Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Dr. Philip Nino Tan-Gatue, Acupuncturist

One fine evening, the twenty-third of October, five bloggers and I had the chance to have a meet and greet with Philip Nino Tan-Gatue, MD, in Village Tavern.

It was over casual dinner, as we delved about his life and work. Before seeing him, I imagined him to be a soft-spoken fellow.

It seemed to me this gentleman has quite a strong, unyielding  personality and would not put up with anything less than that which is true and correct. A perfectionist, if you may. But does it not help with his profession where expertise and precision is of utmost importance?
Which is a good thing, as to be able to challenge the status quo, one must have conviction, determination and courage.

Dr. Philip shared about how acupuncture laws in this third world country of ours needs to have legalization, or regulated more effectively as he told us about the great Sister Regina. He also animatedly touched on his travels, hobbies, Dr. Who, tea... But that is another story.

dr philip nino tan gatue acupuncture

Here are some tidbits about acupuncture,  and the good doctor, that are of relevance:

Acupuncture can treat. It can alleviate symptoms/side effects.
Acupuncture is complementary.
In addition to the acupuncture session, he would at times recommend herbs.
The most number of complaints he has been getting for this month are knee pains.
His oldest patient is 109 years old. Yes, more than a century. That old man, bless his soul, loves to munch on raw bitter gourd.
3 myths on acupuncture that he busted: First, no you don't get infection as new sterile needles are used each time. Second, yes you can get acupuncture even if you are taking warfarin (anticoagulant), and third, no there is no medicine in the tip of the needle that they insert.
He suggests that for muscle pain and migraines acupuncture is better than going for Western medicine.
And no, he has nothing against Western drugs.

And last but not the least, I was impressed on what he did for me that same night. I had been to another acupuncturist a few times and a year has passed but every time I touch my ankle, I can feel a jolt of electricity running though the vein which is uncomfortable. He just pressed on a part of my right hand and it has subsided immediately. Trans balance method said he, but added I should have acupuncture for full effect.

Related post:

Acupuncture started in China, believed to be since the Stone Age. It is about time Filipinos embrace it not only as a last resort.

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