After completing my BA, I looked at MS programs in Acupuncture, Traditional Chinese Medicine and Oriental Medicine all over the country. I was young, without ties to a community, and was open to moving anywhere. I chose to attend Five Branches University because out of all of my prospective schools, that one was strongest in Women’s Health, because of Sharon Feng. I came to Santa Cruz knowing I wanted to focus on gynecology, long before it was commonplace for acupuncturists to claim a specialty. I came here to study with Dr. Feng.
My first clinical class was with Sharon. It was my first day, and she scared the hell out of me. This tiny Read more
The last day to start the detoxification program is 10-15-2014! Don’t let this year pass you by!
“I can’t begin to explain how wonderful I feel after completing the Liver Detox Program with Dr. Maureen Rozenn. I’ve been on a long journey trying to become a healthier person and really felt I’d come a long way – but I actually didn’t realize how crappy I was still feeling until I started to feel so much better!! The program is so simple and Dr. Rozenn tailors it to each patient’s specific needs. The actual plan requires a 3 week commitment and includes a weekly acupuncture with Dr. Rozenn…I’ve never experienced something like this before and, for me, it has resulted in some significant lifestyle changes. To be honest, I finished my 3 weeks but have now modified it so that I can continue following it for a few more. I highly, highly, recommend Dr. Rozenn and Endless Possibilities Acupuncture.” Deborah N.–Scotts Valley
Come join me for a talk on holistic liver health! Sponsored by HELP! (Help & Education for Liver Patients). In my 8th annual HELP! talk we will discuss the beauty and wisdom of Chinese medicine theory as it pertains to the Liver Organ System.
My practical approach is aimed towards empowering people to change their health through education. Geared towards people interested in improving their liver health and those living with liver disease.
Where: SC Bible Church, 440 Frederick Street, Room WC-10
When: Monday, September 16th from 6:30-8:30
See you there!
The following is a particularly eloquent email one of my patients sent me before she made her first appointment. Like many women with PCOS, hers was a trying path to pregnancy. However, with the right combination of Chinese and Western medicine, she was able to conceive and have a healthy pregnancy. To the left is a picture of her beautiful baby girl.
This is an excellent example of the type of inquiries I get weekly. The following excerpt of our communication is posted with her permission and request to remain anonymous. Her email is in italics and my response is bolded.
Hello, I am searching for a practitioner with knowledge, patience, and a history of success in treating women with PCOS. Read more
On the left side of this page, under Resources, you will find several links to answer most common questions about herbal medicinals such as: are they harmful, regulated by the FDA, what about liver and kidney toxicity, Prop 65 warnings, etc. On a more personal note, I had a wonderful experience this month with a patient of mine that exemplifies the challenge, and the beauty, of integrating Eastern and Western perspectives on topics such as herbal formulas.
I have several patients who are MDs, nurses and research scientists, and other professionals steeped in Western medicine. One such patient is a pathologist at a top university. Chinese medicine theory makes no sense to him-it is bizarre. And yet even though he can not make sense out of it, he comes for treatment, because it works. Acupuncture makes his pain better and he likes it.
He first came to me years ago Read more
“A few years ago, Maureen helped our family grow from 2 to 4. The attached photo of our twins was taken when they were a few months old. Now they are 2 years old and full of adventure! I’ve been meaning to send a photo for an embarrassingly long time. Better late than never. Thank you, Maureen, for everything you have done for our family.”-Bree, Santa Cruz
June is World Infertility Awareness Month. Infertility or “subfertility” impacts men and women all over the world. In developed nations such as the United States, Sweden, Germany and Brazil many couples delay conception until later in life. The term “infertility” is generally defined as the failure of a couple to conceive after 12 months of regular unprotected intercourse, (if the female is under 35). If she is over 35 then the diagnosis of infertility can be given after 6 months. Around 10–15% of couples have difficulty conceiving at some point in their reproductive lives and seek Western Assisted Reproductive Techniques (ART). We tend to assume that infertility has more to do with the female partner, but that is simply untrue.
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Since graduating from Five Branches University over 10 years ago, Dr. Rozenn has taught in several clinical and academic settings. In fact, her teaching career began before she graduated, when her classmate hired her to tutor him for the California state board exam. Her upcoming didactic/clinical class is a part of the “Women’s Health” specialization component of Five Branches University’s Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (DAOM) program. The Western Artificial Reproductive Techniques (ART) aspect of the class will be taught by a Reproductive Endocrinologist, while Dr. Rozenn will teach students:
- How to enhancee fertility through normalizing the menstrual cycle
- How to teach patients the Fertility Awareness Method and incorporate that information into their treatment plan
- How to treat obstacles to fertility/pregnancy such as Endometriosis, Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, Unexplained Infertility, Recurrent Miscarriage, Fibroid/Cysts, Male Infertility Patterns and more
- Fertility promoting acupuncture treatments, herbal formulas, nutritional supplements and dietary guidelines backed by empirical and experimental data
- The latest Integrative Medicine Fertility Research
- How to help patients make ART more successful, including: hormone therapy, IVF, IUI and surgery recovery
The class will satisfy California state and The American Board of Oriental Reproductive Medicine continuing education requirements.
As part of the class, Dr. Rozenn will have the opportunity to treat patients on Sunday, May 11th and Monday, May 12th, from 2-6pm FOR FREE! Volunteers will have a class of licensed acupuncturists observing their treatment and as compensation, they will receive treatment for free. This is a $175.00-$100.00 value.
The Heart in Oriental medicine encompasses not only the heart organ itself, but various emotional and spiritual concepts as well.
* Pumps blood
* Is considered “The Emperor” or “Ruler” of all the other organ systems in that when the heart is disturbed, the natural rhythm and function of the other organ systems is lost
* When healthy is calm, even if other health problems exist, a person feels content and relaxed
* Is responsible for the ability to make and remember specific memories having to do with emotional events (i.e. remember your favorite teddy bear?)
* When out of balance can cause anxiety, insomnia, palpitations, loss of libido, infertility in men and women
I look at the whole person to assess heart function. Using conventional lab work including cholesterol levels, C-reactive protein levels and homocysteine levels, in addition to evaluating the emotional and spiritual aspects of the heart, lays the foundation for a truly happy heart. Then using an Integrated medicine approach, we can set out a treatment plan that addresses all areas of the heart: from cardiovascular disease to depression.
What is your New Year’s Resolution? Below are the top 3 desired changes as expressed by my patients for 2014:
- Loose Weight-How can we help? Improve liver and gallbladder function, stabilize nervous and endocrine systems, define “healthy foods” according to individualized diagnosis. Many of our patients loose weight as a side effect of treatment. They are not even trying, but because they are systemically healthier, they drop 5-15 lbs with little to no effort!
- Quit Smoking-Are you a closet smoker? It is so challenging to be a smoker in California (and New York and several other states now!) Rather than investing in cigarettes, which you know will always leave you wanting, invest in a comprehensive program to get you healthier and tobacco free! The Quit Smoking Program is one week long and designed to minimize the mental, physical and emotional withdraw symptoms ceasing smoking creates. This package represents over a 25% reduction in price. Why? Because as a former smoker, I feel it is imperative that we offer this program at the lowest price we can. Join the non-smoking crowd!
- De-Stress. How did we all get so over scheduled? Remember when not everyone had a planner? People had days off. How do you excel in a world that values constant productivity? Well, while you may not be able to change your circumstances, you can always change the way you interact with your circumstances. It is possible to have the same amount of work and responsibilities with less anxiety. Thus leading to better sleep, digestion, mood stability and more friends! Well, that last part depends on if you are an extrovert, but you get the idea.
As “clean” as our diets are, as little toxins as we think we ingest, as zen as we may believe ourselves to be, we can always refine ourselves and our habits. This endeavor is at the root of preventative medicine. Ring in the New Year by treating yourself to personalized, whole body health care to help you attain your highest level of health and well being. Schedule Today!
I have just returned from the Reproductive Medical Center and Fertility Center (RMFC) in Colorado Springs where I completed a preceptorship and co-authored a research study on acupuncture and IVF.
I feel so fortunate to be the only acupuncturist from the Santa Cruz area who has done a preceptorship at RMFC, the fertility clinic with the largest database of acupuncture + IVF patients in the world. During this training I observed artificial reproductive medicine techniques (ART) such as IVF, IUI, and ICSI (a fertilization technique used to combine sperm and egg during IVF). It was an amazing view into the world of Western reproductive medicine. While I have been using Oriental medicine for several years to enhance fertility naturally and in combination with ART, Read more