Abode of Peace
is a Classical Chinese Medicine clinic with an emphasis on the traditional modalities of healing which include Acupuncture, Herbal Medicine, Nutrition and Qi Gong. Chinese Medicine recognizes emotional and spiritual harmony to be as important as physical balance in achieving and maintaining health and therefore, lifestyle modification and spiritual counseling also form a crucial part of the treatment.
Unfortunately, most modern (post-communist) practitioners of Chinese Medicine in the U.S. and China ignore these crucial aspects of the Medicine and oftentimes prescribe herbs and acupuncture to alleviate symptoms rather than addressing causes. True to their materialistic paradigm of thinking, many modern practitioners don’t believe in the spiritual aspects of the Medicine and would prefer to keep the diagnosis and treatments limited to purely physical causes.
Mind and Spirit,
The forgotten aspect of healing
In contrast, Classical Chinese Medicine (CCM) emphasizes mind and Spirit to be equally if not more important in achieving and maintaining optimal health, since there would be no life in the body without the breath of Spirit. CCM views each person as a unique individual that needs unique treatments based on their individual body type and mental/spiritual temperament. There are no pre-formulated treatment protocols or herbal prescriptions. Therefore, five different individuals with the same physical complaint may receive five different treatments and vice versa, people with very different physical symptoms may receive the same treatment. As the ancient Chinese medical saying goes: “Same disease different treatment, different disease same treatment”.
Classical Chinese Medicine uses a variety of different modalities based on the type of disease/disharmony, age and practicality. Some of the most common modalities include:
One of the most commonly known modality of Chinese Medicine, it uses extremely fine sterilized one-time use needles in various parts of the body to stimulate and balance the Qi (energy) and blood circulation of the entire organism.
The use of natural herbs to boost weakness, clear toxins and balance the energy, blood and fluids in the body.
In Chinese Medicine each food is classified according to its energy, temperature and affinity for specific organ/tissues in the body. Therefore, Chinese Medical nutritional therapy helps each body type find its balance based on its particular strengths and weaknesses.
The use of pure essential oils of herbs and flowers topically to boost organs or balance disharmonies.
The use of Moxa, a special herb traditionally burned in proximity to the body or on acupuncture points to warm and improve circulation or organ function by its penetrating heat and aroma.
The use of suction cups in various parts of the body (most commonly the back), to pull out toxins or regulate the energy flow.
Psychosomatic exercises similar to Yoga that target energy flow into specific organs and meridians of the body through the joint use of movement, breath and concentration.
Visualization and concentration on specific acupuncture points or energy channels to enhance circulation and strength in the body.
Classical Chinese Medicine is helpful in treating most chronic conditions and also certain acute ones not requiring surgery or life-saving machines. Some of the common ones include:
- Adrenal Exhaustion
- Anxiety/Bipolar Disorders
- Autoimmune Diseases
- Back Pain
- Bladder Infection
- Cardiovascular Disorders
- Candida/yeast infection
- Chronic Fatigue
- Digestive Disorders/ ulcers/Irritable Bowel/Colitis
- Ear Infection
- Emotional Imbalance/instability
- Gynecological Disorders
- High Cholesterol
- Immune System Disorders
- Joint Aches/weakness
- Kidney Stones/Failure
- Liver Enzymes/Disorders
- Memory Loss
- Neck/Spine problems
- Prostate problems
- Sexual Disorders/Impotence
- Skin Disorders
- Thyroid Disorders
- Weight Loss/Management
Dr. Payam’s interest in healing and Eastern Medicine began early in life with his exposure to the mystics and healers of the middle east. He started the practice of Chinese Martial Arts at the age of ten and by seventeen had committed to a daily practice of meditation and Qi Gong. His first experience of energy channels and healing came through his spiritual practice rather than acupuncture and that led him to an in-depth study of the world’s spiritual traditions and their commonalities. When it was time for him to choose a career, Classical Chinese Medicine seemed to fulfill both his spiritual hunger and his need to help others in a tangible way. His intense interest in the subject made him the Valedictorian of his class at Emperor’s College of Oriental Medicine, one of the best Accredited Chinese Medical schools in the country.
However, the modern (post-communist) interpretation of Chinese Medicine that is taught in schools here in the U.S. and China left him dissatisfied academically and spiritually, so he began to search for someone from whom he could learn the original Classical Chinese Medicine. After studying with some of the Senior Teachers in the field including Dr. Shen, Dr. Tan, Master Tong and Master Ni he found Jeffrey Yuen the 88th generation Taoist Priest of the Jade Purity School whose personal training started from childhood in ancient Classical Chinese Medicine and has been a lifelong scholar of all schools of Chinese Medicine in the long history of China. Studying with him for over fifteen years has enabled Dr. Payam to practice Chinese Medicine the way it was traditionally meant to be practiced, integrating body, mind and Spirit.
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