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What is Eastern medicine?

In ancient China, with its vast lands, different technologies were born in different regions. Moxibustion to warm the body was developed in cold northern areas, pressure point therapy in coastal areas where excess intake of fish and salt led to frequent skin conditions, and acupuncture in the southern areas where high temperature and humidity made joint conditions common. In addition, qigong, anma, Chinese herbal medicine, and other traditions sprung from the characteristics of regions.
Eastern medicine was born from a fusion of these, combined with the Theory of Yin-Yang and the Five Elements, the three elements (life force, blood, and colorless bodily fluids), and other concepts.

Concepts of Eastern medicine (1) Three elements regulating bodily balance

In Eastern medicine, the three important elements that affect physical condition are life force, blood, and colorless bodily fluids. It is thought that maintaining a balance among these constitutes the healthy state, and that imbalance in the amount or functioning of one of these will lead to the deterioration of physical condition.

美容と健康な状態の図
  • The life force (qi or ki) that composes the body works to maintain life activities. It plays a variety of roles, including moving blood, water, and organs, warming the body, and protecting the body from illness. It also works to create what the body needs, with blood and colorless bodily fluids also made from life force.

  • The blood that flows through blood vessels works to deliver nutrients throughout the body, including the nutrients needed for the functioning of life force.

  • This refers to all fluids other than blood. It is because of these fluids moistening the body that life force and blood are able to circulate internally. Moreover, blood cannot be produced when colorless bodily fluids are lacking.

In this way, if any one of the three closely related elements is out of order, the entire balance will collapse, causing disorders including skin troubles, chills, swelling, headaches, and menstrual irregularities.

Concepts of Eastern medicine (2) The characteristics of Eastern medicine

The characteristics of Eastern medicine and Western medicine

Where Western medicine and Eastern medicine differ greatly is in thinking concerning the body. Western medicine considers the body as a collection of individual parts, and mostly treats only the parts found to be in bad condition. Conversely, Eastern medicine is characterized by viewing the body as a whole. Even when the parts are separate, as with the life force, blood, and colorless bodily fluids introduced above, they are believed to be closely interlinked. The thinking of Eastern medicine is that a part in bad condition has an effect on the body as a whole, which will appear elsewhere as symptoms.

Differences in treatment philosophy

Western medicine performs treatment according to the disease name. Various tests are carried out, and when the disease name is confirmed, treatment is carried out according to routine. Accordingly, if there are no abnormalities in the tests, it may be difficult to indicate a fundamental remediation method, regardless of what conditions the patient reports. In particular, Western medicine is not ideal for the treatment of conditions involving nervous system illnesses, hormonal diseases, and what are known as "pre-disease conditions" preceding illness.
By contrast, Eastern medicine assesses the patient's overall physical condition through questions and from symptoms manifesting at the time, and seeks measures to improve the condition. Accordingly, it excels at treating illnesses for which causes are not well understood, such as autonomous nervous system disorders, rheumatism, and atopy.

Treatments combining Eastern and Western medicine

The efficacy of the Eastern medical treatment of acupuncture has been recognized in countries around the world, and even by the WHO (World Health Organization) in recent years. Acupuncture is often used in actual medical scenarios, and it is also used in rehabilitation after conditions such as cerebral infarction. If physicians make acupuncture a part of treatment, patients may visit acupuncture salons following referrals from physicians. Treatment that combines Eastern and Western medicine will likely receive increased attention.


Concepts of Eastern medicine

-Characteristics of Eastern medicine-

While some persons may view Eastern medicine as a dubious practice with religious overtones, its effectiveness has in fact been recognized around the world, and treatments combining Western and Eastern medicine have recently seen frequent adoption. Below is a list of differences between Eastern medicine and Western medicine.

Differences between Western medicine and Eastern medicine

美容鍼灸と東洋医学

The characteristics of Eastern medicine and Western medicine

Where Western medicine and Eastern medicine differ greatly is in thinking concerning the body. Western medicine considers the body as a collection of individual parts, and mostly treats only the parts found to be in bad condition. Conversely, Eastern medicine is characterized by viewing the body as a whole. Even when the parts are separate, as with the life force, blood, and colorless bodily fluids introduced above, they are believed to be closely interlinked. The thinking of Eastern medicine is that a part in bad condition has an effect on the body as a whole, which will appear elsewhere as symptoms.

Differences in treatment philosophy

Western medicine performs treatment according to the disease name. Various tests are carried out, and when the disease name is confirmed, treatment is carried out according to routine. Accordingly, if there are no abnormalities in the tests, it may be difficult to indicate a fundamental remediation method, regardless of what conditions the patient reports. In particular, Western medicine is not ideal for the treatment of conditions involving nervous system illnesses, hormonal diseases, and what are known as "pre-disease conditions" preceding illness.
By contrast, Eastern medicine assesses the patient's overall physical condition through questions and from symptoms manifesting at the time, and seeks measures to improve the condition. Accordingly, it excels at treating illnesses for which causes are not well understood, such as autonomous nervous system disorders, rheumatism, and atopy.

Treatments combining Eastern and Western medicine

The efficacy of the Eastern medical treatment of acupuncture has been recognized in countries around the world, and even by the WHO (World Health Organization) in recent years. Acupuncture is often used in actual medical scenarios, and it is also used in rehabilitation after conditions such as cerebral infarction. In some cases, physicians make acupuncture a part of treatment; in other cases, patients visit acupuncture salons following referrals from physicians. Treatment that combines Eastern and Western medicine will likely receive increased attention.


What are the Eastern medical practices of acupuncture and moxibustion?

- Why are acupuncture and moxibustion effective? -

For many people, mention of Eastern medicine may first bring to mind Chinese herbal medicine. However, acupuncture and moxibustion in fact have older histories, and are the main therapies of Eastern medicine seen worldwide.
Acupuncture and moxibustion are said to stimulate the pathways through which life force flows, known as meridians, and the acupuncture points (i.e., pressure points) sited above them, to regulate the flow of life force through the meridians. For that reason, a single pressure point is said to act on not just the body part on which it is located but also on more remote locations and internal organs.
There are three routes to bringing out the effectiveness of acupuncture and moxibustion.

Localized reactions occur below the skin

Applying needles at pressure points in areas of stiffness causes expansion of the blood vessels running through the skin and muscle around the point, resulting in improved blood flow and a reaction that promotes alleviation of pain.

美容鍼灸の効果

Reactions travel from the brain throughout the body

Route by which stimulation to a certain area is transmitted to the brain and causes a reaction throughout the body Reaction that promotes alleviation of pain by stimulating pressure points that work on parts that control the autonomous nervous system, internal secretions, pain, etc. from the brain

全身への美容鍼灸

Reactions occur directly in internal organs

The back is lined with pressure points directly connected to the internal organs. Stimulation of these points improves blood circulation in internal organs and relieves pain.

内臓への美容鍼灸

HARICCHI's thinking based on Eastern medicine

HARICCHI draws on concepts of Eastern medicine to first regulate the balance of life force, blood, and colorless bodily fluids. By leading the body to what should be its innate state, this brings out the body's inner beauty and eliminates skin troubles, stiffness, and autonomous nervous system disorders.

肌と美容鍼灸

Skin as a mirror of the internal organs

Eastern medicine allows a practitioner to learn about a patient's emotions and physical health condition from where on the face pimples, eczema, redness, skin symptoms, and so on appear. The term "complexion," or "face color," clearly expresses the fact that one's health condition is apparent in the face.

お顔と美容鍼灸

Expressing the internal organs in terms of locations on the face…

Expressing the internal organs in terms of locations on the face, liver symptoms appear in a position on the left side of the face, mental symptoms on the forehead, stomach and intestinal symptoms around the nose, lung symptoms on the right side of the face, and kidney symptoms on the chin and neck.
HARICCHI believes that there is a close relationship between the body and facial emotions. We perform procedures that regulate the condition of internal organs that are the cause of skin problems, followed by procedures to address localized skin concerns, to remedy skin trouble from both the inside and the outside.