Don F Gates
Acupuncture & Herbal Medicine

Grand Acupuncture Center
3931 Grand Ave, 2nd Floor
Oakland  CA 94610

Chinese Medicine
All About TCM
Herbal Medicine
What is Qi?
The Qi Sensation
The Meridians
The Organs
Yin & Yang
About Me
My Background
Why I Practice TCM
My Logo
My Practice
Our Clinic
Your First Visit
Fees & Billing
Patient Forms
Governing & Legislative Bodies
The California Acupuncture Board is the licensing and regulating body for the state's acupuncture profession. California is currently the only state with its own licensing exam.
The National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) is the agency in charge of testing competency in TCM practitioners in the 49 states that don't require their acupuncturists to pass a state-level licensing exam.
The California State Oriental Medicine Association (CSOMA) is the state's most active political organization representing the gamut of Oriental medicine's concerns.
The American Association of Oriental Medicine (AAOM) is a nationwide association of TCM and other Oriental medicine practitioners.

Scientific Research on TCM
The NIH's National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) is the nation's top agency for scientific research on complementary and alternative medicine. Their mission is "to explore complementary and alternative healing practices in the context of rigorous science, to train CAM researchers, and to inform the public and health professionals about the results of CAM research studies."

Publishers & Purveyors

  • Blue Poppy Press
  • Eastwind Books of Berkeley
  • Redwing Book Company
  • Eastland Press
  • Shambhala Publications
  • East-West Books
  • Seven Star
  • China International Book Trading
  • Acuneeds
  • Paradigm Publications

    Local Holistic Health Resources

  • Beth Baron, massage therapist
  • Robin Barnett, massage therapist
  • Karen Kartch, chirporactor
  • Christine Bartlett, hypnotherapist
  • Wendy DeRosa, intuitive-energy healer, reiki
  • Elisa Dumesnil, marriage & family therapist

    Pregnancy & Postpartum Resources

  • Gina Marie Buonpane, pre- and post-natal massage
  • Kim Lyons, massage, doula, and childhood-development services
  • Kelly Keller & Michele Bloom, multilingual doula services
  • Deidre Abrons, pregnancy massage and doula services


  • Scott A. McKinzie, DMD Dental Practice
  • Ellie Herman Pilates Studio