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Welcome To The Center for Integrated Medicine

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Traditional Chinese Medicine, It Works!

Welcome, we are general medical practitioners of Traditional Chinese Medicine or TCM. TCM evolved from the ancient Chinese and is both an art and a science. It is important to understand that TCM is called "Traditional" because it is a complete medical system just like allopathic conventional medicine. Chinese medicine is called Traditional because it follows accepted medical methods and has proven explanations for it's effectiveness. Therefore TCM is a complete medical system based on natural and holistic principles for both diagnostic and treatment purposes.

Partnership to Better Health

PartnershipIt is important for our patients and their family to have confidence in the medical treatment they receive. It is both necessary and desirable that each patient participate in maintaining good health. The following is a list to assist potential patients of Traditional Chinese Medicine/Acupuncture at our clinics.

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To make an appointment please call Center for Integrated Medicine at 559-625-4246

Visalia Clinic

725 West Main Street,
Visalia, CA 93277


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    Researchers at the University of Arizona have tested the value of acupuncture in the treatment of depression. 38 women aged 18 to 45 and suffering from major depression were divided into three groups. One group received eight weeks of acupuncture treatment specifically designed to target their depression. A second group waited for eight weeks and then received the treatment. A third group received a form of placebo acupuncture which was not designed to treat depression but rather headache or back pain, then received the depression-specific treatment for eight weeks. The symptoms of all three groups got better over time, but the group that received the depression-specific treatment immediately improved much more quickly, and once the other two groups got the specific treatment their symptoms also improved at a much faster rate. According to John Allen who led the study “These findings from a small sample of women with major depression suggest that acupuncture may hold sufficient efficacy to warrant a larger clinical trial”. He said that although drugs and psychotherapy provide significant relief for 50 to 70 percent of patients, “about a third of people seeking treatment end that treatment prematurely, citing factors such as dissatisfaction with their current treatment or intolerable side effects. These statistics suggest that alternative treatments may be welcomed by those suffering from depression.” (Psychological Science 1998;9:397-40).


    A Norwegian study has found that acupuncture in addition to self-care can contribute to a clinically relevant reduction in menopausal hot flushes. The research was a multicentre, pragmatic, randomised, controlled trial with two parallel arms comparing the effect of individualised acupuncture plus self-care against self-care alone for hot flushes and health-related quality of life in 267 postmenopausal women. Hot flush frequency decreased by 5.8 per 24 hours in the acupuncture group and 3.7 per 24 hours in the control group. Hot flush intensity decreased by 3.2 units in the acupuncture group and 1.8 units in the control group. The acupuncture group also experienced statistically significant improvements in vasomotor, sleep, and somatic criteria compared with the control group. (The Acupuncture on Hot Flushes Among Menopausal Women (ACUFLASH) study, a randomized controlled trial. Menopause. 2009 May-Jun;16(3):484-93).
  • Click Here for information on treating headaches with acupuncture.

  • This is how you can get Veterans Administration to cover for Acupuncture related services at our clinic. The VA will view each patient case on an individual basis. The Chinese Medicine physician/ Acupuncturist cannot be contracted aka as in- network therefore the patient need to do all the paper work/ chase. Dr. Kwong is willing to accept VA patients and veterans even though the VA reimbursement rates are very low (sometimes lower than Medi-cal). Because of this, she does not have the money to hire more staff to take care of the VA's paper work. so it is important that you follow these steps.

    1. Have your VA primary care doctor or PA set up referral for its medical necessity. Often times the VA system is disorganize, so we recommend that the patient pick up the necessary paper work and bring it in to the VA doctor or PA.

    2. Do not depend on the VA doctor/ PA to include reasons for medical necessity for the referral. Do it yourself for faster service. Ask staff at our clinic to help you.

    3. Then you need to make sure this referral paper is turn in by your VA doctor to the appropriate department.

    4. Then you need to check with the VA to make sure the EOB is sent ahead of time to our clinic for approval before you can be seen as a patient.
  • The Center for Integrated Medicine's Public Awareness and Education Series presents private instruction in Tai Chi / Qi Gong. Make an appointment and you will receive a personalized program for medical exercise and wellness.

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