I started seeing Dr. Ching Ching Chi about a year after I had major surgery to repair a congenital defect called Pectus Excavatum. This condition is defined as a concave sternum and in my case, it was very severe and was compressing my heart, causing arrythmias and difficulty breathing. The surgical repair meant that two metal bars were inserted beneath my sternum and ribs, to raise my sternum off my heart. I experienced significant pain due to this surgery which lasted much longer than anticipated. After months of visits to pain specialists, narcotics, physical therapy, chiropractic treatments and massage with minimal relief from pain, on the recommendation of a friend, I visited Dr. Ching Ching Chi. I came into my first visit with pain in the 7 range on a scale of 10. Seconds after Dr. Ching Ching Chi inserted the first needles, I was completely pain free! The majority of the pain relief lasted for several hours that day and as I continued with treatments, I went as much as a week with little to no pain. I am forever grateful to Dr. Ching Ching Chi for her ability to reduce and at times, completely eliminate my pain!
A thank you letter from Heidi N. San Jose CA. 07/17/2018

I was suffering from severe acid reflux and heartburn since Feb 2012, I had several trips to my physician who recommended me on Prilosec, for six months when i did not see any improvements she asked me to double my doze of the medication.
That was it, I do not prefer taking medications , hence wanted to try alternate options.
Dr Chi was referred to me by my masseuse(who i trust a lot)
I am really scared of needles but still decided to give it a try.
Dr Chi was very patient with me and calmed me regarding my nervousness for needles. She recommended to make a few dietary changes as well and ever since I started treatment I have seen a significant improvement in my health.
I would recommend her to anyone and would like to add that she is very caring and really wants to see her patients improve. Her front desk staff is always very accomodative and clinic in general is a great place to relieve your stress.
I look forward to my treatment sessions and would absolutely recommend her.

Review on Yelp –Nisha I., Saratoga , CA 12/12/2012

As others have said here, Dr. Chi is amazing! It can’t be said enough times.

Dr. Chi cares about her patients deeply. Her passion is clear as she explains each of her actions and the effects it’s going to have. I was a skeptic when I visited her first time for my sciatica. However, upon seeing immediate improvement in my condition, I am convinced about the virtues of Acupuncture (at least for my case). She’d insert needles and instantly the pain would disappear. The chronic part of my pain disappeared gradually also.

Dr. Chi is also generous with her knowledge. You can ask her any medical questions–even those that may have bothered you for a long time and those that don’t have anything to do with your particular condition being treated–and she’ll have an answer for you.

I often see Dr. Chi practicing the science on herself and her family.

Review on Yelp –B. P., San Francisco , CA 7/27/2012

Hi Dr. Chi, deep in my heart, I thank you for your patience to cure my dry and irritated eyes. With your professional knowledge, you also diagnosed my stomach and found out that it is extremely weak. Under your treatments, these horrible problems which I had been suffering for years are gone. I can eat and read happily now. I thank God who healed me through your professional help.
Review on Yelp –Catherine P., Mountain View, CA 7/14/2012

I had tried acupuncture one time before but wasn’t really impressed by it. I dont know what made me decide to give it another try – it could be the pain was so great that I needed some immediate relief! I was suffering from my second sinus infection in less than 2 months with severe sinus pain and pressure and I did not want to do another bout of antibiotics.
Enter Dr Chi and the rest is history. I had never been so miserable. the pain was unbearable and I was sweating, feverish with the painful pressure on my face . After ONE session the pressure was gone. I was still congested, but was finally in a state where I could lay down and sleep comfortably. After the second session (one week later) I was pretty much all better. Now I’m going to see if she can help with the migraines – I am very hopeful.
Thanks Dr Chi!!!!!!

Review on Yelp –Asinia A., Sunnyvale, CA 6/4/2012

If you have been diagnosed with hyperthyroidism, especially if you are a woman of childbearing age, you’ve got to see Dr. Chi!

She made my T3 and T4 go back to normal within a month! Please note that I DIDN’T take any medicine during the month. It was all Dr. Chi’s acupuncture that helped me recover.

Dr. Chi has a unique way of looking at hyperthyroidism. She sees the close relationship between the thyroid and female hormones. When she told me that my thyroid conditions would greatly improve upon getting a normal period again, I was sold right away, because I knew scanty or missing periods are hyperthyroid symptoms in women who menstruate.

Since hyperthyroidism suppresses ovulation and menstruation, it’s logical that resuming a normal menstrual cycle means at least alleviation of hyperthyroidism. Plus, I’ve found on line that menstrual blood rids the body of a significant amount of iodine, which is the fuel of thyroid hormones. It makes perfect sense that reducing the fuel will lower thyroid hormones. I wonder why Western medicine doctors and even other Eastern medicine practitioners don’t seem to have thought of it. My on-line research hasn’t found anyone else who points out the possibility of treating hyperthyroidism by stimulating estrogen, though reliable sources indicate estrogen and thyroid hormones naturally suppress each other.

Furthermore, progesterone and thyroid hormones are allies. No wonder hyperthyroidism happens most frequently in women of childbearing age who have high progesterone.

Back to my story: I noticed my period being much lighter in late July, but didn’t do anything about it because I was very busy. I didn’t take it seriously until missing my period in late August. My cycles had always been regular before that, and two pregnancy tests turned out negative (as they were supposed to because my husband and I were using protections). I waited until early September. Then I went to Urgent Care.

The blood test at Urgent Care turned out high T3 and T4 numbers as well as low TSH. In case you don’t know what they are, T3 is the active thyroid hormone affecting cells, T4 is inactive thyroid hormone in storage, and TSH is what the pituitary gland sends to the thyroid to have it make more hormones. When thyroid hormones are already high, TSH will lower because there’s no need of it.

I was referred to the endocrinology department of the hospital. I made an appointment with its first available endocrinologist—big mistake! The endocrinologist, let me call her Dr. K, said diet had nothing to do with hyperthyroidism. Later I found on-line articles by other MDs informing that excessive iodine can trigger hyperthyroidism (I did consume too much seaweed and seafood). I also learned that raw cabbage as well as other cruciferous veggies contain compounds which interfere with the absorption of iodine.

For my lack of trust in this endocrinologist, I switched to another one whose last name also starts with a K, but a male doctor, a very nice guy. In the meantime, I chose NOT to take any medicine because both of the commonly used anti-thyroid drugs have considerable side effects. I didn’t even take any beta blocker (for the heart and blood pressure) because my blood pressure was only higher than my normal range but not really high—124 over 84 (it had always been about 105 over 65). It was ridiculous that the female endocrinologist threatened me with the possibility of a deadly thyroid storm, which would take much higher blood pressure to happen.

We have to be aware that doctors often take a cut for drugs they prescribe. It’s important to find a conscientious doctor, who is truly interested in curing diseases and helping patients, which describes Dr. Chi.

My first session with Dr. Chi brought on my late period, and the amount was normal! I continued to see her twice a week. Two weeks later, my blood pressure came back down to 102 over 61. I knew my thyroid must be getting better. Indeed, as you already know, later my blood test on October 4 showed normal T3 and T4. Since then Aunt Flo has come again in a normal amount.

Best of all, Dr. Chi also helped my sensitive eyes. My eyes had always been allergic to strong sunlight and winds. Hyperthyroidism aggravated the problem. I often had allergy attacks in one or both of my eyes while driving, and had to pull over to use artificial tears. Now my eyes always feel moist. No more eye allergies on the road!

I can’t express how grateful I am to Dr. Chi. Hyperthyroidism is an incurable disease in Western medicine (anti-thyroid drugs are just temporary solutions and radioactive iodine makes patients take synthetic thyroid hormone for life plus suffering from side effects), but Dr. Chi cured it or at least put it in remission for me within such a short period of time! What more do I need to say about her marvelous capabilities?

Review on Yelp –C. T., San Jose , CA 10/6/2012

I would like to take this opportunity to express my deepest gratitude to Dr. Chi for giving me a new lease on life. She is a wonderful person and a dedicated professional who truly cares for her patients. I have been suffering from the symptoms of prostate enlargement and urinary retention for the past six years, taking prescription drugs to ease the problems. In January of this year, urologists advised me to have prostate surgery. After I had the surgery, although many of my symptoms subsided, the problem of retention was not resolved. Due to the fact that my bladder (as a result of carrying so much liquid for so many years) was distended, my surgeon told me that I had two choices: either install a urinary bag or catheterize myself four to six times a day. I asked them if there was a cure for this issue, but they responded saying that my bladder had lost its muscle mass and it was unlikely to regain the muscle tissue. The prospect of catheterizing or carrying a urinary bag was so agonizing that I was plunged into a deep depression.

When I discussed this issue with Dr. Chi, she simply said, with the utmost confidence, that she could help me. After two and half weeks of acupuncture sessions, my retention significantly reduced from 600 cc’s to 100 cc’s. I cannot find the words to express my happiness. I immediately made an appointment with my urologist just to make sure that I wasn’t dreaming. When he examined me, he was astonished and told me that I no longer had to catheterize or use a bag. I feel I owe a great debt of gratitude to Dr. Chi – she saved me from a life of agony. She treated me with the utmost care and compassion. I highly recommend her. Thank you Dr. Chi.

Review on Yelp –Moussa S., Los Gatos, CA 6/25/2012

Dr Ching Chi is very good. She has lot of patience, listens to you, very nice clinic. I had severe back pain radiating into legs. Because of being pregnant I coud not do much about it. After having 20 accupuncture sessions at other accupuncture clinic and no improvement I went to Dr Chi. She did scalp accupuncture and this helped me a lot.
And the reason i am giving her review is My baby was in breech and her suggestion helped my baby to come into normal position and i had normal delivery. I owe her big time for this.
Review on Yelp –Kamala s., Sunnyvale, CA 6/19/2012

Dr Chi is amazing. We came to her with my 18 month old’s upper body motor delay. Before Dr Chi my little girl couldn’t sit up or stand up by herself. After 12 sessions she is able to do both and is quickly catching up to her peers. Dr. Chi is gentle and great with kids and we would highly recommend her to anyone looking to avoid more intrusive methods of treatment for their children. If it wasn’t for Dr Chi, we would be looking at more blood tests, a biopsy and g-d knows what else. Thank you Dr. Chi!

Review on Yelp –Irina L.’s ,San Mateo, CA 6/11/2012

“I highly recommend Dr. Chi as an acupuncturist and as an expert in herbal medicine. I am a western person who comes from a family of western doctors, was raised as a skeptic of Eastern medicine. My wife who is Asian, recommended Dr. Chi to me for my back pain. I have been to doctors, chiropractors and other acupuncturists over the years and none of them compares to Dr. Chi.

Dr. Chi has a great manner and gives all of her patients her full focus and time unlike many other practitioners who are only interested in getting as many appointments as possible. She even saw me outside of her hours when I had a Sciatic episode and cured it almost instantly. She doesn’t try to over sell you on treatments or herbs like I have found from other traditional medicine professionals. For anybody who hasn’t tried acupuncture I highly recommend Dr. Chi. I have recommended her to other friends who also agree with my assessment of her.”
Review on Yelp –Louis I., Sunnyvale, CA 11/16/2010

“After seeing a specialist for my hips, the only recommendation given to me was Advil and hip replacement. I was in so much pain that even 800mg of Ibuprofen every 6 hours was not working. I decided to see Dr. Ching Ching Chi as an alternative to surgery. Immediately, I felt relief after the first visit. In the last two months, I stopped taking any pain medication and I am slowly gaining strength in my hips. Dr. Chi is the whole package for your health. She uses different techniques depending on your symptoms and severity. She listens to you and gives you advice on exercises, diet, and chinese herbs. She is WONDERFUL! I am recommending her to all my friends, family, and co-workers. “

Review on Yelp –Laurie O., Sunnyvale, CA 9/7/2010

“Without Dr Ching, I will be suffering from my skin problem for another year!!! After only a couple visits with her, my dark purple and ruptured skin cleared up. She is taking care of me so well and giving me the most gentle but effective treatments! In a week, I recovered from a very poor condition. There is no more dizziness or blurry vision. She builds my health up to the optimal level and even supports me to do well in school. Seeing so many acupuncturists, I say she is very skillful with her needle technique, and it really works!!! She is one of the doctors who listens to her patients. I really like her laugh and sense of humors. The treatment rooms are well designed, clean, and so relaxing like I was in the spa. I value her insight in Chinese Medicine. She treats my whole family. The pain on my husband’s wrists have gradually disappeared. She also is very perceptive with her diagnostic skills. One of many things that I am impressed about Dr Ching is she advises and explains the preventive care to us very well, so we are making our health better, so the problems don’t come back. ”

Review on Yelp –Kamolluck T., Saratoga, CA 5/10/2011

“Thank you Dr. Chi!!! I was referred to Dr. Chi by a friend who is suffering from severe arthritis. She had immediate results after her first visit. I was sold from there!

Having Dr. Chi help me is such a relief. She sincerely WANTS to help. Over the past month my pain level has subsided greatly. Only time will tell how things progress. If things feel this much better all ready, I can only imagine how I will feel a few months down the road.

Dr. Chi’s knowledge is quite vast in Chinese medicine. Any question I have, she can answer. She explains everything so I can understand the “what, why and how”. So far I have only had needle, acupressure, heat and herb treatments. Who knows what else she has up her sleeve! I say,” bring it on!”.

I also want to express how welcoming she is each and every visit.  Laughter rings through the office frequently. A large part of the battle for me is to feel at home and happy with the people helping me.

I cannot say enough kind words about Dr. Chi’s Acupuncture. Again, I thank you Dr. Chi. Kimberley

Review on Yelp –Kimberley g., Sunnyvale, CA 5/14/2011

“After many years of suffering from Sinus infection and taking antibiotics, which led to other health problems, I finally found the answer. Dr. Chi. She has extensive knowledge and she is gifted with kindness and care that helps the healing process.
I am so thankful to my uncle who recommended her. I strongly recommend Dr. Chi. My Life has Changed because of Her.
Thanks Dr. Chi!

Review on Yelp –Katrin k., Sunnyvale, CA 5/16/2011

“Dr. Chi saved my back!!! I was in horrible pain, couldn’t even stand and Dr. Chi just changed my life! My traditional doctor had only an epidural to offer to mute the pain temporarily. Dr. Chi solved my problem and I feel better today than I did even 10 years ago. I have no back pain, can do everyday things without pain, can lift my child again, go to the gym, and sleep with no pain. She gave me my life back.
Dr. Chi is very professional, caring and understanding. She listens to you and cares about you. There’s no doubt she loves what she does and knows what she’s doing. I very strongly recommend her.

Dr. Chi also treated my kids who had Molluscum Contagiosum. One of them had had the virus for two years already, undergone several surgical procedures and nothing helped. The virus kept doing its thing. Dr. Chi cured both of them with accupuncture in ONE SESSION. I know it sounds out of this world. It is. She is absolutely awesome.

Review on Yelp –Laura M., San Jose, CA 11/4/2011

Fibrocystic breast

“I started to see Dr. Chi in July 2011 after I had a breast MRI. The breast MRI revealed several “areas of concern” on both breasts and I needed to do a follow up ultra sound guided core biopsy. She recommended that I have acupuncture twice a week to help move my “qi” better. I decided to follow her advice and delay the biopsy. Three months after, on the day of my scheduled biopsy, the radiologist reported the “cysts” or suspicious growths which were 5mm in size on the left breast – were no longer present. The radiologist also reported that the suspicious growth on the right breast shrank from 5 mm to 2 mm in size”
Nanette, San Jose CA 10/30/2011 nmv408@gmail.com

I can’t tell you how grateful I am to have her. She saves me every time I injure myself or get sick. I just see her for one appointment, and I feel significantly better the next day. I’ve come to her with countless back injuries where it was painful to get out of bed, and even turn my head to drive, but Dr. Chi was able to fix me, and I was able to even attend my cardio exercise classes the next day.

I once came to her because I had the flu. She treated me, and I was almost 100% better 2 days later, with each day feeling 2x better than the previous. My parents also were sick, but they didn’t see her, and they stayed sick for over a month. That could have been me! Thank you, Dr. Chi!

What really amazes me is that she also helped me get my period back. My periods stopped when I was 16, due to stress, and I didn’t have it for 5 years. I saw Dr. Chi on a regular basis just last summer, and now my period is back. She’s pretty amazing.

I agree with the other reviewers in that Dr. Chi genuinely wants to help people. She will try everything she can to get you well again as soon as possible. This means she wants you to only have to see her ONCE, not several times. She is extremely knowledgeable, kind, modest, and simply the best acupuncturist I’ve met. I don’t see any other doctors now because she fixes everything. (Well, I haven’t broken my bones yet….)

She is also adorable. My family and I love her!

Review on Yelp –Ashley C., Cupertino, CA 1/22/2012

My medical doctor referred me to Dr. Chi when my round of oral steroids had no affect on eliminating my inflammation and pain associated with my herniated L4. I informed my doctor I did not want an epidural because I felt it was only a short term solution. I needed a long term solution and near term pain relief. I have never been to an acupuncturist before so I was a little skeptical. Well, I cannot thank Dr. Chi enough. In a few short visits I was completely off my pain medication. Not only did Dr. Chi reduced my inflammation and eliminated my pain, she provided me with the knowledge to prevent it from occurring again. She is personable, knowledgeable, and caring person. I highly recommend her. Thank you again Dr. Chi!

Review on Yelp –Joseph C., Ben Lomond, CA 5/7/2012

Dr. Chi is wonderful. I had terrible back pain and she helped me tremendously. She is very knowledgeable and truly cares about making you better. She is always on time and her office runs very smoothly and you are always greeted by Terry who is very sweet. I would highly recommend Dr. Chi.

Review on Yelp — Cindy P.,Sunnyvale, CA5/10/2012

Dr. Ching Chi is a gem. She is very passionate about her job and really cares about every patient. She not only helped me get rid of a shoulder blade pinched nerve that tons of treatments couldn’t but has been helping my husband and my almost 3 year old girl as well. She not only works on physical pain but is also interested in helping you find a healthier way of living by improving your diet, sleep and find ways to deal with stress. I recommended her to many friends already.
It’s important to have in mind that because acupuncture is a very different treatment than regular medicine you can not expect being cured in one visit. If you trust that she can help you, you will probably need a few visits or the amount she will tell you to get your body to respond.
I really believe in her and have seen improvements in my little girl much faster than what her regular doctor prescribes when she gets colds and stomach problems.
I am going to her for allergies, colds and other things..she’s a great doctor!

Review on Yelp — Karina “Omm…” N. ,San Jose, CA 5/14/2012

When I found out Dr Ching’s specialty was auto immune disease I went to see her hoping to get relief from my symptoms. I have been seeing her for a little over a month and I must say it has helped relieved a lot of my symptoms such as joint pain

Dr Chi has been a great experience for me. I have always gone with western medicine for my chronic joint pain and inflammation. Ever since I have started with her my pain has subsided dramatically. She is very sincere and wants to help and with her advice and treatments I believe in continuing to see her I’m going to lead a healthy pain free life.

Review on Yelp –Ron J. ,Santa Clara, CA 5/30/2012