Welcome to the World of Traditional Chinese Medicine!

Here you can find new ways of thinking about your body – how to stay healthy,  get healthier, or go beyond “getting by” to experience more optimal states of well-being.

For thousands of years, in China, people visited their acupuncturist for two main reasons:

1) To prevent disease by maintaining health, and

2) To fight disease that has already manifest in the body. In an odd historical footnote in the 1950s, China rejected main components of Western Medicine (diagnostic machinery and pharmaceutical drugs) because they were a poor country and could not afford such expenses.  Now, with the USA facing excess costs in healthcare, the spotlight is on Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM).

Acupuncture, or TCM, as its called, has been called the medicine of the farming world, because the purpose of it was to help people live long without pain, work hard, maintain good digestion, sleep deeply, and enjoy fertility, among other things.  Western Medicine, in contrast, is stereotyped to have arisen on the battlefield, stitching people back together, setting broken bones and performing surgeries.

To be fair, both forms of medicine treat many similar things such as common colds, pain, flu, asthma, depression, head aches, infertility, constipation, and internal organ disorders.  The difference is the way symptoms are treated and the type of follow up care used to address the root causes of the health problem.

In general, people come to acupuncture after seeking help elsewhere. There is often a search involved.  The notion that something more exists, beyond pills that are advertised like soda pop on the TV.   It can be a more personal quest, to be received as a whole human being, or the desire to undertake a personal detective adventure to ferret out truths about cause and effect.

Trying to take care of oneself can be frustrating and perplexing.  It can also be revelatory and shockingly simple. That’s why detective stories are so popular.  Which part will you play? Sherlock or Watson? Who’s trying to kill you?  Your own choices?  You may notice, the good detectives often work in partnership.  In TCM, you are partners with your acupuncturist.

“Know thyself,” and “Everything in moderation,” could be Chinese medical philosophy except that these are the words written at the gate of the Oracle of Delphi in Ancient Greece. In TCM, questions are asked every time you see your acupuncturist, the same diagnostic questions that have been asked for thousands of years are still relevant today.

Your acupuncturist’s part includes traditional tongue and pulse diagnosis, acupuncture needling, moxibustion, cupping, medical massage, dietary, gait and movement recommendations as well as traditional herbal formula prescriptions.

At Back to Life Acupuncture, your acupuncturist, Lisa M. Chan, also has also trained in craniosacral therapy, polarity therapy, Reiki and several other healing modalities, as well as being a reflexology teacher for over 13 years and healing arts practitioner for 20 years.

Come give acupuncture a try.  You’ll like it here!