Honoring Our Master

The Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) community is saddened by the death of a distinguished scholar, healer, and researcher, Dr Richard Teh-Fu Tan, who passed away in late 2015.

Dr. Tan touched the lives of countless people in immeasurable ways. He was beloved by thousands of people across the globe for his wisdom, inspiration, humor and compassion. He tirelessly shared his teachings with innumerable practitioners for three decades.

Dr. Tan’s wish is that the Balance Method lives on well beyond his death. It was his passion to spread his knowledge of Chinese Medicine to as many practitioners as possible. he asks all practitioners to apply his valuable teachings each day while practicing the art of acupuncture in clinical practice. In this way, we will keep his spirit alive with each patient that we treat.

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Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Day – October 24

Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Day is observed annually on October 24. It is part of an effort designed to increase public awareness of the progress, promise, and benefits of acupuncture and Oriental medicine.

An estimated 36% of U.S. adults use some form of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM), according to a survey by the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, a component of the National Institutes of Health. When megavitamin therapy and prayer specifically for health reasons is included in the definition of CAM, the number of U.S. adults using some form of CAM in the past year rises to 62%. Among the common CAM practices identified by the survey were acupuncture, acupressure, herbal medicine, tai chi and qi gong.

A survey by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine found that approximately one in ten adults had received acupuncture at least one time and 60% said they would readily consider acupuncture as a potential treatment option. Nearly half (48%) of the individuals surveyed who had received acupuncture reported that they were extremely satisfied or very satisfied with their treatment. In addition, one in five (21%) of the total NCCAOM survey respondents reported that they had utilized some other form of Oriental medicine besides acupuncture, such as herbs or bodywork (e.g., shiatsu).

These studies and others like them clearly demonstrate that CAM therapies such as acupuncture and Oriental medicine are common practice in today’s health care system. They also support the need for consumers to be provided accurate and reliable information regarding their treatment options.

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Tung’s Acupuncture 40th Memorial Conference


Widely recognized as the greatest acupuncturist of the generation, Master Tung Ching Ch’ang was born in Ping Du County, Shan Dong Province, China in 1916, and passed on in Taiwan in 1975. After arriving in Taiwan, Master Tung made a decision to break with his family tradition of not teaching outsiders, and began accepting disciples from outside the family. To these disciples Master Tung Ching Ch’ang transmitted the secret Tung family style of acupuncture, and thus began the spread of Master Tung Acupuncture to the wider world. These disciples in turn took this knowledge and spread it across the globe, teaching Master Tung Acupuncture in many countries, ultimately bringing benefit to countless suffering people by way of the local acupuncturists who began to learn and apply the Master Tung system.

2015 marks forty years since the passing of Master Tung Ching Ch’ang. In commemoration of Master Tung’s tireless efforts to transmit his secret family teachings, and in order to more strongly promote Master Tung Acupuncture, we are holding a special memorial conference to mark the occasion.

Tung’s Acupuncture 40 Memorial Conference will take place November 4-8, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. A full day conference on November 8, 2015 will look back at the contribution of Tung’s Acupuncture in the past 40 years and to the future of Tung’s Acupuncture in the world.

There will be 3 ½ days of pre-conference seminars (November 4-7) taught by Dr. Wei-Chieh Young in honor of Master Tung’s 40th Memorial. These seminars will cover theories and concepts developed by Dr. Young’s own life-long research of Tung’s Acupuncture as a celebration of his teacher’s life and work.

For more detail and information, please visit: www.tungsacu40.com

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Taking Charge of Your Health & Wellbeing

Traditional Chinese Medicine

In the west, we tend to think of “medicine” as a way of dealing with illness and disease. In contrast, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) focuses on achieving health and wellbeing through the cultivation of harmony within our lives.

TCM is based on the Chinese concept of “Qi” (pronounced “chee” and usually translated as “vital substance”) and the theory of “yin and yang” (the harmony of all the opposite elements and forces that make up existence). It believes that:

– Harmony brings health, wellbeing, and sustainability
– Dishormony leads to illness, disease, and collapse.

What is the TCM perspective?

In the simplest terms possible, TCM is a way of looking at ourselves and our world that sees everything as a whole and considers everything in context. In TCM this perspective is called “taking whole.”

This perspectives is applied to everything affecting our health and wellbeing; from our diet, exercise, and how we handle stress; to how we interact with our family and friends, our community, and our environment.

Thus TCM not only identifies and treats illness and prevents disease but, just as importantly, optimizes health, wellbeing, and sustainability in our lives and in our world.

How is it related to “Oriental Medicine”?

TCM is the official form of Chinese medicine practiced in the People’s Republic of China, and is one of the many systems of medicine that can be classified as “Oriental medicine.” Oriental medicine is a term that encompasses diverse medical theories and applications developed and practiced in the Far East, including China, Korea, Japan, Taiwan, and Vietnam.

At TCM Acupuncture we offer our clients a comfortable and relaxing environment so our patients are comfortable during their healing process. Dr Ho strives to improve quality of life by reducing pain, boosting energy levels reducing stress and restoring harmony to the whole body. Please call 973-595-8899 (Wayne)

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ALLERGIES – How Acupuncture Helps

Allergic rhinitis (nasal allergy) is caused by a hypersensitive immune system that identifies an innocuous substance as harmful, then attacks it, causing symptoms. Common triggers include irritants such as dust mites, animal dander, and pollens. Reactions include nasal congestion, rhinorrhea (“runny nose”), sneezing, and pruritus (severe itching). Allergic rhinitis affects approximately 1.4 billion people with increasing numbers. Medications used to combat allergic rhinitis include antihistamines, corticosteroids, mast cell stabilizers, anticholinergics, and antileukotrienes.

According to Chinese medicine, the symptoms and signs that indicate a Western diagnosis of allergies relate to imbalances in the meridian and Organ Systems of the body. These imbalances may stem from a variety of causes, including stress, poor diet, foods that don’t agree with your body, constitutional weakness, pollutants and environmental toxins. Over time, if balances remain within the body, they will affect the functions of the Organ Systems. Some of these Organ Systems are involved in the production of Wei Qi (similar to the Western concept of the immune system). When Wei Qi is strong and abundant, we remain healthy. When the supply of Wei Qi becomes deficient, health is compromised and we become vulnerable to foreign invaders such as dust, mold, animal danders, bacteria, viruses, and pollen.

Acupuncture is safe and effective for allergy treatments. Research published in American Journal of Rhinology & Allergy finds acupuncture effective for the treatment of allergic rhinitis.
Acupuncture significantly lowered Immunoglobulin E (IgE), an antibody associated with allergies and hypersensitivities. Acupuncture demonstrated significant efficaciousness in reducing allergic rhinitis symptoms including the reduction of nasal symptoms.

Acupuncture and Oriental medicine support and strengthen the systems of the body that are involved in the production of Wei Qi. By building up the supply of Wei Qi, and facilitating the smooth and free flow of it through the body, systems and signs related to allergies could be greatly reduced or eliminated.

Come in for an acupuncture tune-up. Please call for an appointment at 973-595-8899 (Wayne)

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