Dr. Robert Chu, L.Ac., QME, PhD, AHG
Oasis Vitality Center
2502 East Washington Blvd
Pasadena, CA 91104
Clinic: (626) 345-0441
Fax: (626 345-0442
Cell/VM: (626) 487-1815
On the Web: www.posturedr.com
Normal Business hours by appointment:
Monday, Wednesday, Friday
8:30 a.m. - 12 noon
2:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
8:00 a.m. - 12 noon
2:00 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Closed for lunch from 12 noon - 2:00 p.m.
Dr. Robert Chu, L.Ac., QME, PhD, AHG
Specializing in Pain Management, Internal Medicine and Complementary Cancer
Treatment. Offering Acupuncture, Herbal Therapy, Acupressure, Tui Na,
Nutrition, Counseling, Hypnotherapy, Life Coaching.
Dr. Robert Chu began practicing the traditional Chinese medical and martial arts in the early 1970s. Robert is a Licensed Acupuncturist and Herbalist, specializing in the Master Tung Acupuncture and Optimal Acupuncture methods in which he effectively treats pain, industrial injuries, sports injuries, and neuromusculoskeletal disorders. Dr. Chu also treats a wide variety of internal diseases including high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, psoriasis, thyroid disorders, gynecological disorders and side-effects from cancer treatments. He is appointed by the Industrial Medical Council as a Qualified Medical Evaluator (QME).
Formerly affiliated with the St. Vincent Medical Center, as the first fulltime Acupuncturist on staff, Dr. Chu treated cancer patients with Acupuncture, Herbal Therapy, Qigong and Tai Chi. Dr. Chu is also a former faculty member of Samra University of Oriental Medicine in Los Angeles, where he taught acupuncture. He has also taught Tai Chi and Qigong at Loyola Law School. Dr. Chu volunteers at Pasadena's Wellness Community, where he does monthly lectures for cancer patients and a weekly lifestyle/nutrition and Qi Gong/Stress reduction class. He has also featured as a speaker for the American Cancer Society. In July of 2004, Dr. Chu was selected as the Acupuncturist to Olympic athletes at the Olympic Trials held in Sacramento, CA.
Dr. Chu also lectures nationally and abroad on Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine to provide continuing education to MD's and Acupuncturists. In 2003, he founded the International Association of Optimal Acupuncture and Clinical Chinese Medicine to spread his effective clinical system. He also serves as Founder/CEO of ITARA - International Tung's Acupuncture Research Association, which he founded in 2005, to preserve, standardize, educate, and research new applications of the Tung family system of Acupuncture with integrity, open sharing, and a goal to help end suffering in fellow beings. To date, Dr. Chu has spread Master Tung’s Acupuncture throughout the United States, Canada and Europe.
He has been decorated as an honorary member of the Finnish Traditional Chinese Medicine Society of Acupuncture and Herbs and a therapist member of the National Register of Acupuncture Therapists in Finland. Dr. Chu is also listed as a Master Practitioner of Oriental Bodywork Therapy and Master Practitioner of Tui-Na Manipulations, awarded by the International Association of Tui-Na Therapies in London, England. He has lectured at Samra University, Emperor's College of TCM, SCUSOMA, ACAOM, CSOMA, AAOMA and other functions as a dynamic and entertaining speaker.
A faculty member at various Chinese Medical Schools since 2000, Dr. Chu has taught Chinese Medicine courses on Microsystems Acupuncture, Five Elements Acupuncture, as well as courses on Master Tung’s Acupuncture, ChronoAcupuncture, Tai Ji Quan, Qi Gong, and Chinese Nutritional Therapy. Dr. Chu specializes in the Chinese Medical and Martial Arts and designed numerous courses for CEU’s/PDA’s.
In 2004, Robert was awarded a Ph.D. in Ayurveda, and in 2005, awarded a Ph.D. in Alternative Medicine. Dr. Chu is also a Diplomate of Clinical Hypnotherapy and Neurolingustics Master Practitioner, and also does Life Coaching. He also holds a Diplomate of Clinical Homeopathy from the American Academy of Clinical Homeopathy.
He is the co-author of Complete Wing Chun, (Charles E. Tuttle Co., Inc, 1998) and has been featured in Kung Fu Masters (Unique Publications, 2002) and also featured in Black Belt Magazine, Inside Kung Fu, Martial Arts Legends, Inside Martial Arts, Martial Arts Combat Sports and other publications, in addition to his regular monthly column, Noble Warrior which appears on the Internet Magazine WingChunKuen.com. He teaches martial arts privately in the Los Angeles, California area and has an active practice in Pasadena, California.
Frequently Asked Questions by Robert Chu, PhD, L.Ac., QME
Why would I choose Acupuncture and Herbal Therapy?
Acupuncture and Herbal Therapy offer a holistic approach to health care and is a widely accepted form of treatment for those who seek a more natural method of healing, cannot tolerate the side effects of strong medications, or have problems that modern medicine cannot adequately treat.
According to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) theory, pain and disease is caused by the stagnation of energy and blood in the body. Acupuncture and Herbal Therapy eradicates disease through the balancing and moving stagnant energy and blood.
Acupuncture and Herbal Therapy has been practiced for over 5000 years, and has been proven clinically as a safe and effective treatment for many diseases.
How Does Acupuncture Work?
According to the principles of TCM, energy flows through the body via 12 primary meridians and 8 extra channels. To strengthen the flow of energy, or remove blockages in the meridians, acupuncturists insert a few disposable tiny, sterile, flexible needles just under the skin at certain specific points (called acupoints) along these channels. These acupoints are associated with specific body function, and when stimulated, they trigger the immunity system to provide almost instantaneous pain relief and cessation of symptoms ailing the patient. For example, if you are suffering from acute pain in the lower back, a few carefully selected points might be stimulated on your ear, scalp, hands, feet, wrist or ankle. TCM practitioners believe that acupuncture stimulates the body’s internal regulatory system to nurture a natural healing response without having to directly treat the site of injury.
Centuries of empirical observation indicate that acupuncture leads to real changes in the body. The insertion of acupuncture needles has an effect on the autonomic nervous system and homeostatis. Recently, numerous studies have shown that acupuncture stimulates nerves, send a signal up the spinal cord to the brain, leading to the release of endorphins and monoamines, which are natural chemicals in the body that block pain signals. This may be one explanation why acupuncture is so good at stopping pain, but does not fully explain the healing response one has with other disorders. More research is needed to fully explain the acupuncture mechanism.
Acupuncture basically stimulates the body’s internal regulatory system to nurture a natural healing response.
What Can I Expect?
When first visiting a practitioner, there will be a thorough medical history inquiry, the pulse is taken on both wrists, the tongue is examined, and the body may be palpated to check the site of disease or pain. A treatment plan will be discussed. Depending on your ailment, you may also have your first acupuncture treatment and Herbal Therapy prescription at that first visit. In general, visits occur initially two or three times a week until therapeutic results and stabilization have occurred. After that, follow up visits will be scheduled as needed.
Does it hurt?
Acupuncture needles do not hurt like hypodermic needles used to give injections or draw blood. The needles are hair-thin, and may feel like a tiny prick or pinch upon insertion. Sterile disposable needles are always used. Once the needles are inserted, the practitioner may manipulate them manually or send a weak electrical current through them to increase the energy flow. The needles are typically retained for 20 – 45 minutes, depending on the ailment. Different people experience sensations of a “tingling”, “distended”, “electrical” or “full” feeling, whereas others may feel numbness or nothing at all. Most find the sessions relaxing, and fall asleep during the treatment, waking up refreshed and feeling great.
What about Herbal Therapy?
In our society, herbs have now come into vogue, but there are dangers. Although herbs are natural substances, they can be dangerous if wrongly or self prescribed. Herbs are combined with other herbs of similar function to reduce the danger of toxicity and increase synergistic effect. In our clinic, we use the finest Herbal Therapy formulas in pill and powder form for convenience. There is no need to be inconvenienced by the taste, smell and time preparing raw herbs. There are also herbal lotions, liniments, herbal wraps, patches and pastes that may be used externally, depending on your condition.
What Other Modalities are there?
Practitioners may also use moxibustion, a form of heat therapy on acupoints, to stimulate healing, depending upon the ailment. Other techniques include cupping, massage and manipulation therapy, often complimented with dietary advice.
How soon can I expect results?
Some patients notice rapid improvement after just a few sessions. In acute pain cases, one or two treatments may lead to dramatic results. In chronic conditions that may have taken years to develop, treatment may take longer.
What can Acupuncture treat?
Back Pain and Sciatica
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Chemo and Radiation therapy Side Effects
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/Fibromyalgia
Circulatory and Blood pressure Disorders
Common Cold and Flu
Drug and Food Addiction
Ear Pain and Ringing
Eczema and other Skin Problems
Nausea and Vomiting
Numbness and Neuropathy
PAIN of all types
Weight gain or loss
Do you accept insurance?
Currently Worker’s Comp, Auto Insurance and some insurance carriers cover treatments.