Traditional Chinese Medicine Treats Modern Diseases
While studying at the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in San Francisco, I had the opportunity to spend time in Hangzhou, China studying and working under Dr. Feng Ninghan and other masters of TCM at Zhejiang University. Each day hundreds of people lined up for treatment in acupuncture, Tuina (Chinese therapeutic massage) and Herbs. I found myself successfully treating people for conditions such as high blood pressure, heart problems, migraines, asthma, arthritis, immune system deficiency, fatigue, digestive disorders, diabetes, elevated cholesterol and other health problems.
For over 2,500 years, the people of China have been successfully treated through the use of Traditional Chinese Medicine. This highly effective form of treatment has recently been introduced into the west and has become the fastest growing form of alternative treatment, surpassing chiropractic in 2001.
In addition to acupuncture, I maintain a complete pharmacy of powdered Chinese Herbs that I mix into formulas for my patients to drink as teas. I also may suggest dietary changes and additional supplements. I draw from as many sources as necessary when treating patients.
At the mention of Chinese medicine, most people think of acupuncture and cringe at the thought of becoming a human pin cushion with needles sticking all over their body. However, most of the time you don’t feel the needles because they are only the size of a human hair. After the needles are inserted, you may feel a dull ache which is the movement of your healing Qi. In fact, Chinese medicine includes many powerful methods of treatment such as Chinese herbal decoctions (internal and topical), moxibustion, electro-stimulation, Qi Gong and Tuina massage. Many diseases can be effectively treated without the use of pharmaceutical drugs or surgery.
Generally, western medicine’s approach is to relieve the symptoms of disease or pathology with medications or invasive surgical techniques. In contrast, eastern medicine’s approach is to balance the body’s energy by reestablishing homeostasis and restoring the body’s vital health.