The Holistic Nurse: Oriental Medicine

I am absolutely thrilled to be launching The Holistic Nurse with a look at Oriental Medicine. Our guest post is by Kristien Boyle, a practitioner at the Holistic Wellness Center of Charlotte in North Carolina. Kristien is a Diplomat in Oriental Medicine, Chinese herbology and acupuncture. He also keeps a blog, which you can check out here.

What is Oriental Medicine, compared/contrasted with “conventional”/Western medicine?

Oriental medicine is a systematic approach that looks at the  body as a integrated set of systems. We utilize treatment methods such as acupuncture, herbology, nutritional therapy, cupping, and moxabustion to assist our patients. Just like western medicine, the field contains various theoretical ways to look at the body.

Patients regularly come in for the following reasons:

  • Adrenal Disorders
  • Amenorrhea
  • Anxiety
  • Arthritis
  • Auto-Immune disorders
  • Chronic and acute pain
  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
  • Depression
  • Digestive disorders
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Hashimoto’s
  • Headaches
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Infertility
  • Insomnia
  • Male and Female disorders
  • Migraines

What kind of educational process did you go through to become an Oriental medicine provider? How can people recognize a credible provider?

I completed a four year masters program and then passed four national  board exams in oriental medicine, acupuncture, herbology and western  biomedical sciences. To find a credible provider go to nccaom.org and look for someone who has completed all four national boards.

How much do your visits cost? Does insurance cover your care?

Insurance does cover care in our field, depending on what state you live in. At my clinic, first visits are $120 and all subsequent visits are $75. I spend 90 minutes with new patients and 60 minutes with returning patients.

 How/when do you collaborate with Western medical providers?

At our clinic, we are in regular contact with all of our patients’ other physicians when necessary. This is especially important if our patients are on an array of pharmaceutical drugs.  We also coordinate lab work with our patients’ other physicians.

Have you ever seen a patient whose needs were outside your scope? What did you do about it?

Sometimes patients come in and after the initial visit, I have declared their concerns are out of my scope of practice, then I refer out to the appropriate specialist.   We offer our patients a list of recommendations for physicians in the area who are open to an integrated approach to medicine.

What kind of evidence is available to support the efficacy of Oriental medicine?

The World Health Organization regularly cites researched publications on oriental medicine and its efficacy. There are countless articles available in research journals, and thousands of years of clinical evidence in China and Eastern Asia.

Where can people get more information? 

Patients can read more about what we do at HolisticCharlotte.com

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