Doctoral Training In China

Why Thermography?

Thermography is considered a somewhat controversial test. The function and purpose of the test was explained to me this way: Once upon a time the FDA wanted to determine the best diagnostic detecting for breast cancer. Ultra sound, mammography, thermography, Read more

Light, Life & Love-Brian's Story

Anecdotal stories from my practice are interesting, and they really bring the point home (forgive the fun" that Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine is an amazing medical system that can be used for so much more than pain syndromes.  Brian is Read more

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month!

Breast cancer is only one of the many breast issues facing women today. Fibrocystic breasts, breast pain that waxes and wanes with the menstrual cycle, as well as a suspicious mammogram or thermogram, we women have a lot to Read more

Opportunity for Free New Female Fertility Patient Visit in Doctoral Program

Since the publication of the first research trials demonstrating dramatically higher pregnancy rates when acupuncture is combined with in-vitro fertilization (IVF) more than a decade ago, the demand for highly trained Oriental medicine practitioners knowledgable in the field of Read more

Is Testosterone Overprescribed?

Prescriptions for testosterone creams, injections and patches have risen dramatically over the last decade. Why? Because it works! That's right. Testosterone supplementation makes many men have more energy, increased libido and muscle mass, in addition to feeling more positive Read more

Community Acupuncture-Points to Consider

Dr. Rozenn

“Prior to being under Dr. Rozenn’s care, I had only been to community acupuncture. I now liken that to getting a chair massage in the mall, and then realizing how life-changing a full-on spa massage is! The way she gets to the root of the problem and then continues to delve on each visit until symptoms clear up is so amazing to me.” Lisa Marie, G. ~ Felton

I have been asked several times about my experience with community acupuncture. People want to know if it really works that way in China, if I have ever provided it, and my thoughts on its efficacy.

Treating patients along side my adviser in China in what is called a “community acupuncture” setting was an invaluable experience. The room was about 200 sq. ft. There were tables lined up along all sides, chairs in the middle and semi-private partitions were available to 4 people at a time. Patients were in various stages of undress. There was no privacy, no HIPPA, no informed consent. The whole room would listen to patients discuss their miscarriages, back pain and bowel movements. Most patients received electro-stimulation. I remember one patient with trigeminal neuralgia enduring deep facial needles with electricity. My adviser would laugh at the thin Japanese needles and gentle techniques I use in the United States! No dietary advice was given. Very rarely were herbal formulas prescribed or laboratory testing requisitioned. No lifestyle counseling was considered. It was eye opening to me–seeing patients treated in this manner and I realized it could never, ever be duplicated in the United States. Even in Santa Cruz, most people are not willing to be half naked and discuss their bladder pain in front of strangers (or friends for that matter!). But China has a different culture, and there this model works. Read more

A Request For Help…PCOS–Follow-up

Dr. Rozenn

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

Ancestors of TCM in the West, Drs. Nieters & Rozenn

Dr. Rozenn

john-and-me.jpgMarch 1 2009, Five Branches University held its first graduation ceremony conferring the degree Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, upon 36 graduates.  Keynote speaker, Marilyn Allen, M. Sc., Editor of Acupuncture Today, announced that this first graduating class has become Traditional Chinese Medicine’s  “Ancestors”  in the West.   While Five Branches University has offered a Masters in Traditional Chinese Medicine for 25 years,  co-founders Ron Zaidman and Joanna Zhao recognized a need to offer a higher degree.

According to a new government survey, 38 percent of adults and 12 percent of children use Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM).  The survey results released in December 2008, in a National Health Statistics Report by the National Center for Health Statistics, NCHS a of the CDC, are based on data from more than 23,300 interviews with American adults. Read more

Doctoral Training at the TCM Gynecology Hospital in Huang Zhou, China

Dr. Rozenn


Doctoral Fellows John Nieters and Maureen Rozenn at the second affiliated hospital of Zhejiang Chinese Medical University.

For the last month I have been studying in China as part of my clinical Doctorate in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (DAOM) and my PhD in Integrated Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and Western Medicine with a specialization in Women’s Health and Fertility.

So what exactly have I been doing all of this time, you ask?

Program Highlights  

·        Intensive Gynecology study in an integrated TCM-Western setting.

o       Hundreds of patients were successfully treated with custom herbal prescriptions every day.

o       Treatment principals were based on both TCM diagnostics and Western lab and imaging tests such as hormone panels, pap smears, basil body temperature charts (BBT) and ultrasounds of the ovaries and uterus.

o       Specific herbal formulas were used to treat infertility, irregular and painful menses, habitual miscarriages, PCOS, endometriosis, uterine fibroids and menopausal symptoms.

·        Intensive Acupuncture study with my PhD adviser, Dr. Fang.

o       A wide range of illnesses were treated with acupuncture in Dr. Fang’s busy clinic.

o       Tinnitus, hearing loss, vertigo

o       Neurological problems

§         Trigeminal neuralgia, numbness, sciatica, migraines

o       Post partum issues

o       Orthopedic diseases

§         Knee, back and muscle pain

§         Torn ligaments

§         Muscle atrophy

·        Intensive Internal Medicine study of various topics:

o       Childhood illnesses

o       Cardiovascular diseases

o       Dietary modifications to promote health and vitality

o       Modern applications of ancient herbal formulas for:

§         Liver disease

§         Autoimmune disease

§         Diabetes

Greetings from Zhejiang Chinese Medical University in China!

Dr. Rozenn