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June 10, 2021

Toward a Queer Acupuncture

Is East Asian medicine a Liberation Practice? (Spoiler: I think so.)

“Every person who comes to a queer self-understanding knows in one way or another that her stigmatization is intricated with gender, with the family, with notions of individual freedom, the state, public speech, consumption and desire, nature and culture, maturation, reproductive politics, racial and national fantasy, class identity, truth and trust, censorship, intimate life and social display, terror and violence, health care, and deep cultural norms about the bearing of the body.[…]Queers do a kind of practical social reflection just in finding ways of being queer.”
-Michael Warner, Fear of a Queer Planet

East Asian Medicine as a liberation practice?

Acupuncturists are always fundamentally focused on the free flow of energy in the body– the “Qi”. You may have heard your acupuncturist talk about “Qi stagnation” as …

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May 10, 2021

Green Tea for Summer

Japan & China have rich tea traditions-- explore the medicinal and flavorful reasons for its popularity & learn to (properly) brew some for yourself!

The ancient Chinese character for tea displays the radical for grasses on top, a pictogram of a mouth, and the radical for a tree1.

Believe it or not, in the Chinese Medicine conception of the seasons, we’re already in the beginning of summer! Spring’s bright yellow-green shoots have matured into full leaves and the era of flowers is giving way to a season of lush green (and yellow grasses, as is the case in California summers).

As the days get longer and hotter, and we full an internal pull toward more social and playtime and less sleep, it’s appropriate to make some changes that will protect our yin and body fluids so we can fully enjoy the warmth, abundant energy, and yang of summer. …

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April 28, 2021

How Period Tracking Works (And the Chinese Medicine Perspective)

Learn the what, why, and how of period tracking with our student, Ally Magill. Ally recently presented a class on menstrual cycle tracking and the Chinese Medicine perspective on our Facebook live. Check out the presentation or read our blog for key takeaways!

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March 15, 2021

How Herbal Medicine Can Help Fight COVID-19

Herbal medicine is just one way we treat the individual, not the symptom. Read our blog to learn more about how it can help those who have been affected by COVID-19!

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March 9, 2021

Self-Care for Springtime Qi Stagnation

Learn to move your Qi Stagnation & transform feelings of stuckness or frustration into hope & creativity.


We’ve approached the one year mark of restrictions on our day to day lives due to COVID-19. What’s more, we’ve arrived at springtime: a time known to 5 Element Theory as an era for movement, growth, and change. All things considered, you wouldn’t be alone if you find yourself experiencing wide emotional swings from hope to frustration to despair and back to hope again.

If you’re feeling a little stuck, flustered, or bored, you may have what we Acupuncturists diagnose as “Qi Stagnation”. Qi stag, as its known shorthand, can show up as depression or irritability, pain or discomfort that comes and goes, a sense of bloating in the belly, PMS, or a stifled feeling in the chest or throat.

Luckily, you don’t need …

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October 26, 2020

An Immune Boosting Change for Your Diet & A Pumpkin Soup Recipe

Our immune system starts in our gut, so learn how to treat your gut well to be ready for cold & flu season!

Eating Well for Immunity

Fall is here and it’s time to support our immunity! How well we take care of ourselves in the weeks leading up to the coming cold and flu season can greatly enhance (or weaken) our resistance to illness. Once we begin to fall ill, it can be too late! Wise use and nourishment of our inner resources can help us stay healthy, and diet is one of the foundations here. Even just cutting out white sugar, which reduces white blood cell activity by almost 50% for up to 5 hours after eating it, can do marvels.

Fall is the season of the Lungs and the Metal element, and the Lungs control our Wei (Protective) Qi, which acts like a forcefield around our bodies …

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AIMC Student Clinic: What To Expect at Your Telehealth Appointment

As 2020 comes to a close, many of us are a lot more familiar with telehealth/virtual appointments than we were at the beginning of the year. If you’re thinking about making an appointment with us and aren’t sure what to expect, we can help. At Acupuncture and Integrative Medicine College, Berkeley, we’ve been working to perfect our telehealth services since the onset of COVID-19 in early 2020.

Telehealth has allowed us to continue to give our students the practice and training they need to become successful Traditional Chinese Medicine and acupuncture practitioners after they graduate, while also providing care to new and current patients. Anyone who has been curious about making an appointment at our clinic can …

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October 14, 2020

A Neighborhood Plant for Smoke Season

Sang Ye, or the Mulberry leaf, has a lot to offer to support you after intense wildfire smoke.

Mulberry Medicine

Did you know that all of the parts of the Mulberry tree can be used medicinally? You might be used to eating the berries in late summer when we can find them at Berkeley Bowl or growing in our yards– but they’re not the only delicious thing about this plant! The leaf, known as Sang Ye in Chinese Medicine, is particularly known for clearing heat to cool & moisten the lungs. Luckily for our Lungs, these trees grow all over the place.

Watch this video to learn about the medicine & magic of the Mulberry tree from our Herbal Pharmacy Director & resident plant expert, Athene Eisenhardt, LAc.

Get a Prescription

Our herbal pharmacy carries Sang Ye year round, so even …

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September 24, 2020

The Kitchen Herbalist: Baked Pears for Fall Lung Health

This simple recipe for baked pears can help support our Lung Qi & Yin.

A Note About the Metal Element

As we enter the fall season, the energy of the Lung & Metal element emerges: the air becomes cool and crisp, our skin and lungs– like the leaves on deciduous trees- may start to feel more dry, and the sun shares less sunshine with each passing day.

We may be in touch with a sense of grief or the poignancy of small, fleeting, beautiful moments as the days shorten. This is a time of year for reflection and for being in touch with that which we find truly important, special, and inspirational. This sensibility aligns well with the Jewish New Year celebrated annually around the same time as the Autumnal Equinox.

This year, I imagine that the aspect of grief will …

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September 17, 2020

Herbal Support for Wildfire Smoke

Breathe easier with Chinese Herbs

Wildfire season is no joke here in California. Chinese herbs can help your respiratory system during the smoky time of year. Keep reading to learn more!

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