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Migraine & headaches, Neck pain, Shoulder pain, Lower back pain, Knee pain, IVF support, Infertility, Overweight, Irregular Menstruation, Gastritis, Eczema, Acne, Hair loss/ Alopecia, Irritable Bowel Syndrome Prostatitis.

Acupuncture for Overweight

The stress of modern lifestyle can lead to a gain of unwanted weight. Weight problems can be painful, and they may potentially lead to various health issues. Weight loss strategies, weight watching diets, weight management skills, and weight loss pills keep reinventing themselves. The central question is: What works, not only for weight loss but also for overall health and in the long run?

TCM Acupuncture is a highly effective and safe option. Acupuncture quickly enables qi flow, stimulates metabolism, boosts energy, and relaxes in general Motion Acupuncture” (Dong Jin Zhen Fa) – a creative innovation based on TCM acupuncture – works even better. First conceived and practiced by Dr. Chen, motion acupuncture is an advancement of the ancient Chinese art of acupuncture. During a motion acupuncture session the patient makes regulated and repeated movements wearing needles under the supervision and instruction of the doctor. This creative technique makes acupuncture work even faster and more effectively than it does to begin with.

Motion Acupuncture allows patients to control the range of movement based on their needle tolerance. Dr. Chen also does “eight-trigram acupuncture” (Ba Gua Zhen Fa) with great results.  His state-of-the-art acupuncture comes from his deep acquaintance with TCM theory and practice of acupuncture as well as anatomy, histology, and fasciology in Western medicine, and it most certainly comes from his professional dedication and his humanistic compassion. Dr. Kong also uses the needle masterfully and with her own individual style of handwork that appeals to many.

Acupuncture, potentially combined with Chinese herbs, Tui Na, moxabustion, Gua Sha, and cupping as needed, has multiple benefits including, but not limited to, betterment of other weight-related issues. These include compulsive eating, anorexia, depression, anxiety, memory and focus, digestive issues, stress at work, chronic fatigue, skin problems, cold hands and feet, hair loss, reproductive difficulties, insomnia, neck pain, and lower back pain among others.  Anyone interested in losing weight through acupuncture should try it with Dr. Chen and his wonderful team of Tui Na therapists.

Acupuncture for Neck Pain

Neck pain in most people is caused by long hours of work in front of the computer or otherwise reading and / or writing. Over time, this activity leads to neck muscle injury which in turn results in neck pain and other related problems (see common symptoms below). Of this population, most are white-collar professionals. Neck pain can also be attributed to a bad night’s sleep, strain, poor posture, sports or other injury, arthritis, or simply wear and tear.

Neck pain can be anywhere from troublesome to acute. It can be intermittent or chronic. It can be local to the neck, or it can spread to the back and shoulders. Common symptoms of neck pain include dizziness, headaches, migraine, stiffness, numbness, tingling, dull or sharp pain, general soreness, difficulty turning the head left and right, difficulty in holding or lifting things, insomnia, poor concentration, chronic fatigue, or even vision problems.  

Western medicine provides painkillers or surgery depending on the severity of the condition. Chiropractic adjustment is another option, and it is natural. However, these do not suit everyone. TCM offers natural treatments with fast effects such as acupuncture, Chinese herbs, Tui Na, cupping, moxabustion, and Gua Sha, to mention just a few.

In fact, Dr. Chen’s special Myofascial Release Technique and Motion Acupuncture greatly improves upon traditional acupuncture by immediately loosening and softening muscles, tissues and peritoneal fascia. In addition, Dr. Kong offers her very special custom tailored needling techniques that rank her far above conventional acupuncturists. Acupuncture in the hands of both doctors not only relieves symptoms very quickly but also helps improve the physical condition.

Many serious cases of neck pain, such as disc herniation, pinched nerves causing numbness of arm and hand or dizziness, sometimes supposed to require surgical intervention or invasive procedures by Western medicine, have been successfully treated by Dr. Chen and his warm and compassionate team of Tui Na therapists.

Acupuncture for Shoulder Pain

Shoulder pain includes a full range of discomforts and problems around the shoulders caused by bone fracture, inflammation (bursitis or tendinitis), tendon and / muscle tear, injuries and accidents of various kinds as well as daily wear and tear. There are also pains and dysfunctions naturally induced by age-related endocrine and hormonal change, and these are called “age fifty shoulder” (Wu Shi Jian) in Chinese or frozen shoulder in English.

Shoulder pain can be mild or severe. It can come and go, it can be present in motion, or it can be there all the time. Regardless, shoulder pain limits the range of motion or prohibits motion completely. It can also cause instability of the arm, seriously affecting one’s ability to function.

In terms of treatment, rest, medication, surgery, and chiropractic adjustment can all help. But a most effective option is TCM acupuncture, alone or combined with other forms of natural treatment such as Chinese herbs, Tui Na, cupping,  moxabustion, and Gua Sha, to mention just a few. Furthermore, Dr. Chen has an innovative Myofascial Release Technique and Motion Acupuncture. These techniques immediately loosen and soften muscles, tissues and peritoneal fascia. Dr. Kong’s needling techniques are also ones of their own kinds. Acupuncture in the hands of both doctors not only relieves shoulder pain but also helps improve the patient’s general health.  

 

With the special treatments offered by Dr. Chen and his team of Tui Na therapists, it is highly possible to avoid the pains and costs of surgery, not to mention potential post surgical complications.

Acupuncture for Shoulder Pain

Office workers, drivers, and people required to sit a lot by profession are prone to lower back pain. Lower back pains result from muscle injury, herniated discs, sciatica, strains, intervertebral disc degeneration, radiculopathy, spondylolisthesis, spinal stenosis, skeletal irregularities, infections, tumors, abdominal aortic aneurysms, kidney stones, inflammatory diseases of the joints, osteoporosis, or even overweightness. Lower back pain can indeed be related to or indicative of potentially serious health issues due to the lower back’s close relation to some internal organs.

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There are many conventional treatments available such as physical therapy, drugs, and surgery. But, like in the cases of other physical pains, a wise option is TCM acupuncture, either singly or combined with other forms of natural treatment including Chinese herbs, Tui Na, cupping, moxabustion, and Gua Sha as suited to the patient’s condition and preference. Dr. Chen’s special Myofascial Release Technique and Motion Acupuncture –   major advancements of traditional acupuncture – have been shown to work very effectively. The very special and creative use of the needle quickly loosen and soften muscles, tissues and peritoneal fascia. Dr. Kong also has a lot of experience in treating lower back pain using her very individualized needling skills. Both doctors offer state-of-the-art acupuncture not only to alleviate your symptoms quickly but to improve your health condition overall, thus in the long run save you both time and money.

 

A special remark must be made that Dr. Chen, other than addressing the lower back as needed, also very importantly discovered that lower back pain can be relieved very fast by needling the abdomen area, more specifically, by needling the psoas major and the iliopsoas major, which surprisingly but no less effectively helps gastrointestinal issues.

Many serious cases of lower back pain such as lumbar disc herniation and sciatica presumably needing surgery have been successfully treated by Dr. Chen and his wonderful team.

Acupuncture for Knee Pain

Neck pain in most people is caused by long hours of work in front of the computer or otherwise reading and / or writing. Over time, this activity leads to neck muscle injury which in turn results in neck pain and other related problems (see common symptoms below). Of this population, most are white-collar professionals. Neck pain can also be attributed to a bad night’s sleep, strain, poor posture, sports or other injury, arthritis, or simply wear and tear.

Neck pain can be anywhere from troublesome to acute. It can be intermittent or chronic. It can be local to the neck, or it can spread to the back and shoulders. Common symptoms of neck pain include dizziness, headaches, migraine, stiffness, numbness, tingling, dull or sharp pain, general soreness, difficulty turning the head left and right, difficulty in holding or lifting things, insomnia, poor concentration, chronic fatigue, or even vision problems.  

Western medicine provides painkillers or surgery depending on the severity of the condition. Chiropractic adjustment is another option, and it is natural. However, these do not suit everyone. TCM offers natural treatments with fast effects such as acupuncture, Chinese herbs, Tui Na, cupping, moxabustion, and Gua Sha, to mention just a few.

In fact, Dr. Chen’s special Myofascial Release Technique and Motion Acupuncture greatly improves upon traditional acupuncture by immediately loosening and softening muscles, tissues and peritoneal fascia. In addition, Dr. Kong offers her very special custom tailored needling techniques that rank her far above conventional acupuncturists. Acupuncture in the hands of both doctors not only relieves symptoms very quickly but also helps improve the physical condition.

Many serious cases of neck pain, such as disc herniation, pinched nerves causing numbness of arm and hand or dizziness, sometimes supposed to require surgical intervention or invasive procedures by Western medicine, have been successfully treated by Dr. Chen and his warm and compassionate team of Tui Na therapists.

Acupuncture for IVF support

IVF is a major step to take on the hopefully smooth but possibly strenuous journey to parenthood. Needless to say, the physical and emotional demands can be difficult for the individual, the couple, and the family.

 

To complement the numerous strategies of coping with IVF related stress, TCM acupuncture can work wonderfully if not wonders. TCM Acupuncture is highly effective on its own. It can also be flexibly combined with other forms of Chinese medicine such as herbs, Tui Na, and moxabustion. With their masterful and highly individualized uses of the needle, Dr. Chen and Dr. Kong have had multiple successful cases. Chinese acupuncture is completely natural, safe, and free of side effects. It works well by itself or with other coping  mechanisms.

 

According to current statistics, the success rate of IVF ranges between 30% and 35% (women aged 35 to 40).  The main challenge is with women over 40 due to difficulty of ovulation or high level of FSH as a result of decreased ovary function or thin endometrial lining. TCM acupuncture has been  proven to be a superior choice, pushing the success rate up to over  70%. (Also see Dr. Chen’s article)

For over a decade now, Dr. Chen and his great team of other TCM doctors and Tui Na therapists have been dedicated to helping patients in the IVF process, with great success. A few infertility treatment centers and Dr. Chen’s TCM clinic work together to integrate Western medicine and TCM leading to very positive results.

Acupuncture for Infertility

Generally speaking, inability to conceive within 12 months of trying can be medically defined as infertility. Yet, there are factors that are potentially indicative of reproductive difficulty with or without a doctor’s diagnosis. These may include one or more of the following: irregular and infrequent menstrual periods, history of sexually transmitted diseases or pelvic infections, uterine fibroids or endometrial polyps, semen abnormalities, or female age in the middle thirties or older.

 

Treating infertility is among the top strengths of TCM. Acupuncture administered by a masterly hand and Chinese herbs formulated with a comprehensive and in-depth understanding of the couple’s health conditions can work wonders. With their masterful and highly individualized use of the needle, Dr. Chen and Dr. Kong along with their enthusiastic team have had many successes in this regard. Acupuncture, alone or combined with other forms of TCM treatment, is naturally effective and safe for the long-term wellbeing of parents and children.

Infertility or reproductive difficulties involve the sexual function of the female, the male or both sexes. Depending on the situation, Dr. Chen (1) treats the individual or the couple using exclusively TCM methods, (2) complements IFV with acupuncture and Tui Na, and (3) Treats the individual or the couple after IVF fails. He and his team have helped many people realize their dream of parenthood

Migraine & Headaches Treatment with Acupuncture

According to published statics, about 28 million Americans suffer from migraine out of the 45 million who suffer from chronic headaches. Migraine and headaches have complicated causes.

 

There are pain-relieving medications to take for attacks, and there are also preventive medications for prodromes or “forecasts,” such as food cravings, constipation, mood swings from depression to euphoria, neck stiffness, frequent thirst and urination, constant yawning, and lack of mental concentration. While it is great to have medicines available, how many kinds would one have to take? It is commonly known that drugs have many side effects, some serious. TCM has recognized the harm of such drugs to the stomach, liver, and kidney.  Just as a patient said in Dr. Chen’s clinic: “When I take the drugs, I have stomach aches. When I don’t take the drugs, I have headaches. I really don’t know what to do. Acupuncture solved my problem.”

 

Indeed, due to his knowledge of TCM theories and rich clinical experience, Dr. Chen has a unique perspective regarding a common cause of migraine and headaches: neck muscle injury. TCM Acupuncture and Tui Na work very well by relaxing various neck muscles. Acupuncture and Tui Na can be used separately or combined as needed; Chinese herbs, Gua Sha, and cupping can also be used to complement acupuncture and Tui Na. In the past three decades or so, with their masterful and highly individualized uses of the needle, Dr. Chen and Dr. Kong have helped many patients suffering from these problems and have saved some from the use of invasive surgery/interventions. Dr. Chen’s use of Motion Acupuncture is particularly effective. All things considered, TCM works fast, well, and is cost effective.

Abnormal Menstruation

 

Abnormal menstruation is common issue among young and menopausal women. Causes include gynecological issues such as decreased ovary function, fibroid, endometrial polyps, endocrinopathy, endometriosis, ovarian cysts, and polycystic ovary syndrome, to mention just a few. Habits including irregular sleep patterns and overconsumption of alcohol can also contribute to the problem.  There are also cases of abnormal menstruation associated with tension and stress at work or in life generally. Symptoms can be observed in terms of regularity in timing and consistency, amount, and color.

 

Treatments in Western medicine range from administration of female sex hormone, contraceptive pills, oestrogen, Progesterone LH and so on. However, side effects can be serious. Diethylstilbestrol, for example, can cause breast and cervical cancer.

 

Fortunately, TCM provides natural solutions that aim to restore menstrual regularity by treating the causes rather than just suppress symptoms. Main remedies include Chinese herbs, acupuncture, and Tui Na have been shown to be highly effective.

Gastritis Treatment with Acupuncture

Gastritis refers to conditions related to inflammation of the stomach lining. Gastritis inflammation often results from infection leading to stomach ulcers. Factors contributing to gastritis include: overuse of pain medications, overconsumption of alcohol, stress, bacterial infection, autoimmune gastritis (your own body attacking cells in your stomach), HIV/AIDS, Crohn’s disease, parasitic infections, and simply aging. Gastritis is often part of more general gastrointestinal issues involving both the stomach and the small and large intestines. Common symptoms are dull pain in the stomach, indigestion, feeling full (food stagnation) in the upper abdomen after eating (even several hours), burping, nausea, vomiting, blood in the stool, irregular stool, constipation, diarrhea, and unintended weight loss or gain among others. One does not have to show all of these symptoms to have gastritis. In fact, one may not show any very noticeable symptoms for a long time – we just may not notice until these symptoms worsen.

 

In a more specific sense, chronic gastritis are of two kinds, chronic superficial gastritis and chronic atrophic gastritis – the latter is considered precancerous and hard to treat. Because symptoms of chronic atrophic gastritis sometimes seem to be nothing more than discomfort in the upper abdomen or indigestion, it is easy to ignore the condition until rather late, therefore it is important to address it early on. Unfortunately, no treatment in Western medicine thus far has been very effective. Currently there is a tendency to focus on the presence of H. pylori, a bacteria in the stomach discovered in 1982. A common treatment is combining two or three kinds of antibiotics. Some respond well, and others do not.

Just because Western medicine does not offer solutions does not mean there are no solutions. TCM Acupuncture, Tui Na, and Chinese herbs above all, along with moxabustion, cupping, and Gua Sha where applicable, are shown to be very effective. Dr. Chen’s clinic specializes in treating gastritis (also see this video and this video) among other common and hard-to-cure illnesses. Dr. Chen’s special Mofascial Release Technique and Motion Acupuncture adds immensely to traditional acupuncture by quickly loosening and softening muscles, tissues and peritoneal fascia. These remedies not only relieve symptoms quickly, but also improve the whole digestive environment. Dr. Chen’s surgical use of the needle even resolves adhesions caused by previous surgery. In the meantime, Dr. Chen uses needles, complemented with Tui Na, to loosen up muscles in the abdomen like the psoas major and the iliopsoas major if needed, which not only eases gastrointestinal stresses but also relieves back pain or stress with surprisingly good results. Furthermore, Dr. Kong’s needling techniques are also highly effective for GI problems.

TCM Acupuncture and other forms of Chinese medicine are natural and safe. They are not only free of side effects, but also may simultaneously solve some of your other problems associated with digestive issues such as fatigue, insomnia, hair loss, forgetfulness, lack of concentration, anxiety and depression, and what not. It makes sense because indigestion causes malnutrition, and malnutrition negatively impacts the whole body. In this holistic sense, acupuncture is truly cost effective.

Eczema Treatment with Acupuncture

 

Eczema, also called dermatitis, refers to a spectrum of skin conditions possibly related to seasonal changes, the environment, an overly active immune system and, yes, stress. A typical symptom is chronic – sometimes intense and almost scheduled – itching. Itching spots can appear anywhere on the body, but more likely to be on the hand, the neck, the face, and legs. Children also tend to have it in the inner creases of knees and elbows. In some people itching might be more intense during sleep, which makes it more difficult to avoid scratching. Symptoms include dryness, blisters filled with fluid, and open sores with crusts, which can cause the skin to become infected, darkened, cracked, thick, and even leathery. A flare up subjects the patient to other health risks such as cold sores or genital herpes if exposed to anyone carrying the virus.

 

If severe, eczema is an extremely persistent disease. There are various kinds of over-the-counter hydrocortisone creams as well as antihistamines; there are also prescription strength medications such as corticosteroids, immunosuppressants, along with ultraviolet light therapy and injectables. While each of these might mitigate symptoms for a while, none offers a solution to the problem.

 

TCM sees eczema differently and takes different approaches in treatment.Dr. Chen understands eczema from these perspectives: genetics, immunity, and allergens. Of these, immunity is key. Given normal immune function, a person genetically prone to eczema may never get it despite exposure to allergens. But allergens are very likely to trigger eczema in a person with weak immunity. TCM treatment focuses on boosting the immune system in order to root out the problem. Allergens can only be dealt with by the patient. Optimal results of treatment depends on cooperation between doctor and patient.   

 

Viewing exterior symptoms as manifestations of inner imbalance amongst internal organs, TCM takes natural and safe approaches that fully reflect the Chinese unique understanding of health and healing in terms of philosophy, theory, and clinical practice. Applied to eczema, TCM acupuncture desensitizes the skin to quickly stop the itching. At the same time, used with or without Chinese herbs, acupuncture can address issues associated with immunity, respiratory problems, digestion, and bowel movement. In particular, acupuncture and Chinese herbs relieve stress very fast and reset one’s body and mind to a relaxed state of being in order to improve the patient’s overall health while treating the skin problems. Above all, Dr Chen has had many years of clinical experience treating eczema. Based on his experience and knowledge of TCM classic formulae, Dr. Chen  developed two kinds of herbal medication. One is a cream, and the other comes as adhesive patches. The cream is applied during the day, and the patches are put on the skin at night which not only stop the itching but also effectively prevent scratching during sleep. As well, the patches removes very easily; they actually peel off the ugly dry flakes and crusts so your skin looks better overnight.  Dr. Chen also has an oral recipe that he prescribes in accordance with the patient’s overall situation. Dr. Chen provides an illustrious example of TCM removing the root of illness to prevent recurrence while addressing current symptoms. These are videos that show the effectiveness of TCM acupuncture in the hands of Dr. Chen: (1) Treatment of Eczema in Kids,

 

(2) Treatment of Eczema in Adults,

 

And (3) Treatment of Eczema in Adults.2

Acne Treatment with Acupuncture

 

Generally speaking, information regarding acne revolves around (1) where acne appears (face, forehead, chest, upper back, and shoulders), (2) affected population (people of all ages, teenagers in particular), (3) symptoms (whiteheads, blackheads, pimples, nodules or painful lumps, or cystic lesions or pus-filled lumps, (4) emotional stress related to acne. It all goes without saying. Of course, (5) “treatments” (lotions, cleansers and other skin products, over-the-counter and prescription medications). Unfortunately, acne still crops up, not to mention the side effects including potentially serious reactions.

 

Dr. Chen offers special and in-depth understanding of acne, rooted in TCM but nicely integrated with Western medicine. According to Dr. Chen, although it affects both sexes, acne is more likely to occur in females, particularly adolescent girls and perimenopausal women due to hormonal imbalance. In addition, acne is serious in some young women, as it recurs frequently accompanied by other symptoms such as coarse and dull skin, low voice, and hairiness. If this is the case,  the patient should have their ovaries examined by ultrasound, blood test, female hormone test such as FSH and LH for possibilities of polycystic ovary syndrome and ovarian cysts. This way there is a better chance of curing the condition. In any case, acne is a skin manifestation of functional disharmony of internal organs.

 

Based on this understanding, Dr. Chen approaches the problem with both internal treatment using TCM herbs and external treatment with acupuncture (see effect). Tui Na, Gua Sha, cupping, and moxabustion may be used in cutting-edge combination as needed. Dr. Chen and Dr. Kong both perform state-of-the-art acupuncture to restore your skin health and beauty. All things considered, acupuncture not only solves your problems but also saves you money by taking care of your health at large.

Prostatitis Treatment with Acupuncture

Prostatitis is inflammation and swelling of the prostate gland. Prostatic syndrome includes prostatitis and prostatic hypertrophy. They occur in men of all ages, prostatitis more frequently in younger men and prostatic hypertrophy in older men. Both types cause discomforts in the urinary tract. Frequent urination, urgent need to urinate, cloudy urine, blood in the urine, and burning sensation when urinating. Various pains accompany prostatitis and prostatic hypertrophy, such as pain in the abdomen, groin or lower back, between the scrotum and rectum (perineum), pain of the penis or testicle, and painful ejaculation. Flu-like signs and symptoms (with bacterial prostatitis) are also possible. Both prostatitis and prostatic hypertrophy may negatively affect sexual function and reproductive ability. Those, elderly males in particular, with prostatic illnesses should consider having their PSA tested regularly so as to prevent canceration or catch it early.

TCM herbs and acupuncture quickly alleviate symptoms of prostatic illnesses. Safe, effective, and free of side effects, TCM treatments lower the risk of cancertation, among numerous other benefits.   

Drawing upon his thirty odd years’ of clinical experience, Dr. Chen employs unique needle techniques, above all using long needles for deep stimulation of the so-called “four sacral points” (Di Si Xue) right next to the posterior sacrum. Dr. Chen’s methods are shown to work much better than chemical drugs. Needling these points also addresses frequent urination of women at night.