General speaking, acupuncture is mainly for pain-problems (muscle and rheumatic diseases) and it is also very good for mental stress, insomnia, chronic fatigue syndrome and some of internal diseases (such as digestion problems, paralysis, urolopathy). In my clinic, only disposable needles are used. Needles can help the energy flow inside the body (in Traditional Medicine we call it as Meridian Qi, which means vital energy circulating in the special pipe/pathway of the body), can smooth blood circulation and alleviate the pain. Some people worry about the acupuncture needles, actually it is not necessary. As a well-experienced acupuncturist, I can do a painless acupuncture.
Massage has the similar function to acupuncture. The massage I do is called therapeutic massage–it is a combination of deep-tissue massage and acu-pressure. So it is also very good for pain and stress. But for a pain-problem massage is still not as powerful and effective as acupuncture because the needle can reach deeper level of the body and treat the problems more successfully.
I use herbs for various problems–most of internal diseases, skin problems, women’s problems and cancer. How does Chinese herb take effect and how to prescribe them correctly is a long story–I have spent 8 years in learning all of this (5 years for bachelor degree and 3 year for master degree) and another 8 years in working. In brief, the ancient Chinese people believe that different herbs have their different nature (cold, hot; warm, cool; tonic, depletion; etc) to correct the unbalance inside the human body which is to be considered as the reason for all diseases. The ancient people spent thousands of years on discovering the secrets behind the herbs. After the raw herbs are collected, they are then processed (some with alcohol, or vinegar, or salts, etc). Inappropriate processing will destroy or change the original nature. If a patient come to me for herbs, before coming to a diagnosis and prescribe herbs, I would ask some questions about patients’ general condition, like energy level, emotion, appetite, sleeping or even the status of urine and stool, and I also do the pulse-reading and tongue-observing, which are unique diagnosing methods in Chinese medicine, to detect the condition of patients’ organs.