Ever since I set up my clinic in Palmer Ranch area of Sarasota, I have helped hundreds of patients to regain their health. Often, patients come to my clinic with chronic health issues that they have been suffering for many years, some of such cases even current Western medical practitioners have no clear diagnosis and/or solution for, they are regularly surprised to see how amazing healing can manifest. Some of my patients have used the word “miracle”, and I suppose, it could appear that way, considering the long journey many have taken prior to entering my office. Sometimes they can overwhelm me with their gratitude, but what I really want to say here is my genuine gratitude to my dear patients.
I have the most lovely patients group in the world. Patients come in and get healed, they talk to everyone about their healing stories, they bring in their family and friends. One of my dear patients even volunteered to re-design my whole waiting room for FREE just because she liked me so much and she thought my waiting room didn't present me and my practice well enough.
I love my patients. How lucky I am and how dare I could not work hard up to 100% to help them solving their health issues.
Just as how I make analogy to help patients understand Chinese Medicine in an easy way, I always think of my patients as beautiful blossoming plants from heaven. However, during this planet-earth journey, some plants get damages in their roots, some of them are invaded by bugs, some leaves are falling, some don't blossom anymore. And I, am a gardener that helps God taking care of this garden. I help them to get rid of bugs, I add fertilizer back to the ground and repair the drainage system, I improve the ventilation system so that plants can get enough fresh air and sunshine. Those plants that came to my garden withered and dying, gradually started to re-grow their roots back, their trunk got stronger and leaves re-gain vitality, and beautiful flowers started re-blossom again.
From this point of view, I am the most happy and proud gardener in the world. Working in my "garden" and helping my "plants" to gain their health back is never a job to me, it is a passion, and also an important mission I meant to accomplish in my life, so that when one day the end of my own planet-earth journey comes, I can peacefully return to Heaven and see God smiling at me and say: "Welcome back! my dear child. You did a great job taking care of my garden."
And then, I will turn around, and happily reunite with my dear mother, who is already in heaven waiting for me. I will hug her and tell her: "Dear mom, I regretted so much that I couldn't save your life and I knew how sad and painful you were when you had to leave us, but mom, look at the beautiful garden I planted, and see the touches and changes I was able to bring into these families, aren't you proud of me?"
In Feb 27th, 2005, two months before my daughter was born, my dear mom left this world forever due to terminal cancer. She never got the chance to see her first grandchild. It was a tragedy for our family, and this date was also the turning point that made me transitioning from a researcher to a clinician.
I made a promise to God ever since then that I will make healing manifesting in thousands of families so that people don't have to suffer what my family had to undergo, so that moms can live a health life to enjoy their family times with their children, and grandchildren, or even grand-grand children happily.
If your answer to any of the questions above is yes, welcome to my garden. Bring together those who you love and care, Let's work together so that healing and changes can start from today.
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Patients coming to our clinic may notice that I have a poster hanging on the wall in the hallway. This handsome young professional ballet dancer is my patient, Francisco Serrano. In our small town Sarasota, he is a local star, being featured in many newspaper articles and local televisions shows.
On top of the poster, this young dancer wrote the following for me: "Dear Dr. Xiong: Thank you so much for helping me when it is most needed. Ponchi". I always joke with him that when one day he becomes world famous super star in Ballet, I am going to sell this poster for big money because it has his own signature on it.
This is actually a quite interesting story in terms of talking about Acupuncture and its power. The story has to date back two years ago. In year 2014, this super talented young dancer had two very important competition in his life, one is a regional competition in Atlanta, if he won, he would be entitled to go to the finals of the Youth America Grand Prix, the world's largest ballet scholarship competition in New York City.
One week before he was heading to Atlanta, Fransico's father, the founder of Sarasota Cuban Ballet School called me in urgency: "Dr. Xiong, Ponchi (Francisco's nick name) injured his foot during practicing, he can barely walk now, but we are going to Atlanta for competition in one week, is there any way you help him?"
I totally understood Mr. Serrano's worry and stress. Ponchi was a super talented dancer, and this regional competition was very important to his dance career. I asked Mr. Serrano to bring his son to my clinic immediately.
Half an hour later, this young gentleman showed up in my clinic. After a brief checkup, I inserted several needles in his opposite hand and asked him to try to jump again. Both of them were staring at me and could not believe what I said. "Dr. Xiong, are you sure he is able to jump? You see how he walked in limping?" Mr. Serrano obviously was very worried.
Ponchi tried to jump for a couple of times, and to their surprise, he was able to jump with no pain at all within just several seconds after needles were inserted.
After the treatments in my clinic, one week later, Ponchi went to Atlanta, danced wonderfully, and won the gold medal in his competition.
Before his international competition, he started to feel some symptoms on his foot again due to heavy practicing load, this time, he got smart. He stayed in my clinic for a series of treatment to help with pain in his foot, hip, and other joints. The treatments were so effective that not only we were able to help him get rid of the pain, we were also able to increase his range of motion in major joints and make them stay flexible.
Ponchi went to New York City and placed within the top six men in the Seniors division, took a gold medal (first place) with fellow student Gabriella Stilo in the pas de deux division dancing "Le Corsaire," and received a full scholarship from the Royal Ballet in London.
This is why he wrote those words above on the Poster and gave to me as a gift. I was very proud of him and very happy to see his achievement.
Such stories, we have had a lot in our clinic. Acute injury especially at the ankle are very common among young athletes/dancers. The pain can be so intense that preventing them from dance again is very frustrating. Most of such cases are due to Qi stagnation at corresponding meridians. We normally use mirror points to treat such cases, so often I will first treat the patient’s opposite hand, usually with a couple needles, those ballet dancers who cannot stand on their toes before the treatment will find themselves easily stand on the toes and dance again without pain. Some severe cases, there are already some blood stagnation at the local area preventing them from getting immediate pain relief, we may need to combine some cupping methods.
There are several related video testimonials Check them out if you are interested.
Three years ago, Sarasota-Bradenton won a bid to host a series of modern pentathlon World Cup competitions. And the YMCA in palmer ranch area right across the street from my clinic hosted the fencing part of modern pentathlon. In the morning of Feb 18th, 2015, while I was volunteering at the YMCA, a Chinese coach ran out from the competition stadium in a hurry, and asked for emergency help. It turned out that he was the chief-coach for the national modern pentathlon team from China. He looked very worried, because the best athlete in his team Miss Chen Qian, who the world champion in modern pentathlon at the World Cup in 2009, injured her Calf muscle (Gastrocnemius strain) during the fencing competition. She walked out of the stadium limping. Obviously she was enduring a lot of pain. Her coach obviously was very concerned, because after two hours, they were supposed to arrive at the Nathan Benderson Park to continue the rest of competition. How she would perform in afternoon competition would decide whether or not she can enter the final, and her performance would greatly influence whether she could earn her entrance ticket to Rio Olympics.
It was obviously a very challenging case. She could barely walk at that time, not to mention participate in a World Cup competition. I did an emergency acupuncture treatment on site for her, within several minutes, most of her pain was gone. She finished her afternoon competition and entered into final successfully.
She came to my clinic for a couple more treatment including cupping and acupuncture before she went back to China. And last summer, when I got in touch with her coach in Beijing, I was informed that Miss Chen Qian won the second place at the GermanWorld Cup stop. And this year, she went to Rio Olympics and won the 4th place. Congratulations to this young lady. I am so proud of her.
Acute injury are very common among young athletes/dancers. In my clinic, we treat a lot of such cases. There are several video testimonials at my website from young ballet dancers, you can check them out if you are interested.
Regarding acute injury, we also have another interesting story about a super talented young ballet dancer in Sarasota, to see how acupuncture helped his foot pain, please click here to read his story.
Often, patients attracted to Chinese Medicine will find themselves very confused with different terms such as CCM (Classical Chinese Medicine) and TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine). What exactly do they mean? A blueberry pancake – strawberry pancake, aren’t they all just really pancakes?!
Actually, this is a very interesting topic in Chinese Medicine. In order to make it crystal clear, I want you to, first, fasten your belt and travel with me in a time-machine to see, briefly, a little bit of the history of this ancient healing system.
”Beep-Beep!” First stop! Our time-machine has traveled backwards for more than 5,000 years to a region of isolated areas in Central China. Look through the window and you can see some people of the early tribes – first, a great big guy catches your eye. You sense he is a leader or THE leader of his tribe and highly respected. His name is Shen Nong and people (lovingly) call him the “Divine Farmer”. This highly admired intellect, scientist, agriculturist, and medicinal herbalist tasted, tested, and collected information about hundreds of herbs. Assistants recorded his research data, and this became the first herbal classic in Chinese Medical History. This book, still translated and published today and considered a great work and pillar of Chinese medicine, is called the “Shen Nong Ben Cao Jing”.
The next stop on our ride comes after we travel forward for about 2500 years. “Beep-Beep”! Now we arrive during the Spring and Autumn Warring States Period somewhere around 600-500 BC. We see people working very busily carving out (writing down) a lot of records and scribing the old oral transmissions from the time of the Yellow Emperor onto bamboo pieces, turtle shells and animal bones.
For many years prior to this scene, the Yellow Emperor was the leader that united all tribes in Central China. He was also known as the “Ancestor of Chinese people”, who held far-reaching discussions and research into medicine and acupuncture with his primary care doctor, named Qi Bo, and a group of trusted advisors. These bamboo/turtle-shell/bone pieces were edited into the earliest surviving text written by medical specialists. It is called “The Yellow Emperor’s Classic of Internal Medicine”, which unified the medical knowledge from the earliest known times up until their present era -- the Eastern Zhou Dynasty period.
“All Aboard”! We are going to travel now a little back and sideways to see what has been going on, meanwhile, over in the Yellow River Valley/Eastern China between the 16th – 11th centuries BC. We arrive during the Shang Dynasty and see people sitting around and drinking liquids from stunningly decorative, 3 foot cups, which are called “Ding”. These folks look pretty happy after drinking, and some are singing and dancing with red shiny faces. Are they drinking wine? Yes, we arrived at the stage back in history where the Yellow River Valley people just started to master the skill of making alcohol from grains and grapes.
It seems we are getting super lucky because we just received an invitation to visit the Emperor inside the palace. Well, to our surprise, the dishes brought to the banquet are soooo delicious that we cannot help ask the Emperor who is the chef？ The Emperor smiles and points to his prime minister sitting by his side, a humble but extremely smart man. His name is Yi Yin, who was born as a slave, and works here as a talented chef. With simple but skilled self-promotion he transformed himself from a miserable slave to Prime Minister of the country! Pretty up-beat story, right？ Well, his talent is not just in cooking, politics, and self-promotion. He is also a super-talented doctor, who knows how to make medicinal alcohol and boil a combination of different herbs in order to make all kinds of medicinal compounds for curing the diseases common to that time (many still common today!). Historical records note that he wrote a book entitled, “Yi Yin’s Soup Classic”. This is the first herbal formula book in history.
As we finish our last tasty bite (and sip of saki?) in the banquet, it is time to say goodbye and move on. Let’s get in our time-machine and move forward another ~1000 years or so.
“Beeeeep”! Now we arrive during the East Han period. This time we will visit a state governor. His name is Zhang Zhongjing (circa 150-219 AD). This is certainly no party like we enjoyed at the last stop. We see this serious Physician in his private office. The gentlemen is writing a book on bamboo pieces, and his face looks very sad. Of course he is filled with grief -- he comes from a big family and recently, because of the influenza epidemics, he lost two thirds of his family members. He decided to change his career path from politics to full-time medical doctor to save lives using his medical skills.
Zhang Zhongjing did a fantastic job and became the most eminent physician of the late Han Dynasty. He wrote a sixteen volume medical book entitled "Discussion of Cold-Induced Disorders" by combining the essence from previous medical classics (listed above) and established a complete medical system from diagnostic to treatment protocols. Because of his contribution, he is called the “Medical Saint” by many Chinese people still today.
The Classical Chinese Medical system is considered to be a complete, relevant, and uniquely special methodology that is timeless in its approach and results. You may, understandably, ask why we presume it to be so….
First, I’d like to summarize a few important points:
Three years ago, I treated a patient with a severe case of edema in my clinic. When she came for her first appointment she was in a wheelchair. The edema was so drastic that one could hardly discern her joints anymore. She had lost all mobility. Her ten fingers were like ten popsicles and none of them could even bend the slightest bit. She had visited a lot of specialists in this area and doctors performed all kinds of test on her, but they couldn't find the cause of the problem nor any remedy for her symptoms.
Her blood test results didn't show any abnormalities. When her physician prescribed a water-pill for her to take, she got even worse. Over several months her condition simply worsened and by the time she showed up in my clinic, it was very difficult for her to move, to walk, to sleep and even to breathe. Normal daily activities had become a miserable nightmare for her.
When I applied the diagnostic and treatment protocol according to the Classical Chinese Medical system, by the second week she walked into the clinic by herself. By the end of the second month, she had lost 27 pounds of toxic water and gained 90% of her mobility back. She was able to write me a check by herself, drive her car, and perform most of her daily activities independently.
Such case studies from our clinic could fill hundreds of pages of this blog. We have posted brief accounts by allowing our patients’ reviews and testimonials to be made public on this site. Click here for more information.
As a Chinese Medicine practitioner, even I am often astonished at the speed of recovery and the amazing power of this medical system. I appreciate so much the wisdom of our ancestors, for leaving us such a wonderful treasure.
So (back to) why is Classical Chinese Medicine is so much different from the more recently developed TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine)?
In order to explain this, let's get back in our time machine again, and this time, we don't have to travel far. Let's go backwards just about 60 years, to the year 1956.
We arrive at a special time in China’s recent history. It is right after World War II, when the People's Republic of China (or what we call the New China) was just founded. This time we visit Prime Minister Zhou Enlai’s office. He just signed papers that authorized the immediate establishment of the first four colleges of Chinese medicine (namely, the Chengdu, Beijing, Shanghair, and Guangzhou Colleges of TCM).
The institutional TCM method of education officially kicked off from this historical moment. And the pre-institutional model of discipleship/apprenticeship education gradually faded away from the main stage. The main momentum behind the government’s embrace of Chinese Medicine during the mid-1950s is actually political. Two years later, Chairman Mao Zedong issued a series of political movements, and one of them was called "Chinese-Western medicine integration". The integration movement, in essence, mandated the establishment of "TCM", a medical system which would keep itself ‘politically correct’. However, in order to keep a medical system in compliance under the marxist-materialist ideology, the word integration lost its true meaning. Classical Chinese Medicine, this ancient, rich, and sophisticated medical system, passed down through the generations by the people who witnessed its beauty and integrity -- through hands of its lineage holders for thousands of years, had to undergo a painful “plastic surgery” in order to be transformed into TCM. The spiritual layer, the one that integrates the human being with nature and the universe/God/Taoism, and many other critical elements that are inseparable from the whole system, were eliminated for being “feudal elements”. This political correcting allowed TCM to be a medicine that did not undermine the governing party’santi-theistic agenda.
So this is the true difference between CCM and TCM. The stark contrasts between the two go even deeper now, 60 years later, and I am sorry if I misled you with my remark about pancakes. It is, as I am sure you see now, quite different from blueberry vs. strawberry.
But, actually, if we still want to use pancakes as the analogy: imagine CCM as the old fashioned grandma’s hand-made version that is made of all organic and natural ingredients, always tastes delicious and filled with love and blessings, and now we look back at the recipe, and take the organic ingredients out, and put back in genetically modified flour, with high-fructose corn syrup, and maybe some food coloring, artificial flavoring and preservatives (to keep the cost down and the profits up). It may still turn out to be an edible pancake. But, certainly not the best choice for curing your hunger, savoring your food, and sustaining the highest quality of life between meals.
I think for any online guest who has had the patience to scroll all the way down to this section of my (long article), and if you decided to try the old-fashioned grandma’s “pancake”, you may be wondering: Where/How to find a practitioner that practices Classical Chinese Medicine?
As you may come from every possible corner of planet earth it is very hard for me to give you a succinct list. However, the following questions may help you identify the right practitioner in your local area (and you do have the right to interview your physician just as she/he has the right to interview to interview perspective patients):
I hope this helps and I encourage you. I also want to thank you for reading and maybe even sharing this information at some time in the future if you think it could benefit someone.
In the meantime,
Best wishes for your health, strength and vitality~