Boropark Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine
5606 Fort Hamilton Parkway, Brooklyn, New York 11219 Tel 718-686-8139 or 718-851-3584
Dr. Wendy Weiqun Wang (MD from China)
New York State Licensed Acupuncturist and Certified Herbalist
Acupuncture is a form of medicine practiced for over 4000 years. The basic principle of acupuncture, which is one modality of treatment of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), is to realign and rebalance the energy in the body. Just as a Chiropractor realigns and rebalances your skeletal system, and a massage therapist helps to realign and rebalance your muscular system, an acupuncturist realigns and rebalances the energy systems in your body. According to TCM, life-giving energy – qi (promounced “chee”) – flows through our bodies in channels called meridians. Qi flows within your meridian pathways to every organ, muscle, tissue, and cell in your body. An obstruction in a meridian can be caused by an injury (trauma), infectious agents, genetic predispositions, lack of movement, and/or deficiencies or over-abundance of dietary substances.
An obstruction of the flow of qi in your body is like a dam in a river, or a traffic jam on an interstate. If qi becomes “backed-up” in a particular area, the accumulation can cause pain. An accumulation of qi in one area of your body can lead to a depletion in another area, which can lead to fatigue, weakness, or depression. An imbalance of qi throughout your body will lead to pain, a lack of well-being, and if severe enough or left out of balance for too long, inflammation and disease.
It is the objective of acupuncture to optimize, or in some instances restore, the balance of energy throughout your body. This is accomplished by placing needles into specific acupuncture points, which functions to either disperse or draw qi.
Our treatment services include Acupuncture, Acupressure, Tui Na, Foot Refexology and Herbal Medicine as described below
Chinese Acupressure Therapy is a modality of TCM that dates back to 2,500 B.C. Our Chinese acupressure therapists use hand techniques to manipulate the various acupressure points along meridians throughout the patient's body in order to stimulate and balance qi. Having Chinese acupressure therapy treatments on a regular basis can help to restore energy and improve cardiovascular and immune system function. Acupressure is also widely used for alleviation of pain, chronic fatigue, stress, and anxiety.
Acupressure can be used instead of acupuncture for the treatment of children or patients who are sensitive to needles. Pediatric acupressure is particularly effective for treatment of asthma, indigestion, myopia, enuresis, and myogenic torticollis.
Acupressure sessions usually last about 30 minutes but can last for up to 2 hours; the duration is up to the patient. Patients should inform their acupressure practitioner if they are wearing a pacemaker, if they are pregnant, or if they have open wounds, lesions, infectious conditions, phlebitis, fractures, or other injuries.
Foot reflexology treatment is the precious heritage of Traditional Chinese Medicine. According to TCM, our feet are our “roots,” and on our soles are points that connect to the different organs in our bodies. When there is a problem with a particular organ, gentle pressure applied to these points can generate surprising results.
Research has demonstrated the effectiveness of reflexology in promoting relaxation and in treating PMS, constipation, labor pains, hormone imbalance, and nervous exhaustion. Reflexology is recommended for cancer patients, patients with Alzheimer's disease, and children with ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder).
Reflexology is contraindicated for pregnant women and patients who have suffered injuries or fractures to the foot. Otherwise, it is a safe and effective form of therapy.
Chinese herbal medicine is the world’s oldest type of continually practiced professional medicine, and is the primary therapeutic approach to improved health in China (acupuncture is secondary). Chinese herbal medicine treats the full range of human conditions, and is especially good for promoting the body's ability to heal and recover from illness.
Chinese Herbal Medicine combines a deep knowledge of human physiology with the most extensive pharmacopoeia of organic herbs and natural substances in the world. Herbal formulas are carefully prepared from plant parts including branches, leaves, flowers, seeds, or vegetables. These herbal preparations come in the form of medicinal teas, powders, pills, and tonics.
Herbal combinations are tailored for each patient’s condition and lifestyle and are designed to treat specific health problems or correct specific imbalances in the body. Natural herbs tend to have slower and more gentle effects than the synthesized chemicals used in prescription or over-the-counter drugs, and have none of the negative side effects associated with such concoctions. As is every therapeutic modality used at our clinic, herbal treatments are both safe and effective.