Why don’t you try acupuncture?

Acupuncture is part of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) and dates back thousands of years. It involves inserting fine needles into specific points on the skin or applying various other techniques to the acupuncture points to bring about healing.

Acupuncture has been an essential part of medicine for thousands of years in the East and has been catching up with the practices in the West. It is said that the first recorded use of acupuncture was by Dr. Berlioz at the Paris medical School in 1810. Although until recently, acupuncture has been a fad for models and Hollywood artists through what they call “cosmetic acupuncture.”

(Left) That’s Dra. Chan working her magic (Right) About 50 fine needles were used for my boyfriend

A couple of days back, my boyfriend has been experiencing pain on his back. He’s tried having hilot (the Filipino traditional massage) but it didn’t work. So when I remembered my highschool friend, Dra. Edessa Chan, who studied traditional Chinese medicine in Xiamen, I immediately texted her and asked for an appointment.

Acupoint Therapeutic Clinic offers acupuncture and other traditional oriental medicines to help re-balance the body, clear the mind, improve health and total wellness. They provide effective alternative healthcare to decrease dependence on pharmaceutical drugs and improve overall health and quality of life.

Step 1: Acupuncture + TDP

We got her packaged service of acupunture-TDP-ventosa-massage service and this all happens in an hour. When I asked my boyfriend is he feels any pain, he said he hardly felt the needles in his body. All the while he thought he only had 10 needles in him until I counted them all at 50.

Then the TDP lamp is used to heat his back. TDP has been proven to be effective in soothing medical conditions such as muscle and joint stiffness and pain, and muscular back pain.

Step 2: Medical Massage

The clinical massage or medical massage provides a deep tissue massage and lymphatic drainage. It releases the traumatized muscles and brings it back to its natural state and flexibility.

Step 3: Ventosa cups. Ouch!

No pain, no gain. Obviously my boyfriend’s problem is a worsening muscle spasm. The final step ensures to get rid of the tissue congestion in his body through ventosa. Dra. Chan was really good at this and did it very swiftly. The idea of ventosa cups is to pull out the wind trapped in your body. The vacuum created by the cups lifts the skin and promote blood circulation. This will then remove the toxins to allow the body to feel relaxed and well-rested. Don’t worry, the pain is tolerable. Normally, the marks left by ventosa cupping will be gone in a week or two.

After just two sessions, my boyfriend now is back in his game. His back pain is totally gone (Thanks, Desa!) but the ventosa marks have lightened but are still there–it has only been 4 days anyway.

If you want to check out Acupoint Therapeutic Clinic, I am posting their services below.

You may get in touch with them through Facebook.

Acupoint Therapeutic Clinic
Room 22, Joyce Apartelle, N. Domingo Street, Pedro Cruz, 1500 Manila, Philippines
Tel 726-2911; 726-2912 local 22
Mobile 09282138670


  1. Gd pm ask ko lng po kung ngksprain s pallaro ng basketball at matagal, pde po b un mgamot ng acupuncture? Salamat po

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