Chinese Medicine

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This ancient medical system has been proven to benefit various common health problems by addressing the root cause. Traditional Chinese Medicine originated in ancient China and has evolved over thousands of years. TCM practitioners use herbal medicines and various mind and body practices, such as acupuncture and tui na, to treat or prevent health problems. Sophia has years of experience and expertise, we serve patients throughout Greater Danbury including Brookfield, Ridgefield and New Milford.*

Dr. Kenneth Hoffman, DAOM, L.Ac.

Dr. Kenneth Hoffman, DAOM, L.Ac.

Our Medical Director and Founder

Ken Hoffman is a Doctor of Acupuncture and a specialist in Natural Medical Care. In 1991, he began private training under the tutelage of a Taoist medical and qi gong master where he began learning the art of Chinese healing. This culminated in a sabbatical to Taiwan where he lived and studied Chinese healing arts in Chi Nan Temple.

He then completed a 4 year Chinese medical school program with an internship at St. John’s Riverside Hospital in Yonkers, NY. His post-graduate specialties included study with some the best doctors in functional medicine where he focused on the integration of western bio-medicine including blood chemistry analysis, endocrinology and the use of Medical Infrared Thermography.

He has performed more than 18,000 acupuncture treatments on over 7,000 patients since starting his practice which has now grown into the busiest clinic of its kind in the state of Connecticut.

What Is Chinese Medicine and How Does it Help?

Traditional Chinese Medicine utilizes and combines various mind and body practices such as acupuncture, tui na, dietary therapy, moxibustion, herbal medicines and more. The goal of this practice is to improve your quality of life.* When you balance the yin and yang of Qi, you feel healthy. If the balance is disrupted, then you may feel sick. TCM aims to create harmony and a healthy flow of qi throughout your body.

Traditional Chinese Medicine treats various ailments , some including:

Treatment for your illness or injury vary. At Sophia our doctors will work with you to create a customized plan specific to your needs

The History of Chinese Medicine

TCM is rooted in the ancient philosophy of Taoism and dates back more than 2,500 years.It wasn’t until 1971, that the U.S was exposed to acupuncture.

In 1972-with the founding of the first U.S. acupuncture organization, the education of Chinese medicine expanded across the country. Soon after, states began enacting laws in regard to the training and practice of acupuncturists. Today, the United States licensed more than 27,000 practitioners of Chinese medicine.

Traditional Chinese Medicine is aimed at healing patients through finding the root of the diagnosis.* This practice emphasizes prevention, and each treatment option is customized to each patients needs.

Chinese Medicine Treatment Options

Acupuncture: Thin, sterile needles are placed strategically throughout the body’s meridians to alleviate pain and reduce stress.

Cupping: This therapy can be used in conjunction with acupuncture or on its own. Cups on your skin for a few minutes to create suction. People get it for many purposes, including to help with pain, inflammation, and blood flow.

Moxibustion: Moxibustion is a form of heat therapy in which mugwort is burned near the skin’s surface. This therapy is meant to encourage qi and dispel of any illnesses.

Tui Na: Is a manipulative therapy that addresses specific patterns of disharmony in the body.

Exercise: Your doctor will provide you with specific exercises and movements to benefit you condition or prevent future injury or illness.

Dietary Therapy: Chinese Dietary Therapy is a method of adjusting personal diets to fit each individual’s pattern diagnosis. The energetic qualities and portion sizes of food will be taken into account.

What to Know Before Your Appointment

People tend to visit their healthcare provider, they are feeling sick or suffering from uncomfortable symptoms. In the world of Chinese medicine, people are encouraged to consult with a TCM doctor before symptoms may arise.One of our Sophia doctors will advise you on how to maintain health, optimize well being, and prevent future illness.

When you arrive at Sophia, a TCM practitioner will listen to your medical history, and any list of symptoms or concerns you may have. Then you will receive  a physical examination to check for any imbalances in your body. Once you’ve been thoroughly checked, a doctor will work with you to create the best program suited to your needs.

Why Choose the Sophia Natural Health Center for Chinese Medicine

At Sophia, chinese medicine doctors have extensive training and years of experience helping patients improve their health. We are dedicated to helping improve the health of our Danbury and Brookfield patients, but to also educate our patients on the different aspects of health, wellness of the body, mind and spirit.

Our health providers help you repair, improve and preserve your health even before you have symptoms. Our approach to health, called Integrative Natural Medicine, is what makes us different. Dr. Kenneth Hoffman, DAOM, L.Ac. uses the best of ancient wisdom and modern science.*


*The effectiveness of diagnosis and treatment vary by patient and condition. Sophia Natural Health Center does not guarantee certain results.

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