At Acupuncture TCM Wellness, Chao’s aim is to solve the underlying cause of your problems – not just the symptoms.  We treat issues of all types, including:

Pain – headaches, neck and shoulder pain, frozen shoulder, sciatica, back pain, tennis elbow, osteoarthritis, knee pain, ear, nose, and throat disorders, toothache, earache, sinus inflammation, nasal inflammation or dryness;

Respiratory disorders – coughs, bronchial asthma and wheezing, allergic rhinitis (hay fever);

Gastrointestinal disorders – digestive tract problems, hiccups, GERD, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), constipation, diarrhea, dysentery caused by certain bacteria;

Nervous System and Muscular Disorders – facial paralysis or nerve pain, partial weakness after a stroke, inflammation of nerve endings, bed wetting;

Gynecological disorders – PMS, dysmenorrhea, irregular menstruation, morning sickness, menopausal/premenopausal syndromes, amenorrhea, endometriosis, uterus fibroid, infertility, birth induction, reverse breech baby; and,

Palpitation, anxiety, depression, stress, jaundice, urine retention, edema, arthritis, diabetes, impotence, dizziness/vertigo, arthritis, diabetes, fatigue, and more

Qigong and Taichi are integrative parts of TCM healing. Based on the same TCM theories of Yin and Yang, the meridian system and Qi cultivation, Qigong and Taichi are widely practiced for health maintenance, and on a deeper level, for healing purposes.


Qigong, which translates literally as ‘energy work’ in Chinese, has been existed for thousands of years. Before it had become popular in the general population, Qigong was practiced exclusively by Buddhists and Taoist monks, TCM practitioners and internal martial artists.

Qigong practices are commonly grouped in as external or internal. External Qigong is an interpersonal healing practice in which a practitioner projects Qi onto another person to promote the recipient’s circulation of Qi. It is highly subject to individual differences of practitioners who deliver the intervention in terms of skill levels, experience, background of training, and interpersonal qualities that may influence the recipient’s responses and receptivity.

A typical practice of internal Qigong includes 5 steps: meditation, cleansing, recharging/strengthening, circulating, and dispersing Qi. Each step entails specific exercises, meditations, and sounds. Specific sounds are associated with specific meridians and organ systems. Vocalization of the sounds (called “the 6 healing sounds”) can aid the circulation of energy through the specific organ networks.

There are three Qigong forms: dynamic (movement), static (holding position) and meditative (visualization). Dynamic Qigong involves a series of precise movements designed to improve the flow of energy in the body. With static Qigong the practitioner holds a certain position for a period of time. The effort exerted, both mentally and physically, enables the practitioner to properly manipulate the energy in his body. Meditative Qigong is commonly practiced in a sitting position. The practitioner learn to actively guide (dao-yin) Qi through the meridian pathways to flow throughout the body.

Qigong is a healing art, with specific techniques or styles that are particularly effective for specific diseases. Various Qigong systems work on our energy in unique way. Practitioners should be not practice different systems at the same time. As with any type of powerful energy healings, the practice of Qigong requires an absolute pure intent (yi) and the integration of mind, body and spirit.


Taichi, also known as Taichi Chuan, meaning Taichi boxing, was originally designed as a self-defense martial art. Founded in the 13th century by a Buddhist-turned-Taoist monk, Taichi has evolved into five different schools, each with their own separate methods and principles: the Chen, Yang, Wu (Hao), Wu and Sun-styles.

Regardless of the differences in styles, they are all composed of a sequence of slow and deliberate movements. The fundamental guiding principle of movement is as follows:

“In every movement, every part of the body must be light and agile and strung together. The postures should be without breaks. Motion should be rooted in the feet, released through he legs, directed by the waist and expressed by the fingers. Substantial and insubstantial movements must be clearly differentiated”.

Following the principles of yielding, softness, effortlessness, centeredness, slowness, balance, suppleness and rootedness, the slow, deliverate and flowing movements of Taichi instills calmness and release stress,  increase strength and muscle tone, enhance range of motion and flexibility, balance and coordination, and improve posture, mental focus and memory.

Ultimately, Tai Chi is a moving form of meditation where precise movements and controlled breathing are synchronized to enable the practitioner to flow with the direction of energy in and around the body. Unlike Qigong which focuses on manipulating specific healing energy, Taichi is for the entire body, the so-called “the greater heavenly Qi”.


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