JEN comes from the Chinese logogram 仁. The word is considered the nucleus of all the teachings of Confucius. Over time, it has evolved, and now known to have many meanings, including altruism, benevolence, compassion, human-heartedness, kindness, and love.
The Chinese logogram 仁 is a homophonic combination of the word 亻/ 人 meaning human/person and 二 meaning two. It signifies the importance of having humaneness towards another – how two people should treat each other. Thus, achieving JEN is of particular interest in human relationships and especially true in healthcare due to the values presented in the meaning of the word.
JEN Lifestyle Medicine or 『仁』生活型態醫學 is chosen as our name for two specific reasons: 1) it resonates with our philosophy – we are a practice grounded in the virtues of having meaningful therapeutic relationships with our patients based on lifestyle medicine principles; 2) In 1973, Drs. Te-Huang Lin and Te-Ming Lin, our medical director’s father and uncle, established CHUNG-JEN Hospital in Toufen Township in Taiwan. Its mission, as represented by its name (CHUNG or 崇 means to honor and JEN or 仁, the perfect virtues in any human relationships) is to provide the best medical care for the underserved population in the rural township. Ultimately, we want to take that same idea and continue with the legacy by providing the best care we can to our patients.
Our logo is an artistic interpretation of the Chinese character JEN/仁. On the left, 亻, the triangle represents the human brain or heart. The rectangle represents the human body with the Rod of Asclepius (rod and snake) inside that symbolizes medicine and perhaps, a different interpretation of healing, with the snake actually wrapping around an acupuncture needle. On the right, 二, the two horizontal bars represent an equal and respectful human relationship that is essential in the wellness journey. The color red symbolizes blood and is associated with energy, strength, and the desire to feel well. The color blue symbolizes confidence, trust, and wisdom and is associated with a calm mind and body. Further, four colors are used to magnify LIFEstyle in our logo. The colorway uniquely represents the four pillars of lifestyle medicine: healthy nutrition, regular physical activity, adequate sleep, and stress management.
What to Expect
Is Dr. Lin a licensed physician?
Yes. Dr. Lin is a fully licensed physician (MD) in the States of Washington and Georgia. He is board-certified by the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) in Family Medicine. He practiced medicine in primary care, geriatrics, and integrative medicine for 15 years before creating JEN Lifestyle Medicine in 2019.
Is Dr. Lin a primary care physician?
No. While Dr. Lin initially trained and practiced as a family medicine and geriatric medicine physician, he does not provide primary or acute care services at JEN Lifestyle Medicine. He will work with you closely as a health consultant. He strongly recommends that you have a primary care physician.
Does Dr. Lin ever prescribe prescription medications?
Yes. While Dr. Lin will try to use natural and less invasive remedies as much as possible, he is a fully licensed physician (MD) and can prescribe prescription medications when necessary.
What is integrative medicine?
The University of Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine defines integrative medicine as a healing oriented medicine that takes account of the whole person, including all aspects of lifestyle including mind, body, spirit, and community. It emphasizes the therapeutic relationship between practitioner and patient, is informed by evidence, and makes use of all appropriate therapies.
What is lifestyle medicine?
The American College of Lifestyle Medicine defines lifestyle medicine as the use of evidence-based therapeutic lifestyle approaches, such as a predominantly whole food, plant-based diet, regular physical activity, adequate sleep, stress management, avoidance of risky substance use, and other non-drug modalities, to prevent, treat, and oftentimes, reverse the lifestyle-related, chronic diseases that are all too prevalent.
Am I eligible for integrative lifestyle medicine consultation?
You are eligible if you are over 18 years old. You have reviewed the information in our website thoroughly and understand that JEN Lifestyle Medicine does not accept insurance. You are open to the idea of changing your diet and/or making other lifestyle changes related to physical activity, sleep, and stress.
What medical conditions do you not treat with the integrative lifestyle medicine consultation?
We do not treat mental illness and psychiatric disorders, including bipolar disorders, eating disorders, moderate to severe anxiety or depression, schizophrenia, and PTSD; Lyme disease; mold exposure and toxicity; heavy metal exposure, detoxification, or chelation; HIV/AIDS; cancer. Dr. Lin is an integrative lifestyle medicine generalist and these are conditions that he is not specialized in.
What is acupuncture?
Acupuncture is a system of traditional Chinese medicine that involves superficial skin or tissue penetration with thin disposable needles. This process alleviates pain and improves physical, mental, and emotional wellbeing by improving energy or qi flow via body’s meridian or energy channels. This is now widely practiced in the U.S.
What is medical acupuncture?
Medical acupuncture is the term used to describe acupuncture performed by a doctor trained and licensed in western medicine (MD, DO) that has had thorough training in acupuncture as a specialty practice. Such a doctor can use one or the other approach, or a combination of both (as in integrative medicine), to treat illnesses.
What is cosmetic acupuncture?
This is a non-invasive treatment that involves using acupuncture to improve skin and fight the aging process. It can help reduce wrinkles and eye lines, diminish age spots, and rejuvenate dull skin. For the face, it is sometimes referred to as “acupuncture facelift.” For the abdomen, it may help tightening abdominal muscles, stimulate weight loss, and improve digestion.
For this program, we will only focus on one protocol at a time. During the course of treatment, we encourage you to make appropriate lifestyle changes. Most treatment courses require 10 sessions as well as additional sessions for result maintenance.
Is acupuncture painful?
Some people describe a slight tingling feeling when the thin needle is inserted. Many report they don’t feel the needles at all. Most say acupuncture is actually a relaxing experience.
Are there any side effects from acupuncture?
Side effects are uncommon but may include dizziness, nausea, and vomiting. Sometimes bruising may occur. In general, it is safe with minimal risks when performed by a trained physician.
Is acupuncture safe for children?
Yes, it is safe. And for those who are fearful of needles, we offer laser acupuncture (without needles).
Are acupuncture needles reusable?
No. Acupuncture needles are sterile, one-time use only. There is no risk of disease transmission.
What are your rates?
Please see the PROGRAMS page for more information. Dr. Lin works with a limited number of patients at a time, which allows him to concentrate on your health and wellness goals.
Why don’t you take insurance?
JEN Lifestyle Medicine does not accept any insurance, including Medicare and Medicaid. We fully understand the financial challenge this may present to some patients but insurance companies are more focused on the conventional model of care that relies on prescription medications and medical procedures as opposed to preventative and wellness services. Further, the average insurance-covered visit with a physician is less than 10 minutes.