Steve Liu, L.Ac., BSEEProgram Director, Founder, Acupuncturist and Photobiomodulation Therapist
Steve Liu, an established acupuncturist and business owner in the Northwest Tucson area since 2001, practices at HanLing Acupuncture Healing Center, and this year marks the 25th anniversary of his father’s passing from Parkinson’s disease.
Liu’s practice is a direct lineage from his mother, Dr. Grace Liu, who studied and practiced under the old school in China. Prior to his career as an acupuncturist, he was an electrical engineer in Silicon Valley, working with lasers, and he has since developed a modern treatment approach to acupuncture which integrates laser.
In 1992, when his father passed, very little attention was given to Parkinson’s disease. Now, 25 years later, it is the 14th leading cause of death in the U.S., with 1.5 million Americans currently suffering from the disease. Although significant scientific advances such as deep brain stimulation and medications help ease motor and non-motor symptoms, at this time there is no cure or therapy proven to slow the progress of the disease.
Liu’s personal story of living through Parkinson’s disease with his father, coupled with the tremendously increasing incident rate, has led him to a personal and professional mission to find natural ways to not only improve quality of life, but to actually slow down the progression of the disease.
He has integrated two contemporary but scientifically founded therapies to address the progression of Parkinson’s disease. Neuro-acupuncture (or scalp acupuncture) integrates traditional Chinese needling with Western medical understanding of the brain. In the last 30 years, this therapy has been extensively studied and shown remarkable results in treating stroke paralysis, multiple sclerosis and Parkinson’s disease.