We provide Chinese medical diagnosis, acupuncture, cupping, massage, and prescription of Western and Eastern herbs
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I’m am typically only treating in SF on Monday’s, but I have some openings this Thursday at 6:30, 7:30, and 8:30pm if anyone is interested. PM me to schedule!
focalpointacupuncture.com Acupuncture and Functional Medicine located in San Francisco's Financial District or by concierge service throughout the Bay. Why wait to feel better?!
With such a bad air quality index due to the fires, it is important to take care of our lungs. This modified version of Sha Shen Mai Men Dong Tang is great at supporting our lungs and helping to relieve the dryness caused by the smoke and particulate matter. I put this together the last time the Bay Area was suffering from smoke from the Napa fires and it is definitely needed again.
Our Pharmacy Director, Dr. Jordan Wheeler, DACM, L.Ac. makes a formula (tea) to ease the effects of dryness and irritation brought on by the smoke and enviornmental pollutants from the dangerous fires in Northern CA. The formula is Sha Shen Mai Men Dong Tang (Modified). The herbs are: Sha Shen (9 grams) Mai Men Dong (9 grams) Yu Zhu (6) Sang Ye (4.5) Tian Hua Fen (4.5) Shan Yao (4.5) Chuan Bei Mu (9) Xing Ren (6) and Gan Cao (3).
Can you, or someone you know, benefit from acupuncture?
Most of my practice is built from referrals. And any referral you provide allows me, a queer business owner and medical professional, to keep doing what I love and help people get better. I wouldn’t be where I am without support from my community.
So check out my website and schedule online or directly though me. I see patients all day on Monday’s in the Financial District, as well as make house-calls.
As a thank you to all my friends and family for supporting me over the years, I want to offer 1/2 price acupuncture appointments this coming Monday for Labor Day.
Send me a message if you'd like to come in for an appointment. Conveniently located in the FiDi, at Kearny and Post. Cost $75 for a full session.
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I have decided to move my practice back to San Francisco one day a week starting this month, but much more centrally located in the Financial District (Kearny at Post). I have the room all day on MONDAYS and would love to start filling my schedule immediately.
So where do you come in? Well, I can advertise all I want, but the best business comes from referrals! Have you considered acupuncture? Do you have a friend or coworker that might benefit from acupuncture? Please check out my website or send them my way!
Alternatively, if you know of a doctor, chiropractor, or physical therapist in or near the Financial District who you believe would be interested in referring or receiving referrals, please send me their info so I may reach out to them!
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While the rain is much needed and appreciated, looking forward to longer days and warmer weather to enjoy the amazing hikes we have access to here in the Bay Area!
I am now booking patients through the end of the week and next week. Schedule an appointment to come in and get treated, whether for stress, seasonal cold and flu, or a long term issue you have yet to address. Check out my website below:
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Did you know that acupuncture is making its way into more and more hospitals, including emergency rooms? Patients are beginning to see first hand how effective this medicine truly is. And when used alongside Chinese herbal medicine, the combination can treat a wide variety of illnesses - without the often harsh side effects of pharmaceuticals.
Schedule an appointment today to see how Chinese medicine can help you to feel better!
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Many people assume acupuncture is only useful for pain. While it is an amazing non-pharmacological intervention for both acute and chronic pain, acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine also treat a wide variety of internal disorders without the often harsh side effects of pharmaceuticals.
Want to find out what acupuncture is all about? Let's schedule an appointment to get you feeling better!
Focal Point Acupuncture's move to the East Bay is now complete! I am now up and running in south Berkeley at Blake and Shattuck Ave!
Contact me to set up an appointment today -
This is an unfortunate reality as the world's population grows and Chinese herbal medicine becomes more mainstream. It is important to only take herbs prescribed by a licensed practitioner who deals with reputable vendors.
theepochtimes.com Chinese officials have talked about the problem for years.
Whether you use Cannabis medically or recreationally, do you know where and how yours is being grown?? Anytime you visit a dispensary, they should be able to answer these questions, and if not, it's time to find a new dispensary. Help protect our national forests!
reuters.com Pollution from illegal marijuana farms deep in California's national forests is far worse than previously thought, and has turned thousands of acres into waste dumps so toxic that simply touching plants has landed law enforcement officers in the hospital.
Some antihistamines, antidepressants, and drugs for overactive bladder have been linked to an increased risk of dementia according to a 2015 study from the University of Washington (link to study in article).
There are thankfully very effective treatments for these conditions utilizing acupuncture and herbal medicine - without the long-term side effects.
health.harvard.edu Long-term use of anticholinergic drugs like Benadryl, some antidepressants, and others has been linked to increased risk of developing dementia.
After much thought and deliberation, I am both excited and saddened to announce that Focal Point Acupuncture has moved to the East Bay. I will be seeing patients out of the AIMC, Berkeley clinic near Downtown Berkeley. The clinic is conveniently located just a 10 minute walk from the Downtown Berkeley BART Station. Check the 'About' section for my current hours, or as always, you can contact me via voice or text at (415) 872-9565, or email at [email protected].
Thank you to everyone who has helped make the last 2.5 years in the Mission so successful! I couldn't have done it without all your support! I look forward to seeing you all in the East Bay!
Dr. Jordan Wheeler
California State Oriental Medical Association (CSOMA)
Dear CSOMA Colleagues:
On March 10, 2017, the San Francisco Department of Public Health (SFDPH) issued a press release regarding the poisoning of two persons, who in separate incidences consumed medicinal teas from Sun Wing Wo Trading Company in San Francisco’s Chinatown. Both patients were hospitalized. While the man in his 30’s has recovered, unfortunately Yu-Ping Xie, a 56-year old mother of two, was not so fortunate. According to her family, she passed away on March 18th from complications related to a prolonged hospitalization. We would like to take a moment to acknowledge Yu-Ping’s passing and send our condolences to the family as they deal with this tragedy.
According to press release from the SFDPH the toxic alkaloid aconitine was discovered in the lab tests of both patients as well as the tea samples they provided. It is incredibly important to note that there has yet to be a positive visual identification of Fu Zi in the formulas and the written formula did not include Fu Zi as one of the prescribed herbs. It is possible that cross contamination occurred at some point in the supply chain or that the leaf or flower was mistaken for another species. CSOMA would like to take a moment to address the situation and provide accurate information so you may answer your patient’s questions.
Like all the substances contained in our materia medica, Fu Zi is an incredibly useful and powerful medicine when used correctly. The medicinal is the processed daughter root of Szechuan aconite and can be incredibly toxic unless properly prepared. Unprepared Fu Zi (Sheng Fu Zi) should never be taken internally though the toxicity can be lessened through processing into the following products: Yan Fu Zi (salted aconite lateral root), Hei Shun Pian (Black sliced aconite lateral root), and Bai Fu Pian (White sliced aconite lateral root). In addition to processing, Fu Zi should be decocted for 30-60 minutes before adding the remaining herbs to the decoction.
The root and tuber contain the highest amounts of alkaloids and are therefore the most toxic portions, however the leaf and flower are also poisonous if consumed. Aconite poisoning causes neurological, cardiovascular, and gastrointestinal side effects (a review of aconite poisoning and the mechanism of toxicity can be found here). While there is no antidote to aconite poisoning, there are several ways to manage accidental ingestion. Activated charcoal can be administered if poisoning is suspected, but must be taken within the first hour. After that point, management of the patient is supportive by monitoring blood pressure and cardiac rhythm.
As inquiries regarding these incidences have been prevalent over the last few weeks, CSOMA would like to respond with some talking points should your patients have questions.
It is important to note that on the unlikely occasion that these types of poisonings occur, it is often due to improper self-administration or a result of buying herbal teas from unlicensed herbalists.
Remind your patients that as a licensed acupuncturist you have undergone 4-years of training and passed the California Acupuncture Licensing Exam. This means you received proper training for the application and prescription of our materia medica, including those substances with potential toxicity.
Reliable vendors in the United States should be able to provide a certificate of analysis. This certificate is a printout that includes detailed information regarding the herb, macroscopic and microscopic identification, and test results for heavy metals, pesticides, and microbiologicals completed prior to export from China.
Upon receipt of a batch of raw herb, vendors will complete a visual inspection in order to identify the plant species and retest if visual ID is inconclusive. It is unlikely that the small herbal shops found in your local Chinatown can provide the same level of identification and certification. These details aside and the few toxic substances notwithstanding, our materia medica is generally fairly mild.
According the Donald Light at the Harvard Center for Ethics, as of 2014, it is estimated that “about 128,000 people die each year from [prescription] drugs prescribed to them”. Comparatively, deaths from prescribed herbs are much less frequent. While the incidence in San Francisco is tragic, it is important to note that it is also the exception in our medicine. The poisonings occurred in a shop that is unlicensed and unregulated outside our supply chain. By utilizing prepared Fu Zi and boiling for the appropriate amount of time, aconite is an incredibly effective and important herb in our materia medica.
CSOMA represents practitioners, schools, and professional vendors and takes this situation very seriously. We will be completing an internal review on responding to these types of situations. We also plan to discuss ways in which to ensure the safety of our herbs and how best to educate the general public on our medicine. Lastly, we encourage you to educate your patients on the importance of obtaining herbal medicine from a licensed practitioner.
Jordan Wheeler, DACM, L.Ac.
CSOMA Board of Directors
 Zhao Z and Chen H. Chinese Medicinal Identification. Paradigm Publications. Taos, New Mexico: 2014.
 Chan TY. Aconite Poisoning. Journal of Clinical Toxicity. 2009;47(4),:279-285.
 Light D. New Prescription Drugs: A Major Health Risk With Few Offsetting Advantages. Harvard University Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics. http://ethics.harvard.edu/blog/new-prescription-drugs-major-health-risk-few-offsetting-advantages. Published 2014. Accessed March 28, 2017.
A wonderful write up from a talented colleague at the Acupuncture and Integrative Medicine College, Berkeley. Check out the amazing things we are doing in the East Bay!
aimc.edu Front row (l-r): Dr. Phuntsog Wangmo, Academic Director of Shang Shung School of Tibetan Medicine; Yasuo Tanaka, President of AIMC Berkeley; Dr. Yangdron Kalsan...
Acupuncture and herbal medicine have been utilized for millennia on the Asian continent to maintain the health and wellness of its citizens. Here in the U.S., it is a relatively new treatment modality, first becoming popular in the 1980's. In the 2012 National Health Interview Survey, it was estimated that 30-40% of Americans were using complementary and alternative medicine.
Additionally, under Covered California, all insurance companies must provide insurance benefits to their patients (granted, they get to decide the limits to those benefits). So, whether you are a long-time patient of acupuncture, or have never tried it, come in for a treatment to see how acupuncture can help you. See the link below for a list of disease and symptoms the World Health Organization has listed acupuncture effective for (hint: we treat more than is just on the list).
evidencebasedacupuncture.org In 2003 World Health Organization published a report about clinical trials researching the effectiveness of acupuncture. More than one hundred indication were discussed and divided into four groups concerning the strength of existing evidence.
focalpointacupuncture.com Jordan Wheeler is a licensed acupuncturist who specializes in allergies, dermatology, and environmental medicine. In addition, he treats a wide variety of conditions ranging from general health maintenance to pain management to anxiety and depression.
With the days becoming longer and spring on the horizon, this is the time of year that people begin to suffer from allergies. The weather changes and the extreme amount of rainfall we have had this winter here in California means this is going to be an especially lush year for plants. If you are a seasonal allergy sufferer, there are a number of ways to prep for the coming season. As difficult as it can be, cutting out dairy and sugar has been show to reduce the symptoms of allergies by decreasing inflammation in the body.
There are a number of supplements that have been shown to decrease allergy symptoms as well:
1. Quercetin: This compound is found frequently in nature. It is high in red kidney beans, capers, sorrel, and radish leaves and occurs in everything from blueberries to kale. It works by inhibiting histamine.
2. Vitamin C with bioflavonoids: Vitamin C not only strengthens the immune system, but prevents the formation of histamine. Bioflavonoids are another naturally occurring compound that make up the pigments (or color) of our fruits and veggies. It works by boosting the effectiveness of Vitamin C. Since Vitamin C is water soluble, it is safe in high doses.
3. Local Raw Honey: By eating local honey, one can effectively micro-dose with local allergens and help your body build resistance to them.
In addition to supplements, make sure you are getting adequate sleep and reducing stress.
Acupuncture helps by strengthening your immune system, clearing congestion, and reducing stress. Chinese herbal medicine is also a very effective treatment so one doesn’t have to rely on OTC antihistamines, which often have side effects like drowsiness, dry mouth, and dizziness.
Schedule an appointment today and see how acupuncture can help with your allergy symptoms!
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