weMED Clinic (Western-Eastern Medicine Clinic) is staffed by:
Drs. Bing You & Tao Ma
Both are integrative M.D.s trained in China and Licensed Acupuncturists and Herbologists in the U.S.
Dr. Margit Winstrom
M.D., Family Practitioner
Dr. William Riley
This combination of skills effectively creates a professional environment which bridges the gap between, and captures the synergy of, Eastern and Western medicines.
Mission of weMED CLINIC
To create a new brand of medicine which provides the best of Western and Eastern medicine with the fewest side effects, and with the aim of significantly improving modern American medical service.
To improve the body’s constitution and ability to prevent illness by combining Eastern harmonizing energy practices and Western diagnostic screening technology.
To accurately diagnose diseases by utilizing Western diagnostic technology to identify infection and pathology on the micro-level, and using Eastern methods to analyze imbalance from the mental and physical aspects. Such comprehensive methods will also help diagnose and treat patients who are not feeling well but for whom lab work and imaging have provided little information.
To treat and cure diseases primarily by applying Eastern medical approaches, such as acupuncture, regulated Chinese herbs, Tui’na (Acupressure or Chinese massage), diet therapy and t’ai chi & Qi Gong (Chinese physical therapy and exercise). Such therapies usually carry very few side-effects compared to many Western approaches. Western medical therapies will be recommended if needed according to the patient’s condition.
To support the involvement of academia in research and clinical trials with TCM. Although TCM has a long and steady history, we continually add to our practice based on tested and observable results. In this way, breakthroughs in research create opportunities for the future and further integrate TCM and western medicine.
Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) is an ancient practice of medicine dating back over 5,000 years. Unlike any other ancient traditional medicines, such as Egyptian, Ayurvedic (India) and European herbal medicine, Chinese Medicine has never been overrun or replaced by other forms of medicine and has improved dramatically throughout its history.
TCM provides about 50% of healthcare services for China, Korea, and some of the Southeast Asian countries, with Western Medicine providing the resti.
By the 1900’s, acupuncture had spread to France and Germany. It is now widely practiced by physicians and other practitioners in Europe, Africa, South and North America.
In the 1950’s, acupuncture anesthesia became successful in Chinaii.
In 1971, New York Times reporter James Reston witnessed successful operations on the brain and lung in which acupuncture was the only anesthesia usediii.
In 1973, Dr. DeBakey and U.S. medical delegates witnessed two heart operations in which acupuncture was used as anesthesiaiv.
In 2002, the World Health Organization updated over 100 indications of acupuncture based on clinical trialsv.
As of 2005, there are 22,671 licensed acupuncturists on record in the United Statesvi.
About 3,500 physicians in the United States are practicing acupuncture according to the American Academy of Medical Acupuncturevii.
In 1998, a national phone survey of 1500 US adults estimated that the total number of visits to complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) practitioners exceeded the total number of visits to primary care physicians in 1990. It was estimated that Americans spent $27 billion out-of-pocket for CAM services in 1997viii.
According to the 2002 National Health Interview Survey—the largest and most comprehensive survey of CAM used by American adults to date—an estimated 8.2 million U.S. adults had used acupuncture, and an estimated 2.1 million U.S. adults had used acupuncture in the previous yearix
The National Institutes of Health Consensus Development Conference on Acupuncture stated in 1997 that acupuncture is being widely practiced by thousands of physicians, dentists, acupuncturists, and other practitioners for relief or prevention of pain and various other health conditionsx.
NIH consensus stated that “The data in supporting acupuncture are as strong as those for many accepted Western medical therapies…one of the advantages of acupuncture is that the incidence of adverse effects is substantially lower than that of many drugs or other accepted medical procedures used for the same condition.
Research and Academia
As of 2008, in www.clinicaltrials.gov over 180 trials on acupuncture research funded by NIH and other agencies have been conducted since 2000xi.
Educational programs and clinical services in Integrative Medicine are being provided at medical schools or hospitals such as UCLA, Harvard Medical School, Johns Hopkins, Duke University, University of Maryland, Georgetown University, University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center and others.
The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) is the Federal Government's leading agency for scientific research on CAM, and is one of the National Institutes of Health within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. NCCAM sponsors and conducts research using scientific methods and advanced technologies to study CAM. Its mission is to support research and training in CAM and to disseminate evidence-based information to both the public and professional worlds. xii It recognizes that acupuncture and Chinese Medicine are the most popular alternative medicines in the U.S.
NIH Funding for biomedical research in the field of integrative medicine has increased dramatically over the past several years from $2 million to $121 million from 1992 to 2005xiii.
ii Acupuncture anesthesia and medicine in China today. Capperauld I. Surgery, Gynecology & Obstetrics. 1972
iii James Reston, A View From Shanghai, N.Y. Times, Aug. 22, 1971, at E 19)
iv per conversation between Dr. Bing You and Dr. Debaky in June of 2008
v Acupuncture: Review and Analysis of Reports on Controlled Clinical Trial, Annual 2002 p23 Diseases and disorders that can be treated with acupuncture. Full Text: COPYRIGHT 2002 World Health Organization
viii Eisenbert, et. Al. Trends in alternative medicine use in the United States, 1990-1997: results of a follow-up national survey. Journal of the American Medical Association. 1998 Nov 11;280(18):1569-75. Available at: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/sites/entrez?cmd=Retrieve&db=pubmed&dopt=AbstractPlus&list_uids=9820257&query_hl=12
x 1997 NIH Consensus Development Conference