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INCREDIBLE hospitality, service & instinct for healing treatment. Dr. Tim is a great communicator, who truly desires to help heal completely. He's listened to everything i've said (knowledgeable or not), and had even offered many excellent advices. I'd never had acupuncture before.. I believe I've become a HUGE advocate. Thx Dr. Tim & Ms. Elvira!! Looking forward to returning sooner, than later. 😁

Posted by Akim Henderson


I highly recommend Timothy Yan to anyone who wants a caring, professional, knowledgeable and compassionate acupuncturist. I have been going to Spring Life Acupuncture for the last 4 years. First Tim helped me with some lung issues and then he was essential to my recovery from cancer not only providing excellent acupuncture treatments for both prior and post surgery care but as a compassionate and caring health care professional. I am convinced that Tim was part of the team that was responsible for, as my allopathic doctors called it, miraculous recovery. I have worked with other acupuncturists who were esteemed in their knowledge and Tim is certainly someone who can hold his own with anyone. He really "listens" to each client and provides a nurturing atmosphere. He truly understands the definition of "healer" as he encompasses all of the elements necessary to benefit his patients. The other thing about Tim is that he and his staff never make you feel pressured about payment and he works with some insurance companies which makes it beneficial. There is not enough room on Yelp to say all of the wonderful things about Timothy Yan!

Posted by Ellen J.


No more pain!!

A coworker of mine actually recommended me to Timothy after she had a few sessions with him. The office was very peaceful and relaxing, and I fell asleep a couple times : Five sessions later the sciata in my right leg was gone, no more pain!!

Posted by Yen C.


Back Pain Relief

I had been having lower back pain on and off for the past year, and it had gotten progressively worse over the last two months. Now I had pain and numbness running down my left leg, and it would progressively get worse the more time I spent on my feet, especially walking. I had two treatments with Tim in late December / early January, and was immediately able to stop taking my pain pills. This was the first time I had ever had acupuncture, and I was quite amazed at how well it worked for me.

As of now, I haven't felt this good in months, and I've been able to resume biking and working out. I would definitely recommend Spring Life to anyone seeking this type of treatment.

Posted by Logan Tam


I am now able to go on long walks

I can't begin to tell you how appreciative I am for the help you have given me in the relief of pain from whiplash which I received in an automobile accident three years ago. I have been in continual pain and my doctor and two other acupuncturist I've seen have not helped to relieve the pain.  A few months ago I twisted my knee and was barely able to walk because of the pain.  You have also helped me with this injury and it has improved so much that I am now able to go on long walks with my wife which I could no longer do before your treatments.  

I was very skeptical about having you treat my problems when others had failed to help and because you are a very young doctor.  Now I can only give you praise and refer you to all my friends

Thank you so much.

Posted by Jerry Mayo, Hercules, CA


I no longer feel any pain

I had neck and shoulder pain for over a year, I tried pain medication (temporarily relieved the pain) and different types of massage which also only temporarily got rid of the pain.  When I say temporarily, I mean a matter of hours up to one day of relief.  In just 3 sessions with Timothy, I no longer feel any pain and it has been about a month since I last saw him.  I feel GREAT!

Acupuncture with Timothy is not just about getting rid of the pain, he teaches you how to change certain habits that may contribute to your pain.  He wants to heal you and keep you that way.

Thank you Tim for all your help.  I still feel GREAT.

Posted by Mimi


ROCK STAR acupuncturist

Timothy Yan (in my book) is the ROCK STAR acupuncturist of the Bay Area. Tim's hands are magical, his good chi is powerful and his aura is extremely healing... that's why I drive a total of 60 miles over the BB for TLC (Tim Lovin' Care) treatment. I would drive a 100 for him. Yessirree! Aaaaaaaaah, I'm feeling really good after my session! Just leave me on the table, lock the door and toss the key. I'm in another world. I abuse my body on the golf course and slopes. My life is somewhat stressful (who's isn't?) and I'm experiencing the aches and pains that comes with middle age. Tim somehow manages to get me back to square one so that I can maintain my youthful and active lifestyle. I call it M-A-I-N-T-E-N-A-N-C-E so that I can enjoy quality of life. So, if you're looking for the Fountain of Youth, look no further. Tim is right in Hercules, CA.

Posted by Lizzie L.


Tim is magic!

Not to mention that he is one of the nicest and most genuine people you'll ever meet.
I'm currently uninsured and was certain I had at least torn a tendon in my shoulder and thought surgery may be inevitable. I could not lift my arm above my head and had many sleepless nights because of the pain. I went for ONE treatment, (yes, ONE) and the next day I would never have known that my shoulder had ever hurt in the first place. It's been a week and I am still completely pain free. I also have migraines and have tried conventional treatments, but I plan on continuing to see Tim instead because I'm positive he will be able to help me.
One last note for those that may be a bit scared of the idea of acupuncture...I was really afraid and honestly didn't feel a thing but incredible relief. Go to Tim! It will change your life.

Posted by Tami T.


Professional, Informational, and Thorough

I've had a wonderful experience receiving treatment at SpringLife. It's unintimadating, truelly inviting and comfortable. I'm encouraged to relax and focus on my treatment and well-being. I recommend SpringLife to my family, friends and business associates.



Pain Relief without a prescription

Dr. Yan and the treatment he provides at Spring Life are fantastic.

I had been suffering with pain in one of my legs for more than 18 months. After several appointments with my physician, who each time prescribed Ibuprofen and muscle relaxer that only offered only temporary relief, I made an appointment with Dr.Yan at Spring Life. After three sessions scheduled over a week and half, I could already feel the improvement -- a reduction in pain, soreness, and tightness in my leg. Unlike my physician who rushed through the visit and assumed he knew what the problem was, Dr. Yan actually spent time talking with me and trying to understand my complaint.

The acupuncture treatment is painless, the setting relaxing, and the surroundings pleasant. Dr.Yan has an easy, gentle manner that puts clients at ease. The treatment was so enjoyable and healing that my spouse and I have decided to make it a regular part of our monthly health regimen.

Posted by Michele Foster


Rated 5 out of 5

I originally sought out acupuncture because my general practitioner was unable to diagnose or treat my upper back/shoulder/arm pain. My pain was extreme; 11 on a scale of 1 to 10. I was taking Vicodin and Motrin every 4 hours and it only took the edge off the pain. This was my first time getting acupuncture and I was definitely a little skeptical, but I was willing to try anything that might ease my pain. After two visits with Tim, my pain went from an 11 down to a 3. I was totally amazed and extremely grateful !!! I didn't need to take any more medication after this. I later found out (from a spine specialist) that I had a herniated disc in my neck. Tim helped me get out of the worst pain I'd ever experienced. I'm sure he can help you too.

Posted by Kevin


Totally professional and educational - with excellent results...

I visited Spring Life because I was having severe lower back/left leg/sciatica issues. It had gotten so bad that I was having difficulty walking more than 5 minutes without needing to sit down. I was growing hopeless, and fearful that surgery was going to be inevitable. I had two treatments in about three weeks ago and I'm happy to report that I've been virtually pain free since then. Tim was great - this being my first acupuncture experience, he walked me through the process and explained what he was doing every step of the way. He took time to explain the basis of Chinese Medicine and how it relates to Western Medicine. The actual needles themselves don't hurt - it's more like a little pin pinch... During my first treatment, Tim had me stand up right after he inserted the needles, and I was amazed that I could notice a relief in pain right away.

I've been able to resume physical activity - in addition to walking without issues, I'm back at the gym and on my bike. I would definitely recommend Spring Life to anyone seeking this type of treatment.

Pros: professional care, flexible scheduling, takes insurance, plenty of parking
Cons: none

Posted by hpw



I can't tell you how appreciative I am of Dr. Yan's services at Spring Life. I came to Spring Life for assistance in constipation, ED,and lower back pain. After a totally professional and caring interview, Mr. Yan suggested organ massage and accupuncture. After two visits my back pain is GONE! My bowel movements are regular and erections are returning with a new twist. I feel a sense of power regenerating in my lower body I haven't felt in years.
I have never tried Chinese medicine but have a deep respect for the practice. After going to Spring Life, I am convinced of its ability to bring health to the total body. Although Spring Life doesn't say much about male impotence or male issues in its advertisements. However, I TOTALLY recommend Spring Life to men who are having issues. He is a total professional. Thanks so much Tim.

Pros: Great location in Hercules. I haven't visited San Francisco yet
Cons: no cons

Posted by cineruss


Finally, a traditionally trained Chinese practitioner in the East Bay

As a San Francisco native and Chinese-American, I'm familiar with the practices of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Timothy brings Traditional Chinese Medicine to a new level. His knowledge and training, while based on Traditional Chinese Medicine is explained in a way that anyone can understand. He explains the what's and why's of what he will do before he does it. Timothy taught me how the imbalances of energy affected my physical and emotional health and treated my whole body instead of concentrating on specific symptoms because everything in the body is inteconnected. I'm so glad that I no longer have to make a trip to San Francisco to seek quality alternative treatment.
Spring Life is a general practice location that treats many health concerns including pain relief, constipation, infertility issues, PMS, IBS, depression and anxiety. That's just to name a few!

Pros: Close to the freeway, easy parking, flexible scheduling, accepts most insurance plans and the practitioner is an excellent educator.

Posted by j0j0


Great Chinese Acupuncture Doctor in the East Bay

This was my first experience at using alternative medicine to resolve a physical problem with my body. I must say that Tim Yan is very professional and extremely knowledgeable of the Chinese art of Acupuncture medicine. Tim worked with me from a very painful beginning to a satisfied healthy patient at the completion of my treatments. Tim told me before we started just how we were going to attack my back problem and what steps we would take along the way. I was surprised most of all by the fact that the needle insertion felt like a small pinch and to tell the truth they were really no big deal at all. I guess Tim realized I was apprehensive because in his professional approach he checked with me for needle pain at every step. I must admit I certainly have come a long way in a short amount of time due to the professional diagnosis and treatment I received at Spring Life from Dr. Yan. I entered Spring Life less than two months ago with severe back pains so intense that I could hardly walk and today being a happy satisfied patient after being treated by Tim and most importantly I have no pain at all. I would like to thank Dr. Tim Yan and Jo Ann for all of their help and I would certainly recommend Tim's Acupuncture diagnosis and treatment to anyone!

Pros: Outstanding Service to the Community
Cons: None

Posted by chargois


I was finally pain free

Dr. Yan is great! He is very knowledgeable in acupuncture and he really knows his craft. He takes time with his treatment and gets to the point. I would recommend him to anyone seeking for acupuncture treatment. I also love the fact that his clinic is so clean and it s so convenient for me. Most of all, I was finally pain free after a couple of treatments. I plan to go back for maintenance soon.

Posted by Anonymous


The pain was 90% gone

Upon arrival at Spring Life you will meet Tim. He is a soft spoken fellow who is very knowledgeable, well trained, educated and passionate about his practice. I sought out acupuncture as a treatment for various running related injuries that failed to respond to other forms of treatment. My first visit was over a year ago and my symptoms were chronic fatigue in my legs. Several treatments later my legs were happily running once again. Two marathons and two half marathons later led to my second visit. It was for sharp burning pains in my right heal. I thought it was bruised and would need time to heal. After 9 months it had not changed. Miraculously one treatment session with Tim brought amazing relief and by the next day the pain was 90% gone. A few days afterward it was 100%. My third visit was for yet another running related injury involving my left Achilles. It was sore and tight – caused a lot of discomfort - and did not want to heal. With Tim's treatment it responded immediately and after a few days it was back to normal. Needless to say that being a marathon runner I tax my body to its limits at times. Becoming a patient at Spring Life has been the best decision I could have made. Tim takes time to fully understand the issue and questions you thoroughly about the cause and effect before beginning any treatments. Once he understands the condition from consultation, examination and evaluating the symptoms he begins the treatment regimen. I was truly amazed by the healing and recovery of my last two visits. If you have any kind of pain whether it is nerve, tendon or bone - related to running or not - I would recommend you visit Spring Life and put yourself on the recovery road pronto!

Posted by jeikar

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