New Testomonial: Skin Problem

I found Dr. Fu’s practice by a stroke of luck when I saw it listed close to my work office in the Anthem Blue Cross insurance directory.  I decided to try acupuncture to help clear my complexion and balance hormones as my dermatologist and physician weren’t achieving much results from conventional western methods.  Scheduling an appointment was easy and accommodated my schedule well.  I was happy to hear that I would meet with Dr. Fu for a no cost in-depth consultation first and receive a treatment plan before having to commit to any treatment–and it made all the difference.  Never before has a physician sat down with me for almost an hour, going over every pertinent detail of my health, habits, sleep, diet, stress, work and family history to gain a comprehensive view of my complete health.  Never before have I ever felt a physician was truly listening to me and truly wanted to help.  After my consultation, he presented two options for treatment and together we found a course that worked for me, my budget, and health outlook.  I was happy to receive acupuncture treatment the same day.  I have had acupuncture before during college but Dr. Fu has a technique to make most needle insertion not even noticeable!  In fact, some points even feel good and relaxing to receive! The treatment rooms are spotless, tastefully decorated, and have soft lighting and relaxing music.  At each appointment, I felt welcome, warm, and a part of the practice family.  Dr. Fu did an in-depth analysis of my pulse and health indicators prior to each treatment and checked in with me regarding my progress with diet, rest, and herbal Rx. After two months of regular treatment, my complexion had improved as well as a drastic improvement in my sleep, stress relief, and overall health.  I looked forward to each treatment as I felt like a different person when I walked out of the office.  I swear each treatment felt like a relaxing spa treatment–much like receiving a massage or going to a yoga class.  When I decided to relocate back to the Pacific NW, I immediately thought of how much I would miss Dr. Fu, Jean, and his team.  It is not everyday you find a Doctor who sincere in his genuine desire to help improve your health.  He is an exceptional, caring doctor and acupuncture practitioner.

New Testimonial (Lots of Injuries)

Testimonial: Doctor Jimmy Fu, Acupuncturist

Written: 2/9/12
Patient: David E., Aliso Viejo
Dates of Treatment: June 2011-December 2011
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My story begins with a neuroma foot surgery, a weight lifting injury, back-to-back not-at-fault car accidents and a degenerative disc disease diagnosis; and all that at a mere forty years of age.  My quest for healing began with my primary care doctor and soon after an orthopedic surgeon. Unfortunately, neither of these doctors seemed interested in giving me sound advice or providing much in the way of details as to what I should and shouldn’t do.  In fact, I’m pretty sure the Newport Beach orthopedist was visualizing his golf game two minutes into my appointment.
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This prompted my wife and I to talk about alternatives and after receiving a referral we found ourselves at Doctor Fu’s.  My wife was experiencing neck pain upon waking up in the morning.  Since she isn’t “damaged goods” like yours truly, within a month of treatments Doctor Fu released her.
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At my first appointment with Doctor Fu I completed a detailed medical questionnaire including illustrating (on a chart of the human body) the specific sites of my pain.  He spent a good deal of time assessing my various issues, discussing the treatments, educating me on how acupuncture works and recommending a treatment plan.  In addition, he made recommendations as to what activities I should avoid.  This type of communication and guidance continued while I was a patient of his acupuncture center.
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Many years ago I worked for an acupuncturist and received a couple of treatments.  As a result, I had a vague recollection of what to expect.  When I first arrived at Doctor Fu’s three months had passed since my neuroma foot surgery and I was still experiencing pain in my foot and toes due to scar tissue build-up and being a “slow healer”.  After receiving acupuncture treatments to my toes and neuroma site I had less pain and discomfort (especially in my toes).  Oftentimes I could feel the difference in my toes from one appointment to the next.
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The most benefit I received from acupuncture was in the areas of my back and neck.  I used traditional methods (i.e. rest, ice, heat, rehab exercises) after the first car accident.  This was helping significantly but then the second car accident occurred.  Now these same treatments were having a reduced effect in resolving my pain.  After only a few weeks of acupuncture treatment my back pain was nearly gone and my neck pain was significantly reduced.
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I believe that both Western and Eastern medicine (I’m Caucasian by the way) have their respective places in the world.  Clearly acupuncture won’t work miracles when muscles, ligaments or tendons are torn. However, the typical prescribed course of action by medical doctors which includes muscle relaxants (or Motrin), ice and heat are clearly not the “be-all and end-all” and should not be the only options in dealing with soft tissue injuries (i.e. car accidents).
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I’d been trying to classify acupuncture when Doctor Fu described it perfectly.  He said “acupuncture is somewhere in the middle, between massage therapy at a spa and a visit to a Western medical doctor.  He went on to describe it as a “building effect” where the intensity builds and builds until you reach this enlightened and relaxed state.
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Bear in mind, it is likely that I required more sessions than the average person.  Realistically, the average NFL running back may have fewer injuries than I did when I arrived at Doctor Fu’s door.   That being said, I am very thankful that I was referred to Doctor Fu and I’m clearly in a better place today due to the advice and care he provided to me.
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David E.
Aliso Viejo