Chinese Medicine is a comprehensive medical system that has been used to diagnose, treat and prevent illnesses for over 5000 years. It includes not only Acupuncture but also herbology, bodywork, dietary therapy and exercise, and is based on traditional Chinese medical principles.
Chinese Medicine predates western medicine by thousands of years, and as a system stands on its own as a primary care modality. It is grounded in ancient Daoist philosophies concerning universal patterns of movement and balance, and unlike the predominant “localized” approach, it views health holistically as interrelated spheres of influence: mind, body and spirit; individuals and their environments; and a constantly interactive web of experience, awareness, and intention.
Acupuncture, Chinese Herbs and Bodywork strengthen one’s physical and emotional body – to help prevent disease, control pain, soothe and alleviate chronic conditions, and enhance the quality and longevity of life. Practitioners do not treat a diagnosed disease alone – the focus is instead to discern patterns and conditions which harbor and perpetuate imbalances that manifest as disease and illness. The many modalities employed in Chinese Medicine influence energetic pathways – “meridians” – bringing the whole being into equilibrium with both internal and external influences. Current trends in health care show that by integrating these eastern practices with western (allopathic) medicine, patients are better able to enhance and deepen the effectiveness of their efforts to live healthier, more balanced and energetic lives.
Chinese Medicine Treats
Immune System deficiency
Chemotherapy/ Radiation Side Effects
Eye, ear, nose, and throat disorders
Attention Deficit Disorder/ ADD
Support for chronic and painful debilitating disorders
Anxiety & Depression
Gall Bladder Disorders
Infertility/men & women
Gynecological disorders/irregular/painful mense
Back &Hip pain/Sciatica
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Chronic bladder infection
What to Expect
The initial visit involves an extensive intake to assess medical history, diet, lifestyle, stress, emotions, environmental influences and symptomatology. Chinese medicine diagnoses and treats syndromes rather than diseases.
Diagnostic procedures usually include specific questions about physical functions and mental processes, examination of tongue and pulses, and some palpation to detect areas of deficiency or stagnation. Unique to this medicine is an examination of the patient’s tongue and the taking of a patient’s pulses. These methods allow the practitioner to better understand the internal environment of the patient. Both are more intricate than with Western models. For example, pulse-taking involves six pulse positions allowing the practitioner to understand all 12 meridians. The tongue can show internal heat or cold, deficiency, excess conditions, etc.
Depending on patient preferences and indicated treatment protocols, massage, acupressure, acupuncture, heat therapy, essential oils, cupping, or various other techniques may be applied to achieve longer-lasting results in a shorter amount of time. Individually-tailored granular herbal formulas may be suggested, and dietary/exercise recommendations recommended for daily maintenance between visits.
Subsequent visits last 45 minutes to an hour, and the frequency of treatments will vary with each individual and their needs. Acute syndromes might need two to three treatments per week while the general protocol for treatment of chronic syndromes is four to six weekly treatments. Once a patient realizes satisfactory results from treatment, they are encouraged to maintain a seasonal maintenance schedule in order to stay in balance.
Many conditions may be alleviated very rapidly by Acupuncture and Chinese medicine. However, some conditions that have developed over a course of years will be relieved only with slow, steady progress. As in any form of healing, the patient’s attitude, diet, determination and lifestyle will affect the outcome of a course of treatment. Patients are encouraged to actively participate in their healing process. Although Chinese medicine can treat most conditions, there are circumstances that can be dealt with more effectively by Western medicine. In such cases, I will recommend you contact a Western medical doctor. Acupuncture and Chinese medicine should be seen as complementary to Western medicine.
Marco Chung-Shu Lam
Marco Chung-Shu Lam is a curious and compassionate human being who has a passion for health, the environment and the ability of entrepreneurs to create a better world. He has practiced Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture for over 20 years and is lauded to have a unique style of practice that accelerates his clients breakthroughs in both physically and cognitively arenas. As the clinical director at the Mandala Clinic, he is well known in the Boulder community for supporting elite athletes, business leaders and entrepreneurs in pursuing peak performance and expanded flow states. He is the senior permaculture teacher for the Boulder bioregion and has taught and consulted on regenerative human design for over 25 years. As a well-known professor at Naropa University, he created the permaculture undergraduate curriculum. He has a powerful gift in seeing both the patterns in humans and landscapes. He believes that by insightful observation it is possible to nurture harmonious possibilities for evolution.
He is the founder of two herbal companies, www.PerformanceTea.com and www.FreyaHealth.com, both of which bring the traditional medicine of Asia to address modern health challenges and to support our communities in living lives of peak vitality.
In his free time, Marco is studying the internal martial arts and spagyric alchemy, backcountry skiing, mountain biking and exploring the wildernesses of the West. He and his wife of twenty four years, Jamie, are empty-nesters with their daughter a senior at Colorado College. She is following in the entrepreneurial footsteps of her father with her company, www.chicachocolate.com.
I’ve had the pleasure of having on-going acupuncture and Chinese herbal treatments from Marco Lam, the purveyor of Mandala, for the past couple of months and recommend it to the highest degree. I came in with abysmal energy reserves, borderline depression, horrible digestion, and low “will power.” Somehow both abruptly and gradually all of those conditions have improved considerably–and I can see the road to even better health and wellbeing. Marco is a truly gifted healer–intuitive, fierce yet gentle, with a wealth of wisdom and tools at his disposal that surprise me nearly every visit. And he’s just a joy to be around…
Not only is Marco an extremely knowledgeable and skilled acupuncturist and herbalist, but he also has an innate ability to help you search beneath your current symptoms to find deeper ways to realign your body from within. In almost every session, Marco is able to make a single statement or ask me one question that compassionately illuminates how I ended up feeling the way I did in the first place. As a female, I prioritize feeling safe when working with male health care practitioners. Marco’s clinic is an extremely safe space. Thanks to the supportive environment Marco creates, I feel both safe in my body and also comfortable discussing my true self without fear. I am very grateful for the work I have done with Marco and recommend him highly and without hesitation to anyone seeking more harmony in their body, mind, and overall health.
Marco Lam is a warm-hearted and highly skilled practitioner that I would highly recommend, especially for those seeking personal/spiritual growth either in their business or in their lives. Truly gifted and intuitive healer.
Marco was an amazing support for my fertility journey. He helped me regulate my cycle, improve my fertility, and when I ended up using IVF to conceive, his acupuncture helped me every step of the way to prepare my body for success, to grow and carry a healthy baby and to deliver and recover from the birth. He went out of his way to make sure he was available at the critical moments, and provided helpful advice, emotional support and referrals to other skilled practitioners. And what’s more, beyond just the acupuncture and herbs, he helped me learn about how I could take charge of my own fertility journey and to understand the hormones and rhythms of my body. Marco is a knowledgeable practitioner who takes time to listen and empathize with his patients and learn about their whole selves, he takes time to educate them and acts as a supportive partner in enhancing one’s well-being and health.