In Hand Acupuncture & Herbs and “Yin Han Tang” 

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In Hand Acupuncture and Herbs is a clinic in Acton, MA., where we practice multiple methods in the tradition of Chinese medicine.  By “In Hand” we mean we will do our best to let all our visitors feel they are in good hands. The treatments we provide here are mostly done with the acupuncturist’s hands.  When we are able to open and accept energy from the higher power, our hands become a channel to deliver energy to other people.

The body has its own way of healing.  Sometimes, because of blockage of the body's energy (called Qi {Chee}), the body loses this natural ability.  We believe a healthy body requires balance. We treat imbalance, such as pain or illness, as a lesson and a reminder from our bodies.  When the body has regained its natural function, there is no need for further assistance. Like a gardener who waters and provides a suitable environment for plants, a healer helps the body to cure itself.  Therefore the healer provides necessary assistance to enhance the body's ability to resume normal functions.  Our main goal is to support people with natural ways of keeping body, mind, and spirit in balance.  We work to alleviate pain (body), reduce stress (mind), and connect with the inner wisdom and true nature in everyone (spirit).

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It is well known that our body, mind and spirit can’t be separated. They are part of a oneness, and each will affect the others.  For example, when people are nervous, some may eat less but some may eat more than usual.  Another example is that long-term illness leads to depression and anxiety.  Ancient Chinese medicine is a systemic treatment which relieves emotional tension and stress by stimulating certain points on our body.

For more information, please contact us.  You are welcome to make an appointment for a Free 30 Minute Screening in order to learn whether acupuncture or herbs are suitable treatments for you and to answer your questions. You also have a chance to meet your practitioner in person.

Why not take an advantage of this screening?  It's free; it takes only 30 minutes of your time; and it may greatly benefit your health in the future. 


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Practitoners

Jonathan (Huan-Wen) Fang, Licensed Acupuncturist, is a second generation Chinese medicine practitioner who has been licensed by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and practicing  acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine since 2004. He is not only a certified oriental medicine practitioner, but also a Reiki II practitioner and Auricular therapist.  He is a graduate of Taipei Medical College and has a master's degree from National Taiwan University of Toxicology and a master's degree from New England School of Acupuncture (2001~2004). 

Jonathan uses both his medical background and his knowledge of oriental medicine to practice healing with a caring and gentle touch. He practices both Japanese and traditional Chinese styles of acupuncture, as well as Chinese herbal medicine.

Jonathan is an expert in musculoskeletal disorders (sport injuries, stroke, muscle pain, joint problems and arthritis), Ob/Gyn (infertility, menstrual problems, PMS, and menopausal symptoms), and internal organ imbalances (heart, circulation problems, lung functions, allergies, liver problems, kidney functions, urination problems, digestive problems, detox, and cancer support). 

His approach to health incorporates knowledge of the nature of disease, energy balancing, nutritional counseling, exercise suggestion, and the promotion of spiritual well-being

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Michelle Callihan, Lic. Ac, MAOM, is licensed by the Massachusetts Board of Medicine and by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM).  She graduated with a Masters of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine from New England School of Acupuncture at MCPHS University in Newton, MA.  As a student, she interned at several acupuncture and herbal clinics which included Boston Medical Center’s (BMC) pediatric department, BMC’s Family Medicine department and NESA’s Teaching Clinic in Newton, where she did 2 rotations in Orthopedic acupuncture along with general medicine rotation.  Prior to her acupuncture studies, Michelle obtained a BA in Criminal Justice with a minor in Psychology from University of South Florida in Tampa, FL.

Michelle got into acupuncture due to an injury she incurred while training for a sprint triathlon.  During the training process, 2 weeks before her first race, she fractured her heel.  At the time a friend of her’s recommended she get acupuncture done to help speed up the healing process.  Michelle had never received acupuncture before but after a year of training for this triathlon she was willing to do “what ever it took” to help with her recovery.  She started receiving  acupuncture treatments 2-3 X week for the next 2 weeks.  Her foot felt better and even the X-rays showed that her fracture was healing quicker then expected.  This experience was the beginning of her fascination and love for Chinese medicine. 

Over the many years of schooling and training I have just grown to love this medicine more and more and I have been amazed by the benefits this medicine has made to so many people.  I have witnessed acupuncture make a difference with so many patients, whether it be pain management, emotional balancing, Lyme disease or women’s health.” ~Michelle

While Michelle is a general practitioner, she has a special interest in orthopedic acupuncture, pain management, emotional balancing (anxiety, stress management, mild depression), as well as women's health. She also has a particular interest in treating patients with Lyme disease.

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Megan Gauger, Lic. Ac., MAOM, joins our practice from a small town in Maine. She is a registered nurse having completed her bachelor’s degree at the University of New England. It was that path that led her to the Boston area where she enrolled in the New England School of Acupuncture (NESA). After spending three years studying Chinese and Herbal Medicine and Japanese Acupuncture Style, she now holds a Master of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. She is board certified by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) and is also a Reiki II practitioner. 

Following her passion to take care of others is what led her nursing school. Yet as she was taking care of patients, she felt something was missing. Growing up in a household surrounded by complimentary medicine, she learned to think outside of a conventional approach to health. She recognizes the importance of a holistic mentality; treating not only the physical body, but the mental, emotional, and spiritual body as well. Never one to settle,  Megan chose to head to NESA after nursing school to continue studying how to best support her patients.

Megan has additional training in Shakuju therapy and Shonishin. These styles use non-insertive techniques, creating a more comfortable experience for young children or needle-sensitive patients.

Megan enjoys helping her patients discover how much of a role they can play in their own health and help them reach their full potential.  She has a particular interest in emotional health, pediatrics, and pain management.


Our Story

In Hand Acupuncture and Herbs is directed by a second generation practitioner of Chinese Medicine, Jonathan (Huan Wen) Fang.  The Chinese name of our clinic is Yin Han Tang, and “Yin Han” is the name of Jonathan’s grandfather, who was an experienced and compassionate traditional Chinese Medicine physician in Taiwan.

Yin” also means silver in Chinese. In our clinic we mostly use stainless steel needles, but some needles are silver and even gold.

The word “Han” means Chinese. Chinese people believe they are the descendants of Han. In Chinese history, there were many times that different races merged into a stronger race, and each time they all called themselves Han.

Tang” means Clinic.

In the essence of Chinese medicine, herbal formulas and acupuncture treatments work together as a team, which has the strongest one leading the healing process, and the others supporting it to make the healing complete. With their combined effort they bring out the best healing energy of the body, which increases the effect and decreases the side effects. True healing energy is about balanced cooperation among different parts.

Here, we follow the wisdom of the ancient Chinese and provide the best way to care for each individual’s needs.

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