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The interview with acupuncturist Yan Zhou

Acupuncture is a traditional Chinese medical practice that involves inserting thin needles into specific points on the body to promote the flow of energy. As a NY state-licensed acupuncturist and scholar of traditional Chinese medicine, Yan Zhou believes that this practice of Acupuncture can have a significant impact on a person’s overall health and well-being.

Yan Zhou points out that one of the key differences between acupuncture and other forms of therapy, such as Swedish massage, is the focus on internal balance. While massage provides temporary relief of physical symptoms, acupuncture seeks to restore balance and harmony within the body, addressing the root cause of the issue rather than just treating the symptoms.

“Swedish massage focuses on deep tissue work to promote muscle relaxation and improve circulation. It is often used to treat injuries caused by exercise, such as dislocations or strains. In contrast, acupuncture focuses more on specific points throughout the body. These points correspond to different internal organs or systems, and stimulating them can help to restore balance and promote healing,” Zhou said. 

Yan Zhou has seen firsthand the benefits of acupuncture for her patients. By stimulating specific points in the body, she helps patients to reduce pain, improve sleep, relieve stress, and support the body’s natural healing processes. She believes that acupuncture is an important tool for promoting overall wellness, and encourages her patients to incorporate it into their regular self-care routines.


Zhou’s dedication to the study of acupuncture is evident in her many achievements and contributions to the field. She has made significant contributions to the development and promotion of Chinese medicine education in the United States.

One of Yan Zhou’s notable accomplishments is her co-authorship of the research paper “Development of Chinese Medicine Education in the US: Two Examples of Pacific College of Health and Science New York and Eastern School of Acupuncture and Traditional Medicine”. The paper was published in the peer-reviewed journal “Chinese Medicine and Culture” and provides a comprehensive overview of the history and current development of Chinese medicine education in the United States.

This is a rarely discussed topic, and Zhou’s paper sheds light on the challenges and opportunities facing Chinese medicine education in the US. By highlighting the experiences of two prominent institutions – Pacific College of Health and Science New York and Eastern School of Acupuncture and Traditional Medicine – Zhou and her co-authors provide a valuable resource for those interested in understanding the current state of Chinese medicine education in the US.

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