Golden Leaf Acupuncture

Full service Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine Clinic. Specializing in orthopedic pain management, stress & anxiety relief, & complementary cancer care.

Golden Leaf Acupuncture (a.k.a. Golden Leaf Community Acupuncture) is located at Channing and Ellsworth, one block away from the UC Berkeley Tang Center, in downtown Berkeley. We specialize in orthopedic issues, computer-related injury, pain management, stress management, colds and flus, allergies and respiratory disorders, women's health, and performance enhancement for athletes.

[06/09/20]   We will be re-opening soon! We moved to a smaller office in the same building, right next door, and we are prepping the clinic for new COVID19 health and safety procedures. We look forward to seeing you soon!!! Stay tuned for our reopening date. Yay!!!!

[03/16/20]   COVID-19 NOTICE

Dear Patients,

Given the current health situation with COVID-19, Dr. Anahita is available to patients via phone consultations.
Please call us (510) 549-3000 or email us directly and we will schedule that for you.

For more information about COVID-19 please consult the CDC

We will get through this together.

Wishing you all health and safety.

Golden Leaf Staff

Therapy/Medical Rooms in Downtown Berkeley Clinic - office &...

We have office space for rent in our lovely clinic. Please share. Ideal space for various types of healthcare practitioners in a medically zoned clinic walking...

Thank you Dr. Iman Majd for this great article.

We are excited to feature NCCAOM Incoming Board of Commissioners Chair, Dr. Iman Majd’s article “The Role of Acupuncture in the Treatment of Pain and the Opioid Crisis” on the American Board of Physician Specialties website.

Association of Acupuncture and Acupressure With Improved Cancer Pain

Research shows Acupuncture improving cancer pain. We see it everyday in our work. This systemic review of the literature just got published. Fantastic! This systematic review and meta-analysis provides an updated synthesis of the published randomized clinical trials into the use and advantages of acupuncture and/or acupressure among patients with cancer pain.

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The 4 best acupuncture spots in Berkeley

Proud that we were acknowledged as one of the four best acupuncture spots in Berkeley. Yay ! Hoodline crunched the numbers to find the top acupuncture spots around Berkeley. Here's a rundown of top businesses in the city, with ratings, photos and more.

Electronic-cigarette smoke induces lung adenocarcinoma and bladder urothelial hyperplasia in mice

Research showing vaping nicotine IS carcinogenic. Electronic-cigarette smoke (ECS) is designed to deliver nicotine, and its use is gaining popularity. Previously, we found that ECS induces DNA damage and inhibits DNA repair in the mouse lungs and bladder urothelium. Nicotine induces the same types of DNA adducts and has a similar effect on DNA repa...

California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS)

A step in the right direction!

Big news for acupuncture!
#opioidcrisis #tcmfuture #integrativehealth

Berkeley Lab

Good information with greater detail.

How worried should you be about the air pollution from a #wildfire? Check out this Q&A with one of our indoor air experts. #airquality

Unhealthy air quality caused by Camp Fire persists in Berkeley

Air quality is not great, even if it looks better than it did Friday. Please take proper precautions. Bay Area air quality likely to remain poor for days.

A Bit More Vitamin D Might Help Prevent Colds And Flu

Vitamin D, the sunshine vitamin, is well known for protecting bones, and now, a recent studies in 2017 shows that it can help reduce the risk for respiratory illnesses. During this time of year, everyone needs protection against infections like colds and flu.

Vitamin D is responsible for “turning on” your immune systems - that’s right! You have more than one. First, it activates the innate immune system, which in turn activates the adaptive immune system. Vitamin D further helps the innate immune system to recruits immune cells to the site of infection, identifies bacteria, clears out used white blood cells, specializes white blood cells to remove foreign bodies form tissues, and it activates the adaptive immune system.

Vitamin D is mostly synthesized from sun exposure, and so it’s not really an essential dietary factor. In fact, it’s more of a hormone than a vitamin. Nevertheless, if you are deficient, you can ingest Vitamin D tablets, and your body will convert it.

If you are getting the adult recommended 600 “international units” per day, then you are doing pretty well. Anymore isn’t necessary and likely won’t benefit. Supplementing Vitamin D may decrease the risk to tuberculosis and other respiratory tract conditions like asthma.

Some groups of people are at higher risks of Vitamin D deficiency, such as people with digestive disorders like celiac disease.

However, all of us are at risk, especially if you cover up your skin or stay inside too much. So enjoy the sun whenever you can. Take a break, take a walk, and soak up the sunshine. An analysis finds that if you're deficient in vitamin D, taking a supplement might cut your risk of respiratory infections. But there's disagreement on what's considered deficient.

Basic Chicken Stock Recipe

With flu season now in full swing, make sure you’re prepared with these essential nutrients!

Vitamin C: Most people know to drink a glass of orange juice during cold and flu season. Why? Vitamin C! This water-soluble vitamin (it gets eliminated through your urine) is a powerful antioxidant that may help prevent the onset of illness, or shorten its duration. Food sources of vitamin C include citrus (lemons, oranges, limes, grapefruit), peppers (especially red bell peppers), broccoli, cabbage, dark leafy greens, cauliflower, potatoes, and tomatoes. Eat five servings per day to boost immune function. In supplement form, ascorbic acid has been shown to be the most readily-absorbed type of vitamin C; adults can take up to 2,000mg every 4-6 hours. Our favorite is Thorne’s Buffered Vitamin C Powder – it is easy to take in juice or water, with little to no side effects. While high doses are generally safe, too much vitamin C may cause gastrointestinal distress (diarrhea, nausea, stomach cramps), fever blisters, or kidney stones if taken long-term. Consult with your physician before using vitamin C if taking statins, anti-coagulant drugs, or chemotherapy.

Zinc: An essential mineral, daily intake of zinc is necessary for health. Even moderate zinc deficiency can cause a weakened immune system. A recent Cochrane review concluded that zinc will shorten the duration and severity of cold symptoms if taken within 24 hours of onset of symptoms. This important nutrient is found in many foods including oysters (containing the most zinc of any food source), red meat, poultry, crab, beans, yogurt, cashews, and chickpeas. Several over-the-counter cold/flu supplements and lozenges contain zinc. Vegetarians may require additional zinc supplementation as plant phytates bind to zinc and inhibit absorption. Tolerable limits of zinc are 40mg, taken 3-4 times a day. Excess intake of zinc may cause nausea, diarrhea, headaches, and other gastrointestinal symptoms. Consult with your physician before using zinc if taking antibiotics, diuretics, or penicillamine.

Chicken Broth: The jury is still out as to why exactly chicken soup is effective during cold and flu season – but it is thought that the nourishing broth may be anti-inflammatory and may thin mucus secretions. The ingredients typically used to make chicken soup are also known to benefit the immune system – onions may have antiviral properties, garlic is anti-viral and anti-bacterial, carrots have lots of vitamin C and antioxidants, celery is chock-full of antioxidants and is anti-inflammatory. For an easy, delicious chicken broth recipe, visit: White chicken stock, in which neither the chicken nor the aromatics are roasted first, may be the most versatile of all stocks. It's also incredibly easy to make, leading to a deeply flavorful stock, using a method and ingredients that are as easy and accessible as possible.

Essential Nutrients for Cold/Flu Season With flu season now in full swing, make sure you’re prepared with these essential nutrients! Vitamin C: Most people know to drink a glass of orange juice during cold and flu season. Why? Vitamin C! This water-soluble vitamin (it gets eliminated through your urine) is a powerful antioxidant that ma...

This Ancient Ginger And Garlic Soup Recipe Beats The Flu, Common Cold, Excess Mucus and Sinus Infections – The Healthy Lifestyle

Here is a recipe for a cold buster soup. Food is medicine. As the colder months came, we should adjust our diets in order to protect from the bacteria that can occur during the winter time, which is why we need to take care of what we consume and how we consume it. Which is why we give you this wonderful recipe for a soup that we like to call “medicine in...

[01/09/18]   Cold and Flu season is upon us. My favorite home remedy to soothe my runny nose and warm up my chest is Lemon/ Ginger/ Honey Decoction. Slice up a few pieces of ginger and bring to boil with juice of 1/2 lemon (organic & washed). Include the lemon peel in the decoction and simmer for 20 minutes. The strength can be changed depending on your taste, add more ginger to make it warmer and more lemon peel if you like it sour. Add a teaspoon of raw honey to a cup and drink it like tea. The lemon peel is very powerful against phlegm. I wouldn't use ginger if there is a high fever, since it can be too warming. Add 1/2 an organic orange with its peel if lemon is too much or use both. I also may add some slices of turmeric root to it sometimes. Stay warm.

Acupuncture's Role in Solving the Opioid Epidemic: Evidence, Cost-Effectiveness, and Care Availability for Acupuncture as a Primary, Non-Pharmacolo... - PubMed - NCBI

Fresh of the press! J Integr Med. 2017 Nov;15(6):411-425. doi: 10.1016/S2095-4964(17)60378-9.

Taking a few days to learn about the GI and Functional Medicine. Excited to be here!!!!

Golden Leaf Acupuncture

Complementary Chinese Herbal Medicine Therapy Improves Survival of Patients With Pancreatic Cancer in Taiwan: A Nationwide Population-Based Cohort StudyIntegrative Cancer Therapies - Yi-Ting Kuo, Hou-Hsun Liao, Jen-Huai Chiang, Mei-Yao Wu,...

Interesting study shows patients who used Chinese herbal medicines during and after conventional treatment for pancreatic cancer had a higher survival rate than those who only received conventional treatments. Background: Pancreatic cancer is a difficult-to-treat cancer with a late presentation and poor prognosis. Some patients seek traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) ...

EWG's Tap Water Database: What's in Your Drinking Water?

How clean is your tap water? Check by zip code. Look up your local water system to find out which pollutants might be of concern, and find suggestions on the best kinds of home filters to remove those chemicals.

Needles and Coffee May Not Mix; Even a Low Dose of Caffeine Blocks Acupuncture’s Pain Relief in Mice

No coffee before needles. Researchers find that even the small amounts of caffeine that remain in the body hours after drinking a cup of coffee could potentially reduce acupuncture’s effect on pain. The study was supported by the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH).

Visiting physician sheds new light on Lyme disease - The Martha's Vineyard Times

Ticks are all over the place this year. Please be up to date on the latest findings. Check yourself if you are out in nature. We have these ticks on the West Coast now too. This past Friday, Dr. Nevena Zubcevik, attending physician at Harvard Medical School and co-director of Dean Center for Tick Borne Illness at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Charlestown (SRH) traveled to one of the nation’s front lines in the public health battle against Lyme disease to speak t...

[06/18/17]   Happy Fathers Day to all the wonderful Dads out there.

[04/12/17]   I want to take a moment to say thank you to all of you who have supported our wonderful women owned small business! Golden Leaf has seen countless patients over the last 8 years, and you all have taught me so much as a practitioner of this amazing medicine that we practice. Very soon I will be leaving Golden Leaf to pursue new and exciting ventures, and Dr. Anahita will be taking over fully, so please come and see us, even if it is just for a cup of tea. This has been a wonderful 8 years with you all! Thank you from the bottom of my heart!❤❤❤
Dr. Jamie

[09/10/16]   Have an amazing weekend!

[09/09/16]   Cold and Flu Season should NEVER be "a season". Get your immune system stronger with plenty of sleep, bone broth and a healthy diet, and our favorite immune enhancing herbs!

[09/07/16]   Hope you all had a wonderful Labor Day! Come in and get your immune system ready for Fall!!!

[06/14/16]   Hi friends! We have some openings this week! Come in for some TLC and tea

[03/02/16]   The Microbiome Medicine Summit is currently underway and the daily presentations are free for that day. 33 experts share their thoughts on the Microbiome and health.

[02/03/16]   Do you know who we want to see today?! YOU and YOU and YOU!!!! We have JUST what your body needs: relaxing, de-stressing acupuncture with Dr. Anahita and Dr. Jamie

[11/04/15]   Happy Acupuncture Hump Day!!!
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2372 Ellsworth St, Ste E
Berkeley, CA

General information

We are currently accepting certain insurance policies, workman's' comp, and some PI cases. Kaiser Permanente may cover certain patients undergoing chemotherapy. Please call for details.

Opening Hours

Monday 09:30 - 17:30
Tuesday 10:00 - 18:00
Wednesday 09:30 - 17:30
Thursday 10:00 - 18:00
Friday 09:30 - 17:00
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