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Los Gatos, Monte Sereno, Saratoga, Campbell,

Cupertino, Sunnyvale,

Los Altos, Mountain View,

San Jose, Santa Clara, Palo Alto, Morgan Hill and The Greater Bay Area


Welcome to Acupuncture Retreat!

Dr. Heidi Fu, RN, LAc., DAOM, Specializes in:

  • For your Health: Pain and Infertility Treatment
  • For your Beauty: Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture
  • For your Well-Being: Stress and Emotional Balance

Dr. Fu started practicing both TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) and Western Medicine while serving in the Chinese Air Force General Hospital, Beijing, China.

Dr. Fu has treated a wide spectrum of health issues with great success including Pain, Infertility, Stress, Depression, Anxiety, Premenstrual Syndrome(PMS),low libido / loss of sex drive, weight loss and other conditions. She promotes Women and Men's Health, Beauty and Well-being.

Dr. Heidi Fu, California Board licensed acupuncturist and Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (DAOM), has over 17 years of experience treating patients ranging from ages 3 to 87 years old in the health care field.

Our Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine clinic is located in the beautiful city of Los Gatos, California.

At Acupuncture Retreat, we are dedicated to bringing health and healing to our patients thru acupuncture and Chinese medicine.

Millions of people have found acupuncture to be a better solution than drugs or surgery. With a 3,000-year history, acupuncture successfully addresses chronic ailments and manages pain.

Acupuncture is a safe, painless, healthy alternative for treating:

  • Arthritis, fibromyalgia, back pain and carpal tunnel
  • Allergies, asthma and other respiratory problems
  • Gastrointestinal issues, Lost weight
  • Gynecological problems like infertility and PMS
  • Depression, anxiety, insomnia and stress
  • And many more physical, emotional and neurological issues

Acupuncture Slideshow: Back Pain, Headaches, Cancer, Fertility

An ancient Chinese practice using ultra-thin needles may ease back pain, Headaches, infertility, depression,anxiety and cancer treatments...

WebMD's slideshow covers the truth about acupuncture.

Acupuncture for Back Pain

"Nearly eight out of every 10 people will have low back pain at some point in life. Back pain is one of the top reasons people seek medical treatment. It is also the No. 1 reported reason for seeking acupuncture. The good news is low back pain is one of the few conditions that research suggests acupuncture may be an effective tool for treating.

Guidelines from the American Pain Society and American College of Physicians say doctors should consider acupuncture as an alternative therapy for patients with chronic low-back pain that's not helped by conventional treatment.

How Acupuncture Helps Back Pain

Acupuncture began in China more than 2,500 years ago. It involves inserting thin needles at certain points on the body. According to traditional Chinese medicine, the body has more than 2,000 of these points. They are connected by pathways or meridians, which create a flow of energy called Qi (pronounced “chee”). Stimulating these points is said to correct the imbalance of qi and improve the flow of energy. This helps relieve pain and improve health.

It's thought the effects come from stimulating the central nervous system. This may trigger the release of chemicals into the muscles, spinal cord, and brain. These chemicals either alter the experience of pain or produce bodily changes that promote a sense of well-being.

Other theories suggest acupuncture works by:

Speeding the relay of electromagnetic signals. This may begin the flow of pain-killing chemicals such as endorphins. Or it may release immune system cells in the body.

Triggering the release of natural opioids. These are chemicals in the brain that may lessen pain or promote sleep.

Changing brain chemistry by altering the release of neurotransmitters and neurohormones. Neurotransmitters either stimulate or dampen nerve impulses. Neurohormones can affect the function or activity of an organ in the body.

Acupuncture Risks and Side Effects

When done by an experienced, trained acupuncturist, the procedure is generally safe. Serious side effects, such as infections or punctured organs, are rare. Also, acupuncture has fewer adverse side effects than many of the standard treatments for back pain."

More Study: Acupuncture Good For Aching Backs

(CBS/AP) Fake acupuncture works nearly as well as the real thing for low back pain, and either kind performs much better than usual care, German researchers have found.

Almost half the patients treated with acupuncture needles felt relief that lasted months. In contrast, only about a quarter of the patients receiving medications and other Western medical treatments felt better.

Even fake acupuncture worked better than conventional care, leading researchers to wonder whether pain relief came from the body's reactions to any thin needle pricks or, possibly, the placebo effect.

"Acupuncture represents a highly promising and effective treatment option for chronic back pain," study co-author Dr. Heinz Endres of Ruhr University Bochum in Bochum, Germany, said in an e-mail. "Patients experienced not only reduced pain intensity, but also reported improvements in the disability that often results from back pain and, therefore, in their quality of life."

What Is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is an age-old healing practice of traditional Chinese medicine in which thin needles are placed at specific points in the body. It's primarily used to relieve pain but also has been used to treat other conditions. More than 3 million Americans use acupuncture, but it is even more popular in other countries. In France, for example, one in five people has tried acupuncture.

The Ancient Art of Infertility Treatment--Source WebMD

If headlines are any indication of what's hot and what's not, it's easy to believe that infertility treatment is strictly a modern day science, made possible solely through the courtesy of high-tech medicine.

But as good as modern science is, many couples trying to get pregnant find themselves turning to an age-old treatment for help -- one so steeped in tradition it's about as far from life in the 21st century as one can get.

That treatment is acupuncture, and today, even high-tech reproductive specialists are looking to the somewhat mysterious world of Chinese medicine to help those fertility patients for whom western science alone is not quite enough.

"Most of our patients are referred to us by reproductive medicine specialists -- they are usually women who have failed one or usually more than one attempt at IVF (in vitro fertilization), and their doctor is looking for something to help implement the success of their treatment, over and above what the protocols alone can accomplish," says Raymond Chang, MD, the medical director of Meridian Medical and a classically trained acupuncturist as well as western-trained medical doctor.

Infertility Alternatives: Acupuncture, Clomid, IVF Compared

Many couples trying to get pregnant find themselves turning to an age-old treatment for help -- acupuncture -- and it's working.

Understanding Acupuncture, Time To Try It?

Acupuncture is the stimulation of specific points on the body. The methods can vary, but the most well known type in the United States is the insertion of thin metal needles through the skin. At least 3 million adults nationwide use acupuncture every year, according to the latest estimates.

Acupressure vs. Acupuncture

If you are afraid of needles, you may be able to get much of the same effect from acupressure. Acupressure involves pressing or massaging the acupuncture points to stimulate the energy pathways. Scientific comparisons of acupressure and acupuncture are limited, but acupressure has been shown to be effective in reducing nausea and lessening labor pain.

Here are very good chart to check your Qi Cycle around clock. In TCM we use acupuncture work around organ-health Qi Cycle...

24-hour Organ Qi Cycle

Roll your cursor over the Organ names within the colour wheel to learn more about the emotions connected with each organ.

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If you like you may book your appointment on-line by clicking the "V Book Online" button It is very straightforward and easy to use.

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Dr. Fu is looking forward to being your personal TCM doctor and helping you with your health care in the future, and is also look forward to a long, healthy relationship.

To find out how we can help you return to optimal health, beauty and wellness!

The Acupuncture newsletter for you this month from "Qi Mail":

Five Top Men's Health Concerns and How Acupuncture Can Help

  • Cardiovascular Disease
  • Lung Cancer
  • Prostate Health
  • Depression and Mental Health
  • Sexual Health

Surprising Causes of Male Infertility

An adolescent groin injury, cigarette smoking, heavy drinking, intense cycling and even using a laptop directly on the lap can compromise male fertility.

Women's Health Concerns and How Acupuncture Can Help

The biggest threats to women's health are often preventable. Oriental medicine has always addressed the special needs of women throughout their lives and many health issues women face respond extremely well to acupuncture treatments. Taking small steps to improve your health can make a difference.

Top health concerns affecting women and how acupuncture can help are:

  • Cardiovascular Disease
  • Cancer
  • Osteoporosis
  • Depression
  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Menopause and Gynecological Health

With support from Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine along with small changes in lifestyle and diet, menopause can be a time of a revival of vital energy and an opportunity for personal growth.

Acupuncture in the News:

Acupuncture: A Cure for Infertility? Foxnews

NEW YORK — At 36, Lucy Appert has suffered through two miscarriages, a stillbirth at 8 1/2 months and, because of a rare pregnancy-related liver dysfunction, intensive illness and surgery.Yet after enduring five painful years of trying to have their own baby, Appert and her husband Edward finally saw their dream come true last month when their son Henry was born — premature, but healthy.For all the fertility treatments, technologies and prenatal care available to women today, Appert credits the success of her pregnancy to an ancient Chinese secret.

"I recommend acupuncture (search) to everyone," Appert said. "It does work. I did everything possible for years to have a baby. I almost lost hope."The millennias-old Asian medical practice — in which the acupuncturist places tiny needles in various pressure points, or "Qi" (Chee), in the body to improve circulation and reduce stress — has been around in the United States for years as an "alternative" treatment for numerous ailments.But recently, acupuncture has been picking up steam as a possible remedy for female infertility, with a handful of American and European studies showing that it enhances the success rate of in vitro fertilization (IVF).,2933,154472,00.html

Infertility FAQ's

What is infertility?

Pregnancy is the result of a process that has many steps. To get pregnant—
  • A woman’s body must release an egg from one of her ovaries (ovulation).
  • The egg must go through a fallopian tube toward the uterus (womb).
  • A man's sperm must join with (fertilize) the egg along the way.
  • The fertilized egg must attach to the inside of the uterus (implantation).

Infertility can happen if there are problems with any of these steps. 

Is infertility a common problem?

Yes. About 10 % of women (6.1 million) in the United States ages 15–44 years have difficulty getting pregnant or staying pregnant.

The Ancient Art of Infertility Treatment

When it comes to getting pregnant, old world techniques may be just what today's high-tech doctors will order.

If headlines are any indication of what's hot and what's not, it's easy to believe that infertility treatment is strictly a modern day science, made possible solely through the courtesy of high-tech medicine.

But as good as modern science is, many couples trying to get pregnant find themselves turning to an age-old treatment for help -- one so steeped in tradition it's about as far from life in the 21 century as one can get.

That treatment is acupuncture, and today, even high-tech reproductive specialists are looking to the somewhat mysterious world of Chinese medicine to help those fertility patients for whom western science alone is not quite enough...

Indeed, in a study of 160 women, published April 2002 in the reproductive journal Fertility and Sterility, a group of German researchers found that adding acupuncture to the traditional IVF treatment protocols substantially increased pregnancy success...

In this study one group of 80 patients received two, 25-minute acupuncture treatments -- one prior to having fertilized embryos transferred into their uterus, and one directly afterwards. The second group of 80, who also underwent embryo transfer, received no acupuncture treatments.

The result: While women in both groups got pregnant, the rate was significantly higher in the acupuncture group -- 34 pregnancies, compared with 21 in the women who received IVF alone...

Many couples trying to get pregnant find themselves turning to an age-old treatment for help -- acupuncture -- and it's working.

Turning breech babies with acupuncture

Since the late nineties there has been evidence to suggest that your breech baby can be turned to its optimal position for birth using moxibustion, a Chinese medicine technique.

Movie Star Celebrity and Olympic athlete 

loves acupuncture!

Christopher Egan, movies and TV star and an awesome friend of mine. He is stars in the movie " Letters to Juliet" and He is a fan of ancient Chinese acupuncture.

It is a great time to schedule your seasonal acupuncture treatment!

American soprano Lisa Delan:

"There is an innate wisdom within our bodies, and Traditional Chinese Medicine works with that wisdom to help us heal and thrive. I have experienced acupuncture ease my migraines, clear my lungs when they were congested before performing concerts, calm stress, aid digestion - and were it not for TCM I do not believe I would have my two remarkable children, the lights of my life. After being diagnosed with premature ovarian failure in my 20's I was told that I would never conceive and that there was no available treatment. I chose to utilize acupuncture in the hopes that I could restore some level of hormonal and endocrine balance - and within a year was pregnant! Many people turn to TCM when western medicine offers no treatment options for illness, but I have also found a tremendous value in TCM for preventative care and overall wellness. We all too easily overlook self care amidst the demands of our daily lives, but it is essential to our quality of life."

More about Lisa:

Sandra Bullock Gets Acupuncture

Samuel L. Jackson talks about getting acupuncture

Acupuncture Cuts Tension Headache Rates By Almost Half

In a randomised controlled trial - the gold standard of clinical trials - researchers in Germany divided 270 patients with a similar severity of tension headache into three groups.

Those receiving traditional acupuncture care saw their headache rates drop by almost half - suffering 7 days less headaches over the four weeks following the treatment. Those receiving minimal acupuncture had 6.6 less days of headaches. While the control group experienced 1.5 less days of headaches - a drop of just a tenth.

Acupuncture treatments are sometimes associated with strong placebo effects, caution the authors. But these findings show that acupuncture produces just as good improvements for tension headache sufferers as treatments already accepted, they conclude.

The ancient Chinese practice of acupuncture works better than anything modern medicine has devised for the treatment of back pain, scientists have concluded.

The study was conducted by researchers from the University of Regensberg, in the spa town of Bad Abbach in Germany, who randomly allocated patients to receive ten 30-minute sessions of sham acupuncture, real acupuncture or conventional treatment.

Michael Haake, who led the study, published in Archives of Internal Medicine, said: "The superiority of both forms of acupuncture suggests a common underlying mechanism that may act on pain generation or transmission of pain signals ... and is stronger than the action mechanism of conventional therapy.

It will be seen as a victory for exponents of alternative medicine in their battle with orthodox medicine, although many physiotherapists trained in conventional techniques now also practice acupuncture.



Discuss the differences between treatments of infertility using Western Medicine vs Traditional Chinese Medicine. Find out if Eastern Medicine treatment is more effective than Western Medicine, or if Western Medicine plus Acupuncture and TCM is best.


This paper will consist of a survey of Western Medicine treatments for infertility, acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) treatments, and combined treatments. This paper will discuss the advantages and effect of TCM theory and therapies by analysis of TCM treatments versus Western treatments including safety of TCM versus Western.


Research demonstrates the effectiveness and safety of Eastern medicine. Acupuncture and TCM is a safe, painless, healthy alternative for treating gynecological problems like infertility and PMS. Millions of people have found Eastern Medicine, Acupuncture and TCM to be a better solution than Western drugs and surgery.


Acupuncture and TCM and Western Medicine each have unique features to offer in the treatment of infertility and can complement each other. They have already demonstrated they can work well together in China. The two traditions should try to work together in the United State of America and worldwide in order to benefit people desiring to be parents and suffering from infertility.

Key words: Acupuncture, TCM, Eastern Medicine, Western Medicine, Woman and Men Infertility, Herbs, Diagnoses, Causes, Tests, Treatments.

Fertility treatments were first recorded by Zhang Zhong Jing, a famous physician from the Han Dynasty, in his discussion of diseases in women in the Jin Gui Yao Lue or Essentials of the Golden Cabinet.

3. Reduce stress and anxiety associated with infertility.

7. Increase the chance of pregnancy for women undergoing in vitro fertilization (IVF).

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Women undergoing IVF were 65 percent more likely to become pregnant when they combined the procedure with acupuncture, a recent study has shown.

Acupuncture was delivered either just before or just after embryo transfer – a step in the process of in vitro fertilization (IVF) whereby one or several embryos are placed into the uterus.

It is thought that acupuncture stimulates the neurotransmitters that trigger the production of gonadotrophin-releasing hormone, which controls the menstrual cycle and a woman's ovulation.

In the research project, 28 men received acupuncture in addition to traditional infertility treatments, while another 12 men received only the traditional treatments. All of the men were diagnosed with infertility of unknown origin.

Previous studies have shown a link between acupuncture and improved sperm production and motility.

Source: Fertility and Sterility, July 2005

Angela Wu, L.Ac., author of Fertility Wisdom.

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