Mary is 52 years old and suffered from insomnia, stomachaches, heart discomfort, and depression after her menopause began. However, her condition was greatly improved through acupuncture therapy by Dr. Yujie Chen, SinoUnited Health’s TCM doctor.
Mary tried multiple types of medication therapies when she entered perimenopause. However, after a while, she found that the medicines became less effective and her sleep quality deteriorated. “At that time, I looked into Chinese Traditional Medicine and wanted to give acupuncture a try,” Mary told us.
It has not been an easy journey. At first, Mary went to a public hospital, but was turned off by the huge crowd and long waiting time. She then tried a community clinic with fewer patients. However, the acupuncture procedures there were so painful that she dared not to go again. She almost gave up on acupuncture when a friend recommended her to see Dr. Yujie Chen at SinoUnited Health.
一根银针，调理全身One Needle, Whole Body
“Dr. Chen cast my fear of needles off and totally changed my understanding of acupuncture,” Mary said, “The treatment room is quiet and clean with light music. I feel relaxed. To my surprise, Dr. Chen only applied 6 needles, with no pain at all. It’s just amazing. My stomachaches were unbearable and had tortured me for half a month. I was relieved right after the first session.” In addition, she fell asleep very soon that night. Mary stopped taking stomach medicine under Dr. Chen’s advice, and it hasn’t hurt since.
Mary went to see Dr. Chen for insomnia, but her stomach problem was completely cured first. She was amazed by the holistic effects of acupuncture. After one course (5 sessions) of treatment, her sleep has clearly improved. She is able to fall asleep around 9pm every night, and her sleep quality is also much better. Mary said she feels energized again and that even her skin condition has been enhanced. She joked, “Acupuncture must also have cosmetic effects. My friends said my skin was smoother and I looked younger!”
According to Dr. Chen, the human body is a miniature of the larger, surrounding universe. Acupuncture is based on the eastern philosophy of Qi, which is the Chinese term for the life force or vital energy that animates living things. In TCM, Qi flows through pathways in the body known as meridians. Illness results from the flow of Qi through the meridians being blocked, or by the two types of Qi (Yin and Yang) being out of balance. When Dr. Chen learned that Mary had issues with her stomach, she chose key acupunture points to improve the flow and restore the balance of Qi in the stomach.
精简用针，上工所为Less is More
Many people have a fear of acupuncture for the pain and sensation that needles cause. Dr. Chen says that acupuncture is generally considered safe and painless when performed by an experienced practitioner using sterile, single-use needles. But she also agrees that different acupuncture points and levels of pain tolerance may create different feelings.
Dr. Chen is a fourth-generation disciple of legendary Lu’s Acupuncture in China. She has over 12 years of clinical experience working as a TCM doctor and acupuncturist at Shanghai 3A public hospitals and international TCM hospitals. “Less is more” is Dr. Chen’s ultimate philosophy. In her practice, Dr. Chen uses minimal needles for the best results, explaining that acupuncture consumes energy by stimulating Qi in the human body. In other words, the more needles used, the more tired and burdened patients feel. Because the key part of acupuncture is the physician’s choice of meridian points, Dr. Chen always makes careful judgments about where to apply needles.
Dr. Chen treats every patients wholeheartedly and with high sense of responsibility. Based on patient’s symptoms and conditions, she tailors treatment plans and always thinks about how to achieve the best results for the patient. During the entire treatment process, Dr. Chen observes the patient’s response to ensure no painful or uncomfortable feelings are experienced. As Mary affirms, “I had experiences of acupuncture at many places. Now I believe that the same thing, when done by different people at different places, can lead to totally different results.”
防治未病，治本养生Prevent Future Diseases
TCM believes that in the human body, the harmony between two opposing yet complementary forces – Yin and Yang – supports health, and disease results from an imbalance between these forces. Acupuncture uses various techniques to stimulate certain points in the body, thus restoring balance and improving the flow of Qi through meridians. It not only treats diseases, but also increases metabolism, strengthens the immune system, and promotes overall health.
“Nowadays, office work involves reduced physical activity. Life occurs at a much faster pace. People tend to worry more and experience constant emotional ups and downs. All of these factors affect the functioning of our organs. As a result, more and more young adults are at a sub-optimal state of health and experience symptoms such as sleep disorder, stomach and intestine discomfort, irregular periods and premature menopause,” explains Dr. Chen, “TCM values the harmony between the human body and nature. Acupuncture can help one cope with the change in seasons and maintain health by smoothing meridian flow and keeping the balance of Yin and Yang.”
At SinoUnited Health, seasonal acupuncture packages are provided to support your health all year round. For this time of year, we offer the “Liver Health” package, which targets Liver Yin Deficiency, Liver Qi Stagnation, Liver Yang Excess or Liver Blood Deficiency and helps prevents other possible diseases.
Note: This article was obtained with the consent of the patient. The name used is a pseudonym.
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