What to expect during an appointment:

Ancient Chinese medicine is a system that ultimately is preventive, but it is also excellent to treat conditions that have already arisen. It uses a system of diagnosis and treatment that is very rich and detailed, understanding the nature of disease as well as its causes. Many of the causes of disease are described as environmental factors, such as wind, dampness, cold and heat that affect or arise in the body, but causes also include lifestyle issues, such as diet, overwork, and even emotions are recognized and acknowledged. You will hear about this in relation to your condition during our treatment session.

During the intake interview I ask many questions, and look at your tongue (it shows much about what is happening inside the body) and feel the pulses on both of your forearms just above your wrists (the pulses show the condition of your internal organs, the fluids, and certain dynamics occurring in your body).  The points I choose to use with acupuncture depend on the information gleaned from the intake interview.  The herbs I prescribe, and the daily activities (including food) I discuss with them, are also based on that diagnostic information.

Many conditions can be

treated successfully with

traditional Chinese medicine:

Stress and symptoms resulting from it, including anxiety, depression, insomnia, hypersomnia, diarrhea, constipation, general exhaustion, burn out, addictions.

Respiratory issues such as “common colds” and flu, cough, bronchitis, asthma; seasonal allergies; more long-term issues such as COPD, emphysema.

Neuromuscular, musculoskeletal, and neurological conditions such as Carpal Tunnel Syndrome; tendinitis; back pain; sciatica; arthritis; numbness, neuralgia, sprains, strains, and sports injuries, including old injuries.

Internal disorders such as headaches, dizziness, diabetes, hypoglycemia, hypertension, stroke, cardiovascular diseases, chronic fatigue and other immune-compromised conditions; sequelae to stroke.

Women’s issues such as menstrual problems: cramping and pain, irregular periods, PMS (emotional symptoms, swelling and tenderness); pregnancy issues ranging from difficulties conceiving to morning sickness, prenatal and postnatal care; infertility, vaginitis, PID (pelvic inflammatory disease), fibroids, fibrocystic breasts, and symptoms related to perimenopause and menopause.

Men’s issues such as prostatitis, decreased libido, impotence, hernia, hydrocele.

Adolescent shifts.  Acupuncture helps the hormonal shifts and their emotional and physical manifestations, and helps calm the spirit, making the shifts more gentle. 

Aging.  The skin, the hormones, the energy changes, sleep disorders, emotional shifts, metabolism slowing, weight gain.

Why “age” when you can “youth”?

Why not beautify yourself naturally?

It works!

Emotional extremes.  Moving emotional states closer to balance with acupuncture can help dispel, control, and change depression, anger, confusion, grief, terror, addictions. It can help loosen up stagnant or embedded emotional states, and works well in conjunction with psychotherapy for facilitating change. 

Preparation for surgery, as well as post-surgery recovery.  The body heals faster with acupuncture, whether you’ve had (or are preparing for) dental surgery, gall bladder surgery, an appendectomy, bariatric surgery, cosmetic surgery, and so on.

As you might imagine, though, I would shamelessly encourage you to experience my acupuncture facelift instead of a scalpel or injection, if you’re venturing into the world of cosmetic alterations of your face or body.  I also would most likely encourage you to try acupuncture to get well and support your internal organs to improve their function, before going in for any surgery.  At the least, you’ll have a better surgical outcome with more rapid recovery; at best, you may not require surgery after all! 

If you don’t see your condition in this list, it doesn’t mean it isn’t treatable with acupuncture and Chinese herbs.

Please contact my office (info below) to inquire. I’ve had wonderfully gratifying success with numerous patients who had exhausted other possibilities and were told by their physicians there was nothing else that could be done for them, that they’d never heal.

the patient’s part:

As I tell my patients regularly,

you can spend a couple of hours a week with me,

but the rest of the time you’re on your own.

What I want them to understand is that their current  condition does not have to be permanent;

nothing is written in stone, not even a disease condition.

And that if they change the factors that contribute to that condition, they can improve their health.

This is what I emphasize in my practice:

prevention and awareness.

contact information:


phone: (510)251-ACUP (2287)

such a tremendous range of conditions 
can be treated and resolved efficiently,  simply, easily, & oftentimes very quickly 
with acupuncture and/or Chinese herbs, 
I believe that this is an excellent use of your precious health care dollars, 
and energy.  
This system of medicine is preventive, but also addresses 
already existing conditions. 
It works on your body and your spirit, and helps you really feel better emotionally and physically. 
It helps through all stages of health, wellness, and illness, 
including palliative care and hospice. 
For many of my patients, 
some aspect of this 
has helped to change their lives, 
including at the end of life in hospice or convalescent sites.welcome_to_the_acupuncture_practice_of_Julie_Laura_Rose.html

Xi Yang Shen

American Ginseng