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Meet Gary Zhu of Evergreen Health Herbs

Today we’d like to introduce you to Dr. Gary Zhu.

Dr. Zhu, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
Our journey started 20 years ago when we first came to the United States from China with hopes and dreams to expand and share our knowledge of Chinese medicine and acupuncture in the West. What kept me going is my deep/unshakable belief in the healing powers of Chinese medicine practice, combined with all the loyal clients who have experienced these healing powers, whom we regard now as family and friends. Our business is mostly by word of mouth, and we owe our deepest gratitude to our clients who enthusiastically recommend us to their friends and extended families sometimes from out of state. We are truly blessed and grateful.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
One of the biggest challenges we face today is educating new clients about Chinese medicine/herbs. Many people understand the effectiveness of Chinese medicine, but not many understand the nuanced differences between high and low-quality herbs. Since we are dedicated to providing only the best and most authentic quality herbs in the marketplace, we sometimes have to price accordingly. The variety of (quality and price) herbs offered in the marketplace can be very confusing and dazzling. Take American ginseng for example. Strange as it may sound, most of the time, the better-quality the ginseng is, the more wrinkled look. It is very counter-intuitive, since many people like to buy the prettier, less wrinkled and bigger ones.

Evergreen Health herbs – what should we know? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
Evergreen Health & Herbs has been proudly serving the Irvine community for more than 21 years. Dr. Zhu’s unique experience as an orthopedic surgeon and Chinese medicine practitioner in Beijing for over 10 years provides him with unparalleled expertise in treating soft tissue, joint injury, and pain with a combination of Acupuncture, Acupressure and Chinese Herbal Medicine treatments. Our holistic, non-surgical approach often reduces or entirely eliminates the conditions without the downside of more invasive procedures which often include headaches, back pain and sciatica. As the successor of his mentor and teacher, the world renown Pulmonary Diseases Chinese medicine expert Dr. Hong, Dr. Zhu enjoys high success in helping patients with asthma, persistent cough, and other respiratory diseases.

What is “success” or “successful” for you?
Every time we see a smile that originates from the pain relief on a patients’ face after an acupuncture treatment; every time we learn that someone drives four hours to purchase medicine from us; we feel fulfilled and trusted. As the benefits of Chinese medicine and acupuncture are only starting to become widely known and published in medical research in the US; as we succeed in treating more and more patients; as we provide effective herbs more and more frequently; all these things mean that more people are accepting Chinese medicine, hence growing the understanding and appreciation of this very ancient practice, which yet keeps evolving.

Contact Info:

  • Address: Evergreen Health Herbs
    14805 Jeffrey Rd # G
    Irvine, CA 92618
  • Website:
  • Phone: 9497869284
  • Email:

Image Credit:
Ms. Qian Yu

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