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A Natural, Comprehensive Healing Center
in San Rafael, CA (415)485-5834  Languages: English, Chinese, Spanish (Web)

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We specialize in these conditions and treat many more:
Infertility | Back, Neck & Joint Pain | Facial Rejuvenation | Pediatrics | Allergies | Sports Injuries
Digestive & Stomach Disorders
| Menopause | Teen Acne
| Orthopedic Pain-Related Conditions
Lyme Disease
| Cardiovascular Diseases

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Partial list of other conditions treated:

Acne and Skin Disorder

Acute and Chronic Pain

Allergies and Sinusitis

Arthritis and Joint Pain

Anxiety and Insomnia

Asthma and Bronchitis

Back, Neck and Shoulder Pain

Bell's Palsy

Bursitis and Tendonitis

Cardiovascular Diseases

Chronic Fatigue

Common Cold and Cough

Digestive Disorders & Dietary Principles According to Traditional Chinese Medicine

Facial Rejuvenation

Gastrointestinal Disorder


High Blood Pressure and Pre-Hypertension

Hip, Groin, Sacral Pain and Strain


Liver Disease and Hepatitis

Lyme Disease


Menstrual Disorder - Teens and Adults

Pediatric Conditions

P.M.S. - Teens and Adults

Neurological Disorders

Sciatica, Hip, and Leg Pain


Stroke and Paralysis

Sports Injuries

Substance Abuse


Teen Acne

Weight Loss

About the Practitioners

Samuel Wang, Ph.D., L.Ac. and Deirdra Claiborne,
have helped thousands of patients worldwide for 35 years. We specialize in infertility, back, neck & joint pain, headaches, skin disorders and allergies. Our achievements in female and male infertility and back & neck pain have gained international recognition, and have received first- and second-place awards at the World Conference of Traditional Medicine in 2000. We have developed our own acupuncture techniques and herbal formulas with the highest quality available herbs, which enables us to successfully treat patients with difficult conditions, promoting the natural process of self-healing. Many quality herbs are available in our Herb Store. Award-winning OSMOSIS SKINCARE PRODUCTS AVAILABLE. Call us at 415-485-5834 for more information.

Founder of Microcosm Theory in Chinese medicine; techniques in treating male and female fertility. Award winning approach. Over 35 years experience.

Over 30 years' experience in orthopedic acute/chronic pain-related conditions. Gentle acupuncture techniques available.

Samuel Wang, Ph.D., L.Ac.

Dr. Samuel Wang, Ph.D., L.Ac. received this award from The World Traditional Medicine for BEST PAPER.

Samuel Wang received an
award for back and neck pain and new approach for female infertility from The World Traditional Medicine.

Samuel Wang, Ph.D., L.Ac. is the founder of Microcosm Theory in Chinese medicine, relating to techniques and theories of treating complicated cases of male and female infertility. His unique knowledge has been recognized and awarded internationally because of its interdisciplinary scientific approach. Samuel Wang is an MD from China and therefore integrates the medical technologies of Chinese and Western medicine. His more than 35 years of clinical experience in successfully treating complicated conditions has made him an expert in his field as well as earning him many prestigious awards in medicine. He was influenced and inspired by his famous father, who was a distinguished professor of surgery in China, and an advocate of Chinese medicine.  Besides for his cutting-edge fertility program, his other specialties are heart-related conditions (such as high blood pressure), stroke, bells palsy, prostate abnormalities, children's conditions, and all orthopedic pain-related issues.

Education & Achievements


Founding director of an Acupuncture & Herbal Center, China
1976: MD in both Chinese and Western medicines, China
1978: Senior Physician, Cardiovascular Research Institute & Provincial Hospital, Canton, China
1982: Postdoctoral fellow, University of California Medical Center, San Francisco; fellowship award, American Heart Association
1996: Professor, American Institute of Acupuncture Orthopedics & Traumatology
1998: Elected as member of the council, World Federation of Traditional Chinese Orthopedics
2000: Ph.D. in Oriental Medicine Research, specializing in Chinese orthopedics & gynecology, USA
2000: Award Winner in the fields of Back & Neck Pain and Female Fertility, the 5th World Conference of Traditional Medicine

Deirdra Claiborne, L.Ac.

Deirdra Claiborne
specializes in orthopedic pain-related conditions, stomach disorders, allergies and facial rejuvenation based on Chinese medicine.

facial rejuvenation acupuncture

Deirdra Claiborne, L.Ac. was the first acupuncturist in California to work in a major university-teaching hospital, UCSF (University of California, San Francisco), with a staff of professors of medicine, emphasizing the treatment of chronic pain (arthritis, fibromyalgia, sciatica, back, neck & joint pain, tendonitis- commonly involving the shoulder, elbow, wrist, hip, knee and ankle, bursitis and plantar fasciitis). Due to her orthopedic knowledge, vast clinical experience of Chinese medicine, extensive studies in China, Deirdra successfully treated many patients who came to this clinic as a last resort for pain relief from injuries and chronic pain-related conditions. When Deirdra went into private practice, other major hospitals and medical doctors outsourced their patients to her because of her well-known pain relief program. Her other specialties include gastrointestinal conditions, migraines / headaches, allergies, gynecological disorders and menopause. Deirdra also has a comprehensive facial rejuvenation program featuring the latest technology in microcurrent anti-aging treatment for the face with or without needles.

Education & Achievements

1977: Pre-medical education, UCLA & UC Berkeley
1982: Graduated from the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine, San Francisco
1983: Diploma, advanced postgraduate acupuncture, Sun Yat Sen University of Medical Sciences, China
1983: Advance training in Acupuncture facial rejuvenation in Hong Kong
1983: Acupuncturist, University of California-San Francisco General Hospital
1984: Examiner, California Acupuncture Board
1988: Certificate, advanced postdoctoral training, Academy of Chinese Medicine, Beijing, China
1998: Certificate, Acupuncture Orthopedics, USA

Samuel Wang and Deirdra Claiborne uniquely combine ancient Eastern medicine and the most advanced Western medical technologies, giving a broader perspective to the world of health.

TESTIMONIALS for Samuel Wang and Deirdra Claiborne

Dear Dr. Wang,
I fell in a shower and became paralyzed. I could not move my legs and it was very painful – I screamed and my neighbor came over and took me to Marin General Hospital. I was told that I may need surgery. I tried chiropractic and I felt worse. Prior to seeing Dr. Wang, I couldn’t get out of bed for 24 hrs. I had no control over my lower extremities and it took 2 people assisting me to get in to the Acupuncture Center. I felt better immediately after my first acupuncture treatment and after only five visits I was back to my normal activities including yoga. Years later Dr. Wang was able to help me with my severe menopause symptoms through his herbal remedies. I continue to refer patients to Dr. Wang.


“After major brain surgery, which left the left side of my face paralyzed and my left eye unable to close, Dr. Wang brought my face back to normal. My eye now closes, and he gave me back my full smile. I have since had another brain surgery and am now recovering from colon rectal cancer. Without Dr. Wang and his amazing skill as an acupuncturist, along with his positive sweet nature, I never would have had such miraculous recoveries. It has only been three months since my chemotherapy and radiation – nobody can believe how great I am doing. I have told all my friends and family. Everyone I send to Dr. Wang has amazing results. We are all hooked on him. He is my saving grace doctor and I will never stop going.”

~Buffy Stewart, singer and artist

I had acupuncture treatments with Deirdra Claiborne for neck pain and stomach issues. The treatments helped both of my conditions. I would highly recommend the Acupuncture and Herbal Center!!

~Nicki S.,
San Rafael, CA

After trying to get pregnant for almost a year with other acupuncturists, I turned to Dr. Wang who specializes in fertility. He did not hesitate to tell me that he would succeed in helping me get pregnant. I followed his Remedies and could tell after my last treatment that my ovaries had been stimulated. Sure enough I was pregnant within one cycle. It was an amazing experience. He is so positive, confident and reassuring. I have highly recommended him to many of my friends.

~C. Fok

Dear Dr. Wang:
I would like to express our deep gratitude and thanks for the wonderful work that you and your office did with us. We had tried for over a year to get pregnant, before we came to see you. We had tried infertility drugs and were beginning the IVF (In Vitro Fertilization) process, when I came to see you. After 2 months of working with you, and Deirdra I became pregnant. I could not believe it happened that quickly and that easily. I was 37 when I got pregnant. Our daughter was born 9 months later. The second time we tried, I came directly to you and did not even try fertility drugs. After sorting out my cycle, it took 3 tries to get pregnant. This time I had faith right from the beginning. We now have a wonderful 22 mo. old daughter and are expecting our second one in 6 more months. I really appreciate your optimism, your concern and the dedication that you and your staff exhibited as my partner and I were on our journey. Trying to get pregnant is challenging and stressful and the whole process was much more enjoyable and serene because of working with you and your staff. Thank you again. We are so happy with our good fortune. Sincerely,

~R. Bennett

I had a very favorable experience with Dr. Samuel Wang. I have been having a problem with my foot for many months now, with swelling and pain at night. I could not exercise without pain or walk for long periods. I tried massage, pain pills, ice, and even talked to a medical just would not get better. So I decided to give Acupuncture a shot and called the Acupuncture Herbal Center who I found in the phone book. I knew I was in the right place right away because the staff was so nice and attentive. But what really got my attention was the treatment itself. Sure, it hurt a little, but it was a good kind of pain. I could tell instantly that I was in the right place. In fact, I walked out without any foot pain. I have been back a few times for follow-up, but the pain is gone. Thank you Dr. are great and so is your staff. I'm surprised I am the first review because the clinic was crowded and everyone seemed happy.

~Jill K.
Sausalito, CA

“I always return to the Acupuncture Herbal Center for my healing. I have recommended Deirdra to many people.”

~Ali Akbar Khan, World Renowned Musician.

“The natural grace of the office accentuates the healing quality of the practitioners.”

~Dr. Maud Nerman, D.O

“After just two sessions with Deirdra, I was able to walk a lot better without my crutches. My broken ankle healed faster than I thought possible!”

~Dr. Greg Wierzowboski, M.D.

After spending 1 1/2 years trying to get pregnant I discovered Dr. Wang. At the time that I started to get acupuncture treatments my cycle was irregular and I had no visible signs of ovulation. Within three months that all changed and within six months I was pregnant. I now have a healthy and beautiful one year old daughter thanks to Dr. Wang. I always feel like I'm in great hands with Dr. Wang and I always enjoy the wisdom he provides.

-K. Hawkes

I have been seen by both Deirdra Claiborne and Samuel Wang over the past 15 years and have had great results from their treatments.  My reasons for seeking their help ranged from neck/back problems to auto-immune issues to a pesky sinus infection.  I highly recommend them to anyone.  First of all they are compassionate and caring, they listen to you (!) and they are honest about whether or not acupuncture will work for the issue that brought you in to see them.  I have referred them many times to friends and have sent my daughter, husband, father and father-in-law to them as well. The office is peaceful and serene and Barbara, the office manager is wonderful and efficient.

~Brigette W.
San Rafael, CA

In 15 years of seeking acupuncture treatment for various ailments, Deirdra Claiborne is one of the very best acupuncturists I've seen. Deirdra was very good at placing the needles with a minimum of discomfort, something that comes with many years of experience, and listened to me when I asked for adjustments and/or to have a needle removed. After just one session, I was able to start sleeping through the night again and get some relief from some miserable symptoms that I've been experiencing. The rooms and the environment are very comfortable and they sell many high-quality supplements. I did not meet the other practitioner here, but I would feel very comfortable recommending Dierdre to anyone.

~Susan B.
Marin County, CA

I came to Deirdra Claiborne's office a while ago with a very sore neck, with her expertise and gentle touch, I was on my way to healing. It really made a difference. I have not had any neck pain now for over a year. Thanks Deirdra for your healing touch. I will recommend you to any one who is need of an acupuncturist.

~Margaret H.
San Pablo, CA

I developed a chronic ankle injury from ballet since the age of 6.  After years of ankle pain, I decided to receive acupuncture. The pain had diminished significantly after only 3 acupuncture appointments. I am able to dance without ankle pain. The environment of the clinic is so comfortable and welcoming. Deirdra and Dr. Wang, the acupuncturists are friendly and knowledgeable. Acupuncture & Herbal Center is definitely the place to go with an injury. They'll heal and you'll make a friend!


I had severe upper back and neck pain- ready to go to emergency- Deirdra Claiborne and Dr. Wang significantly improved my condition. Pain level was a 9 and within one treatment, my pain level was down to a 3. They really communicated well and showed a lot of compassion. I would highly recommend this clinic. Highly professional. I now get periodic treatment with them to improve my overall health, and keep my upper back tension to a minimum.

The treatment included various techniques, including acupuncture, herbal patches, traction and micro current.

~Noren S.

Acupuncture and Chinese Herbs treat such a wide variety of illnesses that we can only provide a partial list below.

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