Y. Zhang

Acupuncture utilizes the insertion of very fine, sterile needles to stimulate specific points on the body. In Chinese medicine theory, acupuncture balances the flow of energy or life force – known as Qi (pronounced Chi) – in pathways (known as meridians) to restore and maintain health. Through scientific research, we have begun to understand how acupuncture initiates a healing process via neural, hormonal and immunological mechanisms. Acupuncture is effective in treating a wide range of diseases and disorders. The World Health Organization acknowledges its efficacy in the treatment of over 100 conditions, and the list continues to grow. From pain management to chronic internal illnesses, acupuncture can serve as the primary treatment or complementary treatment to Western medicine in a broad spectrum of health issues.

Besides using needles, acupuncture involves a variety of techniques including acupressure, electro-acupuncture, auricular acupuncture (ear acupuncture), laser acupuncture, and etc.

Chinese Herbal Medicine
Herbal medicine is a pillar of Chinese medicine refined over twenty centuries. Based on the Chinese medical diagnosis, a personalized herbal formula is prescribed to provide a specific combination of herbs that tailors treatment to each patient and his/her conditions. Formulas are carefully drafted and balanced to maximize therapeutic results while minimizing side effects. Chinese herbal medicine treats the whole body as well as individual symptoms. Moreover, it aims to resolve root causes of diseases and restore the body’s self-healing capacity. Herbal medicine is not only an effective stand-alone therapy for many acute and chronic conditions, but also enhances and extends the effects of acupuncture. It can be used in conjunction with pharmaceuticals under the supervision of an experienced herbalist, and the appropriate combination of the two is very safe and provides better and faster results.

Tui Na Massage
Tui Na is a type of Chinese bodywork that conditions the body by relaxing muscles, increasing blood circulation and releasing stress. It uses acupressure and many other techniques in treating neuromuscular and other conditions. We use this as an adjunct therapy to acupuncture. It is also useful for treating pediatric conditions and for patients who prefer therapies other than needles.

Energy Work
I combine Craniosacral Therapy and Qi Gong (a form of internal energy practice originated in China) in my energy work. This form of healing is often regarded by mainstream medicine as metaphysical, controversial and non-scientific. I practice it, because I have personally benefited from this form of healing and witnessed remarkable results in my patients as well. Through gentle holding and light touching, I listen to the patient's internal breathing with my heart and provide a safe and comfortable energy field to facilitate their energy flow and healing.

Kinesio Taping
The Kinesio Taping method is a rehabilitative taping technique that facilitates the body's natural healing process while allowing support and stability to muscles and joints without restricting the body's range of motion. It also prolongs the benefits of acupuncture and manual therapy. The tape is latex-free, wearable for days at a time, and safe for populations ranging from pediatric to geriatric. It alleviates pain and swelling, and facilitates lymphatic drainage by gently lifting the skin. It promotes recovery from a wide variety of injuries and pain, e.g. rotator cuff injury, tennis elbow, ankle sprain, plantar fasciitis, lower back pain, knee pain, etc.

Nutritional Counseling
We are what we eat. Healthy diet not only builds a good foundation for the body’s biochemistry, but also reduces risk for a long list of chronic diseases such as cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes, allergy, arthritis and autoimmune disease. Nutritional knowledge in Chinese medicine includes the healing properties of many foods. Before the consultation, you will be asked to keep a food journal for a couple of weeks and note your exercise, sleep, stress and energy levels. Based on your lifestyle profile and health conditions, we will help you design a healthy eating plan and advise what foods are best to include or avoid.

Pharmacological Consultation
Many elderly patients take more than a dozen different pills every day. These pills include prescription drugs, over-the-counter medications, herbs and supplements. This reflects an increasingly prominent problem called “polypharmacy”, i.e. usage of more medications than clinically necessary. Polypharmacy is associated with increased adverse effects, drug interactions and higher costs. Through pharmacological consultation, we will review your medication list, check for potential drug-drug and drug-herb interactions and provide advice on possible ways to optimize the medications. If needed, we will be happy to initiate communication with your physicians and work with them to implement your treatment plan. For information on Dr. Zhang’s training in physiology, pharmacology, herbal medicine and nutritional supplements, please see her Curriculum Vitae.

Visits & Fees

The New Patient Visit, regardless of which types of treatment the patient seeks, includes an in-depth health history intake, examination, evaluation and Chinese medical diagnosis. Return Visits are typically shorter than the first visit and include a brief update on progress and a treatment.

Fees for Service

Acupuncture Treatment: For patients interested in acupuncture.

Type of Visit


New Patient Visit (1.5-2hr)


Return Visit (1 hr)


* The fees cover one unit of acupuncture treatment and may vary depending on the procedures performed.


Additional Procedures

Type of Procedure


Ear Seed Application


Kinesio Taping

$10 - $25

Herbal Medicine: For patients interested in herbal medicine.

Type of Visit


New Patient Herbal Consultation (1 hr)


Herbal Formulation


Herbal Extract Granules

$0.30 per gram* + tax

Patent Herbs & Nutritional Supplements

As labeled + tax

General Consultation: For patients interested in learning about Chinese medicine and how it can help with your specific concerns.

Type of Visit


New Patient General Consultation (1 hr)


Case Review: This is the behind-the-scenes work conducted between your office visits. It includes comprehensive case analysis, research on all viable options, design of treatment plan (acupuncture, herbs, nutritional supplements, foods, exercise, review of medications), email and phone communications, and preparation of reports. These efforts are the key to our success in helping patients overcome chronic and complicated diseases.

Type of Service


Case Review & Communications
(billed on 15 minute increments)

$105 per hour


Health Insurance Policy:

Currently, very few Arizona policies cover acupuncture and Chinese medicine. However, if your policy has out-of-network coverage for acupuncture, we will be happy to bill your insurance. If your insurance does not cover acupuncture, patients are responsible for full payment at the time of service unless arranged otherwise.

We accept Worker’s Comp insurance.

Want to find out if your insurance has out-of-network acupuncture coverage? Please use the link below to verify insurance. Include your email address to receive the verification result. Make sure you press “submit” at the bottom.


* Most herb granules are $0.30 per gram, with exception of the herbs listed below. This list may change without notice.

$0.40 per gram: Ba Ji Tian (Morinda officinalis root), Bai Dou Kou (Cardamon), Bai Fu Zi (Typhonium giganteum rhizome), Bai Jiang Can (Bombyx Batryticatus), Bai Zi Ren (Biota Semen), Chai Hu (Bupleurum chinense root), Chan Tui (Cryptotympana atrata moulting), Chong Lou (Paris Rhizome), Chuan Bei Mu (Fritillaria cirrhosa bulb), Zhi Chuan Wu (Aconitum carmichaeli mother root-prepared), Dan Nan Xing (Arisaema amurense rhizome - bovine bile prepared), Dang Shen (Codonopsis Root), Dang Gui (Angelica Sinensis Radix), Di Long (Pheretima aspergillum), Du Zhong (Eucommia Bark), Fang Feng (Saposhnikovia divaricata root), Fu Shen (Poria with hostwood), Fu Zi (Aconitum carmichaeli root), Hai Jin Sha (Lygodium Spores), Hong Hua (Carthamus flos), Jin Yin Hua (Lonicera Flos), Ju Hua (Chrysanthemum morifolium flower), Kuan Dong Hua (Tussilago farfara flower), Long Yan Rou (Euphoria longan fruit), Mei Gui Hua (Rosa rugosa flower), Qiang Huo (Notopterygium Radix), Qin Jiao (Gentian Root), Qing Dai (Strobilanthes Cusia), Rou Cong Rong (Cistanche deserticola herb), Rou Dou Kou (nutmeg), Rou Gui (Cinnamomum cassia bark), Sha Ren (Amomum villosum fruit), Shan Zhu Yu (Cornus officinalis fruit), Shi Hu (Dendrobium Herba), Suan Zao Ren (Ziziphus jujuba seed), Tian Nan Xing (Arisaema amurense rhizome), Tao Ren (Peach Kernal), Wu Wei Zi (Schisandra chinensis fruit), Wu Zhu Yu (Evodia rutaecarpa fruit), Yin Chai Hu (Stellaria Root), Yin Xing Ye (Ginkgo Biloba Leave), Yu Li Ren (Bush Cherry Kernal), Yuan Zhi (Polygala root), Zhe Bei Mu (Fritillaria thunbergii bulb), Zhu Ling (Polyporus)

$0.50 per gram: E Jiao (Colla Corri Asini), Ban Xia (Pinellia Tuber), Bie Jia (Trionyx sinensis shell), Gui Ban (Chinemys reevesii shell), Huang Lian (Coptis chinensis rhizome), Ling Zhi (Ganoderma sinense fungus), Lu Jiao Jiao (Deer antler gelatin, Ren Shen (Panax ginseng), San Qi (Notoginseng), Tai Zi Shen (Pseudostellaria heterophylla root), Tian Ma (Gastrodia rhizome), Tu Bie Chong (Eupolyphaga sinensis), Xi Yang Shen (American ginseng).