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In-Office Visits, currently accepting new patients. Available to give consultation on a wide variety of topics related to Eastern Medicine and the integration of Eastern and Western Medicine, the Benefits of Acupuncture, and Acupuncture for a variety of conditions such as all sorts of pains, stress, depression, smoking and drug addictions, chronicle allergies, and all sorts of difficult cases.

Treatment Methods Employed:

Many other methods included in Traditional Chinese Medicine and Natural Healing are TuiNa (Chinese Massage), GuaSha, Moxibustion, Electro-Acupuncture, Heat Therapy, and Chinese Nutritional advice. All of these are customized for treatment to each individual person.


Acupuncture originated in China over 5,000 years ago. It is based on the belief that health is determined by a balanced flow of Qi, the vital life energy present in all living organisms. According to acupuncture theory, Qi is circulated in the body along fourteen energy pathways, called meridians, each linked to specific internal organs and organ systems. There are over one thousand acupoints within the meridian system that can be stimulated to enhance the flow of Qi. When special needles are inserted into these acupoints (just under the skin), they help correct and rebalance the flow of energy and consequently restore health.

In the United States, acupuncture has gained popularity more quickly than any other alternative therapies. The first recognition came in 1971, when New York Times foreign correspondent James Teston first reported his experience with acupuncture following his emergency appendectomy in China. Today, acupuncture in America is in full swing. Last year alone, Americans made some 9-12 million visits to acupuncturists for ailments as diverse as arthritis, bladder infections, back pain, and morning sickness.

The World Health Organization of the United Nations (WHO) has cited 104 different conditions that acupuncture can treat; including, migraines, sinusitis, the common cold, tonsillitis, asthma, eye inflammation, addictions, myopia, duodenal ulcer (and other gastrointestinal disorders), trigeminal neuralgia, Meniere's disease, tennis elbow, paralysis from stroke, speech aphasia, sciatica, and osteoarthritis. Acupuncture has also been found to be effective in the treatment of a variety of rheumatoid conditions, and brings relief in 80% of those who suffer from arthritis. There is also evidence to suggest that acupuncture is valuable in treating enviromentally-induced illness due to radiation, pesticide poisoning, enviromentally toxic compounds, and air pollution.

In addition, acupuncture has been popularly used for weight control, quitting smoking, substance abuse, stress, depression, anxiety relief, cosmetic care, women's health, and even immune support.

Chinese Herbology

Chinese Herbs, or Herbal Medicines (also known as botanical medicines) utilize certain plants or plant parts to make medicines, aromatic oils for soaps or fragrances, or flavor foods (spices). An herb can be a leaf, bark, or any other part of a certain plant used for its medicinal, food flavoring, or aromatic properties. Herbs have provided humankind with medicine from the earliest beginnings of civilization. Throughout history, various cultures have handed down their accumulated knowledge of the medicinal use of herbs to successive generations. This vast body of knowledge serves as the basis for much of traditional medicine today.

The practice of Chinese herbal medicine stretches back more than 5,000 years, embracing all the domains of nature - earth and sea, seasons and weather, plants and animals, and all the elements that constitute the universe. Contemporary Chinese medicine represents the cumulative clinical experience and time-tested theories of five millennia of continuous practice by traditional Chinese physicians. It remains the world's oldest, safest, and most comprehensive system of medical care, developing as dynamically today as it has throughout its long history.

The World Health Organization of the United Nations (WHO) notes that of 119 plant-derived pharmaceutical medicines, about 74% are used in modern medicine in ways that correlate directly with their traditional uses as plant medicine by native cultures. Herbal medicine is the most ancient form of health care known to mankind. Herbs have been used in all cultures throughout history. Extensive scientific documentation now exists concerning their use for health conditions, including premenstrual syndrome, indigestion, insomnia, heart disease, liver disease, cancer, and HIV.


Cupping is one of the oldest methods in Traditional Chinese Medicine, dating back to the fourth century B.C. The cups were originally made from hollowed out animal horns or from bamboo. Today the cups are made of thick glass. The cups stay on by vacuum suction which is created by briefly holding a flame inside the cups to burn up all the oxygen, creating a vacuum. The flame is held inside the cup so briefly that it doesn't warm the glass at all, so there is no risk of burns. (But it is important that cupping is done only by a licensed Acupuncturist.) The cups usually stay on anywhere from 5-20 minutes depending on the patient's condition.

Cupping is usually done for conditions such as bronchitis, asthma, congestion, arthritis, and certain types of pain, usually chronic pain. It is also done to treat depression and often times to reduce certain types of swelling.

Cupping is generally safe and painless. It is safe as long as it is done by a licensed Acupuncturist. It may, however, leave bruises. These are created from the suction and usually look like hickys. The bruises can often be tender, but are not usually painful, and they disappear within a few days. Cupping should not be performed on people with inflammed, irritated, or infected skin. It is also usually avoided on elderly people with very thin, delicate skin.


Moxibustion is another ancient Chinese medicine technique which involves the burning of mugwort to facilitate healing. The Chinese character for acupuncture, translated literally, means "acupuncture-moxibustion. Moxibustion is used to strengthen the blood, stimulate the flow of qi, and maintain general health. The sensation that moxa produces is a pleasant heat that penetrates deep into the skin. In traditional Chinese medicine, moxibustion is used on people who have a cold or stagnant condition. The burning of moxa expels cold and warms the meridians, which leads to smoother flow of blood and qi. Moxibustion has successfully been used to turn breech babies into a normal head-down position prior to childbirth. A study published in JAMA in 1998 found that up to 75% of women suffering from breech presentations before childbirth had fetuses that rotated to the normal position after receiving moxibustion at an acupuncture point on the small toe.

Mugwort, the herb which is used for moxibustion, also known as artemesia vulgaris or ai ye in Chinese, increases circulation to the pelvic area and uterus and stimulates menstruation It can also be used to help eliminate menstrual cramps.It is frequently used alongside acupuncture for conditions ranging from bronchial asthma to arthritis with amazing success. In moxibustion, the leaves of the Chinese herb mugwort are dried and then burned using one of several methods.The ’moxa stick’ is the most common form in which moxibustion is used to promote healing. Here the dried mugwort is rolled up tightly and wrapped in paper forming a cigar-like stick. It is then waved over the area to be warmed for a few minutes.

Asian Body Massage

Acupressure Massage is an ancient healing art that uses the fingers to press key points on the surface of the skin to stimulate the body's natural self-curative abilities. When these points are pressed, they release muscular tension and promote the circulation of blood and the body's life force energy to aid healing. Acupuncture and acupressure use the same points, but acupuncture employs needles, while acupressure uses gentle but firm pressure.

Have you ever had a Shiatsu massage? Acupressure and Shiatsu are almost identical. They are both meridian therapies, which means they both work with the body¡¯s own energy pathways, the pathways which are the foundation of Chinese medicine. Acupressure works on the acu-points and meridians, similar but not exactly like, Acupuncture without needles!

In an Acupressure treatment, pressure is applied along the meridians to improve the circulation of energy and harmonize the functions of the internal organs. Pressure is applied with the hands, arms, elbows, and occasionally the feet of the practitioner. In addition to the application of pressure to the meridians, acupressure will involve the application of pressure to other muscles and ligaments throughout the body. This component of acupressure is similar to the technique of Swedish massage. Acupressure also involves placing the hand on a part of the body, passively, without any significant pressure exerted, to facilitate energy flow.

The combination of acupressure with muscle massage will act on the whole body to facilitate deep relaxation, relieve discomfort and pain, and increase the regenerative capacity of the body by unblocking the flow of energy.

Foot Reflexology

What is Chinese Reflexology? Chinese reflexology is commonly referred as foot massage by most of the Chinese people. It is an ancient art of healing by working pressure points on the feet, which correspond to different parts of the body. As a part of Traditional Chinese Medicine, it utilizes energy zones on the feet to energize the body system and remove discomfort or pain you¡¯re your body.

Chinese reflexology is based on the concept of energy channels, which is the central point. The principle of Chinese reflexology is based on the concept that vital energy is channeled along various lines throughout the body, which are known as meridians or zones. These zones transverse throughout the body and are curved or zig-zag pathways. The focus of Chinese reflexology is mainly on the zones of feet and on the reflex areas. These points are stimulated by specific pressure techniques.

If you body experiences pain or discomfort, it means chi or vital energy pathways in the body are blocked thereby preventing the body from functioning normally. Chinese reflexology helps to unblock these pathways by eliminating the toxins from the body and improving circulation. This restores the balance between yin and yang forces, which in turn encourages healing and strengthens the body. Since each spot on the sole of foot corresponds to an internal organ, Chinese reflexology concentrates mainly on the foot. The theory of Chinese reflexology assumes that an ailment of an internal organ is associated with the nerve ending on the sole of the foot.

Chinese Reflexology involves applying firm pressure in sweeping movements on the various points of the feet with stimulating foot cream. Before the massage, the patient's feet are kept warm by soaking them for about ten minutes in a footbath, which is a dark colored solution of hot water and Chinese herbs. This is done to improve circulation. The massage therapist then moisturizes the foot by using medicated cream. The medicated cream also helps to provide lubrication.

The therapist usually uses the knuckles on his hand since it provides a hard and smooth implement for the massage. As soon as the pressure is applied to the sole, if the patient doesn¡¯t feel any strong pain, then he is perfectly healthy as per the theory of Chinese reflexology. The massage therapists or reflexologists believe that the painful spots reflect illnesses of other parts of the body. So they rub and massage the painful spots to break down rough spots and accumulated crystals and increase circulation. The illnesses are cured when the sore spots of the sole are treated and removed by massage.

Hot Stone Massage

What is Chinese Reflexology? Chinese reflexology is commonly referred as foot massage by most of the Chinese people. It is an ancient art of healing by working pressure points on the feet, which correspond to different parts of the body. As a part of Traditional Chinese Medicine, it utilizes energy zones on the feet to energize the body system and remove discomfort or pain you¡¯re your body.

What Happens During a Hot Stone Massage?
     *   Before the massage, the therapist sanitizes the stones and heats them in 120 to 150 degree water.
     *   During the massage, the therapist warms up the body with Traditional Chinese Massage, then massages you with a heated stone. As the stone cools, the therapist replaces it with another.
     *   The therapist might also place heated stones in specific points along your spine, in the palms of your hand, on your belly, or even between your toes to improve the flow of energy in your body.
     *   If you have inflammation or muscle injury, cold stones are sometimes used.

People also get hot stone massage for a variety of health conditions:
     •   Back pain and aches
     •   Poor circulation
     •   Osteoarthritis and arthritis pain
     •   Stress, anxiety and tension
     •   Insomnia
     •   Depression

How Much Does a Hot Stone Massage Cost?
A hot stone massage is more expensive than a basic Massage because it requires more preparation and clean-up and usually runs longer. A typical hot stone massage is $60.

What You Need To Know About Hot Stone Massage:
     *   The therapist uses many stones of various shapes and sizes.
     *   The heat of the stones helps muscles release more quickly than in traditional massage.
     *   You should speak up if the stones are too warm or the pressure too intense.

Ion Detoxification

Cleansing and detoxification is important for good health. As one of many popular spa treatments, the Ion Detoxification or ionic foot bath is said to pull many kinds of toxins out of the body through the feet.

What is Ion Detoxification?

Ion Detoxification, or ionic foot bath, is a form of Hydrotherapy that resorts to the power of ions to purify toxins out of the body. Ion Detoxification is administered in sessions of about 30 minutes, and is relaxing and energizing.

Using a small machine that runs low DC current through salt water, the Ion Detoxification is supposed to split water molecules into charged Negative Ions that pull other charged compounds ¨C like toxins in the body ¨C out through the pores and sweat glands of the feet and into a salt water bath. Over the course of a session, the water goes from clear to murky and dirty with compounds and colors that vary depending on the chemicals the patient is detoxifying.

The Purpose of Detoxification

Even the most careful, health-conscious person is affected by toxins in the environment, whether they come from air pollution, impure water, processed foods, or exposure to chemicals like paint, chemical cleaners or personal care products at home.

These kinds of toxins can accumulate in the body, especially in fat tissue and the liver. They stress the detoxification organs (liver, kidneys, lung) and can make people feel Fatigued, Stressed, mentally foggy or distracted. They may also contribute to more serious problems like Allergies, Purge Heavy Metals, Weight gain, Autoimmune disorders, Cancer, Cardiovascular problems, and pain conditions like Arthritis.

Swedish Massage

Swedish Massage is now known as "traditional" massage. In the 1820s, a Swedish doctor, Dr. Per Henrik Ling, developed the first modern method of massage through his study of physiology, gymnastics, and the massage techniques borrowed from China, Egypt, Greece, and Rome. Swedish massage includes long gliding strokes, kneading, friction, tapping, and shaking motions. It is effective for most ailments, because massaging the skin, the body's largest organ, sets up a chain reaction that produces a positive effect on all layers and systems of the body. It affects the nerves, muscles, glands, and circulation, and promotes health and wellbeing.

The term "Swedish Massage" refers to a variety of techniques specifically designed to relax muscles by applying pressure to them against deeper muscles and bones, and rubbing in the same direction as the flow of blood returning to the heart.

The main purpose of Swedish massage is to increase the oxygen flow in the blood and release toxins from the muscles. Swedish massage also stimulates the skin and nervous system and soothes the nerves themselves at the same time. It reduces both emotional and physical stress, and is suggested in a regular program for stress management. It also has many specific medical uses.

Our clinic has three Swedish Massage Therapists. Each therapist has many years of rich experience, and each has his or her own unique approach to natural therapy. The prices for treatment charged by each Massage Therapist also vary. If interested, please contact each of them to make appointment:

Deep Tissue Massage

Achieve the ultimate feeling of well-being as strong strokes and deep pressure give special attention to tight muscles and ligaments. Muscle strain and soreness are relieved as your therapist focuses on eliminating stress and tension stored in the body, leaving you feeling relaxed and renewed.

Sports Massage

Sports Massage is the application of massage treatment therapy and neuromuscular techniques to improve athletic performance and to promote and preserve the optimal health of the athlete. It involves a series of individualized soft tissue treatments to help each athlete achieve his or her personal performance goals by relieving muscle pain and stiffness which can speed up recovery after training sessions or competitions, and increases energy and stamina.

Pregnancy Massage

Relax and reduce the aches and pains from pregnancy with a prenatal massage. Pregnancy massage focuses on the unique needs of the expectant mother and her baby as she goes through the miraculous changes associated with the childbearing year. Prenatal massage brings relief from swelling, stress, muscle cramps, and provides comfort to the mother-to-be. The massage therapists in this clinic are well trained so that they know well which acupressure points should or should not be used for massage or acupuncture. They also know where to apply light or deep pressure. Not many doctors know what are forbidden points, but Dr. Fang has had professional training in both Western and Chinese medicine. He was a Gynecologist and Obstetrician in China for 5 years, and he has had 20 years experience as Acupuncturist and Massage Therapist in the United States. Under his guidance, the massage therapists can use the most appropriate and most effective approach to release your pain and stress. You will appreciate the reduced aching in stress bearing joints such as the ankles and lower back. You will leave the session feeling relaxed, restored, and rejuvenated!

Infant Massage

A new and exciting world awaits your infant. Infant massage helps provide relief for aching infant muscles and helps reduce the discomfort of gas or hiccup. Infant massage also helps increase the bond between mother and child and encourages healthy interaction through touch. Not only does Body Balance provide infant massage to gain these benefits for your newborn, but we encourage and train the mother to learn infant massage techniques to use at home.

Postpartum Massage

A new and exciting world awaits your infant. Infant massage helps provide relief for aching infant muscles and helps reduce the discomfort of gas or hiccup. Infant massage also helps increase the bond between mother and child and encourages healthy interaction through touch. Not only does Body Balance provide infant massage to gain these benefits for your newborn, but we encourage and train the mother to learn infant massage techniques to use at home.

Pain Management

Acupuncture is most effective in treating acute and chronic pain conditions. According to the study conducted in 1997 by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), there is clear evidence in support of acupuncture¡¯s efficacy for the control of pain and inflammation, enhanced circulation, endocrine and immune function and the reduction of stress.

Specifically, we treat conditions listed as follows:

     •   Back/Neck Pain, Whiplash, Degenerative Discs
     •   Joint Pain, Arthritis, Osteoarthritis
     •   Migraine, Headaches
     •   Sports/Work/Auto Injuries
     •   Fibromyalgia, Myofascial Pain, Tennis Elbow
     •   Sciatica, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
     •   TMJ
     •   Endometriosis, Menstrual Cramps
     •   Postoperative Pain
     •   Malignant Pain

Acupuncture is a holistic method of encouraging the body to promote its own natural healing and to improve overall functioning. The modern scientific explanation is that needling the acupuncture points stimulates the body to produce natural steroids and release endorphins. Steroids decrease inflammation, while endorphins inhibit pain. These substances are 50 to 100 times more potent in relieving pain than many prescription drugs, and play an integral part in the elimination of the pain cycle.

Specifically, Acupuncture works by

     •   quickly reducing pain and inflammation, and relaxing muscles
     •   increasing circulation to speed up recovery time
     •   reducing pain without the prolonged use of drugs and surgical intervention
     •   promoting physical and emotional well bein
     •   enhancing endocrine and immune function
     •   maintaining longer positive results and preventing recurrence

Our clinic has had many success stories of helping clients relieving different kinds of pains, and you may read samples of the testimonials in the referral section of our website.

Weight Loss

We use Acupuncture, or Ear-Acupuncture, or Herbal Medicine to help you lose weight. Aside from suppressing your appetite and regulating your hormone system, balancing the Yin and Yang in your body, enhancing your metabolism, and helping you lose weight, these kinds of treatments can calm you down, ease your mind, relieve pain, eliminate sugar cravings and help with GastroIntestinal problems. So you simply don’t eat as much, you stress less than before, and you have more energy.

Acupuncture alone or with herbs can energize the body to process the leftover efficiently and thus lose the unwanted weight like mucus, water retention, toxins in lymphatic system, clients will detox and shrink through more gas or bowel movement.

Quit Smoking

1. How can Acupuncture help eliminate the habit of smoking?

Acupuncture treatment can help clients give up smoking. It helps in the following ways:
     1)   It hastens the elimination of toxins from the body, shortening the nicotine withdrawal period.
     2)   It stimulates energy flow to the lungs and bronchial system.
     3)   It lowers the appetite to reduce nervous overeating, which may occur after quit smoking.
     4)   Most importantly, it has a powerful calming effect, reducing nervousness and craving for cigarettes.

2. How soon can Acupuncture take effect on smoking?

Depending on how sensitive clients are to Acupuncture treatment, the length of time may vary, but most people see effects just by one treatment, some need 2-3 times to stop the craving, nervousness, irritability and the discomforts of withdrawal.

Usually after the treatment, people who try to smoke report that the taste of cigarettes is bad, or even that smoking makes them sick, dizzy or nauseated. When a person feels no desire and no nervousness, the treatment is discontinued. A similar program is used to help people stop drinking and to relieve drug toxification symptoms.

Allergy Cure

Are you allergic to milk, meat, or fruit? If you are, there is an effective way to cure your allergy. No shots, nor pills are needed. Acupuncture techniques, developed by Dr. Nambudripad, are utilized for the treatment.

Dr. Fang is the first one in the Valley who is trained in using Nambudripad’s Allergy Elimination Techniques, which have proven history of curing all types of allergies.

What are Nambudripad's Allergy Elimination Techniques?

Nambudripad's Allergy Elimination Techniques, also known as NAET®, are a non-invasive, drug free, natural solution to eliminating allergies of all types and intensities using a blend of selective energy balancing, testing and treatment procedures from acupuncture/acupressure. One allergen is treated at a time. If you are not severely immune deficient, you may need just one treatment to desensitize one allergen. A person with mild to moderate amount of allergies may take about 15-20 office visits to desensitize 15-20 food and environmental allergens. Basic essential nutrients are treated during the first few visits. Chemicals, environmental allergens, vaccinations, immunizations, etc. are treated after completing about ten basic essential nutrients. NAET® can successfully eliminate adverse reactions to egg, milk, peanuts, penicillin, aspirin, mushrooms, shellfish, latex, grass, ragweed, flowers, perfume, animal dander, animal epithelial, make-up, chemicals, cigarette smoke, pathogens, heat, cold, other environmental agents. NAET® was discovered by Dr. Devi S. Nambudripad in November of 1983.

By testing and treating with the Nambudripad’s Testing Techniques(NTT)! This revolutionary approach is particularly relevant for dealing with allergies, one of the most stubborn health problems facing mankind today. It is a natural, drugless, painless, non-invasive method that can be used safely on a newborn infant, on the elderly, even on a healthy person to treat hidden allergies that could cause disease in the future. It can be used on pets, invalids, children, even patients in a coma. NAET® can reduce or eliminate allergies to the items cleared by this method.

With this technique, allergens are cleared (treated) one at a time, in a specific order. The good news is that following the prescribed formula, allowing for the 25-hour avoidance of the treated substance, one session is all it usually takes to reduce/clear an allergy. Highly sensitive individuals may require additional ’combination’ clearings.

Infertility Treatment

Acupuncture has had proven success in treating infertility among both men and women.

I. What Symptoms Can Acupuncture Treat?

   For Women:

     •   Inability to conceive
     •   Thin uterine lining
     •   Menstrual irregularities/pain
     •   Endometriosis
     •   Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)
     •   High FSH
     •   Undergoing IVF treatment  (IUI, etc.)
     •   History of poor response to fertility medicines

   For Men:

     •   Male factor subfertility
     •   Low sperm count
     •   Poor morphology/motility

II. How Does Acupuncture Work to Treat Infertility?

Acupuncture treats infertility by working to restore the body's natural ability to reproduce, so the results are more natural, and there are no side effects. Specifically, acupuncture works in the following ways to treat infertility:

     •   Regulating menstrual cycles & ovulation
     •   Invigorating sperm and enhancing a man's sperm count and motility
     •   Enhancing general health
     •   Reducing stress, controlling anxiety, enhancing sleep and increasing energy levels
     •   Balancing endocrine systems
     •   Improving blood flow in pelvic cavity.
     •   Increasing the chances of pregnancy for women undergoing in-vitro fertilization (IVF).

III. Cited Research on Acupuncture and in-vitro fertilization

Acupuncture proves to be effective in increasing the chances of women becoming pregnant undergoing in-vitro fertilization (IVF). A study, published in the April, 2002 edition of the medical journal Fertility and Sterility, reported an experimental study that found Acupuncture treatment having a positive impact on increasing the cases of pregnancy. The experiment included 160 patients undergoing IVF. The patients, who were all required to have good quality embryos, were evenly and randomly divided into two groups similar in age and diagnosis. When the patients were examined using ultrasound six weeks after their IVF procedures, the differences in pregnancy rates were notable. In the control group, 26 percent of the women, or 21 out of 80 patients, became pregnant. Of the patients who had received acupuncture treatments, 42 percent of the women, 34 out of 80, became pregnant. Most patients who receieve acupuncture prior and during their IVF cycles report a significant reduction in their stress, anxiety and depression while going through their cycle.

IV. Who is a good candidate for Acupuncture for infertility?

Good candidates for acupuncture are people who have a functional, rather than structural reason for infertility.

Infertility due to hormonal problems, immune disorders, amenorrhoea, irregular menstruation, stress and age related factors all fall into the category of functional infertility.

If used alone, acupuncture may not be as effective when treating infertility involving structural modifications, such as fallopian tube damage or severe endometriosis. Therefore, a complete medical evaluation is recommended to understand the exact nature of the problem. HOWEVER, you can still receive acupuncture in conjunction with western modalities such as IVF with structural causes for infertility.

Treating Facial Paralysis

Bell's facial paralysis is one of the most common peripheral facial paralyses which occurs suddenly and mostly after exposure to cold wind.

It often occurs in autumn and winter or between spring and summer, mostly in the middle-aged clients. The disease usually attacks one side of the face.

The attack comes all of a sudden. At the beginning the patient feels numb at one side of the face, pain around the ear and tenderness in the mastoidale region. The mouth becomes wry, the nasolabial groove no longer seen and the facio-buccal region relaxed and strengthless. It is impossible to have the cheeks blown up. The eyeballs are still exposed when the eyes are shut. It is difficult to frown and speak. Salivation comes down from the corners of the mouth. The sense of taste is lost but the sense of hearing is hypersensitive.

Acupuncture combined with the acupressure is most effective in treating this problem. Usually, the symptoms can be cured after only 3-5 times.

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