Acupuncture and Chinese Herbs in Richmond, VA
Wang, Xiaoyan, L. Ac., MD (China)
Phone: (804) 301-1784
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Acupuncture is complex system of examination, diagnoses and treatment, using the theory of Qi energy of life force. The Qi energy flows within us, throughout our body, mind and spirit, if it is in balance and harmony then one is healthy. If, however the Qi is not flowing smoothly this will create disharmony and an imbalance and therefore disease will follow. What can effect our Qi? Mental and physical traumas, continual stress, invasion of wind, cold, damp, heat, diet, childbirth and operations are common causes.
Chinese medicine recognizes that Qi flows in pathways or meridians throughout the body. Each acupuncture meridian is associated with a pulse, there are twelve pulses, six in each wrist. The Practitioner will monitor these pulses which will inform him/her to the state of the patients Qi. It is said that past, present and possible future disease can be discerned here. Along these meridians there are points which can be needled to assist in rebalance - harmonizing the flow of Qi energy, so acupuncture can improve your health and prevent disease.

The World Health Organization (WHO) considers acupuncture appropriate for treating a number of conditions, including:

Eye, Ear, Nose, Throat Disorders
Sinusitis, Sore throat, Hay fever, Earache, Nerve deafness, Meniere�s disease, Tinnitus (Ringing in the ears), Dizziness, Poor eyesight

Circulatory Disorder
High blood pressure, Angina pectoris, Arteriosclerosis, Anemia

Emotional and Psychological Disorders
Anxiety, Insomnia, Depression, Stress

Musculoskeletal and Neurological Disorders
Arthritis, Neuralgia, Sciatica, Back pain, Bursitis, Tendonitis, Neck pain, Bell's palsy, Tourette syndrome, Trigeminal neuralgia, Headaches and Migraines, Stroke, Cerebral palsy, Polio, Sprains, Muscle spasms, Shingles , Fibromyalgia, Tennis elbow, Sports Injury, Frozen shoulder, Shoulder pain

Respiratory Disorders
Asthma, Emphysema, Bronchitis, Cold and flu

Gynecological and Genitourinary Disorders
Premenstrual syndrome (PMS), Irregular periods, heavy or painful menstruation, Endometriosis, Menopause, Fibroids, Incontinence, Chronic bladder infection, Complications in pregnancy, Morning sickness, Endometriosis, Gallstone, Kidney stones, Urinary Tract Infections (UTI), Libido, Impotence, Infertility in men and women, Sexual dysfunction , Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS)

Gastrointestinal Disorders
Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) (Spastic colon), Crohn's disease, Colitis, Constipation, Diarrhea, Food allergies, Ulcers, Gastritis, Abdominal bloating, Hemorrhoids, Stomach ache

Immune Disorders
Chronic fatigue, HIV and AIDs, Epstein Barr virus, Allergies (such as poison ivy allergy), Lupus, Hepatitis, multiple sclerosis

Smoking cessation, Drugs, Alcohol

Cancer, Chemotherapy/radiation side effects, Diabetes, Acne, bad breath, Dermatological disorders, Eczema, Hives, Hair Loss,Weight control

Why do people choose acupuncture?

(1). When conventional medicine is not working, people choose alternative medicine and acupuncture is frequently first chosen.
(2). People are concerned of side effect of chemically synthesized drugs, particularly from the long-term use for chronic conditions. In contrast, acupuncture basically has no side effect.
(3). Cost effectiveness. Acupuncture treatment results in avoidance of surgery, fewer hospital visits and greater return to employment.
(4). The principle of Chinese medicine is to enhance your own body's defense to overcome the pathogenic factors and to treat the root or cause, not just the symptoms. Some multiple conditions may be treated by single acupuncture prescription.

What are the differences between Western and Traditional acupuncture?

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