Acupuncture Research

National Infertility Awareness Week, Listen Up!


   In honor of Infertility Awareness Week, we are giving a free, signed copy of my book, Your Fertility Program to anyone who requests it. Simply come to the office for your paperback copy while supplies last. Struggling to get Read more

March is Endometriosis Awareness Month!


I feel that it is incredibly important to educate the public about endometriosis because it is so common One out of 10 women will be affected by it during their reproductive years. Endometriosis described a condition in which tissue, Read more

East-West Liver & Systemic Detoxification Program


"?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 Read more

January is Thyroid Awareness Month! Treating Thyroid & Adrenal Issues with Functional Medicine


What is functional medicine? This question always makes me laugh. It implies that those who do not profess to practice "functional medicine" by default, practice "dysfunctional medicine". But that little joke aside, Functional Medicine refers to a way of Read more

Community Acupuncture-Points to Consider


"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 Read more

March is Endometriosis Awareness Month!

Dr. Rozenn

I feel that it is incredibly important to educate the public about endometriosis because it is so common One out of 10 women will be affected by it during their reproductive years. Endometriosis described a condition in which tissue, similar to the lining of the uterus, is found elsewhere in the body. It can lead to extreme menstrual pain, infertility and distortion of reproductive and abdominal organs.

The most common Signs and symptoms of Endometriosis include:

  • Painful periods
  • Intense cramping may start 1-2 days prior to menstruation and can be so severe that it causes vomiting, diarrhea and fainting.
  • Pain at the end of or just AFTER menses
  • Irregular cycles
  • Annovulatory cycles
  • Premenstrual spotting
  • Painful intercourse

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April is IBS Awareness Month!

Dr. Rozenn

Do you have abdominal pain, indigestion, bloating, diarrhea, constipation, gas, nausea and fatigue?  You are not alone! Digestive problems are incredibly common.  Unfortunately, many people suffering from these symptoms:

1.   Don’t realize how many of their friends, family and co-workers struggle with the same problems

2.   Feel alone, helpless and embarrassed

3.   Don’t know that Oriental medicine can be incredibly effective!

Digestive disorders range from hemorrhoids to “heart burn” to loss of appetite, and everything in between. One common Western diagnosis given to people with chronic diarrhea, constipation or abdominal pain is Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). This complex disorder that afflicts up to 20% of the world’s population!  You may have heard IBS be referred to as an “incurable disease” by your physician.  Read more


October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month!

Dr. Rozenn

Power of WomenBreast 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 worry about when it comes to breast health!

One of the ways women can lessen breast pain and lower cancer rates is by limiting several environmental pollutants:

  • PAHS (Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons)
    Present in:cigarette smoke, air pollution, auto exhaust, diesel fuel, smoked and grilled foods.
  • PBCs ((Polycholorinated biphenyls)
    Banned in the US in 1979, we are still exposed to this through accumulation in rivers and industrial areas, fish and HUMAN BREAST MILK!
  • BPA (Bishenol A)
    Present in plastic and epoxy resins, plastic wrap, plastic bags, storage containers, canned foods.
  • Dioxin
    Produced through chemical processes involving chlorine such as pulp and paper manufacturing, dioxin has now contaminated many food sources such as milk, fish and meat.

 

So, what can you do? Not eat, breath or sleep (mattresses commonly contain pollutants as well)?

This is a sound, but not practical solution. You can avoid canned foods, know where your food is coming from, adjust some habits and be proactive. For example, use glass containers to store food, avoid canned foods, always bring a reusable bag to the grocery store. When at the grocery store be mindful of where your food came from. Is it organic? Was it imported from Mexico or other places where there are fewer laws and regulations regarding the use of chemicals in agriculture? Is it local, or did it come here from from across the country on a diesel truck? Get involved, support environmental groups.

Keep your liver healthy!. Your liver is responsible for breaking down and excreting toxins. There are specific breast support formulas available to support breast health, endocrine balance (which these chemicals disrupt) and provide antioxidants.

GET HELP!

Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine has a long history of successfully treating breast pain! From cyclical breast pain to cancer related breast issues, you can feel better!

When working with menstrual cycle induced breast pain or cysts I combine dietary therapy with acupuncture (no, the needles do not go in the breasts) and herbal prescriptions. Often, when women get up off the treatment table, their pain is alleviated. Liver support is essential for these individuals, along with herbs that promotes circulation through the breasts and discourage the formation of fibrous tissue. Many women with this problem also find their menstrual cycles also improve. Common side effects of treatment are: a reduction or eradication of PMS, regular menstrual cycles, more energy, better sleep and an increase in well being and quality of life.

Want more information on Oriental medicine and cancer treatment? Check out this post:

Acupuncture & Cancer Treatment

Here are just a couple of studies showing the benefits of acupuncture on breast health and cancer recovery:

Acupuncture in breast diseases. How, when and why?

Acupuncture improves health-related quality-of-life (HRQoL) and sleep in women with breast cancer and hot flushes.

If you or someone you know is experiencing breast health issues or wants to do all they can to prevent problems, make an appointment so we can talk about specific strategies and breast support formulas.Online Appointment Booking


Acupuncture & IVF–Increase Your Chances of Success

Dr. Rozenn

6678188_mI just got back from teaching Chinese Medicine and IVF–East-West Synergy in Yo San University’s Doctoral of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (DAOM) program. The class focused on helping women (and men) have a successful IVF cycle with Chinese medicine. It also included a synopsis of current research, some of which is so powerful I feel compelled to share it with you.

In a blinded, controlled clinical trial which lasted 7 years and included over 800 patients, researchers in Colorado Springs found that Read more


May is National Hepatitis Month-Get the BEST Hepatitis Treatment!

Dr. Rozenn

Love Your Liver

Chances are, your life or the life of someone you know, has been affected by hepatitis.

Hepatitis literally means liver inflammation. This condition can have many causes: autoimmune, drug induced (Tylenol is a common drug that in excess can cause hepatitis), alcoholic, fatty liver and viral (such as hepatitis A, B, C, D, E, F).

Each type of hepatitis, and each person with hepatitis, needs PERSONALIZED holistic care. Read more


Fertility & Pre-Birth Acupuncture

Dr. Rozenn

Nothing makes me happier than following up with a patient who became pregnant under my care. For example, yesterday Isaw a patient who I haven’t seen since her first trimester. Now she is in her 36th week. She wrote of her experience during her first trimester:

I am research scientist, and I have always been a little skeptical about acupuncture and other non-western medical practices.  After my experience with Dr. Rozenn, however, I enthusiastically recommend her for the treatment of fertility issues. My husband and I were trying to conceive for the second time and after a year, we saw an M.D. specialist in infertility.  He explained that Western medicine had no easy answer for my particular issue (my cycles were  short and he suspected I was ovulating before my eggs were mature), and recommended that I try meditation or yoga as a first strategy.  He also mentioned that there was a program available that combined standard infertility treatment with acupuncture.  After talking to a friend of mine (who recommended Dr. Rozenn), I decided to try acupuncture alone for three months and then reassess my options. Dr. Rozenn was willing to work with me either with or without parallel treatment from my M.D. and Read more


June is WORLD Infertility Awareness Month

Dr. Rozenn

“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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East Meets West in Colorado Springs

Dr. Rozenn

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


Acupuncture & Cancer Treatment

Dr. Rozenn

I am frequently asked by patients if I treat cancer. Often, they are looking for help for a famly memeber or friend who has been receintly diagnosed. In California, licensed acupuncturists are not allowed under our scope of practice to treat cancer. HOWEVER, there there are several ways that acupuncture can help patients who are being treated for and recovering from cancer. Please read the following article from Acufinder to learn how Chinese medicine can benefit cancer patients.
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Acupuncture Improves Sperm Counts and Motility

Dr. Rozenn

sperms-meet-egg and no, its not just because you think it will…

The following is an abstract from a very interesting study conducted in Germany. It has been well established that acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicinals can dramatically improve semen parameters. But why? Is it the “placebo effect”? Not according to this groundbreaking research, the Correlation of psychological changes and spermiogram improvements following acupuncture.

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