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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Substance Abuse Dependency, Prevention & Treatment

Mission: Herban Health is a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide holistic, low cost, healthcare services and education, based on traditional Chinese Medicine, to medically underserved residents of the East Palo Alto community and surrounding San Mateo and Santa Clara County.  Our clients include low income people, those who are homeless, in a homeless shelter or a residential recovery facility. Our current activities include the following: 1. Provides free bilingual holistic healthcare services such as acupuncture to between 50-100 patients each week on a drop in basis. 2. Partners with the Ravenswood Family Health Center, Free At Last, the Ecumenical Hunger Program and InnVision where the free clinics are offered. 3. Offers free bilingual educational classes within these community based organizations, including information on digestive disorders, weight reduction, meditation, yoga, hypertension and nutrition based on holistic healthcare principles.

Geographic areas served: East Palo Alto, San Mateo/Santa Clara County

Community Stories

12 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

5

Client Served

Rating: 5

Mi nombre es concepcion y mi espeiencia en la clinica es marabillosa,desde mi primer visita esperimente el cambio en mi vida ,La acupuntura tiene grandes beneficios ya que no tengo que tomar medicamentos todo es natural.Por mencionar solo algunas cosas en las que he sentido el cambio son la deprecion,isomio,sirculasion,anciedad,reflujo. Estoy muy agradecida con la ayuda que me an dado

5

Client Served

Rating: 5

The first month was more then enough, to actually know that acupuncture was playing a crucial role on my rehabilitation to control my anxiety and compulsive disorders, also it was making my depression fade away. Later i found out that acupuncture derived from the Chinese medicine , and that also expensive to make this type of appointments anywhere else, prices would go from $80-$200, Fortunately, I found this free service that provided to the community acupuncture to all. One year has passed by, and i been feeling good. Its addicting because you just feel better every time and you can feel it in your own body. This saved my life, and i believe that it could save many others, it was my century when a needed, it gave me spiritual shelter when i needed spiritual strength and peace.

5

Client Served

Rating: 5

Cuando yo vine aqui yo no podia ni caminar ni levantar mis brazos y ahora me he sentido super mejor. ya casi no siento mis dolores gracias a la acupuntura. (Entered by GreatNonprofits staff member from paper review on behalf of reviewer).

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

Yo soy diavetico sufro de hasma y depresion despues de que empese a tomar las secsion de acupulturismo me e esntido vastante vien especialmente con me estres y depresion el diavetes se me a controlado muchas gracias a la apicultura. (Entered by GreatNonprofits staff member from paper review on behalf of reviewer).

5

Client Served

Rating: 5

Bueno yo estoi entratamiento porque tengo migrana deprecion etc. Y en una de mis bicitas con mi doctora me recomendo benir con ustedez porque mis dolores de cabeza lla eran demaciado y lla estaba perdiendo el conasimiento o en otras palabras me des mallaba i las primeras beses no senti mallor alibio pero sobre paso mas tiempo lla son como 6 beses y para hora lla no nesesito estar tomando, pastillas para el dolor estar muy contenta co ustedes y le agradesco de todo corazon poresta organisacion gracias. (Entered by GreatNonprofits staff member from paper review on behalf of reviewer)

5

Client Served

Rating: 5

Yo vine aqui por una amiga que me comento del programa y yo tenia bastante dolor en un brazo. Estoy trateando con la acupunture para ver si me mejoro del dolor. (Entered by GreatNonprofits staff member from paper review on behalf of reviewer)

6

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Herban Health has helped hundreds, now thousands of people in this community. I was fortunate enough to have been able to use my skills to promote good health and well being to an under-served community. I first started at a detoxification center giving free acupuncture to former drug and alcohol addicts. Then, the program started a Saturday clinic for the general public. I was amazed by the response of the people who came back week after week and who brought their friends and relatives because the clinic had helped them so much. The program is run by dedicated volunteers who love their craft and the community. I feel privileged to have been a part of this program with its selfless organizers and volunteers. Thank you Herban Health!

6

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Herban Health is an amazing group. Run by an incredible woman Dyanne Ladine - it provides free acupuncture (donations are very welcome) to the people of East Palo Alto and the surrounding area. It is a drop-in clinic between 8:30 and 12 noon so anyone can come in, find a chair, sit down and receive an acupuncture treatment. Most points are done in the ear (ear acupuncture) and some on the body. People who receive acupuncture weekly are helped with all kinds of problems, pain, indigestion, headaches, insomnia etc.

7

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My name is Oralia Montoya. A friend of mine told me about a free acupuncture clinic. I cannot believed it was free. I started comming to the acupuncture in Fall 2003. At that time, I have had not medical insurance or money to see an MD. The acupuncturists balanced my high blood pressure in three months. I also experienced pain relief from the fibromyalgia and ostheoarthritis and gain mobility. In additon, my stomach was swelling to the point that I looked like an eighth months pregnant. After few months from the acupuncture treatments the swelling decreased significantly. I was told the swelling was due to non proper functioning of liver, gallbladder, pancreas, and spleen. As a result of all these conditions, I have had sleep disorders. But After the first acupuncture treatment, I slept like a baby. I will be forever gratful to all volunteer acupuncturists at Herban Health Free Acupuncture Clinic and its founder Dyanne Ladine. Mi nombre es Oralia Montoya. Una de mis amigas me dijo acerca de Herban Health una clinica gratuita de acupuntura. No podia creer que fuera gratis. Empeze a asistir a la acupuntura en otono 2003, En ese tiempo no tenia aseguranza medica ni dinero para ver un Medico. La(os) acupunturistas balancearon mi alta presion en tres meses. Tambien experiemnte alivio al dolor causado por la fibromialgia y la oesteoartritis y recupere mobilidad. Ademas mi estomago estaba inflamado al punto que parecia que tenia ocho meses de embarazo. Me dijeron que la inflamacion del estomago se debia a que el higado, la vesicula, el pancreas y el bazo no funcionan bien. Despues de pocos meses de tratamientos, la inflamacion disminuyo signifacantemente. Como resusltado de estas condiciones tenia desordenes del sueno, pero despues del primer tratamiento de acupuntura, dormi como un bebe. Siempre estare agradecida con toda(o)s loa acupunturistas de la clinica gratuita de Herban Health y su fundadora DYanne Ladine. Oralia Montoya

6

Volunteer

Rating: 4

I have worked for about 5 years as a volunteer acupuncturist with Herban Health at the VA in Menlo Park and at Ravenswood Medical Clinic in East Palo Alto. On at least 2 occasions I have taken part in half day seminars on nutrition to educate our patients. In general I think that patients find our services very helpful as evidenced by the healthy attendance at the two clinics that I work. Sometimes I think we try to do too much in the short time we have with patients, especially the Saturday clinic at Ravenswood.