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Alternative Health

16 September 2011

(Information obtained from the Berkeley Free Clinic Resource List)

ACUPUNCTURE/TRADITIONAL CHINESE MEDICINE

Academy of Chinese Culture and Health Sciences
1601 Clay St., Oakland (between 16th & 17th)
(510) 763-1299
M-F 9-8 (last appt. at 6): 9-5 Sat (last appt. at 3)
Sliding scale as low as $20/visit: herbs $3-15. MediCal: 2 free visits/mo (small charge for herbs)
Public transit: 3 blocks from 12th St. BART (updated 3/12/02)

American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine
1426 Fillmore. Suite 301, SF.
(415) 282-9603 (clinic); 9-9 M-Th; 9-6 F-S
On Wednesdays, free ear-point clinic mornings from 9-11 a.m. (geared toward remedying addictions).
For HIV + clients, has service operating under the Ryan White Care Act. Which provides free acupuncture for those who qualify. Those interested should contact the clinic director, Gene London.
Sliding scale teaching clinic for the acupuncture school. Visits starts at $25. When classes are in session, offers free massage at varying times each semester. Call first for appointment. (updated 3/12/02)

California Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine
Van Ness TuWF 2-4:30. $3 visit (800) 477-4564
www.CSOMAonline.org
Call or visit the website for information on a qualified acupuncturist in your area; will send brochure if you leave name and address.

Chi Nei Tsang Institute
2315 Prince St. Berkeley
(510) 848-9558
Traditional Chinese Medical internal organ massage. “Detoxifies and strengthens all body systems” Dietary and stress counseling, self-help health education. Some sliding scale available ($35 low end).

Meiji College of Traditional Oriental Medicine
2550 Shattuck Ave. (at Blake), Berkeley.
(510) 666-8234
Student clinic school. 1st visit free; following visits $20 (small extra charge for herbs) (updated 3/12/02)

Quan Yin Healing Arts Center
1748 Market St. (@ Valencia), San Francisco
(415) 861-4964
M-F 11-7 pm, Sat. 11-4 pm
Acupuncture & Traditional Chinese Medicine for HIV+ folk. They also treat viral hepatitis and “some gynecological imbalances,” and offer massage services. Sliding scale, special rates for students, volunteers and seniors. Ryan White funding for HIV+ patients. Insurance, workers comp & MediCal. Massage rates are fixed $27/half hour, $42/hour, $62/1.5 hour.

BODY WORK

National Holistic Institute
5900 Hollis Street #J. Emeryville
(510) 547-6442
Hours: 8:30 a.m. – 10 p.m. everyday
Website: www.nhimassage.com
A massage school offering low-cost massage done by students.

CHIROPRACTIC

Life West Chiropractic Clinic
25001 Industrial Blvd., Hayward
(510) 780-4567
M-F 11-7:30. Sat 9-12:30
Available for drop in one hour before closing. MediCal is NOT accepted; Medicare IS accepted. Accept private insurance. Languages covered: Vietnamese, Japanese, Spanish, Arabic, Russian; some others. Call for availability. Initial visits: $25-75, sliding scale; takes two hours for intake: follow-up visits $5-29. X-rays are mandatory and vary in price. Drop in for initial exam during above times. (updated 8/01)

SUBSTANCE ABUSE SERVICES

Berkeley Primary Care Access Clinic
2001 Dwight Way, Berkeley
(510) 204-4835
M-F 8:30-11:30
Acupuncture for detox is free for homeless and low-income persons. First visit, must arrive at 10:30. Ear acupuncture for detox is the main service, they will however see you for some pain concerns. Average appt. is 30-40 min.

Casa Segura/The Safe House
DUE TO RECENT CHANGES, PLEASE BE AWARE THAT NOT ALL SERVICES MAY BE AVAILABLE AT PRESENT. CALL OR STOP BY FOR FUTHER INFORMATION.
(510) 437-8899
3229 San Leandro Street, Oakland. (near Fruitvale BART). Enter around the corner, next to the Aloha Bar, where the railroad tracks run.
Harm reduction services include acupuncture, herbalist, wound and abscess care, HIV testing, case management, and drop-in center. (updated 02/02/01

WOMEN’S HEALTH

Labrys School of Self-Healing for Women and Girls
T, Th, S 10a.m/-12p.m.. 1-5 W, F 2-5
6536 Telegraph Avenue, Suite A-102, Oakland.
(510) 658-9066
Workshops $25-35 donation, chiropractic allergy specialist Shamanic journeying Body workers of various types. Emphasis on women and children’s health; open to male partner. (updated 3/15/02)

MEDICAL MARIJUANA

Berkeley Cannabis Cultivators’ Club
(510) 466-5979
“A medical marijuana provider & a cultivation consultant”

Oakland Cannabis Buyer’s Club
(510) 832-5346
Due to federal litigation, their offices are currently closed: however, their answering machine states that you can leave a massage and someone will get back to you.

MULTI-SERVICE HOLISTIC HEALTH

Ashby Center of Complementary Medicine
2615 Ashby Ave., Berkeley.
(510) 843-5000 (acupuncture): 704-9383 (Ayurveda) Ayurvedic counseling, treatment, and education. Acupuncture including specialists in women’s health and allergies. Podiatry. Sliding scale available based on income and need. Acupuncture standard visit is $55. (updated 4/1/99)

CANCER

Charlotte Maxwell Complementary Clinic
5691 Telegraph Ave (@ 57th Street), Oakland
(510) 601-7660.
Sat and Sunday, 10-5 p.m.; office: F 10-6 p.m.
Complementary medicine for low-income women with cancer: acupuncture, homeopathy, massage, Western herbs, visualization, nutrition, social work, short-term psychotherapy. FREE! Se habla espanol (updated 2/99)

HIV

Immune Enhancement Project
3450 16th Street, San Francisco, CA
(415) 252-8711

Free Ear acupuncture F 4-6
150 Eureka St, Rm 104

Ryan White Program for HIV+ patients with <$1600 income/month. Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) for HIV+ (“and may be of benefit to persons with CFS, Epstein-Barr Virus, Hepatitis, Cancer, and immune disorders”) Medical-2 free visits/month. Sliding scale: low scale-$50 initial visit and $27 for follow-ups.

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