“The best doctor will prevent you from getting sick.”
Acupuncturist George Xiaowu (pronounced “sheé ou” as one syllable) Wang, LAc MS, said this with confidence. He uses traditional Chinese medicine to, among other things, build up his patients’ immune systems, even when they don’t have any illness symptoms. His practice, WTX Medical Group, in the El Dorado Hills, recently moved to a larger location featuring a diagnosis room and three treatment rooms.
An treatment typically lasts around 30 minutes. Today’s acupuncture needles are made of flexible stainless steel, approximately 0.015 inches in diameter. They are pre-packaged, sterilized and disposable. They produce little or no sensation. The number of treatments depends on the health problem and the person’s response.
Acupuncture is used to treat a number of symptoms and conditions. Pain management is one of them.
Acupuncture is based on the view that a subtle energy called “chi” (chee) circulates along a network of 14 major energy channels called meridians to all parts of the body, even to the most remote cells. Chi has two opposite forces, yin and yang, that make a whole, such as hot and cold, light and dark, quiet and noisy. Balanced unobstructed flow of chi is necessary for good health. Any misdirection, blockage, or derangement in the amount, flow or balance results in pain, dysfunction and a reduced immune system.
When there is a blockage in one area it may cause excessive buildup in another. Chi can be unblocked with acupuncture needles at places in the skin called acupoints. There are more than 2,000 acupoints on the body, each one corresponding to another part of the body.
Wang, who was raised in Beijing and moved to the United States in 1991, said he didn’t pay much attention to Chinese medicine until he experienced a constant ringing in his ears. He first tried Western medicine, but the medication didn’t get rid of the noise. When his hearing problem was resolved with acupuncture he became interested in the approach. His two older brothers, both acupuncturists in the Bay Area, encouraged him.
He studied at the University of East-West Medicine in Sunnyvale, where he earned a Master’s of Science in Traditional Chinese Medicine. The program consists of 2,130 instruction hours and 960 clinical training hours. Courses are dedicated to the study and practice of acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine, integrated with courses in Western medical sciences and practice management.
Wang, who said he prefers the term “practitioner” to doctor, received his license to practice from the California Acupuncture Board in March 2010. His practice opened in May 2010.
Wang and his wife Lin, who works in the computer industry, moved to El Dorado Hills 10 years ago. Their son went to Oak Ridge High School and just graduated from Cornell as an economist.
Other treatments Wang uses as an acupuncturist are acupressure, moxibustion and cupping. Acupressure is a massage therapy in which the fingers are used to press on an acupoint. Moxibustion is a heat therapy in which an herb is burned above the body to warm a meridian at an acupoint and increase the flow of blood and chi. In cupping, a rounded glass cup is warmed and placed upside down over an area of the body, making a vacuum that holds the cup to the skin. It is believed to open the skin’s pores and allow toxins out.
Herbal formulas in China were developed over thousands of years. Today many are adjusted based on new knowledge or experience. Traditionally, they were made into a liquid form. Now they are prepared in capsule form for efficiency and the American market, said Wang.
George Xiaowu Wang’s office is located at 1200 Suncast Lane, Suite 1, El Dorado Hills. The first consultation is free.
For more information or to make an appointment call (916) 939-0188.