women's health: acupuncture and Chinese medicine in Cleveland, Ohio

Chinese Medicine for Women

As a result of the efforts of hundreds of generations of physicians, shamans, wise women, and mothers of all nations and cultures, it is now known that health is a dynamic state, always changing and adapting to changes in environment, food, social network, and spiritual and emotional condition.

More so than in the modern Western medical world, the Ancients of Asia saw the ebb and flow of repletion and vacuity play itself out in all of the universe around them: the celestial transits; the earthly seasons from Spring to Winter; the harvest cycles of development and maturity; the waxing and waning of the lunar cycles; the cycle of day and night.

And, they also saw a responsive harmony in the body's patterns, from the tiniest cycles within a pulse beat, to the menstrual cycle, to the 7 year long phases of a woman's life from birth to death.

Change was the only permanent factor in this view. And ancient medicine began with the concept of adjusting the body's rhythms so as to be in harmony with the local and extended world.

The primary medicine for women in the traditional Chinese perspective are medicines made from the minerals and earth, plant roots, stems, bark, and fruits. The Asian systems developed in a time of individual relationships between practitioner and patient, and the only tools available were those of the natural World, and of the nature within.

By combining the best of Western medical knowledge with the time-honored traditions of Oriental herbal medicine and acupuncture, women are now empowered with more choices for themselves and their families. The unique strengths of Chinese herbal medicine to regulate and balance the lunar and life cycles are now available to women in the West through Acupuncture Associates.

In Ohio, acupuncture is more available in the past several years, but licensed and registered acupuncturists are legally restricted from prescribing herbal medicine or dietary therapy in this State. Patients who see a licensed acupuncturist must therefore choose between limited care, or seeing a practitioner who is willing to practice illegally.

Only physicians may legally prescribe dietary therapy and Chinese herbal medicine in Ohio.

Dr. L.B. Grotte, M.D., was the first physician in Ohio to be board certified in both acupuncture and Chinese herbology. He has studied Oriental medicine since 1972 and has practiced Oriental medicine and acupuncture in Cleveland for more than 27 years. Our small practice specializes in creating individualized treatment plans combining Western and Oriental methods. Call us at 440-461-7488 to make an appointment or visit our website for more information.

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