Dr. Roland Ryf of the Natural Healthcare Center in Thousand Oaks provides comprehensive Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) therapies to patients throughout Ventura and Los Angeles Counties. Dr. Ryf has trained throughout the world, including earning his Master of Science degree in Acupuncture and Herbology at the SAMRA University of Oriental Medicine in Los Angeles in 1988. The Ventura / Los Angeles region has many residents seeking some form of alternative medicine or holistic medicine. One of the challenges the prospective TCM patient faces is understanding what kinds of treatments are available to them. Most new patients are familiar with these phrases as buzz words that they’ve heard in passing from friends. However, with so many assorted phrases and ideas, it’s difficult for the casual observer to develop a clear understanding of Traditional Chinese Medicine and the assorted treatments, therapies, and medicines that it encompasses.
Much has been written about the history of Traditional Chinese Medicine and its centuries old roots in China. There are many resources available in which you may read in depth about the history and concept of TCM. As a local specialist, we’re here to provide an easy to understand explanation of these services to help you make an informed decision about how to select a treatment.
Acupuncture is one of the most commonly requested techniques within the area of Traditional Chinese Medicine. The general concept behind acupuncture is that by delicately placing specialized needles in strategic locations, an acupuncture specialist can help treat a variety of ailments including assorted pain and illnesses by stimulating various systems in the patient’s body. Learn More About Acupuncture
Herbal treatments and herbal prescriptions are common inquiries. Many people have heard of the benefits of herbal treatments. The use of herbal formulas are a key component of Traditional Chinese Medicine. A practitioner of TCM may prescribe the use of medicinal plants to treat a variety of conditions and ailments. In TCM, certain plants have the ability to treat and aid an assortment of symptoms and ailments which–in many cases–other medical practitioners have been unable to help using western medicine techniques. Chinese herbal remedies are commonly administered in the form of drinkable teas or consumable pills.
Often confused with Acupuncture, Acupressure applies pressure in strategic locations of the body to ease tension or otherwise influence systems within the body. Acupressure does not use needles like Acupuncture does.
Moxibustion–like Acupuncture and Acupressure–focuses on carefully selected areas of the body to promote healing, release energy, and influence the body to heal and rid itself of ailments. Moxibustion involves burning herbs near these selected areas, relying on the heat to stimulate the Acupuncture / Acupressure points. Think of each therapy as a slightly different approach to treating similar issues. Acupuncture uses needles, Acupressure uses pressure, and Moxibustion uses heat.
Cupping is a therapy in which glass cups containing hot air are placed in carefully selected places on the body, then skillfully removed once the air has slightly cooled. Releasing the cups encourages blood flow to these areas, and this sensation can be an effective way to awaken certain systems in the body and alleviate ailments. During the recent Olympic games in Brazil, many athletes including the US swim team received cupping therapies to alleviate soreness and keep their muscles loose, fresh feeling, and in optimal condition for peak athletic performance. Minor circular bruising could be observed on swimmer’s backs. Having Traditional Chinese Medicine techniques implemented by olympic athletes and their training staff is a fantastic endorsement for TCM and demonstrates its potential to help treat ailments and issues affecting millions of people.
TCM concepts and techniques can be applied to the treatment of patients experiencing a variety of issues including digestive, emotional issues such as anxiety and depression, gynecological, musculoskeletal, neurological, respiratory, and numerous other ailments. To determine if you’re a good candidate for Traditional Chinese Medicine we suggest scheduling an appointment with Dr. Ryf. During your first consultation, Dr. Ryf will develop an understanding of your medical history, examine your lifestyle and habits, and establish a treatment plan that lays out a clear path to addressing and remedying the source of your ailments.
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