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  • Acne


    Why antibiotics aren't working for your acne?

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  • Asthma


    What if your breathing challenges could become a distant memory??

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  • Bronchitis


    This can happen when strong antibiotics or steroids are administered when the body is too weak to make use of them.

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  • Herpes/Shingles


    Viral conditions that erupt in one's advanced years, in instances of hypothyroid, or respiratory weakness are unresponsive to orthodox approaches either in Eastern or Western medicine because the underlying deficiency has yet to be addressed.

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  • Dermatitis


    Most immune related conditions of the skin involve some factor of over-activity and another of under-activity, usually the digestive system. Both aspects of body function must be treated for balance to be restored. Digestive strength is a basic marker for evaluating the body's over all function.

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Welcome to California Community Center for Acupuncture

The California Community Center for Acupuncture provides one-on-one services for difficult clinical cases that have been unresponsive to other treatments. Patients looking to avoid surgery or suffering post-surgical complications, and those looking to transition from or have hit the wall with pharmaceuticals are especially welcome.

CCCA is not only about acupuncture. We're about using whatever Chinese-medicine approach necessary to efficiently respond to your needs. This includes bodywork, moxa, and cupping. Additionally, we put a great deal of emphasis on patient education through exercises and dietary recommendations, so you not only understand what is being done, but also so that you can apply the same principles toward your own healing and illness prevention. The video on the upper right provides an entry point for understanding our approach. Further information can be uncovered through the search bar in the upper right.

Seeking the help of a doctor means that your situation is serious. By placing our rates at 150/hr, we take your getting well just as seriously.  Instead of trying to draw out sessions, we prefer to set a flat rate based on the difficulty of the problem and the time needed to make it better. This conversation is best had in person after an examination and interview.  





  • Sinus Pain
  • Carpal Tunnel
  • Constipation
  • Arthritis

Sinus pain and migraines often go together, making it difficult and perhaps unnecessary to differentiate if one seeks to strike the source of what boils down to a severe headache. Generally speaking, migraines are viewed as neurological and sinus problems are bacteriological in nature. Both are related in that they express as inflammatory phenomena.

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Carpal tunnel syndrome is a work-related risk for string musicians. The technical explanation of median nerve inflammation as a result of repetitive stress is of little consolation to the virtuosic guitarist who must use his fingers to eat or the orchestral violinist who needs to feel the strings beneath the fingers to execute the meanings she seeks to convey. Often when anti-inflammatories prove ineffective, the muse is silenced to the detriment of us all. There is hope, however.

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This lent my partner and I have been enjoying a protein drink in the morning and a green drink in the evening. After 10 days we were both experiencing an uncharacteristic sluggish movement of our bowels, mine being sticky and incomplete and hers requiring considerable effort to pass.

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earseedsJust this week a patient whom I had given some things for acne came in for a refill.  She asked me, curiously, if I did acupuncture.  I replied in the affirmative that I was a licensed acupuncturist.  She is young and in relatively good health, so I quickly changed the topic to earseeds.  There are plenty of advantages to earseeds, not the least of which is cost.  Let me relate five such features here.

Yang-chu Higgins LAc

Yang-chu Higgins, LAc EFT-Adv graduated '07 from Yo San University, a Chinese medicine school a skip from the beaches of Venice in Los Angeles.  In the early 90s, he studied at the Center for Chinese Studies at Michigan Ann Arbor, with some stints at Beijing University and the Chinese Academy of Sciences along the way.

Yang-chu draws better than 95% percent of his herbal prescription writing from Chinese sources.  Better than 90% of all respiratory, digestive, and dermatological cases require herbs.  He uses Chinese tui-na massage and acupressure for quick relief of pain.  

"It's really about results and better results are attained through a deeper understanding of the principles of Chinese medicine in the patient setting.  This requires tireless study."

He trades in pu'er tea though his website as an alternative to Wall St thaumaturgy and fancies ping pong a good deal since the snowy winters growing up in Iowa.