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  • Asthma

    What if the factors that give rise to bronchiole constriction and phlegm could be addressed at its source?

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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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  • Scar Pain

    What if everyone misunderstood scar pain as being the result of adhesions, when it is actually a disturbance to the skin's electroconductivity? Normally, electrical impulses, like those measured in a polygraph, travel freely on the skin.

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  • Acupunture
  • Cupping
  • Diet/Recipes
  • Moxa
  • HerbalMedicine
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Welcome to California Community Center for Acupuncture

I was in my first semester of law school when an unbelievable feeling of fire started flaring in my hands a month after receiving an MMR vaccine. Finding no relief from a prescription and being told that they'd have to "run tests," little did I know I was walking from the university clinic and onto a six-year journey that would ultimately lead to becoming a doctor of Chinese medicine.

I had always had as many mixed feelings about alternative medicine as I had about the medical establishment. My mother has spent a lifetime negotiating both for chronic asthma. By my freshman year of high school in Fairfield, Iowa, a humble Transcendental Meditator, an acupuncturist from Guandong, China was making a real difference for her and he also became my primary doctor.

Such an upbringing, in addition to being named for a Chinese philosopher, primed me to be open to the universe of healing possibilities while judging them completely on their merits. My own healing process involved spending a few thousand dollars on homeopathy, hyperbaric, supplements and herbs before coming full circle back to Chinese medicine, particularly Chinese herbalism.





  • Sinus Pain?
  • Sailing?
  • String Musicians?
  • Constipation?

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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Being out sailing recently has gotten me thinking about how much there is to learn about Chinese medicine from the outsider's perspective. This having been the first time being responsible for some of the ship's activities, trying to take everything in can be overwhelming. No doubt the first time one visits a doctor of Chinese medicine one may feel similarly overwhelmed.

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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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Yang-chu Higgins LAc

Health crises are often a kind of cosmic smack upside the head signaling to follow one's true purpose. My proverbial light flashed within the first week at Yosan University of Traditional Chinese Medicine.  I remembered my fascination for the "acupuncture man" the first time in Dr. Wu's home office as a lad. Suddenly, the years of studying Chinese, history, and philosophy of science all fell into place... and best of all, I averted becoming a lawyer.    Booking