Uterine Fibroid (Myoma)


Myoma appears most frequently for women in ages between 20 and 50, more so during childbearing ages, and generally shrinks after menopause. Myoma is mostly non-cancerous and asymptomatic if it is small in size. Myoma can, however, pose serious threats depending on its size and location.

Myoma located inside the uterine wall (submucosal myoma) can cause one to be anemic by inducing heavy bleeding during menstruations and /or spotting between periods.  Myoma growing at this location can also be a cause for infertility, as it may occupy the implantation position of the fertilized egg.

As myoma grows larger in size, whether it be on the uterine wall (intramural) or on the exterior uterus wall (subserosal), it can create pressure not only on the uterus but also on other organs such as the bladder. Frequent urination, lower abdominal swelling and pain, lower back pain, and feeling heaviness on the lower abdomen are some of the symptoms observed. A large myoma can also be a cause for premature delivery or even miscarriage.

While myoma, or any mass growing on the uterus, is not easy to get rid of, it can be treated with accurate diagnosis and appropriate treatment. In Chinese medicine, myoma is seen as a symptom itself and has several different root causes. Chinese medicine treats both the symptoms and the root causes of myoma. As myoma has the tendency to grow back even after its surgical removal, it is very important to treat the root causes and symptoms simultaneously so that myoma can be removed and not have it grow back again. Chinese herbs along with acupuncture work to diminish the size of myoma and eventually make it disappear without hormonal therapy or surgery. Proper advises for healthy lifestyle pattern and diet must also complement the treatment to prevent any recurrence of myoma.

Urinary Tract Infection (UTI)


UTI is a fairly common ailment among women, especially as woman’s urethra is shorter than that of man’s. A first time occurrence of UTI can be treated either with antibiotics or Chinese herbs, with hopes that it would only be a simple infection, and not recur. With repeated recurrence, one would need to think about the underlying cause that brings about the UTI.

Anyone can be diagnosed with UTI just the way one would catch a cold – only in a very unpleasant form. Even the healthiest person can have an ailment when the living environment is not moderate. For instance, a perfectly healthy person could catch a cold by staying outside on a cold, rainy day for an extended period of time. One-time infection could happen as such. If an individual is more prone to catch cold while others are not, it is more likely caused by the individual’s overall body constitution that is responsible for the susceptibility.

Recurrent episodes of UTI immediately tell us that there is some weakness and/or disharmony of internal organs in the body. Possible organ in question could be kidney, urinary bladder, etc.  It is important to note that treating only the present symptoms cannot prevent future occurrence for chronic illness. As UTI is an outward symptom of illness in your internal organ, it will naturally be cured by treating both present infection and the root cause. Accurate diagnose and appropriate prescription of Chinese medicine not only treat the current UTI, but prevent its recurrence by enhancing the state of health of the organs and/or balancing their functionality.

Urinary Incontinence


Urinary incontinence is a common ailment among the elderly. It limits one’s daily life activities due to frequent urge to urinate. Those with urinary incontinence do not feel inclined to travel long distances, go to theater, or even meet people because of their need to constantly rush to the bathroom. Urinary incontinence is also a cause of disruptions in sleep. Frequent disruptions in sleep due to the need for bathroom trips means they cannot have a restful sleep. This results in tiredness during daytime that limits daily activities. Many people with urinary incontinence are forced to wear diapers through the day and night. For some, even the thickest diapers are not enough at night. Bedwetting is a common problem for elderly with urinary incontinence. 

While Urinary bladder holds the urine, the energy to control the urinary bladder and sphincter comes from the kidneys. Urinary incontinence thus usually caused by weak kidneys. This explains why the elderly are more prone to urinary incontinence, as kidneys become weak with age and gradually lose the energy to control urine habits. Hence, urinary incontinence can be controlled by enhancing the kidney and urinary bladder functions.

Zhi Niao San at Woo Shin Acupuncture is a traditional Chinese Medicine formula to control urinary incontinence by enhancing the kidney and bladder energy. By boosting the affected organs, Zhi Niao San significantly reduces urination frequency. Those taking Zhi Niao San have reported much better sleep, more energy during daytime, and also less frequent bathroom trips during daytime.

Pre-Menstrual Syndrome (PMS) and Acupuncture


PMS manifests itself either emotionally or physically, and in many cases, both. Symptoms on the emotional side include depression, anxiety, mood swings, insomnia, aggressiveness, anger, sadness, irritability, and even feeling of guilt for her life before the period. As for physical symptoms, abdominal distention/pain, breasts tenderness/pain, skin problems, edema, lower/higher libido than usual, devouring of food, tiredness, and insomnia are some of the main issues. Duration and severity of PMS can vary amongst individuals. PMS affects not only the quality of the patient’s life but her family and friends as well. 

Nevertheless, many individuals perceive the PMS as a normal phenomenon, as PMS has become a common illness in modern world. Given that stress is a main cause for PMS, among other causes (physical strain, excessive consumption of fatty food, blood deficiency, etc.), it is hardly surprising to see so many suffer from PMS in the evermore stressful society in the recent times.

As the menstrual cycle is part of a normal physiological phenomenon for women to maintain healthy body functions, physically healthy and psychologically sound individuals should not have PMS. Put in another way, it is not normal to have PMS, despite its rising numbers today.



As incomprehensible as it may sound the first time you hear it, indecisiveness is a character affected by an internal organ – the gallbladder. If something as simple as deciding what coffee you want in the morning or what to order from the menu is giving you the sweats, it could, of course, be that the choices around us are all too enticing — or, it could just be that your weakened gallbladder is making you a bit more timid when it comes to making decisions.

Gallbladder, in Chinese medicine, is responsible for pumping up the courage to make decisions and take initiatives. It is thus difficult for those with weakened gallbladders to make decisions, whether it be bold ones or trivial.

Those with weak gallbladders tend to be timid, lacking the drive to do things. They are also prone to waking up early in the morning for no apparent external reason. Not being in a healthy state of body, they toss and turn, fall back asleep again, and wake up late. Weakened gallbladder also manifests itself in some individuals with tiredness and depression.

While indecisiveness is not necessarily an illness, it can be a recognizable sign that the gallbladder is not in a very healthy state. Acupuncture, combined with natural herbal medicine treatment, can have great effects to address the matter and bring back your normal self again.



A frequent topic at the clinic, hives affect so many lives in today’s world, and there are so many of them left frustrated at the persistency of the condition. There are people who have lived with hives for varying periods of time ranging up to ten plus years. Uses of anti-histamine either topically or internally, which have grown to be common practice, help relieving the symptoms. The problem with just anti-histamine treatment is that it is difficult to get rid of hives completely. Hives, or hypersensitivity, among other skin disorders, is hard to treat, which is the very reason why people live with it for so many years despite trying variety of treatment.

Causative factors can be vary – stress, cold, hot, food, weather, scratching, tiredness, exposure to sun, lack of sleep, and also no apparent reason at all. Chinese Medicine tells us that hives flare up with disorders in internal organs, even though medical tests do not reveal any abnormality. It could be any organ in the system – liver, spleen, stomach, lung, etc. Disorders in organs can be physiological, emotional, or both.

While it is difficult to treat hives, especially when it becomes chronic, it can be treated with correct diagnosis and treatment accordingly. Since hives are likely to be a chronic condition, Chinese herbs along with acupuncture is strongly recommended.

Hives is an outward symptom of disorders in internal organs, but the problematic organ differs person to person, even though the visible symptoms are the same. Quite naturally, the acupuncture and herbal treatments differ for individuals. It is important that patients see an acupuncturist to diagnose exactly which internal organ is suffering from disorders that caused the symptoms. Acupuncture, along with Chinese herbal medicine, addresses the fundamental health issues by treating the internal organs, rather than focus solely on the outward symptoms.

Food and Medicine


Food and medicine share the same origin. Every living creature requires food to sustain its life, and a healthy one for that matter, as all necessary nutrients must be derived from a balanced diet. Every food consumed contains a certain degree of medicinal property – just as some food have strong nutritional values while others are less potent, some have strong effects of curing certain diseases while others have milder effect. Hence, Chinese medicine describes medicine as having the same origin as food, outlining the importance of balanced and nutritious meals. Generally, the food we commonly eat in everyday life has only mild therapeutic effects and does not result in any reaction, but rather works to harmonize one’s body system.

Humans have known what to eat and what not to eat by the course of nature. Interestingly, Chinese people have found over course of time that certain medicinal properties of food can be identified by the taste. Some prime examples of taste-to-medicinal properties are shown below.

Sweet Food

Primarily affecting the spleen, sweet tasting food generally enhances the energy level by providing calories, harmonizes the body system, and works to comfort the muscular and nervous systems to relieve pain.

The following is a partial list of food belonging to the category of sweet food:

  • Chinese dates
  • Licorice
  • Selected grains (rice, wheat, brown rice, oats, corn, etc.)
  • Potatoes
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Fruits
  • Nuts
  • Selected vegetables (tomato, pumpkin, lotus root, eggplant, carrot, beet, asparagus, etc.)
  • Mushrooms
  • Brown sugar
  • Honey
  • Chicken
  • Beef
  • Lamb
  • Fish (including carp, eel, halibut, and salmon)

Bitter Food

Bitter food is known to affect the heart, and has a cold property, or, in Chinese medicine terminology, cold in nature. In effect, bitter food can work to relieving fever and inflammation, and also work as natural antibiotic and antiviral. There are only a few bitter foods in an ordinary diet, and, perhaps naturally, those are some of the effective medicines treating ailments.

The following is a partial list of food belonging to the category of bitter food:

  • Bitter melons
  • Grapefruits (sweet, sour, bitter)
  • Asparagus (slightly bitter)
  • Broccoli (slightly bitter)
  • Celery
  • Lettuce

Sour Food

Primarily having effects on the liver, sour food can work as an astringent to stop diarrhea, runny nose, sweat, and abnormal discharges such as those from leucorrhea. Sour food also generates fluids to help relieve thirst, which can come as a relief for excessive thirst from diabetes.

The following is a partial list of food belonging to the category of sour food:

  • Grapes
  • Oranges
  • Grapefruits
  • Pomegranates
  • Plums
  • Vinegar

Salty Food

Salty food mostly affects the kidney, and works as softeners and creates a flow downward in the digestive system. Effectively, salty food can work to relieve constipation as a purgative. Other effects include dissolving of hard masses such as tumors, lumps, nodules, etc.

The following is a partial list of food belonging to the category of salty food:

  • Duck
  • Pork
  • Crab
  • Clams
  • Cuttlefish
  • Octopus
  • Jelly fish
  • Mussels
  • Oysters
  • Abalones
  • Sea cucumbers
  • Seaweeds

Acrid and Pungent Food

Having most notable effects on the lungs, acrid and pungent food is generally aromatic, having the properties to scatter, move, and disperse. This works to transport blood, fluid, and qi when stagnated. Acrid and pungent food is mostly warm or hot in nature, and, in effect, helps to warm the human body from the inside when one feels cold.

The following is a partial list of food belonging to the category of acrid and pungent food:

  • Black pepper
  • Cinnamon
  • Gingers
  • Fennel seeds
  • Anise seeds
  • Basil
  • Onions

Bland Food

Bland food can affect the lung, spleen, stomach, and urinary bladder. Bland food is good for water retention, which can work to treat edema. Bland food also works well in losing weight, as well as treating hyperglycemia, hypertension, and diabetes.

  • Corn silk
  • Job’s tears
  • Cucumbers

As most food has more than one taste, it assumes more than one therapeutic effect. Using the above lists as guide, one can choose his or her diet depending on the health conditions. Although what we consume as regular diet has only mild medicinal effects, it is important that we do not over-consume any one selected category of food. A well-balanced diet is the foundation of a healthy life.

Emotions and Organs


Emotions are a central element to what makes us human, yet it cannot be scientifically measured or digitized. Nonetheless, their effects on health and the associated physical symptoms are very real.

Chinese medicine tells us of five categories of emotions with potential effects on the human internal organs with enough dose: sadness, joy, worry, anger, and fright. Each emotion is associated with a specific organ: Lung is effected by sadness, heart by joy, spleen by worry, liver by anger, and kidney by fear or fright. What we need to watch out for is frequent bursts of emotions or prolonged period of emotional state, which may damage the associated organs, actually doing physical harm in the form of emotional stress. Chinese Medicine puts substantial focus on emotional stress in treating and preventing numerous illnesses. Below is a highlight of relationships between each emotion and organ.


Needless to say, sadness is a natural human emotion. Prolonged period of sadness or excessive degree of sadness, however, can adversely affect the lung, potentially causing various health complications.

Take a case study of a patient who lost her spouse. So great was her grief, and understandably so, she lived in sadness for over 10 years. Once an active and energetic businesswoman, she gradually lost energy in her daily life, and developed constipation and COPD seven years after losing her spouse. Such profound effects of human emotion are only too common around us. In Chinese Medicine, the lung is associated with sadness, which can affect the energy level, as well as having an effect on the large intestine. Acupuncture treatments for the aforementioned patient were focused on revival of her lung functions, which have indeed produced positive results.

One cannot prevent becoming sad, as sadness is a natural human emotion, but it is important to seek help to cope with and overcome the suffering. Deep and lingering sadness can do great harm to body and soul. There are various options, and acupuncture is one that can directly address both physical and emotional damages done by sadness.


It may seem strange to find joy under the category of potentially harmful emotion. Sure enough, joy is the opposite of sadness. Joy, like all other emotions, is a natural emotion we feel in normal daily life. Complications arise, however, with excessive bursts of it. Heart is the organ affected by excessive joy. Palpitation, crying, shortness of breath, red face, difficulty in speech, and insomnia are some of the symptoms of excessive joy. For most people, these symptoms disappear as the emotion returns to normal state, in a few days at most. For others, they can develop into recurring conditions due to frequent occasions of excessive joy or to a pre-existing conditions such as heart issues.

In rare occasions, extreme joy can be a cause of death. A death has been reported at the World Cup soccer match after which an elderly died of heart attack, following a victory of his supporting team.

Palpitation in itself is a symptom to a problem that needs medical attention. Excessive emotions, including joy, can be cause to visible symptoms like palpitation. Whether emotions are involved or not, acupuncture, along with other forms of Chinese medicine, can help attending to the health of the heart.


The organ most affected by worry is spleen, as is documented in the Chinese medicine literature. Appetite drops in state of worry, as the spleen controls appetite and can be the cause for abdominal distention and diarrhea due to its close association with the stomach. In Chinese medicine, Spleen produces Qi by absorbing the essence of digested food from the stomach. A healthy spleen of a worry-free individual would therefore result in a high-level of energy. On the other hand, when you are in a deep worry, the spleen, in its poor form, fails to work properly to generate appetite. In turn, the stomach cannot accept sufficient amount of food due to the dropped appetite, and also experiences difficulty digesting food, potentially causing abdominal distention. Even if you were able to eat, indigestion and diarrhea often follow. Consequently, the stomach provides only so much essence to your spleen, resulting in dropped level of energy in your body. This causes a vicious cycle of further-dropped appetite, which may eventually induce more serious implications, including tumors or even cancers.

Do not take any emotional stress for granted. Acupuncture has an excellent efficacy for stress that has been empirically proven for thousands of years.


Liver is the organ associated with anger. Some of the most serious illnesses that we encounter at the clinic are caused by anger. Common symptoms include red face, red eyes, breathlessness, high blood pressure, blurred vision, dizziness, unconsciousness, incoherent speech, and, and severe cases, stroke.

Anger produces heat in liver. The redness in the face and eyes are caused by the heat from the liver travelling upward. Blood volume can quickly decrease as it is dried up from the heat. Not enough nourishment is transported through the human body, and the face in particular, when there is not enough blood. This malnourishment caused by lack of blood can subsequently cause the above-mentioned symptoms. Stroke is an extreme example of its consequences – it too is caused by the lack of blood flow to the brain. Diabetes is an illness sometimes caused by severe anger. While the head is the most commonly affected area, anger can cause problems in all parts of the body, as the heat produced in the Liver can quickly spread to elsewhere.

Acupuncture treats both the illness caused by anger and the anger itself. As with all illnesses, the earlier you seek treatment, the more effective and quicker you will see results.

Fear and Fright

People wetting their pants from fear or frightful experiences is a very real symptom, caused by the kidney being drained of Qi from fear. Urinary bladder functions to hold and release urine, but the qi that controls the urinary bladder comes from kidney. Due to this close relationship between urinary bladder and kidney, the urinary bladder weakens as the kidney weakens. This is why, when gripped by extreme fear, the urinary functions cannot be controlled at will. This can be seen more clearly with young children, whose kidneys are not yet fully developed, with bedwetting episodes at night, and even pants wetting during the day when exposed to a very frightful situation.  As children grow up, the kidney will eventually develop to be stronger. However, if the bedwetting is persistent as they grow up, it means their kidneys are weakened for one reason or another and treatments become necessary. Adults can experience the same symptoms under the same circumstances when their kidneys are weak. Treatments should be focused on strengthening of the kidney and relaxing of mind at the same time.

Common Cold and Flu


Common cold – a self-explanatory name – is common to people of all ages and both sexes. Common cold is called flu, when taken more severe symptoms and becomes endemic to spread to a large number of people. We are prone to catch cold all year round, but more so during winter and spring time, especially with seasonal changes where temperature fluctuates in wide ranges throughout the day. Cold typically runs its own course until recovery, which may last anywhere from a week to three weeks, depending on its severity and one’s physical conditions.

That said, the duration and severity of symptoms can be remarkably reduced when acupuncture treatment is given at the beginning stage of cold. With proper treatment at early signs of cold, perhaps within the first day or two, it is not uncommon to see full recovery from cold within the next day or two. If you feel you have caught a cold, do not wait for acupuncture treatment. As is with most illnesses, time is of the essence. The sooner it is to receive treatment, the quicker it is for your body to recover.

Beauty Puncture


Beauty puncture is an anti-aging treatment of your face, mostly needling the face and few other acupuncture points to strengthen the body-constitution as a whole, resulting in younger and healthier and younger facial skin. By needling facial points directly related to body organs (mostly digestive organs, including stomach, intestine, liver, etc.), the digestive system gets a boost with good qi (energy) movement, thus enhancing metabolism and constitution, which in turn revitalizes the skin. The local needling on the face also directly boosts the qi movement and blood circulation of the face.  

The common myth of the beauty puncture is that one could see drastic changes on the face immediately after treatment, as you would after cosmetic surgeries.

Beauty Puncture is not surgery. It does not directly remove aging spots or wrinkles by removing loose skin as surgery would, but rather strengthens the skin to have enough turgor to prevent wrinkles. It can also remove or lighten aging spots by enhancing the whole body constitution – what is known as the holistic treatment. The body needs time to regenerate and recover tissues through a series of treatments – ranging from five to seven, before you can physically see the difference. While the slow process might seem discouraging, it offers not only the healthier skin but also enhancements to the whole body constitution. As changes are made with the holistic point of view, beauty puncture has no complication that may arise from cosmetic surgery, including but not limited to scar which causes blockage of qi and blood movement – something that accelerates the aging process.

Beautiful Baby and Acupuncture


Acupuncturists have found an acupuncture point for a healthy baby over a long time. This point, inserted on both legs with gold needles between the 1st and 2nd trimester of a pregnancy, will help one have a baby with healthy body and mind. We call this the “beautiful baby point”.

What Is Acupuncture?

(East Asian Medicine, Traditional Chinese Medicine)


Acupuncture has been practiced for over 2000 years for treating various illnesses as well as promoting wellbeing throughout the history of China.

Based on its holistic view in human body, traditional Chinese medicine has established a comprehensive system of natural methods of healing ailments. Today, for its highly individualized and customized healing mechanism and its ability to revitalize body’s healing facility, traditional Chinese medicine is providing its benefits to the people around the globe.

One of many doctrines in traditional Chinese medicine in treatment is one that relates emotions to body organs. When one is overly excited with certain emotion, the corresponding organ may be affected in one way or another.

Shown below is a list of key relations between emotions and internal organs:

  • Lung: sadness, grief
  • Spleen: anxiety, cognitive activity
  • Heart: joy, happiness
  • Liver: anger
  • Kidney: fear, fright