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Houston Acupuncture and Herb Clinic
Houston Acupuncture and Herb Clinic
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Acupuncture in Houston, TX - Houston Acupuncture & Herb Clinic

2405 South Shepherd, Houston, TX 77019.     TEL: 713-529-8332.

2431 West Holcombe, Houston, TX 77030.     TEL: 713-666-5667. 

We are one of the best, biggest, and oldest acupuncture clinics in Houston area.

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acupuncture houston tx west holcombe clinic Houston Acupuncture and Herb Clinic at 2431 West Holcombe, Houston, TX. @ the corner of Kirby Drive and next to the Flower Corner.
713-666-5667
acupuncture houston tx south shepherd dr. clinic Houston Acupuncture and Herb Clinic at South Shepherd Dr., Houston, TX@ the corner of Westheimer Drive and next to the KFC. This location has been servicing Houston for more than18 years.
Click here for the West Holcombe Clinic location map.
The clinic is located at the corner of Kirby Drive and next to the Flower CornerTEL: 713-666-5667.
Click here for the South Shepherd Clinic location map.
Acupuncture Houston TX-South Shepherd Clinic
TEL: 713-529-8332.

Acupuncture and Chinese medicine help
hepatitis A, hepatitis B, hepatitis C,
 fatty liver,
elevated liver enzymes, chronic hepatitis,, jaundice,
dark urine, dizziness, cirrhosis.

  Wen-Lung Wu, M.S., L. Ac., PHD as Doctor of Medicine in China
 
Jo-Mei Chiang, B.S. L Ac., Master of Medicine (China)
Houston Acupuncture and Herb Clinic, Houston, Texas.
 

 

TESTIMONIAL: LIVING WITH HEPATITIS C (HCV)

Gary W., Accountant (age 56)

 

Bottom line: I got Hep C, studied enough to make the right choices, chose TCM from Andrew & Jannie, and am very comfortable coming to them for acupuncture and herbs. Their rates are appropriate and their knowledge is superb. I see them as excellent health providers and old friends. A great side effect of the herbs is an enhanced immune system – my frequent colds and seasonal flu just stopped when I started taking my herbal prescription. Wen-Lung and Jo-Mei remind me a lot of our family physician in Austin, Texas in the mid-1950’s. At least once a month, he visited our family, ate lunch, and traded physicals for the 4 of us for a ten dollar bill and ten pounds of fish that we’d caught from Lake Travis. This practice was simple and within its obvious limits, it worked very well.

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ARTICLE: LIVING WITH HEPATITIS C (HCV)

Gary W., Accountant (age 56)

 

Do you remember the medical treatments for ulcers? They were treated for 100 years as a psychological problem with milk, severe dietary restrictions, anti-acids, and surgery. Helicobacter pylori were discovered in 1875 and proven to cause ulcers in the 1940’s, but were forgotten until 1979, when 2 Australian pathologists began deep investigation of the bacteria. After 16 years of research and medical journal publishing, the NIH accepted their claim of bacterial causation of ulcers, and in 2005 the two researchers were awarded Nobel prizes. Similar events are taking place with other diseases like HCV, with generally accepted ideas and treatments being proven useless, destructive, wrong, expensive, etc. There is a recently developed test for general immune system strength that measures light reflectivity in the face. The test copies what physicians have traditionally done, observe a patient’s “light” spelled in China and Japan variously as “Shen, Sun, Son, and Zen.” I believe that if gastroenterologists tested for overall immune system strength, they would immediately modify their treatment protocols for HCV.

Here’s the deal on Hepatitis C: It’s a disease that can be a real eye-opener. It’s the “Other AIDS,” the one nobody knows anything about, the one the straight hippies got. One IV injection after another user, one unprotected sexual experience, just one deep kiss with a partner with active HCV (bleeding gums), a blood transfusion, even an accidental needle stick can spread the disease. Hundreds of blood bank workers in Texas got it from broken glass tubes and no-glove handling. HCV piggybacks with AIDS, Hepatitis B, tuberculosis, syphilis, and other blood carried illnesses. Before seeking any kind of treatment, I recommend spending a couple of weeks doing serious internet searches for your education. The amount of useless or bad information published on this disease is amazing. Currently, there are 3 roads being taken by “victims” of HCV: 1) Chinese medicine 2) Western medicine 3) Confused ‘self-treatment’ approach. Commonly untreated, with alcohol in the diet, the disease leads to cirrhosis, fatty liver, hepatocarcinoma, and is the single greatest cause of liver failure.

Sometimes dealing with diseases wakes people up to certain facts, like “They’re all lying and out to get your money, and your insurance company’s money, too.” Big Pharma scripts the NIH protocols. Chinese physicians and Western herbalists out to make a buck charge incredible prices for capsules of herbs that must be taken in quantities 10-20 times as much to be effective. Acupuncturists without traditional herb training prescribe costly patent remedies that do virtually no good. Interested in colloidal silver? Google for toxic accumulations and side effects before you buy. Blessed thistle was put down for years by physicians until a pharmaceutical extract of silamarin proved very effective in patient studies. Common chronic HCV symptoms include of pre-sleep itching, fatigue, mild tendonitis, light fever, depression, mood swings, mental confusion, sinusitis, colon problems like constipation and diarrhea, with abdominal bloating, and rheumatoid arthritis-like symptoms. Blood poisons accumulating from HCV can trigger carpal tunnel syndrome, torn rotator cuff injuries, Achilles tendonitis, tennis elbow, back problems, cause blurred vision, etc. It can be a very nasty disease and the likelihood of making bad choices in your treatment is high.

Remember this: Every statistic written or spoken about HCV is probably a lie or a twisting of the truth to support an opinion or a financial interest.

A brief analysis of the medical approaches for HCV:

1) Chinese Medicine: Costing an average of $ 3-4,000 a year, but based traditionally and benevolently on the patient’s ability to pay, the treatment protocol consists of:

 a) Herbal mixture tailored to the patient’s condition. Freeze-dried powdered herbs are easiest to take, mixed with water. Inexpensive at $ 7-10/day but not reimbursed by insurance companies yet, although FSA and HSA accounts will reimburse, so at least treatment is partially offset by tax savings. Very effective if prescribed by a traditionally trained Chinese medicine physician, powdered herbs provide rapid and progressive relief of HCV symptoms. I had to reprogram my initial revulsion to the herb taste, and now they taste like life to me, sweet and nourishing.

b) Acupuncture, relaxing and energizing, smoothing energy distortions and healing areas of stress. Usually accompanies treatment for sinusitis, shoulder stress, and quitting smoking for those still addicted.

c) Chi Gong, yoga, tai chi, and other healing exercises are either taught by the TCM physician or recommended. 

d) Dietary and lifestyle corrections. A lot of foods and lifestyle patterns aggravate liver conditions and must be gently adjusted towards greater health. And HCV loves alcohol and tobacco

2) Western Medicine: Treatment by Gastroenterologists consists of a year of weekly injections of a Peg-Intron (pegylated interferon alfa-2a) and daily capsules of Rebetrol (ribavirin) with frequent blood testing and liver biopsies, according to protocols set by the NIH, the National Institute of Health. Retail cost of the medicines is currently $ 40,000. Add another $ 10,000 for weekly doctor visits, because you’ll never be allowed to inject yourself. Add another $ 25,000 for frequent blood tests and biopsies, and you get a minimum $ 75,000 first year cost for anti-viral treatment. Imagine having to take off from work every Friday to wait at your doctor’s office for an injection; being sick with the flu the rest of the day and Saturday, too, gradually recovering on Sunday. And having extreme mood swings with homicidal and suicidal tendencies. You’ve lost 28% of your life for a year, paid out of your own pocket about $ 15,000, and your chance of relapse is about 1 in 3. Your insurance policy has a lifetime maximum of $ 1 million and may have an annual maximum of $ 50-75,000, which you may max out. Studies comparing treatment vs. no treatment show your increased life expectancy to be 1.46 years. These studies do not compare Western vs. Chinese treatments, at least, not yet. Gastroenterologists immediately begin quoting statistics, bragging on their cure rates, but careful listening and note-taking with subsequent analysis reveals what they are really telling you: 9 of 10 people who start treatment drop out. The one who finishes has a 60% “viral cure” rate (down to -0- HCV viral load) but a 35% relapse. Of the finishers, anywhere from 1-3 in 10 die from intra-liver bleeding after biopsies. And the likelihood is your doctors will think you are a nutcase for not agreeing to do the treatment, will treat you like dirt for dropping out of their program, threaten and bully you and you will come to understand that they are really and truly not your friends. My own research indicates that the Western HCV treatment protocols lead to liver transplants. The good news is with the billions flowing into the pockets of Schering-Plough and Hoffman-La Roche for these drugs, serious genetic research is unveiling the HCV life secrets and will inevitably lead not just to a cure, but to an enhanced understanding of life at the microscopic level.

3) Confused self-treatment approach: Without a firm foundation in medical studies, the vast majority of people with chronic HCV try this and that. A bit of thistle extract, strong vitamins, juicing, colloidal silver, hydrogen peroxide and other poisons, whatever their pharmacist suggests, or whatever they buy from their health food store employee/owner. These people eventually drift towards TCM, but their chances of finding a good practitioner are practically zero because there are so few outside of Taiwan and China.

Here’s my story: I found out I had HCV in the usual way, a frantic phone call left on an answering machine from a clinic nurse a couple of weeks after getting routine blood tests taken, not saying anything, but implying certain doom. In January 2000, I tore muscles around my right inguinal duct, deep in my groin while getting way too serious about bowling and a hernia pushed out on my right side, with a small swelling on my left. I’d only seen a physician once I was 18, and he turned down my request for antibiotics that I begged for to overcome a severe post-influenza bronchitis. (He couldn’t believe I refused to pay him for doing nothing. And it took me 6 months to recover from the bronchitis.)

So I called physicians in my insurance network, trying to find a good General Practitioner, not knowing that they’d “specialized” and now called themselves “Internists.” A neighborhood GP lied in response to questions I asked about his knowledge, abilities, and experience, but he only admitted this after he’d panicked for the 3rd time when getting my blood test results, and after basically extorting me to see a gastroenterologist he recommended. If I’d followed his and his buddy’s recommendations, I believe I would’ve died. The insurance company was of course disappointing, offering bad information and ridiculous advice. Internet research was very painstakingly slow. There is just so much out there that is repetitive or wrong or deficient.

Doing my internet research, I found out that a number of celebrities contracted HCV. Naomi Judd received national attention for her bravery, for being treated by interferon and ribavirin, but the attention went completely absent when she dropped out of the program and switched to Chinese medicine, stating that she would’ve died had she continued the treatments. All serious research on HCV treatments include a focus on medicines derived from such Chinese herbs as licorice, shisandra, reishi and shiitake mushrooms, salvia, peonia, angelica, astragalus, blupeurum, dandelion, gardenia, ho-shou-wu, forsythia, moutan, crataegus, and ginseng. Animal studies all point to Chinese herbal remedies as being far more effective treatments than the Western remedies. Strong curative properties of traditional herbal formulations are proven in laboratory testing of liver fibrosis in rats induced by carbon tetrachloride.

OK…Doctor 1, the “G.P.”: First blood test. Doctor and nurse freaked. Acted like I had a death sentence. Asked for a viral load test. Freaked again. Wouldn’t tell me over the phone or fax test result copies. Had to come in, over and over. Always had a full waiting room and most of the patients had respiratory problems, sneezing, allergies, and colds. Promised to refer me to a good friend surgeon, someone he’d known for many years. Caught him in first lie. He didn’t know one. I overheard him tell his nurse clerk to pull somebody from an old insurance book, anybody in the neighborhood. After hours of waiting, I gave up. Lots more problems with his office staff. Called in a complaint to him and to the insurance company about his clerical staff. Found general surgeon on my own. Hernia correction went well. Did lots of internet research that led me to Andrew & Jannie for treatment of HCV after really grasping the concept of immune strengthening.

HIPAA, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Law passed thru Congress in December 2000. Problems with the Doctor’s staff greatly worsened and they argued constantly with patients over medical records, refusing to provide them, charging money for test copies, as much as $ 5 per page. The GP’s physician partners dissolved the partnership. Doctor asked me to send requests to release my patient files back to him from storage warehouse in Mississippi. Asked me to provide test copies to him to help rebuild my file. Then he told me he couldn’t be my physician unless I saw a gastroenterologist friend of his, Dr. 2, the “G.I.”. My feelings about the experience with the GI were that it was frustrating, expensive, and it felt like a battle with an intelligent, self-obsessed, greedy, rude, clerk with a stethoscope. Presenting him with a complete set of HCV blood tests including the viral load ones costing $ 700 and obtained only the week before, the GI argued vehemently that he absolutely needed his own lab tests, so he ran them all again. The new set cost $ 1200 and provided no new information, just revenue for the GI. I overheard his entire voice recorder dictation of my case, and learned how much energy physicians spend playing defensive medicine. Self-protection is their principle motivation and it is disgusting. I mailed the test copies to the insurance company with a complaint about the doctor and about thoughtless approvals payments by the company for tests so obviously not needed.

Already really not appreciating the coercion, I began asking a lot of questions about HCV to the GP, and caught him looking up answers on the internet website for the NIH. I was so not impressed. Forcing him to tell me the absolute truth, the GP admitted he’d lied, wasn’t really a family doctor, but an allergist, a clerk who’d determined he could make a decent living prescribing Claritin and other antihistamines to people too lazy and stupid to change their diet.

Changing to a new GP, this one supposedly more holistic, and describing test copy and clerical problems to the doctor, complaints about wasted office visits and too little time spent with me, this doctor promised everything would be different. It wasn’t. He spent 12 minutes with me taking my history and physical, forced me to come back in to receive new test results, with no material change thus no reason to come in, offered to sell me the test copies I bought and paid for at $ 5/page. I haven’t been back, but I suppose I’ll have to, to obtain my own lab tests. Personally, I’d like to see acupuncturists licensed to handle lab tests, legitimized thru testing like nurse practitioners. I am very disappointed in the Western medicinal system, and personally in physicians that lie effortlessly and feel no remorse whatsoever when presented with the facts of their lying.  

That’s my story so far. I feel good. Quit smoking after 21 years. Drink very little. Watch my diet and control my emotions carefully. Exercise regularly with moderation. I am confident that the combination of acupuncture and herbs are slowly but surely improving my health.

-G-

           
 

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1. South Shepherd Clinic Location:
  2405 South Shepherd @ Westheimer (between Westheimer and Fairview), Houston, TX 77019.
  Tel: 713-529-8332    
Click here for the South Shepherd Clinic location map.

2. West Holcombe Clinic Location:
  2431 West Holcombe @Kirby (between Kirby and Fannin Street), Houston, TX77030.
The clinic is located at the corner of Kirby Drive and next to the Flower CornerTEL: 713-666-5667.
  Click here for the West Holcombe Clinic location map.
                       
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