About Sally Chang L.Ac.
My great-great grandfather, Chang Tsuan Bao, and great-grandfather were traditional herbalists in their hometowns in Taiwan. The next two generations, my grandfather and uncles, pursued modern western medicine, as that was the major influential medicine at the time. I was born fifth generation in this lineage of medical practitioners and find myself in a time where society is calling out for the wisdom and efficacy of both modern and traditional medicine. My connection with the family ancestry came when my own health concerns inspired the decision to study medicine. While completing a Bachelor’s Degree of Fine Arts in sculptural studies and working as a professional artist, my lifestyle of overwork and late night hours, poor diet, and use of toxic materials in artwork – was not ideal for my health. I began addressing my health needs with acupuncture, was nourished by its efficacy and intrigued by its theories. This led me to four-year Master’s degree studies in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) at Five Branches Institute where I specialized in Integrative Sports Medicine. I then completed 300 hours of post-graduate studies in Acupuncture Orthopedics and actively continue studies in Classical Chinese Medicine. While I no longer produce sculptural works, I consider medicine to be deeply fulfilling as an artist. Clinical practice is an artful science. For patients, I may be a conduit to better health, but ultimate healing is the restoration of the body’s innate ability to regulate and sustain itself.
My understanding of the human body has been greatly influenced by the practice of martial arts and qi gong. I began studying martial arts in 1992 with Gongfu, followed by Taiji Chuan, Qi Gong, and Bagua Zhang. The practice of martial arts informs all branches of Chinese medicine by way of cultivating skillful engagement of body and mind. I believe the “art” aspect is in the observation, study and expression of our re/actions when confronted with difficult issues, internally or externally generated, large or small in scale. The science and art of classical Chinese medicine through acupuncture, herbal formulation, tuina massage, or qi gong, is in its ability to respond and adapt to the body’s needs as it goes through stages of discomfort. Treatments are thus tailored to each individual to restore innate balance.
Certifications and Degrees:
L.Ac., Licensed Acupuncturist and Herbalist certified by the California Acupuncture Board
Dipl.Ac. & CH, Diplomate of Acupuncture and Chinese Herbology certified by the National Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM)
DNBAO, Diplomate of the National Board of Acupuncture Orthopedics
MTCM, Masters Degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine, Five Branches Institute
Certification in Integrative Sports Medicine, Five Branches Institute
CCNT, Certified Clean Needle Technique by the Council and Colleges of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine
BFA, Bachelor Degree in Fine Arts, Sculptural Studies, Maryland Institute, College of Art