 Pillars" or parts, and when all of these parts work in tandem, people experience vibrant health.


Clinically, during your appointment, different pillars are often combined together.  This is because the different pillars compliment and re-enforce each other, so when we use a combination of techniques, as necessary and appropriate, patients heal faster and feel amazing at the end of their visits. 



What is Chinese Medicine?

The 5 Pillars of Chinese Medicine

The 5 Pillars of Chinese Medicine are:

  1. Acupuncture: Inserting pins into the skin

  2. Chinese Herbal Medicine: Internally and/or externally

  3. Moxibustion: Heat therapy using Mugwort

  4. Bodywork: TuiNa or Chinese Style Massage, Cupping, and Guasha

  5. Qi Gong: Self cultivation that can also include  Meditation, Spiritual Practice, and Prayer 

What Does Chinese Medicine Treat?

Basically: Everything!

At Family Care, we specialize in treating Pain - from accidents or injuries, PTSD/anxiety, Depression, and Women's Health, but we have a little something for everyone.

Physical Issues

  • Body Pain - Acute or Chronic

  • Allergies

  • Colds/Flus

  • Fertility/Pregnancy Concerns

  • Painful Periods and Women's Health

  • Digestive Issues

  • Headaches

  • Low Energy

  • Chemotherapy Side Effects

  • Medication Side Effects

Mental/Emotional Issues

  • Stress

  • Insomnia

  • Depression

  • Anxiety

  • Addiction

  • Poor Memory

  • PTSD

  • Irritability and Anger

  • Worry and Overthinking

  • Panic Attacks

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Family Care Acupuncture and Health Center
1300 John Adams St
Ste 119 
Oregon City, OR 97045