My Healing Haven

Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine

Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine can help us stay healthy and balanced throughout the changes of season and throughout the seasons our lives. You will note that much of the information on this site is organized by seasons as each season has its' own special health challenges. I invite you to read about the current season and think about what may come up for you personally. I believe there is something in this ancient healing art for you!

Acupuncture: Ancient Chinese Healing Art Finds New Role In Modern Medicine Johnson City physician combines western medicine with traditional Chinese healing art.


Happy New Year! One of my goals for 2013 is to help my patients and friends revitalize their health. To that end, I will be leading two 5-week Detox 360 groups beginning in mid February. Each time I have taught this class I have had the joy of watching students transform their health and I'm excited about continuing to do this powerful work. I encourage you to give yourself this gift as a foundation for a great and healthier new year.

Detox 360 is a powerful process which will help you detox your body, your diet and your life!

Past participants have reported:
* increased energy
* balanced blood sugar and cholesterol
* weight loss
* increased mental clarity
* general feelings of well-being
* elimination of body pain

The program includes:
* specific food choices to empower your well being
* a unique patient specific workbook
(including nutritional and lifestyle education)
* a powerful weekly support group
* ear acupuncture
* targeted nutritional supplements
to facilitate the detoxification process

I invite you call and talk with me to see if this is a good fit for you. I would also appreciate you forwarding this information on to your friends and family... let's start a movement for increased wellness in our community!

I look forward to helping you achieve greater health and well-being in 2013 and I hope to hear from you soon.

Barbra MacNair
Licensed Acupuncturist

Acupuncture's pain-relieving effects


This week I would like to share with you a good article from the San Francisco about acupuncture and pain relief. You can always call me if reading this brings up other questions for you about acupuncture. 510-649-8054.

Here is the link:

Barbra MacNair
Licensed Acupuncturist The effect of each needle can bring widespread and lasting relief by directing inflammation to our neural pain sensors and to areas that stimulate muscle spasms, also called orthopedic trigger points. Traditional Chinese practice centers on the stimulation of ahsi points, which are key points withi...


This week I would like to share with you a really good article from Jonny Bowden's website. The article is entitled "Reevaluating the 'F-Word'" and has a very powerful message about how overweight people are judged in our society and what the real causes of excess weight are. Having grown up as a fat kid experiencing some of the prejudices, I found this particularly empowering. Let me know what you think!

Barbra MacNair
Licensed Acupuncturist


Tiny Seed Packs a Punch

Sesame seeds pack an amazing amount of taste and nutrition in a very small package. They are high in protein and contain other important nutrients such as phosphorus and iron Sesamin, a lignan found only in sesame seeds, has antibacterial properties.

Sesame seeds have been used as a herbal remedy for centuries in many traditional Chinese and Japanese and Ayurvedic medicine, as well as others.

They are high in calcium and contribute calming properties that are helpful in treating PMS, anxiety and depression. The alpha-linolenic acid found in sesame seeds protects the heart by preventing blood platelets from sticking together and has anti-inflammatory properties as well. Sesame seeds are also rich in tryptophan, a calmative amino acid beneficial for insomnia, migraines and menopausal problems.

Try sesame seeds raw, roasted, ground in sauces or as a tasty oil. Enjoy mole or hummus? You may not know it, but ground sesame is a big part of what makes them both delicious.

Have a great week!


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This week I would like to share a video with you that I show during my detox classes. It is entitled "Can We Eat to Starve Cancer?"

Here is the link:
It is definitely worth your time to listen to this. I would love to hear your feedback.

Wishing you a week of wellness!

Barbra MacNair, L.Ac.


I would like to pass on the following wisdom from "Recipes for the Soul" which spoke to me today as I read it.

Try a New Approach

"Courage is the power to let go of the familiar."
--Raymond Lindquist

How easy it is for our lives to fall into a pattern -- day after day, we eat the same foods, wear the same clothes and follow the same routines. The problem is that complacency is exactly what keeps us from growing. It's never too late to reopen your window to the world. A small peek in a new direction will offer you a fresh outlook on life.

Simple Steps: Let your curiosity take you on a journey. It's as easy as following a different route to the grocery store. You may discover places you never expected. . .

Look at life from another perspective...Visit a new place observing how the surroundings or people are different from where you live may give you new insight.

Enjoy the journey!


As I was rushing around trying to get too many things done in too short a time I came across at little card titled "Slow Down" from Recipes for the Soul. I share its wisdom with you as my health tip this week.

"Everywhere is walking distance if you have time."
-Steven Wright.

"No matter where we go or who we visit, distance isn't a factor if we clear our schedules and the clutter in our lives. Making time for the things important to us helps make life more fulling. When you slow down and make priorities, the distance between two points becomes invisible."

"Simple Steps: Set aside one evening each week to reconnect with people special to you. One letter or phone call can bring a world of joy into your life, and theirs."

"Rest along the way. Whether you are going for a long hike or working toward a goal, give yourself physical and emotional breaks. Short breaks keep you fresh, prevent breakdowns and allow you to accomplish more."

Here's to your health!

Barbra MacNair, L.Ac
Licensed Acupuncturist


The Dirty Dozen Fruits and Vegetables revised

The Environmental Working Group has updated their worst of the Dirty Dozen vegetables and fruits that have the most chemical residues when tested. They also include produce that is lowest in pesticides.

In descending order the following fruits and vegetables have the most chemical residues. Spinach crops use over 50 pesticides. Why does this matter? Isn’t it only a tiny amount? First, it is important to understand that many pesticides exhibit hormonal activity. Children are most affected by minute amounts of hormones. It is not the one apple, but rather the cumulative effect over time.

Buy these organic

1. Apples
2. Celery
3. Strawberries
4. Peaches
5. Spinach
6. Nectarines – imported
7. Grapes - imported
8. Sweet bell peppers
9. Potatoes
10. Blueberries – domestic
11. Lettuce
12. Kale/collard greens
13. Cilantro
14. Cucumbers
15. Grapes – domestic

Lowest in pesticides

1. Onions
2. Sweet Corn
3. Pineapples
4. Avocado
5. Asparagus
6. Sweet peas
7. Mangoes
8. Eggplant
9. Cantaloupe – domestic
10. Kiwi
11. Cabbage
12. Watermelon
13. Sweet Potatoes
14. Grapefruit
15. Mushrooms
Support your local farmer’s – buy local.


I you haven't read Michael Pollen's "Food Rules" I would highly recommend that you do. In nutshell, here's what he says:

1. Don't eat anything your grandmother wouldn't recognize as food.
2. Don't eat anything with more than 4 ingredients or ingredients you can't pronounce.
3. Stay out of the middle or the supermarket. Shop the perimeters.
4. Don't eat anything that eventually won't rot.
5. It's not just what you eat but how you eat. Always leave the table a little hungry.
6. Enjoy meals with people you love.
7. Don't buy food where you buy your gas.

These are some very wise thoughts to keep in mind as you seek to eat healthy.

[10/08/11]   HEALTH TIP OF THE WEEK: Surviving Cold & Flu Season

Below is my yearly reminder to patients of ways to stay well as we approach the colder months.

USE COMMON SENSE: Get plenty of rest, especially during stressful times. Drink lts of pure, filtered water. Start or keep up your exercise program. Follow your hot shower with a cold one to close your pores and make your body less vulnerable to disease.

REMEMBER BASIC HYGIENE: Wash your hands frequently as many germs are passed from hand to hand. Remember to change your toothbrush monthly.

CONSIDER TAKING AN HERBAL SUPPLEMENT to help enhance your energy and immune system. Call me for suggestions. (510-649-8054)

EAT WARM, HEATING FOODS AND DRINKS. Good nutrition is a major key in staying well. Check back next week for a list of supportive seasonal foods.

Be well!

Barbra MacNair, L.Ac.
Licensed Acupuncturist


As we begin the new season of Autumn, I would like to recommend you eat the following seasonal foods which, according to Traditional Chinese Medicine, are good for strengthening the body to prevent illness or disharmony:

FRUITS: apples, bananas, mandarines, cranberries, dates, figs, grapes, grapefruit, kiwis, kumquats, pears, persimmons, plums, pomegranates, rose hips and quince

VEGETABLES: avocados, beets, bell peppers, bok choy, broccoli, brussels sprouts, burdock root, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, corn, garlic, ginger root, horseradish, leeks, onions, parsnips, pumpkin, red cabbage, rutabagas, shallots, spinach, squash, sweet potatoes, turnips, yams

GRAINS: amaranth, barley, buckwheat, corn, millet, quinoa, rye, wheat

BEANS: adzuki, black, carob, garbanzo, kidney, lentil, lima, navy, soy, white

NUTS: almonds, Brazil nuts, cashews, filberts, pecans, pine nuts, pistachios, walnuts

SEEDS: flax, pumpkin, sesame, sunflower

Happy Eating! Check back next week for tips on "How to Survive the Common Cold!"

Barbra MacNair, L.Ac.
Licensed Acupuncturist

This is a great health education site offering tips, recipes, a fruit and veggie database, "how to" videos and much more! Check it out!

[09/15/11]   I just happened onto a great site called and would highly suggest that you check it out. There are videos on selection, preparation and storage of various fruits and veggies as well as recipes, tips for adding more of these important foods to your daily diet and much more.

Bamboo with acupuncture needles.

Stones stacked with Asian seals pattern overlaid. Photo based illustration.

Chinese energy hand, abstract painting with Chinese characters.

[07/25/11]   One of the things which drew me to Chinese Medicine was its emphasis on treating the whole person rather than just the symptom. Our history, lifestyle, environment and diet all play important parts in creating illness and imbalance in our bodies and offer important clues for healing.

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