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Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine

What is Chinese Medicine?

Chinese Medicine is a complete medical system that is capable of treating disease in all its forms.

Health is more than just the absence of disease, and Chinese Medicine recognizes this with its unique capacity to harmonize and enhance our capacity for enjoyment fulfillment and happiness.

Chinese Medicine consists of:

  • herbal therapy
  • acupuncture
  • dietary therapy
  • exercise
  • lifestyle management
  • cupping

Chinese Medicine is True Preventive Medicine

As well as treating the conditions listed above, acupuncture and Chinese medicine is effective for the prevention of disease.  By treating the root of the problem, often before it has manifested in more serious disease, the body can be brought back into health and balance.  Many problems can be corrected before the use of drugs or surgery is required.

Can Modern and Chinese Medicine be Combined?

Not only can the two systems of medicine be combined; they can enhance each other’s effects.  Acupuncture is compatible with virtually all modern medical techniques.  Chinese herbs can greatly enhance the benefits of pharmaceutical medications, make it possible to take a lower dosage, and at times, eliminate the need for some of these medications.  Dr. Kahn is trained in both pharmacology and herbology, and is therefore able to manage your medications and introduce Chinese herbs safely and effectively.

What is Acupuncture and how does it work?

For more than 3,000 years, many cultures have benefited from this method of treating and preventing diseases.  Today, Chinese Medicine is recognized world-wide.  Chinese Medical Theory explains that pain and disease are caused by either an imbalance or a blockage of the energy circulating through the body.  Acupuncture restores the balance to the flow of energy, returning the body to a healthy state.

In an acupuncture treatment, thin sterile needles are inserted at specific points on the body.   These points are carefully selected according to your signs and symptoms.  Dr. Kahn takes the time to tailor each treatment to your individual needs.  The acupuncture treatment corrects the imbalances and removes the blockages of energy, thus restoring the body to health.

Acupuncture is best known for its amazing effects on reducing pain.  Many forms of physical pain can be safely and reliably improved with acupuncture.  The treatments are not painful, and are without side effects.  The results can last from days to weeks, and are often curative.

However, the benefits extend far beyond the physical realm.  An emphasis is placed on understanding and treating the underlying cause of each individual’s imbalance.  This holistic approach to health not only addresses physical complaints, but also emotional, environmental and lifestyle conditions.  At the very least, it can make you feel more energetic, yet more relaxed, and it can alleviate some disease symptoms.  At its best, Chinese medicine can effectively address many acute and chronic health concerns.

Which Conditions Respond Best to Acupuncture?

  • Pain – headaches, low back pain, osteoarthritis, sciatica, bursitis, tennis elbow, neck problems, trigeminal neuralgia, carpal tunnel syndrome, muscle spasms and sports injuries.
  • Stress – stress related problems, sleep disorders, depression and anxiety.
  • Respiratory – allergies, sinusitis, bronchitis, asthma.
  • Digestive – constipation, diarrhea, colitis, IBS, ulcers.
  • Gynecological – PMS, painful menses, fibrocystic breast disease, menopause, infertility.
  • Cardiovascular – high blood pressure, heart palpitations.
  • Addictions – nicotine, alcohol and drug withdrawal.


Electro-acupuncture is quite similar to traditional acupuncture in that the same points are stimulated during treatment. As with traditional acupuncture, needles are inserted on specific points along the body. The needles are then attached to a device that generates continuous electric pulses using small clips. These devices are used to adjust the frequency and intensity of the impulse being delivered, depending on the condition being treated.

One advantage of electro-acupuncture is that the current delivered through the needle stimulates a larger area than the needle itself.   This can be an extremely effective form of anesthesia; for acute or chronic musculoskeletal and neurological injury and pain.

Chinese Herbal Medicine

Medicinal Chinese herbs have been used for centuries to cure diseases and alleviate discomfort due to a wide variety of medical conditions.  Over the course of history, the Chinese have established more than 20,000 herbal formulas from plants, minerals, and animal products.  Today, some 2,000 herbs are currently in use and subject to active research in the People's Republic of China.  Dr. Kahn offers individualized combinations based on time-tested formulas.


Cupping is an ancient Chinese method of causing local congestion. A partial vacuum is created in cups placed on the skin either by means of heat or suction. This draws up the underlying tissues. When the cup is left in place on the skin for a few minutes, blood stasis is formed and localized healing takes place.

Cupping therapy has been further developed as a means to open the 'Meridians' of the body. Meridians are the conduits in the body through which energy flows to every part of the body and through every organ and tissue. There are five meridians on the back that, when opened, allow invigorating energy to travel the whole length of the body. It has been found that cupping is probably the best way of opening those meridians.

Cupping has also been found to affect the body up to four inches into the tissues, causing tissues to release toxins, activate the lymphatic system, clear colon blockages, help activate and clear the veins, arteries and capillaries, activate the skin, clear stretch marks and improve varicose veins. Cupping is the best deep tissue massage available.

Cupping can be especially effective for:

  • Respiratory diseases including bronchitis, asthma and the common cold
  • Pain syndromes including back pain, tight muscles, shoulder and neck tension, headaches, soft tissue injuries
  • Digestive diseases
  • Gynecological disorders
If you have any questions about the Chinese Medical services provided at the Institute for Progressive Medicine, please call reception at (949) 600-5100.

  • This information is provided for educational purposes only. Never add, change, or discontinue medication or treatment without first consulting your doctor. To make an appointment with a doctor at the Institute for Progressive Medicine, please call 949-600-5100.