About Traditional Medicine
Traditional Oriental Medicine (TOM) is rooted in the practice of keeping healthy and nourishing life by preserving harmony between the body, mind, spirit and environment. It encompasses many modalities, the most popular, perhaps being acupuncture and herbal medicine. There are several medical texts that are the cornerstone of the interpretation of TOM. The Huangdi Neijing (Inner Canon of the Yellow Emperor) 黃帝內經 and The Shan Han Lun (Treatise on Cold Damage Diseases) 傷寒論, both elaborate on the patterns and relationships between the physical body, emotional body, the earth, the heavens and the universe as a whole. The understanding of these patterns and relationships offer insight on how to preserve health through the use of different balancing practices.
Traditional medicines are based on a model of preserving health and avoiding illness by using lifestyle practices such as; exercise (e.g. qi gong), food, herbals, and mindful practices. If disease does arise, then implementing different modalities to rebalance yin and yang, a person in their environment as well as the physical body and the emotions, then one can enter again into a balanced or healthy state.
The brilliance of the Traditional Medicine model is about understanding all the parts and how they function in the whole. By having this perspective, we can treat every aspect of a person…so that they may find lasting health through healing at the deepest levels.
For a personal herbal consultation, you can book an online consultation with Serendiptea herbalist Patricia Ramirez Berglund, DAOM.
If you are currently taking medication, please consult your doctor before taking herbal medicine. Any advice offered on this site is not intended to diagnose, treat or replace consultation with your doctor.
In Traditional Medicine, food is medicine and herbs are food. There is a saying in Chinese that says, “藥食同源”, which means food and medicine (herbs) share the same origin. By far, the first line of intervention when there is illness or disease are food and herbs. Herbs can be taken as teas (decoctions and infusion), but Traditional Oriental Medicine also has a long tradition in preparing soups, congees (soupy rice) and dishes with herbs to create nourishing and healing foods. There is also a respect for eating seasonally. This means eating local seasonal foods as well as eating specific herbs and botanicals that have different functions during each season to preserve and build health and immunity. Check out our blog for info on eating for Spring or Winter! ...and join our community for more recipes, including how to use your herbal teas when preparing food.