My name is Brian C. Allen, MSTOM, L. Ac., and I am a Delaware Licensed Acupuncturist. I graduated from the top-rated Pacific College of Oriental Medicine with a Master’s of Science Degree in Oriental Medicine. I hold National Certification in Oriental Medicine (includes both Acupuncture and Chinese Herbology) from the NCCAOM. I also have 5 different bodywork certifications, specializing in Tuina, which I practice under my scope of practice as an Acupuncturist. In addition to practicing Acupuncture, Chinese Herbology, and Tuina, I am a long-time practitioner and teacher of both T’ai Chi and Qigong. I have always been interested in healing since childhood. Martial arts took me on a path that intersected with Chinese Medicine, and the rest is history.
Tuina is a Chinese method of therapeutic bodywork that is very comprehensive. Depending upon your needs and / or requests, tuina could include massage techniques ranging from light to deep and from slow to fast and oscillating, acupressure, joint mobilization and stretching, realigning of the musculoskeletal system, light touch fascial release, no-touch Qi healing, external herbal applications (liniments, etc.), guasha, and cupping. Tuina is not only for aches and pains and for relaxing; it can be used for functional complaints as well. Because tuina is guided by Chinese medical principles, and because acupressure is a subset of tuina, this type of bodywork can also be used a substitute for those that are too needle phobic to receive acupuncture and is also very well suited for children.
Acupuncture is one of the oldest and most effective methods of medical treatments still being practiced widely even today in the modern scientific era, standing the test of time. Very thin needles are inserted into the body at specific points in order to promote healing and harmony. Though acupuncture works great for aches and pains, it is also used in the treatment of a full range of functional complaints such as stress, depression and anxiety, digestive issues, infertility and gynecological issues (including PMS), migraines, allergies, auto-immune diseases, sleeping problems, colds and flus, weight loss, smoking cessation, and so much more. Basically, whatever the health complaint, acupuncture can and has been used in treating that. Additionally, acupuncture has been used traditionally to keep people healthy. Regular maintenance acupuncture can help keep your body in harmony so that it is less likely to fall into a state of dis-ease.