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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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.
Fibromyalgia is a commonly encountered disorder characterized by
widespread musculoskeletal pain, stiffness, paresthesia, nonrestorative
sleep, and easy fatigability, along with multiple tender points that are
widely and symmetrically distributed. Fibromyalgia affects
predominantly women in a ratio of 8:1 or 9:1 compared to men. This
disorder is found in most countries, in most ethnic groups, and in all
types of climates. The prevalence of fibromyalgia in the general
population of a community in the United States using the 1990 American
College of Rheumatology (ACR) classification criteria was reported to be
2012 Lunar New Year - Year Of The Dragon
The Downtown San Mateo Association and Self-Help for the Elderly present the 3rd Annual Lion Dance Festival
The U.S. Bank Parking Lot- corner of 3rd Avenue and San Mateo Drive, Downtown San Mateo,
Join the downtown merchants in ringing in the Chinese New Year with hourly performances from a variety of entertainers at the U.S. Bank parking lot at the corner of 3rd Avenue and San Mateo Drive in downtown San Mateo, See the Famous Yau Kung Moon Lion Dance performers as they move through downtown wishing good fortune, peace and prosperity in the Year of the Dragon!
For people living with Parkinson's disease, the future is full of obstacles and uncertainty.
This is the sole reason the second most prevalent neuro-degenerative disease that affects about 1 million people in the U.S., and 5 million worldwide has researchers constantly on the hunt for not only a cure, but also a way to improve the quality of life for patients.
By the year 2013, a current research study involving acupuncture is hoping to find answers for Parkinson's disease patients living with one of the most debilitating side effects – fatigue.
In preparation for the coming of the Chinese New Year, “The Year of the Dragon”
There is a Senior citizen night every Tuesday until Chinese New Years Day.
Senior 55+ cost $30 from 3pm-6pm
Call for more information if interested: 1-800-886-4813
The Three Lotus Dragon Acupuncture Wellness Center
328 N. San Mateo Drive Suite C
San Mateo, CA. 94401
The Three Lotus Dragon Acupuncture Wellness Center has moved to the Doctor’s Row area of the city at 328 N. San Mateo Drive Suite C. in San Mateo, CA. 94401 in a shared office. California Licensed Acupuncturist Jame’e Brazie’r has a Masters in Acupuncture and Traditional Oriental Medicine and is a doctoral candidate at Five Branches University. He is also a member of CSOMA. He specializes in Neurology and Pain Management. He is an experienced practitioner who has done advance studies in China. He uses a combination of modalities in his treatments: Acupuncture, Herbal medicine, Massage, Reiki, and a new service Auricular medicine (no acupuncture needles are used) depending on the condition.
I have often heard acupuncturists express that they would rather stick with the "real" healing arts of traditional acupuncture or other energetic medicine.
I, too, had some of this same bias, until I started hearing many patients' remarkable accounts of spontaneous healing during or directly after receiving microcurrent and color light facial rejuvenation sessions. These healing "side-effects" have been for a myriad of physical and emotional imbalances.
Before mentioning these additional benefits, here are the regular intended effects of facial rejuvenation:
- thatA comprehensive practice based on scientific medical systems
- Unique art of excellence in the accuracy and precision of diagnosing all diseases.
- Natural drug-free diagnosis and treatment procedure and reasonably priced without side effects.
- Has both diagnosis and treatment methods called Auricular Diagnosisand Auricular Treatment respectfully
- There are no needles used in the treatment
- Treats the whole body disorders and issues
Auricular Medicine is 5,000 years old it is discussed in the Huang Ti Nei Jing Su Wen:
Hmmm. As I typed the word "andropause," my computer's spell-check program immediately underlined the word in red. Only in the last decade or so have health professionals given more serious attention to andropause, rather than the flip and sexist term "male menopause."
Recently I taught a unique shiatsu CEU workshop combining men's and women's health, with a Five Element close-up on menopause/andropause.
It was so balancing to highlight some of the similarities (hormonal changes, urinary problems, osteoporosis, insomnia, depression, and changes in libido.
by Subhuti Dharmananda, Ph.D., Director, Institute for Traditional Medicine, Portland, Oregon
Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP) is a somewhat archaic term for a condition of low platelets (thrombocytes). Idiopathic means that the cause is unknown; with advances in modern technology, a substantial amount has been learned about the causes. While one may not be able to definitively point to all the causative factors and agents involved in any one patient, as is the case with many diseases, now it is often possible to describe much of the etiology and pathology of ITP quite accurately.
AbstractThe lack of objective parameters makes the
measurement of pain and the efficacy of pain treatment in
patients with chronic pain very difficult. We performed acupuncture
therapy in fibromyalgia patients and established
a combination of methods to objectify pain measurement
before and after therapy. The parameters corresponded to
patients’ self-report. Twenty-nine fibromyalgia patients as
defined by ACR-criteria (25 women, 4 men) with a mean
age of 48.2±2.0 years and a mean disease duration of
Come Treat Yourself to a Relaxing 20 minute Session and Trick your Stress Away.
At the 2-20-20 Event On Monday October 24, 2011. The Event is to celebrate National Acupuncture and OrientalMedicine Day. 2-20-20 two needles for 20 minutes for $20 dollars.
Date: October 24, 2011 Monday
Time: 9am -6pm
Location: 700 S. Claremont Street
San Mateo, CA. 94403
On Point for Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine Day
Have you ever had an acupuncture treatment? If not, October 24 is the perfect day to experience this wonderful form of healthcare. October 24 is the national day of observance ofAcupuncture and Oriental Medicine (AOM) Day. The National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) is a sponsor of AOM day. NCCAOM hopes its support will raise awareness of the benefits of acupuncture and Oriental medicine encompassed in this 3,000 year old medicine.
Small Trial Finds Short-Term Benefits for Pain, Fatigue and Anxiety
The National Institutes of Health estimates that between 3 percent and 6 percent of all Americans sufferfrom fibromyalgia. A chronic disorder characterized by widespread musculoskeletal pain, fatigue, andtenderness in localized areas of the body called "tender points," fibromyalgia primarily occurs in women,although it can strike people of both sexes and all ages. The pain associated with fibromyalgia oftenfluctuates in duration and intensity.
Central Nervous Pathway for Acupuncture Stimulation:
Localization of Processing with Functional MR Imaging of the Brain—Preliminary
Hsieh, MD, PhD,
Iris Chen, PhD,
Tsai, MD, PhD,
R. Rosen, MD, PhD and
K. Kwong, PhD
To characterize the
central nervous system (CNS) pathway for acupuncture stimulation in the human
brain by using functional magnetic resonance (MR) imaging.
Do you have wrinkles, discolorations in your skin, puffy eyes, sagging skin or acne problems?
Are you looking for an alternative to botox treatments or plastic surgery or expensive creams?
Than you should consider Acupuncture, and Facial rejuvenation.
I have treated many patients with Facial rejuvenation treatments and had a great success in reducing fine lines and wrinkles, and treating acne. It is not just to make you look younger which it does very well but also to help with other skin problems.
By Tina Beychok, Associate Editor
Practitioners and other devotees of Oriental medicine are well-aware of acupuncture's many health benefits - the profession has literally thousands of years of clinical success stories.
The challenge in today's evidence-based health care culture is the lack of solid, well-designed research to scientifically support these success stories, particularly for certain conditions.
A randomized, double-blind study, published online for the June 4, 2007 issue of