Oriental Medicine

Oriental medicine is a generic term covering a range of practices including shiatsu, acupuncture, moxibustion, herbal medicine, shamanistic elements and various martial and meditative exercises such as tai chi. Unlike Western medicine, Oriental medicine considers a person’s entire well-being rather than any specific disease, balancing the flow of the individual’s own energy or “qi” through the body to improve general health. Disruptions of this flow are believed to be responsible for disease, in fact, in ancient China, it is said that doctors only received payment while their patients remained healthy.


In the West, good health is often presented and marketed as a commodity that is “out there” and attainable in the form of “solutions” such as drugs, health supplements or gimmicky diets. However these often only serve as a buffer or suppressant to an otherwise potentially healthy immune system.  “Dis-ease” is the bodies own way of generating awareness for the individual.  Symptoms are something to be reflected upon and revered- but not ignored! Oriental medicine is based on the idea that true health is self-generating.


In Oriental medicine, the practitioner treats the person rather than the condition and the patient becomes actively involved in the recovery process. In Japan, Oriental medicine has been around for more than 1,500 years and has been developed to a very high standard that is unsurpassed in the rest of Asia. Through his years of intensive study in Tokyo, Steve Blair has refined a unique approach that is highly tailored to the individual and combines the three disciplines of acupunture, moxibustion and shiatsu.

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