Why Chinese Medicine?


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A wide range of acute and chronic digestive, musculo-skeletal, respiratory, gynecological, cardiovascular, immune-related, urogenital, pain, psychological, stress-related, and neurological conditions can be treated very effectively with acupuncture and Chinese (also known as East Asian) medicine, including sports injuries, chronic headaches, high blood pressure, insomnia, back pain, fatigue, menstrual and menopausal difficulties and much more. (Please see the Conditions Treated page for a more detailed list.) In addition, many people report that they feel healthier, more energetic, and more emotionally-balanced than they have in years.

Quick results

Initial results are noticed quickly, usually within the first two to five visits. The total number of treatments you might need will vary with your age and the severity and length of time you have had the condition.

True preventive care

Chinese medicine rebalances and harmonizes the body’s energetic systems, resulting in a stronger immune system and decreased susceptibility to acute and chronic illness.

Comfortable and enjoyable

Most people find treatment with acupuncture needles, although initially a strange concept, surprisingly comfortable and relaxing. It is not uncommon for patients to fall asleep during acupuncture treatment.


Chinese medicine views the body as an inter-connected system, with both physical and emotional symptoms making up part of a larger energetic pattern. Treatment addresses not only the obvious symptoms (considered similar to the “branches” of a tree) but also the underlying imbalance (the “root”) that caused the illness. Acupuncture treatment uses the body’s own energy to heal itself, thus minimizing side-effects and strengthening and balancing one’s overall constitution. Because of this approach, it is not uncommon for more than one health concern to improve at the same time.

Complementary mode of treatment

Chinese medicine is highly-compatible with other treatment methods, allowing for an integrated approach to care.

Few side-effects

Side-effects are rare with acupuncture treatment, though it is not uncommon that someone feels a bit “spacey” after treatment. Sometimes there will be a small bruise at the site of needle insertion. In a few cases, symptoms may become aggravated for a day or two before beginning to improve.

Growing recognition in the West

The National Institutes of Health recognizes the usefulness of acupuncture in the treatment of certain health conditions (NIH Consensus Statement, November 1997)  and has funded a number of research studies to test its effectiveness. The World Health Organization considers acupuncture an appropriate treatment for over 40 common health conditions. Professional and Olympic sports teams are increasingly turning to acupuncture to alleviate sports-related injuries. Acupuncture is also used in hospital settings, trauma recovery, community-health centers, mental-health clinics, post-disaster psycho-emotional support and drug and alcohol addiction treatment.

Has stood the test of time

Chinese medicine has evolved for over two millennia as a highly-successful, safe, and cost-effective medical system that blends well with other forms of health care.

A remarkable system of health care

For over a quarter of a century, I’ve seen the extraordinary results of acupuncture treatment in my clinic, but don’t take my word for it……I invite you to try acupuncture and East Asian medicine for yourself!

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