Acupuncture, Chinese Herbal Medicine, and Martial Arts in Richmond Virginia

   Acupuncture Treatment
   Community Acupuncture
   Herbal Medicine
   Martial Arts Training







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Traditional Asian Health Services is dedicated to providing quality preventative health care in several traditional fields of Chinese medicine. It was envisioned by the late John C. Kang Sr., the founder of Health Essentials in Carytown, who hoped to educate the public about Chinese approaches to mental, emotional, and physical health.

As our Chinese name "Fu Kang Tang" implies, we want to help our visitors find fulfilling and healthy lives through exercise, counseling, and treatment.

A group of practitioners of traditional Asian health is now networking with the common goal of creating a Center of Traditional Asian Health, located in Richmond, Virginia.

John Kang, L.Ac, M.S. - Acupuncturist/Herbalist

Coming from a family with several Western Medical Doctors and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)practitioners, John was exposed to acupuncture and herbal treatment during his teens. At that time, his uncle and current advisor Hsiung-Fei Kang had immigrated from China and showed John the use of moxa treatment and herbal medicine.

From 1995, while living in Taiwan, John started an acupuncture apprenticeship with Doctor Betty Lung and had his first chance to treat patients for common ailments such as headaches, back pain, insomnia, and others. He began formal study of TCM in 1999 at the Meiji College of Oriental Medicine in Berkeley, CA, the branch school of the Meiji University of Oriental Medicine in Kyoto, Japan. He has also done clinical training at the Sino-Japanese People's Friendship Hospital in Beijing, China. In practice, he has a particular interest in treating infertility, gastro-intestinal disorders and mental-emotional issues.

John also has a passion for martial arts. He began studying Yang Taiji when he was 10. After a long hiatus, he resumed formal training in Shaolin martial arts in college. Since then, he has continually learned several different styles such as Shorinji Kempo, Chen Taiji, Western Boxing and Wrestling, Thai Kickboxing, Yang Taiji, Xing Yi, and Water Boxing. However, his main love is Wing Chun Kung Fu , which he learned from Sifu Lo Man Kam (the nephew of Bruce Lee's teacher, Grandmaster Yip Man) in Taiwan starting in 1995. With Sifu Lo's blessing, John started teaching Wing Chun in the San Francisco Bay Area in 1999. His credits include articles on Wing Chun in Inside Kung Fu and Taiwan's China Post; as well as translated articles for several online websites; and translation credits for Sifu Lo's book, Police Kung Fu.

Our Logo

Our logo is the Taoist symbol for Yin and Yang with the characters for medicine (yi) and martial skill (wu) replacing the traditional small circles.

Yin and Yang are mutually opposing and creating forces that represent the harmony and balance of the universe. Since from the Chinese point of view, our body is a microcosm of the universe, the symbol here represents harmony of the body.

We seek to achieve this harmony through healing arts and martial arts. While these two forms seem contradictory in nature, they are part of a whole. Injury in martial arts can be treated through medicine, our martial arts practice gives us a better understanding of the body so we can provide more effective medical treatment.

Our Chinese Name

The first character of our clinic name, "fu," means "happiness." The second, "kang" refers to "health." The third, "tang," means "hall;" many Traditional Chinese medical practitioners use this character to refer to their clinic. Therefore, "fu-kang-tang" is the "Hall of Happiness and Health." It represents the hope that our lives will be fulfilling, healthy, and full of happiness.