The Acupuncture Consultation and Exam, together with the Diagnosis and Assessment is the starting point for all acupuncture treatments. Your medical history and present state of health may be complicated or relatively easy. No matter which, your practitioner will want to perform a thorough exam in order to make an accurate diagnosis.

In the Acupuncture Consultation, Diagnosis, and Assessment we will:

  • Ask Questions, establish chief concerns, and document health history.
  • View the Tongue: A flabby, moist, pale-white tongue; a dry, red tongue with no coating; these signs and others may be signs of illness or health.
  • Evaluate Pulse: The pulsing of the radial artery on each wrist tells a story. Depth, strength, rhythm, along with many other different qualities are indicators of wellness or disease.
  • Palpate Body for painful, weak or sensitive areas evaluating the health of the musculoskeletal and Chinese meridian systems.
  • Perform an EMI test* (optional)
  • Make a Diagnosis and Create a Treatment Plan: The treatment plan is your prescription for care!

Acupuncture philosophy is based on natural laws surrounding the movement of life energy in the body and in nature. This life energy, called Qi, courses through the body in channels like rivers and streams.


Index of Acupuncture Services

Your acupuncturist will prescribe a course of treatments and select services to address your main and secondary health concerns. You may also choose from the following list.

Auricular-therapy: Wear what you want. If you have long hair please pull it back. Treatment is exclusively on the ears. May involve acupuncture, press seeds, magnets, or E-stim. With modern technology we can locate, diagnose and treat points with electric frequencies that are proven effective in healing providing long lasting benefits!

Balance Method: Wear shorts and T-shirt or comfortable loose-fitting clothes. This treatment uses points on the hands and feet, up to the elbows or knees, and occasionally on the scalp or face. Works on nearly every health condition!

Body Acupuncture: Please arrive clean without a strong odor of perfume or perspiration. Treatment may involve areas of the back, neck, hips, chest as well as traditional points on the hand and foot channels. Private rooms are available.

Dry Needling: Trigger Point therapy, Sports Acupuncture. More active and sometimes aggressive techniques suitable to stronger constitutional athletic types.

Electric Stimulation: Can be performed on the ears or the body. Dialing in specific frequencies allows us to supercharge electrons in your body, destroying free-radicals and unleashing the natural healing powers of your internal chemical factory.

Eye Health: Treatments specifically designed to target eye health. Glaucoma; Retinosa Pigmentosa; Dry Eyes, floaters.

Facial Rejuvenation Cosmetic Acupuncture: Will help you achieve a younger, healthier look without undergoing an invasive procedure. Safe, painless, and effective, this is one of the fastest growing fields in Oriental Medicine! (more info)

Five Element Acupuncture: A beautiful system of traditional medicine made popular by the Worsley School of Acupuncture, Diane Connely, Bob Duggan, Lonny Jarret (Nourishing Destiny).

Integrative Therapy: Body Mind Spirit are One. Psych K and the Biology of Belief.

Maintenance and Prevention: The key to good health is maintaining and strengthening what you have rather than waiting until something goes wrong. Superior health is living to your full potential not just the absence of disease.

Meridian Therapy: Applied Channel Palpation, Japanese styles, Five Phases, Jin-Shin-Do, Acupressure, Iona Teeguarden and Kiko Matsumoto.

Microsystems: Mapping points on the ear with fMRI scientists discovered that there are over 300 points on the ears that correspond to all areas of the body and nervous system. Similar mappings may be found on the hands, feet, face, abdominal area, and all over the body.

Neuro-Acupuncture: Cutting edge neuroscience explains the complex mechanisms behind traditional acupuncture points and theory.

Oriental Medicine: Most practitioners prefer the term East Asian Medicine however the most comprehensive study and practice of acupuncture in Pennsylvania is found under the title L. O.M., Licensed Practitioner of Oriental Medicine.

T.C.M. Traditional Chinese Medicine. The main system of acupuncture and herbal medicine practiced in modern China and around the world.


Meet Your Oriental Medicine Practioner

Daniel has been working in the field of East Asian Medicine since 1996, with continual study, vast and varied experiences and an innate gift of compassion. Translating Health LLC, of which he is the founder, has become a flagship for his life work and mission. Incorporating acupressure massage, needle and non-needling therapy, energy work, and herbal preparations, Daniel’s emphasis in treatment is to release blocks or holding patterns from the body, restore balance, and promote “superior health,” the ideal state where a person may reach their full potential.

A lover of travel and adventure, in 2006, shortly after returning from study in China, Daniel left Philadelphia for five years to become one of a select few of practicing acupuncturist at sea––treating people on the largest “floating cities” and ports of nearly every continent. It was there he refined his techniques with an ever-changing international client base that demanded immediate results in only days, not months. During this time, he also gave regular lectures on Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. Since returning to Philadelphia in 2011, Daniel’s holistic healing practice has flourished while also maintaining positions as a clinical supervisor, instructor and adjunct faculty for both the acupuncture and Chinese herb programs at the Won Institute of Graduate Studies, in Glenside, Pennsylvania. Daniel holds a Masters degree in Acupuncture from the Maryland University of Integrative Medicine, formerly the Traditional Acupuncture Institute, one of the oldest acupuncture schools in America and in addition holds certificates of advanced training in Facial Rejuvenation (the Acupuncture Face-Lift), Chinese Herbal medicine, Pain management techniques, Auriculotherapy and massage. A lifelong musician and composer, Daniel can also be heard singing and performing on the guitar.

Masters of Acupuncture; Maryland University of Integrative Medicine, (formerly TAI Sophia Institute for the Healing Arts), Laurel, MD
Certificate Program in Chinese Herbal Medicine; Academy for Five Element Acupuncture, Hallandale, FL
Child Brain Development Course; Institute for the Achievement of Human Potential, Wyndmoor, Pennsylvania
Essentials of Auriculotherapy: Chinese and European Ear Acupuncture Points; Emperor’s College of Traditional Oriental Medicine, Dr.Terry Olseon, California
Zero Balancing Level 1; Fritz Smith, Ellicot City, Maryland
Acupuncture During Labor and Delivery, Level 1; Claudia Citkovitz, MS, L. Ac., PCOM, New York
Advanced Battlefield Acupuncture; John Howard, Won Institute, Glenside, Pennsylvania
Unblocking the Pivot from the Classics to the Modern Clinic; Sharon Weizenbaum
Chinese Herbal Studies with Dr. Huang Huang; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Treating Patients with Chinese Medicine who are Taking Western Medicine; Bob Flaws, Distance-Learning course
Advanced Insurance Billing; American Acupuncture Council, Newark, New Jersey
Scalp Acupuncture for Stroke and Traumatic Brain Injury; Won Institute, Glenside, Pennsylvania
Dr. Tan Balance Method; Richard Teh-Fu Tan, OMD, LAc., Maryland, Philadelphia, New York
Japanese Style Pain Management; Upper, Middle and Lower Tan Tien Treatments for Neck and Low Back Issues, IBS and Treating Abdominal Scars; Kiiko Matsumoto, Master Acupuncturist
Oriental Medicine and the Endocrine System; Treating the Divergent Meridians; Jeffery Yuen
A Top Down Perspective on the Five-Elements; Lonny Jarrett, Laurel, Maryland
Chinese Herbal Medicine; Classroom and Private studies with Cara Frank, R. Ac.
200-Hour Massage Certificate; Omega Body Works, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Studies in Massage and Nutrition; Paul Pitchford, Heartwood Institute, Garberville, California
Chinese Language Studies; Philadelphia Community College, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Private Study and Observation with Dr. Qin Jian at the First Affiliated Hospital of Sun Yat-Sen University, TCM Department; Guangzhou, China
Bachelor’s Degree in Music and English; Ithaca College, Ithaca, NY

Licenses and Credentials:
Diplomat of Oriental Medicine; National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM)
Licensed Practitioner of Oriental Medicine by the Commonwealth of PA Department of State Bureau of Professional and Occupational Affairs
Certified Auriculo-therapist; Auriculotherapy Certification Institute, Inc., Dr. Terry Oleson, Calfornia
Certified Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture Practitioner; Virginia Doran
Certified in Clean Needle Technique by the Council of Colleges of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (CCAOM)
Red Cross First Aid Certified

Professional Experience:
Founder of Translating Health LLC in Private Practice since 2004
Adjunct Faculty at the Won Institute for Graduate Studies since 2011
International Acupuncture Practice at Sea from 2006-2011; Steiner Trans-Ocean Limited, Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Royal Caribbean, Princess, and Holland America Lines
Washington Square Chiropractic Center, Philadelphia PA; 2004-2006
Pilates and More, Wayne PA; 2004-2006
TAI Sophia Institute Student Acupuncture Clinic; 2001-2004
Chinese Herb Dispensary Manager at the TAI Sophia Institute, Laurel, MD and the Maryland Institute of TCM, Bethesda, MD; between 2001-2005
Office Manager at the China Herb Company, Philadelphia, PA; 1997-2001
Societies and memberships:
Association for Professional Acupuncturists
American Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine

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