Practice type: Private
Specialties: Back pain, headaches / migraines, infertility, musculoskeletal pain, sports injuries
Styles: Dr. Tan’s Balance Method, Master Tung acupuncture, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)
Why did you become an acupuncturist?
Born in Hong Kong, I pursued further studies in the early 1990s to set a precedent of integrating Eastern and Western philosophies in medicine so that patients could receive the benefits of both worlds. I embarked on years of study, completing my doctorate in Oriental medicine at Atlantic Institute of Oriental Medicine and my masters at Pacific College of Oriental Medicine. My philosophy is to not only treat symptoms arising from trauma or underlying conditions but also holistically address the mental, physical, functional, and physiological disruptions that are a result of the individual’s disability or dysfunction.
What distinguishes you from other acupuncturists?
I have associated myself with an established recovering conventional-turned-alternative medical doctor in Manahawkin, New Jersey. This is how I realized that the possibility of integrating practices could be a reality. I am confident and determined to live out my mission to assist patients in a more efficient, comprehensive, and cost-effective manner to obtain optimal health through addressing underlying illness, not masking symptoms. I aspire to provide information, education, and knowledge that will offer improved quality of life and longevity through preventive therapies and modalities.
What do you enjoy most about your work?
Acupuncture anatomy is a multilayered, interconnected network of channels that establishes an interface between an individual’s internal and external environments, permitting energy to move through the muscles and the various organs. Acupuncture offers the opportunity to expand contemporary medicine to treat conditions for which current interventions are either ineffective or have undesirable secondary effects. It is my belief that due to its usefulness and adaptability to so many aspects of allopathic medicine, acupuncture will likely be integrated with increasing frequency into private and institutional practices.
What is the biggest misconception you hear about acupuncture?
Many people think you have to believe in acupuncture for it to work. This is incorrect. Acupuncture is used successfully on cats, dogs, horses, and other animals. These animal patients do not understand or believe in the process that helps them get better. A positive attitude toward wellness may reinforce the effects of the treatment, just as a negative attitude may hinder the effects of acupuncture or any other treatment. A neutral attitude (“I don’t know if I really believe in this.”) will not block the treatment results.
How do you stay healthy in your own life?
I follow the people of ancient time. They knew the Way of the Dao. Their ways followed yin and yang. They ate and drank at regular intervals. Their daily life followed constant patterns. They were not rushed in their labors. For all of these reasons, they were able to harmonize form and shen.
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