Millions of Americans seek alternative health care options and are beginning to understand the essence of Chinese medicine. Please take time to review some of the basics to help you get the most from your visit to East West Healing Center .

What is the background of Traditional Chinese Medicine?

TCM dates back over 4,000 years and has been refined and advanced through the clinical experiences of over 200 generations of practitioners. The scientific research which is occurring worldwide is providing further verification of the effectiveness of TCM therapies. The World Health Organization acknowledges the ability of TCM to facilitate healing. Though the US may be considered a "late adopter" of TCM, it's acceptance is growing significantly throughout the country.
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How long is a treatment?

Plan for one hour. Some patients require both acupuncture and Tui Na, which may take a bit longer.

How does TCM work?

TCM recognizes the vital energy called Qi (pronounced "chee", also known as "prana" or "life force") that flows through meridians (also called "channels") in the body similar to water flowing in a river. There are twelve primary meridians, each associated with an organ system. Disease occurs with imbalance (yin/yang), resulting in excess or deficient amounts of Qi in the meridians. TCM works to alleviate this imbalance and restore harmony using acupuncture, Tui Na and herbs.

How does acupuncture work?

Acupuncture points are located throughout the body and act as gateways to influence, redirect, increase or decrease the vital substance of Qi, thus correcting imbalances that cause disease.

Do the needles hurt me?

No, most people barely feel the needles. The needles are thin, solid, sterile, and made of stainless steel. The doctor lightly taps the needles into the acupuncture points to mobilize energy (Qi) flow and invigorate the proper function of muscles, nerves, vessels, glands and organs. Once the needles are in, the patient has approximately 45 minutes to relax, meditate or take a nap, and let the energy flow.

What is Tui Na?

Tui Na is relatively new to the western world and combines the body work of massage, manipulation and acupressure to bring health and vitality to injured tissue. Unlike therapeutic massage, the doctor works both muscle and soft tissue, seeking to establish the flow of Qi through the system of channels and collaterals, allowing the body to naturally heal itself.

How are Chinese herbs used?

Herbs are an important component of TCM treatment and prevention. Many of these natural formulas are ancient, yet in our clinic we have many of the more advanced formulas available. Currently, Chinese manufactured herbs use only plant products, not animal. Herbs are not addictive, but are powerful and should be taken as directed by your doctor.

How long is a treatment?

Plan for one hour. Some patients require both acupuncture and Tui Na, which may take a bit longer.

What results can I expect?

Pain relief. Decrease in symptoms. Increased energy and vitality. Oftentimes these effects are immediate, but with some conditions results come more subtly over time. We find a correlation between the length of time of the illness and the time it takes to heal. We also see that children heal more quickly than adults. Based on your diagnosis, your doctor will give you an idea how many treatments and how much time it may take to make you well.

How much does a treatment cost?

$60 -90 per visit

Does insurance cover the treatment cost?

Nowadays, more insurance companies partially cover the cost of acupuncture. If not, be certain to communicate to your employer's benefits department that you need acupuncture and ask them to negotiate with the insurance carrier to include it in the next plan year. If enough people do this, your employer/insurance company can and will work this out.

What is Qi Gong?

Qi Gong is an ancient, meditative wellness practice that moves energy through the body for stimulating and healing. Dr. Chen teaches twice weekly classes. Each class is 1.5 hours @ $15 per class per student. There is a DVD of him doing "high" Qi Gong available for $15.

What do I wear to a treatment or Qi Gong class?

Comfortable, loose fitting clothing is best.

Where are you located and what are your office hours?

In Lombard
Tuesdays, Thursdays 9:00am-6:00pm; Saturdays 8:30am-12:00 pm

2500 S. Highland Avenue, Suite 342,
Lombard, IL 60148
In the western suburbs of Chicago, 1.5 miles east of I-355 and 0.7 miles north of I-88, which is south Roosevelt Road and north Butterfield Road, and located at southwest corner of Highland Ave and Majestic Dr STOPLIGHT.

In Glenview
Mondays and Wednesdays 10:00am-6:00 pm; Saturdays 2:30pm-6:00pm

2640 Patriot Blvd, Suite 210
Glenview, IL 60026
In the north suburbs of Chicago, 2.2 miles east of I-294 from WILLOW Road and 3.3 miles west of I-94 from WILLOW Road. When you see the Patriot Blvd STOPLIGHT turn south, in 0.2 mile on the Lehigh STOPLIGHT of south west corner.

In Chicago
Fridays 10:00am-6:00 pm
Wellness Associates of Chicago
4250 N. Marine Dr. Suite 200
Chicago, IL 60613