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"Acupuncture Isn't at All a Placebo Effect"

Dr. Martin Wang, R. Ac., M.D. (China), Ph.D.

Thank you for visiting our website and for your interest in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). We would like to take a moment to cherish the memory to Dr. Martin Wang, R. Ac, M.D.(China), PhD.
Dr. Martin Wang, R. Ac., a major co-founder of Millwoods Acupuncture & Massage Centre and several other Traditional Chinese Medicine clinics in Alberta had a long and illustrious professional background spanning three continents.
He had a vision of a new era of alternative healthcare. His creative direction of setting up multiple clinics and perfecting his craft as an acupuncturist and physician were the driving forces behind his research and practice of health care for almost four decades.


The Publications of Dr. Martin Wang, R. Ac., M.D. (China), Ph.D.

Currently, some researchers stated that acupuncture is merely a placebo effect. Theoretically, a placebo effect needs a person (patient) to be clear in mind being able to react to the outside emotional or actual stimulation, able to analyze, to make summary and then to react to the stimulation. A large number of acupuncture researches and clinic reports from China indicated that acupuncture can work on clinic conditions, in which the patient is with almost no, or very weak consciousness, such as coma, shock, dementia, persistent vegetative state. These data strongly suggest and support that acupuncture can work by itself without need to depend on a placebo effect, though a placebo effect could follow ANY medical remedies, including acupuncture, in mind-clear patient. Unfortunately, it is very rare in the western countries to have acupuncture trial on these clinic conditions.


Why you should try Traditional Chinese Medicine?

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is a complete medical system, not only a complementary therapy. It has existed for more than five thousand years in China and helped millions of Chinese throughout history treat the assaults of many infectious and non-infectious, physical and emotional diseases. It still helps people avoid various acute and chronic diseases.

A Chinese summary of the success of TCM in the period from 1950 to 2006, during which diseases such as SARS and AIDS came along, has shown that it can be very effective. In April 2007, Chinese Government announced that it will re-emphasize its TCM system, nation wide, as a main healthcare system to solve its daily healthcare crisis and to control spread of infectious diseases. At least in one of the big city zone in China (Shang Hai city), the local government enforces that every community hospital should have TCM services, in addition to the typical Western medical system, to help the treatment of current diseases and for better prevention of disease in the communities. The weakness of the Western Medicine in the prevention of illness has been well recognized.


Why you should try our acupuncture?

You should think about us if you did not get help from your current medicine system or from other alternative therapists. This is because we are proud of our high success rate and fast healing effects.

High success rate: we can help most of our clients to reduce or eliminate their health problems. This is because we perform complimentary TCM therapies the same time, which include acupuncture, Chinese herbal therapy, cupping, moxibustion, ear acupressure, bleeding therapy and Chinese massage.

The fact is that only a few of acupuncture clinics in Edmonton have both acupuncture and Chinese herbal therapies, whereas the herbal therapy is the main stream of the TCM therapies.

When you should come to us?

  • You have tried western medicine for a long time. Your health problem, such as pain, poor sleeping, depression, chronic fatigue, subsides to some extent but you have to take that chemical drugs years and years.
  • You have to wait for weeks or months for clinic exam, for visiting a "specialist" for further consulting, or for a surgery.
  • When you are very weak with poor sleeping, constipation, lot of sweat, poor appetite or digestion... after a severe disease attack, such as acute inflammation, heart attack, stroke, or a surgical operation.
  • Whenever your family doctor tells or implies that he cannot help you any more, such as for a late stage cancer, MS, paralysis, menopause syndrome
  • Remember always come to us see if we can help you in a different way. It is better to have a second opinion. Your life is yours.


Our Practitioners


If you are a practitioner in the alternative medical area, as an acupuncturist, massage practitioner, Chiropractic practitioner, or others, and if you are interested and believe that combination of Chinese herbal therapy would improve your clinic work dramatically, you are welcome to learn and to update your knowledge in the Chinese herbal therapy in the "Advanced TCM Class" part. Start from here, you are at the same starting point as the most of the TCM practitioners, no matter they graduated from or out of China. The case report here should be useful to you to understand the usefulness of the Chinese medicine in clinic work. If you decide to go to an acupuncture school, you need to read the article here first: TCM, its past, present and future.