When you think of acupuncture and traditional healing, you might think of an intimate session in a cozy, softly lit room. And indeed, Chinese Healing Arts resides in a charming wood-and-stucco building that could easily be a family home. But resident OMD Fanjin Li got her start in quite a different setting: the highly modern campus of Guangzhou University of Chinese Medicine, one of China's largest, oldest, and most prestigious institutions of traditional Chinese medicine. Once she arrived in California, she expanded her technical skill and theoretical understanding in a PhD program at South Baylo University in California. Today, in addition to providing acupuncture, acupressure, cupping, and herbal remedies, she frequently speaks at San Francisco General Hospital.
Li seeks to bring healing by redirecting the body's flow of energy, which can be thrown out of whack by stress or storing too many batteries under your bed. Her treatments seek to soothe ailments such as pain, stress, depression, asthma, and allergies, as well as boost patients' efforts to lose weight or quit smoking.
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