San Francisco Clinic now called Silk Tree Healing Center



Clinic Hours: By appointment only.

Clinic Appointments: E-mail with 2 or 3 your available time/dates or call 415-828-2699.

Address: 2000 Van Ness Ave, Suite# 507, SF, CA 94109

Please go to to download  a NEW PATIENT INTAKE FORM and bring the completed form to your first visit.

Payment/Insurance Billing: Cash, check and credit cards are accepted. Payment is due in full at time of service. We are able to process your HSA and FSA cards and provide you a receipt upon your request. We bill for VA insurance, Blueshield and United Healthcare insurance. Please obtain authorization from VA and request to use our service if you are a veteran. For Blueshield and United Healthcare insurance holders, please send us a picture of your insurance card front and back along with our Insurance Intake Form before your appointment so that we can verify your insurance eligibility and coverage. For other insurance company billing, we will provide a superbill upon request for you to submit to your insurance.

Cancellation/No Show Policy: A $60 fee applies for reservations cancelled with less than 48-hour notice or for no show. There is no fee for changing an appointment to a different time of the same day.

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Fees and availability are subject to change without notice.

Clinic Services by Silk Tree

HEALING TREATMENTS: (listed fees are our discounted rate for out of pocket payment; All price is subject to chanHand with Needlesge without notice.)

New Patient Initial Visit
One-time initial consultation fee $70 plus the fee of the following specific acu treatment(s) received.
Initial visit with acupuncture treatment usually takes 70-85 minutes. Please download the NEW PATIENT INTAKE FORM and bring a completed copy and any lab tests to your first visit to save your paper work time at the clinic.

Acupuncture *
$105 Great for treating specific illnesses or for general health maintenance. 30-50 minutes
*If this is your first visit, the initial consultation fee $70 also applies.
additional $35 for Cupping or Gua Sha treatment.

Combo Treatment: Acupuncture with Abdominal Qi Healing*
$168 This is our signature treatment regimen developed by Dr. Liping Zhu combining Acupuncture with the Te Yi Medical Qigong expelling sick Qi and Liu Zi Jue Sound for abdominal healing. This includes guided breathing, visualization and sounds for the internal organs. Great for abdominal issues, stress relief, internal organ detox and emotional release. Done regularly as a preventative care can promote optimal health. Please know this is not an abdominal massage but involves some light touch of abdominal points near the umbilicus. Total 60-75 minutes.
*If this is your first visit, the initial consultation fee $70 also applies.

Te Yi Medical Qigong Treatment w/o Acupuncture*
$108 This is a Te Yi Medical Qigong healing session without acupuncture needles. Mostly no touching or some stationary touching. 25-30min
*If this is your first visit, the initial consultation fee $70 also applies, an extra 20-30minutes intake.
Read more about Te Yi Medical Qigong

Scalp Acupuncture *
$105 a most effective technique for treating stroke, MS, spinal injury, Cerebral Palsy, autism, traumatic brain injury, PTSD, Parkinson’s, Complex Regional Pain,shingles, bells palsy and other disorders. 30-50 minutes.
*If this is your first visit, the initial consultation fee $70 also applies.

Herbal Prescription (office visit without acupuncture)*
$60 Office visit for herbal consultation and prescription or refill only. No acupuncture is given. 15- 25 minutes. If you are having an acupuncture session, herbal prescription service is included with the acu treatment. Herbs are not included in this fee.
*If this is your first visit, the initial consultation fee $70 also applies. Consultation fee doesn’t include any herbs.

Phone Consultation
$120 per 45min Topics can be on your physical and spiritual well-being through TCM, Taichi and Qigong. Please email to schedule a phone consultation time.

House call for acupuncture treatment might be available within San Francisco close to clinic area or in the Mission area and is offered at a rate of $250/visit for acupuncture. If you are a new patient, the one-time initial consultation fee also applies.

Te Yi Medical Qigong provided by Qi Dragon students at Silk Tree:

Te Yi Medical Qigong Treatment by Phyllis Whitney (sliding scale)
Sliding scale $50-$108 (no one is turned away for lack of fund); Treatment lasts about 30-45min long.
Our Te Yi Clinic is run by our Te Yi Medical Qigong practitioners who are very gifted in Qi healing. Our talented healer Phyllis Whitney, a Qi Dragon Te Yi Certified Practitioner, offers Te Yi treatments on Thursdays. To schedule an appointment with Phyllis, please call her at 415-676-0096 or email her at

Te Yi Medical Qigong Treatment by Root Tian Gen Christopher Lincoln
by donation
Root aka Tian Gen is a Di Zi of the Heavenly Essence Qigong lineage. He is a student of the Heavenly Essence Qigong Level 2 Certificate Program and a student of Life.

Phone: 650-455-9680

Read more about Te Yi Clinic Info!

Silk Tree Healing Center Practitioner

Charity Burgess L.Ac. DACM doctorate candidate 2018 (at San Francisco location)
Owner of Silk Tree Healing Center

Phone:415-828-2699 Email:

Charity, with sweet and calming presence, is a powerful healer in nature and embodies this ancient medicine with her Qi cultivation and compassionate heart. Charity is a Te Yi Medical Qigong certified practitioner by Qi Dragon and a graduate of Level 3 Qigong Program. Charity has been following Dr. Zhu for more than 6 years in her clinic and has direct transmission of her knowledge and wisdom. Charity has now taken over Dr. Zhu’s practice at San Francisco location and operates her practice as Silk Tree Healing Center. Charity studied in China intensively for 3 months after her completion of her M.S. study at ACTCM and she is now completing her doctoral study of Chinese Medicine. Additionally, Charity is now the Professor of Qigong at the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine (ACTCM).

Silk Tree Healing Center Officemates

(Please note that our teammates provide services independently from Silk Tree Healing Center but share our clinic space. Please contact them directly for their services using the provided contact info below.)


Phyllis Whitney, TYCP
a Te Yi Medical Qigong Certified Practitioner
415-676-0096 Email:

Phyllis, a loving mother, grandmother who has the natural nurturing heart and healing gift. She has completed Qi Dragon Certificate Program of Level 1-3 as well as the Te Yi Medical Qigong Certification Course.
Come to experience her power of energy healing through love and light!

Root Christopher Lincoln, TYSP
a Te Yi Medical Qigong Student Practitioner
650-455-9680 Email:

Root aka Tian Gen is a Di Zi of the Heavenly Essence Qigong lineage. He is a student of the Heavenly Essence Qigong Level 2 Certificate Program and a student of Life. He is gifted and very much in touch with the divine through his music and his healing heart. You don’t want to miss the opportunity of having a session with Root.

Lucinda Toy L.Ac.
Phone: 415 890 5759 Email:

Catherine Fox, CMT
Phone: 415-886-7147 Email:

Catherine, a competitive National Class Swimmer with two Olympic Gold Medals in the 1996 Olympic Games, had a decade training in Chinese Hand-balancing and aerial rope contortion as well as ballet, modern dance, and Kung Fu. She started her practice of massage and other body therapies to heal her own injuries and continue to learn more about kinesthetic awareness and proprioception as a body worker. Currently she is pursuing a Doctorate degree in Acupuncture and herbs.

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