High Ridge Traditional Healing Arts
Carolyn Rabiner, L. Ac. , Dipl. C.H.


    Treatment at High Ridge Traditional Healing Arts  addresses imbalances that may stem from more than one source,  and are often compounded by stress.   In Oriental Medicine, it is recognized that mind, body and spirit are intrinsically interrelated.  The philosophy that governs Oriental Medicine does not conceive of the split between mind and body that exists in the West.   This notion, attributed to Rene Descartes, of the mind as a sort of “ghost in the machine” - the body, simply did not arise in the Chinese medicine viewpoint.  
odern research continues to confirm the  link between chronic negative mental/emotional states and disease.  In  Oriental Medicine, different emotions are attributed to each of the five main organ systems - the heart, spleen, lungs, liver, and kidneys. In this system, this works both ways: not only do certain chronic negative mental/emotional states damage organ function over time, but damage to an organ system will tend to manifest as a particular chronic negative mental or emotional state.  
       While in Oriental Medicine, these organ systems are in many ways similar to the way they are viewed in Western biomedicine, they are part of a sytematized view of human functioning that has distinct differences.  For instance, the heart, while being responsible for pumping the blood, is also the seen as being related to the mind/cognition, feeling, and mood.  The Chinese character for the heart is open at the top to emphasize the importance of being able to both receive the spirits that come down from heaven and to allow the heart to become empty, to resist the constant temptation to fill it with unrestrained passions.


                                                The practice of Oriental Medicine is at least 2,500 years old.  It is researched and practiced in hospitals and clinics around the world. According to the philosophy that governs Oriental Medicine, an individually designed, comprehensive treatment plan is created for each patient - there is no "one size fits all".   The Oriental Medicine diagnosis is determined through a comprehensive consultation, which includes examination of the patient's pulse and tongue, along with other diagnostic methods.
     In order to achieve the best results, treatment may include one or more of the services listed below.  All patients do not necessarily receive acupuncture treatment.   Though it is important for "first-timers" to know that for most patients at the clinic, treatment with acupuncture is not only very comfortable but very relaxing and rejuvenating. 

                       The philosophy of Oriental Medicine is founded on universal principles that are the basis of the natural world - the interplay of polar opposites (such as night/day, activity/rest) and the harmonious designs and inter-relationships expressed throughout nature.  The practice of Oriental Medicine is founded on the belief that the internal organs are connected to the whole body via a network of channels, also called meridians.  These channels are the routes by which blood and qi (bioelectric energy/functional life force) circulate.  Electrical conductivity and the circulation of blood are regulated via the use of many modalities that have been developed over the centuries.  

Beyond the relief from their initial complaint, patients often enjoy improved health in several measures, such as increased energy, better mood, improved digestion, and enhanced immune system functioning, as a result of their treatment.  Also, as a more harmonious functioning is attained, many patients enjoy a new ease in making adjustments in their routines in order to further achieve their wellness goals.  Disease prevention and longevity practices are an intrinsic part of the vast treasure house that is Oriental Medicine. 
         At High Ridge Traditional Healing Arts,  treatment follows a sequence of relief, correction and maintenance.  These are not separate entities - they overlap as treatment progresses.  For example, during their first acupuncture visit, most patients with back pain learn a simple exercise which will become part of the maintenance of a healthy back.  Patients who suffer from anxiety may learn a breathing or qigong exercise that they can use on their own to help them regain equilibrium.  Self-care is an integral part of Oriental Medicine, and this is accomplished in many ways, using techniques such as acupressure or adjustments in diet or exercise.

The following services are offered at the clinic:


  • Acupuncture 
  • Traditional Chinese Herbal Medicine 
  • Dietary and Exercise Counseling
  • Chinese Medical Massage 
  • Breathing and meditation exercise
  • Weekly class in meditation and Qigong

Some of the most commonly treated conditions: 

  • Allergies 
  • Asthma 
  • Joint pain
  • Tennis elbow
  • PMS 
  • Sciatica
  • Headache and migraine 
  • Weight management
  • Sports injuries
  • Neck pain
  • Back pain 
  • Infertility 
  • Arthritis
  • Frozen shoulder
  • Hip pain
  • Digestive problems 
  • Support for aging
  • Peri-menopausal complaints 
  • Fibromyalgia

     Because Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine comprise a healing system that addresses many types of illness, the list of conditions that are successfully treated with Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine is long.  Please call or email with any questions you may have about treatment offered at the clinic. 


High Ridge Traditional Healing Arts
7392 South Broadway (Route 9)

Red Hook, New York  12571
(845) 758-2424


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