Rong-Chuan (Jane) Hsu, R.TCM.P.
Registered Acupuncturist & Herbalist

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) includes a variety of treatment techniques, such as acupuncture, herbal medicine, Tuina and Moxibustion. TCM can be used not only to treat ailment but also to prevent illness. Rather than targeting the disease, Chinese Medicine treats the human body as a whole. Illness and symptoms are considered as “branches” in Chinese Medicine, and the root cause is addressed by restoring the balance in Ying and Yang.
All in all, Chinese Medicine helps improve symptoms and cure the illnesses by treating the body as a whole.


Acupuncture is the best known division of Traditional Chinese Medicine. It is done by inserting fine needles into pressure spots, which in turn exerts different effects for a variety of bodily functions, such as the immune system, the endocrine system and the neural system. An acupuncturist identifies the imbalance in the system and treat the disease state “outside in”.

Chinese Herbal Medicine

Chinese herbal medicine targets the disease “inside out”: it recalibrates the weakness and the strength of different systems to restore their balance.

Acupuncture is Commonly Utilized, but Not Limited to, to Treat the Following Diseases:

  • Acute and chronic pain: migraine, neck pain, whiplash from car accident, frozen shoulders, fibromyalgia, lower back pain, sciatica and ankle sprain
  • Mental health: anxiety, depression, insomnia, fatigue, mania, stress
  • Female: menstrual irregularity, menstruation pain, pre-menstruation symptoms, menopausal symptoms, infertility, uterine myoma.
  • Skin conditions: acne, contact dermatitis, eczema, and urticaria
  • Nasal problem: Allergic rhinitis and chronic rhinitis
  • Digestive system: poor appetite, Irritable Bowel Syndromes (IBS), Chrohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis.
  • Recovery from stroke
  • Facial rejuvenation, Body weight control, wellness maintenance, and more
For certain disease states, Chinese herbal medicine is often used in combination with acupuncture for maximal efficacy. With the herbologist’s advice, one may also adjust their diet to create a harmonic system in their body. This may not only prolong the treatment effects, but it may also help prevent new diseases.

For Your Maximal Comfort in An Acupuncture Session, Here are Some Helpful Tips for Preparation:

  • Avoid intense exercise and exhaustion prior to the treatment
  • Avoid being on empty stomach. Having a small amount of food prior to the treatment may help prevent fainting from insertion of the needles
  • Stay relaxed. If you have any concerns about acupuncture treatment, you may discuss with your acupuncturist before the session begins.
  • Wear comfortable clothes

Common Reactions from Acupuncture:

Pain relief, better sleep, relaxation and positive power from the restoration of the balance among your bodily systems

Less Common Reactions from Acupuncture:

  • The release of emotions. This positive reaction helps you to relief the negative thoughts, which may subsequently result in physical changes.
  • Worsened symptoms. In the process of restoring the imbalance in your system, the system may resist the change, causing the worsening of the symptoms. The symptoms will subside when the balance is restored eventually.
  • Fatigue and Exhaustion. Acupuncture moves your positive energy, Qi, to combat the imbalanced system, which may make you feel exhausted after the acupuncture treatment. Having a good rest after acupuncture and go to bed earlier may help you feel revived the next morning.
  • Soreness. You may feel sore at the sites of acupuncture after the removal of the needles, especially in your hands and feet. This is because the positive energy, Qi, is still working. The soreness may disappear in 24 hours.
  • Bruising. Bruising may occur at the acupuncture sites.
  • Fainting. Although rare, some people may experience faintness after the treatment. To prevent its occurrence, remember to eat some food before your acupuncture appointment and get up from the acupuncture table slowly. If you feel lightheaded when getting up from the acupuncture table, you may sit in the acupuncture room until you feel better.
The effects of acupuncture treatment vary from person to person. In general, you may experience more rapid positive results for acute symptoms; otherwise, the treatment of chronic symptoms may require several sessions before any noticeable changes occur.