What is Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)?

TCM is a complete medical system. It has been used for preventive care and treatment of disease in China for more than 5,000 years. TCM is a holistic medicine, viewing the body as an organic whole. Unifying body, mind and spirit, TCM can be effective in treating the root of disease, not only treating the symptoms. TCM includes Acupuncture, Herbal Medicine, Tui Na, diet, nutrition and exercise. Generally-speaking, acupuncture combined with herbal medicine has better results in treating pain caused by chronic disease than Western medicine.


How effective is Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine?

We have successfully helped many of our patients with pain conditions, including acute pain and chronic pain. We have the ability to help many difficulty conditions which Western medicine could not help. Our success rate is higher than 90%. You may call our clinic at 503.844.2715 to set up an appointment.


How does Acupuncture treatment work?

There are two or more differing theories on the how and why of acupuncture’s effectiveness. The Neuro-hormonal theory suggests there is an analgesic action in which acupuncture needles stimulate the release of natural endorphins in the brain to affect the thalamus. This has been documented on PET scans as well as functional MRI studies of the brain (while the needles are being inserted and manipulated within the patient’s body). One other theory suggests there is a release of nitric oxide gases from the body that produces a pain-relieving effect .


 What is Chinese Herbal Medicine?

Chinese Herbal Medicine refers to the use of a plant’s seed, berries, root, leaves, bark or flowers for medical purposes. In TCM, Chinese herbs are prescribed according to each patient's constitution. Practitioners make a diagnosis then design a unique custom-sized formula---a mixture of several herbs that provide a balanced treatment for the patient. Only a practitioner trained in Chinese herbology should prescribe Chinese herbal formulas. In addition, since the diagnosis of Chinese medicine is complicated, the effectiveness of the herbal formula is greatly associated with the practitioner’s clinical experience. Chinese herbal medicines have been effectively used in China for treating a variety of diseases for more than a thousand years, especially for treating chronic pain.


Does it hurt to receive Acupuncture?

Acupuncture needles are extremely fine. In fact, most of our patients report that they did not feel the needle insertion.


What does Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture treat?

We have experience in treating many diseases recognized by the W.H.O. The World Health Organization (WHO) recognizes the use of acupuncture in the treatment of a wide range of common illnesses including: asthma, colitis, constipation, diarrhea, headache and migraine, back and knee pain, PMS, impotence, infertility, stress, anxiety, insomnia, and depression and much more…


Are chiropractic adjustments safe?

You may hear that Chiropractic adjustments are not safe. This is not true. Even risk-adverse insurance companies recognize the safety of today's chiropractic care.


What testing can I do through your office?

Any blood tests, toxic elements assessments [blood, hair, and urine], and urinalysis.