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 Diplomat 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 25 years of experience, C.B. has worked with an array of patients in finding holistic resolution for emotional disorders (depression, anxiety), fertility issues, autoimmune disorders (Multiple Sclerosis, Lupus, Ulcerative Colitis, Crohn’s Disease) and many more conditions.
C.B. also has over 39 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.
His goal is to help people live their best healthy and happy life!
AlterMed Acupuncture was opened in 2006 by Dr. Li Wang. In 2019 she decided to retire and wanted her practice to continue as it was. Here is a note from Dr. Wang regarding her retirement:
“CB and I were classmates at AAAOM. When I was thinking of retirement, I was worrying about all my patients. I would like to find someone to stay in the same location and continue taking care of my patients with good knowledge of Traditional Chinese Medicine and following the way I treat my patients. I am glad that I found CB Bunkholt who has been helping his patients with similar ideas and skills. He shares the same beliefs as me to help patients in a good alternative way compared to regular western medicine. Similarly, he also wants to help patients with diet and exercises, in addition to acupuncture and herbal medicine. Hope you all continue to trust AlterMed Acupuncture to continue along with your own happier and healthier life.”
Gigi (Jennifer) and C.B. own and operate AlterMed Acupuncture clinic since July 2019.
The concept of Qi is based on the ancient Chinese understanding of natural phenomena. That is, Qi is the most basic substance of which the world is comprised, the vital force. 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, bowels and meridians, such as the Qi of the heart, the lung, the spleen and the stomach and so on. One's good health depends on a balanced distribution of Qi throughout the meridian network.
Meridians form a highly-complex invisible network transporting and directing Qi to every part of the body. Thousands of years ago, Chinese physicians discovered that Qi), 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. Today, English-speaking acupuncturists usually call the channels "meridians."
No. Most people do not feel anything. Some feel a slight sensation like a mosquito bite. Once the needles are in place you will feel extreme relaxation. After the treatment, most people feel well rested, alert and energized.