in Alternative Medicine.com
Dr. Samuel Wang, Ph.D., L.Ac.
of the Acupuncture Herbal Center in San Rafael, California
was interviewed as a featured practitioner in
the March 2002 newsletter from Alternativemedicine.com.
Medicine Narrator: Tell us how you first got started in alternative
I was influenced and inspired
by my father, who was one of the most distinguished professors of surgery
in China as well as an advocate of Chinese medicine. It seemed only
natural for me to follow in his footsteps. I learned a lot about medicine
even as a child because not only my father, but my mother and many relatives
were doctors including my sister and brother. In China, when I was eighteen,
I was sent to the countryside to care for the sick. It was out of necessity
to combine alternative treatment with Western medicine in order to treat
those far away from hospitals. This vast experience deepened my understanding
of hands-on medicine and healing.
What is your educational background, and how
have you prepared yourself for your practice?
After I received my M.D. in both Chinese and Western
medicine at the Sun Yat Sen Medical School in Canton, China in 1976,
I became a Senior Physician at the Cardiovascular Institute and Provincial
Hospital, practicing both traditional and Western medicine. While there,
I met Dr. Michael Weiner, a renowned colleague, who was visiting from
the University of California at San Francisco. He influenced my coming
to the university to do the most advanced research in Western medicine
magnetic resonance imaging. In1983, I finished my postdoctoral
fellowship at the UCSF Medical Center and earned a fellowship award
from the American Heart Association.
After completing my fellowship, I knew that patients would benefit from
my knowledge of Chinese medicine and Western medicine. Therefore, I
was excited to open a private practice with Deirdra Claiborne, whom
I met at UCSF in 1981, where she was practicing acupuncture. We opened
the Acupuncture Herbal Center in San Rafael, California. In 1998, I
was elected as a council member for the World Federation of Traditional
Chinese Orthopedics. In 2000, I received a Ph.D. in Oriental Medicine
Research with a Specialization in Chinese Orthopedics and Gynecology.
As a result of the interdisciplinary aspects of my training, I have
integrated the traditional medical technologies of China and those practiced
in the United States. This comprehensive knowledge enables me to understand
and successfully treat patients with complicated conditions.
Can you tell us about acupuncture and how your
patients benefit from it?
Acupuncture is the insertion of ultra-fine needles
to specific points along energy meridians of the body to stimulate the
energy and help to unblock congested areas, encouraging the system to
begin healing itself. Through the use of acupuncture, herbal remedies
and other modalities, many conditions are relieved and often permanently
alleviated. I utilize traditional Chinese diagnostic skills and patient
history to design a treatment plan. I am able to expedite the healing
process beginning with the first treatment because of my quick assessment
of the patients condition, and my personally developed patent
herbal formulas, and raw herbs specifically made for each patient. My
specialties are complicated orthopedic conditions, gynecological disorders
and female and male infertility. Some of the conditions I treat with
acupuncture and herbs are:
Acne / Skin Disorders
Acute / Chronic Pain
Allergies / Sinusitis
Anxiety / Insomnia
Arthritis / Joint Pain
Asthma / Bronchitis
Back, Neck & Shoulder Pain
Bursitis / Tendonitis
Common Cold & Flu
Menstrual Disorder / PMS
Stroke & Paralysis
Dr. Wang as a young physician in China
Would you share with us some of your case histories?
Case One is a female
patient who was diagnosed with premature ovarian failure by her gynecologist.
The patient had a 3-year-old daughter but wanted another child. She
tried Western fertility treatments without success, and she was referred
to me. After four months of my treatment, she began to show signs of
pregnancy. Nine months later, she delivered a healthy baby boy whom
she named Samuel in honor of me.
Case Two: A
37-year-old woman tried to get pregnant for over 4 years. Fertility
assessments with her gynecologist showed that she had no abnormalities,
but her husband's semen count was far below the normal range. Their
physician recommended in-vitro fertilization, but they chose to try
acupuncture first. Since the man had irreversible atrophy of the testicles
caused by a childhood case of mumps, the couple accepted my recommendation
of compensatory treatments for the female. In two months she was pregnant
and delivered a seven-pound, healthy baby. This shows that when male
fertility is low, we can enhance female fertility to succeed in pregnancy,
and vice versa.
One of my female patients had back and neck pain and menopausal symptoms
at the age of 52. Her primary physician diagnosed degenerative disc
disease and gave her anti-inflammatory drugs. Because she could not
tolerate the side effects of the medications, she came to me for treatments.
I treated her with acupuncture and my special herbal formulas. I also
applied an herbal plaster at the pain sites. Three months later, she
was pain-free, with significantly reduced menopausal symptoms.
What are your major achievements in the field of Chinese medicine?
I am the founder of micro-dialectic analyses of Wangs
Classification: a systematic diagnostic tool created to analyze complicated
infertility cases, orthopedic conditions and diseases in contemporary
Chinese medicine. My achievements in non-mechanical back and neck pain
and in female fertility have gained international recognition, receiving
awards at the World Conference of Traditional Medicine in the year 2000.
Would you like to share anything else about yourself?
I am also a proud father, with great love for all
children. Of all my achievements, I receive the most satisfaction and
fulfillment when I ease the suffering of a child. And when I successfully
treat an infertile couple with acupuncture and herbs, I feel as if I
have enriched their world. I am also in favor of working with infertile
couples who choose to combine in-vitro fertilization with Chinese medicine,
which enhances their success rate.
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.
Stewart, singer and artist
We specialize in the following modalities: Acupuncture,
Children's Health Care, Chinese Medicine, Herbal Medicine, Hormone Replacement
with Chinese Herbs, Orthopedic Acupuncture,
Pain Management, Stress Management, Weight Management.
We specialize in treating the following health conditions: Addiction, Allergies, Arthritis,
Pain - Sciatica, Cancer, Carpal Tunnel
Syndrome, Colds and Flu, Constipation, Digestive Disorders, Fatigue,
Fibromyalgia, Gynecological Disorders,
Headaches, Cardiovascular Disease, Hypertension - High Blood Pressure, Infertility, Menopause, Neck
Pain, Respiratory Diseases, Sports
Injuries, Stomach - Intestinal Problems, Stroke,
Tendonitis, Urinary Problems, and Viral Infections.
Directions to 824 Fifth Avenue, Suite C, San Rafael
North on Highway 101:
Take the Central San Rafael exit, stay in the middle lane. Past three
turn left on Fifth Avenue. Proceed underneath
the freeway, and go three blocks - passing the intersection at Lincoln
Avenue. Our office is located approximately half a block after Lincoln
Avenue on the right hand side of the street. Parking is located in the
center row at the rear of the building.
South on Highway 101:Take
the Central San Rafael exit. Proceed straight through one intersection,
and turn right on Fifth Avenue. Go three blocks - passing the intersection
at Lincoln Avenue. Our building is located approximately half a block
after Lincoln Avenue on the right hand side of the street. Parking is
located in the center row at the rear of the building.
FREE PARKING IN THE BACK PARKING LOT (CENTER ROW ONLY)