Arizona Research Institute of Acupuncture and

Chinese Herbal Medicine

Dr. Vijanyan Balan M.D. Vice President 

Dr. Vijanyan Balan M.D. graduated from Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research in 1988. Specializing in the field of Gastroenterology, Dr. Balan is prepared to diagnose and treat patients suffering from diseases and complications of the gastrointestinal (digestive) tract, treating conditions such as irritable bowel syndrome or gastroesophaneal reflux disease, among many others. Dr. Balan is also trained to practice Hepatology. Dr. Balan works with 443 doctors and has several awards with AGAF and FACP. He currently works with Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale Arizona and is a Professor in Medicine. 


Andrea Bautista LMT, Executive Director

Andrea Bautista is a licensed massage therapist and has worked under the guidance and direction of Dr. Jing Liu since June 2008.  She has started her education in acupuncture and studied and worked with Dr. Jing Liu, L.Ac., O.M.D., Ph.D. (China), which has given her a better understanding about meridian work from symptoms to looking for underlying causes of illness.  She also had the opportunity to study under Dr. Liu’s mentor, Dr. Shi Xue Min who is the “Father of Acupuncture” from China for the last 6 years. 

She is ranked 4th generation 1st degree black belt in Shaolin Fei Long Dragon Wind Athletic Assoc under Master Lu Robinson, Brown belt in N.A.S.D.A. (North American Self Defense Assoc) Liu Seong Shaolin Kuntao under Grandmaster Arthur Sikes, Black belt in Wushu of World Martial Arts Academy under Master Jinheng Li.  She has traveled to Beijing China in September 2006 for an intense internal training program in Tai Chi, Bagua and Xingyi under Grandmaster Wu Bin who was the teacher for Jet Li, the world famous martial arts actor. She was invited again to train in October 2008 for more internal training.  Her moral code is; We never use our art aimlessly. We respect, honor and love. We are humble and soft spoken. We practice self-control and are helpful. We avoid improper activities. We help maintain peace, preserve life and contribute to humanity.

 Treasurer - Yinan Kevin Wang

Dr. Kevin Wang is a California and Arizona state licensed acupuncturist.  He received his Masters of Science degree from Dongguk University in Los Angeles and studied acupuncture and Traditional Chinese herbal medicine.  He has outstanding clinical results by receiving multiple awards which started when he was in intern student and in practice by treating sciatic pain, low back pain, and any pain management.   He has successfully treated patients with insomnia, depression, anxiety, cancer support, men fertility/infertility and digestive system issues.  

Secretary - Xiao Qian Ashley Zhu

Ashley has received her Masters degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine.  She has worked in Eastern Medicine Center for over 10 years and she is currently the director of the herbal pharmacy.  She has hosted Dr. Shi Xuemin during his visits, had one-on-one training with him and his #1 associate Dr. Bian and learned a unique style of acupuncture and cupping treatments.  On his visits and teaching tour, Ashley traveled with him and attended and helped during all the lectures across the U.S. 


Judge Larry King Member

Judge Larry King professionally manages his own public policy consulting company. Larry was appointed as a Judge Pro Tempore for the Town of Paradise Valley by the Town Council in 2003 and was recently reappointed. In 2004 the Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation Tribal Council appointed Larry King as a Judge Pro Tempore for the Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation Tribal Court. Larry is a member of the Arizona Magistrates Association. Larry King's leadership potential was recognized in Arizona, when he was selected to be member of Valley Leadership Class XI. Larry was later selected to be on the Board of Directors for Valley Leadership. Larry King believes we can be an even better America based on the key ideas that have always made our country great. Leaders must respect the citizens they serve. 

Jennifer Smestad Member

Jennifer was diagnosed with Tourette Syndrome at the age of 10. She suffered for many years and struggled living her every day life. She was embarrassed to be in public, experienced severe anxiety, had a rough time at school, and feared being bullied. Doctor after doctor, she was told she would have this for the rest of her life and there was nothing they could do to help her. Jennifer almost gave up hope until she found Dr. Jing Liu when she was 13. Dr. Liu was confident in helping Jennifer and knew she could make a difference through positive energy, natural Chinese herbs, and acupuncture. After a couple months of consistent acupuncture treatments and drinking herbs, Jennifer's symptoms were nearly completely gone. She became a confident, young girl with a strong desire to make a difference. Jennifer won the title of Miss Arizona 2013 and competed in the nationally televised 2014 Miss America Scholarship Pageant. With Tourette Syndrome Awareness and Advocacy being her platform, she spent her whole year of service mentoring children and families with the same or similar challenges. Jennifer has a huge heart for helping others and thrives to make a difference through sharing her personal story. Now, she is a model, actress, host, and country singer-songwriter who wishes to pursue a music career. She is thankful every day for what she has gone through because it has made her into the beautiful person she is today. Jennifer would not have overcome such a challenge if it weren't for her strong faith in The Lord, her family's support, and Dr. Jing Liu's optimism and dedication. 

​Laura Henson MD, Member

Dr. Laura Henson was born and raised in Michigan. Like many Midwesterners, she sought warmth in the winter and moved to Arizona after high school. She graduated from Arizona State University with a BSE in biomedical engineering. She then received her medical degree from The University of Arizona School of Medicine in Tucson. She became board certified in family medicine in 2016 after the completion of her internship and residency training at Banner University Medical Center in Phoenix.

Dr. Henson loves spending time with her wonderful husband, two teenage sons, family, and friends and enjoys hiking, nature, and traveling. Her special interests include adolescent medicine, anxiety/depression, dermatology, weight management, alternative medicine and preventive care.

She brings her expertise to her office in Scottsdale, Arizona. Her office delivers the best of both worlds of medicine to her patients. With all the hard work, training under the top doctors in China, she does not have just one specialty, but her knowledge is wide range from chronic internal problems to acute pain management. After returning from China in July 2011, she received an award for her research for Infertility and another for ADHD. She was among all the top doctors in China to make the decision for the distribution in funding in China. 

Acupuncture in the U.S.

More and more people in the U.S. use acupuncture to help relieve pain.  Watch here from the Today Show.

Dr. Jing Liu Interview

Watch our very own Dr. Liu on 3TV interview how acupuncture and Chinese Medicine has help patients with stroke and Parkinson's Disease with her mentor Dr. Shi. Watch here.

U.S. First Mention of Acupuncture

Acupuncture became known in the U.S. in 1971 by President Nixon's China trip in July where reporter James Reston developed appendicitis in China.  To help reduce the pain in the hospital, he received acupuncture by one of the doctors.  Read here.

About the President Dr. Jing Liu (China)

Dr.Jing Liu is the founder of the Arizona Research Institute of Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal medicine. She is nationally certified and board Licensed in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine in California and Arizona. Born and raised in China, she attended the Beijing Medical School of P.L.A. She holds a Ph.D. in Natural Health Science and Traditional Chinese Medicine and she has been practicing Chinese Medicine for over 15 years. She continues to travel to China every year to continue her education. She is Dr. Shi Xuemin's (Father of Acupuncture) top student and she is the representative and agent for Dr. Shi in the United States. Dr. Liu was trained in China and has experience treating high ranking government officials, working with teams of the best Traditional Chinese and Western doctors as well as working in the hospital.



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