Chinese Medicine

Chinese medicine may be more than 5,000 years old and, while originating in ancient China, has roots in Japan, Korea and other East Asian countries. Traditionally, it included acupuncture, Chinese Herbal Medicine, Chinese massage or tuina, cupping, gua sha and moxibustion. Other disciplines such as Tai Chi, Qi Gong and meditation exercises have been associated with Chinese medicine as its popularity and use increases. Many of these modalities are available to balance and energize your body as an Eastern Sun Acupuncture patient.

A study conducted by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in 2007 determined that 38%, or about 114 million people in the United States, have used some form of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM). Chances are that you know someone who has tried it!


Acupuncture treatment of the body began with various stone or bone implements simply contacting or rubbing the skin over 2,000 years ago. Today, acupuncture is the insertion of extremely thin, single-use disposable needles into specific locations on the body called acupuncture points.

The type of acupuncture practiced at Eastern Sun Acupuncture is rarely painful. Care is taken to limit sensation of needle insertion and constant dialogue between patient and practitioner is maintained to ensure patient comfort throughout the treatment. We also are experienced in Japanese acupuncture techniques that don’t even require the insertion of a needle to achieve results. In addition, a heat treatment called moxibustion involves using an herb, mugwort (Artemisia vulgaris) to stimulate acupuncture points. The combination of acupuncture and moxa, where applicable, can often boost the effectiveness of the treatment.

For the World Health Organization’s (WHO) list of conditions for which acupuncture has proved effective, see CONDITIONS TREATED.

Chinese Herbs

Chinese folk medicine and ancient texts indicate that the use of natural materials to treat disease is likely older than the use of acupuncture alone. Chinese Herbal Medicine, as it is practiced today, uses of plant, mineral and some animal materials to have a profound effect on health conditions as varied as the common cold and hypertension. In China, Chinese Herbal Medicine is practiced exclusively in whole departments of both Eastern and Western Medical Hospitals. At Eastern Sun Acupuncture and Wellness, we often combine it with acupuncture to achieve the best results for our patients.

One the strengths of Chinese Herbal Medicine versus Western pharmacology is the ability to personalize a formula specifically for each patient. This allows the formula to address not just the symptoms but also the underlying cause of the patient’s symptoms often leading to a lasting resolution of the health concern.

Chinese Herbal Medicine can be taken many different ways depending on a patient’s preference. These range from boiling whole raw herbs or adding a granulated powder to make a tea to taking a pre-made patent medicine or encapsulated formula in pill form. Our clinic uses herbs from Crane Herbal Medicine Company, a local Massachusetts company, which operates in full compliance with HIPAA, FDA, cGMP and labeling regulations. Chinese Herbal Medicine is a safe and effective way to manage your health.

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