55 Vilcom Center, Suite 110, Chapel Hill, NC 27514


Wunian Chen, MD, LAc,

Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine

Wunian Chen was born and raised in Wuhan, China. He was inspired to a career in medicine at the age of 16, when his father suffered severe back pain that was cured completely by acupuncture. Dr. Chen studied both Western and Chinese medicine at the Hubei College of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Upon graduation, he received the equivalent of an MD degree in 1983 and began the practice of acupuncture, herbal medicine, and western medicine in the Department of Internal Medicine in a large community hospital in Wuhan.

Dr. Chen moved to North Carolina in 1990 to take a position as Visiting Scholar in the UNC School of Medicine, working in the lab of distinguished nephrologist, Dr. Carl Godschalk. As Visiting Scholar and later as Research Specialist in Pediatrics he studied, among other things, the efficacy of acupuncture for non-pharmaceutical reduction of hypertension in genetic hypertension rats. He subsequently earned certification of his US MD degree by the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduation, and obtained his US Diplomate in Acupuncture. In the United States, he is licensed to practice Oriental Medicine.

He has been on the faculty of UNC School of Medicine in the Department of Family Medicine since 2002.

At the Integrative Health Center, Dr. Chen belongs to the group practice of Chapel Hill Integrative Medicine Associates. He works independently and collaboratively with other doctors and therapists at the Center to provide integrative treatment for patients with chronic pain and a wide range of illness problems. He offers his skills in herbal medicine, acupuncture, nutrition, tai chi and qigong. His areas of special interest include headache, back pain, joint pain, stroke, hypertension, depression and weight loss.

Dr. Chen offers morning, evening and Saturday hoursĀ for patients’ convenience. His weekly hours are as follows:

Tuesdays: 7:45 am -10:30 am
Wednesdays: 12:45 pm-7:00 pm
Thursdays: 7:45 am -noon
Fridays: 2:45 pm-6:30 pm
Saturdays: 8:00 am-2:00 pm

Initial Acupuncuture Consult and Treatment with Dr. Chen $120
Follow-up Acupuncture Treatments $70


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