Guoen Wang is a doctor of acupuncture in Austin Texas (he is not an M.D.)
He graduated from the Shashi School of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Heilongjiang University of Traditional Chinese Medicine in the People’s Republic of China. “My father encouraged me to study acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine,” Dr. Wang recalls.
One time, his father suffered severe headaches. He went to a regular doctor who offered surgery which scared him. Then he went to a Chinese medicine doctor who was in his 70’s.
After a regimen of prescribed herbs for about 7 to 8 days he finally got well, completely.
Before coming to Texas in 1995, Dr. Wang taught at the Hubei College of Chinese Medicine for over a year.
He applied for a visa at the invitation of Stuart Watts, who voiced interest in hiring him as an instructor at the Academy ofOriental Medicine in Austin-AOMA. (Dr. Wang taught at AOMA for 7 years, as instructor and herbal dean. 1995-2001)
Leaving China for the United States was not an easy decision for Dr. Wang and his wife. “But I was looking for more opportunities for personal growth,” he says.
Having studied English in school, he felt confident about being able to improve his fluency. He also knew that acupuncture was growing in acceptance and popularity in the United States.
What is acupuncture?
From the traditional Chinese perspective, the forces of yin andyang (sometimes described as female and male or passive and active) act throughout the cosmos and, thus, in the human body aswell.
Practitioners believe that acupuncture is effective in restoring health and relieving pain because it modulates the distribution of yin and yang in the body, thereby restoring natural balance.
The study of acupuncture requires rigorous training that includes formal study of biology, anatomy, and pathology. A thorough knowledge of human anatomy is essential to place needles at strategic points that govern various systems of the body.
Needles inserted at precise points along 12 pathways defined within the body, each associated with a major organ such as liver, kidney, and heart, can restore the flow of the vital life force to its original free and harmonious nature.
Dr. Wang’s goal is to free his patients from symptoms and help them stay well. In his words: “Be symptom free and even medication free”
“I like to see people happy and living without pain. When I help someone with a problem, I feel happy.”
Sometimes, even he is surprised at the level and rapidity of healing that follow his treatments.
One of his most exciting moments occurred during a house call to treat a patient in great pain. The patient, who was suffering from an old injury, could not get out of bed or walk for a week. Dr. Wang carefully studied the case, determined the source of the man’s pain, and then inserted acupuncture needles.
Thirty minutes later, after the needles were removed, the mangot out of bed, with joyful tears in his eyes. “That was a most unusual case,” Dr. Wang admits. “I’ll never forget it!”
At home with his family, Dr. Wang enjoys activities with his family. Sometimes He plays Ping Pong, basketball with family and friends.
In the evenings, Dr. Wang often studies English books to improve his communication skills or reads through Chinese medicine publications to update his medical skill.
He also practices tai chi, an exercise skill he learn back when he was in Chinese medical school in 1983.
“It’s a kind of internal sport,” he observes. “It combines meditation and relaxation with exercise.” He got his permanent residency status in 1999.
He travels often back to China for more advanced study of Chinese medicine.
In the hands of skilled professionals like Dr. Wang, the ancient Oriental medical art of acupuncture is gaining respect among Western medical doctors and researchers.
Western medical science has long been skeptical of alternative medicines that defy empirical analysis; however, many traditional medical practitioners now concede that acupuncture often achieves remarkable results and increasingly view it as a complementary treatment.
Over the years Dr. Wang, now 43, has built a thriving acupuncture practice in Austin, Texas. As a master herbalist, he creates proprietary blends of herbal supplements, tonics, and teas. Many of his treatments combine acupuncture with herbal remedies.
Although Dr. Wang has witnessed “miracles” from acupuncture, he refuses to promise impossible cures.
Rather, he points out simply that this Oriental medical technique, practiced in China for over 4,000 years, has a remarkable record of relieving pain, reducing symptoms, restoring and improving overall general health.
* Dr. Wang got his Medical Chinese Medicine Degree from China, and he specializes in Chinese Medicine