By Soma Glick
When I went through my academic training in Oriental medicine,
pediatric acupuncture was neither mentioned nor offered as part of the
curriculum, even as an elective. I discovered it quite by chance in the
mid-1990s. I needed to get some extra CEUs for my license and saw a
workshop offered by Jake Fratkin on pediatric formulas. I had never
treated children before, but I thought about it and decided to enroll.
Quite unexpectedly, the seminar pricked my interest in the matter and
led to my attending a series of other seminars dealing with pediatrics.
By Martha Lucas, PhD, LAc
When you look up anxiety in the dictionary it says that it's a
feeling of worry, nervousness, or unease and statistics show that it is a
fairly common condition in today's world. The National Institute of
Mental Health reports that about 40 million adults are affected each
year by anxiety lasting longer than six months at a time.
At my practice we receive an increasing number of calls each year
from people who are suffering through emotional conditions but who don't
want to take prescription medication.
After 5 acupuncture treatments my foot and ankle are much better than
they were after 8 months of physical therapy. Jame'e is gentle and
soothing. He is always happy to answer questions and explain treatments
I would recommend him to anyone I know who is considering acupuncture.
Half Moon Bay, CA
March, 2013, Vol. 14, Issue By Bruce H. Robinson,
The steadily increasing prevalence of those who are overweight or frankly obese is without doubt the greatest health crisis in the United States. This will have a profoundly negative effect on the longevity and health of a vast number of Americans as they enter the middle years of life. When this vast multitude of individuals develops severe medical conditions as a result of their significantly overweight condition they will flood the medical clinics and hospitals of North America, requiring treatment for their problems.
Sleep, we all love it, especially when you wake up
from a great night's sleep. In the past, sleep was often ignored by doctors and
surrounded by myths, but now we are beginning to
understand the importance of sleep to overall health and well-being. In fact,
when people get less than 6 or 7 hours of sleep each night, their risk for
developing diseases begins to increase.
Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Day is observed
annually on October 24. It is part of an effort designed to increase public
awareness of the progress, promise, and benefits of acupuncture and Oriental
medicine. Last year, The Three Lotus Dragon Acupuncture Wellness Center held
a 2-20-20 event, which was a great success. Many people had various
experiences from a calm euphoric feeling, to making up lost sleep. Not only
does acupuncture and oriental medicine relief stress but it reduces your
National Acupuncture Month is October:
Come Treat Yourself to a Relaxing 20 minute Session and Trick your Stress Away.At the 2-20-20 Event On Wednesday October 24, 2012. The Event is to celebrate National Acupuncture and OrientalMedicine Day. 2-20-20 two needles for 20 minutes for $20 dollars.
Date: October 24, 2012 Monday
Time: 9am -6pm
Location: The Three Lotus Dragon Acupuncture Wellness Center
328 N. San Mateo Dr.
San Mateo, CA. 94401
In the past few years, health insurers across the country have begun
increasing their coverage to include therapies such as acupuncture.
These increases, made at both the state and national levels, highlight
the growing acceptance of alternative therapies by insurance companies
and the American public, and are expected to have a significant impact
in the way millions of people view and use complementary and alternative
Some of the greatest activity concerning coverage for alternative
forms of care has taken place in Arizona, California, Michigan, Nebraska
and South Carolina.
By David Twicken, DOM, LAc Dr. Chao Chen is a living legend in the Asian acupuncture
community, and is famous for developing an application of ancient
acupuncture principles based on theI Ching, which is renowned
for quick and immediate results. Many well-known people from all walks
of life have experienced the work of Dr. Chen, including former Los
Angeles mayor, the late Thomas Bradley; tao master Bao Lin Wu; and
world-renowned teacher Dr. Richard Teh-Fu Tan. Dr. Tan has stated at his
workshops that he deeply studied Dr.
Latest Acupuncture News
04 July 2012
New research concludes that
acupuncture improves heart rate variability (HRV). HRV is the variation
in time between heart beats and is an index of the body’s ability to
maintain control of the heart beat rate and rhythm through vagus nerve
activity. Reduced HRV is linked to mortality after myocardial
infarction, congestive heart failure and diabetic neuropathy. Based on
the HRV evidence, the researchers state that acupuncture may synchronize
the two branches of the autonomic nervous system (ANS) - the
sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems.
By Editorial Staff
As any chronic sufferer will tell you, migraine headaches can be
debilitating, affecting concentration and the ability to perform daily
tasks. In fact, the odds are high that a patient will come to see you
with a complaint of migraines. The latest epidemiologic data estimates
28 million Americans (approximately one in 10) suffer from migraines.
Furthermore, almost half of those migraine cases are undiagnosed.
as research suggests, Chinese medicine may help stop migraines in their
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) has helped 17,000 HIV carriers and
AIDS patients in China since 2004, experts said on Wednesday.
"TCM performs as an effective supplement to Western therapy in terms
of alleviating patients' symptoms, including fever, cough, asthenia and
diarrhea, thus making life easier for them," said Wang Jian, deputy
director of the TCM Center for AIDS Prevention and Treatment with the
State Administration of Traditional Chinese Medicine.
China started to give AIDS patients free TCM therapy in a pilot
project carried out among 2,300 patients in five provinces in 2004.
Insomnia is a common symptom in which sleep quality
or quantity is inadequate or non restorative even though there is
enough sleep opportunity. Recently insomnia is considered not only just
as a symptom but as a coherent collection of symptoms, a syndrome,
which can exist associated with various causes that lead to concrete
disorders. Insomnia is classified in four types: difficulty falling
asleep (sleep onset insomnia), frequent or sustained awakenings (sleep
maintenance insomnia), early morning awakenings (sleep offset
insomnia); and persistent sleepiness regardless of sleep of adequate
duration (nonrestorative sleep).
Acupuncture Improves Sleep
A recent study shows that acupuncture
as a treatment for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) has immediate effects
in reducing nocturnal respiratory events, sleep disruptions, and
desaturations (low oxygen levels in the blood). The researchers
hypothesize that this improvement is due to acupuncture’s effects on
serotonergic pathways and also acupuncture’s anti-inflammatory effects.
Both manual acupuncture and 10Hz electro-acupuncture techniques were
found effective. Both techniques produced superior clinical outcomes
compared with 2Hz electro-acupuncture.
Considering this ridiculous stretch of temperatures, this week are
recipes that focused entirely on cooling beverages to help you beat the
heat using foods and culinary herbs known to help clear heat,
promote,urination, enrich yin &/or engender fluids, eliminate
vexation, and resolve thirst. Known scientifically asCucumis sativusof the gourd family,
the cucumber plant is an annual herb that grows by trailing along the
ground or by climbing a support. It is believed to be native to Asia,
probably the Middle East.
In Celebration of July the month Independence., Three Lotus Dragon Acupuncture Wellness Center is also celebrating health independent from imbalance with a special 10 % off for the first treatment. Good only for new patients until August 5, 2012. Come and seek independence from pain, insomnia, and depression. Let us help you gain balanced youthful health. Offer is good for both regular acupuncture and facial rejuvenation treatments. Herbs sold separately and are not part of this offer.! Call Now 800-886-4813.
By Nicholas Sieben, LAc
Through the process of metabolism we are continually recreating
ourselves. The food we ingest, after undergoing a transformative
process, becomes part of us. Protein becomes flesh, carbohydrates become
energy, the chlorophyl of plants becomes blood. This is a magical,
alchemical process occurring every day. It is necessary to sustain life.
Like the alchemical process utilized to transform lead into gold, our
bodies use digestive "fire" to transform foreign substance into
something that is precious to us:
By Editorial Staff
Activation of brain areas involved in pain perception are significantly reduced under acupuncture, a study recently found.
The Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) presented the
results of a pain processing study at an annual meeting held Nov. 30 for
radiologists, radiation oncologists, medical physicists and related
The study was led by researcher Nina Theysohn, M.D., from the
Department of Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology and Neuroradiology
at the University Hospital in Essen, Germany.
The statistics are sobering, to say the least. According toleading pain specialistsin the Veterans Administration, nine in 10 Iraq and Afghanistan
veterans return home with some form of pain, and 60 percent have
significant pain. Now, a recent announcement by top Army
officials may help address this situation and provide our modern
military forces with ancient forms of healing to help with pain relief.
On June 25, the Army Surgeon General, Lt. Gen. Eric B. Schoomaker,
announced the release of a report by the Pain Management Task Force,
which has 109 recommendations for changes in the way Army personnel are
treated for pain.
|Coming Soon! On July !, American Specialty Health which handles Kaiser, Aetna, Blue cross, Cigna and many others will be another Health insurance for which Three Lotus Dragon Acupuncture Wellness Center will be an In network Preferred Provider for Acupuncture
Acupuncture has been an integral component of traditional Chinese
medicine for over 5,000 years. In addition to acupuncture, traditional
Chinese medicine also has its own complete system of herbal medicine.
Although Chinese immigrants brought acupuncture to the United States in
the mid-nineteenth century, it did not establish itself as a distinct
form of healthcare in this country until about thirty years ago, and it
has only been in the last seven or eight years that acupuncture finally
gained recognition from the mainstream medical community as a viable
means of treatment for a variety of health conditions.
- By John Chen, PhD, PharmD, OMD, LAc
- Premarin (conjugated estrogen) is one of the most frequently prescribed medications in the United States.
Considering that only half of the population can be prescribed this
medication (females), and that only elderly patients need this
medication, it is an astounding number. I am often asked by
practitioners about patients of theirs who are prescribed estrogen but
wish to take herbal alternatives, or patients who are prescribed herbs
but wonder if the estrogenic effects of the herbs will conflict with
their current therapy.
Give Dad The Gift Of Health. Gift Certificates available for
graduation gifts, birthdays, and father’s day. June is the month when Fathers
are celebrated. But it is also the month when we think about Dad’s health. How
long will he be able to keep up with coaching, working, spending time with the
kids and performing his duties as both a husband and father?
For older men issues of arthritis, hypertension, hyperlipidemia,
and lower libido, whereas for younger men issues of impotence, premature
ejaculation, and sports injuries, just to mention a few health issues. Read
more in the Men’s health section about issues that affect specifically men. It
is at times hard to figure out what gift to give Dad. Show how much you care about him and how much
he means to you and the family. Give the Gift of Health. Health Gift certificates are available at The
Three Lotus Dragon Acupuncture Wellness Center. One treatment may help him find
a new path to health that could not only extend his life expectancy, but give
him an opportunity to find his lost vitality or improved health.
With the growing population of seniors
there is an increase need for supportive therapies and programs. The modern
world has become very active, with the pressures of work and an over booked
schedule of events for family and career. The senior population is finding that
it needs to adapt to the younger generations’ time constraints, while dealing
with their responsibilities for their daily living and survival. Many seniors
want to remain in their home or as independent as they can be without much
support, to continue living an active life.
The primary treatment plan during this phase is to help the eggs mature and promote ovulation. Kidneyyangtonic herbs have the effect to enhance the surge of luteinizing
hormone, which then stimulates ovulation. Herbs should be taken three
days before and three days after ovulation.
ba ji tian
(Radix rorindae officinalis)
(Radix paeoniae alba)
(Radicis angelicae sinensis)
gou qi zi
lu jiao shuang
(Cornu cervi degelatinatium)
shan zhu yu
By John Chen, PhD, PharmD, OMD, LAc
Infertility is defined as failure to become pregnant after several
years of regular sexual activity during ovulation. Infertility afflicts
more than 6 million American couples, of which approximately 40 percent
is attributed to male and 60 percent to female partners.
females, there are many reasons that contribute to infertility,
including but not limited to: ovulatory failure or defect, blocked
fallopian tubes, endometriosis, uterine fibroids, polyps, pelvic
adhesions, pelvic inflammatory diseases, chlamydia, hormonal imbalance,
age (especially those older than 34) and psychological issues.
n many cultures, women are unfairly blamed for the inability of a
sexually active couple to conceive. In reality, men suffer from
infertility issues just as frequently as women. According to statistics
from the National Infertility Association (an organization also known as
RESOLVE), between 35 percent and 40 percent of infertility problems
among couples are actually caused by male conditions. Several factors
may be responsible for male infertility, including low sperm count,
abnormal sperm shape and size, and reduced motility.
Nearly five years ago, Emperor's College of Traditional Oriental
Medicine received a $40,000 grant from The Center for Integrative
Health, Medicine and Research to conduct a pilot study to determine the
effectiveness of acupuncture in the rehabilitation of stroke patients. The results of that study have been published in the official journal of the American Society of Neurorehabilitation,
and suggest that acupuncture provides "statistically significant"
benefits in physical functioning and recovery when used as an adjunct to
conventional stroke rehabilitation measures.
I'm 63 years old and broke my wrist in November 2012... I got my full cast off
in mI'm 63 years old and broke my wrist in November 2012... I got my full cast off
in mid December and low and behold my hand barely functioned. In January I went to Three Lotus Dragon to assist in my rehabilitation. The treatment went well beyond
my hand rehabilitation, I have a lot more energy, a new vitality, my old daily aches and pains have disappeared, I am sleeping more soundly, my sinus passages have
By John Chen, PhD, PharmD, OMD, LAc
Traditional Chinese Medicine Perspective
to traditional Chinese medicine, the fundamental changes that occur
during menopause can be attributed to kidney deficiency. Since the
kidney is the organ responsible for growth, maturation and aging, the
deficiency of kidney yin is directly related to signs, symptoms and
complications of menopause. In addition to kidney yin deficiency, other
common conditions that occur in menopause are kidney yang deficiency;
kidney essence (
By John Chen, PhD, PharmD, OMD, LAc
Menopuase is defined as the permanent cessation of menses. While it
is a normal process of aging, it creates a number of complications that
require medical attention, such as vasomotor complaints (hot flashes),
psychosomatic complaints, genital atrophy and osteoporosis. The issue of
menopause is becoming increasing important because as most baby-boomers
approach menopause at age 50, they are expected to spend more than 1/3
of their life in post-menopause since the life expectancy is now over 85
Lyme Disease has become a scourge of the mid-Atlantic, Northeast and
North-central United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention, 64, 382 cases of Lyme disease were reported during the 2003-2005.
In the worst hit states, rates of infection increased in each of these years,
from 29.2 cases per 100,000 of population in 2003, to 31.6 cases per 100,000 in
2005. There are now 20,000 new cases reported each year. The disease (first
identified in Lyme, Connecticut) is caused by a bacteria that is transmitted
from deer to humans via a tick bite.
Fibromyalgia and Alternative Treatments
From acupuncture to chiropractic, from massage to meditation, alternative
treatments are in great demand. That's especially true for people with
pain-related illnesses such as fibromyalgia. Alternative medicine, including
herbal therapy and homeopathy, it is
used in place of conventional medicine. These systems are based on the belief
that the body has the power to heal itself with multiple techniques including
those that involve the mind, body and spirit.
To ease arthritis pain, you do not necessarily have to rely solely on
pain pills and steroids; there are a few alternative treatments that may
help you find relief, including acupuncture.What Is Acupuncture and How Does It Work?
Sixteenth century Chinese doctors believed that illness was due
to an imbalance of energy in the body. In acupuncture, disposable,
stainless steel needles are used to stimulate the body's 14 major
meridians, or energy-carrying channels, to resist or overcome illnesses
and conditions by correcting these imbalances.
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Call to book your appointment. 800-886-4813
By Sara Calabro, LAc
The tail end of 2010 was big for weight-loss news. Just after Thanksgiving, Weight Watchers announced a revamp of its famous Points system, which now accounts for quality of foods rather than just caloric value. In early December, an FDA advisory committee voted to expand the indication for the Lap-Band device so that people with body mass indices between 30 and 35 can be eligible. And just a few days later, another advisory committee recommended approval of a new prescription diet pill, Contrave.
By Tyehao Lu, LAC, MAOM
According to the World Health Organization there are 1 billion people
globally that are overweight and 300 million that are clinically
obese. According to the National Health and Nutrition Examination
survey from 1999 to 2002, 65 percent of the U.S. population is obese or
overweight and 30 percent are considered clinically obese. There
continues to be an increase number of people that are becoming overweight or
obese. The National Health Statistics reported that the body mass index (BMI)
increased 30 percent in 1999-2000.
By Wei Liu TCMD MPH, LAC, and ChengZhen Gong PhD., MS
Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a chronic, auto-immune disease that destroys the myelin sheath around nerve cells, primarily attacking cells of the brain and spinal cord. Statistics indicate that this debilitating disease is on the rise, but it is possible that the higher numbers reflect an increased ability to diagnose MS, rather than an actual higher disease rate.
Although more cases of MS are being diagnosed, early signs such as double vision, fatigue and muscle weakness are vague, and could be symptoms of a number of diseases.
By Leon Kenin, LAc
Much of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is based on the concept of Yin and Yang. We have all heard these words used and seen the familiar graphic most of us call the "Yin Yang" symbol often enough that we may take for granted that we understand what they mean. However, the concept of Yin and Yang and the symbol, also called the Tai Chi symbol, are more complex and deeper than some may realize. In a future article, I plan to discuss how these ideas can apply in TCM. In this piece my goal is to begin to introduce the idea of Yin and Yang as a general concept.
By Jason Jishun Hao, DOM, MTCM, MBA and Linda Lingzhi Hao, DOM, PhD
Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a progressive disease of the central nervous system in which communication between the brain and other parts of the body is disrupted. There are multiple scars on the myelin sheaths comprised of a fatty layer surrounding and protecting the neurons of the brain and spinal cord. Myelin allows for the smooth, high-speed transmission of electrochemical messages between the brain, the spinal cord and the rest of the body.
Editor's note: Valencia Mohammed has been on the health beat for years at
the Afro in Washington, D.C., particularly monitoring alternative therapies.
More and more African Americans are seeking alternative means of
maintaining healthy lifestyles and combating diseases. One such alternative is
acupuncture and acupressure.
Kokayi Patterson, an acupuncture specialist
began his career over two decades ago after recovering from his short bout with
Of all conditions which the herbalist/traditional Chinese medical doctor may treat, cancer represents a major test of the herbal tools we have at our disposal. A common and largely accurate perception of the damaging effects of malignancy is that "if the cancer doesn’t kill you, the biomedical treatments for it will." This statement, while accurate in some regards, doesn’t take into account the growing effectiveness of chemotherapy against many forms of cancer. Determining the effectiveness of biomedicine must be considered within a long-term perspective, however; survival rates are commonly measured in 5- and 10-year intervals, while a "cure" is considered when a cancer survivor has been cancer-free for seven years after cessation of treatment.
Tuina is an Oriental Bodywork Therapy that has been used in China for 2,000 years. Tuina uses the traditional Chinese medical theory of the flow of Qi through the meridians as its basic therapeutic orientation. Through the application of massage and manipulation techniques Tuina seeks to establish a more harmonious flow of Qi through the system of channels and collaterals, allowing the body the naturally heal itself.
Tuina methods include the use of hand techniques to massage the soft tissue (muscles and tendons) of the body, acupressure techniques to directly affect the flow of Qi , and manipulation techniques to realign the musculoskeletal and ligamentous relationships (bone-setting).
The therapeutic massage branch of traditional Chinese medicine is called "tuina" in modern Chinese, which literally means "pushing (and) grasping." However, this term did not occur in the Chinese literature until the Ming dynasty (1368-1644) where it first appeared in a book on pediatric tuina (a specialized branch \of Chinese massage). Prior to this period, the most popular term for therapeutic massage was "anmo" which literally means "pressing (and) rubbing."
U.S. newspapers continuously report the increase in the number of
individuals among all age groups who suffer from diabetes. One research
group suggests that in the not-too-distant future, half of the Hispanic
population may have diabetes. It seems that diabetes becomes more
prevalent as society becomes more affluent, as there is more food
Diabetes is caused primarily by dysfunction of
the pancreas. How can acupuncture help diabetic patients? Scientific
studies and clinical tests in international research centers in the past
10 years* have shown that acupuncture can help diabetic patients in the
Purpose of the Study
purpose of this study was to investigate changes in health-related
conditions among patients who received acupuncture treatment.
Specifically, this study sought to examine whether perceived quality of
life among patients with a prostate-related illness improved after
receiving acupuncture treatment.
Participants were eight male patients, ages 55 to 64. Patients have a
prostate-related illness. Participants were patients of the College of
Physicians and Surgeons at Columbia University.
Jame'e is quite knowledgeable. When I was ill he educated me on some
herbs to help with my anemia. I appreciated his thorough knowledge of
the different herbs. His extensive knowledge made me feel much more
comfortable taking "twigs and leaves".
I was very skeptical of acupuncture and actually scared of needles but
Jame'e made it a relaxing experience every time. He makes the treatment
about you and your healing. I have never felt as relaxed as I have in
life ever as I do after one of Jame'e acupuncture treatments. I would
recommend him to anyone.
Brilliant! After a successful 12 year relationship with my last
acupuncturist, a job change necessitated finding a new acupuncturist closer
to home. After a few false starts, and in dire need of a treatment
before an overseas trip for a family funeral, I came across The Three Lotus Dragon Acupuncture Wellness Center, and Jame'e. In just one
treatment, Jame'e was able to literally pinpoint (!) my body's needs and
successfully treat them. We are currently continuing where I left off my
previous treatments and Jame'e has been nothing short of wonderful, checking in
with how my body is responding and ensuring I was able to get supplements he
suggested before my trip. The treatments stand for themselves, as Jame'e is
adept at hearing his clients needs as well as seeing what their bodies are
showing. With his additional Reikki skills, part of Jame'e's service which lifts
him above others, is the way he rounds off each treatment with true
reflexology massage, a style I am used to from England, and at which he is
exceedingly effective and nothing short of amazing for making you feel truly
well, and in balance. So happy with this service!
All the Best,