Welcome to a Powerful Healing Experience!

Asyrah’s Garden, located in Graton (Sebastopol), California, offers affordable, effective holistic medicine: acupuncture, massage, herbal medicine, nutritional support and more.  The skilled practitioners of our serene, woman-owned clinic specialize in

pain ♦ stress ♦ women’s health ♦ fertility
facial rejuvenation ♦
stop smoking & other habits ♦ chronic & complicated conditions

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wisdom of ancient healers ∞ nature’s resources
energetic & functional harmony

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Insurance, What a Let Down!

We had high hopes that government involvement in our healthcare insurance system would bring out the best.  Alas, countless collegues and medical providers I’ve spoken with, me included, are so done with the game being played at the expense of our patients and ourselves.  Disappointment appears more widespread than ever since insurers still have no oversight to make sure they pay out appropriately.  Welcome to the Last Man Standing strategy, and the insurance companies usually win.

If you have a fairly competent insurer, hang on to them.  If, like so many participants, you are suffering due to their game of “deny, disallow, disappear”, then here is my suggestion: DON’T BOTHER ENGAGING IN AN UNWINNABLE FIGHT.  It’s not worth risking your blood pressure, heart health, migraine onset, immune system decline, digestive upset, or other predictible stress responses.  Life is short. And luckily, we holistic practitioners have another solution… Continue reading

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Gearing Up Locally for Obamacare

As an Essential Health Benefit, acupuncture will be covered by all insurance plans in California starting in 2014. This will give patients much greater access to one of the safest, most effective healing modalities available.  Here’s a short video explaining some of the coming changes (link).


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Teaming Up With West County Health Centers

With a mutual goal of providing affordable healthcare to local communities, Asyrah’s Garden (Community Acupuncture, Massage  and Chiropractic) will be working with Forestville Wellness Center to offer low-cost acupuncture and massage as part of an integrative medical team.  Continue reading

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I Don’t Like Needles

“Okay, so the idea of acupuncture is good, helping the body maximize its natural healing ability with no bad side effects.  But getting stuck with needles like a pincushion???  You’ve got to be kidding!” Continue reading

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How Acupuncture Works

Medical terms in green are defined at the end of this article.

Acupuncture works with the energy known as Qi, to promote the body’s ability to heal itself.   Qi is accessed through superficial points along meridians that connect all parts of the body and organ systems.

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) uses a holistic approach, Continue reading

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A Holistic Approach to Quitting Smoking


If someone were to give you money to stop smoking, would you accept the offer?  And how much would it take – $500, $5,000, $15,000?  How about if someone offered you additional years of life, quality life, not tied to a bed in ill health, but years of activity, joy, sport, familial warmth? Continue reading

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Do We Have to Live With Pain?

One of the common complaints brought to my acupuncture practice is pain.  Whether due to work or play incidents, or the fall out of chronic stress, our bodies can react to trauma in ways that make us wonder if life will ever be enjoyable again.  Acute pain may easily develop into chronic pain if not treated correctly. And just the emotional drain of hurting is enough to distance us from a place of healing.

The good news is we can live mostly, if not entirely, pain-free.  Continue reading

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A Happy Liver Helps Keep You Healthy!

In Traditional Asian Medicine, the Liver is associated with Spring, so this seems an appropriate time to check to see how yours is doing.  I don’t literally mean the liver organ as defined by Western medicine, although it is included.  What we’re exploring is the emotional-mental-spiritual-physical complex that the Liver System encompasses.

Take a look at this short list of symptoms which might indicate the Liver System is out of balance.  Continue reading

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