First-class traditional medical treatment. Cured severe back/neck pain & healed damage from chronic inflammation
I received acupuncture treatment and herbal medicine from Tam Duc Traditional Medical Clinic over the last 4-5 months after suffering a painful back injury plus tissue damage caused by chronic inflammation. A serious infection in the urinary tract or possibly intestines caused my immunity to attack tissue and caused reactive arthritis which was debilitating and left extensive tissue damage. Dr June at the medical clinic provided effective treatments and has restored my health.
Why Traditional Medicine?
Initially, I sought medical treatment at a western hospital in HCM before getting traditional medical treatment. After multiple blood tests, urine tests, MRI’s, CAT scans, x-rays and ultrasounds – testing for diseases, cancer, arthritis, gout, rheumatism and a host of other medical problems, I was diagnosed with having reactive arthritis in addition to the back injury I sustained. The western hospital staff were unable to isolate the cause of the serious infection but thankfully resolved it with a combination of antibiotics over a 6-8 week period. To address inflammation and pain I was given tablets - some not approved by the US FDA. The anti-inflammatory (NSAIDs) and medication for improving circulation caused serious side effects including severe swelling (oedema) of my feet which made it impossible to wear shoes or walk properly, and it also damaged small blood vessels in my feet and ankles. After 3-4 months I didn’t want to endure side effects caused by the medication anymore and was increasingly concerned about the risk of permanent internal organ damage, so I decided to find a safer and more effective alternative. I knew acupuncture worked really well for many ailments and was told about Tam Duc TMC. Making that first appointment was the best decision I ever made.
Tam Duc Medical Clinic Staff
Dr June (actually Dr Dung Nguyen, but simplified for western patients) provided my medical treatment. She is an exceptionally talented doctor – very knowledgeable and experienced in acupuncture and herbal medicine. She is very professional - attentive and listens carefully to the problems/concerns, clarifies diagnoses, discusses treatments she will provide, and monitors you during the treatments. In addition, Dr June is a genuinely caring, warm and considerate person. She is also fluent in Vietnamese, Mandarin Chinese and English.
Dr June applied a range of traditional Chinese techniques: acupuncture, electro-acupuncture, warm-needle acupuncture, and herbal medicine. The techniques varied for different parts of my body, the nature, complexity and severity of the damage/pain, and at different stages of the healing process. Dr June takes a holistic approach to look at your body condition and level of health and doesn’t simply address the symptoms when determining the medical treatment required.
How many visits, or how long, did it take to resolve problems?
I know some patients have their ailments fixed within several sessions, and pain relief can be during the treatment or the next day as the body’s Qi works. I had multiple problems - serious tissue damage from the inflammation, oedema, damaged veins and chronic pain, so my treatment and recovery naturally took much longer than other patients. When I was being treated often muscle and joint pain was reduced quickly (within minutes, next day or after a second session). Fixing the seriously damaged tissue was a progressive process (not unlike getting other alternative complementary therapies) that involves repairing nerve, muscle, other tissue damage, plus restoring flexibility and alleviating pain. After each session, I could see and feel these improvements.
After several months of treatment, Dr June has effectively removed the pain and helped me regain the flexibility in my back, neck and feet. When I first visited the clinic I could barely stand up and walk, bend over, turn my neck (and could not sleep properly and had to brace my neck to get in/out of bed or to turn over). But after the acupuncture treatments and herbal medicine over the last 4-5 months I can happily now walk again, turn & tilt my head freely, plus bend and lift up things.
What’s involved? Does it hurt?
Most people seem reluctant to get needles. I was no different at first. But these are really fine needles, not like those used on syringes. Some needles you can’t even feel going in, some are like a regular injection, and a few hurt a bit momentarily. But the pain relief and healing far outweigh a few seconds of any pain you might endure. In a double session, Dr June used about 15-30 needles in my neck, back, hands, wrists, feet, legs at various points along with the meridian lines – some shallow, some deeper. I lost count of how many needles I had in total during my treatment over 5 months, maybe 700-1000, a few hurt, but I was always determined to get more because each session was progressively mending my body.
The acupoints where the needle goes maybe muscles (especially knots), tendons, ligaments and joints etc. With standard acupuncture, a single needle is often placed in a spot for a few seconds. Other times needles are placed in a different part of your body than where the pain or damage is - these are linked by a meridian, and then you move/exercise that part of your body that has a problem for 10-20 minutes to help the Qi (energy flow). With electro-acupuncture pairs of needles are used and a very mild current passes between the pairs needles to stimulate the Qi. The needles remain in you for 15-20 minutes. With warm-needle acupuncture, the needles are placed in the acupoint and heated by a flame to conduct heat deep into the tissue for 10-20 minutes. Aside from the medical benefits, acupuncture it’s an incredibly interesting phenomenon to experience and learn about. I am still fascinated by how needles in my thumb on my right hand remove the pain in my left big toe and all in a matter of minutes.
As for the Chinese medicine – its blend of herbs varied through my treatment – for reducing inflammation, improving blood circulation, detoxifying the body, pain relief and basically removing blockages in the Qi and helping restore the body balance.
A word about the Tam Duc Traditional Medical Clinic. The clinic has a relaxing positive atmosphere and a pleasant aroma. The staff are all very warm and welcoming. The clinic is extremely clean and staff are extremely conscious of hygiene – always wear face masks, routinely wiping surfaces with antiseptics, constantly changing gloves and washing hands, and carefully discarding used needles (BTW - needles are high quality, sterile and only used once). And one nice touch is that they serve you small glasses of refreshing herbal tea during your visit. Every visit was a pleasant experience.
I’m extremely grateful for the successful treatment I received. Without question, I highly recommend Dr June to everybody. She has a plethora of knowledge and skills for healing anatomical, physiological, psychological and emotional conditions.
Treated by: Ms Dung Nguyen (Dr. June)