Traditional Oriental Medicine is over 5,000 years old. Its origin is in China, thus the term Traditional Chinese Medicine. From the root of this Chinese medicine, many branches have grown out of Japan, Korea, Europe, and most recently, the United States. In November, 1996, the National Institute of Health recognized acupuncture as an effective medical modality. The credibility of this ancient medicine is growing rapidly in this country as medical research proves its efficacy. Yet, when you speak to a Licensed Acupuncturist about the recent medical research proving the effectiveness of their medicine, they will politely and knowingly smile. Why? Because their years of training and experience in this field and the 5000 years that stand behind this medicine have all ready proven how successful Oriental Medicine can be in treating a multitude of diseases. Please refer to the partial list compiled by the World Health Organization, of conditions for which acupuncture is considered appropriate.

Acupuncture is only one modality within Traditional Oriental Medicine. Herbology, diet, nutrition, massage, and exercise are all integral therapies within this medical model. At the Acupuncture & Herbology Center, Susan B. Goldstone, L.Ac. works with each person who comes for treatment in developing individualized treatment plans. She creates an environment where people are encouraged to facilitate their healing process. Susan is committed to assisting people of all ages in establishing optimum health and integrity in their lives.

Susan B. Goldstone, L.Ac., Dipl. Ac., M.A., a native to North Carolina, had a 14 year career as a counselor in rehabilitation and other related areas. She had always had an interest in wholistic medicine and practiced good health by educating herself in wholistic nutrition that included diet and supplements. She then went on to further her education and enrolled in an accredited therapeutic massage school. In the meantime she began taking courses that would enable her to enter a western medical program. Her plan was to become educated in both western and wholistic medicines and act as a bridge between the two.

Then the unexpected happened- she got sick. Through months of western medical treatment the condition worsened. Someone suggested that she try acupuncture. Well the idea of needles didn’t do a thing for her, but nothing else had worked. After her first acupuncture treatment combined with herbs all of her symptoms disappeared, never to return. Needless, to say this quick healing doesn’t happen for everyone, but it is possible. After this experience, continuing her pursuit in western medicine was ìlike putting a round peg in a square hole.î She quit her job at UNC Chapel Hill, sold her house and move to Santa Fe, New Mexico where she spent 3 years studying at Southwest Acupuncture College. Shortly after graduation she returned to North Carolina and founded the Acupuncture and Herbology Center in Winston- Salem and Greensboro. In addition she is one of seven people in the country that has been accredited to teach a specific oriental medical diagnostic technique of reading pulses. She traveled to Europe this past summer to teach medical doctors this diagnostic modality. Susan frequently gives lectures to students and physicians at Bowman Gray School of Medicine and Baptist Hospital, other medical groups and the public. She still considers herself a bridge between eastern and western medicine, and is committed to educating people about the benefits of eastern medicine.

So how do you go about finding a Licensed Acupuncturist in your area? In addition to running her private practice, Susan B. Goldstone, L.Ac., is also on North Carolina Acupuncture Licensing Board (NCALB). The following are suggested guidelines. When looking for an acupuncturist in North Carolina, you want to make sure that they are licensed by the North Carolina Acupuncture Licensing Board. You are then ensured that the acupuncture practitioner meets the necessary educational and experiential criteria set forth by this state board. A Licensed Acupuncturist in N.C. must be a graduate from an accredited acupuncture college which consists of 3-4 years of Oriental Medical training and be a Diplomat of Acupuncture which requires passing a National Certification Commission for Acupuncture exam. Contact the NCALB to find the most qualified acupuncture practitioner in your area or look under ìacupuncturistî in the phone book and look for the title L.Ac. next to their name. Be aware that not all acupuncture practitioners are Licensed Acupuncturists.

If you have any questions as to whether or not acupuncture could benefit you, a loved one, or a friend, please feel free to call or write Susan B. Goldstone, L.Ac. for a free consultation, (336) 760-3993, Winston Salem, N.C. 27103, email: sgoldstone@triad.rr.com

Published in The Art of Wellbeing 1998.