Columbia acupuncture and herbs clinic touts alternatives to pharmaceuticals
By By Diane Pajak
Dec 14, 2011 | 11:42 AM
Looking for an alternative to pharmaceuticals? Try heading east.
Chinese herbs and acupuncture are the remedies of choice at Cheng's Acupuncture & Herbs Clinic, which opened in February in Columbia. The clinic is run by licensed acupuncturist Chengzhang Shi, who is certified by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine.
He specializes in traditional Chinese medicine, which he first learned from his father, a traditional Chinese medicine professor in Beijing. Shi trained in medical school in China and attended graduate school in acupuncture in the United States.
According to Shi's office manager and marketing director, Xin (Sherry) Wu, "Chinese herbs are very helpful for treating illness and improving overall well-being when guided by an experienced Chinese medicine doctor. We provide both patent herbs and custom-made formulas which (are) designed for each individual patient."
Chronic pain is the most common reason patients visit the clinic, Wu says, in addition to issues of depression, women's health and gastrointestinal problems.
Shi, an Ellicott City resident, also has an office in Baltimore City, which has been in operation for nine years. Prior to opening a practice in Maryland, he practiced in China for 16 years.