What is acupuncture? 

Acupuncture is the most traditional and common alternative health treatment in the world. It is part of traditional Chinese medicine. – TCM.

Originating in China during the Shang Dynasty between 1100 and 1600 BC, acupuncture has only gained popularity in the Western world since 1971.

Acupuncture provides natural results for a wide range of health problems that today cannot be solved by Western medicine. It is a scientific system of healing that restores and maintains the mind and body.

Acupuncture is a true physical medicine based on real anatomy. It balances the functioning of the body’s systems by improving the flow of oxygen, blood, nutrients and fluids in the body, strengthening the health of blood vessels and organs, and influencing and manipulating the nervous system to create homeostasis, balance and pain relief in the body.

Body Acupuncture

This is the most common acupuncture treatment. It involves the insertion and manipulation of very fine needles at known and proven acupuncture points, usually to a depth of about 3 to 5 millimeters. Each point has a different therapeutic effect; the points are located from head to toe.

Traditional Chinese Medicine – TCM

TCM is one of the oldest healing methods; in fact, it is 3,500 years older than Western medicine (1847). TCM is a collection of various methods, theories and practices of ancient Chinese wisdom. It is based on the “law of nature” and is designed to help people achieve and maintain health.

Effective for problems of:

respiratory, urology, burn-out, headaches and migraine, hay fever, dermatology, gastrointestinal complaints, menstrual complaints, menopause, overweight, pain, rheumatism, RSI, joints, backpain included, sleep, fertility, inconvenience during pregnancy, pediatrics, sports result and injuries, cancer treatment support.

In my practice:

For fast and optimal results, I combine acupuncture with lifestyle advice. Treating inflammation during an inflammatory lifestyle does not help. In addition, I use my knowledge of PNI-E (PsychoNeuroImmunology and Endocrinology). I treat both acute and chronic conditions.

Dr. TAN’s balancing method

In my practice, I also practice the “Core acupuncture Dr. Tan” method. This method is simple and its application relieves pain with instant results. Carried out with anti-inflammatory dietary advice, you will be restored in no time. 

Dr. TAN, a Taiwanese with a career in the United States, has synthesized principles of traditional Chinese medicine into a logical and relatively simple method.

He was able to test his treatments for more than 30 years in clinics and dedicated the second part of his life to transmitting his method through training seminars on the five continents. His aim was to make acupuncture accessible to as many people as possible and to enable acupuncturists to achieve good results quickly.

The treatment starts with a diagnosis of the meridians. The patient indicates the precise location of his or her pain. Once the point or area of pain is identified, I will test different tender points corresponding to different possibilities of treatment strategy. I choose the best strategy and the treatment with the minimum of needles is carried out.

In summary, Dr. TAN also presents his method as “Acupuncture 1, 2, 3” corresponding to 3 basic steps to treat a pain:

  1. Locate the pain, discomfort, etc. = identify the diseased/damaging meridian
  2. Determine the best strategy = identify the balancing meridian
  3. Puncturing the points = identifying the sensitive or balancing points

This approach, based on ancient writings, is innovative because the consistent approach works with very quick results.

The painful area is never punctured. Thus it can be relieved to restore thoroughly.

Diagnostic means such as the pulse or the tongue can be used to affirm the choice of strategy.

The success of Dr. TAN’s method can also be applied to multiple pains or emotional or seasonal problems. The 1-2-3 approach remains the same but the choice of points is more complex.

Frequency of treatment

The treatment is started intensively, 2 to 3 sessions per week, for 1 to 4 weeks depending on the results. The idea is that the pain does not return between 2 sessions. As soon as it gets better, the sessions are spaced out for the stabilisation phase at a rate of 1 to 2 sessions per month for 2 to 3 months.

Since 2018, I am certificated in Oncology Acupuncture, internationally recognized.

I use it successfully with the newest scientific approach of cancer and with my PNI scales. Read the next article, written by TCM Academy Oncology Acupuncture Team:

10 Reasons Why Acupuncture is Good for Treating Cancer Patients

Acupuncture is a safe and effective form of treatment for cancer patients. This ancient healing practice has been used for centuries to support the health and wellbeing of individuals facing a variety of health conditions, including cancer.

Here are 10 reasons why acupuncture is good for treating cancer patients:

  • Acupuncture can help alleviate the side effects of Western treatments, such as chemotherapy and radiation. It can help reduce nausea, fatigue, and pain, and improve overall quality of life.
  • Acupuncture can boost the immune system, which is crucial for cancer patients. By improving immunity, acupuncture can help the body fight off infection and illness, and support the healing process.
  • Acupuncture can reduce inflammation in the body, which is a common problem for cancer patients. Inflammation can cause pain, swelling, and other symptoms, and can interfere with the body’s ability to heal. Acupuncture can help reduce inflammation and improve overall health and wellbeing.
  • Acupuncture can improve circulation, which is essential for cancer patients. By increasing blood flow, acupuncture can help deliver oxygen and nutrients to the cells, support the healing process, and reduce the risk of complications. Cancer cells don’t like oxygen. 
  • Acupuncture can promote relaxation and reduce stress, which are important for cancer patients. Stress can interfere with the immune system and make it more difficult for the body to heal. Acupuncture can help patients relax and cope with the challenges of cancer treatment.
  • Acupuncture can improve sleep, which is crucial for cancer patients. Sleep is essential for the body to repair and regenerate. It is also important for overall health and wellbeing. Acupuncture can help patients fall asleep more easily and sleep more soundly.
  • Acupuncture can help with emotional and psychological issues, which are common for cancer patients. The stress and uncertainty of cancer can cause anxiety, depression, and other emotional challenges. Acupuncture can help patients cope with these issues and improve their overall mental health.
  • Acupuncture is a safe and gentle form of treatment, which is important for cancer patients. Many cancer patients are sensitive to medications and other treatments, and may be at risk of complications. Acupuncture is a low-risk form of care that is well-tolerated by most patients.
  • Acupuncture can be customized to meet the individual needs of each cancer patient. Acupuncture practitioners are trained to assess the unique needs of each patient and tailor their treatment accordingly. This personalized approach can help ensure that patients receive the most effective care possible.
  • Provide a holistic approach to cancer care. By incorporating acupuncture into a comprehensive treatment plan, patients can benefit from the best of both worlds and maximize their chances of recovery.

In conclusion, acupuncture is a valuable tool for treating cancer patients. It can help alleviate the side effects of Western treatments, boost the immune system, reduce inflammation, and improve overall health and wellbeing. By offering a safe, gentle, and personalized approach to care, acupuncture can play a valuable role in supporting cancer patients on their journey to recovery.

Disclaimer: Acupuncture is a wonderful complementary therapy for cancer patients, but it is not a cure and should not be considered a replacement for Western medical treatment.  


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