Dr. Teresa Shen, our lead acupuncturist, is a fourth-generation practitioner of alternative medicine and CEO at Eastern Medical Center, a well-established and expanding acupuncture practice in Pleasanton. Shen’s team combines advanced healthcare practices with the latest non-invasive Western technology to treat clients who suffer from both acute and chronic health challenges.
“People come to me looking for something different and I advise them to try natural solutions first,” says Shen, a licensed acupuncturist and Master of Chinese Medicine. While Western medications can drastically alter the body’s chemistry, alternative medicine works with the body, she explains. For example, if one area in the body experiences blockage, acupuncture or acupressure can target the affected area and provide a boost of energy to the whole body that promotes self-healing.
“The body knows how to heal itself, if given the proper support to do so,” says Shen, whose sessions typically include acupuncture and other non-invasive modalities, such as cranial sacral therapy and biodecoding, to identify underlying causes of medical conditions. “Whatever my clients need, I have the tools, and I seek out new tools—it’s my passion. Natural healing was a part of my upbringing, but most people don’t know their options.
Shen’s father, Dr. Mason Shen, a renowned acupuncturist and patient advocate, founded Eastern Medical Center in 1982. The elder Shen introduced his young daughter to 5,000 years of traditional Chinese healing methods, first, as his patient. When she was five years old, Shen experienced a nosebleed that wouldn’t stop. Her father put a tiny needle in her arm and the bleeding subsided. Shen clearly recalls her early fascination with acupuncture following her nosebleed. Later in life, she would follow in her father’s footsteps as an acupuncturist—and follow her gut—into a rigorous study of alternative medicine.
“In high school I developed severe stomach problems,” recounts Shen. “At my mother’s urging I saw conventional doctors who gave me every test imaginable, but the tests were inconclusive. The doctors could not give me answers, and I was still in pain.” Shen again tried acupuncture under her father’s care and experienced instant relief. In that moment, Shen says she felt truly inspired by her father to learn the secret of the needle.
After graduating from University of California Davis, Shen traveled to the ancient Chinese city of Tianjin to receive her Masters in Traditional Chinese Medicine from the Tianjin University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, China’s only institution to be authorized by Ministry of Education as the International University of Traditional Chinese Medicine.
Today, Shen as an acupuncturist, effectively blends Eastern medicine with Western technology to provide effective clinical solutions to meet most health challenges, including but not limited to, neurological and musculoskeletal conditions, unexplained pain, gynecological issues, skin issues, allergies, infections, digestive issues, infertility, high blood pressure, obesity, smoking and low immunity.