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I'm thinking about consulting a Traditional Chinese Medicine
practitioner for issues related to perimenopause and uterine
fibroids. Specifically, I have heavy bleeding, fatigue,
depression, irritability, fog-brain, acne, hair loss, and
lower abdominal discomfort. My western GYN and primary care
doctors don't have much to offer me, but tell me my symptoms
are related to hormonal fluctuations due to perimenopause.
Has anyone had a successful experience with TCM treatment
for these issues? Any recommendations? Someone in the
Oakland/Berkeley area would be best geographically, but
willing to travel for the right person.
I have had really great success with acupuncture and herbs
working with Lia Willebrand in Berkeley, I've also sent a
number of my friends to her and they have all been helped as
well as some friends who have worked with her on getting pregnant
and having a healthy pregnancy. Acupuncture seems to be
amazingly helpful in so many female cycle/hormone/life cycle
issues --- I for one went from crawling through my days and
sweating through my nights to having good sleep and an active
lifestyle again. I know that the western drugs help some womyn,
and we've all heard plenty about their downside but truly
acupuncture and herbs help so many womyn with things that western
doctors don't know how to address except throwing a script at
you or telling you to accept how miserable you feel.
Â‘Acupuncture is not an overnight fix, it takes a series of
sessions, but now I no longer see Lia regularly and just check
in periodically for a a couple treatments if symptoms start to
come back. I have Chinese herbs in capsule form that I start to
take if my night sweats return, and if I start them early, it
eases it back down before I have sleepless nights. I originally
cooked the raw herbs because I understand they are stronger, ,
but I find I can maintain with the capsules of dried herbs (which
I love because I am not a fan of cooking herbs!)
Lia is very kind and low-key and so easy with folks who might not
be familiar with Chinese medicine. She's painless with the
needles, and I never feel anything but the slightest prick,
sometimes nothing at all. I found there's a pretty broad range
of rates among Chinese medicine practitioners, and it can get
costly, but I have experience Lia as affordable, I think
she's great. . Her Info: www.liawillebreand.com phone is
6463 GOOD LUCK You can work this out!
I have been dealing with perimenopause mixed with other female
''issues'' for awhile with Abigail Surasky in Berkeley. Don't be
put off by the ''awhile'' part ... my priorities regarding what
sort of treatment I want/need have fluctuated over the past 6+
Every issue we have tackled, she has been able to come up with
something most helpful. Currently I am using her treatments and
formulae in conjunction with my western doctor stuff and things
seem to be going quite well. If you wish to contact me through
the moderator to get more info, please ask if they will do that.
Abigail is tops in my book. Her number is 845-8017. Her office
is on Dwight Way near Milvia in Berkeley.
got tired of feeling crappy too
I had surprisingly effective relief from perimenopausal symptoms
with Chinese Medicine. Specifically the tablets which ow are in
place of the dried root concoctions. I got extreme relief from
fatigue and hot flashes. Surprisingly the tablets are very
inexpensive, my initial consultations were with the chinese
medical school and academy on Clay Street in Oakland, so those
consultations were low cost as well, and now even the Chinese
front medical doctor at Ranch 99 knows exactly what to recommend
without an exam. I know they are effective because as soon as I
run out or forget to take them for awhile, the symptoms return.
I just went through some similar issues - my doc wanted me to
take estrogen but I am 36 and wanted to try another way... I went
to the Oakland Acupuncture Center off MacArthur, as I am on a
budget and could not afford multiple treatments with most
acupuncturists. They work on a sliding scale and so I pay
$25/visit, which make it possible for me to try it without
stressing a lot about the funds. What a wonderful thing it has
been for me. Between the herbs that they have recommended and the
treatments I am feeling much better (less stressed, which I think
was the cause of the problems) and the treatments have definitely
helped. The women who started the business, Whitney and Roselle -
everyone there has been wonderful. It is less fancy, you sit in a
room with other folks in what are basically patio furniture, and
roll up your sleeves/ pant legs for the needles - but the
acupuncturists are professionally trained and the place is clean
and they really do care. I have come to love this place, and
highly recommend it. In many respects my life seems to be going
better now, and I believe it is partially due to taking care of
myself by going here. The treatments are very relaxing. Good
I had similar issues a couple of months back. I went to see
Bina Jangda, LAc in Berkeley. The herbs and acupuncture
were a tremendous help and Bina is incredibly kind and very
knowledgeable. The plus is she will bill for insurance and
she does lab testing at a fraction of the cost of what my MD
charges. Her website is: email@example.com. Phone:
Hi Ms. Perimenopause,
Been there and still dealing with it - the horrid state of not
feeling normal at all. I have tried every sort of natural therapy
under the sun, and I have to say that Homeopathy is the only one
which has actually helped. I used to feel like I was going to
fall off the edge some days, but now that feeling is restricted
to just a few days of the month. Regular yoga, at least 4 days a
week has also helped a lot with the physical symptoms. There are
some good homeopaths in the Bay Area, look online. Best of luck
and hang in there - you are not alone.
I have been seen by Leah Mazel for acupuncture and herbal
medicine off and on since 15 years ago. She is a very gifted
practitioner with experience going back to the '70's. She also
studied in China extensively! I have never been disappointed. My
sister went to her for perimenopausal symptoms. She was also
very happy with the results she got. In fact, I have sent many
of my friends as well as a few relatives because she has made
such a great difference in my health! I have never had one of
those people not be thoroughly satisfied with their experiences.
She has a great sensitivity, care at listening and, as well,
great expertise! There are so many practitioners around these
days it's hard to know where to go. But my experiences before
seeing Leah were good, but no where near as profound. She really
seems to have a very deep level of knowledge and a healing sense
above my expectations! Her phone number is 510-548-5676 and her
website is: www.holisticchinesemedicine.com. Good luck with your
I saw Lia Willebrand, a Berkeley Acupuncturist and Herbalist (,
to treat my perimenopausal symptoms. Prior to seeing Lia, I was
experiencing months of daily bleeding (between my weirdo hormones
and a clotting disorder, this was not much fun),
Within a week of my first visit with Lia, the bleeding stopped.
Little bit o' needles, little bit o' herbs, et voila! What a
relief. She also treated me for the attendant depression,
brain-fog, fatigue, moodiness, etc,
You can call Lia at (510) 858-6463, or contact her via the net -
All the best,
Ms. officially menopausal now!
I am looking for an acupuncturist who is familiar with treating ovarian cysts. I
have seen some recommendations in the archives for ''women's health'' issues
but they aren't so recent. Any suggestions are welcomed. Thanks!
I know of a wonderful acupuncturist. I'm not sure if he
deals with Ovarian cysts. If he doesn't he will certainly be
able to refer you to someone who does. His name is Jacques
Bernou. His # is 925-962-9228
I've worked with Adam Wiscomb of Middle Path Acupuncture on a variety of
issues (including ''women's'' issues) with great success.
He is based in the financial district in SF, which I find easy to get to from
Oakland where I live.
his contact info is:
Adam Wiscomb, L.Ac
115 Sansome Street
San Francisco, CA 94104
My Chinese doctor (acupuncturist) is Leah Mazel in Berkeley.
She has treated a friend of mine with ovarian cysts. My
friend was very happy with the results, which did not
necessitate any invasive procedures by her gynecologist; her
symptoms diminished fairly speedily. I have seen her myself,
as well for several medical issues and have been thoroughly
happy with the treatment and with my interactions with her.
She is very reassuring and, after several decades of
experience, extremely competent. I actually end up using
Western medicine on a very limited basis at this point. I am
really sold on Chinese medicine treatment and how effective it
is. I especially like that there are no side effects from the
treatments---and my overall health has been greatly improved.
She can be reached at 510-548-5676.
After giving birth to my two kids my PMS has gone from a mild 2
to a raging 20 on the PMS scale. I've tried numerous natural
remedies (extra Calcium, flax oil, exercise) and am now taking
10mg of Sarafem (Prozac in a pretty purple box)two weeks before
my period on the advice of my gyn. It helps a little and I
could increase the dose, but I would love to find an
accupuncturist to help me stabilize my hormones. Is there an
accupuncturist you would love to recommend?
you might try using progesterone cream (emerita brand, you can
buy it at whole foods). worked wonders for me.
Acupuncturist Katie Mink in Berkeley (849-1809) is a gifted healer who has helped
me clear out severe menstrual symptoms and in general, supports my overall good
health! She is also an Acutonics Practitioner which uses sound (tuning forks) to
heal. Her treatments are extremely nurturing and she listens/hears you on many
levels to treat you accordingly.
P.S. I also noticed a difference in my hormonal balance when I added Borage oil to
my regimen of ''good'' fats.
I would highly recommend Nancy Rakela. After having my son, I
suffered from incredible muscle and joint pain. After five
sessions the pain was gone and my hormones seemed to have
adjusted much more quickly than prior to treatment. I have been
to her for numerous other items and she is truly amazing. I feel
she is also very honest about what she/acupuncture may or may
not be able to do for you.
I have a fantastic acupuncturist whom I have been using for over
10 years now. I started with her when I was pregnant with my
second and constantly nauseated. She has done a lot of great
things for me around hormonal issues: the nausea, hormone-
related migraines, pms...not to mention other medical/physical
issues. She has offices in Oakland and Berkeley and I have
always found her prices very reasonable and I believe she can
take some insurance as well. Her name is Dr. Mary Curry, and her
number is 510.635.8886
Best of luck!
Dr. Anita Chen Marshall in Alameda on Clinton Avenue has
restored my life to me through her techniques of acupuncture.
Joint, heel spur pain, and general overall aches and pains are
minimal at best. I have had seven sessions and it is amazing
how my mobility and lack of pain has given me new energy. Anti-
inflammatories and pain killers gave temporaary relief only. I
HIGHLY RECOMMEND HER.
With respect to perimenopause, I can highly recommend Jay
Sordean, a licensed acupuncturist and naturopath with more than
20 years experience. With the mysterious symptoms I was having
due to perimenopausal changes in hormones -- as well as a
physical injury of my wrist (carpal tunnel) -- I have had great
results with Dr. Sordean. My ''western doctor'' told me I needed
a shrink. Jay Sordean helped me balance my hormones and the
way my body accesses and uses food -- much better. Thyroid,
sugar, and hormone issues are interrelated and he helped sort
those out with me. I've referred many others to him for help
as his knowledge of acupuncture, herbs, nutrition, western
medicine, and homeopathy is integrative.
I have seen a number of posts recommending acupuncturists for
infertility issues. I have always had irregular periods and had
been on the pill for years so it wasn't an issue until I wanted
to become pregnant. I ended up getting pregnant via clomid and
now have an 18 month old daughter. We are thinking about trying
for a 2nd child in 6 months or so, but until then, I would like
to correct any ovulation problems that are causing the irregular
periods. I would love to have a regular cycle so I don't need
to go on the pill again. Has anyone used acupuncture to correct
irregular cycles and did your cycles become regular on a long-
term basis? I realize that alot of people use acupuncture to
get pregnant but I haven't heard much about how it helps AFTER
the delivery. Any feedback is greatly appreciated.
I used acupuncture to help regulate my cycle and lessen PMS. I
found it incredibly helpful and the results longterm. My
pregnancy and postpartum were healthy and easy as well. I saw
Dennis VonElgg in Berkeley, he has an office in Lafayette
also. His # is 872-0895 or www.vonelgg.com. He was very
compassionate, attentive and aware, I found him to be
knowledgeable and easy to talk with. I highly recommend him.
I bet that any of the acupuncturists you've seen
recommmended for infertility will also be very good to help
you regulate your period. Check out the list again. In the
meantime, I highly recommend Carla Dalton who works in
North Berkeley. Her phone is (510) 524-4812.
This is not exactly the same, but I went to see an acupuncturist after I
had been bleeding heavily for 8 weeks after a miscarriage. I had been
to the doctor and been told that the only way to end the bleeding was to
either wait for however long it took or take birth control pills to slam my
body into shape, which seemed a bit harsh, seeing as it was struggling
so much already. I was also unhappy because I was incredibly anemic
and yet the attitude was, take iron pills or do the therapy we recommend.
So I went to see an acupuncturist my mother recommended, a highly-
skilled Chinese man in San Francisco named Dr. Lai. He had been
working on a family friend's eyes for years, basically keeping her vision
going as long as he could (she was becoming legally blind).
He took one look at me, shook his head in distress, and told me I was
too weak for acupuncture; instead he prescribed Chinese herbs (which
his wife dispenses from the drawers covering a complete wall). I went
home, followed the directions, and within 48 hours had stopped
bleeding entirely. Within a week I felt better than I had before I was
pregnant! I still look back with wonder at the sense of vitality those
herbs gave me in such a short time; they really built up my blood quickly.
To make a long story short, he got me back on track and I conceived a
child after six more very regular and manageable periods. I cannot
recommend Dr. Lai enough; he is an excellent doctor and a very kind
man who doesn't see the body as some kind of machine separate from
the rest of you.
He is located on Geary Blvd, across from Kaiser near the hill where the
old Sears building is. I don't know the address but I believe he is in the
phone book. If you can't find him, you can email me and I will find out for
I highly recommend my acupuncturist for irregular periods, among
many other things, her name is karen Cutler, her office # is
510-654-3873. She is very skilled, and knows a lot about diet
and other things that all contribute to the woes of womenhood!!
Plus, I love her to death, I think she's great! I started with
her last summer, and I have no complaints!! good luck
I tried acupuncture for irregular periods, and it didn't really
do anything to regulate them, but it helped relax me. The best
thing I got from it was the nutritional advice. I heartily
approve of the whole-body approach to medicine that is offered
by acupuncturists. The one I saw made me chart out what I ate
for a week, then gave me advice on what to cut down on, eat more
of, etc, since the hormonal stuff is pretty closely tied to
nutrition. Maybe if I had followed the advice, it would have
worked! It certainly couldn't hurt, but wasn't the miracle I
was looking for. I ended up taking Progesterone since I can't
stand to take the pill (makes me have constant 'morning
sickness'). But for the few months I was on Clomid, it
regulated my period as well as the Progesterone. Good luck!
I have been on anti-depressents for years and was doing fairly
well until I had a miscaraige several months ago. Since then,
it seems my hormones are all the rage. I am looking for a
practitioner who is versed in meds and hormones and I am open to
non-western therapies (vitamins, herbs, etc.).
I have a great therapist and I know about nutrition and
exercise, so really am just looking for a practitioner, not
advice. Thanks to all.
I would recommend you see Pam Heaton, an Acupuncturist on Park
Blvd in Oakland. After I had a child, we realized that many of my
mood fluctuations could be attributable to homonal imbalances.
She's given me herbs to take that have really helped.
She has a long waiting list; so if you're thinking of going this
route, get your name on her list now.
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