In modern day clinic practice, acupuncture and Oriental medicine (AOM) is now part of mainstream healthcare as an alternative non-evasive plan of care for many patients today. At present, private insurance providers along with the public insurance providers, including Medicare and Veterans Affairs (VA) community care, have acupuncture benefits to some extent. The National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) is a nonprofit organization that aims to establish, assess, and promote recognized standards of competence and safety in acupuncture and Oriental medicine for the protection and benefit of the public and is the main regulatory body for AOM practitioners in the U.S.
Most people in the U.S. have vague understanding of AOM and the health benefits associated with these treatments. Oriental medicine (OM) encompasses the practice of acupuncture, herbal medicine, and Asian bodywork therapy and is a comprehensive healthcare system encompassing a variety of traditional healthcare therapies that have been used for more than 3,000 years in East Asian countries to diagnose and treat specific diseases, signs, and symptoms of illnesses, as well as prevent diseases by improving well-being.
How does AOM help alleviate or relieve different health conditions? 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 unitizing various other treatment modalities. OM herbal medicine addresses the root cause of a health condition, not just a symptom. These herbs treat the body as a holistic system and facilitate the body’s own healing mechanisms unitizing botanicals in signal use or multi-herbal formula.
Wisconsin ginseng is a standout amongst the most perceived herbal botanical natural products within OM and is the golden standard of American ginseng (Panax quinquefolius). The National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) conducts and supports research and provides information about complementary health products and practices such as the field of AOM.
Within AOM, Wisconsin ginseng is classified as tonifying herb with the following key characteristics: tonifies both the chi (Ki/Qi) and yin (Yin/Yang) and cools fire from yin deficiency. The bioactive components of Wisconsin ginseng are ginseng ginsenosides. Preclinical basic research and clinical research has studied the effects on the immune system, nervous system, cardiovascular system, inflammation, metabolism, cancer, and many other systems. These past studies have led to the discovery of the numerous biological mechanisms leading to adjunct treatment of important diseases along with supplementing conventional mainstream healthcare of Wisconsin ginseng as a safe and effective means. I have researched Wisconsin ginseng for years and look forward to continue presenting new findings in the future.
Dr. Eric Vandenhouten, Ph.D., Licensed acupuncturist (L.Ac), Doctor of Oriental medicine (D.O.M.), Diplomate of Oriental Medicine (Dipl. O.M. (NCCAOM)®), WaoMirc clinic’s President & Director of the Acupuncture, Oriental Medicine, and Integrative Health Medical Research Division.
Dr. Vandenhouten received all of his medical degrees from Zhejiang Chinese Medicine University after studying, working, and living in the People’s Republic of China for nearly 20 years full time. All three of his medical degrees were taught exclusively in the language of Mandarin not in the English language including classes, exams, and internships. WaoMirc clinic renders acupuncture and Oriental medicine treatment services and is accepting new patients. WAOMIRC GROUP LTD: 521 S MILITARY AVE., STE A, GREEN BAY, WI 54303-2209; 920-544-4022; www.drericvandenhouten.nccaomdiplomates.com/clinical-practice-and-online-appointments.