Erlene Chiang ought to know something about Asian herbal medicine; after all, her great-grandfather served as one of the last Chinese emperor's physicians. Her father, 82-year-old Y.C. Chiang, has been treating people in the Bay Area for fifty years. And for the last nineteen years, the two have run the Chung Hua health clinic in Albany and El Cerrito. They offer a wide variety of medical services that are designed to work synergistically with one another, including acupuncture, herbal treatments, and qigong exercises. Patients who have been diagnosed with cancer may particularly benefit from Chiang's herbal remedies, which ease the side effects of chemotherapy. Her herbal solutions also are used to treat chronic diseases, back pain, tendinitis, and carpal tunnel syndrome, and her staff offers lifestyle counseling to ease stress and improve the diet of their patients. And if you can't afford the treatments, Chiang offers a sliding scale for her less affluent clients.
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