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In Huang Di Nei Jing, a bible to Asian Medicine, there is a saying:
聖人 不治已病, 治未病
“the enlightened man do not treat the diseased but things that are not yet diseased”
In other words, the enlightened man with the knowledge of the workings of heavenand earth removes pathogenic elements beforehand to prevent the onset of disease.Thus Asian medicine finds the prevention of disease more important than its treatment.Therefore one must train one’s body and mind even during everyday life and must not waste energy needlessly. More specifically, one must follow the nature’s order and not go against it, maintain a peaceful mindset, be wary of too much greed and worldly things that can bewitch and lead astray.
Patients’ Review after treatments
Over the last couple of years I’ve had the pleasant opportunity of visiting Dr. Chung several times in the “Samra Clinic of Oriental Medicine” on Wilshire Boulevard in Los Angeles, a little west of downtown L.A. My main concern lay in some recent, very concerning, changes in my hearing and visual acuity.
My first observation was that Dr. Myung Hwa Chung displayed a pleasant and collegial attitude toward me, and had no problem with, e.g., my asking a few questions, and even with taking photographs of some of the acupuncture points used, as part of my learning a bit more about “Traditional Chinese Medicine” (TCM).
What came next was my conclusion that she is apparently much more than your average acupuncturist, as a very experienced TCM physician, having earned her PhD in Oriental Medicine from American Liberty University in Fullerton, California, and also possesses an O.M.D. degree ( acquired in S. Korea, I understand). Finally, her ministrations seemed to make a real difference in addressing my symptoms. The herbs and acupuncture (along with modalities I’d already been receiving, such as spinal manipulation from my Chiropractic colleagues) seemed to produce noticeable improvement.
I would strongly commend Dr. Chung as a competent and seasoned professional, and someone I’ve found significantly “bested” some others I’ve encountered in the field.
– Thomas C. Halle, D.C.
Los Angeles, CaliforniaScoliosis , 2018-
*Sinuses & Fibroids*
I LOVE Dr. Chung!!!!! I was told by a co-worker 7 years ago that acupuncture improved her husband’s sinus issues (which were chronic). Last year I saw Samra Website, so I decided to call and ask questions. I spoke to David, (a sweetheart) who answered my questions and made me feel really great, so I decided to go in. I was treated for my sinuses, and by the 2nd or 3rd treatment, I noticed a noticeable improvement in my sinuses! I was so impressed that I kept going until August of 2014, where finances were tight (I began graduate school) and I had to discontinue…until March 2015.
In January my doctor discovered another health issue (fibroids) and I was told I would need surgery. I was not willing to get surgery, and after speaking to friends and family who gave a lot of advice, I returned to Dr. Chung for help. I am still going and I have also noticed a changes in the right direction towards my health condition. The pain and pressure I felt has disappeared, as well as another issue. I also sought out a nutritionist (Tara Zamani from Pacific Integrative Medical Center in Santa Monica), and she is great, identifying my mineral, enzyme, and vitamin deficiencies, and offering great nutritional support.
Dr. Chung is very knowledgeable, caring, kind, and excellent at what she does. Her husband (who I met) is also an excellent acupuncturist, who currently works in Virginia and her daughter is also studying to be a doctor. They are wonderful and competent doctors, and in the office, there are many pictures and letters of their clients, thanking them for improving their health (and their lives). I highly recommend Dr. Chung to anyone.
Also, if you are afraid of needles (like I am), I will still recommend that you go in spite of your fear and go-just let her know (and close your eyes). Your body will thank you for it.
-Rasheda Y.-Aug. 2015
*Hearing & Vision loss*
For more than twenty years, I’ve been a holistic practitioner and doctor of chiropractic, with some acupuncture experience (including work with Applied Kinesiology (A.K.), which–in part–was drawn from TCM. I’ve been under Dr. Myung Hwa Chung’s care for the last two months, and have been keenly satisfied. My major complaints were a degree of hearing and vision loss over the last few months, noticed, e.g., when reading or watching TV. This deterioration was of great concern to me. It is probably reasonable to assume that many people–even physicians–would just sigh and assume that this was a natural, inescapable part of the aging process.
With respect to the partial deafness, in something like two weeks time I found that I had regained most all of my normal hearing, which was a great relief. I’m expecting an audiometric exam in the immediate future, but I seem to have enjoyed more or less a 100% recovery. With regard to the vision loss, I have already noticed some changes in visual acuity (the very next day after treatment!), and am happily awaiting the long-range effects of her treatment (which included needling and a customized herbal formula). So far, the signs are very good. Want a more explicit example? I pulled out the SamraClinic business card to check the email address, and found that I could easily read the very small print on the bottom of the card.
In my experience, Dr. Chung is a competent and professional practitioner and clinician. Aside from her professional credentials, I found her to be a gracious, warm-hearted person (simply a really nice lady!).. Chung is a fully credentialed O.M.D. (with a PhD.), and it seems I’d “hit the bull’s-eye” when I engaged her for treatment. To put it another way, Dr. Chung has “hit the ball out of the park.” It is with no reservations that I recommend her to you, as a prospective patient.
– Thomas C. Halle, D.C.
Los Angeles, CaliforniaScoliosis , 2015-
I’ve been coming to this facility for acupuncture and herbs for a few years now.
Consistently, they offer the best acupuncture in the Saam-style I’ve ever had.
Their herbal formulas are world-class. I have no need to go anywhere else for my herbal medicine needs.
Highly recommended to anyone looking for better health, and I will continue to give them my business for a very long time.
-Ryan K. Dec 2015-
*Healthy Hair & Digestion*
In 1998 I discovered Chinese Medicine. I went to Samra Clinic downtown Los Angeles and was told that my symptoms were classic and that Herbs along with Acupuncture could help me. It was correct. From then on, Chinese Medicine became my choice of treatment. .
However, in 2005 I moved to Nevada and found there was an enormous difference in medical treatments; they were no alternative methods, only conventional. These years coincided with my reaching menopause and unlike other women, I never experienced the common symptoms of hot flashes, mood swings or weight gain but that didn’t mean I wasn’t affected. I was extremely affected by the silent ailments, the things people do not see that remain hidden; insomnia and hair loss.
I went to see an endocrinologist who took tests and found nothing wrong. She told me my problems were in my head and that she had lost hair and there was nothing to be done. It seemed ignorant that a medical doctor would think hair was vanity when in fact it frames our face and reflects a deeper issue going on within the body. But I could not reason with a backwards rigid mind.
Being sensitive and understanding that my mind, body and soul are one living organism that has to be in unison, I could not find my way of healing. I was upset by my circumstances but felt there was nothing to do except meditate and accept my predicament. Then in late 2014, we returned to California and I was happy to return to an alternative lifestyle that coincides with who I am.
In January 2015, I went to see Dr. Chung. I didn’t have as much of the insomnia as before, but I had dark circles under my eyes proving my many years of interrupted sleep. The whites of my eyes were red, and I often get questioned what’s wrong with them. And, I had continued to lose hair. She knew there was an imbalance with my kidneys and my liver. The herbs she prescribed were now more convenient to take; in powder form. It has made a tremendous difference with my digestion and hair although there hasn’t been an improvement with my eyes- I have hope we can resolve this problem soon.
I’m very grateful that my hair has remained healthy and that she has been sensitive, understanding to my body and mental state in prescribing a formula that is right for me.
-Linda LaRoche, Aug.2015-
I have scoliosis, and after years of ditching out on therapy, it finally caught up to me and developed an intense searing pain starting from my neck all the way to my fingertips of my left arm. I couldn’t turn my head to the left at all, the pain was UNBEARABLE, any movement at all was so painful I was getting a nauseous. This lasted for 3 days before I finally decide to stop being stubborn and I did some research on acupuncture and called Samra to set up series of appointments. The first appointment I was very nervous, but Dr. Chung was very informative and also explained that the body and nervous system need to be balanced on both sides, and because of my scoliosis certain muscles were really weak on one side, and really strong on the other side. She explained breathing techniques, and then poked me a few needles (maybe only 5 or 6 the first time, feels like a quick pinch, but no real pain) and left me in the room to relax and focus on my breathing. Well, I ended up falling asleep. After about 45 minutes she came in to wake me up and I noticed that the tension throughout my body and neck had subsided immensely. I could compare it almost to a drug-like feeling. The next day I woke up and the tightness on the left side of my body had switched to my right (I’m guessing your muscles go through somewhat of an “adjustment” period), and then the second day after both sides were completely back to normal. I’m A BELIEVER. I’ve been going weekly ever since (4 weeks now) and this has changed my life in such a positive way. Thank you Dr. Chung! You are truly a healer!
-Deborah.M- March 2015
*Spine & Shoulder*
I don’t even know where to begin, Dr. Choo has healed so many complaints in my body. I initially was looking for pain relief in my right collar bone and shoulder, but with each visit to the Clinic, I discovered other body ailments that benefited from Dr. Choo’s acupuncture and cupping.
Dr. Choo has a magical way of inserting the acupuncture needles that I barely felt them, only once in a while would I feel a light pinch. He always showed concern about my level of comfort and played beautiful zen music when left in the room to absorb the benefits of acupuncture.
If you’ve ever thought about trying acupuncture for pain relief, Samra University is the place to go.
I have followed Samra Clinic since the days when they were located on Robertson Blvd., and I’m so glad I did.
*Broken leg healing*
“Five years ago I broke my leg and luckily found Dr. Choo and Dr. Chung. My orthopedic surgeon did not understand how I could heal so quickly. I have been a loyal patient ever since. The whole care I receive here makes me feel so blessed. They have the rare and special combination of true healers: heart, knowledge and wisdom. Acupuncture is more than 2000 years old and Dr. Choo& Dr.Chung is one of its finest practitioners.”
*OB-GYN & Women’s health- Special Treatment.*
I come here every week for acupuncture, herbs, and cupping treatments. I have visited other acupuncturists and school clinics and this has been BY FAR the best I have experienced. I have followed Samra from the last 2 locations it has held, that is how much I enjoy coming. The pricing is very reasonable and my treatments have healed my ovarian cyst, as well as a ‘feminine virus,’ and not to mention all of the stress I go through from work and my relationship. I have chosen to go this route instead of having western medicine surgery, and it has been very, very successful. I look forward every week coming into the office, as everyone knows me and it is so nice to be able to chat and share some nice smiles before treatment. …And cupping!? Wow its the best. It just releases all of your tension and feels amazing. The clinic is very nice decorative wise, and also very clean: not even a speck of dust on one of the faux flower displays!! Now I know Ive never seen that before anywhere. If anyone ever asks me about acupuncture, I always tell them to come here.
*My Personal Health and well being*
I have been a patient with Dr.Tae Cheong Choo for some 13 years.
He successfully treated me for lower back pain,eyestrain, muscular discomfort and circulation for well being.
Dr.Choo bears an inordinate amount of patience with remarkable instincts on how the body reacts to the acupuncture. As such,I have
come to response to this treatments,without prescriptions,that Western doctors have yet come to understanding.
I had a rash and swelling of right thigh,left knee,right calf and left eye.
The left eye swellingwas nmot painful but looked like a massive bee sting reaction.
After 1 acupuncture treatment the swelling went away.The rash shrunk and changed within a day.
I would highly recommend acupuncture and herb treatment as I can feel it helping my body deal with the problem.Also,i don’t have to deal with getting over harsh drugs traditional doctors wanted me to go on.
*Frozen shoulder pain*
“If I could give Dr. Chung a kiss I would.
At the end of 5 visits, my (self diagnosed) frozen shoulder pain is completely GONE. I noticed a definite improvement after the FIRST treatment. I thought I was going to have to live with this pain for 2-3 years (normal) and now it feels so good I even went to my first yoga class today since it became too painful.
I have never had acupuncture done for a specific ailment (a couple times at festivals for general well being) but I would not hesitate to go back any time. All the Doctors are very nice, its a clean environment, and they have great waiting magazines (although they are so prompt I never got a chance to look at more than a couple pages in Entertainment Weekly).
I also was having phlegm problems (since moving to LA from Chicago) because of the smog and they cured that too!! Unbelievable.
Extra bonus: They performed Cupping on me and I loved it! It draws toxins out of your system. You end up with purple spots on your back that I wore like a badge of honor.
Whenever I look to the East, the wind will whisper, “SAMRA…”
-Brian S.- 2014
“First I would like to say that I hardly write reviews but this was a must. I found Samra Clinic during my research to find a good acupuncturist because I am in need of regular treatments due to having Fribromyalgia. However, the cost can add up really quickly. I’ve had many acupuncture treatments done in my life, but I have to say that so far having Dr. Chung work on me is at the top of my list! I am always so comfortable that I fall asleep every time I’ve had a treatment with Dr. Chung. The cupping treatments are also working really well for my bother. I go to sleep easily at night and wake up rested. I am ashamed to say though that after getting my last treatment done I went looking for new deals. I found one and tried it out. I had such a bad experience and learned my lesson. I’m definitely going back to Samra and Dr. Chung. What more can I ask for than to have treatments done by an expert Acupuncturist who teaches students how to do Acupuncture. I can’t wait for my next treatment. ”