Traditional Chinese Medicine
Traditional Chinese medicine originated in ancient China and has developed over 2,500 years into a comprehensive system of healthcare. It is still the first choice for millions of people and is every bit as relevant to health and quality of life today. In its country of origin, Chinese medicine is not seen as an alternative form of therapy, but is used in state hospitals alongside modern medicine.
Dr Wan has been practising acupuncture and Chinese medicine here in Bristol since 1993 and during this time has helped thousands of patients with a range of different health conditions.
Treating the whole person
Chinese medicine is holistic and takes into account not only medical symptoms but also the age, habits, diet, lifestyle and physical and emotional traits of each individual. It then attempts to put together an overall picture of the patient in order to evaluate any patterns of disharmony that have arisen.
Health is a state of total harmony between the physical, emotional and spiritual aspects of the individual. Illness, on the other hand, is a disharmony that manifests itself as certain symptoms. On their own, the symptoms are often unimportant, being merely a part of the syndromes of harmony or disharmony that make up the whole person.
Consultation and diagnosis
When you feel unwell enough to seek medical advice, what would you really like to happen? Firstly, you want to be sure that the practitioner has the time to get to grips properly with whatever is troubling you. Secondly, you need to be convinced that the diagnosis is based on your particular condition. With acupuncture and Chinese medicine, a detailed understanding is needed of your symptoms, medical and family history, lifestyle and diet, and your work and emotional states, as well as an examination of your pulse and tongue.
You need to have trust that the treatment prescribed is tailor-made to your requirements. Individuality is what Chinese medicine is all about. The course of treatment you receive will be specific to your particular condition and help you to take care and control of your own health.
In safe hands
Acupuncture and Chinese medicine practitioners in the UK have differing levels of training but Dr Wan’s training and experience can give you the confidence to know you are in safe hands. He studied both Chinese and Western medicine for eight years at Shanghai University (1980-88). After being awarded bachelor’s and master’s degrees in medicine, he gained considerable experience in clinical practice in a university hospital, as well as teaching in the university for five years (1988-93). He has published six research papers and four books on Chinese medicine and acupuncture.
Dr Wan was invited to come to England in 1993 as a fully qualified practitioner and vastly experienced acupuncturist, Chinese herbalist and lecturer in Chinese medicine. He has built up a very busy practice and has taught acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine to hundreds of British students and European medical doctors.