Feeling the Current on the Needle


As the medical community along all points between the East and West is still divided between whether or not acupuncture indeed has any sound scientific evidence at all as to its results, The Nanjinger was referred to an acupuncture specialist in Nanjing after complaining of chronic stomach problems.

Almost naturally, on the first visit to the hospital, scepticism was high, as the idea of being poked with loads of needles, with an electric current attached across two of them, was a rather frightening one. However, doctor Xu Guojie in her no nonsense way professionally and quickly pressed the needles into my skin and it was all over in a matter of seconds.

As stomach problems were what this trusty mag was there for, the doctor put the needles into my stomach, wrists, knees and ankles. Small electric cables were later attached to two of the needles which seemingly pump electricity through the needle and into the body.

With my very little knowledge of how acupuncture works, I am working off of the basis that Qi (energy) needs to be moved around the body in order to correct and balance one’s ying and yang. So, when my stomach began moving around and making strange noises before finally settling down, you might understand my surprise.

My stomach problems began to resolve some weeks after acupuncture treatment. However, much more immediate effects included better sleep, alertness and a general relaxed feeling. Even though the results have not been dramatic, and a placebo effect could be at play, I have come away from the experience feeling much better for it.

With the hospital located downtown and doctor Xu , educated at Nanjing university, and coming highly sought after, every day her section of the hospital is brimming with people morning and night, Chinese and foreign alike. Foreigners, including children, have been coming to Dr. Xu for some time now and speak very highly of her work.

A Brazilian mother of two at Nanjing International School has been taking her daughter to see Dr. Xu for a treatment, and says, “I love the work she has done on my daughter, she is very patient with her. Chiropractors in Shanghai are amazed at how quickly she has recovered and I put that down to her treatments here”.

As the clinic is run through the hospital there is no commercial gain driving profit, no up selling of any sort. Dr. Xu simply believes she can help and she has that reputation. So, if you are interested in trying acupuncture, then head on down to the Nanjing University No.2 Chinese Traditional Medicine hospital and ask for Dr. Xu Guojie.

Nanjing University No.2 Traditional Chinese Medicine Hospital (Acupuncture Dept.) 江苏南京市鼓楼区美家园121号 南京医科大学第二附属医院(美家园)

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Renée Gray Beaumont
As an Australian journalist living in Nanjing for many years, Renée Gray Beaumont has a background in research, print and online publishing, taking great pleasure in discovering more about Nanjing with every article. 作为在南京居住多年的澳大利亚新闻工作者,Renee Gray Beaumont 有着调研以及印刷品和线上出版物的工作背景。她总是乐于在每篇文章里发现关于南京的内容。