I am amazed by the number of clients that Herban Health has helped over the years. There are clients who praised the quality service they received throughout their health experience at Herban Health. There are long-time smokers who quit smoking because our acupuncture treatments and women with irregular periods regain their normal menstrual cycles, plus many more wonderful stories share among our clients and referred to their friends and families. There are often entire families who come in for treatment and keep coming for many years. i have been volunteering at Herban Health for 3 months now, and found myself contributing to this great mission that provides a healing platform to clients from disadvantaged communities.
I have been a volunteer acupuncturist at Herban Health for almost 4 years and this experience has been both rewarding and humbling to me. Herban Health is a great organization where I am able to utilize my skills and knowledge as an acupuncturist/chinese medicine doctor to serve people with limited or no healthcare alternatives. Herban Health has been providing free acupuncture and health education classes to low income people, people who are homeless or in recovery in the East Palo Alto/Menlo Park area for many years. These services have been provided almost exclusively by volunteer practitioners, small money donations from clients, acupuncture supplies donated by vendors, and room space donated by various community based organizations. Only recently has Herban Health become an official non-profit organization. In my past life, I was a biomedical scientist by training and had worked with cutting edge research on Western medical therapies until I went back to school to become a Chinese medicine practitioner. Working with the volunteers and the clients at Herban Health has definitely changed my perspectives on and made me appreciate much more about public health and community work. I have been inspired by all the volunteers who have given their time and efforts; I have been inspired by what a difference Chinese medicine (including acupuncture, lifestyle and nutrition education) can make to the clients’ health; and most of all, I have been inspired by the clients who, despite the tremendous stress, hardships and serious health or addiction issues they are facing, still strive for a better and healthier life for themselves and their families. Even at this small scale, I believe that Herban Health has already touched many people. We hope to continue serving more people in need and to work with other practitioners and communities to set up similar holistic healthcare projects.