Oriental Medicine is a traditional East Asian medicinal system.
Whilst it is based in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), it is not confined to China in its geographic range. Early forms of Oriental Medicine were shared throughout Central and Eastern Asia over millennia, as they are today.
Ancient Oriental Medicine was systemised by Chinese practitioners and authors over at least a 2500 year period, to the present day, forming what we now know as Chinese Medicine. The term “Oriental Medicine” is used now to differentiate it from Chinese Medicine. However, Chinese Medicine heavily informs modern Oriental Medicine, with its shared rich and long history.
Oriental Medicine consists of pulse taking, tongue diagnosis, acupuncture, moxibustion, dietary therapy, herbal therapies, massage/bodywork, gua sha and cupping.
As Shiatsu is a Japanese form of bodywork, we focus on Japanese approaches to the Oriental therapies we teach. For example, Hara diagnosis is a key diagnostic technique in Shiatsu that is not used within Chinese Medicine systems.
At the Australian Shiatsu College, we teach moxibustion, gua sha and cupping, and an introduction to dietary therapy, with pulse, tongue and hara diagnosis taught as part of the diagnostic skill set.