Chunchieh Bruce Sun

Acupuncture

Chunchieh (Bruce), is the founder of Sun Wellness Care (2002) and has worked as a revered acupuncturist for over a decade.  He is the campus director of East-West Healing Arts Institute in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Bruce joins us with a wealth of training education and experience. He is a licensed/certified acupuncturist in Illinois and Wisconsin, is a Master of Science in Oriental Medicine, and has a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition from the Midwest Collect of Oriental Medicine. He was certified in 2015 as a Diplomate of Oriental Medicine by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine.

You can schedule an acupuncture appointment by calling our office at 262.695.5311.  Bruce’s regular schedule will be Mondays and Thursdays from 10AM to 7PM and Fridays 9AM to 6PM. If you have questions our staff will be happy to assist you; or if you would like to speak with Bruce in advance of care, we will be happy to arrange a conversation.

Brief Explanation of Acupuncture

Acupuncture and oriental medicine (AOM) have become increasingly popular in the United States. Often referred to as Eastern medicine, they encompass a variety of modalities.

An estimated 36 percent of U.S. adults use complementary and alternative medicine (CAM), according to a survey by the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, a component of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Not surprisingly, acupuncture has become one of the most common forms of CAM.

Brief Explanation of Acupuncture

Acupuncture is the stimulation of specific points on the body, by insertion of very fine, sterile, stainless steel needles to elicit a predictable physiological response. This stimulus may also be administered to the points using pressure techniques with the hands (acupressure) or the application of heat by various methods.

Acupuncturists assess a patient’s syndrome or pattern of disharmony by using a set of diagnostic skills that involve four areas:

  • questioning

  • palpation

  • visual inspection

  • olfactory-auditory data collection

The acupuncturist determines the necessary treatment strategy to prompt the patient back to functional harmony by discriminating the exact pattern of the body’s physiological response to pathogenic factors.

The acupuncturist’s skill at determining the appropriate points to treat is based upon his/her ability to accurately distinguish the presenting pattern, knowledge of correct points to address that pattern and knowledge of the proper type of stimulus for each point. The possession of this knowledge and skills is the key distinction between a professional certified acupuncturist and other health care providers who employ acupuncture only as a modality.

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TCM BODY CLOCK I

According to Chinese medicine theory, our body consists of an energy network called the meridian system. There are twelve regular meridians that make up the main part of the meridian system. The twelve meridians have a lateral and symmetrical distribution on the head, face, trunk and limbs, distribute symmetrically on both sides of the body and are paired throughout the body and maintain the physical, mental and spiritual balance.
Our Qi or circulating life force is more prevalent in different meridians at different times. As the picture shows, for example, from 3 am to 5 am, Qi mainly flows through the Lung Meridian and enters the Large Intestine Meridian at 5 am-7 am, and then the Stomach Meridian from 7 am-9 am. In this way, the meridian cycle is continuous as the Qi flows through the body starting from the abdominal area to arms, head, then down to toes, and back to the abdominal area over and over.

1. Lung Meridian (3 am to 5 am)
The Lung Meridian originates from the abdominal area, then runs downwards connecting with the large intestines. It then goes upwards and passes through the diaphragm to connect with the lungs. It branches out from the armpit and runs down along the thumb side to the tip of the thumb.

When Lung Qi is weak, people might wake up regularly from 3 am to 5 am, sigh frequently and may suffer from a cold, asthma, allergies, wheezing or coughing (lung symptoms).
The Lung Meridian is more directly involved with grief. Normal and healthy grief expressed as sobbing originates in the depths of the lungs and expresses itself through deep breaths and the expulsion of air with the sobs. Chronic unexpressed grief can create disharmony in the lungs and weaken the Lung Qi. This in turn can interfere with the lung’s role of circulating Qi around the body.

Techniques to assist the Lung Meridian can be done by:

  1. Letting one arm relax naturally and turning the palm forward.
  2. With the other hand, pat, beginning at the upper chest, then moving down the shoulder, along the outer side of the arm, all the way down to the tip of the thumb.

Doing this can assist in stimulating Lung Qi and nourish the Lung Meridian. 

Foods that are nourishing for lungs include sesame, honey, apples, papayas, almonds and pears.

Acupressure Points for Menopause

TCM Winter Care Tips

We just had the first snow of the year not long ago. Winter is coming.
Winter is the season for the kidney meridian energy and about energy storage. Kidney meridian energy is the fundamental energy for other internal organs and body growth and development. Deficient kidney meridian energy could cause soreness of the lower back and knees, cold limbs, frequent urination (day and/or night), fertility issues, hearing issue, hair issues, (hair loss, gray hairs) bone density
issues, and so on.

The warming foods such as: cabbage, kale mustard greens, onions, garlic, winter squash, leeks, chives, scallions, seeds, and nuts, most meats, including chicken and lamb, cayenne pepper, cinnamon, cloves, dry ginger, basil and rosemary are preferred in winter. However, it will need to be based on individual constitutions. Any cold, raw food and overeating should be avoided.

Sleeping early at night, staying warm, minor and no intensive exercise are important things to do to reserve more kidney meridian energy. If you have any concerns about the winter food and your personal situations, please consult with Bruce Sun for the Chinese medicine nutritional information.

November 2020, Chunchieh Bruce Sun, CAc, MSOM, Dipl OM is offering acupuncture and Chinese medicine services to patients who are free of symptoms at Ommani. He’s available on Mondays and Fridays. Call our office at 262.695.5311 to schedule an
appointment. Bruce is always open to speaking with people in advance to discuss care concerns.