Tucked away in a building near downtown West Hartford, the Wu Healing Center provides Chinese wellness options that date back thousands of years but are uniquely adaptable for many of our modern health problems.
Wu Healing Center, Operated by Dr. Ming Wu, offers traditional Taoist Chinese Medicine (TCM). Also known as Fengyang Taoist Chinese Medicine and Fengyang Qi Gong Medicine, TCM is a holistic regimen that addresses a variety of illnesses.
Dr. Wu is a 20th-generation practitioner of Fengyang and also has practiced Fengyang Qi Gong all his life. He was the first person to bring Fengyang Qi Gong to the United States in 1989.
Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) has evolved since it was invented nearly 2,000 years ago in China. Today, TCM practitioners use various approaches to treat maladies.
These include acupressure, herbal medicine and tai chi. Wu Healing Center also practices External Medicine (powders, creams, etc.), Fengyang Tai Chi and Qi Gong, Long Distance Healing, Tui Na Acupressure and offers high-end healing teas and herbal infusions.
On a recent afternoon, Dr. Wu met with Evelyn Benoit after treatment and explains how to make tea from fresh ginseng. Ginseng, Dr. Wu explains, has been used by the Chinese for centuries because it is rich in antioxidants.
Evelyn says she initially went to Dr. Wu for treatment of a chronic respiratory problem.
“I started coming here several years ago because I had a terrible cough. He totally cleared up the cough and now I’ve been coming here regularly” for acupressure and herbal medicines, she says.
The three major categories of TCM are:
Acupuncture and Acupressure
Used for thousands of years in China, acupressure is similar to acupuncture and is thought of as simply acupuncture without needles. It's used to promote relaxation and wellness and to treat disease. Some conditions that benefit from acupressure include back pain, headache, fatigue, anxiety, stress and tension, feelings of melancholy, and immune system deficiencies.
Tai chi is a Chinese martial art and system of calisthenics, consisting of sequences of very slow controlled movements. Used medicinally, it combines certain postures, gentle movements, mental focus, breathing, and relaxation to treat illness. Research suggests tai chi may improve balance and stability in older people and those with Parkinson’s disease, reduce pain from knee osteoarthritis, help people cope with fibromyalgia and back pain, and promote wellness and a better quality of life.
Chinese Herbal Products
Chinese herbal products have been studied for their effectiveness in treating many medical problems, including stroke, heart disease, mental disorders, and respiratory diseases (such as bronchitis and the common cold), and a national survey showed that about one in five Americans use them.
Wu Healing Center
45 South Main St., Suite 100