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Prop 64: Legalization of Cannabis the effect on Voter Health and the Environment
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Medi-Cal Acupuncture Restored
Updated Correction of Date for Medi-Cal


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Prop 64: Legalization of Cannabis the effect on Voter Health and the Environment

        The California ballot has prop 64 which is the legal recreational use of marijuana.  Voters will decide whether to make recreational cannabis use legal. There are positives and negatives of this initiative if enacted. If legalized it will compete with current initiatives to stop smoking and protect the public from second hand smoke, which is a negative aspect.  The legalization of cannabis in other states, has decreased the number of arrest for possession, which is a positive aspect (Boeker, 2016).

Dry Needling Victory

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produce local and/or referred pain when stimulated.

Medi-Cal Acupuncture Restored

Yesterday, the California Department of Health Care Services announced that acupuncture services will be restored as Medi-Cal benefits, effective for dates of service on or after July 1, 2016.
The announcement and likely rates wereposted to the DHCS/Medi-Cal site

While reimbursement for acupuncture has been restored, rates remain low across the full spectrum of Medi-Cal benefits, including acupuncture. Arecent report by the Bay Area Council Economic Instituteranked California as the 47th lowest state for fee-for-service reimbursement.

Medi-Cal Acupuncture Restored

Yesterday, the California Department of Health Care Services announced that acupuncture services will be restored as Medi-Cal benefits, effective for dates of service on or after July 1, 2016.
The announcement and likely rates wereposted to the DHCS/Medi-Cal site

While reimbursement for acupuncture has been restored, rates remain low across the full spectrum of Medi-Cal benefits, including acupuncture. Arecent report by the Bay Area Council Economic Instituteranked California as the 47th lowest state for fee-for-service reimbursement.

Updated Correction of Date for Medi-Cal

You recently received a Notice that Care1st Health Plan will administer acupuncture  services through ASH to their Medi-Cal (California’s medical assistance Medicaid program) and Cal Medi-Connect members beginning August 1, 2016.   

Care1st Health Plan is now effective July 1, 2016.

Please click on the Notifications link below to read about how this new plan is administered.
Go to the
Notificationssection on ASHLink now.

Please note: Our online resources are in PDF file format and require Adobe Acrobat Reader software in order to view them.

Medi-Cal Patients covered for Acupuncture by ASH

American Specialty Health Plans of California, Inc. (ASH Plans) is pleased to announce that effective August 1, 2016, Care1st Health Plan will offer acupuncture services through ASH Plans to their Medi-Cal (California’s medical assistance Medicaid program) and Cal Medi-Connect members in Los Angeles County and San Diego County, California. We are excited about the program as it will provide more opportunity to increase your patient base.


Practitioner Contract Services

Relocated to San Mateo

I had relocated to San Mateo from Boston, Massachusetts and was feeling disconnected from my body, having trouble sleeping, and frequent headaches. I was also having issues with my intestinal tract. I was in tough shape and exhausted.

I was looking for alternative health practitioners on an insurance website and I found Jame 'E. I did't know what to expect because I hadn't been to acupuncture before. Jame'E was welcoming and kind when I entered the office for my first appointment.

Fire Cracker Shrimp Recipe

Serves 4
  • 12 large shrimp, in the shell
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt, divided
  • 4 sheets spring roll wrappers
  • 24 carrot strips (3x 1/4inch)
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • Dipping Sauce
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons Sriracha sauce
  • 3 cups vegetable oil for deep-frying
  1. Removing the shells and leaving the tail intact, make a deep cut lengthwise down the back of each shrimp; wash out the sand vein. Place warm water in a bowl and add the salt; stir to dissolve. Place the shrimp in the salt water and swirl.

Ginseng Chicken Soup

 Tonifies Yuan Qi
. Tonifies Spleen Qi and harmonizes the Stomach.
Tonifies Lung Qi and strengthens the Wei (defensive) Qi. 
·         1 whole chicken 
·         20 g (0.71 oz) ginseng (red) or American ginseng 
·         20 pieces jujube (red)
  ·         30 g (1.1 oz) lycium 
·         salt, to taste 

Other Services

A La carte services
Reiki $60
Reflexology $50.00
Cupping $75
Gua Sha $75

Honey Chrysanthemum Tea

Moistens dryness of the lungs, relieves cough. Clears the liver and brightens
 the eyes

  • 30g(1.1 oz) Chrysanthemum
  • 150g (5.3oz) honey
  • 1000 cc (1000 ml) water
  • Makes 2 servings

Please the chrysanthemum and water in a clear pot
Bring to a boil over high heat. Continue to boil for 2 minutes. Pot can either be covered or uncovered
Strain the tea and allow it to cool to desired temperature
Add honey and stir until dissolved. The dosage of honey can vary depending on individual taste

The Effects Of Treating Mind, Body And Spirit With Acupuncture And Oriental Medicine To Increase The Efficacy Of Fibromyalgia

The aim of this study was to analyze the effects of treating mind, body, and spirit with acupuncture and herbal medicine to increase the efficacy of pain management for fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS).
The design of this research was to compare and contrast research articles from PubMed, the clinical experience of the author, and a research survey, which was administered to support or disprove the hypothesis that treating the mind, body and spirit with acupuncture and herbal medicine increased pain management of fibromyalgia.

Obamacare Announcements


Beginning January 1, 2014 the Obamacare Act will include Acupuncture as part of the basic benefits for all health insurance.

Effective January 1, 2014 Three Lotus Dragon Acupuncture as part of the Optum Health Network will proved Acupuncture for Sutter Health Plus Network and in the California Schools VEBA Network

February 15, 2013 Three Lotus Dragon Acupuncture provides acupuncture for Allstate using Health Smart Preferred network

Acupuncture As Good As Counseling for Depression: Study:

I have treated many cases of depression and psychological issues with acupuncture and sometimes with both acupuncture and herbs. I have had a great deal of success. There has been many discussions on this subject and how effective acupuncture is on depression, PTSD, and other psychological issues and trauma. I have treated these issues with a combination of the  points in the upper back, the heavenly points, esoteric acupuncture and five element acupuncture and herbs for stress reduction. Here is a research that was done on the subject:

Fennel Seed Braised Lamb

Tonifies Kidney Yang
Disperses Cold and Tonifies Qi

5g fennel seeds
500g of lamb, shanks
20 g Cumin
 1 Tsp. rice wine
10g  green onion, chopped
2 Tbsp. sesame oil
5-10g of cornstarch
  15g  of baby ginger, minced
salt to taste
chilli (optional) to taste

Cut Lamb into 1 inch cubes
Place lamb, ginger, cumin, rice wine, green onion, cornstarch,  salt in a bowl and mix ingredients well for about five minutes.

Heat 2-3 Tbsp of oil in a wok. Plece the lamb mixture in the wok and stir fry until medium-well (or to desired doneness)

Fibromyalgia Study

I am conducting a research survey for my final research. It is focused on people with Fibromyalgia if you or someone you know have been diagnosed with Fibromyalgia please take the survey.
Thank you for your help.

For the survey please click here

How Many And What Frequency Should You Have A Bowel Movement?

The Subject of Bowel Movements may seem strange and unusual to write about, but for your health and well-being nothing should be held back. Having healthy cleansing of the body is not only good for you physically but it can affect you mentally and emotionally. Who doesn't feel lighter after a nice royal throne relief session? In Chinese medicine all aspects of our bodily functions are questioned and recorded to assess the health of the patient and any imbalances the patient might be experiencing.

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The Perfect Gift for Dads and Grads!

Give Dad And Grads, the perfect gift of health! Chinese medicine can offer Dad increase vitality, relief from pain, reduced blood pressure, youthful virile longevity and stress relief for both Dads and grads. . Visit our website blog articles  for more information on the benefits of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine and the long list of ailments it can treat and help you maintain your youthful wellness. 
 Three Lotus Dragon Acupuncture Wellness Center 
 We Guard Your Three Treasures Of Longevity 

Without Reservation

I came to Jame'e for paralysis of my foot and ankle and numbness in my lower leg.  He gave me a full evaluation and treated me for my foot, along with my digestion, and depression.   He is an excellent listener and a thorough practitioner.  I never felt rushed . I was taken care and in the end my paralysis was gone and feel my mood disorder has improved.  I can't thank Jame'e enough.  Without reservation I would recommend Jame'e.  

Nancy R.

Treating Children With Oriental Medicine

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.

Treating The Spirit Via The Kidney Meridian

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 treatments

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.
Penny B
Half Moon Bay, CA

The Greatest Health Crisis in America

Acupuncture Today
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.

Top 10 Health Benefits of a Good Night's Sleep: Why sleep matters to you

FromMark Stibich, Ph.D., former Guide Updated May 08, 2009

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. 
1.Sleep Keeps Your Heart HealthyHeart attacks and strokes are more common during the early morning hours.

Celebrate AOM Day

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 blood pressure.

October National Acupuncture Celebration

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.
An estimated 36% of U.S. adults use some form of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM), according to a survey by the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, a component of the National Institutes of Health. When megavitamin therapy and prayer specifically for health reasons is included in the definition of CAM, the number of U.

Many Health Plans Offering Coverage for Acupuncture

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 medicine.* Some of the greatest activity concerning coverage for alternative forms of care has taken place in Arizona, California, Michigan, Nebraska and South Carolina.

I Ching Acupuncture

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.

Acupuncture Prevents Heart Attacks?- New Research

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.

Acupuncture Effective for Migraine Relief

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.
Fortunately, as research suggests, Chinese medicine may help stop migraines in their tracks.

Experts: TCM can help fight Aids

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.

Acupuncture Treatment of Sleep Disorders

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 Treats Sleep Apnea - New Research

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.

Cooling Herbal Drinks To Clear Heat For The Summer

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.

Independence Day Celebration Special

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.

Creation of the Self: The Role of the Stomach and Spleen in Psycho-Social Development

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:

Study: Acupuncture Key in Pain Processing

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 scientists.
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.

Army To Include AOM for Pain Treatment

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.

American Specialty Health Preferred Provider Activation

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

Natural Approach to Treating Emphysema and COPD

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.

Estrogen And Herbs (Part 3 of Menopause)

  • 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 The Gift of Health

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.

Senior Population And Traditional Asian Medicine The Answer To A Healthy Future Lies In The Ancients

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.

Treatment to Regulate Menstruation and Promote Fertility, Part 2

Ovulatory Phase
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.
Herbal Treatment
ba ji tian
(Radix rorindae officinalis)
bai shao
(Radix paeoniae alba)
dang gui
(Radicis angelicae sinensis)
gou qi zi
(Fructus lycii)
lu jiao shuang
(Cornu cervi degelatinatium)
shan zhu yu
(Fructus corni)

Treatment to Regulate Menstruation and Promote Fertility, Part 1

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.
For 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.

Study: Acupuncture improves Fertility in Men Too

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.

New Study Suggests Acupuncture Can Improve Recovery, Physical Functioning in Stroke Patients

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.

Improved The Quality Of My Life

I'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
open up and I feel good all the time.

Jame'e is very skilled in many different treatments as well as acupuncture.

Menopause: Western and Traditional Chinese Medicine Perspective Part II

By John Chen, PhD, PharmD, OMD, LAc
Traditional Chinese Medicine Perspective
According 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 (
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