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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

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
  • 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.