Chinese Medicine

Chinese Medicine

Chinese Medicine services offered in Portland, OR

Chinese medicine uses conservative therapies ranging from acupuncture to herbal remedies. Digestive system specialist Ilana Gurevich, ND, LAC, MSOM, of Open Wellness PDX, uses Chinese medicine as part of the practice’s holistic approach to gastrointestinal health care, treating conditions like abdominal pain and inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). To find out how you could benefit from Chinese medicine, call the office in Portland, Oregon, or book an appointment online today.

Chinese Medicine Q&A

What is Chinese medicine? 

Chinese medicine consists of preventive health measures and conservative therapies to treat injuries and illnesses. 

Treatments using traditional Chinese medicine have stood the test of time, and many therapies offer a valuable alternative or complement to modern medicine.

The basis of Chinese medicine is the theory of qi (pronounced chee), an energy flowing along pathways in your body called meridians. Chinese medicine practitioners believe that if something blocks or unbalances the flow of qi along the meridians, energy stagnates or spreads to other areas of the body. The result is pain and illness.

Chinese medicine can help reduce pain and other symptoms of chronic conditions and improve your overall wellness without medicine or surgery. 

What conditions can Chinese medicine treat?

Chinese medicine may treat a wide variety of conditions, including:

  • Allergies
  • Anxiety and depression
  • Autoimmune diseases
  • Arthritis
  • Eczema
  • Hives
  • Psoriasis
  • Diabetes
  • Hypertension (high blood pressure)
  • Insomnia
  • Menopause symptoms
  • Diarrhea
  • Constipation
  • Abdominal pain
  • Joint pain

Dr. Gurevich focuses on using Chinese medicine to treat gastrointestinal issues like Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).

What kinds of Chinese medicine are available?

There are many different kinds of Chinese medicine, including:

  • Acupuncture
  • Moxibustion (heat therapy)
  • Cupping
  • Herbal remedies

Each form of Chinese medicine provides unique benefits and they all work in harmony with one another. Dr. Gurevich selects the most appropriate therapies for you after performing a comprehensive exam.

What are the benefits of Chinese medicine?

Chinese medicine may offer various benefits, such as:

Reducing inflammation

Inflammation is one of the root causes of many diseases, including diabetes, heart disease, autoimmune disorders, and even cancer.

Improving cognitive health

Mental health is vital and enables you to enjoy daily life. One of the key objectives of Chinese medicine is to reduce stress, which significantly improves your body’s immune system responses. Some Chinese herbs may also promote cognitive health and mental function, reducing your risk of developing dementia later in life.

Improving sleep quality

Chinese medicine may help you get better quality sleep, which improves blood circulation, calms anxiety, and increases cognitive strength.

To find out how you could benefit from Chinese medicine, call Open Wellness PDX today, or book an appointment online.