Yamamoto Oriental Medicine Clinic
Acupuncture in Salem and Eugene
Our goal as Yamamoto Oriental Medicine Clinic (Yomclinic) is to compassionately work with our patients to restore an optimal state of health. We would like to help as many Salem patients as possible with our knowledge and skills in Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture. Yomclinic offers customized herbal formulas and acupuncture treatment, which not only treats symptoms, but are designed to address the root of your medical condition according to the principles of Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture. We serve the following areas : Salem, West Salem, Keizer, Turner, Aumsville, Independence, Monmouth, Dallas, Stayton, Sublimity, Woodburn, Eugene, Santa Clair, Junction City, Veneta and other surrounding areas.
Oriental Medicine (and Acupuncture) is one of the oldest therapies on Earth – and it is still very effective in the modern age. We do not treat any condition as a Western disease, but we treat it from the Oriental Medicine prospective, which is not exactly the same as Western medicine, but very close, time tested and very effective. We offer a free 15 minute consultation for new patients on Monday, Tuesday, Friday and every other Saturday, which is done by Takashi Yamamoto, L.Ac. It is complementary for you to visit our location and also to answer your questions and address your concerns. You can start your treatment without any doubts or worries. Please call to make an appointment for your free first 15min consultation at 503-480-9697. Please see the main list of what we treat. If your condition is not listed, it can be still treated with Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture. Please call for your free 15min consultation.
Information About Acupuncture
What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is the gentle insertion of very fine needles into specific points on the body. This process stimulates movement of energy within the body, allowing natural healing to take place. These points are selected based on years of training acupuncturists receive based on over 3,000 years of experience in China. Acupuncture helps to prevent illness by improving the overall functioning of the body’s immune and organ systems. Acupuncture is helpful for:
- Treating existing illnesses and injuries
- Preventing both recurrence of illnesses and new illness
- Improving overall health
How does Acupuncture work?
Chinese Medicine Theory
The Classical Chinese explanation is that energy (Qi) flows in channels (meridians) throughout the body and over its surfaces. These channels are rivers of energy which are referred to as meridians. The Chinese have identified 71 meridians in the human body, which is a basic energy map for all people. The meridians are often compared to a series of interconnected highways. Each of the major organs in the body is associated with its own meridian. Through the network of meridians the internal organs are connected to certain areas and parts of the body including the muscles, bones, joints, and also other organs.
The Chinese believe that health is a manifestation of balance, both within the body itself and between the body and the external environment. When the body is internally balanced and in harmony with the external environment, Qi flows smoothly through the meridians to nourish the organs and tissues. If an obstruction occurs in one of the meridians, the Qi is disrupted and cannot flow properly. When the Qi cannot flow smoothly or is forced to flow in the opposite direction, the body’s innate balance is disrupted and illness results. Acupuncture points are the specific points on the meridians where the Qi is both concentrated and accessible. Acupuncture engages the Qi by inserting needles at these specific points, the goal being to restore the proper flow of Qi.As the body regains its natural balance, well-being returns.
Acupuncture & Modern Science
To the human body, acupuncture needles are a physical stimulus. In Western science, a stimulus is defined as a detectable change in either the external environment or within the body itself. When the body detects change, it produces a response. Although acupuncture is not yet fully understood by Western science, with modern technology scientists can now actually begin to “see” the body’s response to acupuncture. For example, using Functional MRI, researchers have shown that when a needle is inserted at specific acupuncture points on the body, corresponding changes occur in the brain.
In the West, acupuncture is most well-known for its ability to relieve pain so the majority of research thus far has been done in this area. Acupuncture points are now believed to stimulate the central nervous system (the brain and spinal cord) to release pain-relieving chemicals into the muscles, spinal cord and brain. Acupuncture may also stimulate other chemicals to be released by the brain, including hormones that influence the self-regulating system of the body.
Herbal medicine is by itself a powerful method of healing. Western drugs are usually used to control symptoms but do not alter the disease process. For example: antibiotics kill bacteria but do not improve a person’s resistance to infection; diuretics drain excess fluid from the body but do not improve the kidney function. Chinese herbs can also rid the body of disease but they also nourish and balance the body in very specific ways, thereby improving organ function and building up a person’s constitution and immune system. Chinese herbs are traditionally given as a very strong tea. The acupuncturist will give the patient several bags of herbs. Each bag contains a formula of about 12 or so raw herbs that has been prepared specifically for the patient and his or her condition. The patient then prepares the herbs at home by boiling them in water for about a half an hour. The benefit of this method is that the formula can be customized to the patient’s particular condition. The acupuncturist may prescribe herbal pills, powders or tinctures instead because these are more convenient. However, the raw herbs are usually stronger and always more adaptable.
Oriental medicine has been around for thousands of years, and has provided us with a unique and holistic approach to help prevent and treat disease. Western science and Traditional Chinese Medicine ultimately rely on the body’s natural healing ability to maintain health and protect against disease. Both have the same goal of helping a person stay healthy. Western science tends to use drugs and surgery as needed. Acupuncturists tend to use gentle needling and herbs. A combination of both systems creates an ideal environment of health and healing.
While you are here at the Yamamoto OM Clinic website, we recommend you take a look at some of our informational pages describing some of the health services we offer as well as medical research and rationale. An overview of the health conditions we treat with Acupuncture can be found on the conditions treated page.