Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine
Patient Information on Medical Conditions
Health Resources for Musicians
Acupuncture: Scientific Research Abstracts and Articles
Medical, Bodywork and Counseling Resources
San Francisco World Music Resources

Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine

FAQ: Answers to frequently asked questions about acupuncture and Oriental medicine

A World of
A great site explaining how acupuncturists diagnose patients. Also covers causes of illness and basic theories such as yin/yang and the five elements. Objective & concise information for the consumer.

Acupuncture and Science
A summary of current scientific attempts to explain how acupuncture works

Synopsis of Scientific Research
More information on how acupuncture works

Education Standards of California Licensed Acupuncturists
Also includes links to a collection of FAQs on the history and philosophy of Chinese medicine, diagnosis and treatment.

Patient Information on Medical Conditions


Low Back Pain

Repetitive Strain Injury


Health Resources for Musicians
Preventing Musculoskeletal Injury (MSI) for Musicians and Dancers, A Resource Guide.
A 135 page booklet from Safety and Health in Arts Production and Entertainment (SHAPE). Available to read on the web or as a download

Musicians and Injuries

Natural Health Care: Singers and Muscians

Listen While You Work: Hearing Conservation for the Arts

Musicians Health Support (

Acupuncture —
Scientific Research Abstracts and Articles

Since the establishment in 1991 of the Office of Alternative Medicine, National Institutes for Health a growing number of clinical trials have focused on complimentary therapies, including acupuncture. Results have varied, but show a positive trend toward confirming the efficacy of acupuncture for a variety of conditions. Links to some of these results are included below.

Researchers have yet to overcome difficulties inherent to the scientific study of acupuncture. One major obstacle has been design of a convincing acupuncture placebo. Another shortcoming is that treatments used in research are often over-simplified and scarcely resemble real treatments applied in clinical practice. In addition, most trials focus exclusively on acupuncture. They ignore the equally important contributions of herbal therapy, moxibustion, cupping and dietary, exercise and lifestyle recommendations often used in conjunction with acupuncture.

While the abstracts and articles below provide an embryonic scientific view of acupuncture, they do not represent all the conditions acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine have effectively treated for several thousand years of Chinese history.

Acupuncture – Mechanism of Action
Acupuncture – National Institutes of Health (NIH) Consensus Statement
Acupuncture – Psychosocial Variables
Acupuncture – Review and Analysis of Reports on Controlled Clinical Trials, published by the World Health Organization (WHO)


Anovulation, Polycystic Ovary Syndrome


Asthma, Chronic Bronchitis, Chronic Disabling Breathlessness
Bronchitis, Chronic Spastic

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Childbirth – Abstract 1
Childbirth – Abstract 2

Craniomandibular Disorders, Muscular Origin

Depression – Abstract 1
Depression – Abstract 2

Dysmenorrhea – Abstract 1
Dysmenorrhea – Abstract 2



Gastrointestinal and Hepatobiliary Disorders


Hypertension – Abstract 1
Hypertension – Abstract 2

Insomnia – Abstract 1
Insomnia – Abstract 2

Knee Pain

Low Back Pain, Chronic – Abstract 1
Low Back Pain, Chronic – Abstract 2

Menopausal Symptoms – Tamoxifen-treated patients


Nausea – Chemotherapy Induced
Nausea and Vomiting – Post-Operative
Nausea and Vomiting – Post-Operative, Children

Neck Pain, Chronic – Abstract 1
Neck Pain, Chronic – Abstract 2

Pain, Non-Specific
Pain, Pediatric
Pain, Intra-Operative and Post-Operative
Pain, Post-Operative – Abstract 1
Pain, Post-Operative – Abstract 2
Pain, Post-Operative – Abstract 3

Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome

Pregnancy – Safety of Acupuncture During Early Pregnancy

Premenstrual Syndrome

Substance Abuse – Abstract 1
Substance Abuse – Abstract 2

Temperomandibular Joint Dysfunction (TMJ)

Tendinitis – Rotator Cuff

Tennis Elbow

Vocal Nodules

Women’s Mental Health

Medical, Bodywork  and Counseling Resources

These links are provided as a courtesy for informational purposes only. No endorsement of any particular practitioner is either expressed or implied.

Hennie Sholars, D.O.
San Francisco, CA
(415) 401-1630

Elisabetta Alfonsi, DC, DACNB
Board Certified Chiropractic Neurologist
San Francisco, CA
(415) 370-8571

Ricky Fishman, D.C.
Musicians’ Chiropractic Project
San Francisco and Berkeley, CA
(415) 567-2225

PF Dumanis, CMT
San Francisco, CA
(415) 533-0932

Liz Kennedy, CMT
San Francisco, CA
(415) 336-2837

Richard Pitt
San Francisco, CA
(415) 695-8200

The Reiki Clinic
San Francisco, CA

Jeff Anderle
Resonance Reiki
San Francisco, CA
(310) 923-2454

Movement Awareness and Education
Fumi Sasa
Alexander Technique San Francisco
San Francisco, CA
(415) 710-4571

Feldenkrais Center for Movement Education
San Francisco, CA
(415) 826-3680

Ivan Serdar, DMD — General and Cosmetic Dentistry
San Francisco, CA
(415) 397-1030

James Gregory, DDS — Cosmetic and Preventive Dentistry
San Francisco, CA
(415) 986-1020

Psychotherapy and Psychiatric Services
Frank Banks, MFT
Psychotherapy, Individual and Couples Counseling
San Francisco and Oakland, CA
(415) 406-0411

Bryce Carter, Ph.D.
Clinical Psychologist, Individuals and Couples
San Francisco, CA
(415) 206-1127

Julie Nicholson, LMFT
Performing arts psychology, health psychology, individual and couples counseling
San Francisco, CA
(415) 289-6771

Karlyn M. Ward, Ph.D., LCSW, BCD
Certified Jungian Analyst, musician
Mill Valley, CA
(415) 388-5976

Gateway Psychiatric Services
San Francisco, CA
(415) 551-0520

San Francisco World Music Resources
Clarion Music Center

Door Dog Music Productions

Sangati Center

San Francisco World Music Festival

7/8 Music Productions

Tangents Radio

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