About ChineseMedicineSampler.com

Our mission is to bring Oriental Medicine to the mainstream of America. If you've read our page listing conditions which are commonly treated by Oriental Medicine (WHAT TCM TREATS) you probably have an idea of the vast treasure it is. It offers not only treatment options but the very possibility of any treatment at all to countless thousands of people every day through out the world. The USA should be among the nations to reap the benefits of this old but very advanced technology. In addition to the human gains, a great deal of the economic burden of health care could be shouldered more easily if Oriental Medicine were as available in the USA as it is in China.

The ChineseMedicineSampler.com is operated by 3 Sticks L.L.C. which is a for-profit firm located in Grand Junction, Colorado, USA. It's primary activities are the private practice of TCM, this web site, continuing education presentations and educational presentations to the non-professional public.


Joseph Balensi passed on Feb. 14, 2013. The dedication and time that he spent working on this website is example of the love and respect he had of this medicine, not to mention his scholarly attitude and enjoyment of teaching. As a close friend and colleague of Joe's, I will always make sure that he, the principle author of this work, will remain as such.   Della Estrada L.Ac. (Tucson)

The acupuncturist who authored this site, Joseph Balensi. graduated from Southwest Acupuncture College in Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA in 1995 with a M.S. in Oriental Medicine. In private practice in Tucson, Arizona since then, he taught Chinese herbal medicine, Acupuncture Techniques, supervised interns in the clinic at the Arizona School of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine and served as the Clinic Dean at the Asian Institute of Medical Studies in Tucson.

Professional Experience by Type

Practice of Oriental Medicine

2002-Present Staff Acupuncturist Cottonwood de Tucson – Psychiatric hospital specializing in addictions and multiple co-occurring diagnoses.
Acupuncturist and Researcher - University of Arizona Health Sciences Center, Department of Pediatrics, Complementary and Alternative Medicine Center, Tucson, Arizona

1999-Present Author - www.ChineseMedicineSampler.com

1998-2001 Acupuncturist - University of Arizona, Department of Psychology. NIH Study of Acupuncture and Depression, Tucson, Arizona

1995-Present Practitioner of Oriental Medicine in private practice, Tucson, Arizona. Teaching

Instructor - Acupuncture Techniques - Asian Institute of Medical Studies. Tucson, Arizona

Instructor - Acupuncture Materials and Methods, Arizona School of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, Tucson, Arizona

Instructor - Chinese Herbal Medicine, Arizona School of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine,
Tucson, Arizona.

1995-2002 Instructor - Tai Chi Chuan Ott YMCA, Tucson, Arizona.

Administrative & Marketing Experience

2000 - 2002
Clinic Dean - Asian Institute of Medical Studies, Tucson, Arizona Medicine, Tucson, Arizona

2000 - 2002
Executive Director - LAU Clinic, Tucson, Arizona

1998 - 2000
Chairman - Ethics Committee, Arizona School of Acupuncture and Oriental

Professional Activity

2005 – Present
Member and Secretary – State of Arizona Acupuncture Board of Examiners

2000 - 2001 Arizona Integrated Acupuncture Alliance - Vice-President

1999, 2000 Acupuncture Society of Arizona - Web Master

1999 State of AZ, Acupuncture Board of Examiners, Test Writing Committee Member

1997 - 2000 Acupuncture Society of Arizona - Southern Region Board Member

Publications and Presentations

1) Balensi, Joseph; Point Energetic Reference - Classification of acupuncture points by traditional functional property. The Medical Acupuncture Web Page, 1999; Aristotle University, Thessalonica, Greece),http://users.med.auth.gr/~karanik/english/articles/pointref.html

2) Balensi, Joseph; Chinese Herbal Formula Reference - Classification of formulas by traditional functional property with cautions and contraindications. The Medical Acupuncture Web Page, 2000 (hosted by Aristotle University, Thessalonika, Greece),

3) Balensi, Joseph; The Chinese Medicine Sampler - A 75 page introduction to Oriental Medicine, www.chinesemedicinesampler.com 1999; (hosted on independent domain)

4) Balensi, Joseph; presentation: Scalp Acupuncture in the Treatment of Children with Cerebral Palsy; given at: First Annual Pediatric Integrative Medicine Conference, Tucson, Arizona

5) Balensi, Joseph; Acupuncture Diagnostic and Treatment Manual for Cerebral Palsy, Used in the University of Arizona Health Sciences Center Pediatrics Research Project - funded by the National Institute of Health.

6) Balensi, Joseph; Arizona Catches Up With Ancient Healing, Arizona Senior World, August 2000.

7) Balensi, Joseph; Weekly column on Traditional Chinese Medicine in AltMed-HealthAnswers.com e-mail newsletter 2000

8) Balensi, Joseph; Scalp Acupuncture Seminar, Asian Institute of Medical Studies, Tucson, Arizona; November 2000

9) Balensi, Joseph; A Serendipitous Treatment of Cerebral Palsy with TCM http://www.acupuncture.com/Acup/cerebral.htm 2000, and JOURNAL OF CHINESE MEDICINE, 22 Cromwell Road, Hove, BN3 3EB, UK http://www.jcm.co.uk/CaseHistories/case13.html ,



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