Reviews

There are many patients’ reviews about us on the internet. Here are some of the major sites you might be interested in read.

1. Yelp Reviews:

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2. Insiderpages.com: more reviews.

3. Google Reviews
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4. Wellness.com

 

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Yelp Reviews  For Irvine, Newport Beach, Laguna Hills Clinics

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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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 greatlly 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, 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, 8/8/2016 


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, 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 Accupuncture and Chinese herbs. Great success in a few months! I would recommend this to anyone with chronic health issues.

Bryan V. Pasadena, CA, 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. lololTo 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, 5/23/2016 

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, 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, 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, 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,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, 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, 1/18/2016 

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,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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 11/8/2015 

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, 11/8/2015 

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, 6/21/2015 

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, 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, 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, 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 medicin 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, 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, 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, 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,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, 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, 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, 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, 9/29/2012 


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, 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, 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, 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 Zhaoe 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, 10/6/2011 


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, 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, 3/4/2011 


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, 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, 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, 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, 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 review 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, 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. 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!

11/12/2010  Kim W.  Irvine, CA


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, 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, 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, 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 fascitiis -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, 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 concerened in the health of her patients.  I rate her a A+.

Ann P. Santa Clarita, CA, 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, 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, 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, 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, 4/12/2010


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, 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.

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, 8/25/2009  


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, 8/13/2009  

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I have had lower back pain for the last four years and have been unable to get much relief. Since I started coming in every week, receiving cupping and acupuncture, I have experienced an incredible amount of relief. I have gone from pain everyday to roughly two days a week. I highly recommend trying Dragon Acupuncture… it’ll make a difference!
Alix N.  Irvine, CA, 10/7/2016 

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, 8/18/2016 


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., 8/13/2016


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, 5/13/2016 


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, 4/17/2016

 


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, 11/8/2015


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, 10/31/2015 


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, 10/29/2015             


 

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, 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, 9/5/2015 


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, 7/24/2015


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, 5/24/2015


ACUPUNCTURE GIVES INSTANT RESULT
The first time I went for treatment it felt like magic, back pain & below the right rib pain went away. I have nerve problem. Dr Huifang Zhao is brilliant and amazing.
I have been suffering from back pain, sinus allergy, insomnia, depression and into my menopause. With the combination of acupuncture & herb I am feeling so much better without anymore the help of drugs, anti depressant and sleeping pills.
For the past 4 sessions they incorporated acupuncture face lift. OMG I am so amazed with the result. The overall texture and brightness of my face has improved. The deep lines around my mouth and in between my eyebrows are gone. I am 52 years old.
Marina the secretary is super nice, accommodating & very helpful. She makes me feel welcome and cared for.
I would recommend this office for anything and everything you are going through in your health.

Marilou B. Santa Clarita, CA, 12/15/2014 


Dr. Zhao is very experienced and good in explaining to the patient.

 Jen-gwang H. Valencia, CA, 9/18/2014


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, 3/4/2014

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, 2/27/2014  


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, 1/28/2014   


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, 1/22/2014  

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, 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, 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, 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, 5/31/2012  


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.

Newport Beach, CA, 5/2/2012  Naomi r. 


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, 1/9/2012 


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, 7/26/2011 


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 round-ish eye (mostly European with a good portion of Japanese, I’m a mutt I know) into trying this form of medicine and I gotta 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, 7/20/2011


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, 7/12/2011 


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, CA, 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, 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. Laguna Beach, CA, 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, 1/19/2011  


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

George K  Valencia, CA, 12/12/2010  

 

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, 10/28/2010 


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, 10/22/2010 


Love this acupuncture healing center.  The front staff is very helpful and the space is nice  and quiet & comfortable with soothing spa music.  Dr. Zhao is very gentle and caring.  I highly recommend them!

Jeannie C. Newhall, CA. 10/11/2010   



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. 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, 6/23/2010  


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, 6/11/2010 


The Doctor was able to cure the pain I suffered from a digestive disorder that was excruciating and usually lasted two days before subsiding, my pain was relieved within a few minutes and I am extremely grateful .Sincerely.

Betty Ann B. Canyon Country, CA, 2/18/2010   


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, 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, 1/27/2010 


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, 8/14/2009  


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, 7/18/2008 


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, 5/17/2008 


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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!

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.


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 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.

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!

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.


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.


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!


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”.

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!

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!!


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.


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!


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 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!


I had a great experience with Dr. Zhao. She helped me to conceive my second child after I had multiple miscarrages 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!


Dr. Zhao is the best dr ive ever seen! and even there prices are reasonable!!! its defiantly worth it! so come on and give them a call.


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!


Went for 2 treatments while on vacation in Southern Cali and met with Dr. Shi. He was very helpful treating me, and it is clear the level of expertise and passion for his practice of Eastern medicine. In addition, Dr. Shi was a very warm person and you felt like you were at home. I rarely write reviews, but had to write this one in appreciation of my visit to their office.


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 relife 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.


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


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 Moxi 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.


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. I understand this alternative health care is not a quick fix, but a gentle and natural approach without any side effects; it also addresses the root of any health problems. I highly recommend Dr. Zhao to women experiencing menopausal problems and any other health conditions in general.


Reviews from Insiderpages.com

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. 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. January 18, 2010

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. December 12, 2009

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

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. May 13, 2009

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.


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. April 22, 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 anykind 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.


Review from Wellness.com

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 nu mbers 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 <url removed> 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 <url removed>, 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 <url removed>.
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.
S.D.  March 14, 2013