Dr. Watson Tung
1101 Dove St., #138
Newport Beach, CA 92660
Tel: 949-748-6866
Fax: 949-748-6867
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Overview

As acupuncture’s 5,000 years tradition is tested by 20th century scientific methods, we find it receives increasing support from Western educational and scientific institutions. In December 1979, the World Health Organization published an extensive report of acupuncture and Chinese Medicine. It states, “From the viewpoint of modern medicine, the principal action of acupuncture is to regulate the function of the human body and to increase its resistance by enhancing the immune system and the antiphlogistic (counteracting inflammation), analgesic, antispastic, antishock and antiparalytic abilities of the body”. Scientific researchers in Stanford and Toronto universities have confirmed that acupuncture relieves pain and drug withdrawal syndrome. When patients are treated for these conditions, the brain releases chemicals known as “endorphins”. These substances have the same effect as opium and are 200 times more powerful than morphine. The Mayo Medical Clinic is now using a new method for the treatment of pain, which is impossible to relieve by conventional methods. This technique is called “Peripheral Nerve Stimulation” commonly known as acupuncture.


What is acupuncture?

Acupuncture is a traditional form of Chinese medicine which originated more than 5,000 years ago and yet has really only come into the vocabulary of the average American in the past few years. Word acupuncture comes from two Latin words, acus and puncture. Acus means needle; puncture means pricking. It describes this ancient Chinese art of healing involving the insertion of needles into specific points of the body. The fact that Acupuncture benefits many of the people who have not been helped by conventional medical methods is indicative of its potential usefulness in this country.











How does acupuncture work?

There has been much research in Chinese and American universities and hospitals in regard to acupuncture therapy. It has been shown that each acupuncture point on the body has a variety of unique physical electrical properties. Stimulation of these points produces definite physiological reactions in the body, such as changes in heart rate, blood pressure, intestinal activity, and body chemistry.

Trace back over 5,000 years ago, acupuncture originally was explained in terms of TCM (traditional Chinese medicine) which deals with the human body in terms of “energy” rather than matter. The ancient Chinese believed that a basic life energy called “Qi” (“Ch’i”) is present in every living creature and that it circulates along specific pathways in the body call “meridians”, “channels” and “collaterals”. As long as Chi flows freely through these pathways, health is maintained. When the flow of energy is blocked for any reason, there is disruption of health, resulting in pain and illness. By stimulating appropriate acupuncture points along these meridians, the blocked energy is “released” and health is restored.




What medical conditions can acupuncture help?

There is a wide variety of illnesses which acupuncture can treat. Almost any painful condition can be treated, including arthritis, neck, shoulder and low back pain, sciatica, migraine and tension headaches, osteoarthritis, various neuralgia and nerve injuries, bursitis, certain types of strain sprains and other similar injuries. Acupuncture is effective in the disorders associated with skeletal muscle spasm and with visceral muscle spasm such as dysmenorrheal and diarrhea. Other conditions frequently alleviated by or improved by treatment are these: trigeminal neuralgia, hypertension, bronchial asthma, nasal allergies, depression, insomnia, constipation, paralysis following cerebrovascular accidents, etc.

Most patients who have been treated by acupuncture notice a considerable improvement in their general health. This is because acupuncture can correct minor disturbances which undetected by other means of diagnosis, could in later years lead to more serous problems. The TCM diagnostic methos including the unique Chinese pulse diagnosis makes it possible to detect those minor disturbances, enabling immediate treatment to be given at an early stage. In summary, acupuncture can be used to treat acute and chronic problems as well as provide “preventive” medical treatment.




Could Acupuncture help Face-lifting and Rejuvenation of the Body?

Acupuncture is truly effective when used for face-lifting and rejuvenation of the body. When using acupuncture, it achieves the perfect balance of the system. The result is the internal and external rejuvenation of the patient. Once this state has been reached, maintaining this peak of harmony and health prevents future breakdown and disease.