Conditions Treated

Traditional Chinese Medicine is versatile, and many are unaware of the range of conditions it can treat, both as a primary and an adjunct therapy. The World Health Organization recognizes its efficacy in over 100 symptoms and diseases. If you have any questions specific to your situation, please do not hesitate to call and talk to one of our practitioners. Some of the conditions treated by acupuncture and Chinese medicine include:

  • Pain
  • Low back pain
  • Knee pain
  • Arthritis and joint pain
  • Sprains and strains
  • Sciatic pain
  • Migraines and other headaches
  • Fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
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  • Other Conditions
  • Stroke recovery
  • Bell’s palsy
  • Incomplete spinal cord injury
  • Insomnia
  • Depression and anxiety
Pain      »Back to Top

Pain impacts quality of life for millions of Americans, getting in the way of living life to the fullest. Recent studies have proven what has been known in China for centuries: acupuncture is a safe and effective treatment for pain without the side effects of medications and the trauma of surgery. New studies indicate that acupuncture and herbal therapy can not only reduce inflammation and pain, but also improve mobility, circulation and overall quality of life for many pain sufferers.1 Whether your pain is acute or chronic, our acupuncturists will discuss the results you can expect through a treatment plan suited to your individual needs.

  1. Horstman, Judith. “Acupuncture,” Arthritis Today, Arthritis Foundation, 2005.


My name is Eileen. I am a 58 year old physical therapy assistant at a Twin Cities hospital. The work requires a lot of heavy lifting, twisting, and turning. I am also an avid gardener, camper and wood carver. Several years ago I started to have pain in several locations of old injuries of my youth. As arthritis runs heavily in my family, I thought I was doomed to suffer and started to cut back on the things I love, to save myself for my work. I suffered needlessly for several years. Then I started seeing Dr. Ma for other issues. He assured me that he could help me with my pain as well. My arthritis no longer keeps me from the things I love and gives me no problems at work. The occasional return of minor pain is quickly dealt with and I’m happily back to the life I love.
– Eileen in Minneapolis

I am a runner who has dealt with a torn hamstring tendon for over a year. When other therapy didn't help, I tried acupuncture. Andy has helped me make outstanding progress in reducing pain, increasing flexibility and making running a possibility again. I would highly recommend the Acupuncture Health Center for athletes who have tried everything else to get fast pain relief and healing results. Thank you.
– Jodi in Minneapolis

The pain in my knee was disabling and as a last resort to surgery, a physician friend of mine suggested I try acupuncture. I knew it was critical to the process to have a Traditional Chinese approach. I started to make calls and spoke to several clinics. I felt comfortable with the location and Dr. Ma's credentials, so I booked an appointment. From the moment I met him I knew I was in the right place. His kind, self assured manor was very appealing. The results were startling to me. The very first treatment offered relief. Within a few weeks I was able to return to activity I had not been able to do in some time. It would not be an exaggeration to say that I felt as though I had been given my life back. The added benefits that I did not expect were renewed energy, and less stress. I was able to sleep better as well. The staff he has assembled is professional and thoughtful and very considerate of my time. Later I discovered that Dr. Ma is considered to be one of the finest in his field, and a teacher held in great esteem. I feel very thankful to Dr. Ma for his expertise.
– Randi from Bloomington

Since 1980 I have received weekly acupuncture treatments in Texas and Minnesota. I experienced treatment from a variety of practitioners and while I lived in Texas I had one acupuncturist for 17 years until he moved to Santa Fe. 13 years ago, I was so fortunate to fine Dr. Ma and began treatment with Ben. Talk about 5-star excellence and wonderful treatment sessions. Then 4 years ago Ben Jacobson joined Dr. Ma’s staff and I began to see him weekly. I have found Ben to be very intelligent, kind, sensitive to others needs, thoughtful, creative, adventurous, and with his background in massage therapy he knows with 100 % accuracy where my aching muscles and bones need the treatment. Example: I had this very painful tingling in my left arm, hand, fingers, inhibiting my ability to sleep and limited the use of my left arm. After the 1st treatment that painful sensation left, 4 fingers and with further treatments focusing on the arm, thumb and that pain and tingling stopped and has not returned. After a 5 star, weekly treatment from Ben and Work out feeling relaxed, with an overall health and body renewal. What a gift.
- R. Sully Gilbert

Cardiopulmonary Issues      »Back to Top

The heart and lungs are crucial to the overall balance and maintenance of the body's necessary functions. When these organ systems do not function properly, it can cause serious consequences for the overall health of the individual and uncomfortable side effects. Acupuncture works to bring your body into balance, to build your immune system, to relieve pain and to prevent future health problems. Research has shown, for example, that acupuncture and herbal medicine can be just as effective in lowering blood pressure as single-drug therapy and aggressive lifestyle changes.1/2 Ask your acupuncturist about working in concert with your medical doctor to manage cardiopulmonary conditions more naturally.


I have suffered from sinus problems for as long as I can remember. I have had repeat sinus infection after sinus infection, cold after cold for many years. My doctors would always place me on antibiotics – with no relief. Then it was allergy tests – 3 to be exact – for several years, with no allergies present. They proceeded to place me on allergy medications such as Allegra, Zyrtec, and Flonase. Not a single relief was in sight. It was miserable.

My cousin out in San Francisco began using an acupuncturist for her sinuses, allergies, and migraine headaches. She had relief within several months and has not had major problems since. I began using Dr. Ma in July and since then my sinuses, energy, and headaches have improved like never before. Although I am not 100% cured this is the best I have felt in 8+ years.

I would recommend acupuncture and herbal medication to anyone who asks. I was very skeptical before my treatments but I truly believe that it has helped me and can help many more people.
– Blake in Edina

  1. Kannel WB. Hypertension in America: A National Reading. The American Journal of Managed Care (AJMC) 2005, 11 (15): 383-385.
  2. Yanling Fu. The Treatment of Hypertension by Acupuncture. Beijing University of Traditional Chinese Medicine 1996.
Genitourinary Issues      »Back to Top

Genitourinary problems can be both painful and persistent. Many conditions can prove difficult to maintain lasting results with standard medical treatments. Utilizing the tools of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), including acupuncture and herbal therapy, our practitioners can first help to relieve the discomfort while also treating the body as a whole system, bringing it into harmony to ensure long-term results. Numerous clinical research studies, for example, have found acupuncture and herbs to be effective in treating infertility and impotence. For women, TCM treatment helps to regulate the ovulation cycle, and for men, the number of sperm and flow of semen is increased, which helps to improve both the mechanical and the emotional elements of impotence.1/2/3 Like all acupuncture, every case is treated individually, so discuss possible outcomes with your acupuncture provider to know what you can expect.


My husband and I live in the Caribbean where there are limited options in terms of fertility treatments. After a year of unsuccessfully trying to get pregnant, I went to see Dr. Tao Gong while we were visiting Minnesota. After a month of treatments I began to understand how my whole body was connected and how stress played a major role in infertility. After just one treatment with Dr. Gong I was sleeping better. When we returned to the Caribbean I continued to take the herbs prescribed by Dr. Gong and also sought out alternative treatments. I am happy to say my husband and I are expecting our first baby in June!
– Jenelle in Grenada, West Indies

  1. Stener-Victorin E, Waldenstrom U, Andersson SA, Wikland M., Reduction of blood flow impedance in the uterine arteries of infertile women with electro-acupuncture. Hum Reprod 11(6):1314-7, 1996.
  2. Mo X. et al. Clinical studies on the mechanism for acupuncture stimulation of ovulation. J Tradit Chin Med, 13(2): 115-9, 1993.
  3. Dr. M. Zhang et al. Influence of acupuncture on idiopathic male infertility in assisted reproduction therapy. J Huazhong University SCI Technology Medicine SCI 2002; 22(3):228-30.
Gastrointestinal Issues      »Back to Top

Acupuncture is widely accepted as a reliable method to treat gastrointestinal issues, such as diarrhea and constipation. Often customary treatment options are less than ideal, and medications are unable to treat the problem at its root. Traditional Chinese Medicine treats the body as a whole, understanding that with these issues many areas of your life may be impacted: sleep, energy, emotions, etc. Ongoing medical research suggests that acupuncture relaxes the intestines and smoothes bowel movements,1 and our techniques of acupuncture, Chinese herbs, Tui Na massage and cupping, quickly and comfortably transform your digestive issues, offering lasting relief.

  1. Electroacupuncture at ST-36 Stimulates Colonic Motility and Transit in Conscious Rats, Iwa M, Matsushima M, et al., Department of Surgery, Duke University and Durham Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Durham, NC, USA; Department of Health Promoting Acupuncture and Moxibustion, Meiji University of Oriental Medicine, Kyoto, Kyoto, Japan.
Wellness      »Back to Top

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is fundamentally rooted in the idea that every aspect of the body is connected. When any one part is out of equilibrium, acupuncture can help to stabilize that disharmony. Whether seeking assistance to manage stress, to lose weight permanently, to shed years in your appearance or to quit smoking or other destructive behaviors, our practitioners use the tools of TCM to bring wellness into your way of being.1/2/3 By seeking balance and harmony in both your mind and your body, we not only treat the diseases of the present, but help to prevent the diseases of the future.


I had no idea that acupuncture was so helpful to stroke victims. After the stroke, was the first time I was presented with the possibility of getting acupuncture, and I was a bit skeptical. I thought acupuncture was just used to relieve pain and stress. Soon after my first few sessions, I learned that acupuncture is used to treat close to any condition of the body, and I saw its results. My progress and rehabilitation as well as my speech and left arm motor skills accelerated, and each week I saw tangible improvement. The doctors were also able to help me through the stroke rehabilitation process and encourage me in my efforts. I was able to ask questions about my condition since they were well-informed and knowledgeable in the field. Looking back, I consider acupuncture as a large determiner, along with therapy, to my rapid and steady improvement. Although it is hard to quantify its total impact, I’m very grateful to have gone to acupuncture while in the rehabilitation process.
– Emily in Arden Hills

  1. The Treatment of Obesity by Acupuncture, Cabyoglu MT, et al., Int J Neurosci. 2006 Feb;116(2):165-75, Department of Physiology, Selcuk University, Faculty of Meram Medical, Konya, Turkey.
  2. Cosmetic Applications of Selected Traditional Chinese Herbal Medicines, Wang KH, et al., J Ethnopharmacol. 2006 Feb 21, Department of Dermatology, Taipei Medical University Hospital, Taipei 110, Taiwan; Department of Dermatology, Taipei Municipal Wan-Fang Hospital,Taipei 116, Taiwan.
  3. An Analysis of Acupuncture Therapy for the Treatment of Chemical Dependency and it's Struggle for Legitimacy, Jeffrey A. Singer, The State University of New York at Stony Brook, Spring, 1996, on