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Mr.Shu Fan (樊舒先生) is a licensed Washington DC Acupuncturist serving patients in DC, Virginia and Maryland area. Mr. Fan holds the National Certification of Oriental Medicine which includes the practice of Acupuncture, Chinese Herbology and Asian Bodywork Therapy. Mr. Fan is specialized in pain management, fertility and skin care. He is a member of American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM). He pursue his Ph.D ObGyn study in China Nanjing University of Chinese Medicine under Prof. Tan Yong (谈勇) and had his clinic training in JiangSu Provincial Hospital of Chinese Medicine. His acupuncture advisor is Prof.Sheng (盛灿若). Mr. Fan's office: 1712 I (eye) St NW,#410 , Washington, DC 20036 Tel: 202-246-8833 703-772-7592 Email: acupuncturewellnessfan@gmail.com

Monday, April 3, 2017


The following content is our words mostly to fertility friends including men and women. For other concerns or acupuncture help, please click on the right side information links. Thanks...

Recent news...

a) A baby boy was born after two sessions of Acupuncture/Moxa. Baby was one week past due date.

b) We have helped our patients to conceive 40 babies successfully of recent two years! :)

c)  A woman whose menses stopped 6 months ago, started menses after 4 sessions of acupuncture and herbs.

d) Acupuncture/herb with IUI gets pregnant with triplets 

e) Acupuncture for 2 months with AMH=0.6 gets pregnant

Dear Friends,

As one of the top Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine Centers in District of Columbia, Virginia and Maryland areas, we have long time experience of incorporating Acupuncture, Moxa, Chinese Herbology and body work together to enhance your health wellness as well as to improve your fertility situations of having baby. With strong academic connections with Traditional Chinese Medicine hospitals inside China, we have developed our modality and procedures in treating patients with different kinds of conditions within the scope of Traditional Chinese Medicine. We welcome difficult cases. For those reasons—and a record of successful results—we continue to be one of the most respected wellness and fertility centers of complementary and alternative medicine.

When you partner with us, you have access to a comprehensive range of wellness and fertility services, from diagnosis to the treatment with proven techniques that Chinese Medicine can offer. Our patients come by self referral, friend's referral or referrals of MDs; our patients may choose 100% Chinese medicine, nature cycle or standard IVF and IUI combined with traditional Chinese medicine; some of our patients have chosen local IVF centers including Shady Grove, Columbia, GW associates, Dominion, GIVF, etc. Whatever your approach is, we understand your wellness need and we strive hard to provide compassionate care and treatment environment to realize your goal of living the fullest.

For more than three thousand years before modern medicine started, Acupuncture/Moxa/Herbs/Body Work was the main stream medical modality for Chinese people's wellness. Acupuncture relies on the painless but strategic placement of tiny needles into a "grid-like" pattern that spans the body, from head to toe. The needles are used to stimulate certain key "energy points" believed to regulate spiritual, mental, emotional, and physical balance. Chinese Herbs includes herbs effective for multiple diseases and are mostly responsible for maintaining and restoring the body balance. Most of herbs have no unfavorable side-effects.

"It can allow you to cross the line from infertile to fertile by helping your body function more efficiently, which in turn allows other, more modern reproductive treatments, like IVF, to also work more efficiently," says James Dillard, MD, assistant clinical professor, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, and clinical adviser to Columbia's Rosenthal Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine.

Doctors say, 'Why not?' With more patients asking for it...

Our Facility

We are very proud that our facility happens to be in the same location of former Washington Acupuncture Center which started in 1972 and was the first acupuncture clinic in the united states.

We are located inside golden triangle of DC,  just a short walk from Farragut West and North metro stations. We are also close to the George Washington University Hospital, local Fertility & IVF Centers and laboratories.

With an atmosphere that is aesthetically pleasing and sensitive to patient needs, our four treatment rooms provide individual privacy and comfort while receiving holistic treatment.

Our staff of acupuncturists and administrators are well-known for their dedicated services to the mission of helping people recover, or become parents, and also for the compassion and care with which the help is provided.

Our Herbs

Journal Complementary Therapies in Medicine, women receiving Chinese herbal medicine treatments were more likely to get pregnant within a four-month period than those receiving conventional Western medical fertility drug treatment or IVF. The findings also suggested that the quality of the menstrual cycle - a key component in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) diagnosis -- appears to be crucial to the successful treatment of female infertility. Infertility is generally defined as an inability to conceive after a year or more of regular sexual activity without using birth control.

There is a long recorded history of Chinese herbs being used in the treatment of infertility. In fact, records indicating herbal treatment of infertility and miscarriage date back to 200 A.D., including mention of formulas that are still used for those same purposes today.

Our herbs selection has considered genuine, safe, quality. The herbs daily price that we put in our formula is very economical compared with other place. Especially for those taking acupuncture in our place.

Friday, October 7, 2016

Acupuncture and herbs may help body improve elevated prolactin

A patients with elevated prolactin (70s) and hypothroid came for acupuncture treatment. She also has anxiety and depression. Treatment is to tonify blood and facilate menstrual period. Also herbs such as TaoHong SiWu tea plus MianHuaiTang have been prescribed.

After once month of treatment, her menstrual condition is improved and breast no longer tender and milk stopped.

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Taichi taiji can help neck and shoulder pain

Tai Chi and neck exercises to relieve chronic neck pain

This study aimed to test the efficacy of Tai Chi for treating chronic neck pain. Subjects with chronic nonspecific neck pain were randomly assigned to 12 weeks of group Tai Chi or conventional neck exercises with weekly sessions of 75 to 90 minutes, or a wait-list control. Altogether, 114 participants were included (91 females). The primary outcome measure was pain intensity. The findings showed that Tai Chi exercises and conventional neck exercises are equally effective in improving pain and quality of life. Since Tai Chi is probably as effective as neck exercises, it may be considered a suitable alternative to conventional exercises for those with a preference toward Tai Chi.
The Journal of Pain (9/2016)

Monday, September 26, 2016

Acupuncture can help morning sickness and nausea

Why morning sickness may be a good thing

In the recent article in foxnews, as many as 80 percent of pregnant women experience nausea, vomiting, or both,  Hinkle and colleagues, scientists at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda note in JAMA Internal Medicine. In general, women younger than 25 were more likely to experience nausea and vomiting than the older participants in the study.

Nausea and vomiting were associated with a 50 percent to 75 percent lower risk of pregnancy loss, the study found.

"Our findings should be reassuring to women experiencing these symptoms, as the risk for a pregnancy loss is greatly reduced in women with these symptoms," Hinkle said by email.

Women need to keep in mind that these symptoms don't protect against miscarriage, and that severe morning sickness can require treatment to minimize the risk of complications during pregnancy, Nippita, a reproductive health researcher at Harvard Medical School in Boston,  said.


Treatment of morning sickness and nausea is quite tricky as the rule of treatment goal reflects patient's concern of pregnancy- minimal interference. Therefore, many patients come for alternative medicine if the morning sickness becomes too much. Acupuncture and Chinese herbs can be used to alleviate the situation as most of morning sickness will stop itself in week 12.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Herbs study Black cohosh and Sant Jone Warts

Black cohosh 「黑升麻」 has commonly been used to treat symptoms of menopause, premenstrual syndrome (PMS), painful menstruation, acne, weakened bones (osteoporosis), and for starting labor in pregnant women.

Black cohosh has also been tried for a lot of additional uses, such as anxiety, rheumatism, fever, sore throat, and cough, but it is not often used for these purposes these days.

Some doctor research caution that use of Black cohosh has to monitor the liver condition as it might cause auto immune attack on liver.

St. John's wort 圣约翰草
There is some believed that St. John's wort may be helpful in treating mild depression. However,
two large studies, one sponsored by the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM), showed that the herb was no more effective than placebo in treating major depression of moderate severity; ironically, the conventional drugs also studied did not fare any better than placebo, either.

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Acupuncture and physical exercise can help blood pressure/hypertension, insulin resistance and stress for PCOS

Effects of acupuncture and exercise
on insulin sensitivity, adipose tissue
characteristics, and markers of
coagulation and fibrinolysis in
women with polycystic ovary
syndrome: secondary analyses of
a randomized controlled trial
Elisabet Stener-Victorin, Ph.D.,a,b Fariba Baghaei, Ph.D., M.D.,c Goran Holm, Ph.D., M.D., € d Per Olof Janson, Ph.D., M.D.,e
Gunilla Olivecrona, Ph.D.,f Malin Lonn, Ph.D., € g and Louise Manneras-Holm, Ph.D.aIN THE ARTICLE "REPRODUCTIVE ENDOCRINOLOGY"

Hyperinsulinemia due to insulin resistance impairs fibrinolysis
by increasing PAI-1 secretion (38). The women with
PCOS in the present study were insulin resistant and had aberrant
adipose tissue morphology, in addition to alteration in
their coagulation and hemostatic factors (3). Of note, EA decreased
high PAI-1 activity and sagittal diameter without affecting
metabolic variables, including insulin sensitivity
measured by euglycemic hyperinsulinemic clamp test and adipose
tissue abnormalities (e.g., adipocyte size). Clearly, the
intensity, frequency, and duration of low-frequency EA and
physical exercise in the present study were too low to affect
anthropometric and metabolic variables. The only metabolic
variable affected by physical exercise was the SC adipose tissue
LPL activity which increased after 16 weeks of exercise.
We have previously demonstrated that women with PCOS
have decreased SC adipose tissue LPL activity compared
with controls matched by age and BMI (3). Thus, an increased
LPL activity may be regarded as a normalization, which might
be beneficial for these women. These data contrast previous
reports demonstrating a decreased adipose tissue LPL activity
after exercise (39), although it is in agreement with other
studies (40). It remains to be determined whether the stronger
effects of more frequent low-frequency EA treatments observed
in experimental studies can be achieved in women
with PCOS.
Polycystic ovary syndrome is associated with an adverse
cardiovascular risk profile, including hypertension (41). In the
present study, low-frequency EA and physical exercise
decreased diastolic BP, and exercise also reduced systolic
BP at the 16-week follow-up, although no between-group
differences were detected. These results are in line with previous
reports, although the effect is less pronounced. Physical
exercise improves cardiovascular risk factors in subjects
with type 2 diabetes (42) and in women with PCOS (43). The
effect of acupuncture on hypertension is less clear, although
standardized acupuncture lowers high BP in randomized
clinical trials (44, 45). Interestingly, our finding that
low-frequency EA and physical exercise decrease high sympathetic
nerve activity in women with PCOS (24) at least in
part supports our findings of decrease in diastolic BP.
Although the role of the sympathetic nervous system in controlling
BP has been discussed (25), we have demonstrated
that women with PCOS have high sympathetic nervous system
activity (8). In addition, high circulating levels of T are
associated with high BP in women with PCOS (46), and we
have shown that low-frequency EA and physical exercise
decrease circulating androgens and improve menstrual function
in women with PCOS (19). However, in the recently
published RCT, 12 treatments of true acupuncture was compared
with sham acupuncture (so-called placebo needles)
during 8 weeks and the investigators found similar ovulation
frequency and improvement in LH-to-FSH ratio in
both groups of women with PCOS (21). Thus, they were
unable to demonstrate differences between true and sham
acupuncture and they did not include a no intervention

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Acupuncture does improve egg quality for advanced age IVF.

Infertility patient advanced age 42 years old comes for acupuncture treatment. She tried four IVF 2010, 2011, 2015 and early of 2016. Each time about 10 eggs mature and fertilized. None of fertilized eggs passed the day 5.

She had come for 2 months. Then she went to have IVF retrieval. 9 eggs matured. The genetic tests approved 2 eggs. So she decided to transfer one of a day-5 blastocyst, which had 90% of its cells in good shape after being thawed. Her 12 days test result is good so far. 

She said "I am sure that acupuncture helped me big time to get to this unprecedented result in my life!"