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  Wai Tak Cheung: What Is Acupuncture?  
  I began practicing Oriental Medicine, including Chinese Herbal Medicine and acupuncture in 1960. I have continued to learn every day since I began practicing.

Since I received my certification in 1974 from the Oregon State Board of Medical Examiners, many of my patients and friends have asked me to write about acupuncture, herbs, and moxibustion. This pamphlet is my answer. It will introduce you to the Chinese healing arts and hopefully answer many of your questions about Chinese herbs and acupuncture treatments.

In China today, the traditional healing arts consist of two cooperative parts: the healing methods of acupuncture and herbalism. Currently, in the Western world, acupuncture is the better known of these two methods. As the Chinese healing arts spread throughout the world, the combination of acupuncture and herbs will likely become as widespread as Western medical science is today. In China, various acupuncturists, herbalists, and medical doctors work side by side. We hope someday to see a similar system in the West. Acupuncture has a long and noble history but it is also a continually evolving active science.

This pamphlet expresses just a tiny fraction of the accumulated knowledge about acupuncture, moxibustion, and herbs. What it contains is correct and true to the best of my knowledge and current level of experience. I expect, however, to always be learning and I welcome new ideas and suggestions so I may continue to help my patients.


Wai Tak Cheung
Licensed Acupuncturist
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