Dr. Eddie Concepcion is one of the best acupuncturists in the Philippines. I know, because for the past five years or so, I have had a chance to witness him in action firsthand as one of his colleagues at Oasis Acupuncture Clinic. He’s a mild mannered yet stunningly engaging clinician who shuns the spotlight. Sometimes I compare im to the Lakeside Recluse Li Shizhen; the difference being that Doc Eddie’s “lake” is his hobby of photography.
Somewhat like J.D. Salinger, Doc Eddie doesn’t usually give interviews to the media. Again, I should know, because he usually would send me to do it for him. Lately, however, he had consented to being interviewed by the Philippine Daily Inquirer (link). We should be happy, right?
I remember talking to Doc Eddie the other day and he starts off by saying “I was misquoted!” I then got a chance to look at the article and I found myself saying to myself, “uh oh, I can see why Doc Eddie is peeved…” I could instantly see that there were phrases and sentences that I know no educated acupuncturist would use or at the very least, were obviously taken out of context.
Here is a link to the article: http://lifestyle.inquirer.net/13691/healing-through-flowing. I leave it to the reader to browse through it.
Understanding that most probably there were misunderstandings (boy, that’s redundant), Doc Eddie wrote a letter to the editor of the Inquirer, with the intention of clarifying statements that might unintentionally give readers the wrong ideas. With Doc Eddie’s permission I am posting the contents of that letter here:
Dear editor,Thank you for featuring me on your lifestyle issue (September 13, 2011: Healing through flowing). Many of my patients and colleagues enjoyed the well-written article on Traditional Chinese Medicine and its great lay-out. And, I enjoyed it, too. However, I have to clarify a point which I think is very important. On the fourth paragraph from last, it stated that TCM is not a cure. Perhaps, I may not have uttered it clearly but I think I said that it is not a cure-all. Because once harmony and balance is restored, we say that the patient is cured. It is not palliative since patients note the permanent effects TCM provides for conditions like migraine, trigeminal neuralgia, stroke and insomnia. Yes, it has limits.But in many instances, it greatly complements Western Medicine in complicated conditions like cancer, auto-immune disorders and a number of psychiatric disorders. Worldwide, premier hospitals offer acupuncture in physical rehabilitation for stroke and trauma, for the control of side effects in patients undergoing cancer chemotherapy and even as an adjunct in the treatment of nicotine, drug addiction and alcoholism.I do hope I am able to help in your advocacy in promoting wellness. And, let me thank you again for the opportunity to explain a field of medicine that has helped me serve our countrymen.More power to you and your team.Truly yours,Edilberto M. Concepcion, MD