I have been practicing Asian medicine for over 34 years and have a clinic in the Mission District of San Francisco called Chicken Soup Chinese Medicine, where my team and I provide comprehensive treatment programs to people seeking support for such complex medical challenges as viral hepatitis (HBV and HCV), HIV, cancer, metabolic issues such as diabetes or high cholesterol, and reproductive health. Chicken Soup practitioners offer treatment plans that incorporate all the pillars of Chinese traditional medicine—acupuncture, herbs, moxibustion, diet, exercise, acupressure/massage—within a framework of integrated medicine. We do so in a caring environment that puts the person—not their illness—at the center of our work. Through our consultations by phone and in person and ongoing case management, we develop relationships with our clients in San Francisco and across the country.
In addition to my clinical work, I am currently engaged in my second year as principal investigator in the clinical trial: Phase II Study for the Prevention of Anal Cancer through the use of a Chinese Herbal Topical Cream. This is a two-year clinical trial that includes translational research in Chinese herbal medicine for the prevention of HPV-related anal cancer in HIV-positive people. It is conducted at the UCSF Clinical and Translational Science Institute’s Clinical Research Center. The trial is funded by the Gateway for Cancer Research with generous in-kind support for the UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center and the UCSF CTSI Clinical Research Center (CCRC). I am also designing follow-up trials and trials in other areas of HPV-related cancers such as cervical cancer, vulvar cancer, and oral cancers as well as Chinese herbal medicine and integrative medicine translational and clinical research in hepatitis C with Dr. Stewart Cooper at California Pacific Medical Center.
I also teach nationally and internationally in various post-graduate settings and am involved with several non-profit groups, including Quan Yin Healing Arts Center and the MRCE Foundation.