Traditional Healing in a Modern Setting
Xiankui Sun, M.D., Ph.D., trained in China and is certified by the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates, National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, and has an acupuncture license in Michigan. He studied acupuncture from the American Institute of Alternative Medicine, in Columbus, Ohio, obtaining a master of acupuncture degree. He will be teaching a series of workshops on March 9 and 11 at the Health and Fitness Center at Washtenaw Community College.
Sun says, “Acupuncture treatment is growing increasingly popular in the United States. Many chronic diseases that are not easily treatable by Western medicine may be able to be treated with acupuncture. Acupuncture can treat a variety of symptoms, including pain, respiratory issues (asthma, chronic cough, seasonal allergy), gynecological issues (irregular periods, painful periods, hot flashes), digestive issues (irritable bowel syndrome, Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis), and many other chronic diseases.”
Acupuncture is one of the treatment methods of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), which has been used for thousands of years. “I chose to offer acupuncture because of its effectiveness in relieving pain with few complications,” says Sun. “Today, many patients with chronic pain use painkillers, especially opioids, which have severe side effects. With the dangers of the opioid crisis at hand, safer treatments like acupuncture are growing more and more important.”
Acupuncture treatment is holistic and personalized according to each patient’s conditions. Patients are treated in a private room that offers peace and relaxation. Acupuncture treatment boosts and balances the qi (life energy) flow in the body to increase its intrinsic healing power. If qi is blocked, stagnated, disturbed or deficient in meridian channels, the human body will not function well and could even get sick.
Along meridian channels, there are many qi transportation points where the acupuncture needles are inserted. Through those points, qi can converge, enter or exit the body. These points are also the pathway in which the human body communicates with its natural environments. TCM pays close attention to the harmony between nature and humans, which forms the foundation for its treatment styles. Once suffering is relieving, patients tend to feel better, more energetic and less stressed. They also learn how to do meridian messages at home to reduce stress, relieve pain, solve constipation and more, which is easy to do and fun.
“Most patients are not familiar with TCM terms, but by explaining the treatment in the terminology of Western medicine, I can help patients better understand the situation,” advises Sun. “When I offer consultations, I am actively engaged with my patients, listening to them and answering all questions and concerns to find out any aspects of their life that could help me treat them. After each treatment, I provide patients more information including healthy nutrition, lifestyle, prevention and how to cope with the diseases.” Seniors, veterans and members receive discounts.