Tuesday, November 13, 2012

December 2012 & early January 2013 Schedule Changes / Practitioner Substitutions

  • Tuesday 12/25 -- CLOSED for Christmas Day
  • Friday 12/28 -- No massage, otherwise normal hours and Pam works fro Tatyana 3-7 pm
  • Monday 12/31 -- REDUCED HOURS 11 am – 2 pm Pam, 2 - 6:30 pm Amy, 3 - 6 pm – (massage) Sally
  • Tuesday 1/1/13 -- FREE TREATMENTS for New Year and POCA Tech fundraiser! 12 – 4 pm with Pam & Tatyana  (no first time consultations)
  • Wednesday 1/2/13 - Tatyana works for Amy 2 - 6:30 pm
Please remember: Frequent and consistent acupuncture produces the best results. Following through on your acupuncture treatments plan is more important for progress than seeing a particular practitioner. We take continuity of care very seriously and make sure that all our substitute practitioners are well-trained to support the healing atmosphere in the clinic and strive to give you the best possible care.                                                                       

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Chinese Medicine Self-help Tips for Cold and Flu Season



The cold / flu season is upon us. Here are a few simple self-care tools to help us stay healthier.
Protect the surface:

  • Wear a scarf and hat when it's cold and windy - the back of our head and neck are particularly vulnerable to wind and cold according to Chinese medicine.
  • Avoid drafts ~ do not sleep with an open window anywhere near your head, dry your hair before going outside or going to bed
  • Wash hands frequently, especially after sneezing or coughing and being in a public place (library, bus, post office, supermarket, etc)
  • Stay at least 3 feet away from people who have obvious cold symptoms, when possible
Assist the LUNG system:
  • Drink plenty of water / fluids, avoid iced drinks
  • Do the nasal salt water wash daily (we have easy-to-use Nasopure available at the clinic or you can use any type of neti pot, if you have one)
  • Supplement extra Vitamin C
Dietary suggestions (support your Spleen / Stomach system):
  • Emphasize warm / cooked seasonal foods during cold weather: soups, hot cereal / porridge (rice / oatmeal), cooked veggies, especially dark leafy greens
  • Add some probiotics to your diet with fermented foods such as sauerkraut and yogurt
  • Minimize dairy, greasy foods, dairy, coffee and sugar
  • Avoid / minimize alcoholic beverages / intoxicants
  • During the holidays, opt for simple healthy food whenever you have a chance, to balance out all the holiday treats. 
Congee (Rice porridge) Recipe:
Congee is easy to digest and is nourishing in cold weather season as well as during a cold / flu. Many Chinese families serve congee to the whole family on a weekly basis. The basic method to make congee is as follows:
 

Cook one cup of rice in seven to nine cups of filtered water over a period of six to eight hours. This can be done overnight and it is ideal to use a slow cooker, although you may use any cooking pot. Use white or brown rice.

Herbs and/or meat or vegetables are added as directed by your practitioner for your condition. Good things to add for cold / flu season: ginger, green onion, chicken / broth. Astragalus (Huang Qi) and mushrooms (shitake, regular white or brown button, etc) are good immune tonics that can be added to the congee to prevent colds.


You can also try out Pam's breakfast grains or the herbal soup mix available at Sarana. 

Stress is an immune-suppressor! Limit / control stress by: 
  • Resting
  • Meditation
  • Practicing Tai Qi / Yoga / Qi Gong / other gentle exercise on a regular basis
  • Getting emotional support when you need it
  • Getting regular acupuncture: Acupuncture can assist in relieving stress, help you get sounder sleep and re-balance your energy. It can help boost your immune function and increase your resistance to cold / flu viruses. Do not wait until you are sick, get consistent "acupuncture tune ups" to help keep yourself healthy! If you are traveling for the holidays, get a pre-trip session and another treatment when you get back. For affordable acupuncture while traveling, check this list of low-cost community acupuncture clinics all over North America. (Contact the clinic to check on their holiday hours.)
Chinese Herbs:
 Several herbal formulations are helpful for various symptoms / stages of a cold. Combined with regular acupuncture, they often can help lessen the intensity and shorten the duration of the illness. We have herbs available at the clinic. It is always best to consult your acupuncturist to make sure you have the correct formula, but in a pinch, there are a few common formulas you can purchase on your own, to use on a short-term basis. Natural foods shops often carry Chinese herbal remedies.

 Gan Mao Ling
• General formula for beginning of a common cold or a flu, contains anti-viral herbs
• Helpful with: headache, bodyaches, chills / fever, slight sore throat, neck and shoulder stiffness, sinus congestion.


Bi Yan Pian / Nose Inflammation Tablets
•    Effective for early stages of common cold with nasal congestion / runny nose, sinus headache and sneezing as primary symptoms 


Yin Chiao Chieh Tu Pien  / Yin Qiao Jie Du Pian / aka “Yin Qiao”
• Good formula for the early stages of the cold with:  swollen sore throat, body aches, neck stiffness, cough, fever (with or without chills)
• Not as helpful if there is no sore throat


Friday, October 12, 2012

Practitioner Schedule Change Fri 10/12/12

Last moment schedule change for today, folks ~ both Amanda and Tatyana are out, so:
  • Amy works 11 am - 3 pm
  • Pam works 3 -7 pm
Catch them on their non-usual days!

Massages are available 3-6 pm with Sarah Lovett.

Friday, October 5, 2012

Community Healing at Burning Man


This post is by our acupunk, Amy Chang

"May I see your tongue, please?"
My patient pulls out a dry erase marker and scribbles his reply on a small whiteboard attached to his belt. "I have no tongue."
 

I blink, a little taken aback. I'm supposed to be taking his pulse, but I've never met someone without a tongue before. True, we're at Burning Man, an annual art festival held on a prehistoric lake bed in northern Nevada, where one might meet participants from all over the world, but in 5 consecutive years of being a HeeBeeGeeBee Healer (a theme camp which offers free healing sessions and yoga classes) this is the first time I have run into someone who literally could not show me his tongue. The wind billows through the 30' diameter army green parachute that makes our Chillspace Tent #2 as I swallow, wondering how to proceed.
 

He explains, in a scrawl, "I was in Vietnam." He mimes something hitting him in the right jaw, a grenade perhaps, blowing through his face and half his chest. He pulls up his t-shirt and shows me a web of sutures and scars. My first thought is: how are you still alive? It is a miracle. Just as the existence of this place is a miracle: Black Rock City exists officially for only seven days each year, during the week of Burning Man, but while we're here no money is exchanged beyond the gates, no vehicles are driven (except art cars registered at the Department of Mutant Vehicles), all services and goods are given freely, all art installations are open to interaction, and everyone commits to leaving no trace behind us when we leave. Here I have met people I would never have met if not for Burning Man, like this scarred Vietnam veteran sitting on the blue and white checkered couch before me.
 

Thankfully, his current complaint is fairly simple, one that I see many times a week at Sarana: left shoulder pain with difficulty raising the arm. He writes, "I am a lamplighter. I need my shoulder!"
The Lamplighters are a theme camp, like the HeeBeeGeeBees. While we provide healing and restful shade, they contribute light. Every day, men and women dressed in white robes set out at dusk along the Esplanade and the paths to the Man and the Temple, carrying long poles laden with blue lanterns that are hung upon wooden stands, to help everyone see where they are going. The lights are removed at dawn, also by volunteers of Lamplighter Village. The streetlamps are tall; the lamplighters use hooks to raise and lower the lanterns. It is a repetitive motion, one that he cannot do at all right now.
After some thought, I put three needles in his left hand, avoiding the scar tissue all over the rest of his body. Usually I would go for shin points too, but I'm afraid he might have more scars that I don't know about, so I keep the treatment simple.
 

Half an hour later when I remove the needles, full range of motion has come back to him. He writes on his whiteboard, "You are a gift from the gods!"
 

Two days later, after the Temple has burned to the ground, ritualistically marking the end of this year's Burning Man Festival, the man with no tongue comes back to find me. He gives me a small silver pendant with a lamp on it, and shows me how well his left arm has retained the benefits of the first acupuncture treatment of his life.
I don't know what makes me happier, the token of gratitude or his smile.

Friday, September 28, 2012

OCTOBER 2012 Practitioner Substitutions

Friday 10/5, 3 pm - 6 pm, Massage - Amy for Sarah
Regular hours on Columbus Day, Monday 10/8

Friday 10/12, 3 pm - 7 pm – Amy for Tatyana
Thursday 10/18, 11 am - 3 pm – Ardemis for Pam
Friday 10/19, 11 am - 3 pm – Lynn for Amanda
Saturday 10/20, 10 am - 2 pm – Amy for Amanda
Monday 10/22, 9:30 am - 2 pm – Tatyana for Pam
Tuesday 10/23, 2 - 6:30 pm – Ardemis for Pam
Thursday 10/25, 11 am – 3 pm – Ardemis for Pam



Please keep in mind: Frequent and consistent acupuncture produces the best results.
Following through on your acupuncture treatment plan is more important for progressive results than seeing a particular practitioner. We take continuity of care very seriously and make sure that all our substitute practitioners are well-trained to support the healing atmosphere in the clinic and strive to give you the best possible care. 

Thursday, September 6, 2012

September Newsletter

Our September Newsletter is full of great stuff - learn about local events, a $10 acupuncture special, a blog post on Albany Patch, the new frequent recliner program and meet our new volunteer coordinator!

Saturday, August 4, 2012

August / September Practitioner Substitutions

Amy will be away giving lots of acupuncture to folks at Burning Man 2012 from August 19th to September 5th. Please see below for all the schedule changes and substitutions for August and September.

  • Sunday 8/19, 10 am - 1 pm - Pam for Amy (shift ends early due to regional meeting that afternoon)
  • Monday 8/20, 9:30 am - 2 pm - Tatyana for Pam
  • Monday 8/20, 2  - 6:30 pm - Ardemis Tajirian for Amy
  • Wednesday 8/22, 2 - 6:30 pm - Ardemis Tajirian for Amy
  • Friday 8/24, 3 - 7 pm - Lynn Bertzyk for Tatyana
  • Sunday 8/26, 10 am - 2 pm - Pam for Amy
  • Monday 8/27, 2 - 6:30 pm - Amanda for Amy
  • Wednesday 8/29, 2 - 6:30 pm - Ardemis Tajirian for Amy
  • Saturday 9/1 - Amanda has to leave early, Tatyana will be filling in from 12 to 2 pm
  • Sunday 9/2, 10 am - 2 pm - Lynn Bertzyk for Amy
  • Monday 9/3, 2 - Shortened schedule due to Labor day, Pam works 10 -2
  • Friday 9/7, 3-7 pm - Amy for Tatyana
  • Thursday 9/20, 11 am-3 pm - Amy for Pam

Please remember: frequent and consistent acupuncture produces the best results. Following through on your acupuncture treatments plan is more important for progress than seeing a particular practitioner.  All our practitioners communicate with each other and strive to give you the best possible care.
We take continuity of care very seriously and make sure that all our substitute practitioners are well-trained to support the healing atmosphere in the clinic.

A bit more about our substitute acupuncturists:

Ardemis Tajirian, LAc has been a stellar front desk volunteer at Sarana for several years, so you probably already know her! Ardemis is an effective and compassionate acupuncturist.

Lynn Bertzyk, LAc is has recently been volunteering at the clinic and she hails from San Francisco. She has spent time working with SAGE Project SF, Haight-Ashbury Free Medical Clinic, Project Homeless Connect and the Charlotte Maxwell Complementary Clinic in Oakland. Lynn brings a calm and supportive energy and enthusiasm for community healing.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Subsitute this Sunday 7/29

This Sunday 7/29 Lynn Bertzyk LAc, our new substitute acupunk will be working for Amy. Lynn has recently been volunteering at Sarana and she hails from San Francisco. She has spent time working with SAGE Project SF, Haight-Ashbury Free Medical Clinic, Project Homeless Connect and is a volunteer at the Charlotte Maxwell Complementary Clinic in Oakland. Lynn brings a calm and supportive energy and enthusiasm for community healing. Come and get to know her!

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Upcoming Schedule Changes / Practitioner Substitutions

  • Saturday 6/30 - Amy works for Amanda
  • Wednesday 7/4 - CLOSED for Independence Day

Starting 7/10/12
NEW (EXPANDED!) Tuesday schedule:
9:30 am - 2 pm - Tatyana
2 - 6:30 pm - Pam

NEW Wednesday schedule:
9:30 am - 2 pm - Amanda
2 - 6:30 pm - Amy



Thursday, June 14, 2012

NEW FEE STRUCTURE ~ $15 - 40 FOR ALL ~ STARTING JUNE 15

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As our clinic continues to grow in size and number of treatments offered, we have decided to make our acupuncture fees simpler and more accessible to all by changing the low end of our sliding scale from $20 to $15!
 

This change will take effect on June 15th, 2012. We will continue to offer a second free acupuncture treatment within 2 weeks of the first.
Our hope is that this fee adjustment will allow even more folks to enjoy the benefits of community acupuncture without worrying about the cost of treatments.
Spread the word!

SARANA EXPANSION CELEBRATION SUNDAY, JUNE 24

1210ap-communityWe are thrilled to announce that we have completed our clinic expansion into the space next door at 970 San Pablo Avenue! On Sunday 6/24, we invite you to come check out the new bigger clinic space and celebrate with us.

Program:
10 am - 1 pm - FREE acupuncture

We will offer free acupuncture as a gift to our community. Please book return visits only, even if you are a first time client - there will be no new client interviews on this day. The last appointment starts at 1 pm - book online, over the phone (510-526-5056) or in person next time you are at the clinic. Drop-ins will be possible, space-permitting.

1:30 - 2 pm  - Tibetan Singing Bowl Meditation and Blessing Ceremony
As the last treatments
finish, we will begin with a simple meditation focusing on breath and the sounds of the Tibetan bowls. Then we'll ring in our intentions and joyful blessings with Tibetan bells. The mediation will be, guided by Jacqueline Lasahn.

2 - 4 (ish) pm - Refreshments and socializing!
Enjoy some treats as you explore the new clinic space and connect with your community.

Sunday, May 27, 2012

June 2012 Practitioner / Schedule changes

Sunday 6/3 – CLOSED for moving into new space!
Monday 6/4 – Tatyana works for Amy 2 - 6:30 pm
Tuesday 6/5 – Ardemis works for Pam 2:30 – 6 pm
(close ½ hr early)
Wednesday 6/6 – No Amy, Tatyana 9:30 am – 3 pm,
Amanda 3 - 7 pm
Thursday 6/7 – Mari Kubota works for Pam 11 am – 3 pm
Monday 6/11 – No Pam or Amy: Sarah Liners 9:30 am – 2 pm
Tatyana 2 – 6:30 pm

Tuesday 6/12 - Ardemis works for Pam 2:30 – 6:30 pm

Wednesday 6/13 – No Amy, Tatyana 9:30 am – 3 pm,
Amanda 3 - 7 pm

Friday 6/15 – Pam works for Tatyana 3-7 pm
Sunday 6/17 – Amy starts working Sundays 10 am – 2 pm
Wednesday 6/20 – Pam works for Amy 3 - 7 pm
Sunday 6/24 – No Amy, Expansion Celebration, FREE acupuncture and fun!

Please remember: frequent and consistent acupuncture produces the best results. Following through on your acupuncture treatments plan is more important for progress than seeing a particular practitioner. All our practitioners communicate with each other and strive to give you the best possible care.

Friday, May 18, 2012

Expansion / Construction and Schedule Update

Expansion update:
We are pretty much done with construction, but turns out we do need to close the 11 am- 3 pm shift next Thursday 5/24 for a fire alarm installation and testing. Otherwise, we are back to our regular schedule (with some Memorial Day weekend exceptions - see below).
We will start moving all the way into our newly expanded space after Memorial Day!

Practitioner / Schedule changes for the week of Monday 5/21 - Monday 5/28:
  • Mon 5/21 - Amy starts working Mondays 2 - 6:30 pm
  • Wednesday 5/23 - Amanda works for Tatyana 11:30 am - 3 pm, Amy starts working Wednesdays 3- 7 pm
  • Thursday 5/24 - closed 11 am - 3 pm, regular hours 3-7 pm (Tatyana working)
  • Friday 5/25 - Tatyana starts working Fridays 3- 7 pm
  • Sunday 5/27 - Early closing - last appointment is at 1 pm (Sarah working)
  • Monday 5/28 - Reduced hours (Memorial Day) 12 - 4 pm (Amy working)

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Sarana Is Expanding! Reduced Schedule in April and May 2012.




Sarana is 4 years old and our clinic is growing in size! In the next few weeks we will be expanding into the space next to us, formerly occupied by Goli Hair Salon. Once the construction is completed, you can look forward to a sound-proof reception room, a bigger / more spacious treatment space and a second bathroom.
Construction will start on April 16th and is expected to take about 4 - 5 weeks.

During construction we will have reduced clinic hours
to allow the noisy work to take place.

Please go to this link to see the construction schedule.

Monday, April 2, 2012

UPCOMING APRIL 2012 SCHEDULE CHANGES

  • Wednesday 4/4 ~ Amanda is off, Tatyana works 9:30 – 11:30 am
  • Friday 4/6 ~ Amanda is off, Tatyana works 11am - 1pm, Pam works 1 - 3 pm
  • Saturday 4/7 ~ Amanda is off, Amy Chang works 10 am – 2 pm
  • Monday 4/9 ~ Tatyana is off, Ardemis works 2 – 6 pm (close 30 minutes early)