Saturday, November 21, 2009

Noodle fun!

On Wednesday 11/11, about a dozen of Sarana clients, staff and volunteers gathered to eat some yummy noodles (and things that go well with noodles:) and to discuss the book Acupuncture is like Noodles. After a brief introduction and a short report from the latest Board meeting of Community Acupuncture Network, we ate and talked and ate some more. It was a wonderful evening, full of nourishing food and stimulating conversation. Among the foods we sampled: Mexican spaghetti, Vietnamese noodle soup, kugel with fresh apples, mac'n'cheese, noodly-looking green beans with pesto sauce, and a surprise pumpkin pie that had no noodles in it at all, but was welcomed with open mouths nevertheless.

We passed around a clipboard and collected written comments on the book. We would like to share a few quotes with you.:

"... I enjoy the writing style that anticipates a reader's potential questions and concerns and lets them know that they will be answered and addressed in a humorous way."
- Carol S., client

"Thanks you for so clearly and definitely asserting that the ability to be helpful implies a moral obligation to do so, for a medical practitioner"
- P.M.

"My favorite bit of Noodles is about social businesses - businesses whose primary purpose is social benefit rather than profit. "
- Pam C., practitioner

"There is a strength and beauty in the access / freedom from so many restrictions that are standard to health care, which you address so nicely in Noodles. A point I really appreciated was your description of how what's important to a person, everyday values, can be and should be transferred into a sustainable business (i.e. the woman preparing for a party analogy)".
- Anna, volunteer

"I love how this book debunks the oh so popular conception that acupuncture is only for few people as in 'boutique' health care. Noodles are for all kinds of people all over the world, and so is acupuncture." - Pam F., volunteer

Did you know that Noodles is being sold at the famous Powell's Books in Portland, OR? If you have digested your Noodles and would like to leave a comment about the book on Powell's website, follow this link, sign up for an account and comment away!

If you still haven't read the book, you can get one at Sarana or from Working Class Acupuncture. It makes a lovely holiday gift :)

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Miriam Lee Tribute Day - FREE acupuncture on December 9, 2009

Bay Area Community Acupuncture Clinics Honor Pioneer Miriam Lee
With A Day of Free Acupuncture

Seven Community Acupuncture clinics in the greater San Francisco Bay area will offer free acupuncture on December 9, 2009 to honor Miriam Lee, the woman who set off the movement to legalize acupuncture in the US. An eight clinic in San Rafael will offer the free treatments on December 8.

Born on December 9, 1926 in China, Lee immigrated to the United States in 1969 and settled in Palo Alto, California. Because it was illegal to practice acupuncture, she took a job on an assembly line. However, Lee found it impossible to not offer her skills and was soon seeing patients clandestinely. Over time, her reputation grew, until her practice became too large for her home. One anecdote related in her book, Insights of a Senior Acupuncturist, mentions the collapse of the steps to her back porch due to the number of people waiting to see her. Eventually, she found a sympathetic M.D. who allowed her to work out of his office during off-hours.

In 1974 Lee was arrested for practicing medicine without a license. Her patients filled the courthouse at her hearing, demanding the right to receive acupuncture. Miriam Lee had offered them compassion and health, and now they came to her defense. Thanks to this public outcry, acupuncture was declared an “experimental procedure” and Lee was granted the right to see patients at San Francisco University. In 1976, acupuncture was legalized in California. Lee retired in 1997 and died at age 82 on June 24th of this year.

Miriam Lee felt compelled to offer the healing power of acupuncture to as many people as possible. She treated a variety of illnesses for two decades in Palo Alto, starting her day early and treating as many as 10 patients per hour using tables and chairs in several rooms. In order to work quickly and effectively, Lee developed a simple 5-point, 10-needle protocol which proved helpful for the majority of common health complaints.

Community acupuncturists draw inspiration from Miriam Lee and share her desire to provide acupuncture to as many people as possible. Following the example of Working Class Acupuncture in Portland, Oregon, Community Acupuncture clinics in the Bay Area offer affordable, sliding-scale acupuncture in quiet group spaces. Their mission is to increase access to regular and frequent acupuncture treatment for people with ordinary incomes and to build a sense of community among those receiving and providing care.

In Lee’s memory, several Community Acupuncture clinics in the Bay Area will provide her treatment protocol (known as the "Miriam Lee tune up") free to clients on December 9, 2009. Participating clinics are listed below. Contact them directly for business hours and other details.

Sarana Community Acupuncture
968 San Pablo Ave., Albany, CA 94706
(510) 526-5056
Free “Miriam Lee tune-up” treatments by appointment from 10am-4pm.
100 % of optional donations will go to the Charlotte Maxwell Complementary Clinic, which offers free alternative medicine care to low-income women with cancer. Book appointments here.


Berkeley Community Acupuncture
2880 Sacramento St., Berkeley, CA 94702
(510) 704-0593

Davis Community Acupuncture Clinic
Itay Neta, LAc
817 4th St., Davis, CA 95616
(530) 219-0761

Oasis Community Acupuncture
36614 Newark Blvd., Newark, CA 94560
(510) 552-2208

Oakland Acupuncture Project
576 Laurel Ave., Oakland, CA 94602
(510) 326-3710

Body in Balance Community Acupuncture Center
4133 Mohr Ave., Ste E, Pleasanton, CA 94566
(925) 417-8800

San Francisco:
Community Acupuncture Works
2889 24th St #A, San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 861.0104

San Rafael:
Community Acupuncture of San Rafael
2130 Fourth St., Suite C, San Rafael, CA 94901
(415) 302-8507
Free “Miriam Lee double” treatments by appointment from 11:30am to 3:30pm on December 8th (not 9th). 100 % of optional donations will go to the Marin Abused Women's Services.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Schedule Changes and Updates

Thursday Massage suspended
Mari is done with acupuncture school and is getting busy studying for the state licensing exam!
Starting in November, massage will take place on Mondays only (3:30 – 6:30 pm)

Ellie will substitute for Tatyana on:
Mondays 11/23 and 11/30, 3:30 - 6:30 pm
Wednesday 12/2, 10 am – 1 pm

Ellie will substitute for Pam on:
Saturday 11/28, 11 am -2 pm

Pam will substitute for Tatyana on:

Wednesday 11/24, 10 am – 1pm

We will be CLOSED for Thanksgiving Holiday on:
Thursday 11/26 and Friday 11/27