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Acupuncture Provides True Pain Relief in Study – NYTimes.com

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How to Eat in Harmony With Nature 

by Shasta Tierra L.Ac

Spring Kicharee- Chinese Healing Herbs for Hypothyroidism and Weight Loss

article by Shasta Tierra L.Ac

How to Eat in Harmony With Nature

article by Shasta Tierra L.Ac

Increase Vitality & Productivity with Some Simple Food Tips

by Shasta Tierra


Interviews with Shasta Tierra

More Bay Area women trying acupuncture to help them have children

An interview with Shasta From The Mercury News

Follow up to the above Mercury News article: I couldn’t believe how beautiful Tina and Stephens baby boy Cameron is. His smile with huge blue eyes and cute dimples made me feel pure joy and reminded me of how precious life is. Seeing how Tina was joking and cuddling and blabbering with him reminded me of what Meryl Streep refers to in a movie about her children, where she explained to her disgruntled adult daughter that her children were her “one true thing”. My anthem mother song is Lauryn Hills “to Zion” song. I tell Kai he is my Zion. Cameron is Tina’s Zion, and I am so grateful my Mom told me to never miss the most important, most meaningful experience she felt for her life which was having us kid and that I get to be a part of helping others like Stephen and Tina expand their families and experience their Zion!

On pins and needles

An interview with Shasta in the San Jose Mercury News

Acupuncture an attractive alternative to plastic surgery

An interview with Shasta by maria Fernandez of the Los Angeles Times

Campbell acupuncturist brings Chinese Medicine to community

An article on Shasta by Candy Richter of the Campbell Times


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Acupuncture recommended option for Medical Illness & Stress

Bilateral acupuncture needling at HT7 was an effective method for reducing the rating of ‘psychological stress’ in 16 out of a group of 17 volunteers (94%), recruited from staff in a hospice. Further research is needed, including a suitable control group, to determine whether the effect observed in this study was a specific effect of needling at HT7. (Chan, 2002) (Walling, 2006) One high-quality study on acupuncture for arthritic pain concludes that pain tolerability was significantly improved after acupuncture and remained so up to 6 months after treatment The treatment may have a long-term effect on important aspects of cognitive and emotional pain coping. (Kukuk. 2005) (Honda, 2005) There is more limited evidence to support the effectiveness of acupuncture, music, autogenic training and meditation for generalized anxiety. (Jorm. 2005) Recent research: Acupuncture appears to be equal to counseling and may offer an additional nonpharmacotogic treatment option for patients with moderate to severe depression, according to a high quality RCT The study provided evidence that acupuncture and counseling are both associated with a significant reduction in symptoms of depression in the short to medium term, and are not associated with serious adverse events. Depression is the third most common reason for primary care consultation, and up to 60% of patients have an inadequate response to antidepressants, and 30% do not adhere to their medication regimen. Study participants received 12 weekly sessions of acupuncture plus usual care, 12 weekly sessions of counseling plus usual care, or usual care alone. The results revealed that compared with usual care, there was a statistically significant reduction in mean PHQ-9 depression scores at 3 months for acupuncture (-2.46) and counseling (-1.73). (MacPherson, 2013)
See also Emotional freedom techniques (EFT).

ODG Acupuncture Guidelines:
Initial trial of 3-4 visits over 2 weeks
With evidence of objective functional improvement, totaJ of up to B-12 visits over 4-6 weeks

Source: State of California Department of Industrial Relations – Medical Treatment Utilization Schedule (MTUS) – Mental Illness & Stress Guideline – February 2016 Draft – Page 5 [pdf]

Managing Pain Without Opioids: Why You Should Consider Acupuncture

Some people go faint at the sight of needles, while others breathe a sigh of relief knowing that pain relief is on the way. If you’re in the second category, chances are good you or someone you know well is an avid proponent of acupuncture. A traditional Chinese medical practice, acupuncture is a therapeutic treatment in which a trained professional inserts a series of thin needles into strategic points in the body in a way that can be used to stimulate the body’s natural painkillers and ultimately diminish pain. Although the treatment has a long, distinguished history, patients in the United States still rarely hear the treatment recommended by a physician or offered in a mainstream medical setting.

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by Constance Scharff, Ph.D. via Huffington Post

Nobel prize awarded to scientist of Traditional Chinese Medicine

A scientist of Traditional Chinese Medicine was awarded Nobel prize today for finding a cure for malaria. She looked into 1600 years old record of Traditional Chinese Medicine and isolated artemisinin as the active ingredient of Qinghao. Ancient Chinese people had been using Qinghao to fight malaria for thousands of years. Not only do they know about Qinghao, they know that you cannot extract it with high heat, which will destroy artemisinin. Hopefully, this award will raise the world’s awareness of Traditional Chinese Medicine and appreciate decades of modern research that has been done in China to modernize Traditional Chinese Medicine.

P.S. Isolating active ingredients from Chinese herbs may initially increase the efficacy of treatment. However, this practice basically turned the herbs into pharmaceutical drugs. It inevitably leads to drug resistance. In the case of artemisinin, it’s efficacy in China has been declining due to drug­-resistance. However, it still saves more than 100,000 lives a year in Africa. In the 80s, Chinese researchers had begun to see this problem. Researchers of Traditional Chinese Medicine nowadays have moved away from isolating active ingredients. The traditional raw herbs are still considered to be the most effective ways.

by Victor Cheng

Over-prescription of pain medication is causing a surge of heroin problem in the US

The Economist reports a surge of heroin use in the US. Three-quarter of heroin addicts began their opioid use from prescription pain drugs. According to CDC, there is 300% increase in sales of opioid since 1999. It is not hard to see where the problem is coming from.

Currently, we are in a pain epidemic. About one-quarter of Americans suffers from chronic pain. The public and the medical community must face this difficult reality and realize that reliance on prescription pain drugs are not a real solution. Any real solution must incorporate lifestyle change, like diet and exercise, with complementary and alternative medicine. Physical therapy, chiropractics, acupuncture and medical massage must be promoted for the health of the nation.

by Victor Cheng

Acupuncture and Carpal Tunnel

Seasonal Allergies and Acupuncture

Acupuncture and Reproductive Health

Pharmaceuticals in our Drinking Water

Acupuncture Increases Fertility

Natural medicine article by Julie Sevrens Lyons of San Jose Mercury News

The Year in Medicine

Traditional Chinese Diagnosis

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Acupuncture for Sore Necks and Shoulder Pain

Acupuncture works, Expert panel reports

Scientists explore Acupuncture

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