Laryngomalacia (literally, “soft larynx“) is the most common cause of stridor in infancy, in which the soft, immature cartilage of the upper larynx collapses inward during inhalation, causing airway obstruction. It can also be seen in older patients, especially those with neuromuscular conditions resulting in weakness of the muscles of the throat. However, the infantile form is much more common. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Laryngomalacia)

In recent years, we have treated three cases of this condition.

One A Z. female, 8 weeks old.Mom found her has difficult respiration since born, when inhaling the air, the baby has “ca”, “”ca” sound. The flexible laryngoscopy found she has laryngomalacia. Physician suggested baby to use Zantac, Omeprozole, and mylanta (block the acid reflux). We used acupuncture to adjust the lung and stomach meridian function. After three sessions, the respiration difficulty stopped. Then the baby had 30 additional acupuncture, everything became normal.

Another O V. male, 5 weeks old. same condition as above, after 2 sessions acupuncture, the respiration difficulty disappeared. Total had 14 treatments.

Several patients called us for either pubic bone area pain, or groin area pain, inquiring if acupuncture or Chinese medicine can treat that. For more detail answer this, I give some basic information here:

(1) during last 10 years, our clinic has treated 15 patients for this conditions, all successful, the treatment is 8-16 sessions.

(2) Recent case:

Patient S.D, a young lady saw us for her pubic bone area pain and groin area pain, she finds this pain is related to her work and living condition, if stand too long or driving too long, she feels the pain start or get worse.The pain has bothered her over two years. In the same time, she also has left side lower back pain and left side shoulder, upper back pain and stiffness.

Until now, she got 6 sessions acupuncture (and using Huo Luo Xiao Ling Dan capsule, a herbal medicine), her groin area pain is gone and the upper pubic area pain improved 95%, and lower pubic area pain improved 80%. The lower back pain improved 25%, and neck, shoulder, upper back area pain improved 30-40%.

Our new article was published recently on Journal of Integrative Medicine: Volume 12, 2014   Issue 4



“Obamacare” covers fifty-four million Americans for acupuncture as Essential Healthcare Benefit
Arthur Yin Fan (McLean Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, PLC, Vienna, VA 22182, USA )




There are several video for 火针, or say Heated-needling, Fire-needling: activating yang-qi, expelling the cold.


(1) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MMkt5-lCV_I

(2) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HQjeUj8SaJA

(3) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j27If3e2bzM

(4) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=inOwPe8Ey8g (in horse)


1. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gCGFC9xyjjM (Chinese with English)

2. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4dL5xFEfDv0 (Chinese)

3. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=418AIiDASSY (Chinese)

4. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YbcYZjelaec (Chinese)

5. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ew2vGdbo8_o (Chinese)

Jun 3, 2014 A Madam e-mail To ArthurFan@ChineseMedicineDoctor.US
Dear Dr. Fan,
I spoke with you recently over the phone about my diagnosis of oromandibular dystonia. You had asked that I send you some background, as well as my address to send an herbal remedy to that you have found works well for dystonia patients.

I was diagnosed around 9 years ago by two neurologists (Lahey Cliinic, Mass General) with task-specific oromandibular dystonia. I was doing radio broadcasting (weather reporting) for a couple of years, which involved repetitive phrases and likely- at least in part- brought on the condition. I first developed symptoms while doing the reports in a recording booth, although my conversational speech was normal (behind the microphone I had symptoms, and stepping away from the microphone I had no symptoms). The symptoms intensified over time and I eventually had to quit the broadcasting. My conversational speech eventually became impaired, and it took at least a year (or more) for the condition to go mostly back into remission. I stayed away from the broadcasting until around 10 months ago, and have only been doing a small amount of broadcasting (two hours or so) a week. I started noticing symptoms returning while working in a research lab (that is my primary job and where I spend most of my time). It was a stressful year for me, as I was trying to get a couple of projects finished so I could publish the work- I had invited a colleague of mine to be a co-first author on this work, and we ended up having many stressful, intense conversations about the work that involved constant voice projection (the lab is loud because of background noises). I’m not sure if it was a combination of stress/anxiety coupled with voice projection, and perhaps also coupled with the little bit of broadcasting I had started doing again that brought the condition back. I was also volunteering for a couple of hours a week at a preschool- which involved more voice projection. I first developed symptoms while in the lab, talking with my colleague.

Years ago when the dystonia first appeared, I received scalp acupuncture treatments based on a protocol published in a Chinese journal that showed success in 19 early Parkinson’s patients. This was successful in relieving my symptoms. I’m on the same protocol again and am receiving treatments three times a week. I had published an article in Natural Solutions Magazine (formerly Alternative Medicine Magazine) in collaboration with my acupuncturist. Below my signature is an excerpt from the article.

I was wondering if you could send me information that I could pass along to my acupuncturist that details the protocol that you use with your dystonia patients? I would also be grateful to receive the herbal remedy that you have found works well for oromandibular dystonia. My address is(omitted in this article):

Thank you kindly for your time.
Best wishes,
(Excerpt from the published article):
I had been placed on a Bell’s Palsy acupuncture protocol for several months, since this was- at the time- the only neurological disorder my acupuncturist was familiar with, and unfortunately one that is characteristically very different from dystonia. I was about to quit the acupuncture since it wasn’t bringing me any real benefit, when I asked her if she knew of any protocols used to treat Parkinson’s disease- the closest disorder to dystonia that I knew of. Although researchers have not found a direct link between dystonia and Parkinson’s disease, there is great interest in some of the symptom crossover, and research groups are actively trying to better understand the overlap between the two movement disorders. Since Parkinson’s and Dystonia are both neurological and result in similar signs and symptoms, it was possible that a Parkinson’s acupuncture protocol could be adapted to a dystonia patient.

My acupuncturist found a journal article that outlined a protocol that involves both body and scalp acupuncture, and which is used to treat Parkinson’s patients.1 Acupuncture can help relieve symptoms by altering blood hormone levels. In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), Parkinson’s and dystonia are believed to be caused by genetics, aging, damage from excessive emotions, faulty diet, and chronic disease. Parkinson’s and Dystonia in TCM are seen as an inability of the blood and yin to nourish sinews and vessels, resulting in contraction, stiffness, and rigidity. The liver in TCM is what governs the sinews, and if the blood and yin become deficient, yang can become hyperactive, resulting in liver wind. These disorders mainly take root in the liver, but can lead to more complex presentations such as phlegm accumulation, qi and blood stagnation, and spleen and kidney deficiency. In TCM, you treat the root cause; in this case, treatment would involve settling the liver and extinguishing wind, and the manifestations, such as phlegm, stagnation, and/ or deficiency. One small study, An Acupuncture Protocol for Parkinson’s Disease,2 showed a total amelioration rate of 84.2 percent when scalp acupuncture was incorporated into an acupuncture treatment.


Arthur Yin Fan,CMD,PhD,LAc Jun 3,2014(E-mail) To A Madam (e-mailed me above)

Hi, E,

You may still use scalp and body acupuncture you mentioned. Take time. And also use some local points.

For herbal medicine, we have two:
(1) Pattern based herbology, heal tea.
(2) Dystonia focused herbal pills. It is called Liu Jun San capsule (100 capsule/per bottle, use 3#, 3 times a day).
It was a Chinese FDA (local branch) approved for hospital use (my former hospital).


A Madam Jun 3,2014 To Arthur Yin Fan,CMD,PhD,LAc

Dear Dr. Fan,

Thank you very much. I would like to try the dystonia focused herbal pills (if this is what you would recommend for my condition). I had seen a Youtube video of a gentleman with oromandibular dystonia that you had helped, whose symptoms looked (and sounded) identical to my own (lower left lip spasms, pursing of the lips, difficulty speaking). Did he take the dystonia focused herbal pills, or the pattern based herbology, heal tea?
Thank you again,


From: A Madam To: ArthurFan@ChineseMedicineDoctor.US
Sent: Thursday, July 10, 2014 8:19 AM
Subject: Request for more dystonia-specific herbal capsules

Dear Dr. Fan,
The herbal capsules that I received from you (Liu Jun San, 3 bottles in early June) seem to be working very well for me. My condition within two weeks of taking them went into a near remission. I still have symptoms, however my conversational speech has dramatically improved and I am even still able to do some radio broadcasting each week. I have also been doing scalp acupuncture, which might be synergistic with the capsules. I was also taking herbal teas prepared by my acupuncturist for several weeks prior to taking the capsules- She said there was some overlap in the ingredients in the teas versus what is in the capsules.

I would like to order another shipment of Liu Jun San for next month. I would actually be interested in continuing to take these capsules indefinitely, as I believe they might be effective in suppressing my symptoms. Is it possible for me to receive an automatic shipment every month, with the money taken out of my credit card each month automatically?

Thank you kindly.
Best wishes,

  • Jul 11 at 9:46 PM  To  Arthur Yin Fan,CMD,PhD,LAc
Wonderful! Thank you so much!
I was at a party this evening, by the way, and I was discussing my condition with someone. She said she never would have known if I hadn’t told her. I really am doing so much better- Thank you!

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Acupuncture has helped 101 women to get pregnant since Jan 2007, in our center.

Vote Against SB1457 SA2 – Amendment to allow Physical Therapists to perform non-surgical, medically invasive techniques in Illinois state.


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Hi, Bill Brady,


1. Dry needling is another name of acupuncture. I stayed in eastern China for about forty years (in Shanghai, Suzhou and Nanjing City, China before 2001), at that region, people call acupuncture Dry needling all the time (esp. Suzhou).

2. Dry needling described by physical therapists in USA actually belongs to one of techniques in acupuncture practice called Ah-yes (Ah Shi) or trigger-point stimulation, which is almost half of acupuncture practice we do everyday.

3. Dry needling use same needles as acupuncturists.

4. Dry needling uses one of languages for acupuncture mechanism explanation. Although acupuncturists use the Qi language, also use western style languages. The language of terms used in Dry needling actually another school of acupuncture.

5. The origin of Dry needling actually from China, after the culture Revolution (1966-1976), there were many (acupuncture) schools/styles. The term or language used in Dry needling was one of them. Using different language to describe the same thing could not as a new stuff. I mean Dry needling is totally acupuncture, not the new stuff other than acupuncture.

6. So, if from the point for protecting the public safety and being fair to each profession which using acupuncture, I strongly suggest physical therapists who like to use so-called Dry needling to spend same learning time/hours as acupuncturists. I mean at least 1,000 hours.


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