What is the meaning of the name Zhong-Mei?
"Zhong" means China and "Mei" means America. This represents our desire to practice the
healing arts by combining the best of Chinese and American teachings.
What is the difference between medicine practiced in China and the USA?
In the states we tend to focus more on the patient's symptoms, whereas in
China the focus is more on the patient's lifestyle and body as a whole. The Chinese
believe illness is caused by the body's response to outside influences. Sometimes
we can only succeed in relieving symptoms; however for a true cure to be achieved
we try to determine which influences are negatively affecting the body, then make modifications to eliminate them,thus eliminating the illness.
This is a great time to mention one of the problems we see in the USA. People seem
to try acupuncture as a last resort, after they have run out of options or become
unsatisfied with the results of medications. By this time the dis-ease has become
greater and more difficult to treat by any doctor, eastern or western. This goes
back to the saying "an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure". We believe
acupuncture should be one of the first options to come to mind, before the dis-ease
takes a strong hold on the body. At this time it is much more easy to treat. We
believe all forms of medicine should strive for the least evasive treatment possible
with maximum results.
In China a treatment would consist of 10 sessions, five days on, 2 days off and then
repeat. In the USA this is not possible due to cost and time considerations.
Therefore, we must modify our treatments, as most people have a hard time
managing once a week, due to their busy schedules.
Why is acupuncture not as popular in the USA as it is overseas?
Mainly this is due to cultural differences. Anyone who has traveled abroad has most
certainly been frustrated by the seemingly slow pace at which things are accomp-
lished in other counties. There seems to be a much more relaxed and unhurried
lifestyle. Some countries cannot understand our preoccupation with schedules and
time of day. In the States we want everything quick, from our foods, to our cars, to
everything we are trying to accomplish. Naturally when we have an illness or disease
we want quick relief. We want to take a pill and feel better in 20 minutes, then
continue on the our next task, with nothing slowing us down. This may be fine for a
alittle while, but...sooner or later you may experience side effects. You may need to
increase your dosage because your body becomes resistant to your medication.
Many of you have probably experienced these things already. The point to all of this
is, an aspirin for a headache is a temporary fix, a "band-aid" so to speak. What
happens when the aspirin wears off? You guessed it,.. more aspirin.
Acupuncture takes the approach to not only provide relief for an illness but also to
find the root of the problem and deal with it, so the illness does not surface again.
We focus more on the long term effect/relief as opposed to the short term.
Your health did not become " dis-eased" in 1 day, do you think it can be fixed in
1 day? How long have you been sick or in pain? One week? One Year? Longer?
What about all of the wonderful medications we currently have available?
Yes, they are wonderful and today's medications have many uses and provide
many benefits. We are by no means telling you to throw them away or to stop
taking them (Please always consult your doctor before stopping any medi-
cations); we are trying to raise the point that there are other options that should
be explored. Who can argue about the wonders and benefits of penicillin? It is a
drug developed less than 100 years ago and has proven invaluable to the human
race. On the other hand, who can argue with the millions of people who receive
acupuncture and get relief/benefits. This is a practice which is over 5000 years
old. We are not saying one is better or more useful than the other, we are only
trying to say everything has its place. If one approach is not working, then it
is time to try something else. Our personal belief is that the individual who can
use the best of modern day medications and the best of ancient teachings, is
going to be much healthier, and happier for it. We would like to see more coop-
eration between Doctors and Acupuncturists, for the greater benefit of the patient.
How does Acupuncture work, and what is "Chi" ?
"Chi" is your internal life force or power. Acupuncture works by influencing the "chi"
in your body to makeyou less susceptible to negative outside influences. The main
principle is to keep balance in all things. A little story may help you to understand:
The rain comes down on the mountain. As it flows downward it nourishes
all life on the mountain from the trees and animals to the villiages in the
valleys. It flows to the creeks and rivers, and out to the sea. Here it evap-
orates into the air and the clouds. Eventually it rains again. This is the
cycle of water in nature.
Imagine what would happen if one of these villages decided to build a
dam and store more water. Every other village and all life below the dam
would feel the effects.
Now imagine the cycle of "chi" is like the cycle of water. It is quite poss-
ible there is a "dam" building in your neck, from your body's response to
stress. In this case you may find your shoulders ache at first, then as the
"dam" builds and backs up, you may experience a headache or migraine.
The cycle is broken, resulting in illness ordis-ease.There may be a "dam"
in your neck, shoulders, arms, back, or legs. Acupuncture uses needles to
break these "dams" and correct the flow of "chi", thus balancing the body.
But... what is "Chi"?
A comparison may help. First ,tell me what love is? You may sayan emotion, or you
may say an ache in the heart when you miss someone. You may say it is the desire
to place someone else ahead of yourself. Love is all of these things but....
these are only manifestations of love. You cannot hold it in your hand or place it in a
"Chi" is similar and I offer you this as proof. When you yawn, you feel a surge or
rush traveling to your head. When you stretch you may feel a surge in your legs or
arms. You feel them "wake up." Well, these sensations are manifestations of "Chi."
Does acupuncture hurt?
No. Acupuncture needles are as thin as a hair and solid, because there is nothing
injected into the point. A hypodermic needle is much larger, hollow. It cuts the skin
and is used to inject medicine into the body. Acupuncture needles are so fine
some patients ask, "Are they in yet?"
What happens after the needles are inserted?
The patient will retain the needles 20-40 minutes. During this time we may choose
to warm or stimulate the needles. You may have different sensations as you are
retaining the needles. Your body may feel heavy, a slight warmth, or tingling,
may occur. These are all manifestations of "chi " and are taken as positive signs
of a good outcome. All of these feelings a very, very slight. Many people fall asleep
after the first treatment. We have private rooms and we try to make you as relaxed
and comfortable as possible.
How many treatments will I need?
During your first treatment we will be asking you a lot of questions about your
symptoms and lifestyle. The number of treatments needed depends on how serious
the disease is, how long you have been suffering, and how well your body responds
to acupuncture. All of these will be discussed on your first visit. Please remember
that in a sense you are reprogramming your body.
How should I dress?
We ask you to wear loose clothing, and for your skin to be free from any heavy
perfume, cologne, or oil.
What should I expect before, during and after treatment?
We make great efforts to take patients at their scheduled time. You should arrive
a few minutes early. You will be taken in a treatment room. The Acupuncturist will
speak with you here and decide which points will be used. Every effort will be made
to make you comfortable. After treatment we ask you to take a few moments to
make sure you are alert enough to travel. After you arrive home, take
time to relax, do not tax your mind. Please refrain from excessive food intake,
important decisions, strenuous work, or sexual activities .
Do you accept insurance?
Yes. We work with many different insurance companies. Please view our list located
Thank You, for allowing us to share our views and experiences with you. We hope
you have found our site informative.