Skin conditions

Perioral Dermatitis/Eczema

Renée is my go-to skin doctor hands down. She knows her stuff!!! Not only will she cure your skin ailments, but she'll also include an acupuncture treatment with each doctor's visit. Can you imagine if all physicians would include a relaxing treatment with your visit? Incredible. Anyways, I've already gotten cured by Renée for 3-4 different kinds of skin problems over the years. She's seriously a miracle worker. If you want to use herbs rather than antibiotics AND if you want your skin diseases to stay away for good, Renée is your gal. GO SEE HER NOW!!! ~ V.B.

Lichen Sclerosus

If you have skin problems, you don't go to your general practitioner. Instead, you go to a dermatologist. The same is true in Chinese Medicine. You don't go to any old acupuncturist if you've got eczema or psoriasis. You go to someone who is trained to deal with issues of the skin.  Renee is only one of two TCM Dermatology specialists to see in The Bay Area, and she's by far the best.

My wife has been seeing her for a complicated auto-immune disease called lichen sclerosus, which causes itching, pain, bruising, cracking, tearing and peeling of the skin. She also has a medical doctor, but the only treatment her doctor has for this disease is steroids, and long-term use of steroids creates unwanted side-effects. My wife worked with one of the most well-known acupuncturists and herbalists in The Bay Area. His work is excellent, but given that he is a generalist and not a skin specialist, he was unable to treat the disease effectively.

Frustrated and feeling lost, we found Renee on Yelp and were drawn to her given her specialization in dermatology. Her treatment was immediately effective. She prescribed my wife herbal medicine that was and continues to be nothing less than miraculous. Also, Renee has a superb bedside manner. She is kind and empathetic and knows how to put her patients at ease. She is a true healer. 

I cannot recommend her work enough, particularly if you are struggling with any skin problems, like psoriasis, eczema, acne, lichen scerlosus or lichen planus.
~ C.H.


"Renee was a lifesaver for me and helped me heal my psoriasis through Chinese herbs and diet changes. Her approach and temperament in combination with her wisdom and deep knowledge of the body made for a really positive experience both physically and emotionally/mentally. Not only did her guidance and information support my complete healing from psoriasis but the guidance she gave me has been helpful in better understanding some important diet changes that have positively impacted my overall health. I had dealt with psoriasis for 4+ years and it had progressed to cover nearly my entire body.

Be aware that it does take a lot of personal commitment to see the results and Renee will gently coach you through the process. She puts an emphasis on small changes and stresses the important of not overwhelming yourself with a rigid, all or nothing approach. I greatly appreciated her reminders to be gentle with myself and to not be caught up in the minor details. I highly recommend her to anyone searching for a holistic approach to healing skin issues." 
~ C.P.

Lichen Planus

"I went to Renee in late summer, as I was dealing with a severe body wide outbreak of Lichen Planus. 

My body was covered in spots that were beyond itchy and in many cases very painful. I could not work, could not function and was left wondering when or how I was going to treat this condition. 

My dermatologist was telling me my only choice was steroids or very aggressive anti-malaria pills that would kill my immunity system.  None of that appealed to me and I honestly felt I was throwing more fuel on the fire with these exotic drugs.  No one could tell me the cause. And worse, now One had a solution or any idea how long it would last. 

Renee changed the tone of the discussion. She was direct and honest and work closely with me to start a herbal treatment that started my long recovery. The night I started the herbs is the night I started to see my body change. 

I had to change my diet, start meditation and general stress management and with all of this, my skin has miraculously healed and is recovering now from the greatest shock it has ever dealt with. Renee was calm and very knowledgeable (she could walking circles around the licensed dermatologists who barely knew what I was dealing with). 

I am a solemn believer in less drugs where possible and now see that herbal medicine is and can be as potent or effective as any western medicinal regime. Renee did a brilliant job helping me navigate this very challenging illness. 

I highly recommend Renee for treatments. The more challenging your medical issue, the more you will appreciate her care and attention." 
~ G.D.

Squareup feedback:

"Everything!! Renee is the best. Extremely knowledgeable, comforting, and caring. I feel better every time and enjoy learning more about traditional Chinese medicine! She is very attentive and truly cares about her patients and their well being. I look forward to my time with her! Thank you :)" ~ P.C.



"This review is long overdue. I went to see Renee based on the recommendation from a friend. I was struggling to get pregnant so I thought why not? I was sick with a nasty cold with horrible congestion for 8 days and when Renee inserted the needle into my chest I could breathe again. From then on I was hooked. Renee told me to give her a few months to work on improving my health before trying to conceive so I listened to her. I tried my best to do what she suggested (gluten free diet, dairy free, no hard exercise, no cold or raw foods, etc). Renee is pretty old school TCM. Did I get pregnant? Yes I did - twice. The first was within I believe 7 months after seeing her but sadly that pregnancy ended but imagine my surprise when I got pregnant again within a few months! Renee offered me a lot of support as she knew I was anxious and worried. She treats me like a friend and emails me and texts me every week to congratulate me on my pregnancy progress. Even when she was on vacation and out of the country she will email me to check on me. She told me she was worried since i hadn't emailed her (i simply did not want to bother her since she was on vacay). Anytime I have a question I text her and she responds right away. Now please keep in mind she doesn't text with all her patients (me and my husband have been her patients for over 1.5 years) but she does respond to emails right away. You don't have to wait till your next visit to ask her your questions. Does this review have a happy ending? Yes it does. I just have birth to a healthy and big baby boy last week! Renee, I can't thank you enough. She is very humble and will say she didn't do anything except support me and my husband! Renee I love you!" ~ C.W.


"I can't say enough about Renee... she is the ultimate in Acupuncturists. Professional, caring, thorough, gentle, and above all in just 5 visits I was pain free after a couple of years of suffering and seeing regular specialists in traditional medicine.  Everyone I have referred to Renee feels the same way.  On top of that she is sweet, funny and someone you feel blessed to know..."  ~ A.R.


Other testimonials

"I highly recommend Blossoming Lotus -- because Renee is an effective and compassionate doctor and teacher. Renee really cares and is in the business to help people.  During my first visit she surprised me by naming alternative practitioners if I wanted to focus on problems within their particular specialties. Her honesty and genuine concern made me wanted to work with her. Now it has been 6 months, and I am happy to report that I am no longer constantly under the weather and am feeling that I understand my constitution and how to keep healthy. Renee is an excellent listener and is generous with her knowledge.  She also impresses me with her vast interest in other healing modalities and for constantly bringing new information from recent classes into our sessions.  

BTW, if you are anxious about needles as I was, you'll be okay with Renee's gentle approach!

I seriously want to keep Renee all to myself, but I have to be a responsible Yelper." ~ K.T.


"Renee is an excellent healer.  My husband and I went to SF to visit family and in the process of traveling from VA he caught a really nasty cold.  He was pretty sick for a few days.  A friend recommended we go see Renee.  She is so kind and gentle.  Her needling skills are wonderful.  My husband who is deathly afraid of needles said "it didn't hurt at all."  Amazing." ~ S.P.


"Renee is amazing with the needles!  I had my first facial rejuvenation treatment the other day and can see results already.  Goodbye little wrinkles - hello healthy and beauty.

The office building from the outside is boring but step into Blossoming Lotus and it's like being in a spa!  The treatment table is even warmed so you can really relax." ~ J.G.


"If you are looking for an acupuncturist that combines skill, knowledge AND intuition - look no further!!! Renee Chan utilizes all of these things and more. Her depth of understanding and compassion go beyond expectation. I have had the great pleasure of knowing Renee extremely well for the past 5 years. And I can truly say that she is on the top of my list as being a truly exceptional healer.

Renee's touch is like no other I have ever experienced before. She really is one of the most intuitive healer's I have had the pleasure of seeing. She easily finds a person's core issue and is able to implement a treatment plan that will restore them to optimum health. At times, she combines sound therapy and other healing modalities in order to better target a crucial problem.

Personally I have received treatments from Renee that focused on primary issues such as: pain control, increasing my energy when I felt lethargic, psychological issues and beauty.

The psychological issues that Renee has helped me with include but are not limited to: quicker healing from a broken heart; answering questions like: "what do I want to do with my life?" or "what am I supposed to do next?" and even helping me gain the confidence to move forward on my own path. 

Her studies with Mary Elizabeth Wakefield have gained her a certification in facial rejuvenation and I have experienced her work in this area first-hand. She has an amazingly gentile touch and was able to alleviate some of my TMJ issues as well as eliminate the dark circles under my eyes.

I can't say enough about the talents of this amazingly tender and talented acupuncturist." 
~ K.H.

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