Skin Problems

Many people suffer from dermatological disorders and treatments are very limited. The most common treatment for dermatological disorders is topical corticosteroids. Topical corticosteroids have a long history of effectiveness in a wide spectrum of dermatologic conditions but the usefulness has become a double-edged sword. With constantly rising instances of abuse and misuse of topical corticosteroids, it has lead to serious local, systemic, and psychological side effects.
Some common side effects are atrophy, eczema, pigment alteration, delayed wound healing and some serious side effects are hyperglycemia, diabetes mellitus due to prolonged application and high percutaneous absorption.

Acupuncture and herbal therapy can treat these skin conditions with longer-lasting relief than Western methods. Especially, herbal medicine works better in treating dermatological disorders due to the complexity of plant materials. It is far more balanced than medicine that is based on isolated active ingredients and far less likely to cause side effects. Herbal medicine seeks primarily to correct internal imbalances rather than to treat symptoms alone and it will encourage its self-healing process.

We look at skin as an organ and it is the body’s largest organ. Skin is the most visible and vulnerable organ that protects our body from harm. Numerous clinical studies have been conducted to prove that the herbal medicine’s efficacy in the treatment of skin conditions and extreme effectiveness has been shown for severe cases of atopic eczema in 1992 in the British Journal of Dermatology.

Mental Disorders

In Western medicine, psychiatric medication is widely used for mental disorders. Antidepressants, anxiolytics, mood stabilizers, antipsychotics, and stimulants are examples of drugs used to treat many different types of mental disorders. Drugs are commonly used in Western medicine but the side effects and risks associated with the intake of medications are increasing. The most common side effects listed by the FDA include: nausea, weight gain, diarrhea, drowsiness, and sexual dysfunction. Also, the FDA warned about more serious side effects if they are worsened.

For example, thoughts about suicide or dying, attempt to commit suicide, worsening depression or anxiety, feeling very agitated or restless, panic attacks, trouble sleeping, acting aggressively, being angry, or violent, acting on dangerous impulses, etc. However, most patients who have mental disorders mostly worry and fear about drug addiction.

In Eastern medicine, there are almost no side effects when treating mental disorders by performing acupuncture and prescribing herbal decoction on a patient. Especially, prolonged intake of herbal decoction doesn’t cause many side effects or addiction. Unlike Western medicine which focuses on the patients’ main symptoms, we focus on balancing the body and treat it as a whole, so patients can restore their power to be healed naturally. Since meridians are existing and flowing everywhere in our body, we use the balancing method to treat diseases.

Using local or distal points on four limbs can initiate the power of qi to flow to the damaged or unbalanced part of a body and help to regain its original condition. Most of the anxiety and insomnia patients complain about chest oppression and we treat chest oppression in order to treat anxiety and insomnia.

How does it work? We treat that imbalance of the qi in the chest area to restore its normal flow in a meridian of a body. As a body restores its power and gets healthier, other symptoms such as anxiety or insomnia will disappear. We don’t force our body to be healed; we just give our body back its power to heal naturally.


In modern society, many parents have increasing worries and concerns about their children who have tics, autism, ADHD or growth disorders. However, due to growing concern over the side effects of the long-term use of such stimulant medications in the early 21st century, parents are opting for other solutions including acupuncture therapy and herbal medicine. Autism by Western medical treatment does not apply to Eastern medicine. Instead, it is classified under the Syndrome of 5 delays; delay of standing, walking, hair growth, teeth eruption, and speech.

This type of brain dysfunction in children is defined as an imbalance of body functions in Eastern medicine. Unlike Western medicine, which rates the brain the most important factor of the human physique, we see the body and mind as part of the same circular system with the organs and the central nervous system.

The influence of the organ is the key to understand the condition of the body to achieve balance and the same mechanism corresponds to tics. Since there is no proof that neurological deficiencies cause tics, instead of focusing on chemical imbalances and deficits in the brain as probable causes, we focus more on the possible imbalances of the spirit and how it relates to the whole individual.

Respiratory Problems

Asthma is a long-term disease that has no cure. In Western medicine, the goal of asthma treatment is to control the disease. The most common type of medicine to control asthma is inhaled corticosteroids, and they can have side effects. If taken for long periods, these medicines raise your risk for cataracts and osteoporosis. A cataract is the clouding of the lens in your eye and osteoporosis is a disorder that makes your bones weak and more likely to break.

As more and more people are turning to the oriental medicine for treatment for breathing disorders, it has been shown that acupuncture and herbal medicine used in combination can effectively increase the body’s immunity against the offending allergens. It works by reducing the occurrence of further attacks without undesirable side effects.

Musculoskeletal Problems

Common injuries like an ankle, wrist sprains, lower back pain from a degenerative disc, neck and shoulder aches and stiffness are musculoskeletal disorders that people easily suffer from in our daily lives. In Western medicine, patients usually use pain medications like acetaminophen, NSAIDs, oral steroids, muscle relaxants to ease the pain and relax the muscle. However, habitual intake of medication can irritate the stomach and cause other pain.

Using acupuncture treatment combined with herbal medicine can relieve the pain faster without any side effects or lingering pains. Even for chronic herniated disk problems after several surgeries can be resolved with proper acupuncture treatment. Some studies and researches proved that these treatments are effective for ruptured lumbar disc herniation and can promote reabsorption of the protrusion.

Women’s Wellness

Menopause is the stage in a women’s life when menstruation stops and she can no longer have children. During menopause, the body produces less of female hormones, estrogen, and progesterone. These fluctuations in hormone levels can also cause troublesome symptoms such as hot flashes, sleep disturbance, night sweats, and vaginal dryness. In Western medicine, hormone therapy is commonly used for the relief of menopausal symptoms.

However, in the largest clinical trial to date, a combination estrogen-progestin pill increased the risk of certain serious conditions including heart disease, stroke, blood clots, and breast cancer.

Due to the risks of these consequences, many women get treatments for menopause symptoms with acupuncture and herbal decoctions in recent years and they are greatly satisfied with their treatment results. Also, the Eastern medicine is good at treating period-related symptoms such as period pain, cramps, mood changes, hot flashes, diarrhea or constipation, cold hands and feet, heavy bleeding, and lower back pain, and etc. Period pain or cramps are mostly caused by blood clots that accumulated in your uterus and we can help to remove the clots with acupuncture treatment.

In modern society, infertility is a major and serious issue. There are many existing infertility clinics and they help parents with this issue by using hormone therapy or performing procedures like injection or surgery. Vitro fertilization can cost anywhere from $10,000 to $17,000 per cycle and is still not guaranteed for a pregnancy. Females used to get weaker and tired after multiple trials and they need to take much more time to regain their energy back to normal. A recent study from Tel Aviv University reports, “When combining IUI with TCM treatments, 65.5 percent of the test group were able to conceive, compared with 39.4 percent of the control group, who received no herbal or acupuncture therapy”.

Acupuncture can increase fertility by reducing stress, increasing blood flow to the reproductive organs, and balancing the endocrine system. The goal of an infertility treatment from a Chinese medicine perspective is not just to get pregnant, but to stay pregnant, and to have a healthy baby.

Treatable Conditions

Below are some of the conditions we can help you alleviate.
Please don’t hesitate to ask any questions you may have about the conditions and the treatments.


– Prenatal & postnatal care
– Fertility
– Menopausal symptoms
– Menstrual irregularities
– Acne
– Anemia


– Prostate problem
– Impotence


– Eczema
– Malnutrition
– Growing pains
– Bed Wetting
– Anorexia


– Chronic muscle/joint pain
– Sciatica
– Rheumatoid arthritis
– Frozen shoulder
– Carpal tunnel
– Sprains& injuries
– Tendinitis
– Numbness and pain of all sorts


– Anxiety
– Insomnia
– Depression
– Panic attack
– Stress


– Headaches
– Migraines
– Facial paralysis
– Post concussion syndrome


– Constipation
– Diarrhea
– Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
– Acid reflux
– Bloating
– Nausea
– Vomiting
– Abdominal pain
– Poor appetite


– Skin disorders
– Acne
– Wart
– Athlete’s foot
(tinea pedis)
– Eczema
– Hives


– Eye fatigue
– Conjunctivitis
– Glaucoma
– Cataracts


– Lose weight
– Tinnitus
– Chronic otitis media
– Diabetes
– Hypertension
– Hypotension
– Arrhythmia

Feel free to contact us or to consult your body condition.

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