East West Herb and Acupuncture Clinic

She has formulated a number of popular herbal products in Planetary Herbals and is a founding member of the American herbalists Guild.  


This is the acupuncture and herb clinic of Michael Tierra L.AC, OMD, AHG andand Lesley Tierra, L.AC. M.S., AHG. We are founding members of the American Herbalists Guild, (AHG). We are authors of numerous articles and books on natural healing. Michael is the author of the best selling, Way of Herbs as well as Planetary Herbology, The Way of Chinese Herbs, The Way of Ayurvedic Herbs and Treating Cancer with Herbs. Lesley is the author of Healing with the Herbs of Life, The Kid's Herbal and Healing with Chinese Herbs.

In addition we are co-authors of The East West Herb Course with over 2000 students around the world and Chinese Traditional Herbal Medicine books 1 and 2. We are internationally recognized pioneers and experts in acupuncture, herbology, nutrition and life changing transpersonal psychology and invited guest speakers at healing symposiums around the world. ​

It is our belief that before resorting to a more invasive conventional medical approach that usually treats symptoms rather than causes and often with numerous possible adverse side effects, you first explore acupuncture, herbology, nutrition and assistance with life style changes for deeper and more lasting healing.

Our emphasis is on achieving and maintaining optimal health, wellness and longevity. For some conditions, such as cancer, we may recommend a complementary approach which can offer tremendous advantages to recovery. In any case, we are prepared to bring you the full range of decades of pioneering practical experience. 

Experience has shown that unless the condition is acutely life threatening, it is wisest to first consult with us. Many conditions are able to be resolved with gentle herbs and acupuncture which is often a far better alternative to invasive drug or surgical intervention.​

Lesley Tierra, L.AC., AHG 

a California State and nationally certified Acupuncturist and Herbalist. In her practice, of over 20 years, she combines acupuncture, herb and food therapies along with lifestyle and inner growth counseling. She is a founding professional member of the American Herbalists Guild. Lesley is the author of Healing With The Herbs of Life (Crossing Press) and The Kid’s Herb Book intended to help parents have a fun way to introduce young children to the world of herbs.  

Michael Tierra

Michael has dedicated his life to promoting the use of herbs, teaching literally 1000's of students through seminars, writing and through his East West Herb Course. He is the chief formulator of Planetary Herbals and has pioneered the introduction of some of the world's most important herbs and formulations. He has also promoted higher standards of herbal practice by founding the American Herbalists Guild (AHG) is a national organization founded by Michael Tierra that establishes professional standards for the practice of clinical herbal medicine. 

Michael Tierra is a California state licensed acupuncturist and holds an O.M.D. degree for advanced studies from the San Francisco College of Acupuncture. With over 35 years clinical experience, Michael is the author of seven books mostly on herbal medicine including the best-selling The Way of Herbs (Pocket Books) and Planetary Herbology (Lotus Press) Michael is also the founder of the American Herbalists Guild (AHG).

About Acupuncture​ 

Acupuncture was first recognized as a licensed primary care health profession in the state of California in 1975 although in China acupuncture has been a part of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) for at least 3000 years. Many cultures throughout the world have discovered points on the body that reflexively can be used to heal numerous health conditions. But it was the Chinese who first discovered an elaborate system of classifying hundreds of acupuncture points along what is known as the “12 meridians,” named after the major organ that each affects. In fact, any tender point on the body can be used as an acupuncture point and the ancient texts speak of the importance of palpating for the most tender “ah shi” points as the most potent for treatment. Providing that there is no physical break or injury, acupuncture is effective for all pains including joint, neck, lower and upper back pains and pain resulting from trauma such as a fall or car accident. However, it is a mistake to think that pain relief is its only value. 

Acupuncture has a broad range of effective application ranging from the common cold, to arthritis, and various diseases of the circulatory, digestive, respiratory, neurological, and genito-urinary 
systems of the body. 

Besides needling, we offer the full range of treatments including the use of moxabustion (burning the herb, artemisia vulgaris, close to acupuncture points — highly effective for generating more energy and warmth, in the associated area along with  suction cups (‘Gua Sha’) on the skin to relieve congestion and pain, the topical application of magnets also effective for pain and Shirodhara (head oiling) for depression, anxiety and deeper emotional imbalances. The latter two are unique specialties of the East West Clinic. The National Institute of Health (NIH) funds research on the efficacy of acupuncture for a wide range of diseases. And most recently found that acupuncture was effective in relieving osteoarthritis pains that failed to respond to the use of standard anti-inflammatory drugs.
Distance consultations 
We consult with patients all over the world. This is done through Email or by telephone. Simply Fill out our intake form and submit it ideally with a photograph of your tongue (for diagnosis purposes). If we think we can help you, we will contact you to set up a distance appointment.  
Herbal Wellness Consultation with Michael or Lesley Tierra, offering a personal herbal and dietary supplement program. For this you would submit a consultation form, a photograph of your tongue, and the beats per minute of your puls
Intake Form

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