Dr. Wen-Shuo Wu is the Founding Dean of the College of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (CAOM) at Southern California University of Health Sciences (SCU), Whittier. Dr. Wu is a Medical Doctor (M.D.) from Taiwan. He graduated from China Medical University in 1987. He earned his Master of Public Health (MPH) degree from UCLA in 1992 and his Master of Science in Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine (MSAOM) from South Baylo University in 1994. He passed his California Acupuncture License Exam in 1994. He worked as full-time faculty and clinical supervisor in South Baylo University from 1994, and then became the Academic Dean in 1998. In 2000, he was appointed as the Founding Dean of the College of Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine at SCU.
Dr. Wu is a fifth (5th) generation Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) practitioner from Taiwan. His father, Dr. ShuiSheng Wu, is his mentor and teaches him the knowledge, diagnosis and treatment of Traditional Chinese Medicine. He has great experience in Chinese Herbs and Acupuncture. He has always integrated Western Medicine and Traditional Chinese Medicine in his teaching and clinical practice. He also has given speeches to several colleges and universities in USA, China and Taiwan regarding the AOM education and practice. He is involved on several research projects with the University of California at Irvine (UCI) and California State University – Fullerton (CSU-Fullerton).
What is acupuncture good for?
Acupuncture is particularly effective for pain relief and for nausea and vomiting after surgery or chemotherapy. In addition, both the World Health Organization (WHO) and the NIH recognize that acupuncture can be a helpful part of a treatment plan for many illnesses. A partial list includes: addiction (such as alcoholism), asthma, bronchitis, carpal tunnel syndrome, constipation, diarrhea, facial tics, fibromyalgia, headaches, irregular menstrual cycles, polycystic ovarian syndrome, low back pain, menopausal symptoms, menstrual cramps, osteoarthritis, sinusitis, spastic colon (often called irritable bowel syndrome), stroke rehabilitation, tendinitis, tennis elbow, and urinary problems, such as incontinence.
The American Academy of Medical Acupuncture also lists a wide range of conditions for which acupuncture is appropriate. In addition to those listed above, they recommend acupuncture for sports injuries, sprains, strains, whiplash, neck pain, sciatica, nerve pain due to compression, overuse syndromes similar to carpal tunnel syndrome, pain resulting from spinal cord injuries, allergies, tinnitus (ringing in the ears), sore throat (called pharyngitis), high blood pressure, gastroesophageal reflux (felt as heartburn or indigestion), ulcers, chronic and recurrent bladder and kidney infections, premenstrual syndrome (PMS), infertility, endometriosis, anorexia, memory problems, insomnia, multiple sclerosis, sensory disturbances, drug detoxification, depression, anxiety, and other psychological disorders.