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Why is Dr. Tan the best choice for you?
Sunny Yanmin Tan is a medical doctor, a chief physician, Licensed and clinically practiced both Chinese medicine and Western medicine for 13 years in China. She has practiced as licensed oriental medicine practitioner and acupuncturist, licensed massage therapist more than 13 years in U.S.A.by 2013. She started learning medicine since 1975. Read more…
How effective is Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine?
A: Chinese medicine and Acupuncture focus on treating the root cause as well as targeting the symptoms. We have successfully helped many of our patient to achieve a better and healthier body and mind. Here click to read
what our patients have to say about their amazing experiences and success stories.
How do we provide safe acupuncture and Chinese herbal treatments?
- All our providers are national board certificated and licensed practitioners in state. Sunny has worked as a diplomat for the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) whose mission is to establish, assess, and promote recognized standards of competence and safety in acupuncture and Oriental medicine for the protection and benefit of the public in the USA.
- The needles we use are sterile according to U.S. standards and disposal after each use. All the needles and the herbs we use are imported by registered U.S. companies. The herb granules and patent pills are processed under international GMP standards and in accordance with FDA standards. All the herbs are tested for chemical contamination and heavy metals. We strive to provide the highest quality and safest herbal products. Therefore, you can be relaxed knowing you will receive safe treatment here.
Does it hurt to receive Acupuncture?
- One of the advantages of acupuncture is the absence of serious side effects.
- In most cases, insertion by a skilled practitioner is performed without discomfort. The acupuncture needles we use are extremely fine and bear no comparison with needles used for injections. For most people the sensation our needles cause varies from heaviness and pressure to a mosquito sting. In fact, most of our patients report that they don't really feel the needle insertion. Our patients are so relaxed during their treatment many just falls asleep.
- Stimunation The sensation of needling stimulation during acupuncture treatment called “De Qi”. It means “gain of energy” "arrival of Qi”. It refers to a sensation of numbness, distension, heaviness, pressure, or electrical tingling at the needling site which might radiate along the corresponding meridian. De qi is important in Chinese acupuncture. Acupuncture points are stimulated to balance the circulation of Qi, which influences the health of the entire being. It is necessary to gain during the treatment. It cause and engage our body and mind respond. The respond is proactive our healing system to achieve balance of Qi, blood. The sensation transforms to a comfort, safe feeling. Some patient said: “The sensation of is point is what I needed”. It leads sense the waving of deep relaxes and pains less or free experience.
- If you are really needle sensitive, we can provide you withnon-needle acupressure and other non-invasive techniques as well as Chinese herbal therapy. Our doctors are also trained in the prescription of natural medicinal herbs as well as acupressure, massage, Tui-Na, physical medicine, moxibustion, cupping, Gua Sha and other techniques for the treatment of many conditions. See Next for more information on our treatment modalities.
What can acupuncture treat?
According to World Health Organization (WHO) and some research, the following conditions are effective:
Addiction - alcohol, drug, smoking
Allergy (allergic rhinitis, hay fever, food allergies, leaky-gut syndrome, pet allergy, mold allergy, multiple chemical sensitivity, etc.)
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
Low Back Pain
Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS)
Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)
Urinary Tract Infections (UTI)
How Frequent and How Many Treatments Should I Have?
It is important to remember that in all of forms of the traditional Chinese medicine, the actual treatment is usually determined by the patient’s response to what the practitioner. For this reason, not only is it a good idea to be treated frequently, but there are often things that patients need to do in their daily lives in order to get the optimal response. This can include physical activities and exercises, dietary or lifestyle changes, and positive thinking. Often it is helpful to make sure that you have a healthy approach towards life.
A typical schedule of one course treatment of 12 sessions is as follows: The first 2 weeks the patient is seen 3 times a week. After the first six sessions, the patient usually feels some form of a turning point for the better. During the third and fourth weeks, the patient is seen 2 times a week. During the fifth and sixth weeks, the patient is seen 1 time a week, for a total of 12 sessions.
Some patient may need in one course treatment; others may need couple of more course treatment. Depending on the patient’s problem, an acute situation may require less sessions, while a chronic situation may require more sessions. Each patient's pathogenic condition and body constitution are unique so the treatment plan varies individually. The length of treatment depends on the type, severity, and duration of disease, how a patient responds to acupuncture treatment, the body constitution and the physical state at the time of treatment. Chronic problems generally require more treatment than acute conditions. Some patients notice an immediate improvement after the first treatment, whereas others may not notice any effect until the seventh or eighth visit or more. Researchers internationally agree the usual number of treatments is between eight and sixteen. Some patients with chronic conditions may require acupuncture as part of long term pain management. Many people also use acupuncture as part of their health maintenance program. Regular "tune-ups" prevent illness and promote health, as well as add to the vitality of the body and mind.
What Benefits Can I Expect?
Many conditions may be alleviated very rapidly by acupuncture or traditional Chinese medicine. However, some conditions that have arisen over a course of years will be relieved only with slow, steady progress. As in any form of healing, the patient's attitude, diet, determination and lifestyle will affect the outcome of a course of treatment. Patients are encouraged to actively participate in their healing process. Although acupuncture or traditional Chinese medicine can treat most conditions, there are circumstances that can be dealt with more effectively by Western medicine. In such cases, your acupuncturist will recommend you contact a Western medical doctor. acupuncture or traditional Chinese medicine should be seen as complementary to Western medicine. Since acupuncture promotes the body's natural healing ability, most conditions can be corrected or improved. Studies have clearly demonstrated that acupuncture is effective for far more than pain management. Many athletes have discovered that acupuncture helps them train at optimum performance levels and recover faster from injury. Acupuncture as a long tradition of use as a system for preventive health care in addition to treating disease.
Does it work and how?
Acupuncture is a form of medicine. It uses needle to stimulate the specific points located along the meridians in the body to achieve optimal health. Eastern and Western medicine are all having science behind. Even Western medicine has more modern science data and short term of clinical trial before put it in us, but long term of observation and experience to prove the effectiveness of medicine is more important. It was proved effectiveness by more than 3,000 years by Clinic Observation and Experience of Chinese people and medical professionals. It was written on book more than 2,000 years ago, as systemically recorded physiology, pathology, etiology, clinic differentiation diagnoses, prescription of treatment, and case study. The book is called “ Huang Di Nei Ji”. Today it is still used by medical school and medical profession in China. Western medicine is only about 200 years in using in China. It is based on an energetic model rather than the biochemical model of Western medicine. The ancient Chinese recognized a vital energy behind all life forms and life processes. They called this energy Qi (pronounced chee). In developing an understanding of the prevention and cure of disease, these healing practitioners discovered that this energy flows along specific pathways called 'meridians'. Each pathway is associated with a particular physiological system and internal organ. Disease is due to a deficiency or excess, disharmony or imbalance of qi (vital energy), blood, yin and yang in the meridians and their associated physiological systems. Each acupuncture point has a predictable effect upon the vital energy passing through it. Modern science has been able to measure the electrical charge, heat and vibration at these points, which location as more conductive, lower resistance, and higher electrical charge, heat and vibration. When connect these locations together, it is same as the acupuncture points locations of the meridians mapped by the ancients. Research studies have shown that acupuncture influences both the central and peripheral nervous systems. It stimulates the brain to release endorphins, a chemical that is effective in pain control. It also regulates sugar, cholesterol, and triglyceride levels in the blood; the functioning of the gastrointestinal system; and the activity of the endocrine system. Acupuncture also improves circulation, allowing the body to heal itself more quickly and more completely. The traditional Chinese medicine uses an intricate system of pulse and tongue diagnosis, palpation of points and meridians, medical history and signs and symptoms to create a composite traditional Chinese medicine diagnosis, called a "differential diagnosis." All treatment plans that are given to a patient are based on the differential diagnosis. This medicine is not a medicine that treats head when headache happening and treats foot when the foot hurting. It is emphasizes on prevention, treating the root, the source of a disease.
Do you have any specialties?
The Auto Accident and Sports Injury, Pain Management, Neuromuscular Conditions: This is one of our specialties. All practitioners use comprehensive treatments including: Acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine used internally and topically, Oriental Bodywork Therapy (Tuina,Massage, Cupping,Gua Sha…), TDP therapy, hot and cold therapy, Qigong, Chinese nutrition, Dietary therapy and Physical medicine to treat and heal acute and chronic injuries resulting from auto accidents, sports, exercise, and physical work, with symptoms of pain in the joints or muscles, bruises, swelling, loss of mobility, loss of appetite, fatigue, numbness and muscular atrophy, emotional changes, and insomnia. Our treatments can also facilitate post-surgery and post-fracture healing. The Herbal: we are offer individualized herbs prescription special who need. We adjust the formula depend individual’s respond. Our clinic carries various kinds of herbal products, such as raw herbs, granules, patent herbs (which includes pills, tablets, capsules, syrups, tinctures), instant herbal tea bags, instant herbal tea powder, herbal extract, and oriental medical supplies such as TDP lamps, electro-acupuncture devices, books, etc. The herb granules and patent pills are processed under international GMP standards and in accordance with FDA standards. All the herbs are tested for chemical contamination and heavy metals. We strive to provide the highest quality and safest herbal products. The Nutrition and Lifestyle Consultation: It is important to improve their lifestyle quality through nutrition balance and peaceful living environment. Foods and emotions are two major factors which are directly related to our life quality and health. People with chronic or frequent illnesses can derive significant benefits from better management of stress, and optimized quality and quantity of nutrition. We will advise patients on proper nutrition and management of emotions and lifestyle, based on each individual's pathogenic condition, body constitution, congenital factors, personality pattern, life environment, and pulse and tongue diagnosis.
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