Acupuncture Manila Clinic – Philippine General Hospital

Acupuncture Manila Clinic of Dr. Philip Tan-Gatue


Now there is an Acupuncture Manila Clinic.  Your relief is our goal.

Have you been looking for some relief or respite to your physical pain for a long time? Have you been searching for an acupuncture service, or otherwise, to help you heal at long last? Well, you’ve come to the right place.

We are so excited to inform you that Acupuncture is now available in the Philippine General Hospital in Manila. Dr. Philip Tan-Gatue is a reowned Clinical Associate Professor at the University of the Philippines. He has also contributed in writing a chapter on acupuncture in the Philippine Textbook of Family Medicine. You can visit Dr. Tan-Gatue’s acupuncture manila clinic at the Family Medicine clinic (Room 208) – second floor of the Faculty Medical Arts Building of the University of the Philippines Manila -Philippine General Hospital Compound.

You’ve been experiencing pain for a long time and nothing worked.

Does that sound familiar? You tried different types of exercises, stretching and diet changes, but nothing worked. Acupuncture treatment could be the path to release that you’ve been so desperately seeking, because there are no ‘techniques’ here – just a proven medical method which directly targets the source of pain in your body and works to heal your specific ailment.

What makes this so special? Why should you trust this solution over all others?

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Acupuncture Manila Clinic in PGH FMAB

A medical procedure beginning in China, the art of acupuncture has been perfected over hundreds of years, and works through metallic needles penetrating the parts of the body experiencing pain, or simply the general parts of the body on which lie the pathways of Qi and Blood. Now, our acupuncture Manila clinic is here for you.

Your pain ends here. Not only that, but your journey to healing and a new lease of life on your body begins with acupuncture. The Chinese foundations of this special practice revolve around the idea that your body’s Qi becomes imbalanced when you are in pain, but the use of acupuncture treatment can help to rebalance your yin-yang and, in turn, relieve you of your pain. Of course, meditation and other spiritual forms of healing help strengthen the mind too and can help with the physical treatment of acupuncture, which strives to heal the body.

How can you get started with the task of restoring your yin and yang balance?

Whether you understand the finer details of Chinese culture or not, the fact remains that acupuncture treatment has done absolute wonders when it came to the task of healing thousands upon thousands of people throughout the ages.

In the modern world, people still champion acupuncture as a form of relief for any spiritual, emotional or physical pain which they might currently be experiencing. It’s all about reopening the flow of energy about the meridian pathways; much as if a fallen tree was blocking the flow of a stream. You have to allow your body to work in harmony once again, and it all begins with freeing up any physical pain points in your body.

When is acupuncture something you need to consider?

If you’ve been experiencing allergic rhinitis, headaches, depression, morning sickness, or other serious pains on an extensive list, this is definitely the treatment for you. How can we say this with confidence? Because it has been medically proven that acupuncture is an effective treatment for the above diseases or physical injuries.

It’s time to stop living in the clouds with methods that aren’t doing anything to help you. It’s time to use a method built upon years of cultural experience and learning. It’s time to use a method verified by professionals in the health industry as a solution to numerous forms of pain.

Come and see what we can do for you. Visit our Acupuncture Manila Clinic in the PGH Faculty Medical Arts Building.

acupuncture manila Photo courtesy Krishia Borromeo, UP Medics (

Photo courtesy Krishia Borromeo, UP Medics (

For more information about the University Physicians Medical Center, click here.  To find out more about Dr. Tan-Gatue’s  acupuncture manila clinic please contact Sheena at +639499377888 or Chezka at 708-0000 local 160.

Dr. Tan-Gatue also sees patients at Oasis Acupuncture Clinic in Quezon City, at the Medical City, and at Peak Form at Bonifacio Global City.

What is Acupuncture?

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Acupuncture is one of the oldest, most commonly used medical procedures in the world. Originating in China more than 2000 years ago, Acupuncture became better known in the west in 1971 after New York Times reporter James Reston wrote about his experiences in China. He had a bout of appendicitis while in Beijing and acupuncture was used to ease his post-surgical pain and nausea.  Now you can have a quality Chinese acupuncture Manila clinic.

The word itself comes from the latin acus meaning “needle” and pungere meaning “to puncture” and it involves penetrating the skin with thin, solid, metallic needles. These needles are then manipulated by hand or by electrical stimulation. Needles can be placed on sites of local pain or on pre-defined acupuncture points that lie on pathways of Qi known as “meridians” or “channels”.

Does it hurt?

People experience acupuncture differently, but most feel no or minimal pain as the needles are inserted. Some people are energized by treatment, while others feel relaxed.


How does it work?

Acupuncture is one of the key components of the system of traditional Chinese medicine. A whole medical system that originated in China. It is based on the concept that disease results from disruption in the flow of qi and imbalance in the forces of yin and yang. Practices such as herbs, meditation, massage, and acupuncture seek to aid healing by restoring the yin-yang balance and the flow of qi. In the TCM system of medicine, the body is seen as a delicate balance of two opposing and inseparable forces: yin and yang.

The concept of two opposing yet complementary forces described in traditional Chinese medicine. Yin represents cold, slow, or passive aspects of the person, while yang represents hot, excited, or active aspects.

A major theory is that health is achieved through balancing yin and yang and disease is caused by an imbalance leading to a blockage in the flow of qi.. Yin represents the cold, slow, or passive principle, while yang represents the hot, excited, or active principle.

Among the major assumptions in TCM are that health is achieved by maintaining the body in a “balanced state” and that disease is due to an internal imbalance of yin and yang.

This imbalance leads to blockage in the flow of qi In traditional Chinese medicine, the vital energy or life force proposed to regulate a person’s spiritual, emotional, mental, and physical health and to be influenced by the opposing forces of yin and yang. (vital energy) along pathways known as meridians.


It is believed that there are 12 main meridians and 8 secondary meridians and that there are more than 2,000 acupuncture points on the human body that connect with them.

Preclinical studies have documented acupuncture’s effects, but they have not been able to fully explain how acupuncture works within the framework of the Western system of medicine that is commonly practiced in the United States.

It is proposed that acupuncture produces its effects through regulating the nervous system, thus aiding the activity of pain-killing biochemicals such as endorphins and immune system cells at specific sites in the body. In addition, studies have shown that acupuncture may alter brain chemistry by changing the release of neurotransmitters and neurohormones and, thus, affecting the parts of the central nervous system related to sensation and involuntary body functions, such as immune reactions and processes that regulate a person’s blood pressure, blood flow, and body temperature.

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Where is it useful?

The World Health Organization has published a manuscript entitled Acupuncture: Review and Analysis of Reports on Controlled Clinical Trials in 2003. In this document, it lists the following as treatable conditions based on analysis of clinical studies.

The diseases or disorders for which acupuncture therapy has been tested in controlled clinical trials reported in the recent literature can be classified into four categories as shown below.

1. Diseases, symptoms or conditions for which acupuncture has been proved-through controlled trials-to be an effective treatment:

Adverse reactions to radiotherapy and/or chemotherapy
Allergic rhinitis (including hay fever)
Biliary colic
Depression (including depressive neurosis and depression following stroke)
Dysentery, acute bacillary
Dysmenorrhoea, primary
Epigastralgia, acute (in peptic ulcer, acute and chronic gastritis, and gastrospasm)
Facial pain (including craniomandibular disorders)
Hypertension, essential
Hypotension, primary
Induction of labour
Knee pain
Low back pain
Malposition of fetus, correction of
Morning sickness
Nausea and vomiting
Neck pain
Pain in dentistry (including dental pain and temporomandibular dysfunction)
Periarthritis of shoulder
Postoperative pain
Renal colic
Rheumatoid arthritis
Tennis elbow

2. Diseases, symptoms or conditions for which the therapeutic effect of acupuncture has been shown but for which further proof is needed:

Abdominal pain (in acute gastroenteritis or due to gastrointestinal spasm)
Acne vulgaris
Alcohol dependence and detoxification
Bell’s palsy
Bronchial asthma
Cancer pain
Cardiac neurosis
Cholecystitis, chronic, with acute exacerbation
Competition stress syndrome
Craniocerebral injury, closed
Diabetes mellitus, non-insulin-dependent
Epidemic haemorrhagic fever
Epistaxis, simple (without generalized or local disease)
Eye pain due to subconjunctival injection
Female infertility
Facial spasm
Female urethral syndrome
Fibromyalgia and fasciitis
Gastrokinetic disturbance
Gouty arthritis
Hepatitis B virus carrier status
Herpes zoster (human (alpha) herpesvirus 3)
Labour pain
Lactation, deficiency
Male sexual dysfunction, non-organic
Ménière disease
Neuralgia, post-herpetic
Opium, cocaine and heroin dependence
Pain due to endoscopic examination
Pain in thromboangiitis obliterans
Polycystic ovary syndrome (Stein-Leventhal syndrome)
Postextubation in children
Postoperative convalescence
Premenstrual syndrome
Prostatitis, chronic
Radicular and pseudoradicular pain syndrome
Raynaud syndrome, primary
Recurrent lower urinary-tract infection
Reflex sympathetic dystrophy
Retention of urine, traumatic
Sialism, drug-induced
Sjögren syndrome
Sore throat (including tonsillitis)
Spine pain, acute
Stiff neck
Temporomandibular joint dysfunction
Tietze syndrome
Tobacco dependence
Tourette syndrome
Ulcerative colitis, chronic
Vascular dementia
Whooping cough (pertussis)

3. Diseases, symptoms or conditions for which there are only individual controlled trials reporting some therapeutic effects, but for which acupuncture is worth trying because treatment by conventional and other therapies is difficult:

Choroidopathy, central serous
Colour blindness
Irritable colon syndrome
Neuropathic bladder in spinal cord injury
Pulmonary heart disease, chronic
Small airway obstruction

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We are looking forward to meeting with you and discovering how we may be of service in our acupuncture Manila clinic

Dr. Philip Nino Tan-Gatue

Dr. Philip Nino Tan-Gatue MD, CAc, CMA,is one of the leading experts in Traditional Medicine and Chinese Medicine in the Philippines. Currently, he is a Clinical Associate Professor in the University of the Philippines College of Medicine and is Director of Acupuncture Services at The Medical City. Find Dr. Philip on Google Plus , Facebook, Twitter and on