Reviews & Testimonials

No body can make everybody happy. This is very true in medical field. This is because no doctor can cure all diseases or illness,  and so no doctor can meet the need for all patients. Since we are equipped with vey good knowledge in both Western and Eastern medicine from 11-3 years training, and keeping learning and with over 34 years experience, we have have helped thousands of people vey successfully back to their normal life from all kinds of disease/illness. very luckily the majority of our patients like us, appreciate our services. Not every happy patient is wiling to write a review or testimonial due to varies reasons. Usually very small portion of people is willing to write a review. We are appreciated those people who have written reviews or testimonials for us. These reviews or testimonials do not only show their appreciation, but also help other people to know about us, so they actually help other people who are looking for help.

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What Do Other Acupuncturist Feel About Us

As I embark on my new career as an acupuncturist, I reflect on those who have given me the knowledge I now posses. I am currently starting my business and I am overwhelmed with all the paperwork I must get done to practice the wonderful art of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM). I am, however, comforted by the fact that I feel ready to help those in need of better health.

I remember the first days of my career at Samra University when I was in Dr. Zhao’s Introductory Botany class. Everything in the beginning was so confusing and so different from Western medicine. Slowly, the information began to make sense and come together each quarter. I enjoyed her classes and learned so much. Dr. Zhao’s love of teaching and her passion for herbology were evident from the beginning. As she would compare different herbs and tell us stories of when she was younger and living in China, herbology came alive. Having to learn Chinese terminology was difficult. In addition to the learning the Chinese names of herbs, which have no meaning to an English speaking person, we had to learn the functions, indications and channels. Dr. Zhao was able to teach us the importance of each herb and have it become useful in practice. During school I would mix different raw herbs at home to practice what I had learned. My husband jokingly referred to me as the “Voodoo doctor.” I am very proud to be able to construct a formula today and have it work with the desired effect without any mystical magic.

Dr. Min Shi was an excellent professor. He is a knowledgeable, intelligent and experienced practitioner of TCM. I learned much of my acupuncture theory and application from him. I appreciate all the preparation he did for his classes. His examinations were challenging and very well written.

I also enjoyed Dr. Zhao as a clinic supervisor. Not only did I learn the application of TCM, I learned the subtleties of dealing with patients. There is far more than just sticking people with needles and hoping they will get better. There is the art of patient care.

I am currently utilizing acupuncture and herbs for my own practice. I feel prepared to treat patients with the knowledge imparted by these two wonderful professors, Dr. Shi and Dr. Zhao Thank you both for your generosity in teaching.

Arlene

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Migraine

I developed a migraine headache that lasted for over 45 days, seeing every doctor I could, including a psychiatrist, neurologist, allergist and dentist with no relief. I finally found my way to Dragon Acupuncture Center. For the first time in 7 weeks I started to feel better and within 2 weeks of treatment I was back to my old self. I can’t begin to recommend Prof Min Shi and Prof Huifang Zhao highly enough. For those who have had migraines can tell you there is nothing worse. If only I had not wasted precious time and money the quality of my life would have been returned far sooner. They truly are the best.

Dianne C.

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Migraine

I have had the best experience with Dragon Acupuncture. Even though my first experience with acupuncture in general, everyone in this practice is so professional and good at what they do. They understand the human body here. I have been going to treat migraine disorder. Not only have my migraines lessened in severity, but it seems to build my tolerance/ reduce my sensitivity to migraines, meaning I get them less often. I highly recommend going to Dragon Acupuncture for treatment of your ailments.

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Migraine

First I have to say Dr. Shi is the best! Having seen other Dr’s, his methods far exceeded my expectations! When I began with dr. Shi, I was suffering/ bedridden from chronic and painful migraines. I had been stuffing for two years and the migraines continue to get worse. I was sick of taking medications that were not working. I called the office desperately looking for help and they were able to get me in the next day. When I came I didn’t know what to expect, but Dr. Shi was calmly listened, understood, asked questions, and quickly knew what I needed. He started with cupping and immediately relieved some pain. Then he continued with the acupuncture. The migraine was just about gone. I couldn’t believe it. I came in a day after and then my migraine was gone! I truly forgot how good it felt to be migraine free! With each visit my migraines were gone. I’ve been migraine free for 3 months! After several years and countless number of Doctors, Dr. Shi was the only one able to help get rid of my migraines and is a pain specialist. I definitely recommend Dr. Shi and Dragon herb and acupuncture for help with pain.

Rip Van W., San Diego, CA, Yelp reviews on 5/22/2018

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I developed a migraine headache that lasted for over 45 days, seeing every doctor I could, including a psychiatrist, neurologist, allergist and dentist with no relief. I finally found my way to Dragon Acupuncture Center. For the first time in 7 weeks I started to feel better and within 2 weeks of treatment I was back to my old self. I can’t begin to recommend Prof Min Shi and Prof Huifang Zhao highly enough. For those who have had migraines can tell you there is nothing worse. If only I had not wasted precious time and money the quality of my life would have been returned far sooner. They truly are the best. Dianne White Crawford, canyon country, ca

Dianne c. Yelp reviews on May 13, 2009
Migraine, Vertigo, Neck, Tennis Elbow
I’ve been getting treatment by Dr Zhao for quite sometime now. She is extremely knowledgeable, patient and makes you feel comfortable (which is a must for acupuncture).  I’ve been getting treatment for migraines, hip tightness, vertigo, neck issues and tennis elbow; all which she has improved tremendously. She is simply the best and has a solution to almost everything I bring to her.

Brooklyn C. Laguna Niguel, CA, Yelp reviews on 8/29/2020


Cluster Migraines

I have suffered with cluster migraine headaches since I was 18 years old.  About every 2 years the cluster migraines come and I get completely knocked down. They last anywhere from 3-12 weeks at a time. The pain is so extreme and violent it makes me extremely ill. I have tried every drug under the sun that is supposed to cure the cluster migraines.  I have been to several highly qualified specialists that are experts with cluster migraine headaches. Again they prescribe more drugs that over the years have become useless and noneffective in relieving my cluster migraines. I needed to find a different way to get relief and make a better quality of life for myself.  I decided to try Acupuncture and went to Dragon Acupuncture Dr. Zhao.  I really wish I did this years ago! Dr. Zhao was able to break up the clusters and give me relief for a few days at a time, The treatments along with the prescribed herbs ultimately broke down the clusters and the length of time they occurred.  After approximately 10 treatments within a 2-3 week period the clusters subsided and I was back on my feet and feeling good.  Please understand this was not a cure all.  However, so much better than the drugs I was taking and such a better way to heal the body and spirit.  Dr. Zhao was so very dedicated and determined to treat the symptoms and the pain I was experiencing.  This was done without any side effects or drugs. If you suffer from migraines or cluster migraines this is the way to get relief and get your quality of life back!

Joe S. Canyon Country, CA, Yelp reviews on 1/28/2014   

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Headache, Shingles

It is with sincere appreciation and gratitude I want to recognize the professional and personal attention Dr. Zhao has given me regarding various health issues. I first visited Dr. Zhao in December of 2004 after suffering with a continuous headache since September 2004. My headaches included blurred vision, double vision, scalp tenderness, and intermittent stabbing pain. After months of traditional medicine, a C-Scan and prescriptions without relief from my headaches, I visited Dragon Acupuncture. After only one visit my headache was gone. Dr. Zhao has also treated me for shingles, giving me relief from the pain of this debilitating condition. She is a caring and intelligent professional whom I respect and trust for my personal potential for optimum health.

Valorie P.

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Headache

I just went back to see Dr. Shi for a new injury from a near fall about 10 days ago. Already, the headache I’ve had for the last week is completely gone. Several years ago I saw him to treat a lower back lift injury that I’d had for nearly 5 years. No amount of chiropractic care or massage was helping. He treated me for about 3 or 4 months a couple times each week and I’ve had zero pain since. I’ve recommended him many times over the years. He’s the best.

Alison R., Trabuco Canyon, CA, Yelp reviews on 3/12/2018

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Headache

I cannot begin to explain how grateful I am for Dragon Acupuncture. I suffered from extreme head pain and facial discomfort for months. The pain would not go away. The headaches and discomfort started to get so bad that I would lose sight in my left eye and felt pounding in the left side of my temple. These sensations caused panic and anxiety. After seeing countless doctors and specialists (western medicine), I started to lose hope that I would ever feel like myself again. No doctor could give me any suggestion as to what was going on, nor did they care to help find a solution. This was very depressing. I went to a naturopath (Dr. Masha in Huntington Beach) and after getting great advice on herbs and natural medicines, she suggested acupuncture. What did I have to lose? So I “yelped” acupuncture offices near me, and Dragon had the best reviews. They recently opened a new office off of Yale in Irvine and I decided to give it a go. The receptionist was very friendly, and after filling out all of the necessary paperwork, I got to see Dr. Shi. He LISTENED to ALL of my symptoms (first time any doctor did this) and took into consideration everything I had experienced within the last year or so. He finally did a full evaluation and almost immediately knew where the source of all of the trouble was coming from. Not one time did any MD, specialist, or western medicine doctor have any idea the spot in which all of my discomfort was stemming from. Dr. Shi then did acupressure and acupuncture treatment and EXPLAINED why I felt the way I felt. The very next day I was a little sore BUT for the first time, I started to feel the left side of my face again and did not have pain shooting through my head. The soreness went away within 24 hours and I have felt almost 100 percent like myself ever since. I went back one more time after the initial treatment for a follow up. Still feeling great and it has been a few weeks since my initial appointment.

Sarah N., Huntington Beach, CA, Yelp reviews on 6/11/2018

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Dr. Shi helped me with my sinus headache, coughing, and ear pressure pain. I did three sessions and Dr. Shi helped me with eliminating the symptoms and mitigating my duress when I had flu-like symptoms.

Tului T., Kirkland, WA, Yelp reviews on 2/26/2019


Headache, Neck Pain

I came to Dr. Shi with chronic neck pain and 20 years of daily headaches. I can honestly say that I didn’t believe they could get better. With only a couple months of treatment and some incredibly deep, painful sessions, he did make steady progress with my headaches. I have needed fewer chiropractic adjustments and now, I can report feeling much better overall. Dr. Shi doesn’t have much of a bedside manner and he can be a little bit sloppy with his tools, but he is extremely good at the important part of the job – helping and healing.

Chelsy H., Irvine, CA, Yelp reviews on 10/8/2018


I’ve been coming here for years for various problems. I’m  someone who almost went to Acupuncture school so the first thing I look for is someone who is not trained in the in the United States. there is a huge difference between an acupuncturist train in Asia and one trained in the United States. The doctors here are trained in Asia and they really know their stuff I’ve had headaches treated among other things and they are great at it highly recommended.

Joe W. Ridgecrest, CA, Yelp reviews on 11/8/2015

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Neck Pain, Pinched Nerve

Prof. Min Shi:
Just wanted to take a moment and give you an update with regards to my health condition. As you know, I came into your office last December, 2008 hunched over with an impaired gait, suffering from severe chronic pain and gastrointestinal problems. The pain was resultant of a pinched nerve in my cervical spine, which radiated down through my left shoulder, arm and hand. Gastrointestinal problems were resultant from taking up to 8,000 to 10,000 mgs. of prescription as well as OTC pain medications a day. Additionally, I was unable to drive a motor vehicle or do much of anything else due to pain and use of pain medication. After a brief consultation, you administered your first treatment to me. I was able to walk out of your office upright with a normal gait and reduced pain. I continued to receive your treatments for pain, as well as taking herbal supplements for gastrointestinal problems, for approximately two and half months. Resultant of your of your intervention, I was able to significantly reduce use of prescription and OTC pain medication. Consequently, I was able to manage pain levels so as to regain some normalcy with regards to day to day living. I was able to drive, albeit on a limited basis (45-60 minutes at a time) and gastrointestinal problems were more manageable.

In conclusion, your treatments and herb supplements allowed me to function on a somewhat normal basis. While you were clear in the fact you could not “fix” the actual musculo-skeletal condition (pinched nerve due to cervical spine compression), you were able to provide blessed relief until actual cervical spine fusion surgery was performed. Initially, your treatments were twice a week, then once a week and finally once every ten days as this was all that was needed to manage the pain.

As an interesting side note, during a post-op check with my surgeon, he was quite surprised to see I had recovered some of my cervical nerve reflexes in my left arm. He stated that under most circumstances, once the reflex nerve has died it does not regenerate. I was very happy to hear the news, but not surprised. It is my firm belief that the particular nerve as well as the others, were regenerating/repairing themselves so successfully due to your treatments. I believe your treatments kept those nerves and subsequent muscle groups alive when they otherwise would have died off due to cervical nerve impingement. You were very astute at identifying nerve pathways and providing specific treatments to those areas. As you may recall, it was when I was receiving the full spectrum of needles and/or electrical/heat stimulation that I was the most pain free and relaxed to the point that on more than one occasion I would fall asleep!

Thank you so much for your expertise and treatments, they were very beneficial and I would highly recommend them.

Alan L. F.

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Skeptical about acupuncture at first, but came at the recommendation of my friend who was seeing Dr. Zhao for her hands.  I had neck surgery for a bulging disc at two levels (5-6, 6-7) 4 years ago, with a long 6 month recovery time.  Recent severe neck pain keeping me up at night and limited activities during the day… Advil did not help.  After MRI, my neurosurgeon said upper level (3-4) may be pushing on spinal cord and offered surgery again, I willingly agreed because the pain was so bad.

To sum it up, after 12 sessions of acupuncture my neck is much better and since my pain has resolved and symptom-free, my neurosurgeon said it was okay to cancel the surgery.  What a relief!  Really didn’t want to go thru 4 months of healing recovery time after surgery.

I am extremely happy with the acupuncture treatment results, cupping and herbal medicine.  In all honesty, the tiny sterile needles inserted was tolerable and the discomfort with heated needles very short.  The cupping was so relaxing that many times I feel asleep.  The herbal medicine is bitter and expensive, but I feel the quality is excellent and it works for relief of my arthritis pain and inflammation without any adverse side effects.

About the herbal medicine, I’ve had 3 cycles of treatment and I have now stopped taking Advil and no longer need cortisone injections.  Incidentally, I’m Chinese American and try to avoid buying products from China because I question its integrity.  So glad that Dr. Zhou is highly educated from China (PhD) in acupuncture & TCM.  I trust her judgement in selecting the finest herbal medicines.  In the old days, my mother would bring home the raw herbs and boil them for hours in a kitchen pot smelling up the whole house!  Now, the herbal meds are conveniently in powder grain form and you just add boiling water to drink.

Dr. Zhao is kind, calm, friendly and answers all of my questions.  She is experienced practicing in China, Los Angeles (10 years) and Irvine (10 years).  It is worth the 40 minute drive to see her.  Now we’ve moved on to treating my hip bursitis and lower back pain.  Acupuncture is safe and effective and covered by my health insurance.  It’s wonderful relief from my chronic pain.

Rose C. La Mirada, CA, Yelp reviews on 8/31/2020

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Neck Pain

I highly recommend Dr. Shi at Dragon Acupuncture. His knowledge and expertise is like none other. I had a bad neck injury 22 years ago and it has caused me years of pain and left me with a very limited range of motion. Over the past 6 years the curve in my neck had gone straight and that has caused me a great deal of additional aches and pains. I have been to several chiropractors and hours of physical therapy over the years with no relief. After just one treatment from Dr. Shi my full turning range of motion has been restored and after the third treatment the curve in my neck was restored too. I am pain free for the first time since forever and I have a huge increase in my energy. That was an unexpected added bonus.

Audra S. San Clemente, CA, Yelp reviews on 10/1/2012  

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Neck pain

\When I sleep wrong and can’t move my neck this is the first place I usually think of to go for a remedy. Western medicine seems to have a pill for everything with many of them designed to make you stiff in some way but nothing for a stiff neck. Strange.

Dr. Zhao is very personable with a very gentle touch. She is highly trained in Chinese medicine and acupuncture with degrees from China and Japan so I feel safe and comfortable with her. She combines acupuncture, acupressure and cupping to relieve my neck pain.

My chicky friend is Chinese so she talked this roundish eye (mostly European with a good portion of Japanese, I’m a mutt I know) into trying this form of medicine and I got to say. As much as I dislike needles and as much as it was out of my comfort zone to begin it’s worth at least trying and I think Dr. Zhao was a big part of me being comfortable.

 Brian B. Los Angeles, CA, Yelp reviews on 7/20/2011

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Neck pain

I walked into my appointment with Dr. Shi experiencing 8/10 neck pain and very limited range of motion. After discussing my pain for a few minutes Dr Shi began his treatment which included: stretching, massage, acupressure, and acupuncture with electro therapy. When I left my appointment my pain was about 2/10 and my range of motion was 100%.
Over the last two years I have tried massage, graston, yoga, medications and countless different styles of pillows to try to relieve my neck pain. I never found anything that gave me significant or lasting relief.
It has been over a week since my visit and my neck pain is still completely gone! (After massages or graston my pain and stiffness would return after a day or two).
Everyone is friendly and welcoming at the office and I never had to wait to see Dr Shi.

Amber P., Laguna Niguel, CA, Yelp reviews on 6/23/2018

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I had a great experience at With Dr. Min Shi at Dragon Acupuncture. After traveling for work and carrying heavy backpacks on the trains and airports, my neck was very sore. I would try using heat packs or anything that I thought would help, but after a couple visits to Dragon Acupuncture it feels great. I can turn my neck and not feel the strain any more. Great location, friendly staff, and incredible Doctor. You should try it for your self.

Michael D., Irvine Spectrum Center, Irvine, CA, Yelp reviews on 7/20/2019


Hands down the most talented and professional acupuncture I have ever had. I struggle with nerve issues in my neck and with a text or a phone call, I’m always taken care of and walk out feeling better than ever. I have tried physical therapy and multiple acupuncturists but Dragon is by far the best.

Harley Z., Salt Lake City, UT, Yelp reviews on 4/25/2019


Stiff Neck

I have been using Dr. Shi’s service for a while now and it’s better than any doctor that I’ve been to! I see the results rather quickly for my stiff neck. 🙂 highly recommend this clinic!

Zoe F., Woodbridge, Irvine, CA, Yelp reviews on 3/15/2018

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I have been suffering from chronic neck pain. And was referred to Dr. SHI by my brother who has had great success with Dr Shi. My husband also went there for lower back pain and spoke very highly of him. I finally went in for my first treatment. Was sore for many days. And then noticed the pain was Subsiding. Today I came back from my second treatment and I’m confident that I will just continue to feel better. Dr Shi is always prompt never have to wait to see him. The staff is friendly and efficient. Glad that my family found him. Will def be back for another treatment. And will refer him to everyone

J J., Irvine, CA, Yelp reviews on 1/26/2019


New location, same expertise and service.  My neck locked up on me yesterday at work.  Probably too much sitting and staring at a monitor.  Called the Dr at 9:50am and was in at 10am and straight into a room with the Dr. where he started massaging out my neck, head, and back.
The new place is easier to find, lots of parking and the rooms are bigger.  If you have pain, give them a try.  Highly recommended.

Craig P., Irvine, CA, Yelp reviews on 1/30/2019


Neck, Shoulder Pain

I’ve been getting treated by Dr Zhao for about 2 years now. My experience with Dragon Acupuncture and Dr Zhao have both been very smooth and pleasant.

The front desk girls are professional and they are great with scheduling and appointment reminders. In regards to pain management and treatment, Dr Zhao helped my neck and shoulder pain in just one visit! Since then for any pain or discomfort I’ve been going to only Dr Zhao as she is very knowledgeable and also very gentle. I also appreciate that Dr Zhao offers Chinese herbs for purchase at the office but doesn’t push her patients to use them. Overall I’m very happy with Dragon Acupuncture and Dr Zhao and glad to have this office as my go-to acupuncture place.

Julia Y. Arcadia, CA, Yelp reviews on 12/9/2019


Neck, Shoulder Pain

Dr. Zhao helped me with pain in my neck and shoulder. She also noticed that my my vertebrae was out of alignment, which no physical therapist or acupuncturist before had ever noticed.  She is very knowledgeable. She told me when I “graduated” and was very kind. I did not feel pressured to stay for further treatments. Highly recommend.

Patricia Tina W. San Francisco, CA, Yelp reviews on 11/12/2019

I went into Dr. Zhao without being able to walk because I pulled my trapezoid, scalene, and sternocleidomastoid muscles. I was in so much pain I was crying when I walked into her office. I had one treatment with her and the NEXY day I’m able to walk without excruciating pain. I feel 80% better in just one day. I went to her again the next day and greatly improved my range of motion. Would definitely recommend !!

Brittney T. , Irvine, CA, Yelp reviews on 4/25/2018


 

Neck Pain, Low Back Pain

I am a long time sufferer, 20 plus years, of chronic back and neck pain. 12 years ago I had neck surgery to relieve pain in my arms and shoulders. In this operation they fused my C-4, C-5, and C-6 vertebrae and inserted a titanium plate.

While this helped with the neck and shoulder issues my lower back, lumbar region, still hurt.

Over the years I have seen many chiropractors physical therapists and acupuncturists in an attempt to eliminate my lower back pain but to no avail.

Now, 12 years after my neck surgery, the neck pain has returned. I now was suffering from nausea headaches and dizziness and the lower back pain intensified.

I still had faith in Traditional Chinese Medicine and visited acupuncturists in the US and Taiwan. It did get some temporary relief but the pain always returned.

Recently I found Dr. Shi at Dragon Acupuncture and Chinese Herbs, Inc.

Dr. Shi talked at length about my pain. How long I had suffered, operations I had, treatment I underwent and where the pain occurred. Each visit he asked about my pain levels and gave an evaluation. This was a new experience since no other doctors had taken the time to talk in length about my issues and then to give me feed-back on what he believed was the root cause.

In the first session he focused on my neck. This was a major concern to me since I could not read and had trouble doing routine stuff.  my neck would ache, headaches and dizziness would follow.

Dr. Shi incorporated acupressure and acupuncture at the base of my head and neck. He could feel how tense my muscles were and he believed the lower back pain is also related to the neck issues.

After the first session I felt relief. My nausea headaches and dizziness had gone. Lower back pain still persisted and my neck was still stiff with limited rotation.

The second session, after much discussion, dealt with my neck and lower back. Again a combination of acupressure and acupuncture were used. This time focus was on the spine muscles and lower back/pelvic area. After this session I felt a noticeable change in my lower back pain.

The third session, again after much discussion, was a combination of acupressure and acupuncture; however, this time also included the cupping technique. Much effort was made to stretch the muscles on both sides of my neck and acupressure applied to my shoulders and collarbone regions. At the time I jumped with pain as he pressed on muscles that were in hurting. By the end of the session I did feel relief. Dr. Shi, at the beginning, indicated that the program would take some time since I had tolerated the pain for so many years.

Today was session four. The focus was on my neck and shoulder. Again, after lengthy discussion and analysis, he used some acupressure but mostly acupuncture at the base of my skull and neck muscles and finally shoulder. Although I felt sore the pain was diminished. At home when the pain returns I use the wooden pillow that he recommended.  After 15 minutes the pain dissipates.

I have faith as a result of the progress being made with each session that I may, at last, have a life without suffering the way I have for the past 20 years.  He is a rare Doctor Who takes time to listen and discuss issues and remedies with his patients. Thank you very much Dr. Shi.

Julie M., Foothill Ranch, CA, Yelp reviews on 11/22/2019

 

This is the continuation of an earlier review by Julie M. Before Christmas Dr. Shi located the problem nerve/muscle effecting my wife’s neck. After acupressure he did acupuncture. She won’t say it didn’t hurt…it did, but the results were amazing. She is now able to move her neck further than before and without pain. She can now go back to the gym and do limited stretching as her lower back still has issues. She will continue to work with Dr. Shi since he was able to get her neck back to “normal”. We are  hopeful that her lower back issues may yet be resolved. Xing Nian Kuai Le, Dr. Shi.

John M., Foothill Ranch, CA, Yelp reviews on 1/15/2020


Pain from neck to Hand

This review is long overdue. I suffered from pain on the lefts side of my body from my neck to my hand. Went to Kaiser where I was told the pain was from acid reflex. Came back here after Dr. Shi told me with confidence he could heal me something no doctor has ever promised me. After months of pain I finally took the first step omg within 2 seasons I felt so much better. It took about 7 sessions but acupuncture did for me what no doctor at Kaiser could do and cured me from my pain. The staff was so professional and explained how acupuncture worked and the whole process. This was my last hope after treatment failures from Kaiser could not cure me. I am a huge believer in acupuncture. I want to thank dragon acupuncture for all your help.

Chandler Q., Irvine, CA, Yelp reviews on 10/06/2019


Dr Zhao rocks! I’m having problems with a pinched nerve in my neck and it flows down my right arm. The pain was excruciating.
After three visits, it is absolutely amazing how much better I feel! I completed the five recommended visits as I don’t want to go through that pain again!
She has healing hands and is extremely knowledgeable of the nerves & muscles of the human body. I have had this issue for 2 months and now I’m finally getting relief!! Highly recommended!
Thank you Dr Zhao!!

Anna T, Irvine, CA, Yelp reviews on 2/28/2019


Neck, shoulder Pain

Several friends recommended Dragon Acupuncture when I was looking for one. I decided to the visit Dragon Acupuncture after reading the long list of medical degrees the doctors have. Dr. Shi and Dr. Zhao seem well known in the field because when I mentioned their names to other acupuncturists, they knew exactly who Dr. Shi and Dr. Zhao are.

Dr. Shi’s acupuncture treatment was extremely effective. My chronic neck and shoulder pain went away after a few visits. I have also gone back to fix my injured hip and he was able to relief the pain in two sessions.

Dr. Shi is also knowledgeable in appoint. He taught me several acupressure methods to use in relieving my migrant headaches. They worked! I highly recommend Dragon. They have two offices and are planning to establish two more locations in OC. That to me is a testimony itself.

Ellen C. Portland, OR, Yelp reviews on 6/23/2010  

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I had a great experience here today. I had to pay cash bc I didn’t have a referral and the price is very reasonable. I had neck & shoulder pain that had been bothering me for a while. One treatment and I already feel so much better. Will definitely be back. Highly recommended

Emilie A., Los Angeles, CA, Yelp reviews on 9/3/2019


Shoulder and Achilles Heel Injury

My name is Barbara and I have been a patient of Dr. Min Shi at Dragon Acupuncture for more than a year now. Initially I had a shoulder injury. Dr. Shi diagnosed this as soft tissue damage due to some repetitive motion. I was unable to work out, play golf, or garden and was in constant pain.

Dr. Shi was compassionate and understanding and always explained what he was doing and how different types of acupuncture could help. I am happy to say after treatments (acupuncture, cupping , moxibustion) with Dr. Shi I am completely pain free and have been able to resume all my activities.

I have also had a stubborn Achilles heel injury and after just 3 treatments, I am at about 85% healed.

Dr. Shi is a terrific doctor and a wonderful man. I highly recommend anyone who has tried conventional medicine that has not worked (pills, cortisone injections) to give Dr. Shi a chance. You just have to believe. I did, and I am so happy that I did.

Barbara S.

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Shoulder pain

I have a torn AC joint and a pertruding shoulder blade. I have been to every doctor, chiropractor you can think of from OC to NYC and Dr. Shi has proven to be the best for pain and inflammation relief. I feel like I could be pain free one day after going to a few sessions with Dr. Shi at Dragon acupuncture. I highly recommend this place.

Al D. Newport Beach, CA, Yelp reviews on 3/4/2014

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I swear, as God as my witness, this place is magical. I have suffered with a lot of pain after being injured overseas in the Marine Corps. I have tried everything the VA has thrown at me. Pills, physical therapy, yoga, meditation, EVERYTHING. I came here for the first time about a year ago, and after my first visit, I felt better than I had in a LONNGGGG time! I continued treatment for a quite few sessions and was COMPLETELY FREE OF PAIN! I recently injured my shoulder, came in after a month of pain. Two visits, and I feel great again! My wife suffered from a soccer injury, same story. Tried it all, nothing worked. Came in here for treatment, HEALED in 8-10 and her scar tissue was gone! It’s addicting to feel this good, but everyone deserves it. If you’re reading this, look no further!

Shawn F., Newport Beach, CA, Yelp reviews on 7/27/2019


Shoulder pain

I have a torn AC joint and a pertruding shoulder blade. My pain is so severe I used to be opiate dependent. I have seen many doctors, chiropractors and sports injury specialists in OC and NYC. Some pain relief some times but nobody has even come close to what Dr Shi has done for me. This man is a true healer. He is the real deal. Acupuncture and these suction cups he uses will help anyone who suffers from chronic pain. If your serious about getting better take my advise and go see this guy.

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Shoulder Pain

Dr. Zhao is wonderful!! After a summer of swimming with Jr life guards, then throwing the ball as quarter back, and then pitching in baseball, my son’s shoulder just collapsed.  He could hardly lift his arm and was in a lot of pain..  Dr Zhao examined him and said she would need to treat him 3x’s.
Well after the 3rd treatment his shoulder was good as new. It was amazing how she knew he would need 3 treatments.. It’s been a couple years now and he hasn’t had another issue. I’m taking my daughter in tomorrow for a pulled hamstring that won’t seem to heal, so I’ll post the update and the healing progress.

Lori C.  Santa Clarita, CA, Yelp reviews on 1/9/2012 

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Shoulder Pain

Dr. Zhao is the best. I tore something in my shoulder & I could not use at all! She saved me!! I m a hairdresser so I needed her! I was fixed in 6 days! Soft spoken sweet, my kids have been coming to her since they were tiny!  Marina at the front desk is very sweet & helpful.

Lisa W. Canyon Country, CA, Yelp reviews on 7/26/2011 

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Shoulder Pain

We have followed Dr. Shi for years for treatment of pains and aches.  My son is a swimmer and I do fitness training and yoga, so from time to time we have injuries.  We do physical therapy, take pain medications, spent loads of money on PRP…but nothing could work.  My son’s shoulder problems with swimming for 4 years, with all kinds of treatment you can imagine in the world (yes, we did acupuncture too, but not every acupuncture doctor. is the same.) Finally we found Dr. Shi on yelp.  It has been a life change since we found him.  He treated my son’s bad shoulder tendinitis on both sides, not only he avoided surgery but also he went on college to be a college swimmer.
He came back last sat for a week long spring break and sprained his lower back muscle.  He was having a lot of pain.  I worried how he could walk with him luggage in a few days flying many hr. back to school.  I thought of the miracle Dr. Shi.  He treated my son 1 time his pain level went down from a 6 to 3, the second time, the pain went to a 1, after the third time my son can walk some distance and up the stairs with no problem.  It is just as amazing as always!
Thank you, Dr. Shi!
If there there is no fire on the needles they don’t perform the magic well.

Jennie M., Mission Viejo, CA, Yelp reviews on 3/17/2018

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Shoulder Pain

Dr. Shi is a miracle worker!!!! I brought my boyfriend in for severe nerve pain in his rotator cuff/shoulder, hoping for even a 10% amount of relief but certain we would need surgery at some point. After only our first visit, my boyfriend shed tears of joy because his pain was so dramatically reduced. By our 6th visit, his shoulder was so much better that surgery seems unnecessary AND Dr. Shi had helped him with loss of sensation in his feet, intestinal issues, and insomnia all at once! Incredible! We never had to wait to be seen, the cost is more than affordable and WORTH IT, the office is quiet and clean, and I would recommend them to anyone without hesitation! THANK YOU, DR. SHI!!!!!!
L H., Texarkana, TX, Yelp reviews on 7/21/2020

After a severe shoulder injury, we were sure surgery was the only option to relieve the pain. After only 1 treatment, he was in tears of relief that only continued through our other visits. Dr. Shi have hope when there was none and relief when we thought it wasn’t possible. I would recommend this office to everyone.

I am a vascular physician and I first started to see Dr Shi for my left shoulder pain, which was keeping me awake for years.  I tried to control the pain with Advil nightly until I decided to see someone for it. I read about Dr. Shi and his extensive training.  His background training is impeccable.  When I first met him I knew he was nothing short of a genius or someone who has worked very hard to gain knowledge. He is extremely knowledgeable in Anatomy as well as other treatments that maybe offered for your condition.  He was not trying to force me to believe his way of medicine is better than western medicine.  He offered kindly to help me and relive my pain.  So I went for it and to keep this short my pain that was ongoing for many years was 100 percent resolved after 3 sessions.  I could not believe it nor can I explain it because my medical degree is in western medicine.  Since than I have sent him many of my surgical patients for various conditions and they have all thanked me after being treated by Dr Shi.   His office staff is extremely professional and courteous and has made me feel comfortable every time. I have also gone back to him for my Achilles tendinitis, and stomach issues. I am grateful to his care for me and my patients.

Kash S., Santa Ana, CA, Yelp reviews on 11/14/2019


Shoulder Pain, Franzen Shoulder

I was diagnosed with frozen left shoulder 5 1/2 years ago. I was still in pain last November. I went to Dr. Shi for hot needle treatment. To my surprise Dr. Shi cures my shoulder pain in six sessions just like what he told me the first time when we talked over the phone. He is a wonderful acupuncture doctor with really special skills. I’m very grateful for his help.

 

I  was diagnosed with frozen shoulder on the left side in May of 2014. I went through treatments with acupuncture, PT, chiropractor and yoga etc. I went through the normal four phases to finally gain full range of motions after two years. However the pain was subsided but never went away. It worsened last November due to too much activities like Yoga, Zumba and  Ballet. I knew that I needed help to get rid of the awful pain but I refuse to take pain killers.

I was referred by a friend to see Dr. Shi. I called and talked with him over the phone. He was very confident and said he can CURE my pain in six sessions of HOT needle acupuncture treatments. I got great relief after the first treatment. I  brought my mom in my second session for her chronic lower back pains.

The bottom line  is Dr. Shi cured my pain with six treatments as he predicted to me over the phone. He also cured my mom’s lower back pain with five treatments. Dr. Shi is truly a great listener and a caring doctor with unique and special skills. We’re very grateful for Dr. Shi’s help.  I’d give him more stars if I could. Highly recommended!

Lengy N., Irvine, CA, Yelp reviews on 1/15/2020


In May 2018, I had an accident that included three torn rotator cuff tendons. At age 72 and with prior surgeries on that shoulder, the recommendation was physical therapy. I adopted a three part strategy: first return of mobility, second rebuild strength, three pain management. By April, 2019, it is time for pain management. Great physical therapist of little use on pain management. The issue is light spasms in both shoulders which make sleeping extremely difficult as well as being creepy during the day.

First meeting with Dr. Shi on a Wednesday – very little impact, following Monday, second meeting – slept through the night for first time in almost a year as well as the next night. Absolutely amazing. Will have a couple more sessions ——— satisfaction level: 100%.

Hank A., Irvine, CA, Yelp reviews on 4/19/2019


I came to Dragon acupuncture for the side effects from my chemotherapy. So far I have seen Dr. Shi more than a month now. I have had too many medications before so I prefer natural way to manage pain and get better. It is my first time to try acupuncture. Dr. Shi is very knowledgeable and experienced. Every time I come to his appointment he would ask about my symptoms and adjust according to my improvements or setbacks. He is very easy to communicate and cares about his patients. One time when I had shoulder pain, he just used needles on my two acupuncture points for a few seconds, most of my pain was gone quickly, that’s really amazing. Try his acupuncture treatment, if you are like me and prefer natural way to stimulate our own inner system to get healthy. Also it is easy to make appointments with his office which is conveniently located in the center of Irvine.  Thank you Dr. Shi.

Yan C., Irvine, CA, Yelp reviews on 3/14/2019


Dr. Shi has been helping me with my right shoulder and low back issues.  His treatments have help very effective in reducing my chronic pain and discomfort I have been suffering since my recent car accident… Thanks again for all your great work Dr. Shi.

Mike T., Ladera Ranch, CA, Yelp reviews on 11/29/218


Tendonitis in Shoulder

I’m so happy I found Dragon Acupuncture and Dr Min Shi! My main reasons for going to acupuncture were longtime tendonitis in one shoulder and in both feet and back pain. After only 6 treatments the pains have practically disappeared. Dr Min Shi is a very serious doctor; thorough and caring. He took the time to deal with other issues I had at the same time (all of which are now greatly improved), used both acupuncture, massage, cupping and Chinese herbs to achieve the best result.
The receptionist is such a smiling and sweet lady and as for the clinic itself, it is very clean and painted in serene, calming colors. This is a no-nonsense, serious acupuncture clinic that I highly recommend.

Marit Glosimot D., Heggedal, Norway,Yelp reviews on 3/28/2019


Shoulder and lumbar strain

Dr. Shi is an expert in his field. After two visits he relieved an excruciating shoulder and lumbar strain which had previously had me in tears and unable to sleep. He also relieved my allergy congestion, suppressed my appetite and relieved my chronic lower back pain in one session. Simply amazing. I feel like a new person. Thank you.

Nikki F., Beverly Hills, CA, Yelp reviews on 8/9/2018

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Shoulder, Wrist Pain

I am so thankful for the help from Dr. Zhao. I started treatment in Nov 2015 for my shoulder and waist pain as well as chronic throat irritation caused coughing. Dr. Zhao applied magic needle as well as cupping technique during visits. My situation has greatly improved since and now the pain is gone. I am so thankful She is not only very knowledgeable with Ph. D of Chinese medicine in China and also Ph. D of western medicine in Japan, she is also very kind with a caring heart. She is the first doctor on my mind getting advice on medical issues and I even sometimes go to visit her for a simple pressure release whenever I have time.


Elbow Pain

I have been having trouble with a fractured elbow for months, and if I never went to Dragon Acupuncture, I wouldn’t be able to even straighten my arm at all. This allowed me to achieve full range of motion in just four visits! I will forever go here!

Ashley R., Lake Forest, CA, Yelp reviews on 3/29/2018


Pinched Nerve
I was originally referred to Dragon Acupuncture/Dr. Zhao by my dentist and I have been going  for over a year now.  First she was treating me for what happened to be a pinched nerve that my medical doctor had not “diagnosed” and was just having me do stretching exercises.  With treatment it is now gone.  She is now treating me for grinding my teeth and a minor issue with stiffness in my fingers/hand.  I have confidence in her and have referred several other people for treatment.

Patient E. Stevenson Ranch, CA, Yelp reviews on 10/31/2015 

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Back Pain

Solved my 15 year old daughter’s back pain in just a few sessions.  Up until now, we have been pursuing chiropractic and pt relief. Went through sever PT providers and Chiropractors with no permanent relief.  Love Dragon.

Lisa J., Deerfield Beach, FL, Yelp reviews on 1/22/2014

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I have been receiving acupuncture treatment from Dr. Huifang Zhao for several weeks now and am astounded by the improvement I am already experiencing.

My acute reason for seeking treatment was a persistent pain in my upper back, on the inside of my scapula, that caused great discomfort in standing straight and even breathing deeply. I had long assumed it was intercostal tension but had not luck with massage therapy. Dr. Zhao came highly recommended to me by Jennifer Soon (an incredible certified rolfer located in Irvine) and my pain had all but disappeared within three treatments.

I am an avid swimmer with severe asthma and have always struggled with access to deep breathing which severely limits my endurance. Dr. Zhao explained that scar tissue, from a double pneumothorax I had at infancy, has bound up by shoulders/ribcage/back. The acupuncture is helping to release and relax the tense fascia and I am so thankful to have  not only treated my chronic pain but also found a solution for over all wellness.

Dr. Zhao is incredibly talented, kind and gentle in her treatment. I was very skeptical of the efficacy of acupuncture before seeing her, and she is always willing to explain the process and logic behind the treatment. The results then speak for themselves.

The office itself is very clean and the staff is friendly and flexible with scheduling. I highly recommend Dragon Acupuncture and am a convert for life!

Renee C. Tustin, CA, Yelp reviews on 7/6/2019


Shoulder and Upper Back Pain

I was referred to Dragon Acupuncture by my physical therapist. After 2 MRI’s, physical therapy, cortisone injections my shoulder and upper back pain wasn’t progressing as fast and responding to treatment like it should. So I went out of desperation to get better to play tennis. The doctor was professional, articulate, and smart. He was able to validate all the points of pain that the other doctors saw, he treated it, and after the first session I turned the corner. After four sessions the pain, movement, and trauma to my muscle had subsided. I found scheduling, getting into see the doctor, easy and done in a timely fashion. I was thrilled with my body’s ability to heal and felt that the doctor was a miracle worker. I feel very blessed to be referred here and would happily refer others.

Hillary P., San Juan Capistrano, CA, Yelp reviews on 8/12/2019


Back and Hip pain

I decided to go to Dragon Acupuncture after reading reviews and I am so thankful I did. Dr. Shi has helped me tremendously! I had several problems with my back and hips and felt like I could hardly walk without pain and stiffness. I tried my family doctor, chiropractic, yoga, and physical therapy, but nothing helped me very much until I went to Dr. Shi. I believe his acupuncture knowledge is second to none. Within a few visits I was walking much better and had a lot of pain relief. I continued to go weekly for about a month and now I feel like my old self. My energy has returned, I have no more back and hip pain, and walk normally again. I highly recommend Dragon Acupuncture!

Teresa H. Mission Viejo, CA, Yelp reviews on 5/31/2012  

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Back and Hip pain

I came to Dragon Acupuncture the day before Thanksgiving 2015 after I hurting my back and hip carrying groceries. I was in excruciating pain and could not walk without limping. Dr. Zhao did acupuncture, prescribed Chinese herbs and a heat patch. By the next morning I was 90% better! I was able to enjoy my holiday pain free. I could not believe how fast her course of treatment worked.

I discovered Dragon Acupuncture 2 years prior after having a free consultation. I had terrible back pain and after Dr. Zhao examined me she told me that my liver was inflamed from taking too many pain killers. She prescribed Chinese medicine, a low fat diet and an immune boosting tea. My liver enzymes are now back to normal.

Dr. Zhao is an amazing medical doctor and an expert in her field. She is my “little Chinese angel”.

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Back Pain

Solved my 15 year old daughter’s back pain in just a few sessions.  Up until now, we have been pursuing chiropractic and PT relief.  Went through sever PT providers and Chiropractors with no permanent relief.  Love Dragon.

Lisa J. Huntington Beach, CA, Yelp reviews on 1/22/2014  

Back Pain

I love this place! 1st of all they were the only place that took there time to talk with me before even making an appointment. 2nd, they are always available for me or make time to see me even when they are booked up. 3rd, this place is very comfortable it feels like home. 4th, they are very professional and kind.
Before seeing Dr. Zhao I had been going to different doctors for my back and now I only see her and haven’t needed to see my chiropractor in 2 yrs, nor my regular doctor in months. I no longer take pain meds. I have been coming here for 2 1/2 to 3 yrs and bringing in my kids & husband, we all love Dr. Zhao and highly recommend this place.

Susie P. Santa Clarita, CA, Yelp reviews on 10/22/2010 


Back Pain

3 sections only heal my serious back pain! I hurt my back during moving and couldn’t stand up due to lower back injury. The pain just got relief a lot after 1st acupuncture treatment right away. The follow up sections are optional. Dr. Shi is my life saver and I highly recommend this Asian magic.

Aaron L., Irvine, CA, Yelp reviews on 8/9/2018

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Back Pain

I would give Dr Min Shi 10 stars if I could. I woke up one day with very severe back pains…my primary care physician prescribed muscle relaxant and pain killers… nothing worked…. referrals to specialist took forever with Kaiser…. I optioned to try acupuncture….
Dr. Min diagnosed a pinched nerve and after a single treatment the pain was much better… a few additional treatments and the back feels good…
I am very glad that i chose Dr. Min Shi rather than dealing with the pain for weeks or even months

Stephan H., Huntington Beach, CA, Yelp reviews on 3/11/2017

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I’m greatly pleased with DR. Min Shi’s work!!! His technique is by far the best. He relieved me of my back pain instantaneously. Which I’ve been having for a week or so and now my pain is completely gone. This method of healing has been around for centuries and the proof is right here. This man is very attentive and extremely good at what he does. I highly recommend Dr Min Shi.

Leo J., Tustin, CA, Yelp reviews on 1/19/2019

 


I was never one for Acupuncture, but after only 2 visits, my back pain was completely gone!!!  I am Definitely a believer.  Dr Shi is amazing!!!  He is a master at his craft.  You should try this place!  You won’t be disappointed!!!

Jason C., Newport Beach, CA, Yelp reviews on 8/17/2018


Bulge Disc, Low Back Pain

I want to express my sincere appreciation and THANK YOU for your outstanding knowledge and artful practice of Acupuncture. Your professionalism and understanding of what your patients endure were instrumental to my success.

My story may be similar to many clients. However, my situation had reached dire straits. I had gone through four back surgeries in three years, which ultimately led to the fusion of L4-L5-S1 vertebrates. I had experienced relief to the symptoms prior to back surgery, but I had gained several new aches and pains. My condition was so extreme that I could not return to work nor could I perform the normal daily tasks required by a father or husband.

After trying traditional Western medicine treatments, which included prescription drugs (that ate holes in my stomach), physical therapy, water therapy, etc… I then decided, after being out of work for 20 months, I needed to reach out and try something that I was somewhat skeptical about, Acupuncture. My first thought about Acupuncture was “needles, no thanks!” But after doing some research and reading about all the success stories and learning that most insurance companies approve this treatment, I figured that I would start interviewing Acupuncturists.

This is where my story makes a complete turnaround. While interviewing Doctor Shi, he helped me understand the “process” of Acupuncture. He explained that results vary from patient to patient. I appreciated his honesty and that he took the time to answer my questions, and he did not try to “push” his practice on me (unlike many surgeons whom I’ve encountered.)

So, I embraced this “process” for the next four weeks and to make a long story short, I was back to work within five weeks of receiving Acupuncture treatment. WOW! I was impressed. My pain was gone and I could function again. I had the mobility that I lacked; my attitude was great and my family actually said “welcome back, Dad.” I couldn’t wait to share this news with my family, my surgeon, and all those who supported me throughout the agony.

It is my sincere testimonial that Doctor Shi has the “Right Stuff.” He is a trusted professional who surrounds himself with a trusted and courteous staff. His talents are far reaching. I have referred a few of my friends and acquaintances to Doctor Shi, and they too have compelling stories of success.

Douglas H.

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Bulge Disc, Low Back Pain

Before seeing Dr. Zhao, I was always afraid of acupuncture. I have never liked needles and I didn’t understand the philosophy behind acupuncture. I had been seeing a spinal specialist for a few years because I have spinal stenos and frequently bulge discs due to my condition. My spinal specialist treated me with pain pills, muscle relaxers, and steroid injections in my spine. This treatment made me sick, and I worried about the side affects. While getting a steroid injection in my back at a hospital, a nurse suggested I look into alternative medicine. I had a friend who had seen Dr. Zhao because of three failed back surgeries. After years of back pain, he finally found relief.

I finally decided to give acupuncture a try. During my first visit Dr. Zhao could tell that I was nervous and she was very patient with me. She explained how acupuncture works and relieved my anxiety. It took only one visit to convince me that acupuncture works and it is not scary or painful.

My first visit to see Dr. Zhao I was hunched over and could barely walk. When I left her office, I was walking upright and in a lot less pain. I did not need pain pills and I recovered a lot quicker from my bulged discs. I have continued to see Dr. Zhao for my back, as well as for other conditions. I recently bulged three discs in my back and before seeing Dr. Zhao was in a great deal of pain. After the first visit, my pain was lessened considerable. My MD could not believe that I did not need pain medication after seeing the results of my MRI.

I am always amazed at how much the treatment helps, and grateful for Dr. Zhao’s compassion and expertise. Dr. Zhao is not just a great doctor, but an honest, compassionate person who truly cares about her patients.

Thank you Dr. Zhao for all you have done for me.

Beth F.

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Low Back Pain, Herniated Disc

I am forever grateful for the care you have given me. As an active 35 year old male, I suffered a herniated disc on Dec 18, 2008 which was the worst injury in my life. The herniated disc was a result of trying to lift too much weight in the gym. An MRI showed that it was a sequestered and extruded disc at L5-S1 and that it was pressing up against my spine causing numbness, tingling, and weakness in my left leg. My orthopedic doctor wanted to perform surgery right away based on the severity shown in the MRI. I decided to hold off on surgery and pursue a non-invasive approach thru acupuncture, water therapy (daily walking exercises in a swimming pool), and rest.
It has been almost 3 months of recovery since the injury and my back has significantly improved w/o undergoing back surgery. The numbness is gone, I no longer walk with a limp, and I am able to walk up a stairwell normally now. I am able to do this thanks to you and the acupuncture therapy that you have given me. Thank you so very much for helping me get thru this injury.

Please feel free to post this letter as a testimonial for the invaluable acupuncture care you provide. I will be sure to share this story with all my friends and family. I will also post this story on the internet where other back sufferers can read about how acupuncture can help them!

Eaton S.

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Low Back Pain, Bulging Disc

I have dealt with pack pain for close to 20 years. MRI’s have shown three bulging discs in the lumbar spine. For the most part, I have been able to manage the pain by doing exercise and yoga to build up, and keep strong, the support muscles around these discs. But occasionally, my back has locked up and gone into painful muscle spasms. These flare-ups are very debilitating! Medical doctors have attempted to help me by prescribing physical therapy, muscle relaxers, and painkillers. I always got very sick from these medicines, and my back still didn’t get better for a week of more. Physical therapy helped somewhat but it took a long time.

Recently, when I experienced one of these untimely lumbar spasms, I decided to try acupuncture. When I came to see you, I could barely move, without an electric pain shooting down my leg. My husband had to help me get in and out of the car, and walking was difficult. You immediately placed three needles on my left hand, and told me to bend forward, then backward, then side-to-side. To my surprise, I was able to move in all directions. I was also able to easily walk down the hall, sit down, stand up, and even do some squats, upon your instruction. I was utterly amazed! I was happy that my husband, Paul, was with me to witness this incredible “healing”, because I was sure that no one would believe me. Twenty minutes after arriving at your office, I walked (almost bounced) out the door, pain free!

I have shared this story with many people, including the neurologists, for whom I used to work. They agreed with me that ACUPUNCTURE WORKS!!!

Thank you, Dr. Shi, very much for your professional expertise. I am very grateful to you.

Patricia

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Low Back Pain

I have been in pain for over 2 years. I went to many doctors for my pain, everyone would say we can take care of it but, the pain never got better. Then one day I was talking to someone at the health food store and they told me about acupuncture. I came home and searched for a good doctor, and I came across Dr. Shi & Dr Zhao .I read their profile and I knew I wanted them to treat me. I made my appointment with Dr Shi, and that was the best thing that happened to me. I have been under his care for about 2 months, and I am happy to say I am feeling good now. Dr. Shi, is very devoted to his patient. In the 2 months of treatment I had many other health problems, which he has helped me with. I thank you God for leading my to Dr Shi, because if it was not for him I would not be feeling good today. Anyone with any health problems I would highly recommend you see Dr. Shi. Once again Thank you very much for all your help in getting me better. I really appreciate it.

Sushila S.

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Low Back Pain

I initially started seeing Dr. Shi over a year ago.   I am very critical of my care and read on his website he had many years practicing Chinese medicine acupuncture.   I tried medications and a bunch of other methods to reduce the pain in my back, none of them work.  Over the last year I have had Dr Shi work on my herniated disk in the L4 & L5 and in the S1 area of my back.  Dr. Shi was very thorough and paid extra attention to the areas of pain i needed attention too.  My pain level used to be an 8 or 9 and is now down to a 2 or 3 working with Dr. Shi over the last year.

He has also helped me out with sinus headaches and cramping in my feet issues with acupuncture and Chinese herbs.  First time taking Chinese herbs and they worked extremely well for me.

I highly recommend you see Dr. Shi if you have any neck, back, arthritis issues or pains in the body before you start taking a bunch of medicine.

Elijah R., San Diego, CA, Yelp reviews on 9/12/2019


Low Back Pain

Amazing.  Dr. Shi has been able to not only help me but my entire family.  I went to see him for the first time about 4 months ago.  I had pain in my back that I had lived with for years despite multiple visits to various doctors, chiropractors, physical therapy and medications.  My back had reached an almost unbearable point; while I was waiting for a referral from my insurance company to visit a specialist, I decided to try acupuncture as pain management.  I google searched and luckily decided to try Dragon Acupuncture.  When I walked in, I could not stand up straight, get out of bed on my own, get up and down the stairs, etc.… After one visit I was 50% better and after three visits, I cancelled the referral for the back specialist.

Since then, I have had approx. 12 treatments for various ailments, all of which have helped or “cured” the problems.  One of these ailments was a 20+year old knee injury.  My knee ALWAYS hurt and I couldn’t run or jump at all.  I had surgery on it about 15 years ago and still had no relief.  Dr. Shi told me he could fix it; I didn’t believe him.  Last week, I ran stairs, the beach trail, did step exercises with my personal trainer (you get the picture) Dr. Shi did two treatments on my knee and it’s never felt better.

I highly recommend Dr. Shi and have even taken my children to him for treatment.

Collin S. San Clemente, CA, Yelp reviews on 9/29/2012 

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Low Back Pain

I hurt my lower back exercising, it was agony to stand or lie  down.  After one treatment I was no longer in pain.  The most amazing thing about Dr. Zhao is her ability to diagnose and know exactly where to put the acupuncture needles to fix it.  Western medicine would prescribe muscle relaxers but it would take much longer to heal.  I also appreciate her caring and gentle manner, she is always the first place I go for injury or illness.

Kathy MSanta Clarita, CA, Yelp reviews on 2/27/2014  

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Low Back Pain

I’ve been seeing Dr. Zhao and Dr. Shi twice a week for 3 years. I was in a car accident in 2012 and I have had very bad back pain since then. After seeing four other acupuncture doctors, they all were not able to help me with my pain. However, Dr. Zhao and Dr. Shi have been amazing and my back pain is 99% recovered today. After the first 3 treatments, my lower back was still hurting when I would sit down and sleep. After the fourth treatment, the pain was slowly getting better and better. And now, my pain is totally gone. At first, I was doubtful about seeing acupuncturists, but after my great experience with them, I will recommend them to my husband and all of my friends. They are the best doctors I have ever seen and they even helped me buy treatment lights for my mother-in-law. The service and the treatment is worth every penny! I highly recommend Dr. Zhao and Dr. Shi if you have pain!

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Low Back Pain

My 12-year old son had lower back pain for almost a year. We tried a couple of other acupuncturists who did help a little, but Dr. Shi wiped the pain out completely. After only two sessions of gentle acupuncture and cupping, my son recovered and has been pain-free now for over almost two months. Everyone is nice and scheduling is really easy.

Brendon C. Laguna Beach, CA, Yelp reviews on 2/7/2011  

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Low Back Pain

I just went back to see Dr. Shi for a new injury from a near fall about 10 days ago. Already, the headache I’ve had for the last week is completely gone. Several years ago I saw him to treat a lower back lift injury that I’d had for nearly 5 years. No amount of chiropractic care or massage was helping. He treated me for about 3 or 4 months a couple times each week and I’ve had zero pain since. I’ve recommended him many times over the years. He’s the best.

Alison R., Trabuco Canyon, CA, Yelp reviews on 3/12/2018

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Dr. Shi is incredibly knowledgeable with all of his practices. The best therapists are the ones that don’t make you go again and again. He will give an honest impression of how many sessions you may require and he’s usually right on. I went in for my low back which had locked up and he got me moving within a few cupping sessions. I now practice yoga a lot so my back is better but my shoulder hurts, so he is working on my tendinitis with needles. Fairly priced, effective, and honest. Could not recommend more highly!

David W., Newport Beach, CA, Yelp reviews on 11/12/2018


I cannot say enough about Dragon Acupuncture and its entire staff.  After two years of epidural blocks and no relief, I asked a friend about acupuncture.  She referred me to Dr. Huifang Zhao.  August 2007 was my first visit.  After 11 months, I am almost pain free.  I only go when I am in excruciating  lower back and hip pain.  I also get physical therapy from “The Man With The Golden Hands” when I need it.  I take pain medication when I need it, and that’s rarely.  I am able to walk my dogs and use a glider, which keeps my hip joints limber.  Muscle pain has subsided with ample stretching.  In combination with my Rheumatologist, I shall continue with Dragon Acupuncture’s treatment,  and I recommend Dr. Huifang Zhao and her team without reservation.  They are the most compassionate and caring people I’ve encountered in health care for many years.  They also accept insurance.
Sincerely,

Marion L. Logan, Palmdale, CA, Yelp reviews on 7/18/2008 

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Been having lower back pain since I hurt it almost 20 years ago. Fast forward to 2019, the pain has manifested specially when I’m getting up from bending down to pick up things. After having six visits my back feels so much better. There is still little to less pain which I attribute to old age :), can’t do anything about that. My experience after every session is like night and day. Overall, the “back” pain I used to have is “behind” (history) me now. Looking “back” I wished I met Dr. Shi earlier in life. Hopefully I won’t be back but if the pain comes back then I will be back. Thank you Dr. Shi and Chloe for the great service. Great people!

Fernando C., Santa Ana, CA, Yelp reviews on 2/12/2019


Changed my life. I’ve had lower back pain for years. 2 weeks with Dr Zhao and I feel like I have a new back. I cannot recommend her services enough!

Andrew G. Commerce, CA, Yelp reviews on 8/30/2019

Sciatica

If you are suffering from pain, get yourself to Dragon Acupuncture. Dr. Min Shi, Ph.D, LAc, CURED my excruciating sciatica pain. Anti-inflammatory and pain medicine had not helped; I couldn’t sleep, sit or drive. After a few sessions with Dr. Shi, I am back on my yoga mat as well as the ballet barre. I was noticeably better after the first visit, but Dr. Shi continued to probe my spine, uncovering older injuries that had apparently never healed; he treated the underlying cause of my pain. While he was treating my back pain, he also worked on my finger joints, which had been diagnosed as being arthritic; I am now back knitting. I can’t explain HOW acupuncture works (balancing the energy, keeping the normal flow of Qi unblocked); all that I need to know is that it DOES work — and in a holistic, natural and safe way. Over the years (in Chicago), I had been to a few acupuncturists, always with successful results, but never with the dramatic results that Dr. Shi has achieved. He earned his Ph. D.D. in acupuncture from China Guangzhou University of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) in 1994 after 11 years of medical training, has practiced for 15 years in China and 11 years in the U.S. and been a TCM professor at universities in China and the U.S.  I hope that I don’t injure myself again, but it’s reassuring to know that, if I do, I’ll have a doctor who will most surely cure me.

 Naomi r. Newport Beach, CA, Yelp reviews on 5/2/2012

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I have had three treatments for my sciatica problems and it had helped in reducing the pain. Highly recommend!

Julie R., Irvine, CA, Yelp reviews on 9/11/2018


I have a herniated disc, but I haven’t had a problem in a long time. 15 days before that, pain from my left hip to my ankle started my research was that there were signs of sciatica. I believe in alternative medicine. As a result of my research at Yelp, I reached out to Dr. Min and texted him, obviously,  I did not expect an immediate return because I threw him at a late hour, but he himself answered every question by making an immediate return. I made an appointment for the date of August 5, but because of the aggravated pain before going to bed, I went out of town, although I was on my way home and texted the way I could not stand the pain and this morning I wanted to see him immediately gave me an appointment.
He welcomed me very nicely and I believe we have a good communication even though I have little English. I’m a little relieved at the moment Tomorrow 2.I have a session I believe I will be much better and thank you very much for the interest in him.
We have a doctor to trust when we need him
Thank you so much Dr Min…

Hip Bursitis

Dr. Shi is awesome. I was diagnosed with hip bursitis 1.5 years  ago and my pain level was very severe (pain scale of 7-9).  I have seen a couple of orthopedic doctors and 3 Physical Therapy places but the pain keeps coming back after a few days.  In less than 2 months my pain level was reduced to mild (pain scale 1-3). This is the 3rd month of acupuncture treatment and I can say my pain is almost gone.  I highly recommend Dragon Acupuncture.

M A., Mission Viejo, CA, Yelp reviews on 4/17/2019


Leg Pain

My 14 year old son strained his hamstring playing competitive soccer approximately 7 weeks ago.  We have been using muscle stimulation and some physical therapy exercises for weeks, however he was still in some pain and unable to do anything physical.

An MD parent on our team suggested acupuncture, so I found Dragon Acupuncture on yelp after searching for top reviews.  I contacted their new location on E. Yale Loop near my home, and booked a consultation right away for my son to see Dr. Shi.

The offices are in a very nice medical building on the 1st floor (you can park right in front), the office and procedure rooms are very clean and the staff very professional.  Within a few minutes Dr. Shi was able to locate the precise area(s) of the hamstring causing the most pain for my son, and indicated he could heal him with approximately 3 treatments.

I have to say we have NEVER used acupuncture, so I was in doubt, but willing to give it a try so my son can return to practicing and playing again.  After inserting a couple of needles in key positions (and a heated lamp), my son laid on his side for approximately 20 minutes.  Dr. Shi came in and removed the needles, and my son stood up and could not believe how much better he felt immediately.  I was worried it may be only temporary, however the following morning my son’s leg felt even better, almost 100% without pain!

We returned after two days for the 2nd visit, and the pain has almost disappeared completely.  We have one more visit in two days, and Dr. Shi is confident my son will be pain-free and able to return to sports immediately (after 3 visits within 5 days).  I’m not sure how many additional weeks we would have been waiting for my son’s hamstring to heal, however I wish I had known this would be so effective to treat this type of injury!

I found their prices to be very reasonable, and I highly recommend Dr. Shi and Dragon Acupuncture.  Save yourself time and Dr. / Physical Therapy visits and check them out, you won’t be disappointed.

Thank you Dr. Shi!

Betsy G., Irvine, CA, Yelp reviews on 6/7/2018

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I decided to have acupuncture after having pain in my leg for several months. I was nervous and didn’t know what to expect. From the moment I walked in I was greeted by the most pleasant receptionists. Both of the girls are so sweet and welcoming, they make you feel right at home. Dr Zhao was very kind and worked hard to find what was wrong with me. She tried different things and realized I had a pinched nerve in my leg. She always greeted me with a smile and made me feel like I was going to be okay. After seeing her for a month or so she made my leg feel 90% better. Mind you the pain was unbearable at times. Dr Zhao is very patient and explains what she is doing. I had my last session this week and I have to admit I will miss her. Go see her and you won’t be disappointed. She will make you feel so much better.

Georgette S. Irvine, CA, Yelp reviews on 5/10/2019


Knee Pain

I have been an athlete my entire life and in and out of PT treatments for my knees. I decided to try acupuncture at the suggestion of a friend. Dragon Acupuncture and Herb Center’s Dr. Min Shi had my knees feeling better after one session. After the second session, I was not noticing knee pain, even while running. In my third session we were able to move on to focus on a long term back problem;  I would be shocked if he weren’t able to help me overcome this pain.

The sessions are reasonably priced and Dr. Shi is willing to work with insurance companies to try to figure out a way to help the patient out financially.

The offices are very clean and quite comfortable and the music is soothing. I have fallen asleep every time.

I am excited to continue with my treatments at Dragon Acupuncture, it’s the best pain management yet.

 Jessie C. San Clemente, CA, Yelp reviews on 6/11/2010 

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Knee Pain

My mother had been complaining of pain in her knees for many years. While she was visiting us from out of state I brought her here in the hopes that acupuncture might relieve some of her chronic knee pain.

When she was done with her treatment she ran over to me and gave me a big hug and a kiss on the cheek followed by a string of Thank You. She said the treatment was outstanding and she now feels that acupuncture absolutely works as long as the problem area can be pinpointed. Her decades old knee pain is gone. We will be following up for additional treatments to ensure it stays gone. Thank you so much for taking care of my darling mom. Words can not express my appreciation.

Nevan M., Mission Viejo, CA, Yelp reviews on 4/9/2018

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Nerve Pain, Intercostal Neuralgia

Thank you such much for helping to relieve my nerve pain. I have been suffering from chronic pain in my left side since Nov. 2008. I have been to four different medical doctors trying to get the right diagnosis. I was first told the rib cage pain was due to the UC’1’ll autoimmune system problem that I have. Then I was told it was simply an inflamed rib cage disorder, and next I was told it was shingles pain. I saw a neurologist yesterday who thinks it may be a nerve that is compressed in my thoracic spine, and he has ordered a MRI. I have been taking 5 different prescription pain killers, and all it does is mask the pain, and make me very sleepy and unable to function.

After only 2 acupuncture treatments and some Chinese herbs, I was completely pain free for almost three weeks! Although the pain keeps coming back, the only thing that helps alleviate it completely for awhile is acupuncture. After the treatments there is no need for prescription drugs. Even the neurologist agreed that though he did not understand how it works, that it is an effective treatment for pain. So I will keep coming for help.

Thank you so very much for your compassionate spirit and understanding. Please feel free to share this letter with others who are seeking pain relief You have my permission to share my testimonial.

Kay D

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Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

I am being treated by the doctors for almost 2 years now. When I began my treatment with them I had been suffering with Bilateral carpal tunnel for almost 5 years. And at this time I was being told that there was no hope of me ever gaining the use of my hands again, and that it was something that I would have to learn to live with. By this time my life had almost come to a stand still. I was unable to work or care for my every day needs, I needed help with the smallest of task. None of the many doctors that I was seeing was able to control or stop the PAIN and SWELLING that I was living with every day of my life. When you have the kind of pain I was in for as long as I had to deal with this problem, it began to effect other parts of you body or (health), so needless to say I was not looking at a bright future.

However, at this point a dear friend of mine who also was a co-worker with Dr. Min Shi and Dr. Huifang Zhao had spoken to them on my behalf and they agreed to see me. Now they had to convenience me to have acupuncture treatments. But to their surprise I was more than willing at this point to try anything. But there is no way I could have ever known how these treatments would change my life. In a very short time I could see that it was working and that the swelling was going away, and the pain. What PAIN? I could not believe there was NO PAIN, I had been in pain for so long, it felt strange not to always be in pain any more. There is no way this testimonial could every really show what the treatment of Acupuncture from Dr. Min Shi / Dr. Huifang Zhao has done for my life, before I had a life of pain to face everyday. And now I must say I look at everyday with hope and excitement.

I Trust their treatments so much, that several months ago my little grand-son of only 5 months old had a very dangerous repertory problem and he had been taken to the doctors and to the hospital, but with no success. At this point I told my daughter and her husband that I was sure that Dr. Min Shi/Dr. Huifang Zhao would be able to help him. She was a little afraid because he was so little, but because I was so sure we took him into the office. And within hours he was crying and playing again. You see he was so sick that he was no longer able to make crying sounds. How happy my daughter was to see that her little baby was going to be OK. Now it is very normal for her and her family to call the office for help when he get sick.

Hedda

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I brought my wife to see Dr. Shi on a recommendation from a physician ( Yale graduate) friend of mine to treat her for carpal tunnel syndrome. My wife was scheduled for surgery the following week. After 2 sessions my wife improved so much that she cancelled her surgery. Seven treatments later het numbness and pain is gone. By the way Dr. Shi also treated her for her sciatic pain and after one treatment the pain is gone. I highly recommend Dr. Shi very knowledgeable, professional and very friendly.

Jaime R., Corona, CA, Yelp reviews on 3/2/2019


 

Bursitis

I, along with many others, have received relief from a long-standing painful condition with the assistance of Dragon Acupuncture. In my case, it was bursitis which kept me from living a full life. Regular medical treatment didn’t help with it at all.

What I would like to address is the fear which kept me from even trying acupuncture. The idea of needles made me nervous, and I could not imagine saying, “Go head, stick me!” I thought it would be a prolonged painful session. Why would I want to do that?

Finally, my chronic pain had me on my knees. I have a friend who had gotten relief through this method, and I decided it couldn’t be worse than what I was going through.

To my true surprise, I was met with a kind, gentle professional who was concerned for my peace of mind. She made certain that I wasn’t rushed into any treatment before I was ready and understood thoroughly the method used. There wasn’t a moment that I had any of the “expected” discomfort. Quite the contrary, I usually dose off during the treatment.

I wasn’t rushed into any treatment before I was ready and understood thoroughly the method used. There wasn’t a moment that I had any of the “expected” discomfort. Quite the contrary, I usually dose off during the treatment.

What was completely unexpected was the feeling of well-being which comes over me during treatment. That was an added bonus!

I am so grateful that I was led to such a skilled professional.

Barbara M.

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Knee Pain

I came to Dragon Acupuncture to be treated for a knee pain. When I was seen by Dr. Huifang Zhao. She noticed what my symptoms were and she treated me for my pain and discomfort using acupuncture. After my first treatment, I noticed a decrease in pain and swelling, I am very happy I saw her and feel short relief.

Dianna S.

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I walked into my appointment with Dr Shi experiencing 6/15 knee pain and can not walk. After I talked about with Dr Shi. I found he is super professional, knowledgeable and caring. After treatment (acupuncture, massage) When I stand up I found I can walk as normal.

When I checked out I found their prices to be very reasonable, and I highly recommend Dr. Shi and Dragon Acupuncture. Save yourself time and your money, you won’t be disappointed. Highly recommend.

sunny fan


 

Fibromyalgia

As we begin this New Year, I feel compelled to put into writing, a sincere THANK YOU for the incredible results that I have received from your acupuncture treatments. As you know, I have dealt with back and neck issues for most of my adult life, due to a serious car accident in my teens. In addition to that, I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia about six years ago. At the time that I first came to see you last September, I was experiencing significant joint pain, sleeplessness, heaviness in my chest, hoarseness in my throat, and a general lack of energy.

I really didn’t know what to expect from acupuncture, but having tried just about everything else, I decided to give it a try. It has definitely been one of my better life decisions! Since receiving your treatments on a consistent basis, that heavy fatigue feeling seems to be a thing of the past. My pain is almost non-existent. I sleep will, and enjoy a high energy level most of the time. In general, I feel great!

I was especially impressed that even throughout the busy, stressful holiday season, I was able to avoid a “fibro-flare”. Thanks to you, I have pretty much eradicated the word “Fibromyalgia” from my vocabulary and my life!

Thank you very, very much for your professional expertise, your compassion, and your true dedication to positive results for your patients.

Patricia

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Fibromyalgia

I went to Dr. Shi after my doctor told me I had fibromyalgia. I had been in pain for years and I didn’t want to be on any more pain medication so I decided to try acupuncture. I had Dr. Shi treat my chronic migraines, and insomnia as well. I can hardly believe the results. After just a couple months I gained energy, began to sleep through the night, have lost all the aches and pains associated with fibromyalgia, and haven’t had a migraine since December (a real break though because I was having between four and six a month just last September).

Dr. Shi is very kind and patient. I absolutely recommend Dragon Acupuncture to anyone considering acupuncture as a treatment.

K S. Rancho Santa Margarita, CA, Yelp reviews on 3/4/2011  

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Fibromyalgia, Endometriosis, Migraines
Dr. Zhao is an incredible doctor and healer! First of all, the office is very clean and the office staff are the most friendly and warming people. Dr. Zhao herself is extremely comforting as well as knowledgeable. I came to see Dr. Zhao at one of the most difficult times in my life health wise and was immediately reassured and supported through an extensive treatment plan. She really cares about her patient’s overall wellbeing and strives to always create a foundation for healing.

When I first came to see Dr. Zhao I was struggling with symptoms of fibromyalgia, endometriosis, migraines, and digestive problems! I had sought out countless other doctors and another acupuncturist but none equated to the level of care and support I have been receiving from Dr. Zhao. She truly and deeply wishes to create the most supportive and accommodating treatment experience for her patients. Due to this, I have already begun experiencing improvement in my symptoms and feel confident going forward under her care!

As a whole, Dragon Acupuncture has given me a health support team that provides a holistic and mindful approach for which my health can improve! I would recommend Dr. Zhao’s treatments and care for anyone that is experiencing any mental or physical hardship and is seeking a much more personalized and supportive treatment option!

Nina P. Irvine, CA, Yelp reviews on 10/22/2019

I went to Dr. Shi after my doctor told me I had fibromyalgia. I had been in pain for years and I didn’t want to be on any more pain medication so I decided to try acupuncture. I had Dr. Shi treat my chronic migraines, and insomnia as well. I can hardly believe the results. After just a couple months I gained energy, began to sleep through the night, have lost all the aches and pains associated with fibromyalgia, and haven’t had a migraine since December (a real break though because I was having between four and six a month just last September).
Dr. Shi is very kind and patient. I absolutely recommend Dragon Acupuncture to anyone considering acupuncture as a treatment.

K S., Rancho Santa Margarita, CA, Yelp reviews on 3/4/2011

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Rheumatoid Arthritis

This letter is written to thank you so much for all you have done for me and my condition. At the time that I started to come to you in September of 2003, I was suffering from severe joint pain due to my recent diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis. My rheumatologist said that my rheumatoid factor was “off the charts” and he suggested that I start on Plaquenil or Methatrexate to help alleviate my symptoms. After much research on the internet about the side effects of these drugs, I opted to hold off with these medications and look into alternative forms of healing. I told the doctor that I would like to try acupuncture and herbs first, and he was in complete agreement with my decision. This is what brought me to you.

Within several weeks of my first treatment I felt like a new person! I am now able to resume my weight lifting program, my running and yoga. I no longer wake up with flu-like symptoms and pain. With the herbs you have given me, I feel more energy during the day, and a greater ability to fall asleep at night. My rheumatologist is amazed at my progress. In addition, I am no longer taking any kind of over-the-counter pain medication. I am a firm believer that acupuncture in medicine is the way of the future and it is my hope that all western practicing doctors will incorporate this healing modality into their practice.

Again, thank you so much for all you have done for me.

Marilyn S.

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Multiple Sclerosis

I was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis over eighteen years ago. The disease has progressed over the years causing neurological damage to my brain stem and spinal cord. My current symptoms include severe fatigue, poor balance, cognitive problems, difficulty swallowing, and speech difficulty, among others. My neurologist suggested I see a chiropractor to help me with my neck pain. I began seeing my chiropractor, Dr. Buettner. When I informed her that I’ve had a constant headache for 14 years due to multiple sclerosis she took note. I didn’t think much of it because my neurologist told me the only way I can get rid of the headache was to operate and sever a nerve in my face or continue taking Neurontin or other pain medication. Approximately six weeks after seeing Dr. Buettner, I no longer have a headache. I am like a new person enjoying each and every moment. I am very happy and excited about the day. After successfully treating me for my neck, the chiropractor recommended acupuncture for my other MS symptoms, particularly fatigue.

On August 6, I had my first appointment. The doctor checked my pulse and asked questions regarding my health and current symptoms. Dr. Zhao inserted several needles in my body (head, hands, feet, and stomach). The needles were uncomfortable at first but the pain subsided. Dr. Zhao said if the needles didn’t hurt, they wouldn’t be in the right spot. The pain subsides after a few seconds/minutes. After 30 minutes, she removed the needles and asked me to return the next day. She prescribed herbs that I am to take three times a day. After my third treatment, there was a dramatic improvement in my fatigue and balance. I was able to walk unassisted. It was like a miracle. I have not been able to walk unassisted for a long time (a year or more). I feel like a new person. I just know that with continued treatment, I am only going to improve with age!!!

I truly believe in alternative medicine. Thank you Dr. Zhao for improving the quality of my life.

Very sincerely yours,

Doreen S.

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Wrist Tendinitis

Dr. Shi was able to help me when I developed tendinitis in my wrists after caring for my baby. After several months of pain and being unable to use my wrists, I felt better after the first visit. I instantly gained a smoother and wider range of motion as well and a huge decrease in pain. I had about 3 visits for my right wrist and about 6 for my left which had been injured longer. If you have tendinitis I highly recommend seeing Dr. Shi. I followed up my treatments with physical therapy to help strengthen the muscles again since I had not been using them for months. Had it not been for Dr. Shi I was considering cortisone shots or maybe even surgery. I am so thankful that I found him. Dr. Shi is very gifted in acupuncture and takes the time to explain and answer any questions. He is very passionate about helping people be pain free and his special type of acupuncture is very effective. It has been about a year since I have been treated and my wrists are still doing well. I also have learned stretches and found exercise helps keep them healthy as well. Thanks so much Dr. Shi!

Esther B.

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Broken Arm

I want to highly recommend Dragon  Acupuncture after  Dr. Shi helped me tremendously with a broken arm after a terrible fall in my home.  I broke my elbow and after physical therapy, decided  to try acupuncture for the first time.  I feel after only a few sessions my arm was back  to normal.  It was truly amazing.  I want people to know western medicine is not the only way to deal with pain.  I am now a true believer in this form of medicine and will gladly tell anyone my story.

Thank you so much Dr. Shi  for knowing exactly how  to treat my condition.  I am thrilled with the fact I would never know my arm was broken just a couple of months ago.

The new location in Newport Beach is beautiful and easy to find.  They are very close to Hoag Hospital.  This new location which makes 4 for Dragon Acupuncture takes Eastern medicine to a new level.  I really love Dr.  Shi and you will too!!

Thank you again for all your help.

A L. Laguna Niguel, CA, Yelp reviews on 1/19/2011  

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Thumb Sprain

I sprained my thumb playing baseball on a Friday, and over the weekend it did not improve very much at all- even making it hard to drive or pick up a bowl. I couldn’t even touch my thumb to my pinky. Immediately after my first visit, though, I was able to touch my thumb to my finger with ease. I never was someone who got excited for acupuncture or anything, but after three days of treatment and an almost full range of motion back, I am sure to come back for more.

Luke S., Orange County Great Park, Yelp reviews on 2/26/2020

 


Foot Neuroma

Dr. Zhao is outstanding.  Her personal compassion and acupuncture skills can’t be any better.  For years, I had a foot neuroma that was causing me considerable pain even to walk.  Surgery didn’t help but Dr.  Zhao’s skills sure did.  No more pain!!! And my neuroma is shrinking in size. Thank you, Dr. Zhao!

Shingles

Dr Zhao is an amazing healer! … She is knowledgeable, intuitive and uses a holistic approach to healing. I started seeing Dr Zhao about 1&1/2 years ago. I was having problems with my menstrual cycle as well as lower back pain. Today, my health is much better and I keep recovering. She took a holistic approach and really helped me with healing my overall health – energy, immunity and stamina. That approach helped recover the problems I was having. To give you another example, last year I went to her one day, for my normal treatment and I just mentioned that I was having some upper back pain, she wanted to treat it and told me it was very early stage shingles. She told me she would treat me for the next 2 weeks (for shingles) and that I should visit the doctor immediately. My shingles recovered in less that 10 days and was not at all as bad as the cases I have heard of. I credit that entire recovery to Dr Zhao, including my recovering health today. I would recommend her to anyone who is looking to improve their health and recover from health issues. She is excellent at what she does!

Sumita R. Irvine, CA, Yelp reviews on 1/11/2020


Infertility

I am pleased to extend my gratitude to Dr. Zhao for my infertility treatment for 4 weeks. Dr. Zhao has been very attentive, gentle, and care about her patients.

I found out about Dr. Zhao when I searched for acupuncturist nearly my area from Google. I read the testimonies from other patients on the website and it gave me courage to make a phone call and set up an appointment for consultation on that same day. In addition to that, her office happened to be very close to where I work so it is very convenient.

Dr. Zhao is indeed a true professional. During my consultation session with Dr. Zhao, I was not expecting a lot; however, the way she explained things and communicated with me gave me confidence and assurance that this treatment could work together with my IUI treatment.

After my 7th visit with Dr. Zhao, I finally got a positive pregnancy test. My journey is certainly far from over but I thank God for giving me a chance to be treated by an expert like Dr. Dr. Zhao.

Grace W.

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Infertility

My wife and I have been trying to conceive for a year. We tried naturally and later sought the help of a fertility clinic to help us achieve our little miracle. At the same time, we realized the stress we were both feeling as we were going through fertility had put a lot of anxiety on us both mentally and physically. We decided to find an acupuncturist to help us relax as we go thru the fertility treatments. My wife found Dr. Zhao at Dragon Acupuncture on the web which has great reviews with Dr. Zhao specializing in fertility treatments.

We were delighted to meet Dr. Zhao. We both found Dr. Zhao to be a very caring, compassionate and kind doctor that wanted us to be successful in starting our family. We started going to see Dr. Zhao twice a week for about a year and she helped us tremendously in calming our mind and body.

In addition Dr. Zhao also said that she could use acupuncture to help with some of my fertility problems. Semen analysis done at the fertility clinic showed that while I had a high count, my mobility and morphology was low. After about 6 months of receiving treatment from Dr. Zhao, both my mobility and morphology had doubled.

After trying fertility treatments a number of times, we decided to try to conceive naturally. With Dr. Zhao’s help, she was able to help both of us relax and naturally conceive after trying for 3 months.

We both appreciate and thank her for everything she has done for us and would recommend Dragon Acupuncture for anyone that is looking for help in starting a family.

Richard and LeAnne Y.

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Infertility, IVF

I am new to acupuncture and chose this office based on the positive reviews. I was going through the IVF process and read that acupuncture can improve implantation. I went once to try it before my transfer procedure. It was very relaxing. I went again directly after my procedure  and I ended up getting pregnant.  Not saying it’s only because of acupuncture but I believe it helped. They are fast and professional and will answer any questions. I will continue to came here throughout my pregnancy as well. I also love that I can send a text to schedule my appointment!

Kelly A. Santa Clarita, CA, Yelp reviews on 7/24/2015


Infertility

“My husband and I tried for 4 years to get pregnant. We saw several doctors who could find nothing wrong, and therefore, did not know how to help us. With herbs and acupuncture, Dr. Zhao strengthened my system and helped prepare my body for pregnancy. Six months later, I was pregnant. ”

Gena

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Infertility and Other Issues

Dr. Zhao is an expert acupuncturist. I can say that because I’ve treated previously with another acupuncturist for approx. 9 months and in comparison, he was not as skilled as Dr. Zhao, at least when it came to my medical issue. I am 40 years old & treating for infertility. Dr. Zhao not only brought my FSH down to the normal levels, but she also brought my estradiol level down to normal levels, as well as improved the lining of my uterus which of course helps with the implantation of the embryo! This was all within approx. 2 months. Dr. Zhao explained that cramping during periods means that the lining of the uterus is not healthy and cannot easily support implantation of the embryo. With her treatment, ALL my PMS symptoms went away. The previous acupuncturist also brought down my FSH to normal levels, but that caused my estradiol level to go well above the normal levels which in turn almost made me ineligible for IVF. From my research and in talking to my physician, if the FSH or estradiol or both are above normal limits, it means that the quality of the eggs is not good and chances of pregnancy are slim.

Back to Dr. Zhao, she is a true professional who really cares about her patients whole health. When I had unrelated problems with my neck and shoulders, diarrhea (had it for almost 2 months with frequency of 2-3 x a day. She made it go away within a week of treatment & herbs), cold with cough, sore throat (she made it go away in just one visit!), and muscle twitch in my left calf, she treated them all as part of my overall treatment for infertility without charging extra.

When she initially examined me, she also noted that my tongue was black and she said its because of very poor blood circulation, and this would be a major barrier for pregnancy. I did not believe her since I’ve had this black tongue from childhood. But after a month of treatment and herbs, my tongue is now a very healthy pink! After 40 years of my life, I find out that I actually have a pink tongue! She makes sure the depth of the needle is just right. She monitored my condition at each visit and adjusted the herbal teas according to my IVF schedule, and she took my financial situation into consideration. At my initial visit, when I told her I could not afford to buy the herbal teas from her, she gave me the herbal prescriptions and even told me where I could go to fill them at a much affordable cost. I was really impressed by this because my previous acupuncturist insisted that I could only buy my herbal medicine from him at a very steep price. This was a turning point for me because it made me realize that she wasn’t in it for only the money, but she truly cared about the health & well being of her patients and to give them the best care available.

On an ending note, I thank the Good Lord, Jesus Christ, for leading me to Dr. Zhao. She has done her part as she promised me at our initial meeting. And I know that Christ will breathe the gift of life to the embryos transferred recently – “With God all things are possible” Matthew 19:26.

Neelam R.

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Infertility, Diabetes

I first came to Dragon Acupuncture as a Type 1 diabetic looking to gain better control of my diabetes, as well as looking to conceive a baby. Upon my initial consultation, Dr. Zhao gave both my husband and I a thorough evaluation to find the best ways of working with us based on our specific needs. I began treatment immediately, twice a week. After only one month of treatment, not only did my sugar levels decrease and stabilize tremendously, but I also found out I was pregnant! I would definitely recommend Dragon Acupuncture. I found Dr. Zhao to be extremely professional, very knowledgeable in her field as well as a pleasure to work with, as she would also frequently call to check up on my health and progress. I look forward to also continuing my treatment throughout the duration of the pregnancy as well as in the future.

Jenine S.

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Infertility

I tell everyone about this place. I’ve been coming here for over 6 years.  They helped me get pregnant with my now 5 year old son and they got rid of my morning sickness in one treatment. They also, made a believer out of my 70 year old mom who had a bowler’s hip problem. Three treatments managed her pain for 6 months when she went back to Michigan. I’ve even taken our son for cupping when he was ill. That’s how much great healing work they perform.

 Gloria H.  Santa Clarita, CA, Yelp reviews on 10/28/2010 

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Infertility

I had been searching for a doctor with good grasp on both Traditional Chinese Medicine and Western Medicine, which led to my discovery with Dr. Zhao, who not only fulfilled my quest and also became my very trusted doctor for the past three years. Dr. Zhao is very knowledgeable, patient and really cares for her patients. She has helped me through my wellness & fertility journey and continued caring for me after I became pregnant. The office staff is also always very courteous and helpful. Highly recommend this place!

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Dr. Zhao helped me with my infertility problem and I was able to conceive within six months. I had a very stressed out life at the time. She was very patient while treating me and sincere while giving me the advice on adjusting my diets and routine. She gave me positive feedback to ease my stressed mind. I totally recommend acupuncture for treating infertility because it really worked for me and I totally recommend Dr. Zhao.


I had a great experience with Dr. Zhao. She helped me to conceive my second child after I had multiple miscarriage and a failed IVF. She’s so warm and caring. Excellent bedside manner and her staff is very nice and friendly. Would highly recommend her! She knows what she’s doing. I’m proof of her great work!


If you are experiencing fertility and/or hormone issues, I cannot recommend Dr. Zhao enough. My husband and I were trying to conceive for 4 years before coming to Dr. Zhao. I had been to multiple acupuncturists, but none compared to Dr. Zhao. I am now nearly 17 weeks pregnant! While we did do several things (change diet, remove harmful household/beauty products, physical therapy, yoga) I think Dr. Zhao’s hormone treatment is one of the key reasons it finally happened for us.

– She really (like really) pays attention to your cycle. I’ve seen many acupuncturists and none of them asked to see my temperature at each appointment. She asks every time and she can tell, by your temperature, if there are irregularities and can make recommendations. I found out that I was ovulating very early in my cycle due to her comprehensive and consistent analysis over multiple cycles.
– She is able to also recommend Chinese herbs. I have had recurrent ovarian cysts, and I saw clear evidence that the herbs that I was taking were balancing my hormones (was the only change I made and cysts disappeared and/or shrunk). She also noticed my temperature was very low, and I believe the herbs/hormone balancing helped raise it to a point that supported implantation.

Dr. Zhao is also generally a lovely person that is truly invested in this work. If you do go this route, please enter with an open mind and be willing to really listen to recommendations and to drink some gross-smelling herbs, if recommended! Acupuncture isn’t always enough, but acupuncture + herbs can change your life.

Bonny P., Santa Monica, Los Angeles, CA, Yelp reviews on 9/13/2020


Dr. Zhao is an expert acupuncturist. I can say that because I’ve treated previously with another acupuncturist for approx. 9 months and in comparison, he was not as skilled as Dr. Zhao, at least when it came to my medical issue. I am 40 years old & treating for infertility. Dr. Zhao not only brought my FSH down to the normal levels, but she also brought my estradiol level down to normal levels, as well as improved the lining of my uterus which of course helps with the implantation of the embryo! This was all within approx. 2 months. Dr. Zhao explained that cramping during periods means that the lining of the uterus is not healthy and cannot easily support implantation of the embryo. With her treatment, ALL my PMS symptoms went away. The previous acupuncturist also brought down my FSH to normal levels, but that caused my estradiol level to go well above the normal levels which in turn almost made me ineligible for IVF. From my research and in talking to my physician, if the FSH or estradiol or both are above normal limits, it means that the quality of the eggs is not good and chances of pregnancy are slim. Back to Dr. Zhao, she is a true professional who really cares about her patient??s whole health. When I had unrelated problems with my neck and shoulders, diarrhea (had it for almost 2 months with frequency of 2-3 x a day. She made it go away within a week of treatment & herbs), cold with cough, sore throat (she made it go away in just one visit!), and muscle twitch in my left calf, she treated them all as part of my overall treatment for infertility without charging extra. When she initially examined me, she also noted that my tongue was black and she said it??s because of very poor blood circulation, and this would be a major barrier for pregnancy. I did not believe her since I’ve had this black tongue from childhood. But after a month of treatment and herbs, my tongue is now a very healthy pink! After 40 years of my life, I find out that I actually have a pink tongue! She makes sure the depth of the needle is just right. She monitored my condition at each visit and adjusted the herbal teas according to my IVF schedule, and she took my financial situation into consideration. At my initial visit, when I told her I could not afford to buy the herbal teas from her, she gave me the herbal prescriptions and even told me where I could go to fill them at a much affordable cost. I was really impressed by this because my previous acupuncturist insisted that I could only buy my herbal medicine from him at a very steep price. This was a turning point for me because it made me realize that she wasn’t in it for only the money, but she truly cared about the health & well being of her patients and to give them the best care available. On an ending note, I thank the Good Lord, Jesus Christ, for leading me to Dr. Zhao. She has done her part as she promised me at our initial meeting. And I know that Christ will breathe the gift of life to the embryos transferred recently – “With God all things are possible” Matthew 19:26

Neelam R. June 08, 2009

 


This review is long overdue. Dr Zhao came highly recommended to me by a different doctor and I loved that she had an impressive training and experience in both Chinese and Western medicine – which is very rare.
Dr Zhao is extremely kind, gentle and knowledgeable.

I came initially to treat acne I had from getting off of the pill and for pain in one of my arms. After one session, the pain was gone! I was about to try getting pregnant for the first time and asked Dr Zhao for her guidance and help to boost our chances. Dr Zhao was brilliant and helped me figure out my cycle quickly. I saw her twice a week and she prescribed me herbs. Within 2 cycles, I was pregnant (and it cleared also my skin)! I kept seeing Dr Zhao through half my pregnancy and would have the whole time if I had been able to. I live in Los Angeles and drove all the way to her Irvine office. Dr Zhao helped maintain a stronger pulse and was a tremendous help through all pregnancy’s discomforts and stress. Dr Zhao’s calm and experience were extremely reassuring, and I always felt much stronger after our weekly sessions.

For my second pregnancy, there was no doubt I was going to see Dr Zhao again! I became pregnant again in the second cycle. I saw her both times on ovulation day which I am sure tremendously helped. For my second child, I actually took a pregnancy test that looked negative but Dr Zhao told me she really thought I might be from my pulse and everything. And she was right!

Both my pregnancies went smoothly thanks to Dr Zhao. I cannot recommend Dr Zhao enough if you are trying to get pregnant, for helping keep baby and you healthy during pregnancy, for pain or anything. She is exceptional and so professional !

On the logistics side, her office is very modern, clean and convenient with tons of parking. Her front desk team was always friendly and helpful in scheduling or rescheduling if needed. Amazing experience all around !

Mary P., Los Angeles, CA, Yelp reviews on 9/23/2020


IVF

I am so grateful to be treated by Dr. Zhao. She is such a knowledgeable, experienced and intuitive acupuncturist. I came to her for fertility acupuncture after seeing 2 other acupuncturists prior. From my first meeting with Dr. Zhao, I knew that I would be in the best care. Her empathetic, calming presence and experienced hand helped prepare my body for and through IVF treatment and now through 11 weeks of pregnancy.

The office is very clean and the appointment reminder texts are helpful. I highly recommend Dr. Zhao to anyone looking for quality care.

Anna K. Santa Monica, CA, Yelp reviews on 12/17/2019


Menopause

I just wanted to tell you how well the treatment for menopause and hot flashes are going for me. Since I have been receiving treatment from you my symptoms are a lot better. I notice that I can sleep better at night and the night sweating that I was experiencing is greatly reduced. I also notice that I am not as irritable as I was before!

Thanks!

Lori G.

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Amazing results! Went in with major hot flashes and moodiness everything cleared up in less than 2 weeks this is a godsend. Thank goodness my family was ready to give me the boot. I have told all my girlfriends that this is the way to go when menopause comes into the picture.

Yvonne A. Santa Clarita, CA, Yelp reviews on 4/17/2016


I was suffering from dramatic changes due to menopause. After only 5 appointments of acupuncture and herbal pills the number of hot flashes and the perspiration has dropped to once a day so far. I’m going to attempt weight loss with Dr. Zhao next.

b n., Capistrano Beach, CA, Yelp reviews on 8/22/2019

 


Uterine Bleeding, Irregular Menstruation (hydrosalpinx)

I came to Dr. Zhao in January 2009 for a series of “female problems” that I didn’t feel were being well managed by western medicine. She began an intensive treatment schedule that resulted in a significant change by the second or third month. Spotting and ovarian pain greatly diminished and over time, the former almost completely disappeared. After 10 months of successful treatment, I underwent a very stressful few weeks when I had to move residences, undergoing all of the financial and physical strain that such a major life change incurs. As a result, I had a relapse. Menstruation began a few days late and then continued long past the normal period. Because I’d moved more than 40 miles away from Dr. Zhao, I tried to find a new practitioner. On day 11 of my period, I went to an acupuncturist in the building where I worked. I saw absolutely no result from her treatment.

Two days later I consulted another acupuncturist — this one was highly recommended as a specialist in women’s health who had many years of experience dealing with gynecological problems. Her first acupuncture and herbal treatment did seem to help slow the blood flow for a day or two, but by Monday I was bleeding profusely. I saw her again on Tuesday morning, and she blamed the relapse on the fact that I’d exercised too much over the weekend. She gave me another treatment and a new set of herbs.

This time, the bleeding did not diminish at all. In fact, it seemed to worsen. I was so upset, I was considering going to a western doctor for progesterone, but called Dr. Zhao first. She urged me to come back to her clinic for treatment because by this time I was on day 19, which was, she said “too much.” The highly recommended acupuncturist had seemed not at all concerned that my bleeding was persisting for so long.

Dr. Zhao was shocked that the “experienced” doctor had not performed a moxa treatment. She performed an acupuncture treatment and moxa right away, plus gave me a moxa stick to use at home until the bleeding stopped. I could see a difference right away; the bleeding had diminished by about 2/3s. But when I reported the change to Dr. Zhao the next morning, she was not satisfied with the result and told me to use the moxa for an additional hour that day. The treatment worked and the bleeding stopped. By the next day, Saturday, I went to Dr. Zhao for a follow-up treatment and had only minimal spotting. That, too, decreased over the next two days until I had no more discharge. It was a huge relief.

I was so happy to be back in Dr. Zhao’s care that I decided not to try to find an acupuncturist closer to my new home. I happily travel almost 100 miles round trip once a week so that I can be in the best hands possible.

In 1999, I underwent surgery to remove uterine fibroids. Five years later, I was trying to have a baby and required a second myomectomy. During this procedure, my surgeon noticed that my fallopian tubes had fused to my ovaries and were filled with fluid, possibly as an aftermath to the prior surgery. It was a condition easily fixed with more surgery, but his center was not willing to perform it for fertility reasons on a woman over 40 and it was otherwise not a serious condition. He recommended IVF with donor eggs as the only solution to my infertility, which was not feasible at the time.

Another five years passed, and during a routine ultrasound to monitor my fibroids, it was discovered that the fluid-filled tubes had developed into true hydrosalpinx; the right one measured almost 9 cm and the left one measured 5 cm. My physician was shocked by the size of the hydrosalpinx, said that they had to “come out,” and was surprised that they were not causing me any pain.

After the ultrasound procedure and my physician’s reaction, however, my tubes did begin to ache tremendously. I did not have health insurance and did not want to undergo surgery. Instead, I found Dr. Zhao on the internet and consulted with her. She explained that the hydrosalpinx were probably a traumatic reaction to my first surgery, exacerbated by the hormonal imbalances I was experiencing owing to pre-menopause. She began treating me three times a week for the first few months, then twice a week and finally once a week, with a combination of acupuncture and herbal teas.

Within a few months, the pain disappeared and my period began to become regular. With the exception of a relapse that occurred during a stressful move, my between-period spotting and prolonged menstruation diminished or ceased. And then, a year after treatment began, a new ultrasound revealed that the hydrosalpinx had completely resolved!

I wish I had learned about the benefits of acupuncture when I was first diagnosed with fertility problems more than 15 years ago. It could have saved me a tremendous amount of pain, discomfort and emotional distress — and, who knows, I might have even been able to get pregnant.

I would recommend Dr. Zhao to any woman who is experiencing infertility, irregular periods or pain associated with menstruation.

Thank you, Dr. Zhao!

Alison M.

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Hormonal Imbalance

I have been under the care of several specialists for the past 10 years  for hormonal imbalance and severe insomnia. During the several years of treatments I’ve received from western medical doctors they have yet to correct the imbalance or alleviate any of the symptoms associated. I decided to explore other options and came across Dr. Zhao. Within merely one month of treatments that I received from Dr. Zhao, my imbalance has improved greatly, several symptoms no longer present themselves and I no longer suffer from insomnia. I highly recommend Dr. Zhao.

Erin G. Cypress, CA, Yelp reviews on 8/30/2019


Depression, Headache, Auto injury, Back pain, Quit Smoking

For 10 years I fought a reoccurring overwhelming depression that I blame on hormonal changes, as I am not a depressed person by nature. Tired of this sad, fearful and miserable condition, I was fortunate enough to have stumbled upon Dr. Zhao by some cosmic coincidence perhaps.

I was actually bringing my mother in who had been in a car accident and though there was no medical explanation as to why she was still feeling “wrong”, her equilibrium was off. Her energy was low, her overall disposition not good. She had pretty much exhausted all treatments that Western Medicine had to offer. I’d also be remiss not to mention at that point she was also financially strapped so it was my first indication of what sort of healer Dr. Zhao was when she insisted my mother come in, in spite of her inability to make compensation. I dropped her off and came back 2 hours later only to find that Dr. Zhao still working on her. Finally, just as we were leaving (and by the way, this at 7:30 on a Sat. night) I found myself telling Dr. Zhao how because of my hormonal imbalances I was always feeling sad and fearful for no good reason. I was always a very outgoing and sociable person who couldn’t even stand the phone to ring anymore. In that second I knew I was not getting out of the door so fast. Before I could say, “I’ll think about it and get back to you” she had me on the table like a human pincushion. She also started me on teas and herbs right away. The very next day we went to the beach and I couldn’t believe how I felt. I actually had fun and didn’t spend the day worrying about sharks coming to eat my children or anything. Seriously, it only got better, I started to live again. I am more balanced, calm and happy. I just finally feel normal again.

I should mention that she also healed my mother, who finally, got back to her old self who, by the way, at 73 years old promptly took off again globetrotting as she always does when she’s feeling her old self.

In closing, I would like to mention that I recently missed several appointments, mostly due to being busy, then the holidays. A couple of months had gone by during which time I started to get some premenopausal symptoms, hot flashes and headaches to be precise. I thought nothing would help those headaches short of a full frontal lobotomy. That was 3 days ago. I have been taking my herbs as directed and the headaches are completely gone. Among other things, Dr. Zhao has relieved my upper back pain, helped speedup the healing process for my broken toe, and assisted me greatly when I quit smoking, and achieved great success with our acupuncture face lifts, which is a whole other story!

All in all, her wonderful demeanor, high intelligence, keen instincts, and great sense of humor make it a joy to keep my weekly visits. Not something I do because I have to, but because I want to. I love Dr. Zhao!

Beth

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Hypertension

While on a checkup with the flu, my M. D. noticed that my blood pressure was a bit high. Dr. Zhao suggested that I take twice-daily measurements in order to be sure that it wasn’t a temporary spike. After this confirmation, she began treating me with acupuncture and herbal supplements, and asked me to continue taking my blood pressure each day. Within three days there was a marked change: my average diastolic B. P. had dropped by 5 points and my average systolic B. P. has also dropped. Within a month, both had dropped to just above normal. If you follow Dr. Zhao’s instructions and have her acupuncture treatment, I think you’ll be very happy with the results you gain in a lower blood pressure.

Curtis S.

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Asthma/Allergies

Thank you for your help with my asthma/allergies. I have had this issue since childhood (now age 44) and the only relief I thought available was the western way by using prescribed drugs such as inhalers. Also, doctors seemed to bounce me around with different medications and did not seem to care about my complete well being.

At first I was mystified by your treatments and than later in awe of how symptom free I was after 2 months of seeing you. Despite my family having cold/flu, I have not had a cold/flu during this treatment as my immune system is working great. I have not had to use my inhalers and my general health is excellent. You truly care about me and my entire health.

Since going to you it has opened my mind up to alternative methods in dealing with my asthma/allergies. I was a non-believer of alternative care such as acupuncture. You have completely changed my opinion. You are very caring, perceptive and deliver proper treatments.

I hope to spread the word of this “new” treatment to me, but, really it is an “old” treatment that has been around for many, many centuries. I now believe there is true healing in acupuncture.

Sincerely,

Ann P.

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Asthma/Allergies

Acupuncture has been gaining popularity, which actually makes choosing a doctor very difficult. I found Dr. Zhao through my insurance. I then visited their web site to learn more. I liked the fact that Dr. Zhao (and her husband Dr. Shi) have practiced in China and in the U.S., and they have PhD degrees (which is an achievement in itself in China). My initial consultation with Dr. Zhao went very well so I decided to start treatment right away. I have a long list of health problems, and Dr. Zhao takes a holistic approach by combining herbal medicine with acupuncture. I no longer need to use inhaler for my asthma and my allergies/sinus problems are well under control. I am really glad that I found Dragon Acupuncture and Dr. Zhao!

 


Asthma, Menstrual Pain, Neck Injury

After 18 years of struggling with asthma, the doctors visits, the expense and daily medication regime, I am finally free – thanks to you!

When I was diagnosed with asthma at age 23, I was promptly prescribed two types of inhalers for daily use and continued as a slave to those inhalers for 18 long years. My life demanded I move several times over those 18 years and therefore I changed doctors but none of my doctors took the time to talk to me about my condition and treatment options or attempt to cure my illness. Instead, I was regularly expected to participate in a bizarre ritual for my doctors; they would prescribe medication to treat my symptoms (not heal the condition), I would take the medication for another year, then I would visit my doctor to renew the prescriptions. The bizarre part is the visits always consisted of the doctor listening to my breathing for about 10 seconds to determine I still had asthma – as if it could magically disappear by merely treating the symptoms – then the doctor would renew my prescription. Year after year, I was put through the exact same process no matter who my doctor or insurance carrier was. Each month I was forced to struggle with pharmacists to refill my prescriptions.

Meanwhile, I was well aware of the damage the inhalers were causing to my body but I thought I had to endure the long-term damage in order to control the asthmatic symptoms each day. The concept of actually curing my asthma was never introduced to me. That is, until I met one of your students who is a co-worker of mine.

Approximately 6 months prior to my life-changing conversation your student, I had been placed on yet another experimental asthma medication by my doctor. Within a few months of using the new prescription, I was experiencing terrible side effects – a throat infection that affected my voice and unusual bleeding from everywhere. I was expressing my deep concern and utter frustration with western medicine when my friend suggested acupuncture and Chinese herbal tea. I had become quite fearful for my health so I called your office that day and scheduled my first acupuncture appointment.

From the very first phone call with your office, I knew I was on to something completely different. Payment and insurance was not your first priority – rather I was made to feel my health and well-being was more important to you. My health history and beginning an affective treatment were the topics of discussion. My first acupuncture treatment was an incredible experience – both relaxing and rejuvenating. After only four weekly visits, I was able to stop using both inhalers completely – after 18 years of daily medication! It’s been 5 months since I stopped using inhalers and I haven’t felt this good since I was a teenager.

Over the past few months, you’ve helped reduce menstrual pain, repaired a neck injury and reversed the growth of a bunion on my foot. Amazingly, each problem required only one treatment. I want to use the word ‘miracle’ but I don’t think that’s appropriate when used to describe an age-old process like acupuncture. It certainly is a wonder acupuncture isn’t widely accepted and used in the U. S. and the world.

I intend to do everything I can to spread the word and share my good fortune with anyone who’ll listen to my experience. You deserve the highest praise for helping people become whole and healthy again. You will always have my deepest gratitude for what you’ve done for me.

Thank you for healing me, Dr. Zhao!

Cindy

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Eczema

I’m writing to say thank you for changing my life. I know that sounds dramatic, but you have done something I thought was impossible. After over 30 years of itching, bleeding, cracking and oozing, my skin is soft and smooth. Before coming to you, I’d been to probably 10 doctors over the span of 20 or so years and tried every kind of cream and ointment from tar-based ointments to steroid ointments. I planned my life around when I could get my next steroid shot or pill, because after a steroid shot, I’d feel good for about 2 weeks. Unfortunately, my doctor told me it wasn’t safe to take a steroid shot more than once every 5 months or so. My wife was also very concerned because she said she could see the side effects of topical steroid use – my skin was starting to look red and thick and kind of like an elephant’s skin.

In other aspects of my life, I have always been very happy. In fact, when my wife would ask me “is there anything you wish was different in your life?” my normal response was “I wish I had someone else’s skin. ”

I came to you because a friend of ours had a small child who also had eczema, but it was only on her hands. She itched and itched until her hands bled. Our friend – the mother- didn’t want her child to use a steroid cream because her daughter still put her hands in her mouth and she was afraid her daughter would eat the steroids by accident. You gave her an herbal ointment- no acupuncture- and within a few weeks, her eczema was completely under control. No itching, no bleeding.

When I heard about how you helped our friend’s daughter, I thought, “I have nothing to lose. ”The last 2 doctors I’d visited (an allergist and a dermatologist) had just told me there was nothing they could do for me because my case was so severe (except give me more steroids).

When I came to you, I was scheduled for a steroid shot within 2 weeks. My condition was as bad as it had ever been. After the first treatment, I admit I was skeptical. I really didn’t feel any different. My wife urged me to go back to you for the second treatment, so I did. You gave me acupuncture, herbal ointments and some herbal medicines to take and within days, I noticed a difference.

By the end of the first week, I could see my skin was starting to clear up. By the second week, I felt so much better that I decided to cancel my steroid shot. By the end of four weeks, my skin was as good as it had ever been – 75% itch free. That was amazing to me, and I would have been happy if that’s all we achieved. But I am grateful that 75% wasn’t good enough for you. It’s been 3 months now, and I am almost completely itching free. I no longer wake my wife up at night with the sound of my itching, I no longer have open sores on my body, and I no longer cringe when people touch my skin. My wife says my skin is just like that of a newborn baby’s!

I sleep so much better and I feel so much better. I no longer wish for someone else’s skin – because I have the skin I always dreamed of, without any nasty side effects from medication.

Thank you so much Dr. Zhao. You’ve changed my life with your treatments and I will always be grateful.

Jeff

P. S. My children also have eczema- not as bad as me, but thanks to your special ointments, their skin is itch-free too.

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Weight loss, Sleep Apnea

I wanted to express my gratitude for your excellent efforts in treating me for weight loss & my sleep apnea issues.

As you may remember, I came to you in February 2007, after being diagnosed as having sleep apnea. The sleep specialist doctor that I was referred to said that I was the ‘ideal body type to have sleep apnea & that the only treatment was to use a C-PAP breathing machine. This doctor said it would take only 9 to 18 months to learn how to lay flat on my back & wear a mask to sleep. I asked about other options, he said there were not.

Since my wife had such great results with your treatment of her headaches, I thought I’d ask for your help with weight loss & apnea issues.

From February to June 2007, I was treated by you & lost over 60 pounds with a combination of acupuncture & herbs from your office. I was concerned that my weight was dropping too fast, sometimes 5 pounds a week. However, you were comfortable with the rate of weight loss. My weight is now stable at 185 pounds & my oxygen intake is at an acceptable level while sleeping.

I have recommended Dragon Acupuncture to friends & associates when traditional medicine has not worked for them. I now come to Dragon acupuncture before methods of traditional medicine.

I would like to say, “Thank you”, not only for the improvement in my health, but, also your interest in my progress during each visit.

Warmest regards,

Kevin P.

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Ankle Sprain

Dr, Shi has magic needles!  I sprang my ankle bad a week ago. Besides the huge bruise over the ankle I could not walk at all. After two acupuncture treatments, I started walking, more than 2 miles again. After 4 treatment, The bruise is gone .  Two thumbs up !!!

Jennie M., Mission Viejo, CA, Yelp reviews on 3/17/2017

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Achilles tendonitis

I was suffering from calcific Achilles tendonitis for over a year. I was treating with anti inflammatory drugs, heal supports, boot etc. Some days I could not walk on it at all. Pain was severe.  It would improve and then get worse again. Dr. Shi explained to me that he would cause trauma to me heel basically by putting two needle holes where I was having the most pain. He told me that he could probably fix my problem in five treatments. He said causing small trauma to that area with the needles would send a message to my body to heel that area. I went once a week for three weeks and have been pain free ever since. My pain level was very high when I went to the first treatment .  I must admit that sticking needles into the most painful area was not what I would call fun, but the entire treatment was probably less than a minute and it started feeling better the next day. By the time I went for treatment a week later, My pain was probably down to 20% and 5% by the third. It has felt great ever since. I am very thankful for Dr. Shi’s expertise and recommend him to friends and family.

Tim H., Mission Viejo, CA, Yelp reviews on 12/01/2015

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Foot Drop, Gastritis

During the past year I had two difficult medical problems:
1 was diagnosed with Foot Drop., a condition where I could not lift my left foot. It was caused by a problem with a nerve in my back going down to my left knee controlling the action of my foot.

I was also diagnosed with Gastritis, a painful and uncomfortable condition of the stomach.
For both conditions, my Internist could do nothing for the Gastritis other than recommend a change of diet. I was told Foot Drop could take one to two years to correct, or possibly may never correct to normal.
Prof. Huifang Zhao cured my Gastritis after three treatments. Prof. Huifang Zhao, after nine treatments, brought the use of my left foot back to normal, with no recurring Foot Drop symptoms.
With this excellent care, my problems have been taken care of, and I am most appreciative to Prof. Min Shi and her staff. They treated me in a most professional manner. The staff is very pleasant to work with.

Gerald L.

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Skin Itching, Nerve Pain

I was first introduced to the Dragon Acupuncture & Herb Center through another clinic of theirs who had gone to them for chronic pain. I went to clinic because of a rash I had that covered my body. I found relief from the constant itching with their herbs and my first sessions with Dr. Huifang Zhao. With time, the whole rash gradually faded away, leaving me with no detrimental side effects that sometimes occur with other treatments.
My next sessions with the Dragon Acupuncture Clinic were for damaged nerve which caused me intense pain from my spine around my shoulder blade and into my breast. Dr. Zhao was once again able to bring me relief to this old problem through regular acupuncture sessions and advice about things I could do to help myself at home.

The dragon Acupuncture & Herb Center is a peaceful environment where I feel well cared for an encouraged to share my health concerns as a senior citizen.

Carol M.

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Acid Reflux

“When I first went to see Dr. Zhao at Dragon Acupuncture, I was talking Prilosec every day for my acid reflux. My regular doctor had told me that I would be on medication like this for the rest of my life. After a few weeks of acupuncture, my reflux gradually got better and now it is under control without daily medication. Dr. Zhao’s treatments have also helped to reduce my stress levels and IBS symptoms. I would recommend Dragon Acupuncture for anyone that is looking for alternative medical treatments.”

Carlee T.

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Stress, Acid reflux and Heartburn

Having just sold my business after eight years and starting back to school for a master’s program, my stress level was pretty high and my acid reflex and heartburn were horrible. Over the counter drugs upset my stomach even more. I started having acupuncture treatment from Dr. Zhao mainly to get rid of the reflex. In addition to acupuncture, she recommended a specific mix of herbs to make into a tea, and I drink that three times per day. Right away after starting the tea, the reflex decreased in frequency. Within a few weeks, most of it had disappeared with only an occasional flare-up, even though I had final exams to fret about. My stress level seems lower, too.

Michael

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Plantar Fasciitis, weight loss

 

After 35 years of working on my feet as a hairdresser, I had a few foot problems: Plantar Fasciitis, bone spurs, and Achilles heel problems, my foot pain was at a level 9. With Dr. Shi’s help my left foot is 100% pain free and my right foot is 90% pain free and I feel it won’t be much longer that it will also be 100% in my right foot. At the same time I am also seeing Dr. Zhao for my weight. I have lost 33 pounds and have 15 more to go. At the age of 58, the weight was a little more difficult to lose so it was not rapid weight loss. On average I lost 2 pounds a week, sometimes only 1 pound a week. I am so excited about my results. I would highly recommend Dragon Acupuncture to anyone.

Deann Rabatin

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Plantar Fasciitis

I came to Dr Shi after seeing a regular podiatrist for some pretty intense heel pain, which turned out to be plantar fasciitis.  After the podiatrist gave me three cortisone shorts and a huge ridiculous boot to wear at night, I was at my wit’s end and gave up. On my first visit with Dr Shi I was literally in constant pain. It took several visits and I’m not gonna lie, some pain with each treatment, but now it is completely gone.

Dr Shi is a great guy and has a perfect manner.  He is easy to trust and tells you what he is doing before he does it. He explained to me every step and made sure I felt comfortable.  His office also billed my insurance, too, just in case it was covered (it wasn’t).

There are a couple different offices, this is the only one I’ve been to.  The receptionist is sweet and very accommodating.  I definitely recommend Dr Shi.  Awesome experience and so glad this pain is behind me .

Tina S., Irvine, CA, Yelp reviews on 4/3/2019


Foot Heuroma
Dr. Zhao is outstanding.  Her personal compassion and acupuncture skills can’t be any better.  For years, I had a foot neuroma that was causing me considerable pain even to walk.  Surgery didn’t help but Dr.  Zhao’s skills sure did.  No more pain!!! And my neuroma is shrinking in size. Thank you, Dr. Zhao!

Bell’s Palsy

Dragon Acupuncture is a great place to go for alternative medicine! My wife suffered from Bell’s Palsy at the beginning of the year. She was treated by both Dr. Shi and Dr. Zhao, and they were great. Today, my wife looks and feels as if nothing happened. Thank you doctors!

eye floater

Dr. Zhao is amazing. I had eye floaters in my left that were so bad I was having trouble not fixating on them. I went to 2 eye doctors and was told surgery or just deal with them were my only options. After meeting with Dr. Zhao at dragon acupuncture she made me feel super comfortable about what she was going to do. After 5-6 visits I no longer see anything in my left eye. I’m still blown away that her technique worked.

Rocco G., Valencia, CA, Yelp reviews on 8/18/2016 

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Tinnitus

I love this place. At first I was skeptical,  but now I’m a true believer. Dr. Zhao is truly wonderful. She explains everything and expertly places the needles. I have tinnitus, ringing in the ears and impossible to get rid of. Dr Zhao has really helped me by reducing its intensity and harshness by over 50% so far. I’ve even had days with a 60 to 90% reduction. This has had a tremendously positive impact on my life. If you have tinnitus you know what I mean. Additionally, Marina, who handles the administrative duties, is a wiz with insurance and scheduling. I highly recommend Dragon and would give them 6 stars if Yelp allowed it.

William G. CANYON CNTRY, CA, Yelp reviews on 10/29/2015 

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Sinus Issues

I was highly recommended to Dr. Zhao for my sinus and asthmatic issues. Having never done acupuncture before, this was a new and nerve inducing experience for me. However, Dr. Zhao’s calming and kind attitude assuaged my nervousness. After 4-5 visits, I could finally breathe out of my left nostril, and my chest wheezing was subsiding as well.

D U.Yelp reviews on December 12, 2009


Stress

This works.  Talk about relaxing – if you are over stressed – give it a try!

George K  Valencia, CA, Yelp reviews on 12/12/2010  

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Auto-immune

Dragon Acupuncture & Herb Center is great! I’ve worked with Dr Zhao off and on for many years. She had help me over come many life and death situations, when other doctors have said there is NO hope, and that there is nothing they can do. Call Dr Zhao.
I have a very complicated auto-immune situation unable to absorb foods and medications. After breast cancer the condition became worst. Once they said that I was going to die, we contacted Dr Zhao and went right to work on strengthen my immune system. For little over 4 years of working with Dr Zhao big improvement. My doctors have said on more than one occasion we don’t know what you are doing but keep doing it. So we kept working with Dr. Zhao to help with all of my medical conditions.
She is a very supportive and very caring doctor, and her staff is great. I live out of state, and we still make the drive to have her care for all my needs. I personally would be lose without  Dr. Zhao knowledge of TCM.

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Insomnia

Dr. Zhao is one of the best acupuncturists out there. I had sudden and severe bouts of insomnia due to stress and tried treatments from quite a few other acupuncturists without success. Dr. Zhao was able to fix my sleep issue with a combination of acupuncture, cupping and herbs. She has extensive experiences in treating insomnia patients and is very passionate about it. Insomnia won’t be cured with one treatment, but if you’re patient, sleep will come around naturally. I highly recommend Dr. Zhao.


I suffered from acute insomnia for the past two weeks. Even prescribed sleeping pills did not help me. I felt so hopeless and decided to try acupuncture. After the 1st treatment from Dr. Min Shi , I got 5 hours of sleep. After the 2nd treatment, I had a full night of sleep! I am so grateful to Dr. Shi!

LISA RUEI


Insomnia

I have been under the care of several specialists for the past 10 years  for hormonal imbalance and severe insomnia. During the several years of treatments I’ve received from western medical doctors they have yet to correct the imbalance or alleviate any of the symptoms associated. I decided to explore other options and came across Dr. Zhao. Within merely one month of treatments that I received from Dr. Zhao, my imbalance has improved greatly, several symptoms no longer present themselves and I no longer suffer from insomnia. I highly recommend Dr. Zhao.

Erin G. Cypress, CA, Yelp reviews on 8/30/2019


Lyme Disease

I have chronic Lyme disease. Earlier in the year, I was on medical leave for 3 months from all of the various symptoms. I had anxiety, insomnia, headaches, GERD and multiple aches and pains in my joints. I started a new job in September and my symptoms came back full force. A friend recommended Dr. Min Shi. He has relieved me of all of my symptoms and even cured my plantar fasciitis with his silver needle that he lit on fire directly in to the spot of the pain. I was very skeptical about this procedure, but it worked. For the first time in a year I am able to something other than support sneakers and I was able to keep and thrive at my job! Thank you so much for giving me back my life!!! I highly recommend Dragon Acupuncture!!

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Corn

I am so happy we found Dragon Acupuncture! My 12-year-old daughter had a growth on her foot that we couldn’t get rid of. We took her to a regular doctor who said it was a wart and tried to freeze it off, but it didn’t go away. Then we tried over-the-counter wart medication and it didn’t go away. That was when we found Dragon Acupuncture. Dr. Shi immediately recognized what it was and gave me a treatment. He gave me a Moxa stick that looked like a piece of fat black chalk. I was to heat it up and twice a day treat the area. He said the wart was a corn and that it would fall off in a week. I have to say I was skeptical, since this wart had been so stubborn, but we followed the instructions and after a week it fell off, just like he said. Dr. Shi and his wife are very knowledgeable. I have been looking for a good doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine for years, so I was very happy to find them locally.


Stomach Issue

Dr. Shi helped me overcome a 20-year health problem! Other doctors treated my stomach problems with pills and very little concern. After just six acupuncture/cupping/acupressure treatments on my back muscles and stomach, the stomach pains and digestive problems are gone! I’ve never felt this good. Thank you, Dr. Shi for improving my health!

 

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Dizziness

Recently my wife suffered from severe dizziness, and vomiting. Next day we called dr. Shi and came in for a treatment. He clearly and patiently explained how bad posture, such as sitting in front of computer for a long hours, and swiping cell phone constantly, would cause neck pain, headache, dizziness, nausea, and many other symptoms. Amazingly, even before the treatment is finished, her dizziness was gone. Right after the treatment, she could eat again without feeling nausea . We are very happy at the result, and so very grateful to Dr. Shi for putting an end to my wife’s ordeal. We highly recommend Dr. Shi. Thank you Dr. Shi!

J.g. H.

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That was amazing. My mom was annoyed by her dizziness for a couple of months. Only after the first treatment by Dr. Shi, she felt much better. She recovered after six treatments. It was happy and comfortable to work with Dr. Shi. I’d like to recommend Dr. Shi.

Kate S., Irvine, CA, Yelp reviews on 1/27/2020


Vertigo

One day, vertigo decided to infect and plague me.  I would rather have the flu, body aches, and a fever for a week over vertigo and nausea.  The worst feeling ever and it affected me for a good 3 days where i couldn’t even get out of bed.

Acupuncture is usually my first line of defense.  I decided to give this place a try because someone else happened to review about their own vertigo.

When I felt better to drive, i made an appointment and saw Dr. Shi 3 times.

The first session I didn’t feel much of a difference until the next day when i woke up from bed…….a mass improvement and i felt more like a human again.

2 days before my third session, all symptoms of vertigo was gone.  I now have hope in the world.

I also asked for my allergy symptoms to get treated and behold….my symptoms have decreased.  I would probably have to go for a few more sessions to get my allergies treated but this will do for now.
Quite satisfied.

Hanna M., Irvine, CA, Yelp reviews on 11/14/2019


Induce Labor

I had a great experience with Dr Shi. I am 39 weeks pregnant and there is no sign that the baby is coming anytime soon. While my OB said I can be induced any day, the chance of ending up with a c section is greater than 50% given my condition. I turned to Dr Shi for help to jump start my labor. After getting acupuncture for two consecutive days, my contraction started two days later. I checked into the hospital being 4cm dilated and gave birth to my son smoothly 9 hours later. Dr Shi is very patient and caring and the staff is very friendly, would highly recommend him to others!


Arm Pain

I want to highly recommend Dragon  Acupuncture after  Dr. Shi helped me tremendously with a broken arm after a terrible fall in my home.  I broke my elbow and after physical therapy, decided  to try acupuncture for the first time.  I feel after only a few sessions my arm was back  to normal.  It was truly amazing.  I want people to know western medicine is not the only way to deal with pain.  I am now a true believer in this form of medicine and will gladly tell anyone my story.

Thank you so much Dr.  Shi  for knowing exactly how  to treat my condition.  I am thrilled with the fact I would never know my arm was broken just a couple of months ago.

The new location in Newport Beach  is beautiful and easy to find.  They are very close to Hoag Hospital.  This new location which makes 4 for Dragon Acupuncture takes Eastern medicine to a new level.  I really love Dr.  Shi and you will too!!

Thank you again for all your help.

A L., Laguna Niguel, CA, Yelp reviews on 1/19/2011


Fatigue & Depression

Dr. Shi is amazing. Get the herbs he suggests!!!  In 1 session he took time to listen, very carefully clarified symptoms, & identified a deficiency in my kidneys. It was causing life altering fatigue & depression that traditional doctors spent 10 months examining, only to tell me “you’re fine” per lab tests.  I was not confident the herbs would help as nothing had so far.  I started feeling improvement with the herbs within 24 hours — literally life saving. Progress to feeling “great” will take more time, but Dr. Shi’s is the only one so far that correctly identified the problem.

DB N. Newport Beach, CA, Yelp reviews on 10/16/2018


Fatigue, Migraine

Dr. Shi is a wonderfully patient and caring doctor with fantastic bedside manners.

I came to visit him for a variety of reason. I had been on antibiotics for a month and felt my energy completely depleted. I was nauseous and had a chronic migraine – I had extremely low energy and motivation for a couple of weeks and couldn’t take it anymore. On top of that I was experiencing extreme stress and anxiety due to several life issues.

Dr. Shi measured my pulse and administered an acupuncture treatment to my body – I felt instantly relieved after the first session. He also gave me some Chinese herbs to help rebalance my yang. The second (and final) session – Dr. Shi administered more acupuncture as well as suction cups. I honestly feel unbelievably better and already feel my energy and motivation levels increasing.

I highly recommend Dr. Shi for any body imbalances and chronic pain you have. I’ll definitely be returning for any future ailments I may have.

Catherine S., Irvine, CA, Yelp reviews on 8/3/2019


Fatigue, Depression

Dr. Shi is amazing. Get the herbs he suggests!!!  In 1 session he took time to listen, very carefully clarified symptoms, & identified a deficiency in my kidneys. It was causing life altering fatigue & depression that traditional doctors spent 10 months examining, only to tell me “you’re fine” per lab tests.  I was not confident the herbs would help as nothing had so far.  I started feeling improvement with the herbs within 24 hours — literally life saving. Progress to feeling “great” will take more time, but Dr. Shi’s is the only one so far that correctly identified the problem.

DB N. Newport Beach, CA, Yelp reviews on 10/16/2018


Cough

My 7 year old had gotten pretty bad cough and fever for over a week, wasn’t able to lay down to sleep at night. Her regular doctor didn’t have anything for her except for some cough syrup. So I decided to try Chinese medicine treatment so she could go back to school. We came to Dr. Shi after reading all the reviews on Yelp.  After the first visit, her fever was gone the next day. The second visit she got acupuncture and some Chinese medicine, her coughing situation noticeably improved and was able to get some good sleep at last. Two days later she got another acupuncture session during the third visit and took a new set of medicine for five days, then, amazingly she was hundred percent again. Thank you, Dr. Shi!

Doris Z., Anaheim, CA, Yelp reviews on 10/19/2019

 


Morning Sickness, Sciatica

Dr. Shi is amazing. A miracle worker. I never write reviews but he has more than exceeded my expectation especially due to the fact I am new at receiving acupuncture and was apprehensive to begin with. He has saved me many times throughout my current pregnancy. In my first trimester I was SO sick. Morning sickness all day, puking morning to night and severe migraines. I would call him sometimes at 8am and he always squeezes me in. I literally rolled out of bed with my pyjamas on and would go directly to see him holding a puke bag. An hour later as I was leaving you would never know I had been so sick. I could do kart wheels. Now I am currently in my second trimester and he is working on my sciatica nerve since I can barely walk due to baby putting pressure and my body shifting. I feel much better already although it is a work in progress but I have zero doubt he will fix me good as new. I trust this man with no hesitation which is a big deal coming from a pregnant woman. His knowledge, compassion and attention to detail is unlike any other.

Bianca F., Irvine, CA, Yelp reviews on 9/5/2020


Enlarged Prostate

I started receiving treatments from Dr. Shi  approximately 4 weeks ago for symptoms related to an enlarged prostate. Prior to receiving treatments, I suffered from frequent urination at night. Thanks to Dr Shi, my frequent bathroom trips have been eliminated. Needless to say, the quality of my life has improved substantially. Dr Shi is highly experienced and knowledgeable. I highly recommend his services.

Ken A., Rancho Santa Margarita, CA, Yelp reviews on 3/23/2019

 

Stroke

On March 31st 2018 I suffered from a type-A- aortic dissection which was followed by a stroke. My family was informed that I had a 20%chance of survival while in surgery. God extended grace and I was given another chance at life to continue serving Him (I am a local pastor). I suffered from left side paralysis and initially was told that I may not be able to walk anymore. After being discharged from Hoag hospital I went through  Physical therapy, Occupational therapy and speech therapy. It was extremely difficult and very discouraging to say the least. I Researched and asked around As far as my recovery options. and  came across acupuncture as being a viable option in treating with post stroke recovery. After several sessions of acupuncture with Dr. Shi, I recovered sensations lost due to paralysis! After one session in particular my wife was driving me home when all of a sudden I noticed the seat for the first time (I *felt* the seat with my back and legs as and was feeling the cool breeze from the air conditioner blowing on my face. In other words, sensations were starting to come back my paralysis was being lifted, acupuncture was helping me. I started walking again. I regularly walk 2+miles on any given day unaided.my best so far is 5miles. When I started walking I  use to walk with a cane or walker. My family use to bring a wheelchair for me because I use to get tired easily just from standing. They would push me when we would go shopping. But through Acupuncture treatments I have recovered nicely and I attribute this to Dr. Shi. I also suffered from a neurological condition called PBA.  After several treatments the laughing reduced in strength and duration. Acupuncture is amazing. If you are suffering from any kind of chronic pain or illness you should meet Dr. Shi and ask if he thinks he can help you. Many issues can be treated with acupuncture. he’ll tell you whether or not he can  help you.  They have over 30+years of experience with acupuncture and Chinese herbs. He is very easy to talk to and is very much interested in helping people get healthy using acupuncture. Do yourself a favor and call dragon Acupuncture and ask for Dr. shi. Feel free to contact me should you have any questions. God bless!

Alfredo C., Mission Viejo, CA, Yelp reviews on 1/11/2019


Hypertension

I have been going to doctors for over 14 years trying to get my hypertension under control. Over thirty medicines had been tried with very bad side effects. When I entered Dr. Min Shi’s office my numbers were extremely high. I was on two blood pressure medications w/side effects of weight gain, swollen fingers(gout like symptoms of pain),legs and face. Fatigued ,constipated you name it. After one visit and the herbs Dr. Shi prescribed, my blood pressure is in the normal range. I can now move my fingers, and all other symptoms are going away or gone. My second visit was to work on my shoulder that has been out for four years, my old doctors said only surgery would fix the issue. I could not raise my arm passed level with my shoulder. Two treatments with Dr Shi and I have full range but will need one more treatment for full recovery. So three treatments for full use verses operating on my shoulder.
I haven’t taken any of my old medicines other than a water pill (Hydrochlorothiazide)10 mg if my blood pressure bottom number gets above 90 as suggested by Dr. Shi, that doesn’t happen often.
This is all within a one week time frame. I am extremely happy with Dr. Shin. He has vast knowledge of Chinese medicine and how acupuncture and herbs work in our bodies to help the body heal itself. He has helped me gain back energy and health, I Thank you Dr. Shi.
I feel like they go out of their way to accommodate my schedule. I always get the appointment time I want. . The entire appointment was so relaxing. They explained all the risks and benefits of my treatment options. Everything was explained in detail, all my questions were answered, and I felt a lot better about choosing a treatment plan.
by S.D. xxx.xxx.60.143  Yelp reviews on March 14, 2013

Covid-19

I was very active and healthy until I had a ‘mild’ case of Covid in early March, just before quarantine. I had all the typical symptoms, went to the ER for shortness of breath etc., but wasn’t admitted overnight as my blood oxygen levels were ok. However, I never completely recovered and am now what they call a Covid ‘long-hauler’. It has been a very long road of chest pain, shortness of breath, heart palpitations, hair loss, and fatigue. At month 4 of this thing, I was being told by western doctors that my issues couldn’t still be Covid related, so I turned to Eastern Medicine and called Dr. Zhao. We didn’t meet in person, but she listened intently on the phone and sent me herbs for all the my post-viral inflammation.

The herbs helped almost immediately and I have now been taking Traditional Chinese Medicine for 2 months, and have improved significantly. It is a slow process, but I couldn’t be more grateful for the help Dr. Zhao has given me. I can take a full breath often now (previously unable) and have much of my energy back. While I still can’t exercise (as it sets the healing back and causes more chest pain/SOB), I have been able to ‘do more’ around the house again, which is remarkably better. Also, in case you are worried about the herbs, I am the most sensitive individual on the earth, and can’t tolerate most medicine (not even Tylenol) or natural remedies. However, I was pleasantly surprised that I’ve not had any side effects from the TCM. My deepest thanks to Dragon Acupuncture. Truly a godsend.

Anna D. Santa Ana, CA, Yelp reviews on 9/3/2020


Kidney Stone

Albert Y. Irvine, CA, Yelp reviews on 10/15/2019


 


Reviews for Dr. Huifang Zhao

 

I’ve been to many acupuncturist over the years. They have all been good, but Dr. Huifang Zhao of Dragon Acupuncture is the very best and the place is super clean! She is very accommodating as well.
Will make another appointment today!

Marlene S. Laguna Beach, CA, Yelp reviews on 10/06/2020


I went to Dragon Acupuncture because I was having trouble with my Iron Levels. I had been craving and eating ice so much that it was causing other bodily ailments. Then I was recommended to Dragon Acupuncture, this was the best decision that I made!

I was seen by Dr. Zhao. She is extremely patient, kind and thorough in knowledge of the proper herbs/teas to use. Although the teas do not taste like “cotton candy” lol she knows her stuff! She is very attune to the ingredients and how they interact with the body. She is also very flexible in scheduling with her patients; my office hours aligned with her hours though this did not deter her from seeing me. We were able to coordinate dates/times that worked for both of us.

Unlike some physicians that would just “write you off” and forget about you Dr. Zhao is not like that. She listens and cares about her patients. You don’t find many doctors like her anymore.

I am still seeing Dr. Zhao for my Iron but I can say with confidence after seeing her I have noticed quite a difference. I can only get better from here!

Thank You Dr. Zhao! 🙂

Tierra G., Corona, CA, Yelp reviews on 9/29/2020 


I discovered Dr. Zhao a few months ago and to explain it best, I found a gem. Dr. Zhao is a phenomenal healer and master of Acupuncture. She is not only highly intuitive but she is extremely well versed in both Eastern and Western medicine. I was very much impressed with how she immediately assessed me and began treatment. And how I quickly began to see positive results.

Dr. Zhao is laser-focused on healing her patients and treating all of their ailments, which in my case was several. I immediately started recommending Dr. Zhao to my family and now I felt it’s only fair to share with my fellow Yelpers.

To top it off, on my last treatment, Dr. Zhao shared with me an act of kindness and generosity that I will never forget.

Dr. Zhao is an exceptional human being.

Eli O. San Francisco, CA, Yelp reviews on 9/23/2020


This is the state of the art facility which took my fear away from visiting a Acupuncture office during COVID-19.   I can not say enough about the knowledge of the Dr. I am grateful that I found this office because the previous one on Jeffery/ Irvine Blvd. was a bad experience for me.  I felt the difference after 3 visits.  Love this lady Dr.  who taught me many other exercise to strengthen my body and she can converse in English very well. Great find..

Ming C. Tustin, CA, Yelp reviews on 9/6/2020


I have been going to acupuncture for 3 months now with Dr. Zhao. She is one of the sweetest people I’ve ever met and without a doubt very knowledgeable in her field. I always feel at-ease walking into her office, knowing she is doing everything in her power to help me. If something isn’t working, she makes adjustments to my treatment plan, finding out what works and doesn’t work. Once she fine-tuned it based on how I was feeling each session, the results were nothing short of incredible. I am soooo grateful for her and cannot thank her enough for how much she has improved the quality of my life. If you are thinking about doing acupuncture, I would not hesitate to go with Dr. Zhao – she has a truly amazing gift 🙂

Also can’t help but give a shout out to the receptionists. They are amazing there and make you feel very welcomed from the start!

Danielle -. Rancho Santa Margarita, CA, Yelp reviews on 3/17/2020


It was random luck that I found Dr. Zhao for my acupuncture needs. I am so fortunate that I found her when I did. She is unbelievably caring, kind and gentle. She is talented in her trade and she is compassionate towards her patients. She will always fit you into her schedule and she makes sure you are comfortable at all times. I highly recommend Dr. Zhao for anyone looking for acupuncture treatment – she is the best!

Anita R. Irvine, CA, Yelp reviews on 3/2/2020


I’ve been suffering from random gag attacks since I fell ill one time back in November 2018 and was constantly throwing up everyday for a week due to both stress and sickness. Since then, even though I recovered, I still face these random “gagging moments” where occasionally out of nowhere I suddenly can’t breathe, feels like I’m choking and have to gag. I’ve seen my regular physician, did lab tests and MRIs but couldn’t figure out the problem. Then a friend from church suggested acupuncture and highly recommended Dr. Zhao. After hearing me explain my condition, she suspected that I may be suffering from a hyperactive gag reflex and did a series of treatment to relax the muscles surrounding it, or something along those lines. Either way, I started seeing results after 4 sessions where I no longer have those gagging sensations anymore! Super thankful I found Dr. Zhao! Everyone there is nice and sincere. Very helpful too when it comes to figuring out your insurance, mine was not covered but they went ahead to submit it to my insurance anyways so it would count towards my deductible. Highly recommend them!

Hannah S., Irvine, CA. Yelp reviews on 2/5/2020


Dr. Zhao is a miracle worker. You know when a doctor knows their stuff and she is extremely knowledgeable of any health issue you may have. I am so thankful that I found her! So many years that I spent from doctor to doctor and Dr. Zhao gave me a diagnosis within minutes. Her treatment is so relaxing and it works! The office is clean, the staff is awesome. Loved going in and being greeted by Ofelia, she has the kindest and sweetest soul ever. You feel the love and care as soon as you walk in to that office. Give Dr. Zhao a chance and I guarantee you will not regret it!

Nella L. Irvine, CA, Yelp reviews on 8/1/2019


Dr. Zhao is absolutely incredible. She is so knowledgeable, patient, and has a fantastic bedside manner. She takes her time with you and listens. I have several serious health conditions and there isn’t a day that I’m not in pain but she is making sure that pain is lessened & I’m beginning to see a light at the end of the tunnel. I am forever grateful to her! Also, her staff is so friendly and personable. This place really is a gem.

Sarah L., Irvine, CA, Yelp reviews on 7/19/2019

 

I visited Dr. Zhao for neck pain about a year ago. She immediately diagnosed the problem, treated the area and had me return for a few visits. Problem solved. Pain gone. Range of motion returned. I’ve since referred three co-workers, my pilates instructor and most recently, my son. All have been completely satisfied and incredibly relieved (and grateful) to find such a skilled professional. Dr. Zhao is the real deal. She will fix you.

Linda D. San Clemente, CA, Yelp reviews on 7/5/2019


 

 

I love this place. Since moving to San Diego I found it hard to trust another acupuncturist. So I make the 74 mile trek to Dr. Zhao whenever I can. I drive my mother to see her when she’s in town, too. I’m here with my 13 year old getting some cupping and acupuncture for his on going cold. If it wasn’t for her I wouldn’t even have my wonderful son in my life. Because I waited late in life to start a family she worked her magic. So after 2 years of trying to get pregnant I was pregnant  6 weeks after becoming her patient.
She’s the best!

Gloria H. San Diego, CA, Yelp reviews on 3/27/2019

I had a knee injury in skiing. Then I had a MRI and the doctor said I had bone bruise and ACL torn. Found this place in yelp and decided to give a try. I had 2 sessions and the pain seemed to be still there, but two days after the 2nd session, the pain reduced by 90%. Each session cost me only $41. Thanks Chloe for your help. She works at the 250 E Yale loop location.

Tony W. Irvine, CA, Yelp reviews on 3/21/2019

Last year I came to Dragon Acupuncture because I went through a very, very difficult emotional time in my life, resulting in severe gut health issues and anxiety. Dr. Shi is an incredible doctor and had helped me SO much in helping my body heal. THANK YOU Dr. Shi for helping me and showing me the incredible ways that acupuncture and cupping can heal a person, even from the most complicated health conditions. Dr. Xie, a different doctor here, has actually become my regular acupuncturist (since she accepts the insurance I have) and I absolutely look forward to every visit here. Thank you SO MUCH to the entire Dragon Acupuncture team!!!!

Katrina D. Los Angeles, CA, Yelp reviews on 3/10/2019

Dr. Zhao is an amazing healer! A musician friend of mine recommended her last year when i had some numbness in my left wrist. She healed that and now I have continued to see her as she has been able to fix any ailment that I have including back issues, shoulder issues and forearm.
She is so good that I drive all the way from Los Angeles just to be treated by her in particular. Highly recommend!!!

Brian S. Los Angeles, CA, Yelp reviews on 3/10/2019

 

Dr. Zhao is excellent at what she does, very experienced in acupuncture, herbs, cupping etc. Easy to make appointments. Thank you!

John A. Irvine, CA, 2/27/2019

 

This was my first time trying acupuncture for some pain in my chest from inflamed cartilage. I’ve tried to heal it based on medication and doctor recommendations for 3 months with no luck. Within 4 visits, Dragon Acupuncture had me feeling normal with little to no pain at all! She knew right when I walked in what was going on with my body and how to tend to my pain. Amazing! I now swear by acupuncture and wouldn’t imagine going anywhere else. Their office is clean, open late hours, and accepts insurance. I’m very please with the friendly staff and attention to detail. They’re quick and efficient for appointments, and helped my healing. I really trust them and their expertise.

Amelia H., Huntington Beach, CA, Yelp reviews on 2/9/2017

 

 

Dr. Zhao has helped me so much. I was having vision issues that were debilitating.  My eyes were seeing at two different levels, something called vertical heterophoria.  I had gone to specialists who told me there wasn’t a cure.  After working with Dr. Zhao and having a series of session, my eyes began to feel better.  Now my vision is 100% and my sense of well being is restored.

I also went to her for feelings of stress.  I as dealing with some stress at work and it was causing a lack sleep, and anxiety.  She did acupuncture on me again and I was given herbs.  Now I sleep so peacefully and feel a sense of calm.

I highly recommend Dragon Acupuncture. Thank you so much Dr. Zhao

Siri Shakti A. Trabuco Canyon, CA, Yelp reviews on 2/8/2019

 

I go to the one on Yale. I am mr skeptical about a lot of stuff and i was skeptical about this hocus pocus too. i was wrong. i cant say that I’m fully healed yet (still in the middle of treatments) but i can say that since going here, my fatal symptoms have vanished and I keep getting better every day.
so for skeptics, here goes…
session 1- I felt better but still in doubt. didn’t know if it was placebo.
session 2 and 3 – same as session 1
session 4 – omg I went home and ate 2 plates of food. ( for reference, my illness caused me to shed 1/3 of my body weight in 9 months and I have tried everything. western docs have no clue).
session 5  – I stopped losing weight. my pain has actually stopped at times. sever night sweats are almost gone.
session 6 – omg. this is real. it’s got to be. what’s wrong with western medicine? seriously, colonoscopies, endoscopies, MRI, cat scans, ultra sounds, pharmaceuticals… NOTHING WORKED.
Acupuncture works.
Session 7 is on Tuesday.
BTW… no it doesn’t hurt.
I don’t have insurance and was treated with respect. i mean come on, its really cheap compared to a doctors visit.

Ryan H. Woodbury, Irvine, CA, Yelp reviews on 1/30/2019

 

Came for the first time 1/7/19 with my brother in-law with severe back pain spasms. I knew that Dr Min Shi is good at what he does. He has help my brother in-law to start functioning normal after his stroke so I wasn’t skeptic bout acupuncture. had full confidence in Dr Shi. But man… had no idea he was THAT GOOD! He started his procedure on my back mind you my pain level between 1-10 was a ten!! I was in soooo much pain. Dr Shi was very attentive and did a wonderful job did not feel a single needle but felt my pain subside and eventually disappeared. WOW I’m I’m truly grateful. Thank Dr Shi for relieving me of this pain. I will definitely be back. This ancient Chinese therapy is truly remarkable. I am bless to have met Dr Shi.

Leo J. Tustin, CA, Yelp reviews on 1/8/2019

 

Dr Zhao is a knowledgeable, gentle and very effective doctor. She is also an amazing person, and the communication is excellent. I have been treated by TCM practitioners before, and I find her approach works best for me. I trust her technique and also the quality of the herbs she prescribed. The nice and efficient receptionists are the cherry on top of the clinic experience. I am glad Dragon Acupuncture was recommended to me.

Am S. Laguna Beach, CA, Yelp reviews on 12/2/2018

 

Dr. Zhao was terrific.  Such a hard time walking after injuring my Achilles and calf mussel. Two visits and I am scooting around like a super star.

Nick M. 

 

Dr. Zhao has helped me so much.  I’m truly grateful for her help.  It’s wondered to feel like myself again.  Her treatments gave me back my sense of well being.

About a year and a half ago I suddenly started having vision problems.  My vision felt off balance and I had constant boat head feeling.  This was accompanied by head pressure and constant sinus pressure, and of course anxiety over what was happening. I had a Ct scan, went to specialists, but no one could figure it out.

Then one day my top back crown fell out.  I went to the dentist and he took an x-ray.  He informed me that I had a big infection.  I didn’t feel tooth pain because it was an old root canal.  When He removed the tooth.  The infection had a 2-millimeter cyst, it had gone through an inch of my jaw bone, and the infection was affecting my sinuses.  He said it was one of the biggest infections he had seen.

After the infection healed slowly my sinuses improved and the head pressure went away.  The vision and balance hadn’t improved that much and I still felt constant tension on the side of my face.

After seeing an eye specialist I found out my eyes were seeing at two different levels and that is why my equilibrium felt off.  They gave me a pair of prism lenses to help my eyes see in unison.  They only helped about 30%.

A few months later I decided to go see Dr. Zhao.  She was so patient and calm with me.  This is what I needed.  She wanted to see me for 6 treatments in a row.  About halfway through the sessions my head tension subsided, I started feeling more balanced.

My prism lenses started feeling worse so I took them off.  When I went to my eye specialist she was so happy to find that my eye alignment had improved quite a bit. She gave me regular prescription glasses with no prism and I feel like myself again.

I’m feeling so good now.  Dr. Zhao is so skilled and I highly recommend her.

Siri Shakti A., Trabuco Canyon, CA, Yelp reviews on 11/1/2018

 

After questioning what Western medicine doctors were telling me, I wanted to get another opinion and try something more natural. I called Dr. Zhao’s office and she was able to see me that same day for a free consultation. I met with Dr. Zhao to speak about my concerns and she truly listened to me. I instantly felt comfortable with her and did not feel rushed. She thoroughly explained to me what treatment plan she recommends and was very honest. I decided to take a leap of faith and give acupuncture a try. I saw Dr. Zhao weekly for almost eight months and with each session I knew I had made the right choice. The herbs definitely took some getting used to, but I took comfort in knowing I was doing something natural for my body and I was seeing results. Dr. Zhao was always very gentle, nurturing, and comforting. I always felt that my health and my treatment outcome was  important to Dr. Zhao as it was to me. I can not recommend Dr. Zhao enough!! The front desk girls are always friendly, the office is very clean, and they offer evening and weekend appointments which was very convenient.

Sonya U. Irvine, CA, Yelp reviews on 10/31/2018

 

I started going to an acupuncture place closer to home, not because I wanted to but I erroneously thought Dragon Acupuncture no longer took my insurance. The acupuncturist I saw was fine but she was no Dr. Zhao! I barely noticed any improvement. After my knee flare up and hip issue became too painful, I returned to Dr. Zhao and had a complete resolution in my knee pain after only two appointments.
I will always come back to Dragon Acupuncture to see Dr. Zhao. She also is amazing at reducing stress. She’s simply the best, most effective, most highly educated and super kind acupuncturist I’ve met in my thirty three years of doing acupuncture.
Check out how many degrees Dr. Zhao has earned. She and husband have several doctoral degrees between them, way more educated than most acupuncturists.
The office is always super clean and her receptionists are always very helpful and professional.

Mickie H. Newport Beach, CA, Yelp reviews on 10/29/2018

 

Dr. is very attentive and will listen to what you have to say every time. She comes up with the most cost effective plan for you and your condition. She is very caring and professional and makes you feel very comfortable.
I am came for issues that would not be addressed by my primary from my health insurance regardless of how many times I told them what was bothering me. Immediately I felt like I could tell the doctor and she would listen. She asked related questions to really understand your concerns.
The front desk girls are very personable and all know your name after the first time seeing you.
Overall I am extremely glad to have my first and continuing acupuncture experiences here!

Gina S. Irvine, CA, Yelp reviews on 10/24/2018

 

Dr. Zhao is amazing. She is very kind and gentle. My husband has Irritable Bowl Syndrome (IBS) and when we first came Dr. Zhao examined my husband and told us what treatments we can do for him. He is going to culinary school soon and don’t want his IBS to be an issue or something that will stop him from achieving his dreams and it is working! I would highly recommend for anyone considering to do acupuncture.

Blanca E. San Juan Capistrano, CA, Yelp reviews on 10/5/02018

 

Dr. Zhao is AMAZING!!!! She is gentle, kind, truly gifted and extremely helpful. She treated me and my friend for back/neck pain with great success. Dr. Zhao is the best. Highly recommend.

Anne C. Lake Forest, CA, Yelp reviews on 9/22/2018

As an athlete, I am prone to many injuries. Last year, I had a serious back pain that was so severe, I couldn’t walk without it hurting which made it nearly impossible to do the sport that I love. I went to so many physical therapists and doctors to figure out the problem. As a last resort, I looked up acupuncture and found out online that Dr. Zhao was one of the best. After one treatment, I agree that she is one of the best because I finally was able to walk normally and within 6 treatments I was back in my sport, better than ever.

Recently, I have come back to Dr. Zhao for a hip and shin injury. After examining both, she immediately knew what the problem was and went straight to work on it. I had training later on that day and was very surprised and pleased that I felt no pain whatsoever.

I have full faith that Dr. Zhao can help with any injury that one may have. I highly recommend her because she is a knowledgeable and caring doctor that only has your best interests at heart.

Heather C. Alhambra, CA, Yelp reviews on 9/15/2018

 

Dr. Zhao had been a life saver for me.  I have chronic back pain and she worked so diligently and effectively on me.  Had to put me in some interesting positions to get to the right spots. Glad she’s a woman.
She doesn’t push herbs, but has them and this time it seemed to work for me. I highly recommend.

Chris C. Long Beach, CA, Yelp reviews on 9/13/2018

Dr. Zhao had been a life saver for me.  I have chronic back pain and she worked so diligently and effectively on me.  Had to put me in some interesting positions to get to the right spots. Glad she’s a woman.
She doesn’t push herbs, but has them and this time it seemed to work for me
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My wife was diagnosed with fatty liver disease, gall stones, and what looked consistent with cancer cells in her liver. Dr. Zhao said she could fix it but it might take a couple months. Three weeks later my wife had an MRI of her abdomen. There were no more suspicious cancer cells, and the gall stones had turned to sludge, so she didn’t have to have her gall bladder removed. We are very grateful to Dr. Zhao

Mike G. Oceanside, CA, Yelp reviews on 9/12/2018

 

Dr. Zhao has kept my daughter, a US National team member in good health. Dr. Zhao has an amazing ability to “hone” in on the problem and get the body in good working order. We leave the office feeling great relief for the understanding and attention that my daughter receives. I can absolutely recommend Dr. Zhao for acupuncture treatment.

Gary R. Las Vegas, NV, Yelp reviews on 9/12/2018

 

Dr Zhao treated me for severe digestive issues, insomnia, sleep apnea, and anxiety with miraculous results. Her accupuncture sessions and cupping alleviated discomfort for these  soon after my first treatment . I go back for maintenance or each time I have a new medical issue. I just had a treatment today after more than six months an feel better already. I introduced my husband, nephew and sister to her practice and they, like I, are impressed with the efficacy of her treatments as well as with her caring and professionalism
Thank you Dr. Zhao.

Genoveva G., Irvine, CA, Yelp reviews on 8/29/2018

 

Dr. Zhao was extremely helpful and knowledgeable. It was my first time doing acupuncture and it felt like a breeze. She helped me with my sprained ankle and talked with me throughout the whole process about the details of her treatment. The check in procedure was smooth and I was helped immediately as I arrived in the office. Overall, a great experience and I would highly recommend.

Richard A. Lake Forest, CA, Yelp reviews on 8/26/2018

 

I am a cancer patient and went through 2 surgeries and several chemotherapy treatments. Between my chemo treatments, I experienced lots of pain and trouble sleeping. The western medications I was prescribed were causing me many side effects including shortness of breath, anxiety, and insomnia. My cancer support group suggested that I try acupuncture to help with my side effects. After careful research, I chose Dragon Acupuncture for the doctors’ solid education and rich experiences, and of course, for their positive reviews as well.

I went to Dr. Zhao for the 1st consultation and treatment. She checked on me, asked many questions and then suggested a treatment plan with detailed explanations. It was like magic that after the 1st treatment, my pain was reduced greatly and I could sleep. Then, I did more treatments which improved my overall recovery. The best thing is that I don’t have to suffer or worry about any side effects anymore.

I highly recommend Dr. Zhao who is professional, caring, and pleasant. She knows exactly what she is doing. The clinic was tidy and quiet (cellphones were not allowed). I never waited more than 5 minutes when I went to visit. The needles the doctor used are all one-time use. The staff at the front was always nice and friendly.

This is definitely the best place for acupuncture. I am so glad that I found Dr. Zhao and feel very grateful for her treatments!

Young K. Laguna Niguel, CA, Yelp reviews on 8/18/2018

 

Dr. Zhao is great! I love coming to see her because even though I hate needles I can always count with her gentle touch and her kind words to make me feel better as I go about my treatment. I’ve come for a couple of things and after the first treatment for X or Y I’m always feeling 90% better, its like magic! I really enjoy taking the herbal teas too, I think they complement the treatment perfectly and have helped me keep my body feeling detoxed and clean. I recommend coming to see her if you want to give a break to chemical drugs and want to try a more natural approach!

Marcela C. Irvine, CA,Yelp reviews on 8/17/2018

 

We saw Dr. Zhao for my 5yr old’s sudden thigh pain. She had a minor injury while playing and was limping. I decided to try acupuncture for her and to my surprise, she was walking normally the day after the first treatment. Dr. Zhao was knowledgeable and incorporated a lot of western PT principles into her acupressure and acupuncture. My 5yr old was less than thrilled about the idea of getting needles stuck in her thigh, but Dr. Zhao was very gentle and reassuring for my anxious child. She has an excellent bedside manner for both adults and children. I was so impressed with the medical results that I decided to give acupuncture a try for my chronic neck pain.

E H. Irvine, CA, Yelp reviews on 8/15/2018

 

Dr Zhao is AMAZING! She is truly gifted, highest recommendation for her!!!!
She has treated me for three different problems, all with great success!

Liza W. Santa Ana, CA, Yelp reviews on 8/15/2018

 

Dr Zhao has been extremely helpful! I have lots of different areas of pain, and she has been really good about seeing the bigger picture and working towards making them go away. The office is clean, the front desk is very flexible, and it’s a really pleasant feeling space. If you’re having issues and physical therapy/western medicine hasn’t done anything for you, I highly recommend giving Dragon Acupuncture a try.

Nate P. Santa Ana, CA, Yelp reviews on 8/1/2018

 

I’ve been coming to treated by Dr Zhao and I highly recommend her for her treatment. She is very caring and professional.  Dr Zhao and her staff are very considerate and knowledgeable.

Angie L. Irvine, CA, Yelp reviews on 8/1/2018

 

I have been dealing with PCOS for 4 years, my periods were all over the place and cyctic acne all over my chin. After another two months went by without period, I decided to check things out. The classic Western treatment is to go on birth control pills (for I don’t know maybe the rest of my life)… feeling like I had nothing to lose, I decided to give acupuncture a try and very happy that I did!

I started treatment with Dr. Zhao on 7/7/18, and my period came two weeks later! Also no more active acne and past acne scars have significantly faded. I will definitely keep coming for more sessions and update my progress here.

P.S. the beds are so comfy I fall asleep every single time.

Rachel W. Lake Forest, CA, Yelp reviews on 8/12/2018

 

Dr. Zhao is a brilliant! and caring Dr. I’ve come twice to see her for my sciatica. On both times she has risen to the occasion. My Regular physician was not able at all to help me fix nor manage my sciatica.
Dr. Zhao has completely!! cured my sciatica pain. I highly recommend her to anyone that is in need of acupuncture + suffers from nerve pain. I’ve used other Acu Dr. in the past but Dr. Zhao is the most knowledgeable of them all. 🙂

Dino K. Irvine, CA, Yelp reviews on 7/27/2018

 

My acupuncturist in San Francisco is in China for the summer, so I drove down to SoCal to receive treatment from Doctor Zhao.  That’s how much trust I have in her.

Three weeks ago, I came to her office with a partially paralyzed face–the aftereffects of a bout with Bell’s palsy.  I couldn’t shut my left eye.  One side of my mouth sagged, and when I drank water, it dripped out of that side of my face.   I looked like I’d had a stroke.

Back in San Francisco, my doctor told me that time would heal my face.  “It could take up to 6 months, maybe even a year.”   He didn’t recommend therapy, much less acupuncture.  Doing nothing, of course, was not an acceptable solution.

In the three weeks that I’ve been receiving treatment from Dr. Zhou, I’ve recovered about 80-85% of my facial mobility, and will continue to receive treatment to get as close to 100% as possible.   What I like about the doctor, is the assuredness with which she places needles, not to mention the confidence she instills when evaluating your condition.  You can tell you’re in the hands of a real professional.

A few years ago, I received treatment from Dr. Zhao for torn tendons on my right wrist.  The doctors told me that I’d never be able to do a pull up again, and that I’d be challenged doing certain yoga poses.   They told me that my right wrist would never recover the strength or flexibility to perform challenging exercises, and wouldn’t you know, thanks to acupuncture, I’m doing everything the doctors said I’d never be able to do, including pull-ups, hand stands and crow-poses.

I highly recommend Dr. Zhao.

Sergio R San Clemente, CA, Yelp reviews on 7/22/2018

 

Best experience I’ve ever had! Tried physical therapy for 4 months and it wasn’t working. Got referred to Dragon Acupuncture and was fixed in less than half the time I did therapy for! Dr. Zhao is the best!

Cynthia O. San Juan Capistrano, CA, Yelp reviews on 7/16/2018

 

FULL RANGE OF MY SHOULDER RESTORED AFTER JUST 5 SESSIONS!

I had hurt my shoulder — torn the rotator — and had not healed to my fullest potential. I had limited movement and tightness when I tried to raise my right arm above my head. After 5 sessions, it was nothing short of a miracle. I got full range of motion back without pain. I don’t know why I silently suffered for so long when this option was available to me. I just didn’t know about it. I wish I had. And that’s why I want to write this review. If anyone is in pain or is limited, please consider trying acupuncture.

Dr. Zhao is is true professional. She is a master of her craft.

Mike D. Boston, MA, Yelp reviews on 7/5/2018

 

I found Dr. Zhao on Yelp like many of the other reviews. I went to see her as I had major fatigue and weakness as well as other symptoms due to a hormonal imbalance. She took the time to listen to me, and immediately knew what was going on and how she could help me. I actually went in for a free consultation but ended up getting a treatment. In less than 1 week, 4 visits with acupuncture and taking herbs, I feel 110% better; fastest results ever! I still have a way to go with getting my body balanced but definitely on the right path with her expertise and intuitive sense on treating the patient as a whole.
You will not be disappointed so go see Dr. Zhao.

Brenda A. Huntington Beach, CA, Yelp reviews on 6/30/2018

 

My daughters hips and lower back were nearly locked with pain after extensive gymnastic training.  We visited Dr. Zhao from the recommendation of another gymnast, and we have seen so much progress during the treatment.  My daughter feels confident in her body now that it will do the skills she needs it to do, pain free.  Dr. Zhao’s ability to identify the origin of the problem is quite amazing.  We are so thankful for the treatment and will continue to visit.

Gary R., Las Vegas, NV, Yelp reviews on 6/26/2018

 

As an advanced practice RN, I tend to go with the most compelling evidence, which in many cases favors traditional medicine. But I’m also an advocate for a holistic approach to health care, and keep an open mind when it comes to evidence pertaining to complementary medicine. That’s what led me to Dr. Huifang Zhao, and I count my blessings I found her. I’ve been experiencing moderate to severe pain, spasms, and numbness and tingling in my neck, left shoulders, and left arm due to cervical disc compression and neck/spine straightening (of my normal spinal curve). After numerous [traditional] treatments–including physical therapy, OTC and prescription meds, and ice and heat around the clock–failed to alleviate my pain sufficiently or for more than a few fleeting hours, a savvy and thoughtful PTA suggested I try acupuncture. I went to my first acupuncture appointment with an open mind, but a skeptical eye. I walked out of that first appointment knowing and believing in the healing benefits of this ancient therapy and Dr. Zhao’s knowledge and skills as an L.Ac. After the first session, my pain was minimal at most and the numbness and tingling had stopped. My second session with Dr. Zhao brought even greater relief. Each session was surprisingly relaxing. As warmth flowed through the region being treated, I felt the tension work its way out of me. Once again, as a seasoned APRN, I’m totally floored! Dr. Zhao managed to ease my pain and other symptoms far beyond what traditional therapies have done up to this point. I’ll have a few more sessions to treat my neck, shoulder, and arm pain to maximize my results. I know I’m in great hands!

Lilikoi F. Laguna Hills, CA, Yelp reviews on 6/20/2018

 

Dr. Huifang Zhao is really a wonderful doctor and her Acupuncture treatments so far are helping.  I just started coming to Dragon Acupuncture one week ago after trying out another Acupuncturist.  I’m coming here for hormonal balance, fertility & back pain. My case is very difficult and most other places turned me down, gave no real hope or were to busy to care enough.  Don’t get me wrong…they are a very busy office but they are organized!  Dr. Huifang Zhao was open, honest, professional…and wait for it…compassionate.  She was 100 percent open to trying and was kind enough to have a 2 phone consultations with me during a very difficult time.  She was able to explain what she might be able to do with TCM… making only one promise.  She promises all her patients she will give them her BEST.  I decided I wanted to try Acupuncture 4-5xs weekly along with herbs for at least a month to see if my hormones would possibly change.  To my surprise after 3 sessions my body is warm again!  I take this as a good sign as I was previously always cold.  There are many talented and amazing practitioners but in my experience few who can or will explain things in a way you can understand as someone with no real TCM understanding.  I hope to come back with some more good news and update my review in about a month.  As for right now I would say if you are looking for help come here!
FYI:
I am a real person with real health issues and I’m the one who asked if I could come 4-5xs a week because I really wanted to dive in and see if it would work.
Thank you so much Dr. Huifang Zhao for your kindness and for using your talents to help those of us who just need a little hope!

K Y. Costa Mesa, CA, Yelp reviews on 5/19/2018

 

This is a long due review for Dragon Acupuncture. Before I started acupuncture sessions with Dr. Zhao, I have already heard a lot of good things about them. Dr. Zhao helped my friend to conceive twice and helped her during her pregnancy. My mother in law twisted her leg in a dancing practice and I was amazed to see how fast she got recovered by Dr. Zhao’s acupuncture. She also healed my friends’ shoulder and back pain. I went to Dr. Zhao to “get balance” of body. I used to have bloating, a thick layer of white coat on tongue and shoulder pain. Dr. Zhao is very professional, caring and detail oriented. She listens to you and always examines you carefully. With the help of her acupuncture and herbs, I am now much more energetic and sleep much better. The white coating on my tongue has miraculously gone and so as my swollen belly! (people even asked if I have lose weight, but no, I am just more healthier!). For those who are scared of needles, Dr. Zhao is so gentle that you don’t need to worry. She knows exactly where to put the needles and it won’t hurt. In fact, it is very relaxing and I fall asleep almost every time. One last thing, Dragon Acupuncture is very organized and they process the insurance claim professionally, thank to Ofelia and the office team. They will even text you every time to confirm and remind you for your next appointment. I really appreciate all these little details. Thank you Dr. Zhao!

D. H. Irvine, CA, 5/18/2018

 

I found dr. Zhao from the yelp! She is so nice and professional on what she has been doing for many years. Right now, I am feeling much better. Thanks for Dr. Zhao. I will keep coming for her and make my body become more healthier! When she was doing acupuncture on me, it doesn’t hurt at all. So, don’t be afraid about acupuncture! It is a traditional way to cure your body and maintain your body to be stronger.

 

I am so grateful to Dragon acupuncture for helping me with my health issues.  The office is friendly organized and caring.  I’ve had acupuncture before and had good results but this time I’m getting great results! I am now recommending my friends to go to Dragon acupuncture!

Lynn H., Irvine, CA, Yelp reviews on 5/7/2018

 

I have suffered chronic neck pain and constipation for 5 years. I tried everything from chiropractic, physical therapy, MRI, upper endoscopy, colonoscopy. But nothing solved my problems. I was tired of constantly taking Laxatives, pain medications and going to endless PT. So I decided to try acupuncture a as a last resort, when standard treatment failed to provide relief. I was skeptical of the needles, but the needles are surprisingly hair-thin. It doesn’t even feel like a pinprick. After my first treatment, my muscles were sore that evening. Then I started to feel better and better after each visit.

Dr. Zhao also showed me a few simple exercises for my neck and lower back. She provided take-home herbal remedies to help with my constipation. Amazingly, it WORKED!!! I started to have regular bowel movement without any abdominal discomfort.

From my experience, sometimes it takes more than 10 sessions to resolve the issue so please do not be discouraged by this fact. The response time for the treatment is different for everyone.

I would highly recommend Dr. Zhao as the knowledgeable acupuncturist. Her receptionist Ofelia is very accommodating and helpful as well.

Ivy N. Cypress, CA, Yelp reviews on 4/28/2018

 

Dr.Zhao is very good at what she does, this is our second time seeing her for my 12 year old daughter who has had neck pains after a car accident a month and half ago.
We came initially right after the accident for 3 sessions for neck and back spasms and my daughter felt so much better. Last weekend she felt some pain again and we came in to see Dr. Zhao on my daughter’s request. She is very gentle, thorough and make my daughter very comfortable. Dr. Zhao also showed my daughter a couple exercises to strengthen her neck muscles. We came out feeling much better.

Archana V. Irvine, CA, Yelp reviews on 5/2/2018

 

My son is 12 year’s old and he’s having tics for a few years. His tics usually gets very noticeable in the spring when he constantly clears his throat. His regular peds suggested nothing except telling us to wait for him to outgrow this.  For three years in a row, I brought my son to Dr. Zhao when his vocal tics got very severe till it bothers him and his classmates. Dr. Zhao usually gives him two weeks of herb medicine to help him, then he will have a good summer and fall. My son is currently on the second week’s treatment this year and I am very happy to see his vocal tics symptom has been gone after one week of treatment!  How amazing the herb medicine is! My son is now eager to take the herb medicine no matter how unpleasant the flavor is 🙂 I am so thankful for Dr Zhao’s amazing herb treatment to my son! I don’t usually write reviews and I really hope to share this experience so parents like me could benefit.

Sue Z., Irvine, CA, Yelp reviews on 4/26/2018

 

 

 

My wife has had lower back pain for about a year. After the MRI, the doctor recommended back surgery.
Since my wife had previous successful acupuncture treatment (in another country) for another back pain, she decided to try acupuncture again.
When we met Dr Zhao for the free consultation, she used scientific methodology to diagnose my wife’s problem logically.  My wife decided to start the treatment immediately.  The pain at one side of her lower back was gone after that first treatment. The pain on the other side are getting better after 4 more treatments.
With my wife’s real experience, we highly recommend Dr Zhao for her thorough diagnostic and her gentle care. Note: with engineering backgrounds, we really appreciate her approach to pinpoint the issue through the process of elimination.

Huy D. Irvine, CA, Yelp reviews on 4/21/2018

 

I didn’t really believe in acupuncture until now… within 5 min of being evaluated for mu lower back pain (i was walking hunched over like an old lady) the Dr knew what the problem was. She made me feel better after 1 session and even better after each session after that! She even explained the anatomy of the muscles and what she was doing to help. Then showed me some stretches to do at home. I was able to go through all my back pain from my back “going out” without having to take any muscle relaxers and narcotics… (which were not an option because I’m a breastfeeding mom, so that’s why i tried it in the first place!) My back went out Thursday morning, and after 2 sessions i was back to normal by Saturday! I’m definitely a believer now!

Shawnisty P., Irvine, CA, Yelp reviews on 4/16/2018


I have been seeing Dr Zhao twice a week for the past month and a half. I came here to treat candida and it’s been very helpful. I’ve tried many different protocols and candida diets over the years that has helped but there just seemed to be something that was preventing me from fully healing. I read that candida can be because of imbalances in the spleen, stomach, and liver and that acupuncture could help bring balance to the body to help better heal itself. I really love acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine because it treats the whole body as a whole instead of one part. I came in for candida but it’s also help regulate my period, my hands and feet aren’t cold anymore, I sleep better, wake up more energized and my digestion has improved. I drink the herbal tea that is recommended by Dr Zhao too. When I fair started the acupuncture I wasn’t drinking the tea because I was taking supplements that I had purchased for the candida but we started it a few weeks in and I think that the herbal tea along with the visits has made a big difference compared to just doing the treatments during the visit. I truly feel like Dr Zhao cares and can see that she’s genuinely happy that I am seeing results and improvements with my overall health.

Janet D., Irvine, CA, Yelp reviews on 4/13/2018


I’m Rafael, I have couple weeks since received my acupuncture Tx, I can’t believe how well I am now after bearing an ugly pain at my lower back for more than 12 years. I really appreciate Dr Zhao way to cure me. I’m already recommending this alternative medicine to some of my friends that were skeptical when I started mine.

Rafael Q., Laguna Hills, CA, Yelp reviews on 3/27/2018


My gosh, they are miracle workers here! I had literally tried everything for my sinus infection and allergies that progressed so severely that my hearing was impacted.  I wish this place was my first resort. I started feeling relief after the first session, and with a few more, I’m back to normal–and I almost forgot what that felt like.

Darin R. Rancho Santa Margarita, CA,Yelp reviews on 3/21/2018


I hurt my neck, shoulder, and back about 4-5x a year either from bad posture, or sleeping in a very bad position.  I used to go to western doctors, but they’d give me painkillers which left me sleepy all day and very unproductive.  I tried acupuncture several years to see what would happen (I hate needles) and it pretty much fixed 60% of the pain the first time I went, and the second time I was pretty much recovered, and could move and turn my neck.  Now, I still hurt my neck and shoulders multiple times a year but I just come here.  There is *always* an immediate improvement and it helps me sleep so. much. better.  I sometimes still take ibuprofen or muscle relaxers to help, but hands down, the skillful acupuncture from this lovely facility has helped me for so many years. I highly recommend them.  Migraines also — it helps so much!!

HuangRong I. Costa Mesa, CA, Yelp reviews on 3/20/2018

 

My husband was recently there for a shoulder pain and Dr. Zhao was the only doctor able to take away the pain. He went to several doctors before going to Dr. Zhao and he didn’t have positive results until going to Dragon Acupuncture. With only 3 treatments back to back my husband was free from shoulder pain. So glad to have found her and her incredible office! Her staff is amazing, it was a pleasure making appointments with Ofelia. We recommend Dr. Zhao for any of your health concerns, she is amazing!

Olga R .Costa Mesa, CA, Yelp reviews on 3/18/2018

 

Dr. Zhao is great!   My initial intention was to go to acupuncture due to pre-menopausal hot flashes.  What I didn’t know is that there would be multiple issues she would diagnose that all related to each other. More on that below. The tea she gave me to drink and needle choices she made helped me within six visits. It wasn’t my first time using acupuncture so I was comfortable with her using my palms and the pads on my feet. This seemed to really speed up the process of reducing my hot flashes. But like I said, there was more to it than that. Based on my pulse, she could tell that I had some anxiety.  Based on my waist and tongue she could tell that  I was bloated and inflamed. She said it was likely due to dairy and that I should try removing dairy from my diet.  Because of what she said, I did more research and found the dairy can affect hormones. I’ve removed dairy from my diet and hot flashes are gone, anxiety is reduced and the bloating is gone. Dr. Zhao knows her stuff.

Tiffany S., Tustin, CA, Yelp reviews on 3/18/2018

 

My son and I have been going to see Dr. Shi (Dr. Zhao’s husband)for years.  To begin with, my son has serious shoulder injury due to over train at his swimming club.  He has pain, numb sensation for a few years with multiple problems.  We have spent $$$ dolor on his physical  therapy, shoulder specialists,  PRP and stem cell treatments…on and on .  Finally I learned about Dragon acupuncture and took my son to see Dr. Shi.  Just through last summer, with Dr. Shi’s treatment, my son’s suffering finally came to an end!  His shoulders are recovered and he went on to college and became a college swimmer.  Last month in their league championship, he broke the 25 year old  man’s 200 Y IM record of the college, and the 800 relay he and his teammates broke the 4 year old record as well.  We own this to the miracle Dr. Shi.
Last Sat. my son came home for spring break and sprained some muscles on his lower back.  He was in pain.  I took him to Dr. Shi first thing in the morning.  After the Dr. She treated him, his pain level from a 6 went down to a 3.  He saw the Dr. again, his pain level from a 3 went down to 1.  The third time he came back from the Dr. Shi’s office, he was kind running up the stairs to his room.  He has one more treatment and fly back to college.  In just less than a week the miracle Dr. Shi almost got my son’s sprained muscle recovered!  He is truly a Dr. of miracles.
Dr. Shi’s new office is  250 East Yale Loop, Irvine, CA.  His phone number is 949 -668-5003.

Jennie M. Mission Viejo, CA, Yelp reviews on 3/16/2018

 

It took a little over a month for Dr Zhao to help remedy my insomnia/anxiety. I was told to be patient and consistent when making appointments. I went from sleeping 2-4 hours a night to sleeping 6+ hours a night. She used a combination of acupuncture, cupping, and herbs to help relax me. I’ll continue my treatment until Dr Zhao says otherwise.

Amanda S.,Chicago, IL, Yelp reviews on 3/15/2018

 

Doctor Zhao was able to diagnose and successfully treat me for leg and back pain that several other doctors and acupuncturists could not. I had been suffering from leg and lower back pain for over three months and it was so bad that I couldn’t walk. I went to an orthopedic surgeon, a few physical therapists, and several acupuncturists all over the LA area before finding Dr. Zhao. None of the other doctors and therapists were able to effectively treat my condition.

I finally found Dr. Zhao a few weeks ago and I felt considerable relief after just the first treatment. I drive over an hour to see Dr. Zhao because she is the only medical provider that has been able to get me better. Since getting just a few treatments from her, I am able to walk again without pain.

I can’t recommend Dr. Zhao enough. She is like a miracle worker. I will never waste my time going anywhere else again. In addition to the amazing Dr. Zhao, the office staff are friendly and facility is clean.

Qiu X., Fullerton, CA, Yelp reviews on 2/07/2018

 

My shoulder was in pain and I could not lift my arm over my head. I went to Dr. Zhao and she was able to give me full range of motion and leave me pain free with just one short treatment.

Hua H., Cerritos, CA, Yelp reviews on 2/27/2018

 

This is the best Acupuncture doctor I have been to in Orange County. I had terrible hot flashes (like 10 times a  night) . I slept horribly and was tired and cranky all day with no energy. I have only gone 3 times and with the help of Acupuncture and herbs I barely have 1 hot flash a day if that. I can’t thank you enough! I feel like a new person!

Julie M., Ladera Ranch, CA, Yelp reviews on 2/27/2018

 

I have been suffering for neck and shoulder pain for 3 months. I have seen other acupuncture but it got worse. Finally, my friend recommended Dr. Zhao. She was able to find the original spot that cause the pain and using acupuncture and cupping to cure my pain in 3 visits. Thanks to Dr. Zhao I could drive, work, and sleep better!

Lynn H., Foothill Ranch, Lake Forest, CA, Yelp reviews on 2/18/2018

 

I’m not new to acupuncture and have been to a few practitioners now both inside and outside of California so I think I can write this with a fairly decent knowledge of the practice.  I have been to both Dr. Zhao and Dr. Shi and can say that both are absolutely wonderful at what they do.  Most recently I saw Dr. Zhao for my neck and shoulder.  I called on a Friday morning and was able to get an appointment late that afternoon.  I literally could not turn my head to the right.  I’m not even sure what I did…I think it was a combo of major stress, something I did working out, and not sleeping well.  At any rate, I was miserable.  She knew exactly what was going on with me, had me come back the next morning on Saturday and by Saturday evening I was feeling 90% better.  She is very kind and knows what she’s doing (Dr. Shi is her husband and he is just as great). I won’t go anywhere else.

 

Honestly, hands down best doctor. I went to several other acupuncture treatments that didn’t do the trick until i came here and they gave me hope. 110% highly recommend! My back is finally healing and on a good track. Thank you so much!!

Noone K., Glendale, CA, Yelp reviews on 2/14/2018

 

I am so pleased and grateful for the wonderful care and healing I received from Dr. Zhao. Physical therapy and  massage were not able to relieve the left hip pain and stiffness I experienced for months after a fall. Dr. Zhao’s therapy gave me pain relief and enhanced mobility so that I can now exercise again. Dr. Zhao has such a comforting and calming presence which is so reassuring and healing. I wholeheartedly recommend Dr. Zhao.(Rebecca S. written on husband’s account)

Chris S., Irvine, CA, Yelp reviews on 2/9/2018

 

I came here because I had a ganglion cyst in my left wrist that caused me extreme pain when I would bend my wrist and especially when I would put weight on it. That means that for the last 3 years I had to quit playing guitar and doing yoga and I have not really surfed, reclined, bumped into anything etc. etc. without pain. I tried all the “put a brace on it”, “put pressure on the cyst”, and “rest it” for years with no improvement. I didn’t smack it because that seemed painful and sketchy. I also refused to have surgery or steroid injections and ended up coming to Dr. Zhao. After a week and a half of seeing her, my cyst is completely gone and has stayed gone!!! I wish I would have found her earlier!! She’s so knowledgeable, nice, straightforward and has the most gentle hands. Also, acupuncture is not nearly as painful as I thought it would be. Half the needles I didn’t feel at all (they’re so small) and to put it into prospective, acupressure/massage I’ve gotten from other people was waaaay more painful. I ended up napping through most of my acupuncture sessions and my cyst went away! Dr. Zhao is a gem!! I’m so grateful to her for giving me freedom back! No more pain! If you have a cyst or any problem, I would recommend her with 100 stars if I could!

Sequoi Z., San Clemente, CA, 1/23/2018

 

 

Dr. Zhao has been my doctor for ~15 years as she’s moved from one small office on Wilshire Boulevard in LA to an office in Valencia to her beautiful office in Irvine.  I live in Hollywood so some of those longer commutes to see her were challenging, time-wise, but those trips are absolutely worth it.  I tried a few other more-convenient local acupuncturists in the meantime, but none have come even close to her skill, ability to diagnose, ability to heal and her soothing and reassuring demeanor.  Check her credentials!  She’s a true professional, dedicated to one thing; making you well again.

Over the years, she’s cured everything for me from asthma – yes, CURED it! – to physical injuries from too much exercise to the unpleasant side effects of menopause.  To all my mature lady friends out there; if you’re experiencing problems with menopause, call Dr. Zhao TODAY.  She made my lady-parts work like I was a teenager again and my husband is thrilled!  And, she prescribed zero toxic medication to make that happen.

Insurance did not cover acupuncture when I first met Dr. Zhao but I didn’t care because I wasn’t getting the results I wanted from western medicine available to me via insurance.  I pay cash to see Dr. Zhao and am more than happy to do it.  Now some insurance companies recognize acupuncture as a viable and money-saving medical option.  I still pay cash because I want to see Dr. Zhao and my coverage doesn’t include her office.

You have to ask yourself what you value more; do you want to treat your SYMPTOMS, as western doctors are trained to do, and keep a little extra cash in your pocket today but remain sick and those prescriptions that are “covered” by insurance, tap your budget week after week after month after year.  Or, do you want to be FREE from the shackles of unending health problems and prescriptions costs, and finally be well again?

Cindy V. Woodland Hills, CA.  Yelp reviews on 1/23/2018

 

 

My mom had Bell’s Palsy for about a week, and her symptoms were getting worse. It started with her right lower face then it moved to her upper face. We visited Dr Zhao, and within four treatments, her symptoms had almost completely gone. Dr Zhao was really thorough and personable with my mom. We can’t thank her enough. We highly recommend Dragon Acupuncture!!!

Chloe Q. Orange County, CA, Yelp reviews on 1/9/2018

 

I want to give a huge thank you Dr. Zhao for helping make our dreams come true and help grow our family!  I would highly recommend any woman having trouble getting pregnant to come see Dr. Zhao for treatment.  My husband and I have been trying to have a baby for 3 years now.  My cycles were not regular once I went off birth control.  We tried clomid and progesterone treatments through my Dr. but nothing was working.  I did get pregnant Dec. 2016 and miscarried in February.  We were about to start IUI treatments when I was told to try acupuncture first.  I found Dr. Zhao on yelp and read great reviews so I scheduled an appointment with her and began treatment right away.  I went 2 days per week for 4 months and took the Chinese herbs she recommended.  She was able to get me cycling regularly almost immediately.  After 4 months of treatment we received the news we have been waiting for, I was pregnant!!  I have continued my treatment with her through my first trimester, 2 days/week along with the Chinese herbs.  I am now 14 weeks pregnant and doing great!!  She is so knowledgeable about the female body and really knows what she is doing when it comes to fertility/infertility.  I also love her honesty, she tells it like it is.  She gives great advice on what you should be doing in your daily life to help too.  I highly recommend Dr. Zhao!  She is a fantastic Dr.!

Kimberly C. Lake Forest, CA, Yelp reviews on 11/24/2018

 

A number of my trigger points are beginning to relax… Dr. Shi utilizes a technique, unlike any I have experienced with other acupuncturists, where he heats the needle after it’s been inserted. The process is rather painful (it borders torture ), but after a day or two, the trigger point(s) do relax and the pain subsides.
Very pleased with Dr. Shi’s treatment.

Gary J., Irvine, CA, Yelp reviews on 11/23/2018

 

My stomach is not very well. Dr. Zhao is very professional. my stomach becomes better and better.

Luxue H., La Verne, CA, Yelp reviews on 11/17/2017

Randomly woke up one day with excruciating back pain. Thought simple Advil and stretching would do the trick. As days went on it got worse. There were days i would wake up feeling paralyzed that any movement caused so much pain. A few times i almost had my boyfriend take me to the ER it was that painful. I have a pretty high tolerance for pain so when this continued I knew something was wrong. I went through so many different types of treatment starting with my primary care physician who prescribed medication, chiropractor (1 month), physical therapy (2 months) and lastly an acupuncturist (over 25 visits). All this treatment over a course of 4-5 months and not getting the results I would expected. Finally, out of concern & frustration I went to Dr. Zhao for a consult based on her yelp reviews. Explained to her the series of treatments and how long I’ve been experiencing this pain. She said give her 5-6 visits and she guaranteed I’d be better. I was definitely hesitant to treat with her considering the months of pain, treatment and expenses I’ve already gone through. So initially I declined, went home and did more research. What got me was her thorough exam and evaluation of my pain. Surprisingly she said it wasn’t my back but actually my neck! Her confidence got me and I went back to seek treatment with her. After a few visits, WOW! I was waking up and feeling great. Not 100% but definitely an improvement. After about 6 visits, she was right, I no longer have the pain I felt before. Thank you Dr. Zhao! Definitely recommend you to others!

E J. Mission Viejo, CA, Yelp reviews on 11/5/2017

 

My 14 year old daughter is a competitive golfer.  She played very well from age 12 to 13.  But, at 14 she started to suffer from injuries, from repetitive swing and motion.  She was off and on in the beginning of 2017 for a couple of months.  She played in March and everything seemed great for a couple of weeks, but the pain came back.

She took another 6 weeks off, then played once in June and was still in pain.  She worked with a previous physical therapist who was also an acupuncturist.  She went through several massage therapy sessions.  We then got an MRI.  Initially it was tendinitis and / or golfers elbow / tennis elbow.  Her pain was in the left shoulder, elbow and wrist.  The inflammation was reduced significantly after several massage sessions, but the tendinitis in her wrist persisted.  She stopped playing or practicing any golf at this point.

After we got the MRI, we were told it was a tendon that ran from her thumb connecting to her wrist that was stretched thin and were recommended to a physical therapist hand specialist.  After working with the hand specialist for about 2 months, twice a week, she was okay’d to try and practice golf again.  Within 1 day the pain came back.  At this point, it was nearing the end of her high school season, and she was eager to play her Freshman year.  So, she took 2 days off after practice sessions and played a season match of 9 holes.  She was in a little pain.  She took time off and practiced a little and played the league championship. She made the cut 2 days in a row playing 18 holes per day.  But, had to ice at the end of each round.

So, the PT and rest did absolutely nothing.  We have a high deductible plan and this has all been out of pocket for us which was very frustrating.  I found Dragon Acupuncture on Yelp because someone mentioned their tendinitis.  So, after the 2nd round of league finals, which was a Wednesday, I brought my daughter to Dr. Zhao on Thursday.  She was treated for pain in her thumb (which Dr. Zhoa referred to as trigger finger), her wrist and her fore arm.  She felt immediate relief.  My initial concern was that this was just a numbing treatment.  But, Dr. Zhao explained that it does provide immediate relief by relieving the pressure, but it will also cause healing because she was penetrating the actual injured tendons.

I took my daughter to get a massage on Friday with a trusted therapist.  Then, on Saturday I took her back to Dr. Zhao for another acupuncture treatment.  On Sunday we drove up north for her 1st round CIF Qualifying, she did not practice.  On Monday, she played 18 regulation holes and did well enough to go into a 5 hole playoff to win a final spot to 2nd round CIF Qualifying.  After 23 holes of golf, I asked her how she was feeling, and she felt really good.  Her wrist was just a little sore, but it didn’t bother her at all. Neither of us could believe it!  It’s now Thursday and I took her to Dr. Zhao again on Wednesday and she performed Acupuncture on her wrist.

My daughter called Dr. Zhao a magician.  Seriously, it was extremely disheartening for her to still be in pain after taking almost the entire year off of golf.  She is amazed by how well she feels.  Thanks Dr. Zhao.

Sinnary S. Anaheim, CA, Yelp reviews on 10/26/2017

 

I couldn’t be happier that I have found this place! I had excruciating neck pain and couldn’t wait it out any longer. I called Dragon Acupuncture and was worried I wouldn’t be able to make an appointment right away, however, they were able to take me on the same day! It took minimal explanation for Dr. Zhao to figure out what was wrong with me. I didn’t have to say much and she was able to pinpoint exactly where my pain was! Not only was the treatment a success, but she also gave me tips and advice on some exercises I can do at home to improve my issue. I wasn’t expecting to be cured instantly after just one visit to Dragon Acupuncture, but the one visit did everything for me and more. I felt relief within an hour after my initial appointment but still continue to see Dr. Zhao because she is amazing. She is a great doctor and I will definitely be coming to her more often for other issues as well.

The location of the practice is convenient for me and parking is easy to find. And with the friendliness of the staff and great customer service why would I not come back? I have recommended this place to family and friends and they are glad I have introduced them to Dragon Acupuncture as well!

Steph P. Fountain Valley, CA, Yelp reviews on 10/12/2017

 

I had never tried acupuncture before, and based on a friend’s recommendation, I  came to Dr. Zhao for blood pressure and PCOS.  I cannot believe how much better I feel! My blood pressure  is much lower and I have so much energy! So glad I came to Dragon Acupuncture.

AJ S. Irvine, CA,10/18/2017

 

This review is long over due. Was there a few weeks ago for my husband. He hurt his back and Dr. Zhao worked her magic. With only three treatments my husband was feeling much better. I recommend Dragon Acupuncture, Dr. Zhao really knows what she’s doing and has a lot of knowledge of the human body. And Ofelia from the front desk has a great humor and she’s very helpful, she always went above and beyond to schedule my husband with our busy schedule.  Thank you Dragon Acupuncture!!

Steph P., Irvine, CA, 10/06/2017

 

Dr. Zhao  has magic in her hands. Her treatments are designed to the needs of your health issues. She is very very experienced and diagnoses the problem within a few mins. I have never met a doctor so humble and so friendly. I have referred all my family members to her.

I was feeling tired and had a brain fog when I started her treatment. After just a few sessions I felt wonderful. Most recently my mom had a cough that was causing her breathing issues, she felt so much better after just one session. Her needles don’t hurt at all. It is a blessing to find a doctor so wonderful and so reliable. THANKS Dr. Zhao for all your help!!!!!

D G. Simi Valley, CA, Yelp reviews on 10/04/2017

 

Although I had firm belief that acupuncture worked, it was my first time and I was nervous. I had been suffering with migraine vertigo for about 6 months and no doctor was able to help and finally I had to break the fear of needles and came to see Dr Zhao.

She immediately was able to diagnose what the issue was after doing a simple test. I was fully convinced what she said was absolutely right. I did 5 treatments with her and she did wonders to my migraine. I think what she did was to release tension from my neck muscles. It’s essentially the same as what physical therapy would do but much  more effective and results are immediate.

I wish my insurance covered acupuncture so I can continue going a little longer. I do really appreciate Dr Zhao and I would definitely return when/if I do have problems.

Susana K. Los Angeles, CA, Yelp reviews on 10/01/2017

 

Dr. Zhao is very knowledgeable with the complex machinery of the human body.  She can explain to you how muscle work with each other so you can understand the root cause of the injury.  And with her deep knowledge, her treatment can be very targeted for the maximum effectiveness.  I was able to get immediate relief from severe muscle spasms in just one session and my conditions greatly improved after just three sessions.  I would highly recommend her to anyone that struggles with pain and injuries.

Jeffrey Z. Irvine, CA, Yelp reviews on 9/18/2017

 

Dr. Zhao has immensely helped me with my digestive issues and back pain. I have been to gastroenterologists and other acupuncturists but they were unable to help resolve my pain issues. Dr. Zhao is highly knowledgeable and conscientious. She is also very caring and kind. I will continue you to see as needed. I highly recommend her.

Anne W., Newport Beach, CA, Yelp reviews on 9/8/2017

 

I highly recommend Dr. Huifang Zhao. I had headaches and migraines for years and since coming here regularly they have stopped along with back issues and since coming here regularly they have stopped. She is amazing.

Margaret O., Irvine, CA, Yelp reviews on 9/5/2017

 

As an acupuncturist from the east coast (and a stay at home mom for now), I came to California not knowing who to see for acupuncture. I tried many, but was underwhelmed by everyone — until finding Dragon Acupuncture. I have been seeing Dr. Zhao for over a year. Not only does she hold two PhDs in Chinese Medicine, she is a kind and caring person. She is easy to communicate with.
While finding an excellent acupuncturist is difficult, finding an excellent herbalist is even harder. Dr. Zhao is both! I have brought my whole family to see her, with amazing results for all, and continue to refer friends.
The office is clean, professional, and well run. The Irvine location is convenient, and there is plenty of parking.

Michelle L. Portland, OR, Yelp reviews on 9/4/2017

 

 

understand for a lot of people acupuncture is somewhat of a mystery. Maybe it provides relief for some and perhaps not for others. However, there is something to be said for a form of medical practice that has been around for thousands of years.  And for me it works as to my specific muscular issues.
After seeing Dr. Zhou you will realize how and why it works. She understands how to examine the problem and then determine the best solution. And she’s honest because she will advise that she can help treat you but that you have a responsibility with daily upkeep of specific exercises to help maintain an improved condition.
After all the rigors of daily life that we put ourselves  through your body will thank you for taking care of it.

T. H. Rancho Santa Margarita, CA, Yelp reviews on 8/25/2017

 

Dr Zhao is the best .And I ve seen few other TCM doctors and western doctors too(the one who prescribe a million pills a day). I came to her after I’ve been admitted to the ER for a chronic chest pain .I was soooooooo weaaaak couldn’t even open my eyes .couldn’t walk. The ER doctors said that my vitals r good. But I knew that something is wrong with my body (fatigue ,weight gain ,lack of sleep, dark spots…).by looking at me ,my tongue and my eyes she new that my liver was kind of not ok and that i have a huge hormonal imbalance .she is amazing (I can talk the whole day about her will not say the half of how amazing she is ).my health is improving., I have more energy than before, my pms are not that severe any more. The chest pain is almost gone. She even fixed a bad back pain that I had “improvement in only 1 month” .She is the only doctor I could trust for years. The kind of doctor who really want you to heel and feel better not from symptoms but from inside (curing the source of your illness) that’s her specialty. I would recommend her a 1M times .

Imane I., East Irvine, Irvine, CA, Yelp reviews on 8/14/2017

 

After many months of various tests and following orders from my general practitioner and 2 different specialists, my condition only worsened. I decided to do what worked years ago and find a well trained doctor of eastern medicine. Twice weekly for the last 2 months, I have received acupuncture, cupping therapy, as well as a combination of Chinese herbs from Dr. Zhou. I feel markedly better and getting stronger everyday. My appetite has returned, I am sleeping more soundly, my anxiety has decreased, and a lifetime of tight shoulders is slowly improving. I am very thankful for all that Dr. Zhou has done. She is skilled, as well as talented. I only wish my insurance company covered the treatments! 🙁 I want to also mention the location in Irvine is great. It’s easy to find and has lots of parking available.

Mle M., CA, CA, Yelp reviews on 8/12/217

 

I have seen Dr. Shi once and Dr. Zhao four times for my my neck and shoulder pain.  The treatments they have given me were very effective and I felt better after each visit!

Jimmy H., Tustin, CA, Yelp reviews on 8/7/2017

 

Dr. Zhao works magic. She had very quickly identified the root of my migraines, over the last few weeks my migraines have disappeared and she has given me several exercises to proactively resolve future tension headaches. She is very knowledgeable and it is apparent that she enjoys helping people. I fully recommend paying her a visit!

Ridván B. Manhattan, NY, Yelp reviews on 8/2/2017

 

Dr. Zhao is a super amazing therapist! She cured my single and thought me a lot about how to work out my muscle properly and she even cured my disks injury!!   She might be the only doctor I trust ever. It’s lucky for a former athlete like me to find a doctor like her!

Yichen Z., Irvine, CA, Yelp reviews on 7/25/2017

 

 

Dr. Zhao is very knowledgeable and she really understands the human body. She is a miracle worker. Went in with a tooth pain and within seconds she made the pain go away. She is very gentle and very patient. Love her and all of Dragon Acupuncture team! You are all amazing!

Ofelia B. Foothill Ranch, CA, Yelp reviews on 7/24/2017

 

Dragon acupuncture is a lifesaver. I have been going to them for over two years now and they have helped me in so many ways I cannot describe from alopecia on my face to back injuries knee injuries ankle injuries etc. I seriously go to them for almost any problem I have. If more doctors knew the human body like they did we would all be in a better position in life. I highly recommend it and you checking them out if you’re interested in acupuncture. Besides the fact that they are amazing acupuncture is amazing as well. Five stars all the way thank you dragon acupuncture

Ryan R, Huntington Beach, CA,Yelp reviews on 7/21/2017

 

I am new to acupuncture and the acupuncture doctor who I usually go to is on maternity leave.  Based on the Yelp reviews, I decided to try Dragon Acupuncture. Compared to other acupuncture centers, this is more like a medical office rather than a spa/massage center.  Dr. Zhao is a firm, yet caring doctor who is genuinely concerned about your well being.  She is very direct and does not sugarcoat anything, again it comes from a place of concern and caring.  She is trained in both TCM and Western medicine and offers the best of both worlds.  After receiving treatments, I always feel relaxed and rejuvenated.

Anthony L. Irvine, CA, Yelp reviews on 7/18/2017

 

Dr. Zhao has continuously been helpful during our pregnancy period. She is knowledgeable in areas of acupuncture, herbal medication and bodily healing. Her eastern herbal medicinal studies along with western understanding of medicine has allowed her to treat patience with a mixture of solutions. She is very gentle in approach and I would recommend to others seeking more holistic healing approaches

Lucas S. Irvine, CA, Yelp reviews on 6/26/2017

 

Dr. Shi is an amazing miracle worker!

In the last four weeks, I’ve gone in about once every week with different complaints.  First complaint was severe lower back pain out of nowhere.  After one visit with Dr. Shi, the pain was drastically reduced.  Second visit was for bad menstrual cramps that Advil wasn’t touching.  The cramps were completely gone after seeing Dr. Shi and stayed gone during the rest of the cycle.  This week I came in with a horrible migraine that had lasted all weekend.  By the middle of the acupuncture session, headache pain was cut in half; by the time I walked out of the office, headache was completely gone.

I highly recommend Dragon Acupuncture!!

Roni C., Irvine, CA, Yelp reviews on 3/23/2017

 

I had never gone for acupuncture before but heard it could help with getting pregnant. I decided to try it and went to Dr Zhao. She was very knowledgeable and provide guidance. Within one month I was pregnant! I continued acupuncture throughout my pregnancy and had a healthy, smooth pregnancy! Dr Zhao is caring, gentle and very personable. The office was accommodating and flexible with my busy schedule and provided great customer service! I highly recommend going to Dragon Acupuncture if you are considering acupuncture!

L R., Chicago, IL, Yelp reviews on 6/22/2217

 

Dr Zhao is the best doctor! last morning my wife couldn’t get up from the bed because her shoulder and back were really hurt. so I took her to take a massage but nothing better. today I took her to Dr Zhao. after 30 mins treatment my wife feel much better. we will be back on Saturday. Dr Zhao is amazing and professional !

Ruiyang G. San Gabriel, CA, Yelp reviews on 6/21/2017

 

My wife has been going to Dr. Zhao for a couple issues for over two months after giving birth. She wanted a natural approach and we were recommended to try acupuncture. I found Dragon Acupuncture on yelp and it worked out for us. It is clean and in a good location and the appointments were always on time with little to no wait. Dr. Zhao was friendly and experienced. I will give this place a try myself soon.

Sam L. Irvine, CA, Yelp reviews on 6/13/2017

 

Dr. Shi is amazing. I have been a massage therapist for 16 years. He cured my wrist tendinitis in one session. He is extremely knowledgeable and intuitive.  Thank you Dr. Shi.

Anna T. Costa Mesa, CA, Yelp reviews on 6/1/2017

 

We have been coming to see Dr Zhao at Dragon Acupuncture for several weeks for my daughters acne and general balance in her body. After several sessions it has gotten much better with new pimples not coming up and her body is getting balanced. Dr Zhao is wonderful and caring, as well as being expert at acupuncture. She takes her time and gives us advise to help with the skin issues and health generally.  We feel we are In very good hands and we highly recommend coming here to see Dr Zhao!

Amy H. East Irvine, Irvine, CA, Yelp reviews on 5/26/2017

 

Been going there for few months now, first I was there for an over-due flu, been suffered from it for almost 3 weeks, I took everything you can get from CVS and still not get any better, I was really depressed and my body keep shouting down on me. Then I found Dr. Zhao, after my first 2 visits, I can feel the change of it, and just after 5-6 visits I feel like a different person, even my morning allergies got much better.
Acupuncture is really something worth trying if you’re running out of options, or if you prefer not to feed your money to useless treatments. But the results take times, just be patient and you’ll see the change!!

Vvn Y. Irvine, CA, Yelp reviews on 5/18/2017

 

I have been went to visit Dr. Zhao for a month already, and I really recommend this place. The first time I came here was because of my shoulder pain and neck sore. Dr. Zhao treated me very well and my symptoms got much better than before. I am a student and really love play video game and play my cellphone before go to bed…. So my shoulder and neck’s conditions are really go south and they disturb me a lot. Dr. Zhao also asked me some questions about my daily routine and my diet habit. I am staying for more treatments about my body figure cuz I have gain some weight due to my soda addiction and stay up toooo late lul. For now everything is so far so good 🙂

Eve D. Los Angeles, CA, Yelp reviews on 5/15/2017

 

My husband and I came to Dr. Zhao for various issues we had due to past injuries (back, shoulder, digestion, stress and anxiety). In the past, we had both gone to different acupuncture centers and we felt that they only cared about taking our money more than helping us heal. When we first met Dr. Zhao she took the time to sit down and address our needs and concerns. She doesn’t rush through her treatments which lasts about 45 mins compared to the 20 mins I was used to receiving. She explains things to you in detail and she treats you like family. She even takes the time to go over exercises that you can do at home to strengthen your body and keep the pain from coming back. We both feel great improvement after our appts and couldn’t ask for a better doctor. Other things that I want to mention are that the office is clean, front staff Ophelia is friendly and on top of her game, I never had to wait long and they have two locations to make things convenient for you. Only recommendation is maybe some soft music to listen to while I drift off to sleep in my room. I highly recommend Dr. Zhao. She is very skilled and she will take care of you!

J P. Fountain Valley, CA, Yelp reviews on 4/29/217

 

This woman is a miracle worker. My back was spasming then I could not erect my posture for three days. My brother referred me to her and within three minutes the pressure was relieved and I could stand upright. She also told me not to come back until I feel the pain again. This is definitely the best place to go. I drive all the way from Los Angeles.

Jason R. Los Angeles, CA, Yelp reviews on 4/25/217

 

Dr. Zhao is so amazing! She takes her time with patients and you feel the difference after only one treatment. She really cares about her patients and Ofelia, from the front desk is so cool, love making appointments with her. Highly recommend Dragon Acupuncture!

Adriana B. Moreno Valley, CA, Yelp reviews on 3/18/2017

 

Normally when my back flares up, the pain would last a few days and then all was okay.  This last time was a struggle for me and after 2 months I decided to go see Dr. Zhao.  After 2 weeks
and 6 appointments I feel so much better.  Almost normal.  Dr. Zhao is very thoughtful and thorough with a gentle touch.

Cathy S., Irvine, CA, Yelp reviews on 3/13/2017

 

Background: I had sustained a neck strain due to repetitive stress (from over-using my R arm) in late Sept, and went through workman’s comp to see a doctor, physical therapist, and acupuncturist for a few weeks. I eventually quit my job in mid-Nov and moved back to CA, but kept my former acupuncturist’s words in mind — that my R neck/shoulder area was showing a stiffness typically seen with chronic injuries.

After getting insurance in Jan, I decided to visit this clinic to make sure things were all right. Dr. Zhao performed a physical exam, and I still remember her surprise. Apparently, my R supraspinatus muscle had completely atrophied at this point, and Dr. Zhao said she’d never seen a case this severe. But more importantly, she explained that if this muscle remained “missing”, I’d inevitably develop rotator cuff issues.

Based on my treatment history and the severity of my atrophy, she concluded that my initial injury must have involved nerve damage. She put together a plan to stimulate the affected nerve (C4), while treating my chronic neck/shoulder stiffness. Five weeks later (2 treatments per week, combined with casual non-intense arm exercises), you can already see a difference. I’m told that the muscle is now about 50% of its expected size, and I trust that I’ll continue to improve under Dr. Zhao’s care.

MAIN TAKEAWAY: Dr. Zhao really knows her stuff! You’re in good hands, if you decide to see her. Plus, she’s super nice.

Jean C. Irvine, CA, Yelp reviews on 2/17/2017

 

A while ago I had pain in my elbow that would not go away until I went to see Dr. Zhao for acupuncture. A massage therapist recommended I try it, and my neighbor referred me to this location. Acupuncture totally fixed my tendinitis!!! Then in early December last year, I injured my back while lifting a heavy bag into a rental car during travels. Subsequent travels just continued to make it worse. I was a mess! Chiropractic care and massage were helpful, but could not fix the problem. Finally, I pursued acupuncture again with Dr. Zhao. It is dealing with the DEEP source of the problem (third layer muscle in mid-lower left back, plus ligaments and nerves in the sacrum). I am a big believer in Eastern medicine. Chiropractic, massage and float tank have all helped, but acupuncture is truly making the big difference. I am nearly back to normal! I highly recommend Dr. Zhao – she’s amazing!! I am so grateful! If you have ever thought of acupuncture but not tried it, you will be in excellent, well trained (in China) hands here.

Valerie S. Newport Beach, CA, Yelp reviews on 2/27/2017

 

I had been to my medical doctor, my endocrinologist, and an oral surgeon and they were not able to help me with my problem.  I developed swelling in my neck area and the problem was ongoing and unable to resolve for three months, even with Motrin, steroids, and antibiotics prescribed.  After undergoing an ultrasound and CT scan and being told that there was nothing more that could be done, I was still experiencing much discomfort from the swelling to the point that my swallowing was impacted.  Dr. Shi was the only doctor that alleviated my symptoms.  She has been very kind and reassuring.  The swelling is decreasing and I have been able to resume most of my daily activities.  I am grateful that Dr. Shi was able to help me.

She was able to pinpoint where in my muscle near my neck the problem stemmed and with her  acupuncture, I have seen the difference and my discomfort is gone.  I was not sure if the problem had related from a pulled muscle from working out but questioned all the previous doctors about whether that could have been a factor, but none of them were able to figure it out, except for Dr. Shi. She is well experienced and Dragon Acupuncture has provided top quality care to both me and my husband (who was experiencing back problems at the same time)!

Allison S., Costa Mesa, CA, Yelp reviews on 1/31/2017

 

Dr. Zhao is a very experienced and knowledgeable doctor. I began seeing her over a year ago for infertility and I now have a healthy baby girl.  Dr. Zhao is a compassionate provider and I looked forward to seeing her on my weekly visits during my pregnancy. She takes the time to listen and always had availability in her day to see me.  She is truly exceptional and I will continue to be her patient and refer others. Dr. Zhao’s treatments helped to optimize my health during during my pregnancy and at delivery (I delivered my baby without pain medication or interventions).
In addition, Dr. Shi was also very responsive to setting up my appointments. Their office is always clean and inviting. The front desk staff is exceptional and I am always greeted with a smile. Ophelia is one of the girls that works at the front desk. She is also kind and gave me great customer service by being polite and answering all my questions about insurance/availability of appointments. I highly recommend  Dragon Acupuncture (Dr. Zhao) for any health issues especially during preconception and pregnancy!

Lisa N. Irvine, CA, Yelp reviews on 1/26/2017

 

I’ve studied at a natural medicine hospital in Beijing, China and have had many sessions with acupuncture in the U.S., so I feel I know what I’m talking about when I say Dr. Zhao is the best I’ve been to.  Whatever your particular concern is, know that you’ve found the top of the list…no need to Google anyone else, he’s that good.  Highly recommended.

Tod C. Laguna Woods, CA, Yelp reviews on 1/25/217

 

I had a lower back injury from playing soccer that refused to go away.. I would do everything I had done in the past to take care of it yet it wouldn’t feel better. After just one session with Dr. Zhao, I felt a world of difference. After two sessions with in the span of 3 days I felt good enough to begin training again!
It was my first time receiving acupuncture, and going in I was a little skeptical and a little scared by the idea of needles. But now I know whenever I have an injury I am definitely coming back as I didn’t even feel the needles and I felt absolutely great afterwards.

Halil B., Irvine, CA, Yelp reviews on 1/11/2017

 

 

Dr. Zhao is fantastic!  I came to her with stress in my shoulders, and she treated that as well as my neck (which I did not realize was part of the problem).  Now she is working on my lower back, which was a low grade pain for years but never treated…my back felt great after the first treatment – the best it’s felt in years.

C C., Huntington Beach, CA, Yelp reviews on 1/8/2017

 

I would give 10 stars if I could.  Dr Zhao was very instrumental in helping me with starting my family.  I had been plagued with several infertility issues and had dealt with years of disappointment and heartache when trying to conceive a child. When my third Endocrinologist had conducted several tests and diagnosed the issues that lead to my infertility, he recommended that I use acupuncture to help with my IVF cycle to hep improve my chance for success.  Dr Zhao was quick to come up with an aggressive acupuncture schedule to help my cause.  She even made sure that another acupuncturist was there to treat me when she was out of the office prior to my IVF date.  She was kind, caring and compassionate and I felt that she wanted this pregnancy as much as I did.
My husband and I are now enjoying life with our beautiful and healthy baby daughter.  We owe a debt of gratitude to Dr Zhao and her team.  Thank you!

Emilee S.,  Anaheim, CA, Yelp reviews on 1/4/2017

 

Went to see Dr. Zhao on a whim because I had an excruciating pain in my shoulder. I just had a baby six weeks ago and almost dropped her because of the shooting throbing pain. Dr. Zhao was extremely accommodating and had a same day appointment available and after examining me gave me a treatment plan to follow and I felt relief after the second session. I’ve never done acupuncture before but because I’m breastfeeding I needed a natural healing solution as opposed to the Western go-to of medicating the pain away. Coming from someone that has been historical skeptical about eastern medicine and treatment I have to give Dr. Zhao five stars for literally taking the pain away. I feel so much better and she is so personable and helpful and listens to you attentively that it makes you feel comfortable trying something different. Acupuncture has worked for me and I will definitely be back.

Eileen C. Fountain Valley, CA, Yelp reviews on 1/3/2017

 

Dr. Zhao has helped me with peri-menopausal symptoms and my daughter with acne.  She’s a miracle worker and I can only say I absolutely  recommend her!  After so many attempts at attempting to clear my daughter’s acne with creams and pills and western med means, and the same with me, acupuncture and an herbal regimen was the remedy!  Thank you,

Christine F. Irvine, CA, Yelp reviews on 12/13/2016

 

Went to see Dr. Zhao on a whim because I had an excruciating pain in my shoulder. I just had a baby six weeks ago and almost dropped her because of the shooting throbbing pain. Dr. Zhao was extremely accommodating and had a same day appointment available and after examining me gave me a treatment plan to follow and I felt relief after the second session. I’ve never done acupuncture before but because I’m breastfeeding I needed a natural healing solution as opposed to the Western go-to of medicating the pain away. Coming from someone that has been historical skeptical about eastern medicine and treatment I have to give Dr. Zhao five stars for literally taking the pain away. I feel so much better and she is so personable and helpful and listens to you attentively that it makes you feel comfortable trying something different. Acupuncture has worked for me and I will definitely be back.

Eileen C., Fountain Valley, CA, Yelp reviews on 12/6/2016

 

I had horrible neck pain where I couldn’t even move my neck from side to side and my entire upper body was so tight it was giving me constant headaches and sinus pain.  I was almost in tears.  I researched acupuncture as I try to go as natural as possible and came across Dragon Acupuncture and went there based on the reviews.  I was not disappointed!!!  Dr. Zhao was awesome.  I was 75% better after my first session and in 3 sessions was back to normal and feeling better than I have ever felt.  I would 100% recommend Dr. Zhao.  She is professional and knew exactly where to assist.  It was not painful at all, she is super gentle!  Acupuncture can help with a lot of things that maybe you didn’t know!

Kim S., Rancho Santa Margarita, CA, Yelp reviews on 11/18/2016

 

I’ve been going to Dr. Zhao for a couple visits now and I’m really happy I found her.

I initially went to her for anxiety and after 2 sessions plus herbs, I was feeling much better again. Now I’m there to treat my other symptoms and I can gradually see myself progressing.

Dr. Zhao is very patient, very thorough and really listens to your problems. She has great advice and genuinely cares about you.

Ophelia, front desk, is also rly nice and funny! I like making appointments with her.

I definitely recommend Dr. Zhao and her office.

Ruby L. Cupertino, CA, Yelp reviews on 11/4/2016

 

Dr. Zhao is one of my favorite doctors! I have seen Dr. Zhao since 2010 while still living in Valencia, CA. Due to a severe sport injury and went to multiple specialists for treatments with no significant results, I decided to give acupuncture a try. After the 1st visit, I was 50% healed from the injury. After 2 more treatments, I would say I was about 95%-100% recovered. I was truly amazed!

After moved out from Santa Clarita City, I tried other acupuncture clinics but none of them were as good as Dr. Zhao. So I ended up driving 50 miles away just to see Dr. Zhao when I needed a treatment. Now, we have moved to Orange County and I am so thankful that we are much closer to Dr. Zhao.

If this is your first time trying for acupuncture and not too far from one of her clinics, I would strongly recommend you to give a try. Dr. Zhao is a very well-caring physician and very gentle when providing the service. She is also a Chinese Medicine doctor and will be able to provide advice or possible certain Chinese medicine to improve your condition.

M.J. N., Aliso Viejo, CA, Yelp reviews on 10/10/2016 

I recently have visited and treated by Dr. Zhao for allergy symptom and knee pain. She is very gentle and patient. She has provided me very helpful natural diet plan and acupuncture treatment that my knee pain is gone and body is refreshed and better.  I would recommend Dr. Zhao to my family and friends. Thank you, Dr. Zhao!
Ching C., Huntington Beach, CA, Yelp reviews on 10/9/2016 


My profession is in nursing. I will admit I prefer acupuncture for treatment versus the western medicine approach. I try not to take medication if I don’t have to. I adore Dr. Zhao and the practice. I am newer to the area and found Dr. Zhao and have not looked back. Dr. Zhao is a great listener with a gentle touch. Working in an ER I am exposed to all types of different germs. When I’m feeling under the weather or my allergies flare up, I go get a treatment. By the time I walk out I feel better. Cupping also helps with any lung issues – it’s one of my favorite things! I highly recommend Dragon Acupuncture and Dr. Zhao!

Beth B. Huntington Beach, CA, Yelp reviews on 10/6/2016 

Excellent Care.  5 Stars.  Dr. Zhao has been taking care of my family and I since 2014.  Example, my husband’s knee muscles, son’s sprained ankles, daughter’s red eyes, boost my autoimmune system, and more.  Presently, my husband and I are getting treatment once or twice a week.  All of the staff are very friendly and helpful. There is rarely any wait.  No stress. The procedures are gentle, they explain everything, and answered all my questions.  The rooms are comfortable and clean.  Both Dr. Shi and Dr. Zhao are highly skilled, compassionate, and respectful.  God Blessed.

I am a retired R.N.  I believe healing the natural way is the best way;  no trail or error, no side effects from chemicals (drugs), or unnecessary exams.  They also give a free consultation.  I would definitely recommend Dr. Zhao and Dr. Shi’s services to my family and friends.


I have suffered with lower back pain for four years. I’ve had the MRI and seen several doctors with no one really giving me a precise answer to what is causing the problem. I’ve been to four physical therapists, saw a chiropractor 3 times a week for 12 weeks, had injections on both sides of my spine. Nothing has helped. Until Dr. Zhao. She is highly educated in both Chinese and Western medicine. I have improved dramatically and currently have some days without any pain at all; a first in four years. I will update my review once I am fully healed. Dr. Zhao is truly caring and concerned for her patients.  She also helped my 13 year old son with his sinuses. Yes, at 13, he was willing to try out the needles because she made him feel comfortable enough to do so. His sinuses have not sounded this clear since he was 2 1/2 years old.

ann k. CORONA DL MAR, CA, Yelp reviews on 10/4/2016 

I have been a returning patron since 2012. Dr Zhao has helped my family and I with various source of pain and imbalances. Not only did the treatment help deal with the pain, it truly addressed the cause(s) of issue(s).  Her approach is direct and caring. She is a gem!  The staff is warm and always helpful.

Nancy L., Fountain Valley, CA, Yelp reviews on 9/26/2016 


Dr. Zhao is so great at what she does!  I had a severe tooth pain and within minutes Dr. Zhao was able to take away the pain I was having. It was amazing how she only had to insert a few needles and like magic my pain went away. She gives so much dedication and commitment to her patients.  Moreover, she has great hours, she is efficient and her staff is awesome!  If you are thinking of trying acupuncture, I recommend giving Dragon Acupuncture a try!

Ofelia B., Foothill Ranch, CA, Yelp reviews on 9/24/2016

Dr. Zhao performs miracles. I have recurring pain in my shoulders, neck and lower back from playing as a professional violinist.  I’ve gone to multiple physical therapists, chiropractors, massage therapists, and the list goes on. Dr. Zhao was highly recommended by two other violinists whom I highly respect.  After a single session, I went home to practice, and I had never felt more open and relaxed in years.  I’d also been struggling with severe allergies for a month.  Over the counter drugs weren’t working.  Dr. Zhao sent me home with a bottle of herbs, and after 3 cups of this tea (which didn’t taste as bad as I thought it would), my sinuses were GONE.  I live in Los Angeles, but the long commute to see Dr. Zhao is absolutely worth it.

Lisa L., Los Angeles, CA, Yelp reviews on 9/19/2016

I herniated my C-5 C-6 disk in my neck on July 3rd and had tried traditional medicine, including an epidural with minimal results. I missed work for a month due to the pain and my insurance denied additional epidurals. Luckily, I found Dragon Acupuncture on Yelp and decided to take my health into my own hands. After my very first visit, I felt better than I had in a month and only 9 treatments later, I am back to work full time and the pain has greatly diminished. I had tried acupuncture and cupping back in Colorado and I never thought I’d find an acupuncturist in Orange County that was as good as I had before, but I was wrong!! Dr. Zhao is incredible. Her touch is so gentle and she clearly knows what she is doing. There are not enough stars to give Dragon Acupuncture but if you are in pain, this is the place for you!!


I twisted my ankle really severely and went here for help. The doctor is amazing! Every time I visit I feel my ankle getting much better. The doctor is also very friendly and tells me a lot of the knowledge about the ankle. Will give a 6 star if I can.

Joy W. Westwood, Los Angeles, Yelp reviews on 8/16/2016 

Many thanks to Doctor Zhao. I had menstrual disorders due to pressure for a long time and had not been able to find the right treatment. Doctor Zhao found the problem leading to that during the first two visit. After 3-5 times of acupuncture treatment, I can see the obvious change of my health and my menstrual is normal now. She is very patient and nice and she answers very question you have about your health conditions. She knows very well about the herbs and how to use them effectively. I used feel cold a lot. But after taking the herbs, I feel much better now and have more energies very day.

I also have backache due to long time sitting in the office. Doctor Zhao is so nice to even treat my backache problem and menstrual disorders in one appointment. She really cares her patients and would like to try her best to help them.

Doctor Zhao is a very professional doctor. You will feel the change of your body if you trust her and be patient about the treatment.

Fei L. Los Angeles, CA, Yelp reviews on 8/8/2016 


I have gone to Dr. Zhao since I was a little boy with all these problems. She has cured me of sickness, lymph nodes, mcl tears and concussions. I highly recommend dragon acupuncture because they really take care of you! She also makes it seem like getting poked with needles is fun.

Anton X.. Valencia, CA., Yelp reviews on 8/13/2016


Updated review on 7/6/2016

I need to add an update. I got back home to Iowa with renewed energy. Today I bought a diy shelf, which was heavy and I did it myself, assembling it with no help. I absolutely could not have done it before my acupuncture and herb treatments from Dr Zhou! The way I understand it is this. when there is congestion, there is no amount of sleep, hydration, good food and exercise I could do until the needles did their magic releasing the obstruction so the circuit could be correct again. I needed this therapy. I am so grateful to God and this amazing Doctor!! Thank you again!!!

7/1/2016 Previous review

It IS as good as it gets! And I was willing to drive with my daughter, 2000 miles to get here, to have Dr. Zhou work on me. I was fatigued beyond words, and had no strength left. I knew I could count on her, from when I found her 11 years ago when I worked in Santa Clarita. Within a week, I had the strength to get up the ladder in the pool, and after another treatment, had my mind refreshed to start thinking of me work again. Thanks Dr. Zhou!! I am back home now and so glad to have had your help! I won’t wait so long next time! Jaine from Iowa

Jaine B. Cedar Falls, Yelp reviews on IA

I am Nancy Hu, a senior, and I have no access to the internet. I am now using my son’s iPhone  to write this testimonial to extend my thankfulness to Dr. Zhao.
Dr. Zhao found the root cause of my post pneumonia complications and treated it accordingly for the best results.
I had a bad pneumonia last December. From January to April, I suffered from bloating and gas. I belched continuously. I always felt cold, but I sweated excessively. I developed a bad headache and became sleepless. I was depressed. Life was worse than death for me.
I found Dr. Zhao at the end of April. Her silver needles seemed to have magic power on me. Gradually, I had less gas. I stopped belching. I stopped excessive sweat. I slept better. My headache was gone. Finally, my coldness was gone. I gained confidence in life again. I am now back to normal life. Dr. Zhao saved me.
Dr. Zhao’s years study and deep understanding of both Traditional Chinese Medicine and Western Medicine and her years experience make her medical practice today the best. I highly recommend Dr. Zhao to anybody.

Xiaoxiang H. Irvine, CA, 6/30/2016 

Great understanding of my body issues. I am a male and 47.  I have had digestive and emotional issues all of my life. I am now finally healing with Acupuncture and Chinese herbs. Great success in a few months! I would recommend this to anyone with chronic health issues.

Bryan V. Pasadena, CA, Yelp reviews on 6/18/2016
Dr. Shi and Dr. Zhao are one of the most compassionate, talented, and genuinely nice
people I have encountered in my life. They deserve my utmost respect and love.
I will go over every positive aspect of my experience with both doctors at this clinic.1. Top notch acupuncture treatment & Herbal medicine
I was in extreme pain and agony when I went to see them. My major concern was terrible migraine that kept me all night. I could barely sleep or eat. I also vomited and my vision was blurry while driving. Taking Tylenol 5-6 times per day couldn’t alleviate my symptoms. However, during my first acupuncture treatment, I felt asleep and slept peacefully for the first time in several months. As a result, my appetite came back and I started to function like a normal person. I went back many times to improve my overall health condition. Both doctors have in depth knowledge about acupuncture and herbal medicine and extensive training as doctors and educators (Yes. Dr. Shi and Zhao also taught at acupuncture and oriental medicine schools).  They cured what Western MDs could not. I already saw couple physicians regarding my symptoms before Dr. Shi and Zhao and they failed to deliver what I wanted. And in my special case, my fragile body became even weaker after taking the drugs the former physicians prescribed. So I highly recommend Dr. Shi and Zhao if you are extremely sensitive to strong drugs and
the side effects of those drugs. The herbal medicine Dr. Shi gave me did not create
any side effect AT ALL.  And unlike western medical doctors, Dr. Shi and Dr. Zhao
continuously check on their patients to make sure whether the herbal medicine they give is
working well for you or not. They are so responsible in this sense. They really care.2. They are compassionate and empathetic. When you explain about your symptoms
to Dr. Zhao, she temporarily gets into your body and experiences what you are going through.
(Metaphor) I know it sounds a little bizarre. But she does this and you can tell.
And when she puts needles into your body, you are not just her patient. You become her sister, uncle, or a close friend. She gives you that much attention and care. Her interaction with each patient is so personal. Same goes for Dr. Shi!!! (But his method is a little tougher in a good way)3. I want to personally thank Dr. Shi again for his generosity and godly patience.
My insurance company kept messing up with the checks for clinic visit due to change of
address. So I couldn’t pay a huge portion of my bills for months. Guess what this means? Dr. Shi and Zhao treated my condition almost free (they only accepted my meager copay) for several months.  I owed them couple thousand dollars at that time. But Dr. Shi kept saying “I understand your situation and do not want you to pay out of pocket until your insurance company sends you the checks.  I know that you are a student. I trust you.”  Who would do this for anyone? My heart warms up just by thinking about Dr. Shi’s generosity. I ended up paying my bills much later and Dr. Shi was patient until the last moment. Dr. Shi runs couple clinics in both Orange county and Nor Cal. Although his business is run for profit, the foundation, purposes, and goals of Dr. Shi’s clinics are beyond profit generating. Dr. Shi is a man of dignity and his internal unlimited potential will be seen during your each visit- I can guarantee that. Jeez. My review is now way too long. lolol To sum up, I highly recommend Dragon Acupuncture to everyone and especially people with
incurable symptoms that western medicine has given up. (i.e insomnia or chronic fatigue)Dragon Acupuncture is one of the best acupuncture clinic in California and the only
place where your soul can also be nurtured and energized. Thank you, Dr. Shi and Zhao for everything. And I miss you guys.
danmi b., Los Angeles, CA, Yelp reviews on 5/23/2016 

Getting poked by needles is no fun. But Dr Zhao makes it as pleasant as possible. I came here because I was fed up with going from doctor to doctor, being diagnosed differently each time, and given pills which wouldn’t even fix the problem. Dr. Zhao really understands the human body well, on a level I can’t even explain. Her treatment is like a healing process, not a quick fix where the doctor looks at you for few minutes and writes a prescription. In less than 3 months, she was able to fix my problems.

Peggy C. Los Angeles, CA, Yelp reviews on 5/13/2016 


I love Dragon Acupuncture! I have been going to Dr. Zhao my chronic migraine condition for a few months, now. I have seen such dramatic improvements in my condition! Dr. Zhao knows and understands the human body better than any physician I have met (I know MANY physicians). As this is my first experience with acupuncture and Chinese medicine, I was not completely sure it would heal me when I initially came. However,  I was desperate for a solution, so I gave it a shot. I have become a firm believer in the use of acupuncture for various ailments. If you are looking for an acupuncturist or are tired of doctors throwing you every pill under the sink without resolve, look no further! I highly recommend the professionals Dragon Acupuncture.

Sonja B. Foothill Ranch, CA, Yelp reviews on 5/9/2016 

I am very happy with the fast improvement after having 3 acupuncture treatments with Dr. Zhao.  The acupuncture together with the herbal teas she prescribed have already given me amazing results.  It is allowing me to sleep better, feel more relaxed, and have a general feeling of well-being.  Dr.  Zhao was able to diagnose immediately and accurately my general health problems and gave me hope to correct imbalances I have not been able to improve in the past.
I am grateful that my Blue Shield health insurance plan covers unlimited acupuncture treatments since I understand this alternative health care is not a quick fix, rather a gentle and natural approach but without any side effects; it also addresses the root of any health problem.  I highly recommend Dr. Zhao to women experiencing menopausal problems and any other health conditions in general.

Sarah C. Costa Mesa, CA, Yelp reviews on 2/10/2016

Dr. Zhao is one of the best acupuncturists out there. I had sudden and severe bouts of insomnia due to stress and tried treatments from quite a few other acupuncturists without success. Dr. Zhao was able to fix my sleep issue with a combination of acupuncture, cupping and herbs. She has extensive experiences in treating insomnia patients and is very passionate about it. Insomnia won’t be cured with one treatment, but if you’re patient, sleep will come around naturally. I highly recommend Dr. Zhao.

Yun O. Irvine, CA, 2/5/2016 

I love this place!  I have sinus issues and as soon as I get the acupuncture needles stuck into the treatment areas I can feel the excess gunk clearing from my head going down my throat.  Granted that sounds disgusting, but when you have constant sinus infections that is the best feeling of relief ever!  Dragon Acupuncture is very clean which is important.  I recommend it highly to anyone who wants the best of the best doctors of acupuncture.

Kim H. Yorba Linda, CA, Yelp reviews on 2/4/2016 

I would highly recommend Dr. Zhao to anyone who is having trouble getting pregnant. Dr. Zhao is knowledgeable when it comes to fertility problems and has many years of experience. I combined acupuncture with my Invitro-fertilization treatment and at 43 I got pregnant. I was told my odds of having a baby over 40 was less than 5%.  I believe the acupuncture increased my chances significantly.

Dr. Zhao is really gentle when it comes to placing the needles. In fact, I would look forward to the weekly treatments because they were so relaxing.  I would end up falling asleep through the appointments. She is well informed on the herbal teas as well.  She made it really easy for me to take the herbs daily because they were all individually packaged and ready to drink (10-12 different herbs at a time).  I like the fact that she personalized the herbs on a weekly basis depending on what my needs were.  Overall, I had a good experience.

Maggie W. Carlsbad, CA, Yelp reviews on 1/31/2016

 My 13-year-old son suffers from migraines and chronic daily headache.  He has seen many doctors and been on many medications, but could not find any relief for his pain.  Thanks to Dr. Zhao and Dr. Shi, my son experiences relief from his pain each time he gets treatment.  Both doctors are very knowledgeable and extremely caring. I trust their expertise, knowledge, skills and care.  When you see Dr. Zhao and Dr. Shi, you will be met by caring doctors who will skillfully treat your illnesses and restore your health.
Tania H. Trabuco Canyon, CA, Yelp reviews on 1/28/2016

When I first went to Dr. Zhao I was told I would need a lung transplant.  That was 7 years ago,  today my lung function is normal and without a transplant!  Much of that is due to my treatments with Dr. Zhao and the herbal tea she provided.  There was also many hours of exercise, getting lots of sleep and a positive attitude.  Never give up, and see Dr. Zhao, her knowledge of Western and Eastern medicine with help you through whatever challenges you face.

Kathy M. Santa Clarita, CA, Yelp reviews on 1/18/2016 
I was so thankful for the help from Dr. Zhao. I started treatment in Nov 2015 for my shoulder and waist pain as well as chronic throat irritation caused coughing. Dr. Zhao applied magic needle as well as cupping technique during visits. My situation has greatly improved since and now the pain is gone. I am so thankful She is not only very knowledgeable with Ph. D of Chinese medicine in China and also Ph. D of western medicine in Japan, she is also very kind with a caring heart. She is the first doctor on my mind getting advice on medical issues and I even sometimes go to visit her for a simple pressure release whenever I have time.

Ling Y. Irvine, CA, Yelp reviews on 1/13/2016


I came to Dragon Acupuncture the day before Thanksgiving 2015 after I hurting my back and hip carrying groceries. I was in excruciating pain and could not walk without limping. Dr. Zhao did acupuncture, prescribed Chinese herbs and a heat patch. By the next morning I was 90% better! I was able to enjoy my holiday pain free. I could not believe how fast her course of treatment worked.
I discovered Dragon Acupuncture 2 years prior after having a free consultation. I had terrible back pain and after Dr. Zhao examined me she told me that my liver was inflamed from taking too many pain killers. She prescribed Chinese medicine, a low fat diet and an immune boosting tea. My liver enzymes are now back to normal.
Dr. Zhao is an amazing medical doctor and an expert in her field. She is my “little Chinese angel”.

Maria N. Irvine, CA, Yelp reviews on 1/9/2016 


I’ve been under the care of Dr. Zhao & Dragon Acupuncture for 5 years now.
The Doctors are MDs & traditional Chinese medicine Doctors.
I found Dr. Zhao after moving to OC and my Dr/Acupuncturist Beverly Hills acupuncture referred me. All have been professors teaching TCM in so cal at one point.
Dr Zhao is attentive caring and amazing. During one tough pregnancy she was able diagnose that my hormones were too low while my MDs rather wait for evidence (miscarriages) and urged me to go to Dr before I even new anything was wrong.
I use her prescribed herbs for sinus infections and immunity and I’ve been so healthy! I have not been on antibiotics since going to dragon acupuncture nor do I have to use sinus meds. The herbs and acupuncture work!
She helps My husband with digestion, eating and stress.
I love going at my lunch break or after work to recharge and deeply relax.
I consider Dr Zhao my primary dr. I go to her first!

Karin P. Santa Ana, CA, Yelp reviews on 1/3/2016 

I started seeing Dr. Zhao again in June of 2014, due to my body totally shutting down. All of the  western doctors that I was seeing was unable or unwilling to treat and get to the bottom of my problem. One of my doctors said from all the test they were running it seemed like my body was not absorbing any of the medicines I was on. So into the hospital for more test I went. They came back with it being Celiac Disease with many additional complications. This had been on going for most of my life, and finally after Breast Cancer and many other surgeries, they said now we know what the problem is (But there is nothing we can do for you) there is so much damage now from the disease. One doctor did say he was sorry and that he wished the test had been better years before. So there I was with no hope or compassion from any of the many doctors I was seeing. Only to say but you look good, and no one would ever think that you are as sick as you are.
At this point I had nothing to lose since they were telling me that I was going to die, I couldn’t eat my body was not absorbing the foods or medicines. So they said we can’t take you off the medicines because we don’t know how much you might be getting, and we are afraid if we try to take you off your body will go into shock. I didn’t know what to do at this point.
I lived in Los Angeles in the early 2000 when I use to see Dr. Zhao & Dr. Min Shi, so I took a chance and gave them a call to explain what I was going through and what the doctors were telling me about this condition.

Right away Dr. Zhao said how soon can you get here. I live in Las Vegas now and with me being so sick it was going to take me about 24-48 hours to get my self together. Once I got there she gave me a full examine, I also made sure I took all of my other medical records with me so that she could see them.
After the examine, she helped me to understand what I was facing and that many time after our body go through trauma that it can make a condition that you already have worst. And boy is that what happened to me. She said that my system was very weak and that it was fighting hard to keep me alive. So the first thing we needed to do was to try to take some of the pressure off of my Heart and my digestive system. The first night I took the tea my system was fighting it, so I call Dr. Zhao as she had told me to give a full report of how my body reactive. But my system was just as she said “very weak”. So I had to go very slow and cut in half the Herbal tea I was drinking. Once I got back home, I call every few days to let her know what was going on. For a while I was just taking it a day at a time, still seeing my other doctors, but they were still saying that there was no cure and no medicine to fight this disease that I had. And it had just taken control of my whole life.

It has now been a little over a Year and life is good. I had my doctors appointments a few months back with LAB wk, CT-scans the works. When I went in for the appointments all four of the doctors at different times that week, were just shaking their heads, I thought something was wrong maybe a new growth on my lungs or something crazy like that.

But they each said: I just don’t understand how you are still Alive. From all of the Lab wk we did on you it showed that there was just NO way you would be able to keep living, you couldn’t eat so no nurturance, your body was rejecting all of the medicines that we tried to use. When they all informed me that there was NO hope and to prepare to die. I told them about seeing Dr. Zhao and that I had great results with her before, they said go for it, because we have nothing to help you. So this summer at the end of my doctors visit, I asked them so what do you think now: They said we don’t understand it but what ever it is that she’s using is working for you, because we can see that you are still alive and your body is responding. They said you understand you are not cured, right. I said oh yes I understand there is no cure, but I’m happy that I have hope now to live a bit longer, and to just take a walk with my sweetheart that’s enough for me. They each hugged me and said Keep doing what your doing, we’ll see you in six months.
So for anyone out there is who is not sure if Dragon Acupuncture & Herbs work. I am living proof. I understand that not all things are for everyone, but I have had  great results with Dr. Zhao and Dr. Min Shi for many years now. I would highly recommend them to anyone who will listen. In my opinion they are Top’s in there Field of TCM and the fact that they are also qualify in Western Medicine. I’m sure I will be going to them for the rest of my Life.


I was suffering from calcific Achilles tendonitis for over a year. I was treating with anti inflammatory drugs, heal supports, boot etc. Some days I could not walk on it at all. Pain was severe.  It would improve and then get worse again. Dr. Shi explained to me that he would cause trauma to me heel basically by putting two needle holes where I was having the most pain. He told me that he could probably fix my problem in five treatments. He said causing small trauma to that area with the needles would send a message to my body to heel that area. I went once a week for three weeks and have been pain free ever since. My pain level was very high when I went to the first treatment .  I must admit that sticking needles into the most painful area was not what I would call fun, but the entire treatment was probably less than a minute and it started feeling better the next day. By the time I went for treatment a week later, My pain was probably down to 20% and 5% by the third. It has felt great ever since. I am very thankful for Dr. Shi’s expertise and recommend him to friends and family.

Tim H. Mission Viejo, CA, Yelp reviews on 12/1/2015 


Dr. Zhao has the magic touch. She is helping to rehabilitate a fracture in my foot and I find her treatment to be incredibly effective in managing pain, reducing inflammation, and increasing my mobility. In addition, she is warm, friendly, and totally focused! I am so grateful for finding this clinic through a friend.

Charlotte G.. Newport Beach, CA, Yelp reviews on 11/8/2015 


Dragon Acupuncture changed my life. I had daily migraines and painful tension in my neck that kept me out of work for days at a time. Western doctors could only recommend that I avoid certain foods and they could provide pills for the pain. I did what they recommended but my situation grew worse, and the root cause of the problem was never being treated. I felt that western medicine had failed me. In a desperate effort to get better I decided I would try anything… And what I tried first was acupuncture with Dr. Zhao.

I’ll be honest, I did not expect it to help at all, I just wanted peace of mind that I had exhausted all of my options. Also… I am terrified of needles- so much so that I panic even if someone other than me is about to get a shot or blood drawn. Dr. Zhao is the best doctor I have ever met hands down- she is sweet and calm and incredibly talented at what she does. I do not understand why the treatment works, but I can tell you I never miss work from having a migraine anymore. I use to wake up nearly every day with a migraine, and now I never do. I hate that I suffered for so long with something that no other doctor could help, when all along it could have been fixed so easily. If you are scared of the thought of acupuncture let me tell you this- it is probably nothing like you think it is!!! Dr. Zhao is very gentle and most of the time you can’t even feel the needles! I was surprised to find that the whole experience at Dragon Acupuncture feels more like a spa experience where you leave feeling totally relaxed and at your best! I continue to go to Dr. Zhao for the treatment of fibromyalgia and she keeps the fatigue at bay. Even if I didn’t have a chronic illness I would still continue to go to her for the relaxing experience and the energy I get from her treatments!!! I cannot recommend Dr. Zhao and Dragon Acupuncture enough!! Please, if you are in pain, or can’t sleep, or have a chronic illness, or need help with fertility- please don’t suffer any longer. Make an appointment and I guarantee you that if you give it a chance it will be the best decision you ever made! If I could give her 10 stars I would.

Jennifer C. Irvine, CA, Yelp reviews on 11/1/2015 

Dr. Zhao has been a real lifesaver. Like others, I’ve been going to her for some chronic issues that have taken a toll over time and she has been of immense help. Admittedly, I was skeptical of acupuncture/cupping, having had some ineffective experiences in the past. Dr. Zhao on the other hand knows what she’s doing and does it incredibly well.

Know that feeling you get when you’ve had an extremely relaxing massage?  Imagine that x 100 because THAT’S how good her treatments are. I’m not sure how it all works, but it does, and it’s beyond effective.

Her bedside manner is great, she’s incredibly receptive and will hear you out and recommend a proper course of treatment.  I wholeheartedly recommend her and Dragon Acupuncture.

J C., Irvine, CA, Yelp reviews on 11/1/2015    

Dr. Zhao has the magic touch. She is helping to rehabilitate a fracture in my foot and I find her treatment to be incredibly effective in managing pain, reducing inflammation, and increasing my mobility. In addition, she is warm, friendly, and totally focused! I am so grateful for finding this clinic through a friend.

Charlotte G. Newport Beach, CA, Yelp reviews on 11/8/2015 

Dr. Zhao is the best!  She not only has degrees in Chinese medicine but Western medicine as well.  Tell her where it hurts and she can make it better.  I have been seeing her over 5 years and wouldn’t go anywhere else!

Kathy M. Santa Clarita, CA, Yelp reviews on 10/29/2015             


Dr Zhao is the best!  Whenever I am having issues with sleeping, stress or running injuries I go to Dragon Acupuncture.  I honestly cannot say enough about her as a Doctor and her professionalism.

Beverly H. Scottsdale, AZ, Yelp reviews on 9/5/2015 


I have seen Dr. Zhao many times for herbs only, as I cannot afford the acupuncture. I have a host of health issues and often suffer bouts of insomnia. She has been able to help me every time. I think she is very intuitive.
Cathy H. Fullerton, CA, Yelp reviews on 6/21/2015 

I’ve moved to San Diego now and have not found a new acupuncturist. So, I travel to Dr. Zhao at her other office in Irvine. It’s an hour away but it’s worth it.

Gloria H.  San Diego, CA, Yelp reviews on 5/24/2015


I first came to see Dr Shi at the Newport location for numerous things. The most serious one was my neck and lower back. I’ve suffered from back and neck pain since I was 10 years old from a gymnastics injury. I’ve been to physical therapy, sports doctors, you name it. I am now in my 40’s and I thought this was just how I was going to spend my life. Dr Shi did a treatment on me and the pain went from a 10 to a 5 the first visit, the next visit, I kid you not it was gone!!!! I had shared with him that my husband and I were trying to get pregnant and he told me I should come see Dr. Zhao. I followed his advise and came to see her a few times a week right away, some visits in Newport and some in Irvine. You are never going to believe this but the FIRST round of fertility acupuncture and sure enough….POSITIVE!!! I’ve also had other things such as stress, anxiety etc., they have both helped me so much! How can I express my gratitude to these amazing people. I hope someone reads this review and the path leads them to these incredible people , they will no doubt give anyone who’s seeks them a better quality of life. I just can’t thank them enough!

Shalene G. Long Beach, CA, Yelp reviews on 3/11/2015 


I’ve been to several acupuncturists, the strip mall kind, stick a bunch of needles in you, tell you that you’re cured, and bye bye… Not at Dragon Acupuncture & Herb Center, Irvine, CA.  My acupuncturist, Dr. Zhao is a real doctor, smart, professional, and compassionate to no end.  She quickly and expertly diagnosed the cause of my condition and started me on a treatment plan  which has shown definite and almost immediate results.  The office is pleasant, the receptionists are all great [and cute] and I’ve never had to wait more than maybe 3 minutes for my appointments.  In closing I’ll just state that I hope I never have to see an actual M.D. doctor again.

Jerry F. Lake Forest, CA, Yelp reviews on 11/18/2014 

I have suffered from headaches my whole life.  I woke up with a wicked headache yesterday morning and could barely function from all the pain.  At my aunt’s suggestion, I called Dr. Zhao’s office and was seen within the hour.  Dr. Zhao did acupuncture therapy and cupping.  By the time I left her office, I was feeling much better.  I returned again today and had some more acupuncture therapy and my headache is now 90% gone.  Dr. Zhao is clearly very knowledgeable and really knows her stuff. Highly recommended!

Coco L. Tustin, CA, Yelp reviews on 9/30/2014 


Second to none, this is an outstanding practice. I have traveled all over the world and visited Chinese medical doctors. Dr. Zhao, is an expert. Her herbal medicine has helped me so much. She is a brilliant dr and a really kind soul. I love every single time I walk in the door. My health is significantly better, I can’t thank her enough and Dr. Shi.

Sarah S. Corona, NY, Yelp reviews on 4/28/2014  


I have a torn AC joint and a protruding shoulder blade. I have been to every doctor chiropractor you can think of from OC to NYC and Dr Shi has proven to be the best for pain and inflammation relief. I feel like I could be pain free one day after going to a few sessions with Dr Shi at Dragon acupuncture. I highly recommend this place.

Al D. Newport Beach, CA, Yelp reviews on 3/4/2014 


solved my 15 year old daughter’s back pain in just a few sessions.  Up until now, we have been pursuing chiropractic and pt relief.  Went through sever PT providers and Chiropractors with no permanent relief.  Love Dragon.

Lisa J. Huntington Beach, CA, Yelp reviews on 1/22/2014 


update review on 12/17/2013

I was suffering from horrific sciatic pain and could barely step out of bed in the mornings.  I dreaded going to the Doctor’s office to hear that I needed tests, maybe surgery and would be given pain pills and other drugs.  I choose to try a session with Dr. Zhao at the Dragon Acupuncture Center.  After one session, my pain was 50% better and by the 4th and last session, it was pretty much gone.  To me it is a miracle.

Previous review on 9/10/2010                            

I have been seeing Joyce at Dragon Acupuncture and she has been most helpful. My arthritic fingers that have ached for years are nearly pain free after several sessions. My knee pain is totally gone, and my nagging shoulder pain is fading quickly. I feel like a new person, and I give Joyce the credit.

Priscilla D, Mission Viejo, CA, Yelp reviews on 12/17/2013


I’ve had my doubts about somebody sticking needles in me, but have always been intrigued by the concept that stimulating our nerve centers can help heal.  After experiencing severe back and then leg pain following a ski trip, I decided to try this as an alternative.

Pain is gone and I am now well on my way to recovery.   I felt results after the first session and it really kicked in by the third.  In fact, I recently came back from a ski trip and experienced no issues.  Dr. Shi did a fabulous job and Dr. Zhao kept it up.

Take your time and explain what your symptoms are and leave it in their hands.  I highly recommend.

David A. Newport Beach, CA, Yelp reviews on 5/27/2013  


I have been going to doctors for over 14 years trying to get my hypertension under control. Over thirty medicines had been tried with very bad side effects.   When I entered  Dr. Min Shi’s office my numbers were extremely high. I was on two blood pressure medications w/side effects of weight gain, swollen fingers(gout like symptoms of pain),legs and face.  Fatigued, constipated you name it.  After one visit and the herbs Dr. Shi  prescribed, my blood pressure is in the normal range. I can now move my fingers, and all other symptoms are going away or gone.  My second visit was to work on my shoulder that has been out for four years, my old doctors said only surgery would fix the issue.  I could not raise my arm passed level with my shoulder.  Two treatments with Dr Shi and I  have full range but will need one more treatment for full recovery.  So three treatments for full use verses operating on my shoulder.
I haven’t taken any of my old medicines other than a water pill (Hydrochlorothiazide)10 mg if my blood pressure bottom number gets above 90 as suggested by Dr. Shi,  that doesn’t happen often.
This is all within a  one week time frame.  I am extremely happy with Dr. Shin.  He has vast knowledge of Chinese medicine and how acupuncture and herbs work in our bodies to help the body heal itself.  He has helped me gain back energy and health, I  Thank you Dr. Shi.

S. D. Hemet, CA, Yelp reviews on 3/14/2013 


I highly recommend Dr Shi at Dragon Acupuncture. His knowledge and expertise is like none other. I had a bad neck injury 22 years ago and it has caused me years of pain and left me with a very limited range of motion. Over the past 6 years the curve in my neck had gone straight and that has caused me a great deal of additional aches and pains. I have been to several chiropractors and hours of physical therapy over the years with no relief. After just one treatment from Dr Shi my full turning range of motion has been restored and after the third treatment the curve in my neck was restored too. I am pain free for the first time since forever and I have a huge increase in my energy. That was an unexpected added bonus.

Audra S. San Clemente, CA, Yelp reviews on 10/1/2012 


Amazing.  Dr. Shi has been able to not only help me but my entire family.  I went to see him for the first time about 4 months ago.  I had pain in my back that I had lived with for years despite multiple visits to various doctors, chiropractors, physical therapy and medications.  My back had reached an almost unbearable point; while I was waiting for a referral from my insurance company to visit a specialist, I decided to try acupuncture as pain management.  I google searched and luckily decided to try Dragon Acupuncture.  When I walked in, I could not stand up straight, get out of bed on my own, get up and down the stairs, etc… After one visit I was 50% better and after three visits, I cancelled the referral for the back specialist.

Since then, I have had approx. 12 treatments for various ailments, all of which have helped or “cured” the problems.  One of these ailments was a 20+year old knee injury.  My knee ALWAYS hurt and I couldn’t run or jump at all.  I had surgery on it about 15 years ago and still had no relief.  Dr. Shi told me he could fix it; I didn’t believe him.  Last week, I ran stairs, the beach trail, did step exercises with my personal trainer (you get the picture) Dr. Shi did two treatments on my knee and it’s never felt better.

I highly recommend Dr. Shi and have even taken my children to him for treatment.

Collin S. San Clemente, CA,  Yelp reviews on 9/29/2012 


Dr. Zhao is very knowledgeable and friendly. She knows what I was talking about, finds the problem quickly, and offers effective solutions. Didn’t really believe in Chinese acupuncture, but now I would recommend her to anyone!

HelloTiTi TIrvine, CA, Yelp reviews on 6/5/2012 


I decided to go to Dragon Acupuncture after reading reviews and I am so thankful I did. Dr. Shi has helped me tremendously! I had several problems with my back and hips and felt like I could hardly walk without pain and stiffness. I tried my family doctor, chiropractic, yoga, and physical therapy, but nothing helped me very much until I went to Dr. Shi. I believe his acupuncture knowledge is second to none. Within a few visits I was walking much better and had a lot of pain relief. I continued to go weekly for about a month and now I feel like my old self. My energy has returned, I have no more back and hip pain, and walk normally again. I highly recommend Dragon Acupuncture!

Teresa H. Mission Viejo, CA, Yelp reviews on 5/31/2012 

 


I decided to go to Dragon Acupuncture after reading reviews and I am so thankful I did. Dr. Shi has helped me tremendously! I had several problems with my back and hips and felt like I could hardly walk without pain and stiffness. I tried my family doctor, chiropractic, yoga, and physical therapy, but nothing helped me very much until I went to Dr. Shi. I believe his acupuncture knowledge is second to none. Within a few visits I was walking much better and had a lot of pain relief. I continued to go weekly for about a month and now I feel like my old self. My energy has returned, I have no more back and hip pain, and walk normally again. I highly recommend Dragon Acupuncture!

I have been going to Dragon Acupuncture on and off over the past few years and can’t say enough positive things about them. I have seen both Dr. Zhao and Dr. Shi and they have both helped me tremendously with a variety of problems including back pain and stomach issues. Anyone who is looking for a knowledgeable, experienced acupuncturist should definitely go to Dragon Acupuncture.

 Carlee M.  Tustin, CA, Yelp reviews on 12/10/2011 


I have been to several acupuncture clinics to treat my lower back but was somewhat ineffective. This time it was completely the opposite. Holy cow! My lower back has not felt this good in years. This is my second treatment and my lower back pain is almost gone. They know what they are doing here. I recommend!!!

 C G. Irvine, CA, Yelp reviews on 10/26/2011


I had three strokes in 2010.  Starting in mid-April my upper right side of my mouth started feeling pain.  That’s the part of my mouth was weak after the stroke.  I first I had thought it was my teeth and so I decided to go to dentist.  He filled a several cavities and I had also a root canal, but the pain was getting worse.  He told me it might be TMJ pain.

So I went to a neurologist and starting to go for acupuncture with Dragon.  This is the first time for acupuncture for me. The neurologist gave some meds that help the pain, but Dr. Huifang Zhao at Dragon helped me more. I was going twice a week but after 4 weeks the pain dropped considerably.   After six weeks my pain was still there a little, but she said the pain would stopped in a few weeks.

It did.  I don’t feel pain, but the weak muscle is feeling tight and now I can do my mouth exercises.

 Jeff B. Irvine, CA, Yelp reviews on 10/6/2011 


I am a Registered Nurse and I have been going to see Dr. Zhao for more than 2 years. She is very professional and honest yet very kind and understanding. Knowing she practiced internal medicine when back in China and have a MD degree from Japan also a big plus.

I first start seeing her hoping acupuncture can help me with regulating my endocrine level without interventions from Western medicine. What ever she did on me and the herbal tea she gave me worked. I was very happy with the outcome and my condition has been being stable. I am on regular/maintenance treatment plan with Dr. Zhao.

Dr. Zhao is also very good with pain management. She also treated me for my lower back pain and neck/shoulder pain once a while. The pain usually went away within 1-2 treatments. I always feel relaxed and energized after each treatment; just laying in my own treatment room, enjoy the light music playing in the air and napping/meditating while the treatment is going on.

I have sent couple of my friends to see Dr. Zhao for different concerns, like allergies, anxiety, fatigue, insomnia, and weak digestive system. All I can say is acupuncture and herbs worked for them. They were all happy and grateful with Dr. Zhao’s help.

I will definitely recommend Dr. Zhao to anyone who is interested in Oriental medicine and wants different opinion other than Western medicine.

Norya L. Los Angeles, CA, Yelp reviews on 7/12/2011 


Dr. Shi and the staff of Dragon Acupuncture & Herb Center are incredible!  I was referred to them by YELP.  I visited Dr. Shi after suffering from chronic respiratory issues.  After 5 intensive visits and 1 round of herbal treatment I was GOOD AS NEW.  This is the best I have felt in 3 years.  I completely trust Dr. Shi and the staff of Dragon!

Greg R. Irvine, CA, Yelp reviews on 3/7/2011 


I went to Dr. Shi after my doctor told me I had fibromyalgia. I had been in pain for years and I didn’t want to be on any more pain medication so I decided to try acupuncture. I had Dr. Shi treat my chronic migraines, and insomnia as well. I can hardly believe the results. After just a couple months I gained energy, began to sleep through the night, have lost all the aches and pains associated with fibromyalgia, and haven’t had a migraine since December (a real break though because I was having between four and six a month just last September).

Dr. Shi is very kind and patient. I absolutely recommend Dragon Acupuncture to anyone considering acupuncture as a treatment.

K S. Rancho Santa Margarita, Yelp reviews on 3/4/2011 


I was in some serious pain when I was looking for an acupuncturist. I was fortunate enough to stumble across them.  I know it was meant to be.  I have been seeing Dr. Zhao for years now and have referred many others to her as well. I could not say enough nice things about her.  Before I even answer she basically knows what is bothering me and what has brought me in to see her on that day.  That still amazes me.  That is prior to her looking at my tongue or at my pulse.  She is good!  She cares and she loves what she is doing and it shows.
She now has another location in Irvine so she splits her time between the two offices.
She has a great front office person, Marina. She makes you feel at ease right away and takes care of everything.

Tammy C. Castaic, CA, Yelp reviews on 3/1/2011   


My 12-year old son had lower back pain for almost a year. We tried a couple of other acupuncturists who did help a little, but Dr. Shi wiped the pain out completely. After only two sessions of gentle acupuncture and cupping, my son recovered and has been pain-free now for over almost two months. Everyone is nice and scheduling is really easy.

Brendon C. San Juan Capistrano, CA, Yelp reviews on 2/7/2011 


I want to highly recommend Dragon  Acupuncture after  Dr. Shi helped me tremendously with a broken arm after a terrible fall in my home.  I broke my elbow and after physical therapy, decided  to try acupuncture for the first time.  I feel after only a few sessions my arm was back  to normal.  It was truly amazing.  I want people to know western medicine is not the only way to deal with pain.  I am now a true believer in this form of medicine and will gladly tell anyone my story.

Thank you so much Dr.  Shi  for knowing exactly how  to treat my condition.  I am thrilled with the fact I would never know my arm was broken just a couple of months ago.

The new location in Newport Beach  is beautiful and easy to find.  They are very close to Hoag Hospital.  This new location which makes 4 for Dragon Acupuncture takes Eastern medicine to a new level.  I really love Dr.  Shi and you will too!!

Thank you again for all your help.

A L., Laguna Niguel, CA, Yelp reviews on 1/19/2011 


Dr. Shi is great. He really knows his stuff. I’ve been going twice a week for about a month now and he has fixed so many things. I had a pain under my ribs, near my stomach that I was really scared would end up needing surgery or something crazy. Dr. Shi sent electrical impulses into my back muscles and made the pain go away. Amazing. I’ve been to other acupuncturists, and while I’ve never had a bad experience, Dr. Shi certainly seems to be the most knowledgeable. He readily answers all my questions and seems genuinely excited about what he does.

Brendon C. Laguna Beach, CA, Yelp reviews on 11/2/2010  


I appreciate Dr. Zhao so much for her help with my medical issues. I was very satisfied with the care i was given by Dr. Zhao, and her genuine warmth and concern for my health. I had experienced some women’s health issues and lower back problems. Dr. Zhao was able to use a holistic approach to take care of the problems within couple weeks. I am very glad that I found Dragon Acupuncture!!!!

 L. C. Irvine, CA, Yelp reviews on 10/14/2010 


 I was suffering from horrific sciatic pain and could barely step out of bed in the mornings.  I dreaded going to the Doctor’s office to hear that I needed tests, maybe surgery and would be given pain pills and other drugs.  I choose to try a session with Dr. Zhao at the Dragon Acupuncture Center.  After one session, my pain was 50% better and by the 4th and last session, it was pretty much gone.  To me it is a miracle.

Updated  Yelp reviews on 12/17/2013 


I have been seeing Joyce at Dragon Acupuncture and she has been most helpful. My arthritic fingers that have ached for years are nearly pain free after several sessions. My knee pain is totally gone, and my nagging shoulder pain is fading quickly. I feel like a new person, and I give Joyce the credit. 

Priscilla D. Mission Viejo, CA,Yelp reviews on  9/10/2010 Previous review


I want to highly recommend Dragon  Acupuncture after  Dr. Shi helped me tremendously with a broken arm after a terrible fall in my home.  I broke my elbow and after physical therapy, decided  to try acupuncture for the first time.  I feel after only a few sessions my arm was back  to normal.  It was truly amazing.  I want people to know western medicine is not the only way to deal with pain.  I am now a true believer in this form of medicine and will gladly tell anyone my story.

Thank you so much Dr.  Shi  for knowing exactly how  to treat my condition.  I am thrilled with the fact I would never know my arm was broken just a couple of months ago.

A L. Laguna Niguel, CA. Yelp reviews on 12/27/2010  


Dr. Zhao was incredibly responsive. I called on a Sunday, when they were closed, and received a call back within two hours.  They squeezed me in for a next day appointment and worked with me financially, so that I could receive treatment for an illness that western doctors were unable to treat.

Dr. Zhao is very gentle and kind.  She explains the procedures and always checks to make sure you are comfortable and not in any pain.

The office itself is great, very clean with all the necessary equipment.  The staff is friendly and willing to work with your schedule.

If I ever need treatment again, I will be sure to go back to Dr. Zhao!

Kim W. Irvine, CA, Yelp reviews on 11/12/2010  

 

I appreciate Dr. Zhao so much for her help with my medical issues. I was very satisfied with the care i was given by Dr. Zhao, and her genuine warmth and concern for my health. I had experienced some women’s health issues and lower back problems. Dr. Zhao was able to use a holistic approach to take care of the problems within couple weeks. I am very glad that I found Dragon Acupuncture!!!!

L. C. Los Angeles, CA, Yelp reviews on 11/14/2010


Prior to my first visit @ Dragon Acupuncture I was a skeptic about this type of treatment since I never tried it before but now…let me tell you I’m a true believer, I recommend everyone I know to try it at least once. I used to live about 15 min. to the Acupuncture place and I was treated for about 2 months for my problem, at that point I can honestly say I felt about 80% cured, then I moved to San Bernardino County and because of the move I believe I had a re-laps since I didn’t follow the Doc’s orders. My pain became as bad as it was when I started my treatment so I tried several Acupuncturists in my area and even though the treatments were somewhat different there were no results. I had to make the choice of having to go back to see Dr. Zhao which meant I had to drive 1:15 minutes each way just to get treated. It’s been a month since I started my treatment again and my pain went from a 10 to a 4. I maybe 75-80% cured. : )  I’m more than willing to drive the distance because she is a shore thing; I feel it’s a guarantee for me that I will feel like a normal human being again. I tell Dr. Zhao that she is my miracle worker but in my heart she another my angel!

Please try them you won’t regret it!

Myrna M.. Fontana, CA, Yelp reviews on 10/12/2010 


Dr. Zhao has been so helpful on my back problem. I have tried many different ways to manage my low back pain after I injuried myself in a swimming pool last summer.  Besides taking pain medication, I have been going to many sessions of physical therapy from the very beginning. Its effectiveness degrades over time to a point that I didn’t see any benefit anymore. Sometimes I got even more pain for a few of days after the physical therapy. So I started to seek alternative. Acupuncture combined with Chinese herbal treatment from Dr. Zhao is the best treatment I have ever got. She sets a long term goal for me and for herself and make adjustment along the way. With that, my low back pain is now well under control. I can go on with my normal daily activities with minimal pain. She always sets a high bar for herself. Not only does she make treatment adjustment based on patient’s progress, but attending training sessions to further sharpen her own skills. I am continuing my acupuncture sessions with Dr. Zhao with the new treatment method she has recently acquired. I am thankful to God that I have such a wonderful acupuncturist Dr. Zhao who helps me during the difficult time.

Guangqiang J.. Irvine, CA, Yelp reviews on 10/12/2010  


Dr. Zhao is amazing! I was referred by a friend and was a little skeptical at first, but had tried everything else and was desperate. I was nervous  during my first visit. Dr. Zhao was so calm, reassuring, extremely knowledgeable and informative that all my fears disappeared. I am currently being treated for stress, migraines and infertility. I have been seeing the Dr. for 3 weeks now and see improvement in both my stress levels and migraines already, and am very hopeful that my fertility will improve. My husband just started going last week for help with stress and insomnia and has seen results as well.

Rachele M.  Costa Mesa, CA, Yelp reviews on 10/12/2010  


My family and I have been visiting Dr Zhao for the past three years for a variety of conditions and injuries. We (family) believe in a natural, holistic approach towards the treating of illnesses or injuries. Help the body heal itself.

The first time I visited Dr Zhao for help- I was very nervous and honestly-a little skeptical about the effectiveness of acupuncture. She helped put my mind at ease and the results of her treatments made me a believer in this form of treatment. I am presently being treated for severe pain stemming from plantar fasciitis -pain which has been exacerbated due to very old scar tissue which formed and hardened near my arch.

The pain and swelling has improved tremendously.

I find Dr Zhao to be a very intelligent and caring doctor .

calli s.Stevenson Ranch, CA, Yelp reviews on 10/11/2010  


Dr Zhao has done wonders for my allergies/asthma.  I have not had to take any medications/puffer since going to her.  She has a caring manner and is genuinely concerned in the health of her patients.  I rate her a A+.

ann p.. Santa Clarita, CA, Yelp reviews on 10/8/2010  


I came down with a sever case of Bell’s Palsy and was told recovery was not likely. I then began doing acupuncture and there is  movement back in my face. Getting better everyday.  All the Doctors at Dragon Acupuncture were very knowledgeable about this condition and experienced in treating it.  I would highly recommend Dragon Acupuncture to anyone who is interested in acupuncture. Not only were all the Doctors highly qualified, they really cared about you and your recovery. Gave me hope when I was lacking that. Thank you to Drs. Chen, Shi and Zhao!!

Karra P. Anaheim, CA, Yelp reviews on 9/15/2010  


I decided to the visit Dragon Acupuncture after reading the long list of medical degrees the doctors have. Dr. Shi and Dr. Zhao seem well known in the field because when I mentioned their names to other acupuncturists, they knew exactly who Dr. Shi and Dr. Zhao are.

Dr. Shi’s acupuncture treatment was extremely effective. My chronic neck and shoulder pain went away after a few visits. I have also gone back to fix my injured hip and he was able to relief the pain in two sessions.

Dr. Shi is also knowledgeable in acupoint. He taught me several acupressure methods to use in relieving my migrant headaches. They worked! I highly recommend Dragon. They have two offices and are planning to establish two more locations in OC. That to me is a testimony itself.

Ellen C. Portland, OR, Yelp reviews on 7/14/2010 


Several friends recommended Dragon Acupuncture when I was looking for one. I decided to the visit Dragon Acupuncture after reading the long list of medical degrees the doctors have. Dr. Shih and Dr. Zhao seem well known in the field because when I mentioned their names to other acupuncturists, they knew exactly who Dr. Shih and Dr. Shao are.

Dr. Shi’s acupuncture treatment was extremely effective. My chronic neck and shoulder pain went away after a few visits. I have also gone back to fix my injured hip and he was able to relief the pain in two sessions.

Dr. Shih is also knowledgeable in acupoint. He taught me several acupressure methods to use in relieving my migrant headaches. They worked! I highly recommend Dragon. They have two offices and are planning to establish two more locations in OC. That to me is a testimony itself.

Ellen C. Portland, OR, Yelp reviews on 6/23/2010 


 

I was suffering from shoulder/neck/arm pain since last September. I couldn’t use my arm to lift/hold things (a gallon of milk for example). It was also very painful when sleeping and I tried different things. I had 8 sessions of physical therapy but nothing happened, the pain was exactly the same or even worst. Last February I decided to try Acupuncture and I discovered Dr. Zhao. Since the very first time I saw her she was sure she could help me and she was very kind and warm.  I had only 5 sessions and now I can use my arm like before. After the very first session I noticed a huge difference. The pain is gone and I can sleep at nights. If you go there you will be sure you will be in good hands. I am so happy that I tried acupuncture with them.

Patricia D. Irvine, CA, Yelp reviews on 4/12/2010


Dr. Zhao truly cares for her patients. My whole family has been seeing her for years and we have always had a wonderful experience at her center.
She takes the time to really listen and make you feel comfortable. Her staff is very nice and polite. We especially find that the herbs for colds and flu are very helpful. She’s awesome!

C S. Canyon Country, CA, Yelp reviews on 2/14/2010  


This is a wonderful center.  I recommend it to anyone in need of healing.  Dr. Zhao is a gifted and dedicated acupuncturist with a well-rounded approach.

Ann W. Los Angeles, CA, Yelp reviews on 1/27/2010 


I am so pleased that I found Dr. Zhao. Her knowledge is vast. Her sweet, calm and reassuring manner and voice create such confidence and ease with me and other patients I have talked with in the waiting room. Most importantly, she has helped me so much with my insomnia, tight muscles and general tension, mainly due to menopause symptoms.
Amazingly, she has helped my face look better and younger! I would never believe this if it had not happened to me personally. I asked if she could help my crooked mouth due to really bad plastic surgery and my one eyebrow being lower than the other. I have seen her 10 times and we both can already see a difference. I feel so lucky and blessed to have found this woman.

8/29/2009 Ali Anderson M.A., MFT, Adolescent and Child Therapy, Tustin, CA 92780

Dragon Acupuncture and specifically Dr. Zhao have been a wonderfully healing part of my week. Dr. Zhao is as compassionate and warm as she is skilled and artful. My body has not felt this good in years and I attribute it to my weekly experience at Dragon. I highly recommend Dr. Zhao. I am grateful to have located her.

Rosemary H. Newport Beach, CA, Yelp reviews on 12/12/2009  


Dragon Acupuncture and specifically Dr. Zhao have been a wonderfully healing part of my week. Dr. Zhao is as compassionate and warm as she is skilled and artful. My body has not felt this good in years and I attribute it to my weekly experience at Dragon. I highly recommend Dr. Zhao. I am grateful to have located her.

Ali Anderson M.A., MFT
Adolescent and Child Therapy
Tustin, CA 92780

Ali A. Tustin, CA, Yelp reviews on 8/29/2009

 

Dragon Acupuncture and specifically Dr. Zhao have been a wonderfully healing part of my week. Dr. Zhao is as compassionate and warm as she is skilled and artful. My body has not felt this good in years and I attribute it to my weekly experience at Dragon. I highly recommend Dr. Zhao. I am grateful to have located her.

I discovered Dragon Acupuncture (after trying many others!) in May this year and am extremely pleased with the experience, knowledge and personal care Dr. Zhao & Dr. Shi have to offer! After suffering from a couple of chronic health issues, I am pleased to say Dr. Zhao has been the only doctor & acupuncturist to be able to help get my health issues under control…without any drugs and nasty side effects. One health problem was a heavy menstrual flow that lasted a couple of weeks…Dr. Zhao fixed the problem over night – miracle!!! I highly recommend them to everyone and please know your will be in excellent hands.

Patty P.Laguna Beach, CA, Yelp reviews on 8/25/2009  


I have been going to Dr. Zhao from the day she practically opened.  She is the first one we see for our kids and for us ( Mom and Dad)  she is wonderful.  My personal experiences with her is with my vision.  she gives me these little black herbal pills that clear my vision to 20/20.  My optometrist is amazed how it works.  Also, I broke my ankle playing soccer.  After the surgery, I was sent to physical therapy.  I was scheduled for 14 weeks.  I decided to see Dr. Zhao after each session.
With acupuncture my therapy was cut to 6 weeks.  Like I said,  Dr. Zhao is always the first I go to.  I have referred many of my friends to go see her.  They were all happy with the results.

Manuel X. Los Angeles, CA, Yelp reviews on 8/14/2009  


I came to Dragon Acupuncture a few weeks ago because my blood pressure was spiraling out of control and I did not want to go on prescription meds for life.  It was my last resort.   My blood pressure levels came down immediately and within this short time are consistently within normal ranges!!!  I am extremely pleased with the results, and I am doubly thrilled because I am treating my whole body, not just the symptoms!  I get a few extra needles for stress, energy and weight loss, too, at no extra charge!!!  🙂  The doctors are VERY caring and take their time to make sure they are giving the best treatment they can .  I strongly recommend Dragon Acupuncture!

Sherree J. Huntington Beach, CA, Yelp reviews on 8/13/2009  

I’ve been seeing Dr. Huifang Zhao for the last 8 months or so and I have had a fantastic experience at the clinic. Dr. Zhao has such a wonderful mix of caring sensitivity and professional expertise that I always feel completely taken care of. She’s helped me through several issues (through a combination of acupuncture and herbs) and I will continue to see her and bring my family to her. I cannot speak about Dr. Shi because I have not seen him, but the entire office staff is great.
Also – if you’re looking for the full treatment, get acupuncture AND a massage by Curtis. You’ll be floating on air!

Jake A. Valencia, CA, Yelp reviews on 5/17/2008 


Great experience at Dragon Acupuncture & Herb Center. I tried acupuncture for the first time and I feel great.


Dr. Shi and Dr. Zhao are both very knowledgeable, talented, and caring doctors. I have been going to them for more then 5 years. They have helped me through many injuries: neck, back, shoulder, torn ligaments, hyperthyroidism, and to my surprise, are currently improving my hearing after having to wear hearing aids for 3 years. I’m so thankful for them! Next time a doctor tells you to take a pill or consider surgery for an ailment go to Dragon Acupuncture first. You may be surprised how many things can be cured through acupuncture without the need for pills and surgery.


If you are skeptical of acupuncture, don’t be, you are in great hands! I am very glad that I found Dragon Acupuncture! Dr. Zhao is very caring, knowledgeable, and professional.

I’ve been to several acupuncturists, the strip mall kind, stick a bunch of needles in you, tell you that you’re cured, and bye bye… Not at Dragon Acupuncture & Herb Center, Irvine, CA. My acupuncturist, Dr. Zhao is a real doctor, smart, professional, and compassionate to no end. She quickly and expertly diagnosed the cause of my condition and started me on a treatment plan which has shown definite and almost immediate results. The office is pleasant, the receptionists are all great [and cute] and I’ve never had to wait more than maybe 3 minutes for my appointments. In closing I’ll just state that I hope I never have to see an actual M.D. doctor again.

Excellent patient care! Dr. Zhao is very caring and knowledgeable.


Dr. Zhao is kind, gentle, and compassionate. She has helped me to lose weight when endocrinologists were unable to help. The office is comfortable and located in a brand new building. They are very efficient with billing insurance so that I don’t have to worry about the financial aspects of my treatment. I highly recommend Dragon Acupuncture and Herb Center.
Lynda E. Yelp reviews on October 09, 2010

I have been to two other acupuncturists, both wonderful and caring professionals. However, my experience with Dr. Zhao at Dragon Acupuncture far surpasses any of my former treatments. Everything about her is wonderful. She is so caring and compassionate, warm and reassuring. She has already made a big difference in the way my face looks because I had some bad plastic surgery and she has helped the areas of distortion where I had poor results and minor nerve damage. In addition, she has given me herbs that have helped alleviate my menopause symptoms, which were really having a negative effect in my life. I love my visits so much. I feel so lucky and blessed to have found this wonderful, smart, capable, loving woman who has had extensive training in China and the U.S.

Rosemary H. Yelp reviews on January 18, 2010

Review for Dr. Min Shi
Dr. Shi is amazing. I just started seeing him and I have had great results. He is quite kind and very laid back. I came to see him for several things and he’s helped greatly.
Also something to mention, every time I have gone, he sees me right away. He is very prompt with keeping his appointments on time. It’s something I appreciate especially seeing a Doctor.
I definitely recommend Dr. Shi

Ornela T., Mission Viejo, CA, Yelp reviews on 11/02/2019

I am so glad I found Dr. Shi! I had some emergency and need acupuncture immediately .. I called very last minute and it was weekend , and Dr. Shi was very kind to make a lot of effort to squeeze me in the appointments. … He is super professional and by far the best acupuncturist I have ever tried ( I had tried many for several years in San Gabriel area). He is very knowledgeable of almost every aspect of health. I feel very thankful for his help and wouldn’t mind driving more than an hour to get treatment from him.

H C., Los Angeles, CA, Yelp reviews on 9/16/2019

I first started going to see Dr. Shi at the old Newport location. I get stress relief and balancing work. Shi’s acupuncture treatments and herbs have been effective each time. He is knowledgeable, compassionate and insightful. I always feel tremendously better and the treatments last a long time. I greatly recommend him!

Ingrid S., Huntington Beach, CA, Yelp reviews on 9/5/2020

Amazing experience! I highly recommend Dragon acupuncture. Both doctors are very knowledgeable and always take the time to really understand their patients. It’s a refreshing change. If you’ve never tried acupuncture before, you should book an appointment here and give it a shot.

Matt C., Westside Costa Mesa, Costa Mesa, CA, Yelp reviews on 8/13/2019

 

Dr. Min Shi is an incredibly talented, intelligent and sweet man.  He takes his time when learning about my multiple conditions, and gets to know me personally.  He is genuinely concerned for my well being.  He never rushes me or makes me feel uneducated.  In fact, I asked him about acupuncture one day.  He sat down and talked with me all about it for at least 20 minutes!  The front office lady is so sweet and helpful.  I have always had a pleasant experience every time I’ve gone in.  I highly recommend this location!

Amy N., Yorba Linda, CA, Yelp reviews on 4/17/2019

 

Dr. Shi has helped me so much and is an amazing acupuncturist, you will love coming to Dragon Acupuncture please don’t hesitate! Highly recommended!!

Frederic S., Irvine, CA, Yelp reviews on 3/16/2019

 

The best! I initially went to have my Qi balanced. The doctor reviewed my general health on my first visit and told me I needed to correct my digestive system first. Good thing I listened. After being told by multiple doctors I needed to be gluten free among other things, I just was never going to be able eat everything like I used to. Wrong. The real problem was my upper and lower intestines weren’t working at the same time, which was corrected with acupuncture. Now I can eat whatever I want, no problems. After that, I went twice a week for anxiety, which has been completely relieved without pills or medication. He cleared my adult acne too with herbs and acupuncture. I went today for sinus/allergies and can completely breathe clearly. And as a last rave, according to the doctor, my Qi is balanced too! He initially said it would take a year, but only took 4 months. Smiles on all fronts! best advice I can give, is to be honest about ALL of your issues when you visit. I’m certain he will come up with a plan to make you feel like a million.

Amber P., Orange County, CA, Yelp reviews on 3/12/2019

 

I’ve been coming to Dr. Shi for few months now . I  very happy with the results. Dr. Shi is very knowledgeable about what he does. I highly do recommend this facility and their services.

Miganoush A. Miami Beach, FL, Yelp reviews on 3/9/2019

 

 

My family going to Dragon acupuncture for 4 years and still amazed by the level of services. Recommend to everyone. We had been treated for bronchitis, pneumonia, flu , colds.

Tanya M., Irvine, CA, Yelp reviews on 1/16/2019

I will definitely refer Chloe to others. I’ve been seeing her for over a month already because of chronic multiple health issues. She’s attentive and I do have lots of questions and she answers them in the best way she can so I could fully understand.

Not only she’s helping me in managing my symptoms, she’s also shows an interest in getting to know me. It’s about creating a healing relationship. I encourage anyone to consider acupuncture treatment and ask for sweet and caring acupuncturist “Chloe”.  Thanks Dragon Acupuncture (250 Barranca location).

 

Gloria D., Irvine, CA, Yelp reviews on 5/19/2019

Dr. Shi was so great. Already felt much better after my first visit. He easily identified my problem areas and went to work. I feel 100% better than before I walked in there. I can’t even wait until my next appt.

 

Competence and understanding. I am resolving things that the western doctors couldn’t resolve on the scale of years.
If you have something that you just do not know what to do about then go see him.  Seriously.
If something that you have had that has effected your life in a crippling manner, go see him.
My heartfelt thanks and I brought a friend who has received all manner of tests no results.  See him for one session and it’s diagnosed and addressed and she feels much better.

Ben M., Los Angeles, CA, Yelp reviews on 8/5/2018

I have been using Dr. Shi’s service for a while now and it’s better than any doctor that I’ve been to! I see the results rather quickly for my stiff neck. 🙂 highly recommend this clinic!

Zoe F., Woodbridge, Irvine, CA, Yelp reviews on 3/15/2018

I have been in pain for over 2 years. I went to many doctors for my pain, everyone would say we can take care of it but, the pain never got better. Then one day I was talking to someone at the health food store and they told me about acupuncture. I came home and searched for a good doctor, and I came across Dr. Shi & Dr Zhao .I read their profile and I knew I wanted them to treat me. I made my appointment with Dr Shi, and that was the best thing that happened to me. I have been under his care for about 2 months, and I am happy to say I am feeling good now. Dr Shi, is very devoted to his patient. In the 2 months of treatment I had many other health problems, which he has helped me with. I thank you God for leading my to Dr Shi, because if it was not for him I would not be feeling good today. Anyone with any health problems I would highly recommend you see Dr Shi. Once again Thank you very much for all your help in getting me better. I really appreciate it.

Sushila S. Yelp reviews on May 04, 2009

 

I met Dr. Min and am very impressed with his extensive knowledge and the ways to alternatively treat pain (migraines) other than Rx pills, surgery or living in pain! I think more people would be better looking into alternative medicine (Eastern) to help with almost any kind of medical conditions. Dr. Min is highly trained (in both Eastern & Western medicine) and combines acupuncture with herbal medicine to treat (cure?) all types of problems. I’ve suffered from migraines for many years and don’t know HOW or why acupuncture works, but I can tell you it does (don’t be scared about being poked by needles, they’re so small & thin you don’t even feel them) – all you feel is relief from pain. This is also a very clean (new) office! Nice to meet you Dr. Min!!! I highly recommend Dragon Acupuncture.

by chefvj at Citysearch March 27, 2009
Wow! I had been having a pain that had been ongoing for over a year. I went to Western medical doctors and also acupuncture doctors and no one could make my pain go away. Then I met Dr. Zhao and Dr. Shi. They were patient, understanding and very thorough to understand the pain I had been experiencing. Dr. Zhao created some herbal medicine and Dr. Shi did expert acupuncture and moxibustion. It only took a few visits and the pains are completely gone! If ever I experience pains or sickness again, I can assure you that they will be the first I call to make me better. Thank you and Much Love!
Grace D. Yelp reviews on April 22, 2009
Dr. Shi is one of the most knowledgeable and patient friendly acupuncture doctors. I highly recommend him for any acupuncture needs.
Jeff Goffman, Google reviews
Dr. Shi is the best doctor I’ve ever seen. You can trust him with your life! Any problem you may have I highly recommend to see Dr Shi – you’ll be amazed!
liran engel, Google reviews
Acupuncture for six years. His techniques and talent have allowed us to avoid trips to the Emergency Room on several occasions where I believe that we would have only been given high dose pain medication and a referral to a physical therapist.
Chronic conditions or acute injuries are treated with the intention of creating a rapid and and long lasting solution. Compassionate care with a holistic approach to your health and well being.
Don’t wait until the accumulation of minor aches and pains develops into a permanent and debilitating state. Give yourself the opportunity to be liberated from pain and redirect the energy in your life.
scott callahan, Google reviews
Using the VA Healthcare systems “Community Care Program,” I was offered an appointment at Dragon Acupuncture in Irvine and I couldn’t be happier! Dr. Shi Rocks! He is compassionate, knowledgeable, and a master Acupuncturist; if that’s a thing! I see him for chronic pain and I can’t recommend him enough. Veterans and Active Duty, if you are in a position where you can request community care for pain management, please consider making your appointment at Dragon Acupuncture. You will not be disappointed!
Ruth Walker, Google reviews
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