Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine

     Oriental medicine involves several branches, but the basic foundation is Chinese Medicine. Chinese Medicine has many disciplines, but is rooted in acupuncture and herbology. Acupuncture originated in China about 4,000 years ago, starting from the New Stone Age. The stone needles that archaeologists unearthed from that period were already very sharp. The earliest herbal formula book was written 2,300 years ago and still serves as the foundation of today’s basic herbal formula textbook used in medical schools across China.

     Together, acupuncture and herbology have had over 2,300 years of documented history – a far longer testing period than any contemporary treatment method or government-approved clinical trial today. It is no surprise that people have globally recognized the longstanding clinical value of acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine. Many countries adapted the main theory of Chinese medicine and added their own features to form their own style of Oriental medicine, such as Japanese, Korean, etc.

      However, no matter how unique the characteristics of their respective appearances, the main back bone never steers too far from the basic Chinese method. In this clinic, we use basic Chinese techniques mixed with various styles of treatment. Whatever  is suitable for a specific condition, whatever is best for that individual patient, that style and that technique will be applied. In most cases, the full treatment is a mixture of techniques.

      In China today, Oriental medicine is practiced alongside Western medicine in all hospitals. In the United States and many European countries, Oriental medicine is practiced in more and more domestic hospitals. Doctors and scientists observe that both Western and Eastern medical systems are complementary, and should be integrated to offer optimal healthcare. Many research programs have been established in the United States and Europe to explore the combination of these methods.  Research findings have verified that insertion of needles into different points on the body does indeed affect the brain.

      Depending on the points or the body’s condition, the same point or different points can alternate the concentration of neurotransmitters in certain synapses of the nerves, or change sensitivity in the receptors of neurotransmitters in the brain. From there, the points will either inhibit or excite general effects released from the brain into all other parts of the body, to manipulate the body’s function and to heal the problem. This prescribed method is the way to quash inflammation, relax muscle tension, increase or decrease the heart rate,  promote energy or sedative effects, etc. The general direction is to push the body’s function to the optimized neutral and balanced condition, known as bidirectional adjustment. The well-known  common saying in traditional Chinese medicine is:

Yang too strong, we weaken it

Yin deficiency, we replenish it

Too hot, we cool it down

Too cold, we warm it up.

Too high, we suppress it

Too low, we promote it

Too dry, we provide moisture

Too wet, we make dryer.

Too excited, we calm it down

Too depressed, we raise it high

Too fast, we slow it down

Too slow, we speed it up.

In this way, we balance the body and align back to harmony.



Gangyi Dong, OMD
1505 McDaniel Drive
West Chester, PA 19380

Office: 610-430-6211
Fax: 610-896-7254