David Dehui Wang
R.Ac, Dipl.Ac, Dipl.C.H, Dipl.ABT (NCCAOM)
- Received his medical degree in China
- Formal education and training in Western and Chinese Medicine
- Board Certified in Acupuncture and Chinese Herbology
- Clinical Assistant Professor at The Ohio State University
Frequently Asked Questions
long has Acupuncture been practiced?
As a system of medicine,
acupuncture is over 2500 years old, and may have been practiced in
China in a rudimentary form 5,000, even 7,000 years ago. The oldest
continuously used medical textbook is the "Huang Di Nei Jing"
("Yellow Emperor's Internal Classic"). Still relevant
today, this textbook remains a valuable reference on the theory, and
on acupuncture techniques that practitioners still use today. The
practice of acupuncture has evolved and changed in the last 2500 years
- many new techniques have been developed, and continue to be developed
Acupuncture treatment safe?
Yes. Only sterile disposable needles are used. Because
of the training an Acupuncturist receives, acupuncture is very safe.
If a comprehensively trained acupuncturist performs the treatment,
your safety is assured.
"Although tens of millions of acupuncture needles are used annually
in the United States, only about 50 cases of complications resulting
from acupuncture have been reported in the medical literature over
the past 20 years." - Birch, et. al., "Clinical Research
on Acupuncture", Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine,
Acupuncture needles are
very thin. Most people do not find the insertion of such hair fine
needles to be painful. Acupuncture needles are hair fine, unlike injection
needles, which are thicker, hollow and have cutting edges. This is
why acupuncture feels nothing like getting a shot or having blood
conditions have you treated with Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is used for
a broad range of health issues including chronic and degenerative
diseases as well as acute conditions and pain. Acupuncture can benefit
the immune system by strengthening it if it is weak, or by moderating
it if it is overactive. The following list is just a sample of health
issues I have treated with acupuncture:
- Facial Pain
- Neck Pain
- Temporomandibular Joint Disorders(TMD)
- Contracture of Joint/Spasm of Muscle
- Shoulder Pain/Frozen Shoulder
- Back Pain/Low Back Pain
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Automobile and Sports Injuries
- Tendonitis/Tennis Elbow
- Stress, Depression and Insomnia
- Menopause Syndrome/PMS
- Gynecological Disorders
- Infertility in Males and Females
- Bell's Palsy/Pareses following a stroke
- Allergies, Respiratory Diseases
- Skin Diseases
- Smoking Cessation
- Sexual Dysfunction
- Digestive System Problems/Constipation/IBS/ Nausea/Vomiting
- Cancer Treatment Support
- Immunity Enhancement
Note: The above includes the more common ailments treated. It is not
a complete list. If your ailment does not appear on this list, it
does not mean it can not be treated by acupuncture. Please contact
me to discuss it.
can relieve the symptoms of your health issue, strengthen your body's
resistance to disease, and restore balance and normal function to
your system. There are also many beneficial side effects to acupuncture.
Patients report that most of the time they:
Feel better (76%)
Miss fewer work days (71%)
Get along better with others (69%)
Have less pain (64%)
Have more energy (58%)
Are more focused (58%)
Can work better (64%)
does Acupuncture work?
Chinese Medicine explanation of how acupuncture works is that channels,
or meridians, of energy run in regular patterns throughout the body
and over its surface. These energy channels flow through the body
to irrigate and nourish the tissues and organs. An obstruction in
the movement of the energy is like a dam that can cause obstruction
in the flow of blood, bodily fluids and metabolic waste, thereby creating
imbalances in the body.
the acupuncture points can influence the meridian by unblocking the
obstructions and re-establishing a healthy flow through the meridians.
Since the meridians link with the organs, a treatment can therefore,
also help to improve the function of the internal organs. The improved
energy flow and biochemical balance produced by acupuncture results
in stimulating the body's natural healing abilities and in promoting
physical and emotional well being.
science has also suggested several theories for how Acupuncture works,
including (1) conduction of electromagnetic signals, (2) activation
of opioid systems, and (3) changes in brain chemistry, sensation,
and involuntary bodily functions. (NCCAM Research Study, 2002.)
are the theories of how Acupuncture works?
Scientists have no comprehensive
answer as to how acupuncture works. Here is a list of a few currently
1. By a yet to be determined process, acupuncture raises levels of
triglycerides, specific hormones, prostaglandins, white blood counts,
gamma globulins, opsonins, and overall anti-body levels. This is called
the "Augmentation of Immunity" Theory.
2. The "Endorphin" Theory states that acupuncture stimulates the secretions
of endorphins in the body (specifically Enkaphalins).
3. The "Neurotransmitter" Theory states that certain neurotransmitter
levels (such as Seratonin and Noradrenaline) are positively affected
4. The "Circulatory" Theory holds that acupuncture has the effect
of constriction or dilation of blood vessels. This may be caused by
the body's release of Vasodilaters (such as Histamine), in response
5. "Gate" Theory states that the perception of pain is controlled
by a part of the nervous system that regulates the impulse, which
will later be interpreted as pain. This part of the nervous system
is called the "Gate". If the gate is hit with too many impulses, it
is overwhelmed and closes, preventing the pain impulse from getting
through. Acupuncture treats the smallest gates and nerve fibers which
are the ones first affected.
is an Acupuncture treatment like?
You may feel a slight sensation
resembling a pinch or a mosquito bite when the needle is inserted.
Once the needles are placed there may be a slight tingling, numbness
or heaviness in the area while the practitioner is stimulating the
point. These are positive signs that the needles are affecting the
acupuncture point. Usually you will be lying on a comfortable padded
table or in an easy chair. Often, people become very relaxed and fall
into a light sleep during the session.
Acupuncturist will ask you a series of questions and do a full health
history in order to find out the underlying cause of your health issue
or disorder. The Acupuncturist will ask about your symptoms, health
and life-style. Afterward the Acupuncturist will examine your tongue,
feel your pulses and palpate various parts of your body. This helps
the Acupuncturist find patterns that tell which organs and meridians
are out of balance. With this information the Acupuncturist will identify
a pattern of disharmony according to Oriental Medical theory and will
make a treatment plan to address it. After your initial interview,
you may receive an Acupuncture treatment.
Come with any questions you have, we're here to help you.
2. Wear loose, comfortable clothing for easy access to acupuncture
3. Don't eat large meals just before or after your visit.
4. Refrain from overexertion, drugs, or alcohol for up to 6 hours
after the visit.
5. Avoid stressful situation. Make time to relax and be sure to get
plenty of rest.
6. Between visits, take notes of any changes that you may have experienced.
How long do treatments take?
An office visit will last
from 30 minutes to 1 hour. The needles, once inserted, will usually
be left in place from 15 to 45 minutes. Ultimately, the session length
depends on the technique and desired results.
many treatments are needed and how often?
Although some people will
respond well to only one treatment, more are often necessary. The
frequency of treatment and number of treatments needed is related
to the patient's condition. Generally, the longer the patient has
had the condition the longer the course of treatment will be before
showing substantial and lasting results. Acupuncture can be scheduled
as often as five times a week or as little as once a month. Typically,
in China, patients are treated two to five times a week. Although
some patients respond favorably after only one or two treatments,
others may not respond even until the ninth visit. As symptoms improve
fewer visits are required. A client should discuss his or her treatment
program with the Acupuncturist, as each individual case is unique.
points reside on meridians, or channels, which are energetic pathways
that run throughout the entire body. These meridians are linked to
each other as well as to different organs. Using his knowledge of
the interrelationship between the meridians and organs, an Acupuncturist
will choose points to effect changes in them that will influence the
symptoms you report. According to the Acupuncturist's assessment and
treatment plan, he chooses individual points or combinations of points
to stimulate this change. An Acupuncturist uses Traditional Oriental
Medical theory of how the body functions, the Acupuncturist's clinical
experience, and modern research to develop the best treatment for
changes occurring after acupuncture are not the result of the placebo
effect. Many of the effects occur without the conscious knowledge
of the patient, but these changes can, and have, been measured by
scientific investigation such as functional MRIs.
are many web pages where additional information can be obtained. Please
check the links on this website.
following books are commonly recommended reading:"The Web That Has
No Weaver", by Ted Kaptchuk, OMD, and "Between Heaven and Earth, by
Harriett Beinfeld, and Effram Korngold.
To make an appointment, please call (614) 888-6888
Conditions We Treat:
- Facial pain
- Neck pain
- Shoulder pain
- Back pain/lower back pain
- Fibromyalgia/ myofascial pain
- Headache & Migraine
- Bell's palsy/ Pareses following a stroke
- Stress/ Depression
- PMS/ Menopause syndrome
- Smoking cessation
for a complete listing of conditions we treat.