Dr Xu’s Biography
Hello. My name is Dr. Liuhong Xu (pronounced “Shu”). I am originally from the beautiful city of Hangzhou in China. I have been a practicing physician for the past 18 years, and I am happy to be the newest addition to the healthcare team at ParkView Health and Wellness Center in Long Beach, California.
A little about myself; my personal background, in terms of healthcare, has largely been centered around more natural healing methods such as acupuncture and Chinese herbs. Throughout my childhood, my parents rarely used “Western Medicine” (pharmaceuticals) when we were sick because they knew that they had too many negative side effects. Ailments such as colds, coughs, diarrhea and so on were treated simply but effectively with a cup of freshly brewed ginger water or herbs, “cupping” and acupuncture, and other natural methods, which, essentially, help the body to heal itself. This experience in my youth was what sparked a curiosity and an interest in me about Chinese Medicine. I became extremely interested in its' long history and mysterious mechanisms, and eventually selected it as a major in Medical School.
In China, I attained a Bachelor’s Degree in Orthopedics and a Master’s Degree in Gynecology. I also studied psychology and became a National Senior Psychology Counselor, and became a licensed acupuncturist and nutritionist as well.
I first began my medical practice in 1999 as a OB & GYN doctor in a large public hospital in Hangzhou and treated numerous patients with both “Western” and Chinese healing methods. I am currently licensed to practice Chinese medicine including acupuncture and herbal medicine here in the state of California and look forward to utilizing my expertise and experience in this field. There are numerous ailments that can be successfully treated through Chinese medicine such as infertility and pregnancy care, hormonal disorders, menopause and gastrointestinal disorders. It can also be used to treat spinal disorders, arthritis, anxiety, stress, depression, insomnia, and even anti-aging and natural cosmetology.
The dictionary meaning of Philosophy is the “fundamental nature of knowledge, reality, and existence” and, to me, Chinese Medicine is more of a philosophical medicine than a scientific one. It not only has a history of success that stems back thousands of years but is also based, primarily, on treating the body as a whole rather than treating a specific symptom. And this is done in the knowledge that our bodies have an innate ability to heal themselves, at times, with a little extra help from “mother nature."
In China, the general trend with healthcare in modern times has been is to apply the “best of both worlds,” Western and Chinese medicine, when diagnosing and treating patients, depending on their individual needs. In my experience, however, there are many conditions, like infertility and hormonal imbalance in women, for example, which, as a physician, I have had far greater success at treating with more traditional methods such as acupuncture, herbs, and nutritional counseling.
There are various causes of infertility in this modern world including toxins found in environmental pollutants, and even stress and anxiety from the pressures of daily life. One example of many patients I have helped in this area was a woman called Wang Ling. She was 40 years old when she first came to me for help, and had tried, unsuccessfully, for the past ten years, to become pregnant. She had even tried IVF (In Vitro Fertilization) three times within those years, but to no avail. Her “Western-style” physician eventually refused to treat her any longer, claiming that she had an “ovarian dysfunction.”
Naturally, she felt deeply disappointed and without hope. I felt sorry for her and was determined to help her as much as I could. So, after a detailed consultation, we came up with a daily treatment plan which, essentially, meant a change in lifestyle for her. It would entail eating more healthful foods to improve her nutrition (as well as a daily regiment of quality supplements), daily walks and other appropriate exercises, and regular meditation to help her de-stress and relax. I also treated her weekly with acupuncture, Chinese herbs, and psychological counseling.
Three months later, she came to see me with the complaint that she had stopped menstruating and she was worried that something was wrong and that she had lost the ability to menstruate. As it turned out, happily, she was finally pregnant, after all the years of failure and disappointment. Her tears of joy were such a reward for me, and further confirmation that natural Chinese medicine does work and does help “miracles” happen in life.
I do apply these same philosophies to my personal life as well. I have a 15 year old son who has also been my ‘patient’ since day one. I am proud to say that he has hardly been sick throughout his life, largely due to a healthful lifestyle ‘directed’ by ‘Dr. Mom,’ and, whenever he has fallen ill, he has largely been treated by the natural methods I know and believe in, and is currently in a wonderful state of health.