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http://www.aaaomonline.org/, The American Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, dedicated to the promotion and advancement of high ethical, educational, and professional standards in the practice of acupuncture and Oriental medicine (AOM) in the U.S.

http://www.itmonline.org/, ITM enriches the lives of people seeking traditional medicine knowledge and services by clarifying the nature of traditional medicine and demonstrating how it can be utilized in the modern setting.


Rainbow Grocery Cooperative, Inc., at 1745 Folsom Street @ 13th Street in San Francisco CA, 94103. Tel: (415) 863-0620. The site has a wonderful search engine on "The Library" page that gives you access to hundreds of medical research reports documenting the power of food as medicine.

“Chinese Nutrition Therapy: Dietetics in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM),” by Joerg Kastner,

“Healing With Whole Foods: Asian Traditions and Modern Nutrition” (3rd Edition) by Paul Pitchford Available on www.amazon.com

The Weston A. Price Foundation is a nonprofit, tax-exempt charity founded in 1999 to disseminate the research of nutrition pioneer Dr. Weston Price, whose studies of isolated non-industrialized peoples established the parameters of human health and determined the optimum characteristics of human diets. http://www.westonaprice.org/ Available on www.amazon.com

The Organic Consumers Association is an online and grassroots non-profit 501(c)3 public interest organization campaigning for health, justice, and sustainability. The OCA is the only organization in the US focused on promoting the views and interests of the nation's estimated 76 million organic and socially responsible consumers.


http://www.sfdoulagroup.com/, The San Francisco Doula Group is a community of doulas practicing in the Bay Area. Understanding the needs of expectant mothers and their partners, the sfdoulagroup.com was created to be a source for referrals of trained and experienced birth and postpartum professionals.

http://www.ourbodiesourselves.org/, OBOS is a nonprofit, public interest women’s health education, advocacy, and consulting organization. Beginning in 1970 with the publication of the first edition of Our Bodies, Ourselves, OBOS has inspired the women’s health movement . “OBOS provides clear, truthful information about health, sexuality and reproduction from a feminist and consumer perspective. We vigorously advocate for women's health by challenging the institutions and systems that block women from full control over our bodies and devalue our lives. Our long-standing commitment to serve only in the public interest and our bridge-building capacity are our hallmarks. We remain one of the few women’s health groups in the U.S. that doesn’t accept funds from pharmaceutical companies and that tries to be scrupulous about conflict of interest.”

http://birthpsychology.com/, The Association for Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology and Health is a public-benefit educational and scientific organization offering information, inspiration, and support to medical professionals, expecting parents and all persons interested in expanding horizons of birth psychology.

http://www.lamaze.org/institute/, Founded upon six care practices that support normal birth, the Lamaze Institute for Normal Birth is an evidence-based resource for new and expectant parents and childbirth professionals. Use this site to find credible, relevant and useful information and discover how to come together with normal birth advocates in your community.

http://www.childbirthconnection.org/  , ChildbirthConnection.org is your source for trustworthy up-to-date evidence-based information and resources on planning for pregnancy, labor and birth, and the postpartum period. Founded in 1918, Childbirth Connection is a national not-for-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of maternity care. We promote safe, effective and satisfying evidence-based maternity care for all women and families.

http://cfmidwifery.org/ , Citizens for Midwifery is a non-profit, volunteer, grassroots organization. Founded by several mothers in 1996, it is the only national consumer-based group promoting the Midwives Model of Care.


http://www.fatherstobe.org, Fathers-To-Be supports expectant and new dads by reinforcing their relationship with themselves, their partners, their babies, and the health professionals caring for the family.


http://www.naturalresources-sf.com/, at 1367 Valencia St at 25th – the premier store for products, resources, rentals, classes and community. “We bring thoughtfully-chosen products and information-based education to parents and babies to positively influence community by supporting families”










http://www.llli.org, La Leche League International strives to help mothers worldwide to breastfeed through mother-to-mother support, encouragement, information, and education, and to promote a better understanding of breastfeeding as an important element in the healthy development of the baby and mother.

http://www.promom.org/, Promotion of Mother's Milk, Inc. (ProMoM) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to increasing public awareness and public acceptance of breastfeeding


www.spinningbabies.com, All about “Easier childbirth through fetal positioning.”




Unassisted Childbirth, by Laura Kaplan Shanley

Birth Reborn, by Michel Odent   

Energetic Pregnancy, by Elizabeth Davis

Birthing From Within, by Pam England and Rob Horowitz

Wise Woman Herbals for the Childbearing Year, by Susan Weed

Mind Over Labor, by Carl Jones

Ina May's Guide to Childbirth, and Spriritual Midwifery,by Ina May Gaskin  

Unassisted Homebirth An Act of Love, by Lynn M. Griesemer

Active Birth: The New Approach to Giving Birth Naturally, by Janet Balaskas

Childbirth Without Fear, by Grantly Dick-Read

Natural Childbirth the Bradley Way, by Susan McCutcheon

Special Delivery, by Rahima Baldwin

The Power of Pleasurable Childbirth, By Laurie Morgan

The Complete Book of Pregnancy and Birth, by Sheila Kitzinger

The Labor Progress Handbook, by Penny Simkin and Ruth Ancheta

Emergency Childbirth: A Manual, by Gregory J. White, M.D.

Birthing Normally, by Gayle Peterson

Sacred Birthing, Birthing a New Humanity, by Sunni Karrl

RESEARCH ON PREBIRTH ACUPUNCTURE, from the website of Debra Betts, http://rhizome.net.nz:

The use of Acupuncture as a Routine Prebirth Treatment

Debra Betts, Journal of Chinese Medicine October 2004

Pre-birth acupuncture refers to a series of treatments in the final weeks of pregnancy to prepare women for childbirth. Research (Kubista E, Kucera H Geburtshilfe Perinatol 1974; 178 224-9) has demonstrated that the mean duration of labour in a group of women giving birth for the first time was reduced from 8 hours 2 minutes in the control group (70 women) to 6 hours 36 minutes in the group of 70 women who had received prebirth acupuncture. In clinical practice acupuncture is an ideal method to help women prepare themselves to have the most efficient labour possible. Feedback suggests that prebirth acupuncture offers a range of positive effects in labour that goes beyond reducing the time spent in labour, with midwives reporting that use of prebirth acupuncture has contributed to a reduced rate of medical intervention in their practice. This article outlines the use of prebirth treatments in clinical practice in the hope that this will encourage practitioners to promote this very practical treatment.

PreBirth treatment involves a series of four treatments weekly from 36 or 37 weeks to prepare for labour. Points are used according a woman's constitution and pregnancy history. These include points to ripen the cervix, to help position the baby in the best presentation for labour and to promote optimal energy and stamina for women to enter into labour.

Data on 169 women was gathered by 14 midwives as part of their midwifery practice in Wellington, New Zealand. It found that when comparing all caregivers (Midwives GP's and Specialists) to those women who had received prebirth acupuncture there was:

There was no difference in the onset of early labour in those women receiving prebirth acupuncture.

When comparing midwifery only care there was a 32% reduction in emergency caesarean delivery and a 9% increase in normal vaginal births.

Our conclusion was that prebirth acupuncture appeared to provide some promising therapeutic benefits in assisting women to have normal vaginal births and that a further randomized controlled study is warranted.

Research on the use of acupuncture to prepare women for labour first appeared in 1974 with a study by Kubista and Kucera. Their research concluded that acupuncture once a week from 37 weeks gestation using the acupuncture points Zusanli ST-36, Yanglingquan GB-34, Jiaoxin KID-8 and Shenmai BL-62 was successful in reducing the mean labour time of the women treated. The acupuncture group had a labour time of 6 hours and 36 minutes compared to eight hours and 2 minutes in the controls.

The 1998 study by Zeisler et al. used the acupuncture points Baihui DU-20, Shenmen HE-7 and Neiguan P-6, treating from 36 weeks gestation. This study concluded that acupuncture treatment had a positive effect on the duration of labour by shortening the first stage of labour, defined as the time between 3cm cervical dilation and complete dilation. The acupuncture group had a median duration of 196 minutes compared to the control group time of 321 minutes.


A randomised controlled trial into the effects of acupuncture on cervical ripening was published by Rabl in 2001. The objective was to evaluate whether acupuncture at term can influence cervical ripening and thus reduce the need for postdates induction. On their due dates 45 women were randomised into either an acupuncture group (25) or a control group (20). The acupuncture group received acupuncture every two days at the acupuncture points Hegu L.I.-4 and Sanyinjiao SP-6.

The time from the woman’s due date to delivery was an average of 5 days in the acupuncture group compared to 7.9 days in the control group, and labour was medically induced in 20% of women in the acupuncture group compared to 35% in the control group.

There were no differences between overall duration of labour or of the first and second stages of labour.

Conclusion: Acupuncture at the points Hegu L.I.-4 and Sanyinjiao SP-6 supports cervical ripening and can shorten the time interval between the woman’s expected date of delivery and the actual time of delivery.


Kubista E Kucera H., Geburtshilfe Perinatol. 1974; 178 224-9

Tempfer C, Zeisler H, Mayerhofe Kr, Barrada M Husslein P., Influence of acupuncture on duration of labour. Gynecol Obstet Invest 1998; 46:22-5

Betts D, Lennox S., Acupuncture for prebirth treatment: An observational study of its use in midwifery practice. Medical acupuncture 2006 May; 17(3):17-20

Rabl M, Ahner R, Bitschnau M, Zeisler H, Husslein P., Acupuncture for cervical ripening and induction of labour at term – a randomised controlled trail. Wien Klin Wochenschr 2001; 113 (23-24): 942-6


West Z. Acupuncture in Pregnancy and Childbirth. Churchill Livingstone; p2001

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Smith C, Crowther C, Beilby J., Pregnancy outcome following women's participation in a randomised controlled trial of acupuncture to treat nausea and vomiting in early pregnancy. Complement Ther Med. 2002 Jun; 10(2):78-83.

Cardini F, Weixin H., Moxibustion for correction of breech presentation. JAMA 1998; 280:1580-1584

Lyrendas S, Lutsch H, Hetta J, Lindberg B., Gynecol. Obstet.24; 217-224


Cheng Tzu’s Thirteen Treatises on T’ai Chi Ch’uan. By Cheng Man Ch’ing. Translated by Benjamin Pang Jeng Lo and Martin Inn. Copyright 1985 by Juliana T. Cheng. Published by North Atlantic Books.

T’ai Chi. The “Supreme Ultimate “ Exercise for Health, Sport, and Self-Defense. By Cheng Man-Ch’ing and Robert W. Smith. Copyright in Japan, 1966 by John Weatherhill, Inc. Twenty-third printing, 1982.

Master Cheng’s Thirteen Chapters on T’ai-Chi Ch’uan. By Professor Cheng Man-ching; translated by Prof. Douglas Wile. Copyright 1982. Published by Sweet Ch’i Press, New York.

The Essence of T’ai Chi Ch’uan. The Literary Tradition. Translated and edited by Benjamin Pang Jeng Lo, Universal T’ai Chi Ch’uan Association. Martin Inn, Robert Amacker, Susan Foe, Inner Research Institute School of T’ai Chi Ch’uan. North Atlantic Books, 1979.

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T’ai Chi Ch’uan A Simplified Method of Calisthenics for Health and self defense. By Professor Cheng Man-Ching. Copyright 1996 by Cho-San, Inc. All rights reserved.


The Yellow Emperor’s Classic of Internal Medicine- Simple Questions (Huang Di Nei Jing Su Wen). People’s Health Publishing, Beijing, 1979. First published c. 100 B.C.

“Yin is quiet, Yang is active. Yang gives life, Yin makes it grow...Yang is transformed into Qi, Yin is transformed into material life.”

“Yin is in the Interior and is the material foundation of Yang; Yang is on the Exterior and is the manifestation of Yin.”

Spiritual Axis (Ling Shu Jing). People’s Health Publishing, Beijing, 1979. First published c. 100 B.C.

“If the 5 Yin organs are diseased, abnormal reactions will appear at the 12 Source points. If we know the correspondence of Source points to the relevant Yin organ, we can diagnose when a Yin organ is diseased.”

Nanjing College of Traditional Chinese Medicine. A Revised Explanation of the Classic of Difficulties (Nan Jing Jiao Shi). People’s Health Publishing, Beijing, 1979. First published c. AD 100.

“The Original Qi is the motive force situated between the two kidneys, it is life-giving and is the root of the 12 channels. The Triple Burner acts as the ambassador for the Original Qi, which passes through the three Burners and it then spreads to the 5 Yin and 6 Yang organs (and their channels). The places where the Original Qi stays are the Source points.”


http://chiakra.com/, Chi-Akra Center founder Mary Elizabeth Wakefield is one of the leading proponents of facial renewal techniques in the world today, and has been awarded with the title of Educator of the Year by the American Association of Oriental Medicine (AAAOM) for her contributions to the field of Oriental medicine as a teacher, creator of innovative treatment protocols, writer for acupuncture periodicals, and advocate of acupuncture in the national media.



http://www.chiakra.com/yang_yin4.pdf, The Yang and Yin of Facial Acupuncture – Part 4, Hypothesis Regarding the Mechanisms Involved in Facial Acupuncture as Extrapolated From an Examination of Conventional Facial Rejuvenation Techniques. By Mary Elizabeth Wakefield, LAc, Dipl. Ac., MS, MM.