Due to the current deep uncertainty we all face with the unfolding coronavirus situation, and to protect your health and safety, Yong Kang Clinic will be closed until at least the first of April. 

I am available for phone and computer consultations for herbs or other health consulting as we together go through this most extraordinary time. Please call the clinic to arrange a time for a consultation or if you need a refill of herbs.

You already know to frequently wash your hands. I would encourage you to do a few other things as well to keep yourself and loved ones safe. First, leave your shoes at the door. This is a long time custom through Asia, and one that we should now adapt as well. You don't have to go barefoot, some nice house slippers or shoes are fine. Just don't be tracking dirt and viruses from the outside into your living space. 

Second, and in some ways this may be most important, find a way to bring some gentle curiosity to our current situation. Notice how in the shortages at stores and in your fears about if you will have enough that all this arises from the truth that we are all vastly and completely interdependent on one another. We are not alone in our suffering or fear; all of us can recognize a certain kinship in that regardless of belief or perspective we are more alike than different in this moment of time.

Do what you can to gently care for yourself and those around you.

The seemingly small comforts of life, they are not small.
They are the stepping-stones from one moment to the next.
They are how we move with a sense of connected stability through times of uncertainty and fear.

Please reach out if you need assistance. 

Thoughts on Health in the Season of Coronavirus

by Michael Max | Yong Kang Chinese Medicine Clinic

You can find your way back to vibrant health...

Here in the West we come by our suspicion naturally; we have little personal experience or cultural background to suggest that a few well-placed needles can coax forth profound healing. The normal response to such methods should be doubt.

Describing the ancient medical practice of acupuncture is not unlike describing green-blue tropical waters to someone color-blind to those hues — there simply is no direct line between points A and B. In the absence of personal experience, the treatment is difficult to truly comprehend. More importantly, when it comes to health, leaps of faith and wishful thinking are not the best starting points.

Because you are reading this, I suspect you are seeking a solution to a health concern that has been dogging you like a shadow or dealing with a condition that has evaded Western bio-medicine's scopes and scans, or failed to respond to conventional one-size-fits-all methods. Maybe you are simply uneasy with the cascade of side effects from Western medical treatment.

We can offer resources.

Take the next step of that journey by pouring a cupful of your favorite beverage, unfurl your curiosity and read on to learn how Chinese medicine and acupuncture can help you or someone you care about.  And welcome!

Who uses acupuncture, what it treats, and how it works


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Michael Max, Licensed Acupuncturist

Michael Max

Michael Max

Licensed Acupuncturist

What can you expect from Chinese medicine, and what can you expect from working with me?


Listen on Michael's guest appearance on Everyday Acupuncture Podcast, as he and host Margot Rossi discuss medicine, healing and the curious opportunities that open up in life when we aren't even looking.

If you have questions or concerns about Chinese medicine, then listen in to this podcast as one of the patients from Yong Kang clinic asks the questions about herbal medicine that are probably floating around in your mind as well.

Tracy Max, Licensed Massage Therapist

Tracy Max

Tracy Max

Licensed Massage Therapist

Massage, cupping, tuina and gua sha are all ways time tested ways that help your body to heal itself

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Acupuncture, Mindful Eating, and Sustained Weight Loss

  A common question asked about acupuncture is "will acupuncture help with weight loss?" Of course, the answer is more complex than "yes, or no." And as evidenced by the dizzying assortment of diet books, methods, protocols and conflicting research, it is safe to...

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Monday          9-6
Tuesday         1:30-6
Wednesday    9-6
Thursday        1:30-7
Friday              9-5

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