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Are you tired of suffering from pain? Is your pain stopping you from enjoying your life? Are you ready to feel good and have energy again? Are you tired of negative side effects from pain medication? Is your pain running your life?
Tired of Feeling Tired?
Are you suffering from a chronic health condition? Do you feel like your body could be doing better? Would you like natural healthcare without side effects? Is your condition keeping you from living life on your terms?
Are You Worried About Infertility?
Have you been trying to conceive for several months or longer? Are you having trouble getting pregnant? Are you worried about infertility? Are you wondering if you are normal? Are infertility concerns causing you anxiety?
Interview with Dorothy Pang, L.Ac., Acupuncturist & The Natural Fertility Expert
Dorothy Pang is dedicated to her clients' whole health
When my clients leave my office, I am proud to say that they feel better than when they came in. Whether it’s pain that they were feeling, or digestive irregularities, I know that they leave feeling relief from their body complaints, AND that they are actually healthier than before they came in. I’ve seen this change happen to hundreds and hundreds of people.
I have since made a commitment to dedicate my professional life to treating people with are suffering with a natural, body-friendly method. Read the Full Interview
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Dorothy Pang Acupuncture is a great place to get treated for any ailment. It’s been my experience that Dorothy is a true professional. She’s punctual & her interaction with patients is personable. She really listens to your health problems & comes up with a treatment plan tailored for your own body.
As a person who’s terrified of needles, I would rather receive an acupuncture treatment by Dorothy than see my own physican. Why? Her treatments WO…
Dorothy is extremely knowledgeable about how to optimize health in the human body. She also really cares about her patients and takes the time to listen to what is happening in her client’s lives. Her surprisingly gentle touch coupled with the soothing eye pillows and calming music she provides all blend together to create an environment of relaxation and healing. I have had more energy, overall health, and gained more knowledge about my body and…
Dorothy and I met years ago. Her maturity, focus, passion and kindness came through. I am more than confident in saying these attributes carry over into her very well established acupuncture office. In short, she rocks!
I have been complaining to Kaiser about pain in my right knee and right shoulder for the last 6 months. It was an off and on pain at first, but after my back spasm in April, the pain was constant.
I’ve done it all—Advil, Tiger Balm, massages and physical therapy. I was still in pain. Then I saw Dorothy on Yelp and I had to try it.
After experiencing it, I am now a firm believer of acupuncture. Who would have known that sticking needles in …
The joints in my hands got stiff over the years of because of constant guitar playing so decided to try acupuncture. To my amazement, it worked and my hands are 90% less stiff. I am able now able to play for a long period of time. I am still going to Dr. Dorothy for treatment and it’s helping me a lot!
I went to AcuSpa for hand pain and she ended up treating my IBS as well! The experience was calm and peaceful. I loved how each treatment room had a different elemental feel. She was very professional and knowledgeable of how the body heals itself. I would definitely recommend her to others.
Dorothy took the time to ask me about my overall health from head to toe and helped to consult me on what would help me with several other ailments that have been on going for the past few years. After multiple treatments today I can move my shoulders now more than I’ve been able to since I can remember.
I am basking now in the afterglow of treatment number two. I feel light and tingly and energized. I am truly frightened of needles, but Dorothy’s touch is gentle, and the space she’s created is serene. After my first treatment, my partner and I could already see a difference in my face.
Dorothy is a life saver! I have had problems with sleeping and stress and after just a few treatments I was feeling like myself again. Dorothy is very professional and her office is very comfortable. She is organized and gives you lots of personal attention.
I have had the privilege of having Dorothy as my acupuncturist for a couple years now. I have been under Dorothy’s care for several different conditions, including migraines, stress, a thyroid condition, and low energy. The treatments really help, and my migraines have gotten so much better. She is extremely knowledgeable in her field. As a caregiver, Dorothy is very conscientious, competent, and efficient. She is dedicated to every task she unde…
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A story of Hope for those Struggling to Conceive
I was inspired to write this blog post as a story to inspire hope for women that are trying to conceive. This week is National Infertility Awareness Week (NIAW), which is the brainchild of Resolve, the national association of infertility. NIAW was founded to spread awareness of infertility, and Resolve is an amazing organization that fundraises and increases awareness around infertility. I have had the honor of helping over a hundred women through their infertility struggles, and I wanted to choose a case study that would be inspiring for those that are currently trying to conceive. I think that Annette’s story is inspiring and deserves to be shared.
When Annette first came to see me, it was actually for a chief complaint of lower back pain. Her friend had told her about how acupuncture had helped with her own neck pain and thought that I would be able to treat back pain as well. That turned out to be absolutely true. Annette’s body responded amazingly well to acupuncture and her back pain was well controlled after 3 sessions. Since I like to do a thorough history and intake, and I like to know what’s going on in my patients’ lives, I discovered that Annette was also going through some fertility treatments. You see, at age 37, she figured that her time to have a baby with her own eggs was limited. Unfortunately, Mr. Right had not shown up yet. So, she decided that egg freezing was the route for her.
By the time that I found this out, Annette was already on fertility medications and she was already quite involved in the process. I found out what she was doing during a few days after she began her first medications. I support my clients in whatever decisions they make regarding fertility, so I told her I would help her as best I could. With short notice, I did what I could with acupuncture to help her.
Unfortunately, Annette reported the next week that her doctors had cancelled her retrieval; she was not responding well to the medication, and it didn’t look like there would be enough eggs to take for freezing. She was, of course, devastated. She told me that she wanted to try again for one more cycle. She knew that, at her age, this this was likely to be her only chance for children from her eggs, and she wanted to give it one last try.
So I decided to educate her and give her the option: Would you like to try acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine before trying it again? I told her that with my observations of what her health was, considering her symptoms and tongue and pulse, that I thought her chances of success would be better with weekly acupuncture and daily Chinese herbal medicine for 3 cycles. I told her it was absolutely up to her, but that if I were in her shoes, that is what I would do.
Annette knew that, given her body’s response the first try, that she wanted to try something different for the next time. She wanted to do something to increase her chance of successfully producing eggs the next cycle. She had felt the difference that acupuncture had created in her body, and also in her emotional wellness. She put her trust in my hands and she said that she would give it a try. She wanted to know that she had done what she could to try to have eggs of her own to use later.
So Annette diligently showed up for weekly acupuncture appointments with me. We also did some fertility coaching and talked about some changes she could make in her life to lower stress and increase her health. We discussed ancient Chinese ideas of wellness and health. She took her herbs twice a day without fail. They didn’t taste very good, but it was a short-term commitment that had the potential to change her life later on. She was very committed to the care for 12 weeks.
After her commitment of weekly acupuncture and daily herbs, she started her treatment cycle for egg preservation. She took the fertility medication and decided that she would continue taking the herbal medicine as well. (I leave the choice up to my clients, though I know that the herbs are fine to take throughout the treatment, because I have not only my clinical experience but those of my teachers’ to go by. But always recommend that you have someone licensed and trained guiding you.) She was able to complete the treatment cycle. Despite the fact that her response was dismal during the first try, which was 3 months prior, this time, her response was very good! The doctors were able to get 14 eggs from her. 14 eggs, is a good response for any woman that is going through this procedure, but for a 37 year old, it’s exceptionally great. Considering that last time she could barely get a response, this was absolutely wonderful news.
Annette was so amazingly happy to have 14 eggs to freeze at the age of 37. Now, egg freezing is one care option for infertility. It’s not the best choice for everyone, but I do believe that it was Annette’s best choice for her. Each case is very different, and I absolutely respect that. But I wanted to share this story for those women with low ovarian reserve. Sometimes doctors will say there isn’t much hope and not to bother. Sometimes they say this in order to preserve their clinic statistics. But I wanted to share this story to encourage hope and to potentially inspire action. There are always treatment options and if you want to maximize your chances, there most likely IS something that you can do to help yourself. So why not give yourself the best chance possible? Annette decided to, and she’s SO glad that she did.
What do you think of this story? I’d love to hear your comments!
-Dorothy Pang, L.Ac.
Fertility Coach & Acupuncturist
*Annette’s name has been changed for privacy, but her story, and all of the other facts surrounding it, is true.
How are you doing? Are you enjoying the energy of Spring that’s buzzing in the air? I love that feeling that permeates the air, when the promise of warmer weather is really starting to set in and things feel like they are really full of promise and potential. I love it! Do you?
Last week, we talked about the relevant mind-body type that relates to the Spring season: the Wood element type. I use elemental typing in my office to give me big clues about huge insights about the true causes of dis-ease that my patients are experiencing. I can then use acupuncture or herbal medicine, or both, to relieve various symptoms that people suffer from. Don’t get me wrong – I love treating pain. Acupuncture is so very, very effective for treating pain and inflammation and creating true healing. But it’s oh so fun to treat something like infertility, which often takes a bit more analysis on my part.
- Did you know that there are 5 different body/personality types in Traditional Chinese Medicine? I use body typing as a really quick way to understand a person. And, what I find most interesting is that these different body/personality types, or archetypes, as you could also refer to them as, really do help me to quickly understand a person’s true nature.
I use body typing to personalize the lifestyle advice that I give as a part of my Fertility in Bloom program, which has a success rate of over 70%. BUT those with infertility are definitely not the only ones that can benefit by learning about their body types.
- Hello! How are you doing? Are you enjoying the different produce that we are seeing this time of year? I am SO glad that we’re seeing some different stuff in the store. Sometimes in the winter, I get bored of the same old stuff. It’s natural – there isn’t much food growing in the winter, but I do SO enjoy it when the Spring energy expresses itself and we can eat some different things!
Eating locally grown produce can benefit your health. Different climates support different plants, and local plants can help your body to adjust to things like climate and other things that are specific to your geographic area. One of my favorite produce items that I see popping up on stores around now is asparagus. In Chinese medicine, we’ve learned through observation that each food has different properties, and most things that come from nature have healing benefits for your body. (Things like cake, which are not found in nature, don’t necessarily have healing benefits.)
I hope that you are enjoying the spring energy in the air. This is one of my favorite times of the year. If you go outside and pay attention, you can almost feel the buzz of spring energy in the air. It’s very vibrant, active, and inspires action. The energy and essence of Spring can be visualized by the a sprout, growing upwards and outwards.
Spring energy is yang within yin. While the weather is rather cool, you can feel the intention of energy that is rising, and you can feel the potential in the air. Spring is about possibilities, promise and action.
As with all other cycles, there are times of the year when certain dis-ease conditions will arise. One really apparent one is the rise of allergies. While in Western medicine we have already said that they believe it is due to the allergens being present in the air. But – why do these allergens bother some people and have no effect on others? In Chinese medicine, we believe that those with weak Livers or Lungs are those that are more easily suspect to symptoms of runny nose, watery eyes and itchiness that happen in the Springtime. Yes, allergies are a common disharmony pattern that will show up in the Spring. Chinese herbal medicine or acupuncture can be used to rebalance allergy symptoms in the body.