Menhong means "for the health of humanity".
According to principle of duality in Yin and Yang, a healthy world begins with consciousness. The consciousness of humanity conceives, governs, and transforms into a unified body, feeling, and spirit. This very unification takes shape and brings into existence our perceptive experience of the world. In search for our TRUEST path to live our lives while allowing our perceived realities to perish, humanity finds the key to optimum health and healing.
— Oliver C. Chu, OMD
The subtle art and sophisticated science of Chinese medicine goes back over 5,000 years. Qi (the primordial force of biological function and vital air) flows throughout a network of channels relating to our tendino-muscular, neuro-vascular, and internal organ systems. Pain or illness ensues when this natural flow is imbalanced due to stress, poor diet, trauma, medications and other major lifestyle fluctuations. According to the ancient Chinese, disease is understood as an imbalanced channel system. Therefore, restoring the body’s balance and prevention are keys to good health.
Acupuncture, one of four pillars of Chinese medicine, focuses on rectifying this vital flow by having ultra-thin needles inserted beneath specific points on the body. Manipulating this life force through needling therapy unblocks channels and normalizes the circulation of Qi and blood, which in turn relieves pain and suffering. Acupuncture promotes an effective resolution to the problem, helps the patient safely regain functional ability as quickly as possible, and prevents establishing chronicity while encouraging the body’s natural healing process to unfold.
During treatment, an average of 5 to 20 needles are usually placed in several neuro-vascular nodes (acupuncture points) and retained for about 10-30 minutes. Menhong Acupuncture Clinic uses only disposable needles. If needed, one or more of the following modes of care may be included with your acupuncture session: PENS (electrical acupoint stimulation), cupping (local vasodilatation of muscle tissue), moxibustion (topical warming herbs), Tuina (trigger point, manual therapy and tendino-muscular manipulation), Qigong (active care breath-work exercises), and herbal supplements.
The number of treatments depends upon the severity, duration, and nature of your condition. While 1 or 3 sessions may be adequate for an acute condition, a succession of 5 to 15 treatments may be needed to resolve chronic cases. Some conditions are degenerative and may require ongoing restorative treatments over a longer period of time. Ideally, continued patient-centered maintenance accentuates health and prevents the recurrence of injury, disability, and illness.
The essence of Chinese medicine is timeless as well as paradoxical. It is rich in tradition but profoundly modern in effectiveness. The physician’s goal is not just to alleviate or eliminate signs and symptoms, but rather to treat the underlying cause, increase the ability to function normally, and ultimately enhance overall quality of one’s life.