About altermed acupuncture

C.B. Bunkholt, L.Ac.


 Dr. Li Wang and C.B. Bunkholt were classmates at the American Academy of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. Upon Li's decision to retire from her practice, C.B. studied under Li to learn her methods and treatment plans in order to continue her practice as it was.

C.B. Bunkholt began his apprenticeship in acupuncture and herbal  medicine in 1996. He holds a Master of Science degree in Acupuncture and  Oriental Medicine from the American Academy of Acupuncture &  Oriental Medicine, a Certified Diplomate in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine by the  National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine  (NCCAOM) and certified by the the Minnesota Board of Medical Practice.

With  over 23 years of experience, C.B. has worked with an array of patients  in finding holistic resolution for emotional disorders (depression,  anxiety), cancer, fertility issues, autoimmune disorders (Multiple  Sclerosis, Lupus, Ulcerative Colitis, Crohn’s Disease) and many more  conditions. Acupuncture is a helpful tool in addressing an array of  health challenges, from bronchitis to pulled muscles, from weight loss  to fibromyalgia, from allergies to asthma.

C.B.  also has over 38 years of martial arts experience and holds a 6th  degree black belt in Hapkido as well as a 6th degree black belt in Tae  Kwon Do. He was the undefeated K.I.C.K. Super Featherweight Kickboxing World  Champion for ten years until he retired. His martial arts background and  fighting experience gives him a deep understanding of the optimal  treatments for musculoskeletal pain and sports injuries. He currently  teaches Hapkido and self-defense classes at the Bloomington Karate Center.

Acupuncture Treatment


 Acupuncture treatment is the insertion of very fine surgical quality needles into specific points on the body. Acupuncture needles are FDA Approved Medical Devices, they are factory sterilized under internationally recognized standards, used only one time, and then properly disposed of as medical waste.

Acupuncture points are chosen based on a complex theory of physiology and diagnosis. This theory was developed in ancient times, and has survived the test of time. Acupuncture has been used for hundreds of years to treat a wide range of symptoms and diseases. The Chinese are very practical and pragmatic people and have put forth only those methods that provided results. Today acupuncture is being studied around the world using a variety of modern testing procedures, with many interesting results.


Qi (Chee) and Meridians


 Q:  What is Qi?
A:  The concept of Qi is based on the ancient Chinese initial understanding of natural phenomena. That is, Qi is the most basic substance of which the world is comprised. Everything in the universe results from the movements and changes of Qi. This concept was introduced into TCM and became one of its characteristics. Qi in TCM has two
basic aspects. One refers to the vital substances comprising the human body and maintaining its life activities, such as the Qi of breathing (breathing nutrients) . The other refers to the physiological functions of viscera and bowels, and meridians, such as the Qi of the heart, the lung, the spleen and the stomach and so on.   Ones' good health depends on a balanced distribution of Qi throughout the meridian network.

 Q:  What are meridians?
A:  Thousands of years ago, Chinese physicians discovered that Qi (pronounced as Chi), the vital force, circulates throughout the body along fourteen major channels, twelve of which are duplicated on the left and right sides of the body.  The two other major channels are located in the center of the body, one in the front, the other in the back. There are also a number of so-called Extra Channels and Miscellaneous Channels throughout the body.  Today, English-speaking acupuncturists usually call the channels "meridians."  Meridians form a highly-complex invisible network transporting and directing Qi to every part of the body. 

Holistic Treatments and FAQ



 Q:  What is moxibustion?
A: Moxibustion is a traditional Chinese medical technique that burns mugwort, a small, spongy herb, to facilitate healing. Moxibustion has been used throughout Asia for thousands of years. The purpose of moxibustion, as with most forms of traditional Chinese medicine, is to strengthen the blood circulation, stimulate the flow of Qi, and maintain general health. 



 Q:  What is cupping?
A: Cupping Therapy is another ancient Chinese method that uses warm cups to create suction on the skin. When the cup is left in place on the skin for a few minutes, the stagnated blood is sucked out from the vessel and localized healing take place.

According to Traditional Chinese Medicine theory, cupping therapy can open the meridians of the body allowing invigorating energy flow throughout the entire body. Modern scientific research found that cupping can affect the body and cause tissues to release toxins, and activate the lymphatic system. 

Tui Na Massage


 Q:  What is Tui Na - A Chinese medical massage therapy?

A: Tui Na, bodywork therapy, was developed in China over 5,000 years ago. Similar to acupuncture, tuina works with the system of meridians and pressure points to balance the Qi energy of the patient and bring about a balanced state of health. Unlike acupuncture, with Tui Na no needles are used. The work is done entirely with the therapist's hands to help increase the flow of Qi through the meridian system. Most patients find Tui Na very relaxing. It is often combined with acupuncture to relax the patient and increase circulation.