YSU Blount Community Clinic
Contact us for an appointment:
13315 W. Washington Blvd., Second Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90066
Our Clinic Hours
8:00 am – 9:00 pm
8:00 am – 5:00 pm
8:30 am – 5:30 pm
8:30 am – 7:00 pm
A Legacy of Caring and Affordable Wellness
The Yo San University Blount Community Clinic is the on-campus teaching facility for Yo San University doctoral and master’s degree clinical interns in the final phases of their studies. Experienced clinical faculty with a wide range of expertise in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) supervise all clinical interns to provide individualized patient care. The Clinic is also home to the private practices of several faculty-practitioners.
Clinic patients have the option to see a licensed practitioner and/or a supervised clinical intern for their treatments. The Clinic is open 7 days a week, including several weekday evenings.
To schedule an appointment, please call us at (310) 577-3006.
Our Treatment Rates
As a training clinic for future licensed acupuncturists, as well as postgraduate specialty interns, we offer special pricing that make acupuncture treatments affordable and accessible to our community. In addition, we also provide acupuncture / TCM services by experience faculty-practitioners and licensed clinical fellows.
First visit – $50.00
Return visits – $40.00
Healthy Aging/Longevity Medicine
Women’s Health/Reproductive Medicine
First visit – $70.00
Return visits – $50.00
First visit – $135.00
Return visits – $100.00
Telemedicine Consultation – $100 (initial consult) / $75 (follow up consult)
Our Specialty Clinics
The Yo San University Blount Community Clinic offers several specialty clinics to better serve the community. Patients receive treatments from experienced, licensed practitioners and supervised interns who work closely with experience Western and Chinese Medicine clinical faculty, creating a truly integrative and patient-focused model of care.
Women’s Health and Reproductive Medicine Clinic
Patients receive specialty care from supervised clinical interns in our postgraduate specialty doctoral program, working collaboratively with reproductive endocrinologists and fertility physicians to optimize your overall and reproductive health. Learn more about our Women’s Health and Reproductive Medicine Clinic.
Healthy Aging and Internal Medicine Clinic
Postgraduate clinical interns provide patients with comprehensive Traditional Chinese Medicine care, including acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, nutrition, Qigong and lifestyle adjustments aimed at optimizing wellness and addressing conditions that encompass the full life span of adult aging. Learn more about our Healthy Aging and Internal Medicine Clinic.
Our Treatment Philosophy
In Traditional Chinese Medicine, both the practitioner and patient participate in the care process. The practitioner contributes his/her experience and clinical skills, and the patient attends to day-to-day aspects of living a healthy lifestyle. This proactive and collaborative approach is the essence of Traditional Chinese Medicine. It demands that practitioners assess the complexities of each patient’s case and recommend personalized treatment plans that address both the manifestations as well as the root causes of illness.
Recommended care plans may include a combination of additional acupuncture treatments, herbal supplements, dietary and nutritional recommendations, qigong (breathing and movement exercise), and other Traditional Chinese Medicine modalities.
The treatment philosophy at the Yo San University Blount Community Clinic is to provide integrated care by treating the whole person – mind, body and spirit, not just the disease.
Our Care Team
The Yo San University Blount Community Clinic serves as the practice site for several private practitioners. Enjoy the experience and expertise in the specialties that each of our private practitioners has to offer. Each practitioner has over 15 years of clinical experience in the acupuncture/TCM profession.
Yu-Hong Chen, B Med (China), MSOM, L.Ac.
A seasoned acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) practitioner trained in China and in the US, Dr. Chen received her Bachelor of Medicine (B Med) in Chinese Medicine from Chengdu University of Traditional Chinese Medicine and her Master of Science in Oriental Medicine (MSOM) from Samra University in Los Angeles. Dr. Chen has over 30 years’ experience providing excellent patient care in the Los Angeles area. Dr. Chen’s clinical specialties include Women’s Health, Dermatology, Pain Management and General Internal Medicine, to name a few. In addition to her clinical practice, Dr. Chen is also a clinical faculty at Yo San University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, where she teaches and supervises final-year clinical interns. She believes that TCM is both a science and art, and a philosophy dealing with human health and loves to see people benefit from TCM.
Robert Hoffman, DAOM, Lac
Robert Hoffman holds a Master’s degree from Yo San University, and his doctorate from Five Branches University. Currently, he is also a PhD candidate at Zhejiang Chinese Medicine University in Hangzhou, China. His current research is in the use of mushrooms as adjuvant therapy in cancer treatment, and the role of Chinese herbs in T cell regulation. Dr. Hoffman is the Chief Academic and Clinical Affairs Officer at YSU where he also serves on both the master’s and doctoral faculties. In addition to his work at the university, Dr. Hoffman serves on the board of the Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine (ACAHM), and is an ordained 23rd generation Daoist Priest in the Quanzhen, Longmen tradition.
Lawrence Lau, MD (Singapore), MSOM, L.Ac.
Lawrence holds a (western allopathic) medical degree from the National University of Singapore in Singapore, as well as a Master of Science in Oriental Medicine (MSOM) from Samra University in Los Angeles. With over 20 years’ experience in integrative care, his clinical specialties include internal medicine, oncology, and TCM health cultivation and longevity medicine.
Cynthia Wang, DAOM, L.Ac.
Dong Wang, or Cynthia, is a graduate of both YSU’s Master’s program and the Doctoral program with a specialty in Women’s Health and Fertility. She frequently treats patients with headaches including migraines, cluster and hormonal headaches, and gastrointestinal disorders. Dr. Wang also teaches in the master’s department focusing on Chinese medical terminology and herbal medicine, and is a Chinese astrologist helping people resolve issues surrounding their birth chart. In her free time she enjoys hot yoga, hiking and traveling.
Leah Eradat, L.Ac.
Leah Eradat, L.Ac. is a California Board Certified Licensed Acupuncturist and Herbalist
specializing in Women’s Reproductive Health and Fertility. She is in the process of completing her Doctorate in Acupunctureand Oriental Medicine with an emphasis in Women’s Health and IntegrativeReproductive Medicine, focusing on acupuncture treatment in women undergoing IVF. Leah is passionate about fertility acupuncture and supporting women and couples undergoing assisted reproductive treatments with acupuncture, herbs, and nutritional guidance. She has qualified experience in the treatment of menstrual issues, optimizing fertility, preparing women and couples for egg retrieval and embryo transfers, andcoaching women through egg freezing.
Our Clinical Fellows are recent graduates of Yo San University, who are fully licensed and provide acupuncture and TCM care for a full spectrum of general health care needs.
Chauchabar Bruhwilier, MATCM, LAc.
Chauchabar Bruhwiler is a graduate of the Yo San University master’s program with an extensive background in massage therapy and Thai massage. Her specialty is in the treatment of pain (e.g. neck, shoulder, hip knee, and back pain), and in making patients feel comfortable with every visit. She believes it is important to make each patient feel cared for on a personal level, and to work with allied health professionals to ensure the best in clinical outcomes.
Kristina Elminoufi, PhD, LAc.
Kristina Elminoufi has her masters in both psychology and Traditional Chinese medicine, as well as her PhD in Sociology. She uses a holistic approach to inform her care of patients with chronic health conditions such as fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME), immune system disorders as well as psycho-emotional distress conditions like anxiety, depression, and PTSD, and ADHD/ADD, OCD spectrum disorders in adults, adolescents, and children. As an advocate for women’s health, she is passionate about not only helping women maintain and improve their health through fertility, pregnancy, postpartum care, postpartum depression, peri-and menopause, but also educating patients in TCM methods and holistic philosophy. She also has experience treating conditions such as sleep disorders and migraine headaches. She is a firm believer in integrative medicine and works closely in conjunction with fellow health care providers.
Jeramy Shirley, MATCM, Dipl.OM, L.Ac.
Jeramy holds a Master’s degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine from Yo San University. She has been practicing since 2016. She uses a highly developed system of palpation to discover areas of energetic blockage and the specific points that can produce instant relief. In this way she helps her patients restore balance and harmony in their bodies so that they can
be healthy and free of pain. She has successfully treated many types of pain, digestive problems, and internal medicine disorders.
Ali Hakimi, DAOM, Dipl.OM, L.Ac.
Dr. Hakimi holds an entry level doctorate from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, a second Doctorate from Five Branches University, and is graduate of the Yo San University Doctoral program with a specialty in Women’s Health & Reproductive Medicine. Currently he is also a Ph.D candidate at Nanjing University of Chinese Medicine in China pursuing research in the treatment of Post- Stroke Spasticity with acupuncture.
His clinical focus is on the treatment of subfertility/infertility and related issues including menstrual disorders, diminished ovarian reserve, PCOS, improving IVF and frozen embryo transfer outcomes, miscarriage, pregnancy, childbirth, and postpartum care. Dr. Hakimi also has experience treating chronic conditions including arthritis, diabetes, psycho-emotional issues, cardiovascular diseases, and long-COVID Symptoms.
Answers to your Questions about Acupuncture Treatment
What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is the practice of penetrating the skin with thin, solid needles which are then activated through gentle specific movements of the practitioner’s hands or with electrical stimulation.
Acupuncture is part of the ancient practice of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). This traditional medicine modality is a highly effective, affordable, low risk treatment option for a multitude of health issues and chronic conditions. It is one of the most requested complementary and alternative medicine choices in the U.S. today. To learn more about acupuncture, check out Acupuncture: In Depth from the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health.
How does acupuncture work?
Acupuncture is based on an ancient and empirical system of medicine founded on the concept of Qi (pronounced “chee”), meaning energy/life force, and its flow through the body along channels or meridians. Acupuncture works by balancing the body’s Qi, which can be described as a form of bioenergy that runs through the body. Disruption of this energy flow results in illness and disease. By applying acupuncture to certain points, Qi flow is improved and energetic balance restored, thereby improving health.
From a biomedical perspective, acupuncture appears to work by stimulating parts of the brain, as well as by triggering the release natural neurochemicals in the body that will bring about desired physiological changes. While the exact biomechanisms are unknown, the clinical effects are measurable.
Is acupuncture safe?
Acupuncture is widely acknowledged as one of the safest forms of medicine. Acupuncture needles are sterile, disposable and used only once. Acupuncturists undergo extensive training and are regulated by state acupuncture boards. In California, all acupuncturists are licensed and regulated by the California Acupuncture Board.
What does acupuncture feel like?
Acupuncture is done using hair-thin needles. Most people barely feel needles when inserted, some may feel a slight pinch as the needle is inserted. The needle is inserted to a point that produces a sensation of pressure or ache. Needles may be heated during the treatment or mild electric current may be applied to them. Some people report acupuncture makes them feel energized. Others say they feel relaxed.
There are certain sensations associated with the therapeutic effects of acupuncture. These may include slight cramping, heaviness, distention, tingling or electric sensation traveling along a meridian. If any discomfort is experienced, it is usually mild and temporary.
How often do I need to come in for treatment?
It depends on the condition that is being treated and how the patient respond to the acupuncture treatment. Some patients / conditions respond well with a few treatments, while others need long-term acupuncture care. Occasionally, you may see some results in as little as 2-4 visits; typically, it will take up to 8-12 visits for definite changes to set in.
What conditions may benefit from acupuncture?
Some of the diseases, symptoms, and conditions recognized by World Health Organization (WHO) for which acupuncture has been proven to be an effective treatment or for which therapeutic effects of acupuncture have been demonstrated include:
Allergic rhinitis (Hay fever)
Chemotherapy side effects
Gastroesophageal reflux disease
Headache / Migraine
Infertility (male and female)
Inflammatory bowel disease
Irritable bowel syndrome
Muscle pain and weakness
Nausea and vomiting
Do I need to do anything to prepare for my first appointment?
If you’re new to the Yo San University Blount Community Clinic, please arrive 20 minutes prior to your appointment time to fill out the necessary new patient forms. Your first visit to the Clinic for an Intern appointment will be for 2 hours. Appointments for Specialty Clinics and Licensed Practitioners will be for 1-hour.
Avoid coming in for an appointment immediately after a large meal, or on an empty stomach. Wear loose fitting cloths to facilitate access to acupuncture points on the body; in some cases, you will need to change into a patient gown.
What will my first treatment session be like?
The initial consultation includes a thorough medical intake that covers all aspects of your health. Some questions may seem unrelated to your current medical condition, but remember that our treatment philosophy is designed to treat you as a whole person – body, mind and spirit. Your treatment session may include acupuncture and other TCM modalities such as cupping, acupressure/tuina, guasha, etc. Your acupuncture care team may also recommend an herbal prescription and/or lifestyle recommendation for diet and exercise.
Do you accept insurance?
If you have health insurance that pays for acupuncture, we can provide an ‘insurance superbill’ to you that provides all the information you need to submit to your insurance company for reimbursement. It is a standardized form which health insurance plans accept. At this time, we do not directly accept insurance.
How can I pay for my acupuncture treatments and herbs?
All payment for services (treatment and/or prescription herbs) will be collected at the time of your appointment. Payment can be made with cash, checks, credit cards (Visa and MasterCard), and health saving account (HSA) or flexible spending account (FSA) cards with a Visa or MasterCard logo. At this time, we do not accept American Express or Discover cards.
Can I return my herbs for a full refund?
Only patent herbs that are unopened can be returned for a full refund. Any customized herbs and/or special herbal formulas that are created specifically for you are not refundable. Please check with you practitioner about the uses of herbs during your treatment session if you have any questions.
How do I cancel or reschedule my appointment?
If you need to cancel or reschedule your appointment for any reason, please call the Clinic at (310) 577-3006 at least 24 hours before your appointment. Appointment cancellations made less than 24 hours before your appointment are subject to cancellation charges.
New Patients – Planning for Your First Appointment
If you’re new to the Community Clinic, please arrive 15 minutes prior to your appointment time to fill out the necessary new patient forms below.
Your first appointment with a Master’s Intern will be for 2 hours. Appointments for any of the Specialty Clinics and private practitioners will be for 1 hour. The initial consultation includes a thorough medical intake that covers all aspects of your health. Some questions may seem unrelated to your current medical condition, but remember that our treatment philosophy is designed to treat you as a whole person – body, mind and spirit. Interns will use acupuncture during the treatment and may recommend an herbal prescription and/or lifestyle recommendation for diet and exercise.
Clinic New Patient Forms
If you are a new patient to the Yo San University Community Clinic, please arrive 20 minutes prior to your appointment time to fill out the New Patient Forms.
Please fill out the following forms and bring along the completed forms to your appointment:
*For the treatment of minors, the parent or guardian must be present in the treatment room with the minor and practitioner at all times during the appointment.