General Infertility
Acne Insomnia
Abdominal Pain Intercostal pain
Allergy Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Anemia/Iron Deficiency Kidney Stones
Ankle Pain Knee Injury
Anxiety Knee Pain
Arthritis Leg Pain
Arm Pain Meniere's Symptom
Asthma Menopausal Symptoms
Auto Injuries Menstruation Disorder
Back Pain Mouth Sores*
Bells Palsy Migraine
Bronchitis Multiple Symptoms
Cancer Support Nausea & Morning sickness
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Neck Pain
Catch Cold Neuropathy
Cerebral Palsy Osteoarthritis
Chronic Cough Pancreatitis
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Pediatric Diseases
Cirrhosis Psoriasis
Colitis Piriformis
Concentration Problems Quit Smoking
Dental Raynauds Syndrome
Depression Restless leg Syndrome
Diarrhea RSD (Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy)
Earache Sciatica Pain
Eczema Shingles
Elbow pain Shoulder Pain
Eye Disease Sinusitis
Fatigue Skin Disease
Fatty Liver Spinal Scoliosis
Fibromyalgia Spinal Stenosis
Foot Pain Stomach Pain
Gallbladder Disorder Stress
Genital Herpes Stroke
Gerd (gastroesophageal reflux disease) Stroke Induced Sequela
Tennis Elbow
Graves Disease Thigh Pain
Groin Pain Thoracic outlet syndrome
Hand Pain Tourett's Syndrome
Headache Tietze's Disease
Hernia Pain Tinnitus
Herpes TMJ
Hip Pain Trigger Finger
Hypertension Vertigo
Hyperthyroid Visual Problems
Hypothyroid Women's Disease
  Work Injuries
  Wrist Pain

Back Pain

"I am an eighty year-old male and I have stenosis in the lumbar area of my spine. I was operated on about eight years ago to correct the painful situation. The operation was a partial success. I was given pain medication to alleviate the daily pain in my back. I tried treatment from a chiropractor, with no relief. I tried all types of back exercises, including working out in a swimming pool, with no relief.
A friend of mine had a painful knee and was treated by Dr. Tao, with excellent results. She referred me to him for treatment. At the beginning, I was very skeptical of acupuncture, but after a few treatments by Dr. Tao, my back pain started to be relieved. After approximately 18 treatments, my back pain has nine-five percent disappeared. I used to awake in the middle of the night to take a pain pill. Now, I sleep through the whole night without pain. I recommend acupuncture to anyone who has any pain problems or any other medical problems.
Thank you, Dr. Tao"
~Scott D.

"I have been diagnosed with herniated discs for 9 years. In addition to herniated discs, I have sciatica on my legs left and right side. This summer, I had intense nerve pain, running down my left leg and across my back. Western pain medicine doesn't relieve pain, so, I don't use it. Various holistic methods have been tried such as Chiropractic care, neuromuscular therapy, physical therapy and stretches. My last visit to my physician left me frustrated, I called Dr. Tao and wanted to see if acupuncture is beneficial. After the first treatment, my pain had decreased by 60-70%. I was able to sleep, move and been proven effective. Acupuncture has been proven effective for thousand years of years. I am thankful I decided to pick up the phone and call."
~Amanda Helman

"I was troubled with low back pain/spinal stenosis, but my surgeon would not operate, feeling it would be too traumatic at my age (95). So I tried acupuncture and am very pleased with the results-pain is at least 80% gone. I would try acupuncture again, if necessary."
~J.A. Myers Amanda Helman

"I' am a 58 year old male, who was very active for my age until about 7 years ago when I started with low back pain. I had done the gamut of orthopedic doctors, and physical therapy treatments which helped but only for a brief time. In July 2006 I was diagnosed with ¡°severe spinal stenosis.¡± A condition that only gets progressively worse until surgery is generally the only remedy. I also had re-developed bronchitis in my right shoulder (a condition I had treated with physical therapy about 5 years ago). Not knowing where to turn (I certainly did not want surgery), but I did want to get some relief from the pain, so I started looking on the internet and came upon Tao¡¯s Acupuncture & Herb Center.¡± After doing some research, I decided that I was going to give acupuncture a try.

After my first treatment with Dr. Tao, I noticed a tremendous relief from the pain I had been suffering with for all these years, not only in my lower back, but also in my shoulder. I would recommend acupuncture to any one who is thinking of an alternative medicine treatment.

Dr. Tao is a very caring, compassionate and patient individual. I do not know where I would be today if it were not for Dr. Tao and his TCM and herb therapy. It works! Thank You Dr. Tao."
~David Mack

"I'm 29 years old, and hurt my back loading road cases into an 18 wheeler. The injury occurred about a year ago, it started with soreness pulling cramping and a shooting pain down the back of my leg especially when I would stand up after sitting. the diagnosis was 2 large
herniated disks. I went to a chiropractor, a physical therapist, 3 surgeons and a pain management doctor. I had surgery about 9 months ago to take out a piece of one of my herniated disk. about 4 weeks after surgery I went for a second MRI which showed that my disk re-herniated. Dr's told me to wait 6 months to a year. if it didn't get better they would do disk replacement surgery. I went to Tao. who said I would need 10-20 visits of acupuncture and herbs to fix my herniated disk. I felt
better by the fourth or fifth visit. And relatively good by the 10th.

Thanks to Tao, I don't think I'll need surgery again."
~Andrew Wotring

"I never truly understand the phrase "excruciating pain" until I injured my back and experienced the effects of a herniated disc, the MRI shows I have a large disc herniation in my right L4-L5 & L5-S1. Physically, I suffered from intense hip and leg pain in the middle of the night. I could not stand, walk, sit or sleep without feeling some degree of pain.

Even though I was in a physical therapy program, I needed something more to manage the pain. The high doses of Ibuprofen I was taking gave me no lasting pain relief, so I turned to acupuncture.

I felt the back and hip pain slowly melt away with each consecutive acupuncture session. The acupuncture sessions were extremely relaxing and Tao's bedside manner is calm and caring - the perfect combination for someone in near-tears pain. With Traditional Chinese Medicine my pain went away, stayed away and I feel great!"
~Heather Henry

"I am a 40 year old female, worked as a secretary for a disability management company. I had a history of herniated disc, MRI shows my right side has disc herination at L5-S1 with moderate stenosis and degenerative arthritis. I took codeine and cortisone transiently since 1998, but discontinued it because I did not want to take systemic medications. In January, 2004 I was jogging on a new treadmill and developed lumbosacral pain again. My pain feels worse when I changed positions, or bending to sit down. I received four week of rehabilitation and chiropractic care with no relief. I took generic drug Relafen twice a day with only slight relief. However, after the first acupuncture treatment with herbal patch and herbal medicine from Dr. Tao, I had dramatic relief in the next day. I can not believe this is true and highly recommend to anyone who has the pain problem."
~Michele Gelgot

"I am 29 years old female patient, came to Dr. Tao to treat my severe low back pain. I even couldn't take MRI because the pain couldn't let me lied down on table. After my pain much subsided by Dr.Tao's great help, I retook MRI shows I had large disc herination and central disc protrusion at L5-S1 with annular bulge at L3-L4. I came to Chiropractor not get help and I couldn't take my orthopedic doctor's prescribed pain medicine because I need breastfeeding to my 10 weeks old baby.

I started with treatments 3 times per week for acupuncture only but no herbs because I need breastfeeding my baby and concern to take any risks. Within 4 weeks from what his acupuncture treatments, my pain degree relived from 8-9/10 to 1-2/10 only. I was able to sleep through the night, returned daily activity including lifting my son from any position and even evening walks. Acupuncture has been a very good thing."
~Pia A.

"I am a 70-year-old retired RN worked for Hospital-critical care units, my previous job caused my scoliosis pain worse from the lifting and turning patients, pushing stretchers to surgical floors plus pushing beds with the patient and lots of euipment to critical care units. My Chiropractor found I have subluxation at T10, C1, L5, the sacrum and hip, however, his treatment failed and my back pain increased, the pain medication Tylenol took in daily basis and physical therapy ordered by my orthopedist also not help me.

Finally, I called Dr.Tao to get acupuncture treatment and herbal therapy. After I finished one cycle-10 visits treatment, I can say I am completely feel free of pain. I have a sense of "well being", as though I was "born again" to a better life. Thank you Dr. Tao!"
~Elsa H. Salay

"I am a 72 years old man and my low back pain was excruciating for over 15 years, I suffered with degenerative arthritis and spinal stenosis. It is because of it that I had to give up golfing. Exercise and pain meds didn't help. I was resigned to the fact that I was to live in pain for the rest of my life. In June of 2004, I visited Dr. Tao for acupuncture and herbs treatment. Following treatment, I was relieved of pain, and I am contemplating hitting the links once again."
~G.C. Salay

"On March 15,2000, I was hit at a red light and pushed me on the passenger side to the red light which fall on my car. I was found my car floor and admitted overnight by the Trauma service at Lehigh valley Hospital. I was then referred by my family Doctor to see physical therapy three times a week for seven weeks which was not helpful. Then I referred by my family Doctor again to see a pain specialist who ordered an MRI, which revealed a fracture at the 9th thoracic veterbra. I was given two epidural injections and told that I would have to live with this pain. In addition this, I also have pain in my right side of my back and thorax in the muscle with a reconstructed foot required for my fractured foot. In the past, I have to wear a back, neck, and foot brace and unable to be upright for more than two hours or I have to lie down to reduce the pain. After I treated by Dr. Tao with acupuncture, magnetic cupping and Chinese herbs, my pain level from 8 of 10 down to wear off for 4-5 days which let me could deal with pain without pain medication and zoloft , Xanax as well. I do appreciate Dr. Tao's help."
~Merjorie Genicola

"This letter is in reference to my visit to your office on May 24,2001. The service provided helped me incredibly, you gave me acupuncture to the neck, upper back, and lower back areas. The pain I experience is due to an auto injury from December 11, 1999. The single visit with you changed my back pain for months so I am convinced of the success and necessity."
~Cindy Smicker

"I injured my back in 15 years ago and required surgery to remove a cervical disc. Since then, my spine has further deteriorated due to spinal stenosis from c-1 to c-7. This condition resulted my mobility in my neck and painful back spasms and numbness in my extremities which also caused sleep loss and inability to many
simple tasks, particular move my arm above shoulder.

The spinal epidurals, pain and antispasmodic medications made my condition tolerable, nothing seems to give me relief. My neurololgist Dr. Lorraine Spikol, suggested try acupuncture and referred me to see Dr. Tao. After four weeks of ten treatments, the painful spasms and numbness are gone. I began to notice marked improvement by my third visit. I could sleep to eight hours a night and planning my first fly fishing trip this year. Thank you, Dr. Tao."
~Kenneth F. Polscer

"I am a 48 years female, suffered from the multiple pain as the subject about three years ago. Those injuries caused by using heavy wheelbarrows of mulch. I have been treated by Doctors under different medication, however, the Naprosyn can cause me nausea and Daypro can make me bruising. I also took the Vioxx for six months and it has not been helpful. I also see a massage therapist, a myotherapist and chiropractor for musculoskeletal problems with little or no help.

Finally, thru the Dr. Conrad Weiser recommended me to try of acupuncture, I have been seen Dr. Tao, initially to have a three times a week then reduced to once a week, I have no longer migrates my low back pain to my lower leg and elbow pain with the shoulder pain relieved as well."
~Diane Mcmakin

"I am a 35 year old female, was injuried in a motor vehicle accident on mother's day in May, 1999. I was hit while sittiing behind the wheel of a vintage car. I was lunged forward into the wheel with damage to my ribs and
shoulder and some low back pain initially which became worse. I took x-rays and MRI and found have damage at
L5 to S1. At first, I tried Vioxx and Naprosyn with poor results in the past and Celebrax with GI symptoms. Physical therapy was tried and allowed me to bend and move. Prior to that, I even couldn't sit, stand or lie without
crying. I have seen Dr. James Weis who felt that I have a degerative disc disease and referred to see Dr. Tao for acupuncture. After the second treatment, I already felt that I had the best relief for two years. After the four visits, I already felt that I have on nothing for pain now. Even the projected course of treatment is still ongoing, but I have no worry about my back problem any more!"
~Shelia Monaghan

"I am a 41 year old woman and was injuried in a motor vehicle accident in April of 2000. I was at a stop sign and was rearended. I took an MRI showing nerve damage. I been treated with Skelaxin and muscle relaxants which cused fatique but did not help. My rheumatologist gave me Celebrex and indocin which caused GI symptoms.
I also try chiropractic which did not help. And since I started to try acupuncture by Dr. Tao and the relief just in my first visit. After finish about 6 visits, I almost no pain at all. If ai didn't try, I never believe that acupuncture could be so effective."
~Diane Pierzga

"I am a 59 year old former farmer. In the early 1970's , I fell off a ladder and injured a disc. An MRI shows a narrowing of the canal and spinal stenosis, involving the L4 to L5 and L5 to S1. I then developed a chronic back pain since after and my condition of the constant toothache pain vanished since after the second treatment. This type of relieve not temporary pain relieve from chiropractor doing, almost completely and deep relieved from the acupuncture treatment. In the meawhile, I experienced a GI distress for years when I eat fruits like tomato, grapes or spicy food, orange juice, lemonadewtc. After I taking the patent's Chinese herbal medicine prescribed by Dr. Tao, I am no longer have any difficulty with my stomach acid regurgigation."
~Robert Dunn

"I am a 58 years old female woman suffered from neuropathy seconary to a degenerative disc for 25 years. I had a fusion of my disc by an orthopedic Doctor but still no relieve the pain and got it worse. Then I went to see a
neuologist Doctor, gave the topamx and Neurontin with no result of my neuropathic pain and numbnes on my right foot and toes. In addition to pain, I also had electric shocks periodically with socks feeling and lumps under my foot. After I taking three different kinds of herbal medicine and six acupuncture treatment from Dr. Tao, the cramping of my foot has stopped and electric shocks are gone, the sensation of my foot back even I standing in a long time for eight hours. I am very pleased the treatment what Dr. Tao gave me."
~Andrea Dunn

"Thank you! I suffered from severed back pain everyday for the last eight years. After only one visit with you, I felt better than I have in years. I had tried everything from seeing an orthopedist to physical therapy to chiropractor care. Nothing worked-except acupuncture. I am doing things I never thought I would do it again. Thank You!
Sincerely, "
~Susan Noessler

"As a person with a bad back pain on for the last 20 years, I have experienced relief from constant pain that I never anticipated. I have had MRI's, visited many chiropractors, and doctors have treated me with shots and pills. All of these gave me temporary relief. After 3 or 4 visits to Dr. Tao, I feel better than I have in 15 years."
-Ed Lutteschmidt

"I have had a severe back pain from a deteriorating disc for the past 25 years or so. I was to the point where Chiropractors weren't helping. I couldn't even get relief by lying down. I was surprised that after one visit there was some relief. After 3 visits I was much better. The acupuncture and the herbs have helped me get rid of that terrible pain in my back. I feel like doing things around the house again. Acupuncture is better than the pain pills and muscle relaxants I had taken in the past. I have gotten 80-90% relief. I only wish more insurance companies would see this and cover this. Thank you so much."
-Allen Comstock

"After a flare up of sarcoidosis in late fall 1998 cusing lung problems and subsequently a heavy prescription of prednizone, it was the acupuncture and herbs which cured my back pain and sciatica problems and low energy caused by prednizone. Then to make bad year worse, I contracted either rocky mountain spotted fever or ehrlichia in May 1999. This eventually led to bell palsy on the right side of my face. Having already been familiar with the healing power of the acupuncture and herbs, I came to you as soon as I was physically well enough to endure trip(9 days after the onset of bells palsy). I had been told by my other doctors that hopefully the bells palsey would go away in 3-5 months. To the amazement of the doctors, after 6 treatments and 3 weeks from the onset, I was about 95-98% better. Thanks again for your help."
-William H. Edinger

"I am a 41 year old man was sustained an injury to the low back on December 4, 1993 when I was lifting a compressed gas cylinder which weighed 300 to 400 pounds with full. Afer taken x-rays and MRI at hospital showed heriation of L4 to L5 with disc bulging at S1. Since that time, I am unable to work. The neurosurgeon Dr. has recommended laminectomy and decompression, however, the Pennsylvania Manufacturer's Association is not approving the surgery for a laminectomy and decompression and tried to give a numerous medications but has poor relief and side effects. Dr. Tao's treatment under the worker's compensation approved was given a significant improvement which I could deal with pain better without narcotics, I still could keep my daily life nornmal except to do the heavy lift job again. My severe headache also relieved each time when I had attacked, my gallbaldder symptom also much improved before I could get an appointment from my doctor. Thanks again indeed for your helpful."
~ Dale Beagle

n April 1994, I suffered a severe stroke with left side paralysis. I have even been given medication one chemical after another. I came to Dr. Tao and within three treatments, my back and neck were no longer in spasm and the pain was reduced in my left shoulder. By the fourth treatment, my shoulder was free of pain and my range of motion was resolved to normal..."
-Dr. Rudy Mueller, E.S.U.

Main Office:
Tao's Acupuncture & Herbs Center
Chung-Hu Tao, L.AC. & L.OM.
Tel. & Fax. 610-770-6201
1251 S. Cedar Crest Blvd., Suite #110A,
Allentown, PA 18103

E-mail address:

This site is maintained by Ethnicom Group, Inc.