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Yo San Master’s Students Achieve a Milestone: White Coat Ceremony

By | 2018-06-14T23:54:05+00:00 March 2nd, 2018|Achievements, MATCM, News, YSU Community Clinic|

Yo San Master’s Students Achieve a Milestone: White Coat Ceremony

President, Dr. Lawrence Lau, MATCM Dean, Brady Chin, Clinic Dean, John Fang and DAOM Dean Laraine Crampton proudly honored the newest group of White Coat recipients Tuesday, January 16th in a short ceremony held on campus and attended by members of the student body, faculty, and staff.

Below, are our newest group of Blount Community Clinic interns, who are also known as Level 1. They’ve passed their pre-Clinical exam and other didactic requirements and can now see patients in the Clinic under supervision.

The White Coat Ceremony is a Yo San University rite of passage and is also commonly practiced in Medical Schools across the nation.

Please join us in congratulating our White Coat recipients on their milestone achievement!

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YSU Blount Community Clinic Voted Best Acupuncture Center 3-Years Running!!

By | 2018-06-14T23:54:05+00:00 September 28th, 2017|Achievements, Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine (AOM), Blog, News, YSU Community Clinic, YSU in the Community|

Argonaut Gives out “Best Of” Award to Yo San’s Blount Community Clinic for Third Time

The YSU Blount Community Clinic has been voted Best Acupuncture Center on the Westside by readers of The Argonaut for 2017. This is the third consecutive year that the Clinic has been bestowed this honor, and is a testament to the high-level of satisfaction felt by our patients, and their overall level of confidence in our interns and practitioners, and their knowledge of acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine.

It is on behalf of our loyal patients, student-interns, Supervisors, Senior Practitioners, and YSU Blount Community Clinic Staff, that we extend our most sincere appreciation for making this accomplishment possible.
The Argonaut’s Best of the Westside special edition reaches 75,000 active and passionate Westside residents, and hits newsstands September 28th full of information and results of the popular annual reader’s poll.

If you’re interested in becoming an acupuncture practitioner and working at Yo San’s Blount Community Clinic, check out our programs or give us a call at [phone-link location=””].

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YSU Blount: All-New Pediatric Specialty Clinic Beginning August 30, 2017

By | 2018-06-14T23:54:05+00:00 August 15th, 2017|Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine (AOM), News, Occasions, YSU Community Clinic, YSU in the Community|

Pediatric Specialty Clinic Beginning August 30, 2017

Now, along with our existing Women’s & Reproductive Medicine Specialty Clinic, and our Healthy Aging & Longevity Specialty Clinic, we will offer a Pediatric Specialty Clinic that utilizes the needle-less Japanese style acupuncture known as Shoni-Shin (Pediatric Acupuncture).
Administered by Dr. Atsuki Maeda, DAOM, L.Ac., this treatment offering is widely used in Japan, and is ideal for infants and young children. Shoni-Shin is a non-insertion technique that stimulates the meridians and points using gentle tools. The technique involves rhythmic plucking, stroking and brushing of the skin to harmonize and fortify the child’s immune system.  This will lead to a healthier and happier child, and a less stressed parent!
Shoni-Shin is effective in the treatment of varying childhood conditions, including:
  • Common colds, fever, allergies, asthma, and ear infections
  • Skin disorders such as Eczema, Psoriasis, and Rashes
  • GI conditions, including colic, indigestion, constipation, and diarrhea
  • Sleep disorders: Excessive night crying, bed wetting, and night terrors
  • Behavioral conditions such as temper tantrums and  hyper activity
For more information or to schedule an appointment for your child,
contact the YSU Blount Community Clinic at 310-577-3006!

If you’re interested in becoming an Acupuncturist and Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioner, check out our programs or give us a call at [phone-link location=””].

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Traditional Chinese Medicine

By | 2018-06-14T23:54:05+00:00 July 22nd, 2016|Fitness & Exercise, Student Life, Taoism & Qi Cultivation, YSU Community Clinic|

When you hear someone talking about “Traditional Chinese Medicine” you probably think about acupuncture, or how much needles freak you out. And while acupuncture is a big part of TCM, there are many other aspects that make up the medicine. In today’s “In Caring Hands” we’re highlighting four practices within Traditional Chinese Medicine.

Tai Chi

Tai chi is a centuries-old mind and body practice. It involves gentle, dance-like body movements with mental focus, breathing, and relaxation.


Cupping therapy is an ancient form of therapy in which a local suction is created on the skin; practitioners believe this mobilizes blood flow in order to promote healing. Suction is created using heat (fire) or mechanical devices (hand or electrical pumps).


Acupuncture is a technique in which practitioners stimulate specific points on the body—most often by inserting thin needles through the skin.


The Chinese Materia Medica (a pharmacological reference book used by TCM practitioners) describes thousands of medicinal substances—primarily plants, but also some minerals and animal products. Different parts of plants, such as the leaves, roots, stems, flowers, and seeds, are used. In TCM, herbs are often combined in formulas and given as teas, capsules, liquid extracts, granules, or powders.

Interested in learning more about TCM?  Follow us on Facebook for up to date news articles about the medicine! You can also see if Traditional Chinese Medicine is right for you by making an appointment at the YSU Blount Community Clinic OR by checking out our “In your Element” community classes series. Right now we’re featuring Andrew Eng’s Hip Hop Qi Gong!

Traditional Chinese Medicine: In Depth – information from the National Center for Complementary Medicine and Integrative Health
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Professional Development

By | 2018-06-14T23:54:05+00:00 July 22nd, 2016|Student Life, YSU Community Clinic|

In their journey to becoming an acupuncturist, students must learn the importance of strong business skills. Yo San University offers several opportunities to further expand students’ professional development, some of which include, Clinic Interning, attending YSU’s monthly “Tao of Success” Program, participating in YSUSA and becoming a Student Ambassador.

A major part of students’ training at YSU is their time in the Clinic. Not only are they getting firsthand experience on treating patients, they are also learning how to create meaningful relationships to ensure return patients.

In spring of 2015, YSU began the “Tao of Success” Program, a speaker series designed to provide YSU students and alumni with insights and inspirations for their career paths. Topics range from digital marketing to networking tips to personal brand management and more.

The Yo San University Student Association (YSUSA) provides a platform for students to formulate and initiate projects internal and external to the University. Officers of the YSUSA, elected annually, communicate with the Administration as the voice of the student body.

The YSU Ambassador Program is a select group of current students who represent the University at outreach events for admissions, University advancement, the YSU Community Clinic and other important functions. The Ambassadors are the face of Yo San, capable of representing the University to the public, prospective students and donors, and alumni.

Students’ professional development and growth helps them not only prepare for the future but also give the highest level of care to their patients.

Join us and alumna Alyssa Dazet on July 17th for her Three Essentials for Practice Success: What You Don’t Learn in Acupuncture School, to learn the three essentials for practice success! Three CEU Hours will be offered.

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Our Community

By | 2018-06-14T23:54:06+00:00 July 8th, 2016|Student Life, YSU Community Clinic|

For many, the first word that comes to mind when thinking about Yo San University is “community.” Since opening its doors in 1989, YSU has given its students a compassionate environment, one where they are able to live out their passions. With that strong sense of community in place, YSU has been able to build a platform for student success with programs such as The White Coat Ceremony, Tao of Success and Tao of Academic Success.

It is amazing to see how our sense of community has expanded beyond the classroom walls. Through partnerships with Being Alive, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, Venice Family Clinic, WISE & Healthy Aging and The Wellness Center, as well as in our own clinic, YSU has been able to serve the greater Los Angeles community.

We are always looking for new ways to inspire the next generation of healers. And are excited to see what the future holds for our community, as well as the TCM community.

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Tips for the Holiday Weekend

By | 2018-06-14T23:54:06+00:00 July 1st, 2016|Fitness & Exercise, Food & Nutrition, Health & Wellness, YSU Community Clinic|

Monday July 4th not only marks Independence Day, it also marks the second official week of summer! With warmer temperatures and longer days spent socializing, it’s important that you don’t forget about your health.

According to the Five Element Theory, summer is associated with the Fire element. Fire is the most active, lively and warming of the elements. It is represented in our body through circulation, warmth, consciousness, sleep, emotions / spirits, love, the nervous system and memory. It also corresponds to the heart (yin energy) and the small intestine (yang energy.)

To keep your fire element harmonized it is important that you eat foods and partake in activities that help keep the body cool and balanced. Below are four tips  that you can easily incorporate into your daily routine.

Tip #1 Eat more watermelon

In Traditional Chinese Medicine, watermelon is classified as having a cooling nature. It is used to detoxify the body, quench thirst and relieve irritably caused by summer heat.

Tip #2  Add lemon to your water and meals 

While sour in taste, lemon, like watermelon, also has a cooling effect on the body. Lemon helps replenish fluids (specifically yin), harmonize the stomach and aid in digestion.

Tip #3 Wake up earlier and go to sleep later 

For those of you who are not early birds or night owls, this tip can be difficult. However, by waking up earlier and going to sleep later, you will be able to benefit from the sun’s nourishing rays, which are most bountiful during the summer.

Tip #4 Meditate

Through meditation you are able to strengthen your mind body connection, and lose feelings of stress, anxiety and anger, all of which weaken the fire element.

The heart is the “seat” of mind and therefore, its highest expression is love. So love yourself by staying healthy this summer and for life.

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In Caring Hands: A Month-long Profile of the YSU Blount Community Clinic

By | 2018-06-14T23:54:06+00:00 July 1st, 2016|Fitness & Exercise, Food & Nutrition, Health & Wellness, YSU Community Clinic|

Being the top-rated Acupuncture Clinic in West LA is both an honor and responsibility we take seriously. All this month we are going to share with you stories of the great people and transformations happening in the YSU Blount Clinic.   If you don’t already know why there is a patient waitlist or just want to get to know us a little better, follow each story and share with others who could benefit.  Whether you’re a prospective student or looking to live a healthier life, don’t miss these amazing stories.

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Yo San University Partners with Kaiser Permanente on National Cancer Survivor Day

By | 2018-06-14T23:54:06+00:00 June 28th, 2016|Achievements, Alumni, Integrative Clinical Education Program, MATCM, News, Students & Faculty, YSU Community Clinic, YSU in the Community|

Cancer offers a unique insight into how individuals, families, and even communities rally together for life during what can be the most uncertain roller coaster we might ever ride. Fittingly, June 7 each year, National Cancer Survivor Day, is not only about the struggle to defeat cancer but is a true celebration of life.

That’s why this year YSU was invited to join Kaiser West LA in raising awareness of the benefits of healthy living and what TCM has to offer all of us in the prevention and combatting of Cancer.  YSU alumni and students participated by staffing a booth for patients and families to visit, and Dr. Lawrence Lao was a featured speaker during the annual event.  His presentation on acupuncture’s effectiveness in integrative cancer care was well-attended and received by all taking advantage of the insight and tips on offer.

At the YSU table, student-interns Pam Murphy and Tara Das were busy providing ear seed treatments and demonstrations to the many attendees who curiously stopped. They also took the opportunity to pass along information on the benefits of acupuncture as a treatment for both cancer and the neurotoxicity caused by cancer treatments. Plus, all were invited to the YSU Blount Community Clinic to review their options for integrative care. By the end of the event, we reached more than 250 people and each left with a flyer or brochure!

For those who were unable to make it to Yo San University, or who wanted a provider that accepted Kaiser Insurance, we were joined by professors John Barber and Ed Sullivan. Professor Sullivan provided information on support groups and medical Qi Gong groups that could take care of patients in the San Fernando Valley while Professor Barber offered his services as an approved acupuncturist for Kaiser’s insurance program.

While this event was a success for YSU and attendees, it is just another example of how the YSU Community and our partners are cultivating understanding and transforming lives by providing the community with information and integrative medical services.

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The Renaming of the YSU Community Clinic: A New Name . . . The Same, Shared Commitment

By | 2018-06-14T23:54:06+00:00 February 26th, 2016|Achievements, Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine (AOM), News, University Advancement, YSU Community Clinic, YSU in the Community|

In the throes of our daily efforts, it is easy to forget the life altering care provided patients through the YSU Clinic. This past Friday, February 19, students, faculty, staff, and friends of YSU shared a moment to reflect and celebrate the meaning of our Community Clinic and honor the life and good works of Thomas S. Blount.

Recently the Board of Trustees approached his family about renaming the Clinic in his honor to underscore the caring legacy and the value of TCM in Thomas’s own life and celebrate the impact Thomas made in the educations and futures of students.

Board Chair Mary Flaherty gave opening remarks highlighting Thomas’s generosity and kindness to YSU throughout the years. President Lois Green echoed Mary’s remarks and thanked everyone for joining this special celebration.

Dr. Mao Shing Ni followed by recounting his personal relationship with Thomas and shared his excitement for the rededication of the Clinic in Thomas’s name. Friends of Thomas, Paul Brewer and Kenny Griggs, spoke of how Thomas would have been honored and humbled by the rededication.

Thomas’s gift will allow the University to build on our established legacy, continue educational excellence in the classroom, enhance our already distinctive clinical offerings, and respond to the rapidly changing landscape of our profession. Among the many planned uses for the gift will be an annual endowed lecture and an enhancement of the University’s clinical offerings.

The event concluded with the unveiling of the new clinic sign and the cutting of the ribbon. YSU is proud to honor the one of a kind Thomas S. Blount.

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