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Fairfield Country Weekly; May 2009
Dr. Jun Xu
Rehabilitation Medicine and Acupuncture Center
1171 E. Putnam Ave.
Dr. Jun Xu of Rehabilitation Medicine and Acupuncture Center is what you’d call a three-in-one doctor. He’s an MD, a certified acupuncturist and a certified Chinese herbologist. Living in China during the Great Cultural Revolution in the ’60s, Xu knew he wanted to “heal people’s minds and hearts,” but when the college he was attending closed, he could not continue. He soon switched to healing people’s bodies. He’s since received schooling in the East and West. He says western medicine is too focused on detail and diagnosis. He focuses on the whole person, starting with the body structure and spiritual strength. “I will teach you to keep your posture correct,” he says, “and if you have neck pain I’ll put needles in your neck, but also your hands and feet to increase blood flow, wash away inflammation and decrease muscle spasms.” He explains there are “channels in the hands and feet that go to your brain and help to release endorphins so you feel relaxed, calm and in less pain.” He says that the body has a natural ability to combat illness and that acupuncture facilitates this ability. It’s smart, he says, to turn to acupuncture for infertility problems, asthma, peptic ulcers, hormonal imbalances, anxiety, arthritis and many other ailments. “Our goal is to cure the patient,” he says, “not to make acupuncture famous.” Watch for Xu’s new book later this year, Magic Needles: How Acupuncture Can Help You.