Here's what some of our satisfied patients we've seen over the past 35 years have to say about working with us.

“ I was suffering from troublesome vertigo and headaches, diplopia, ataxia, decreased appetite, and hyperasthesia that didn’t respond to conventional interventions but that didn’t impair my performance. I was delighted when Dr. Wu quickly and successfully eliminated my symptoms and fortunately, heeded his warning that I should consult a neurologist immediately, as he was concerned over evidence of a serious problem that needed Western medical intervention. In light of Dr. Wu’s impressive education and experience in Traditional Chinese Medicine, and his thorough understanding between the relationships of the two, I followed his advice. My problems had, in fact been caused by a brain cyst with hydrocephalus, which was surgically removed. If not for Dr. Wu’s accurate evaluation of a completely hidden problem, and the rapid treatment of it (by Western medical intervention), I could have had a fatal stroke or death. ”

Charles B.

“ I was suffering from chronic illness and an endocrine problem. I was no longer able to work under the stressful conditions that I encountered on a daily basis and was basically in health crisis. I have personally been treated by Dr. Wu with remarkable success. He truly has exceptional abilities as a health care provider. In addition to treating me with acupuncture, he has been instrumental in helping me make lifestyle changes necessary to maintain my well being. I now incorporate medical qigong breathing exercises and self acupuncture into my daily routine and frequently consult with him concerning my nutritional needs. ”

Janella P.

“ I became Dr. Wu’s patient when many months of traditional Western medical treatment had failed to help a severe condition of vertigo that compromised both of my professional and personal life. My conditions, however, was completely resolved after two treatments with Dr. Wu that included acupuncture, acupressure, and the use of Chinese herbs. ”

Isaac S.

“ I was referred to Dr. Wu for treatment to my recently diagnosed Bell’s Palsy. I have been very pleased and impressed not only with the quality of the treatments, but also with Dr. Wu’s professionalism, capabilities, and excellent bedside manner. Equally as important and impressive to me was his extensive knowledge of Bell’s Palsy, and hence, selecting the best and most effective course of treatment for me. He has been genuinely pleased to see the progress I have made, and continues to change the treatments to be most effective to my level of progression.

The office staff are also very professional, and the office environment and rooms are kept very clean and in order. I would not hesitate to recommend Dr. Wu to those requiring this type of treatment.

Chris J.

“ I just wanted to say Thank You sooo much for seeing James yesterday. I did not get a chance to see him before bed time yesterday. So this morning when he woke up he was so excited. He said to me, “Mommy mommy I see Dr. Wu and he tickled my feet and massaged my big belly. And, all better now”. And, it's so very true. James had 1 of the better night sleeps he had in 3 weeks and woke up in a good mood – not crying and uncomfortable. And my husband said “Dr Wu was magic with James” – he could not believe it. Again, Thank You so much for seeing him sooo quickly – I appreciate from the bottom of my heart. ”

Katherine W.

“ I had the great good fortune to find Dr. Wu when I moved to Texas. Acupuncture has literally changed my life. I was saddled with daily chronic tension headaches that left me unable to function and eventually cost me my job. Western doctors tried surgery, sent me for all kinds of tests, tried many prescription drugs over a period of time, and none worked. They told me that they did not know what to do next, and against my primary physician’s advice, I tried acupuncture. Acupuncture worked. Dr. Wu’s treatments are highly effective and the results are immediate. Not only is he able to help with the problem I am experiencing (which have included chronic headache pain, sciatica, abdominal pain, ulcers, and depression) I always leave his office with a heightened sense of well being and a calmness that is so beneficial to every day life. Dr. Wu and acupuncture are an essential part of my life. I go once a month to see him. Bless him and his healing ability. I highly recommend him to any who are in need of healing. ”

Mary W.

“ I write to thank you for your gentle and patient teaching style. I have felt that you were a person I could trust to always do the right thing. Thank you for your beautiful character. I also want to thank you for being one of few persons at AOMA willing to talk about the “mystery” of Chinese medicine. You were the first person to crack the door open for me to see the cenergetic, non-practical, technical side of our medicine. ”

Karen C.

“ Your treatments have made an incredible difference in my quality of life...Starting with the first treatment, I felt calm again for the first time in two years. After the second treatment, I stopped having nightmares. Now, after three treatments, I feel like my normal happy self again, and I really didn’t think that would ever happen. Anyone who is suffering from heart-kidney disharmony from shock and grief would be tremendously helped by you, I am sure. Thank you so much, Dr. Wu. ”

Paula B.

“ In December of the past year I underwent a hemorrhoidectomy which, for anyone who does not know, is an excruciatingly painful surgery.

Unfortunately, I got sepsis as a result of the procedure (blood poisoning), spent several days in the ICU, and suffered enormous pain, bleeding, and inflammation for the weeks and months following the experience. My entire lower GI was inflamed and not functioning properly. The doctor cautioned me to expect pain, swelling and bleeding for at least 3 months following my recovery. Sitting was painful, standing was a struggle and walking or using my legs in any kind of strenuous manner was very difficult and painful. I was on heavy doses of pain killers (Dilauded) and muscle relaxers to prevent muscle spasms internally.

Needless to say, many aspects of my life were falling apart – work, friendships, entertainment. I could not see a road at the end of the tunnel. My doc could do little for me except prescribe more drugs. I went to an herbalist, I tried juicing, I went organic-vegan, I fasted, but 3 months after my surgery I was still in so much pain that my life was becoming unlivable.

Seeing Dr. Wu

A friend of mine urged me to try her acupuncturist. I had been to 5 or 6 acupuncturists in the last 10 years and experienced mixed results. The experiences were never bad but did not always produce any noticeable effects. However, at wit’s end, I made an appointment with Dr. Wu.

Our first session began with me in so much chronic pain that I was in tears (a daily experience for me). By the end of the first session, however, I felt like a weight had been lifted. The severe pain and debilitating discomfort which had plagued me were 50% reduced after 50 minutes with Dr. Wu.

In the days that followed I noticed that the inflammation and bleeding were also receding. I was able to walk around without wincing from pain. After 3 sessions I was able to start engaging in activities which were once a normal part of my life, like working out, long walks and eating more casually. Dr. Wu proved to be an astute listener when I gave him feedback and very tuned in to my body. He was able to determine root causes of my pain – and revealed to me things which my western doctor did not know. Aside from the in-office sessions, he provided me with very effective herbal teas and gave me many recommendations to improve my health – which I followed.

After 9 sessions I feel that Dr. Wu has given me my life back. There are many acupuncturists around as this modality is becoming increasingly popular, but I have to say that the treatment I got from Dr. Wu was nothing short of a miracle for me. Dr. Wu was fully educated in China and brings the gifts and knowledge of that tradition here. Having been to several acupuncturists I feel so lucky to have found him. For me, Dr. Wu was not just an acupuncturist but a rare and genuine practitioner of healing and well-being.

“I feel that Dr. Wu has given me my life back. ”
– Reem M., patient from Austin, TX twitter social icon Tweet
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Frequently Asked Questions

“The doctor of the future will give no medication, but will interest his patients in the care of the human frame, diet and in the cause and prevention of disease.” -Thomas Edison

Traditional Chinese Medicine aims to achieve balance and harmony within the body. The effects of herbal medicine are natural and generally don't develop resistance, as with antibiotics. By inserting filiform needles into meridian points, acupuncture regulates energy flow to heal the body, without the tissue scarring, infection, and expensive extremes of surgery. Traditional Chinese Medicine coordinates your lifestyle for preventive therapy, aiming for long-term stability in a way that your body can naturally follow.

Many organizations have investigated acupuncture's effectiveness, including the World Health Organization*, which recognizes acupuncture as an effective method for conditions including:

  • Respiratory: Allergies, asthma, sinusitis, bronchitis, tonsillitis, common cold, flu
  • Circulatory: Anemia, arteriosclerosis, hypertension
  • Gastrointestinal: Chronic diarrhea, indigestion, constipation, abdominal pain, colitis, acid reflux
  • Gynecological: Infertility, irregular menstruation, PMS, menopause
  • Neurological: Headache, migraine, post-operative pain, stroke recovery, facial pain & palsy, trigeminal neuralgia, dizziness, vertigo
  • Musculo-skeletal: Lower back pain, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, general pain
  • Urogenital: Stress incontinence, urinary tract infection, sexual dysfunction
  • Emotional: Neurosis, anxiety, insomnia, stress
  • Ear, Nose, Throat, Dental: Poor vision, tinnitus, deafness, ear infection, toothache, gum problems

* World Health Organization, 2003 and American Academy of Medical Acupuncture, 2004

See our Services page for descriptions of each service we provide.

As for acupuncture, different people describe the experience differently. Many say they feel a light tingling sensation that spreads a pleasant, warm heaviness across the body. Most find it relaxing. Close your eyes and relax when you feel this sensation. It’s a sign your body is healing itself.

An official TCM treatment starts with data collection, which may include conversation, inspection of tongue, and feeling the pulse. Based on the evaluation, your practitioner will select one or more techniques and skills to treat you. If necessary, an herbal consultation may also be scheduled during or at the end of the treatment. At our clinic, please plan for a bit over an hour for an “Acupuncture Treatment,” or about half an hour for an “Herbal Consultation.” For pediatric acupressure treatment, plan for about an hour.

If you are a new patient, please come 15 minutes early to fill out paperwork (or download and fill out the forms at the New Patient page before you come.

Acupuncture is based on Qi theory and Channel and Collateral System, where 365 channel points provide 365 opportunities to adjust the human body. These channels and collaterals are connected to the organs internally, and sensory organs, tissues, and extremities externally. They are often described as rivers and seas with water flowing, similar to our nervous system or blood vessels.

A disease is seen as the result of energy weakness, energy stagnation, or energy disharmony in different areas. Acupuncture can unblock channels, boost energy, and regulate energy disharmony through its different techniques. In this way, acupuncture restores and maintains the balanced harmony of the human body. From a biomedical perspective, the needles stimulate certain points to bring signals to the brain through peripheral nerves, triggering the brain to regulate the body through the nervous system and immune system. Research also indicates that needling stimulates the body to release endorphins and reduce pain. It’s like knowing which buttons of a machine to press, to get it to work for you.

Don’t be afraid of acupuncture needles - they are sterile and single use only; there is no blood drawn, and they aren’t inserted very deep. Some patients describe a slight prickling sensation when the needle enters the body, but most agree there’s no pain.

If you’re still afraid you will be sensitive to needles, ask your practitioner to practice Soft-Needling technique to reduce the initial sensation.

We suggest that you have a regular meal before treatment, as it helps with energy flow and can improve treatment effectiveness. If your appointment is close to lunch or dinner, eating around one hour before your acupuncture treatment is suggested. Feel free to wear loose pants and clothing to feel more comfortable and relaxed.

After an acupuncture treatment, it is very helpful to take it easy and continue relaxation of your mind and body for a while. Drink a cup of tea, read a book, or take a nap. Try to avoid large meals, vigorous exercises, alcohol, or excessive emotions immediately after a treatment.

During an acupuncture treatment procedure, you may experience a heavy, deep, warmth pressure, or an occasional tingling sensation in the needling area or along the channels. These sensations are normally mild and light, and will subside quickly after insertion.

Most patients experience a relaxing and comfortable feeling in their mind and body through the treatment. When moving extremities with needles inserted, a patient may feel the sensations again.

Any medical technique may involve some risks, but properly performed acupuncture has minimal risks compared to almost any other invasive treatment. Because the needles are so small and thin, a patient may not even feel the needling sensation. Sometimes, a patient may develop small bruises or hematomas in the needling areas, which should go away by themeslves in several days.

Selecting well trained, skillful, and experienced acupuncturists greatly reduce the risks to minimum. As some of the most experienced acupuncturists in Austin (and in the world!), Dr. Wu and Dr. Yan will do their part to take care of your safety and comfort.

It varies. The frequency and duration of treatment depend on the history, severity of the disease, your body constitution and how you respond to the stimulation of the needling. Usually, an acute problem may require a more frequent treatment schedule while a chronic illness less frequent treatment. Your practitioner will explain to you the frequency and duration of the treatment and as well as other options.

Chinese herbal medicine has a history of over 5,000 years, even much older than the history of acupuncture. Since they are orally digested and absorbed in the intestines, they are more effective for the treatment of problems of internal organs. It’s said that "acupressure is for soft tissue problems, acupuncture for channel and collateral imbalance, and Chinese herbal medicine for internal organ dysfunction." The combination of these techniques and therapies are for disease in different areas of the human body.

The most traditional method of taking herbal medicine is to boil the selected herbs and drink it as an herbal tea. Patent herbal medicine, including herbal pills and tablets, tinctures, syrups, and powdered extracts provide other options to take the herbs more conveniently. Your practitioner may also prescribe some tonic herbs for you to cook with foods in certain conditions.

Most Chinese herbs are very safe with minimal side effects. When they are prescribed by following proper herbal formulation rules and principles, the toxicity of Chinese herbs are reduced to minimum. Your practitioner will carefully select the herbs for you by also considering herb/drug, herb/vitamin, and herb/herb interactions.

Both Dr. Yan and Dr. Wu are preferred in-network providers of BCBS, Seton Health Plan, United Health Care, American Specialty Health, Cigna, etc.

If you are covered by your insurer, we will file insurance claims on your behalf and follow up to see your claim go through. We will assist you in verifying eligibility for your acupuncture benefits. On your first visit, we will charge you full price for the visit, and work with your insurance provider to reimburse you after. Depending on your plan, you may have to pay for your treatment before you meet your deductibles, and as well as on any denied claims for your treatment.

Feel free to drop by our clinic: 11651 Jollyville Rd #150 Austin, Texas 78759

Or, schedule an appointment by phone: (512) 331-3866

Our hours: Monday - Friday, 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM, Saturday 8:30 AM - 2 PM.

Questions not answered here? Please discuss with your practitioner when you make an appointment or during treatment. Your health is our mission.

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