Eileen van Vulpen, is a licensed acupuncturist/herbalist who works at The Wellness Centre in Katy Texas. She is a Diplomat of Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM.) She has a background in research and a PhD in Neuroscience.(Prior to studying Traditional Chinese Medicine, Eileen worked over 15 years in western research and has a Ph.D. in Neuroscience.)
She says, “I would like to describe what I do as making a difference in people’s life by helping them feel better,” “I am a firm believer of integrative medicine model.”
Eileen describes “integrative” as the combination of conventional Western medicine with complementary treatments, such as herbal medicine, acupuncture, massage, biofeedback, yoga, and stress reduction techniques.
She decided to become an acupuncturist after having a very positive personal experience with acupuncture. She had disabling headaches for almost 20 years that the western medicine was not able to cure. She tried acupuncture as the last resort and noticed a difference after the first treatment itself.
Talking about some of the benefits of Chinese medicine, Eileen says, “Some of the medications in Western medicine are extremely potent and very powerful. That also means they have lot of side effects; the benefit of Chinese medicine is that the side effects are very minimal, especially with acupuncture,” she explains.
Elaborating further on the topic Eileen says that acupuncture is a generally safe method of treatment, and in general the patient will not feel the needles inserted, however sometimes the patient might feel a slight pinch at the time of insertion or the patient might feel a mild distension feeling for some time during the treatment.
Eileen van Vulpen believes in integrating herbs and acupuncture to provide relief from symptoms such as all kinds of pains, women’s health, cancer support, post stroke treatment, digestive disorders, stress management, and cosmetic acupuncture. Pain relief is one of the areas she loves because of instantaneous results; in as less as two sessions of acupuncture.
Eileen further talks about fertility in women. She says, “Acupuncture makes such a difference if they go through the IVF route.”
“The actual chances of becoming pregnant, are increased when they use acupuncture before and, after the treatment and, definitely on the day of the embryo transfer.”
The FDA has approved acupuncture as a medical treatment, though studies are still pending for its use as an infertility treatment.
Studies and research are being conducted to evaluate the success rates and results are quite positive.
Eileen further talks about how acupuncture helps cancer patient go through the chemotherapy and radiation treatment and alleviates side effects. She says acupuncture can help keeping a patient as healthy as possible during the process. Acupuncture is being widely used for cancer patients by doctors successfully.
According to Eugene Mak who is a board certified oncologist, “The role of acupuncture in the curative group is in its adjunctive use in anesthesia, in post-operative pain control, and in aiding and hastening recovery from the side effects of the various therapies. Acupuncture is effective for control of pain, of local swelling post-operatively, for shortening the resolution of hematoma and tissue swelling and for minimizing use of medications and their attendant side effects.”
Eileen van Vulpen believes that Western medicine and Chinese medicine can work together and benefit each other largely. Acupuncture treats the side effects caused by the cancer treatments and can keep the patient healthy so that the potent medications and procedures can treat the disease. She says that it also strengthens the immune system.
Eileen claims that the variety and combinations available in alternative therapies make this treatment so powerful. She believes this is a huge advantage for a patient and should be approached by more people and doctors.