What is the difference between Acupuncture at “Solutions” and at other clinics?
This is a great question and one I get all the time. In fact, we always joke that some of the hardest people to convince to try treatment are people who have acupuncture previously. The reason is that there is such an enormous difference in the types of therapies practiced under the banner of “acupuncture”.
The Communist Revolution in China took what was a widely varying field of medicine, often with secrets passed down from father to son or closely guarded by rival schools, and turned it into a homogenous form of state sponsored medicine ironically called Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). TCM is what is taught in virtually all American Acupuncture Schools.
After the Communist Revolution much of the true “Traditional” Acupuncture went underground or fled to other countries; many great practitioners went to Taiwan. My own teacher, Dr. Richard Tan is from Taiwan and he maintains an unbroken chain of “Traditional” Acupuncture teaching.
At Solutions we use exclusively the Acupuncture style of Dr. Tan. We do not mix in Japanese, Korean Hand Acupuncture, TCM or any other styles – not that these are not wonderful and powerful styles in their own right, the problem is that practitioners learn a little bit of each and then blend them together; the result is all too often a watered down hybrid that is still called “Acupuncture”.
Dr. Tan’s technique, referred to in America as “Balance Method” is quick, reliable and repeatable. The results are often instantaneous and leave patients astonished. Dedicating ourselves to this powerful style allows us to get results where other practitioners have failed.
I remember when I first discovered Dr. Tan’s style; I was working for AIDS clinic, delivering Acupuncture and Naturopathic Medicine to a very complex population. We needed techniques that worked – that made a real difference. One day, a medical student came for a rotation through our clinic. He had studied with this Dr. Tan and claimed to have a miraculous technique that would far surpass anything else we were doing; He was right. Myself and the rest of the medical staff were astonished. This young guy was getting dramatic improvements in pain, digestive function, overall wellbeing… It was amazing. For me that was the “ah ha” moment – I needed to learn this technique.
A 2nd “ah ha” moment came when I was dealing myself with an issue of very painful TMJ. I had some success before treating my own TMJ with spinal manipulation and other natural therapies. This time however, nothing seemed to help. I happened to be going to San Diego for a family affair and decided to make an appointment to see Dr. Tan. With one treatment I was 85% better. I repeated his treatment on myself a few more times and I was done. Since then, I’ve been a loyal student of Dr. Tan and have been blessed to share the incredible healing power of this technique with so many grateful patients throughout the years.
Precision Diagnostics + Balance Method Acupuncture + Cutting Edge Natural Medicine + Our Unique “Re-exam” Process = Real, Fundamental Change. That’s the “Solutions” Difference.