San Francisco is full of forward-thinking people open to alternative medicines, but for many – especially people not of Chinese descent – qi gong still retains an air of mystery. The House of Qi in Bernal Heights combines acupuncture and chiropractic applications with herbal medicine and integrative qi gong, a specially developed practice that focuses on the yin, or feminine energy, that helps injuries and various imbalances correct themselves from within. Unique, innovative devices utilize tension and resistance, placing patients in various yoga-like poses, in order to dissolve even the deepest traumas. If the idea of "bad energy" sounds hopelessly namby-pamby to some, it's proven effective in easing stress and promoting youthful vigor in others, even weaning some pain-addled folks off painkillers. And from the simple, spare and dedicated House of Qi, it’s possible to find your own level of relief.