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Erythema Nodosum - A Clinical Case Study with Reflections - CJOM - Spring Summer 2016

Erythema Nodosum - A Clinical Case Study with Reflections -

Published in the California Journal of Oriental Medicine - Spring Summer 2016

I am so excited to report that I have now been published in my first Medical Journal!  Thank you CJOM!  This was such an amazing experience for me in so many ways.

Please feel free to click on the link below to acquire the PDF of the published article.

Erythema Nodosum A Clinical Case Study with Reflections by Amy Petrarca full article PDF

Abstract:  The

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Facial Constitutional Acupuncture, The New Protocols, Yo San University, August 2014

Amazing Experience!  What a thrill!

Amy Petrarca of BiaoHealth, San Francisco, Graduate of the Inaugural Class of The Gold Standard Facial Acupuncture Certification - invited to assist in teaching "The New Protocols" with her esteemed teacher, Mary Elizabeth Wakefield at Yo San Universtiy in Los Angeles, California, August 2014.

My first trip to Los Angeles in over twenty years!  I was absolutely humbled and ecstatic to receive an invitation from my teacher, Mary Elizabeth Wakefield - to assist in teaching "The New Protocols" at Yo San University.

These New Protocols are absolutely

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Meet the Founder of BiaoHealth, Interviewed by Eileen Spillane, The Balanced Nurse, August 2014

Trauma Nursing to Traditional Chinese Medicine - meet Amy Petrarca

Amy Petrarca has been a registered nurse for 21 years.  She started her career on a Head & Neck/Thoracic unit at The Cleveland Clinic Foundation in 1993 before moving to Emergency Nursing in 1995, where she stayed for 18 years.  She left the ER briefly in 1996 to work in CVICU recovering CABG (coronary artery bypass graft) patients for two years.  She got great experience and learned something vital…that she is meant to be in the ER! The nurses at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami generously

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Functional Medicine Detoxification & BioTransformation Module, Denver, CO, 2014

Amy Petrarca travels to Denver, CO to attend the Insitute for Functional Medicine Advanced Practice Module on Detoxification and BioTransformation.

Wow!  I absolutely LOVE Functional Medicine!  I think I may be the new president of their fan club!  Seriously though.... I love getting into the "nit and grit" of the details!  The BioChemistry of Phase I and Phase II Detoxification!  Our human bodies are so amazing!  At any given time, we are so busy doing endless metabolic processes!  Even when you are lying down sleeping, your liver is BUSY metabolizing

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Getting to the Root of the Problem - Alopecia Areata, Clinical Case Study, March 2014

Clinical Case Study: Advanced Herbal Support for Alopecia Areata, Published in Nutrition Review, March, 2014 in Articles, Hair Loss Amy Petrarca, MS, RN, L.Ac, Dipl. OM

“Janie” was clearly suffering when we first met. Entering my office she appeared embarrassed, with long pieces of hair wrapped around her head in an attempt to cover up her bald spots. As she described her situation in a shy, soft-spoken voice, it became clear that she was going through a very stressful time. Janie explained that it had been eight months since the initial onset of her Alopecia

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New Space in the Castro District!

New Space –

A dream come true!  I finally landed a new space in the Castro District of San Francisco!  It’s just beautiful!  I am so happy to announce my new location!  I have not one, but TWO treatment rooms for clients! 

The first room is the dedicated Facial Suite.  It is just breathtaking!  I call this room the “Jade” room.  The décor is muted egg-shell and jade green, with soft lighting with paper lamps during the evening – and natural

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Gold Standard Facial Acupuncture & The Three Treasures

The Season of Metal & The Three Treasures:

Gold Standard Facial Acupuncture Certification Series – Modules 7 & 8.  How perfect to travel back to beautiful Minneapolis, MN for the grand finale of the Facial Acupuncture certification series in Autumn! 

In Traditional Chinese Medicine Five Element Theory, Autumn is the season to focus on all things ruled by Metal – being Respiration, Excretion, and the Integumentary System.  In easier language:  the Lungs, The Colon, and the Skin!    What do these three systems have in common?  They are all used

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Falling into balance

Autumn is the season for change and letting go

It’s back to school and time to get back into the GROOVE of fall!  How great is back-to-school time?  Time to get your new classroom portfolios, new sharp pencils, new jeans, and new routines in order!  A great time to come back to BiaoHealth Acupuncture for a “tune-up” with Acupuncture Needles, Tuning Forks, a BiaoHealth Facial Acupuncture session, or even a health & wellness consultation to review goals for the year.

Autumn is just around the corner – and

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Gold Standard Facial Acupuncture Certification, May 2013

Amy Petrarca of BiaoHealth Acupuncture in San Francisco at the beautiful campus of NorthWestern Health Sciences University in Minneapolis, Minnesota. 

One of only twenty international acupuncturists to qualify & participate in the certification program, Amy flies back for weekends 5 & 6 of this prestigious educational opportunity.

BiaoHealth is pleased to announce that Amy Petrarca has been coordially invited to participate in the Teacher Training Facial Constitutional Acupuncture with Mary Elizabeth Wakefield & MichelAngelo of Chi Akra Center (New York, New York) in New Zealand - Autumn of 2014!

What an amazing opportunity! 

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SF Asian Art Museum:  “Exploring the Elixirs of Immortality; Ancient Medicines & Modern Beauty”

Another amazing opportunity!  BiaoHealth received yet another invitation to speak at the San Francisco Asian Art Museum! 

The Terra Cotta Warriors Exhibition features the impressive underground Army of Qin Shi Huang Di - and his obsession with immortality.  The San Francisco Asian Art Museum invited Amy Petrarca of BiaoHealth Acupuncture in San Francisco to speak and provide a live demo of Facial Acupuncture for an audience of 100 in their impressive Samsung Hall.

The other exciting news is that Acupuncture Physician, Dr. Corinne Wolfe from Tampa Florida will be assisting with the lecture

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Facial Acupuncture Before and After Photos!

The Results are in! Facial Acupuncture a huge success!

Facial Acupuncture Before & after photos!  Absolutely amazing!  I am so excited about the results with my Before and After Facial Acupuncture photos with my subjects.  The experience could NOT have been better!  There were so many surprises along the way – but the biggest and best surprise was the way these AFTER photos looked when placed next to the BEFORE photos!  Wow!  I can really see the difference in each of their faces!

The expression in the eyes, the

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Facial Acupuncture Before and After Photos!

Facial Acupuncture Before and After photos - results are in!

Facial Acupuncture Before & after photos!  Absolutely amazing!  I am so excited about the results with my Before and After Facial Acupuncture photos with my subjects.  The experience could NOT have been better!  There were so many surprises along the way – but the biggest and best surprise was the way these AFTER photos looked when placed next to the BEFORE photos!  Wow!  I can really see the difference in each of their faces! 

The expression in the

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DNA Skincare and Dr. Noel Aguilar, MD

The Skin Teaches The Brain - Dr. Noel Aguilar MD

Determining which skin-care line to utilize with my facial services is not an easy task!  I knew that I needed to LOVE the line... and I knew it had to be the highest quality.  The other variables that I was evaluating included the following:

Free from harmful ingredients Clinically formulated product with proven results Result driven product Organic ingredients Integrated Aromatherapy Educated integration of Botanical ingredients High Integrity company willing to sell only the BEST product

This was all important to me because

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Amy Petrarca debuts: San Francisco Asian Art Museum - TerraCotta Warriors Exhibition, 2013

My Debut at The San Francisco Asian Art Museum - TerraCotta Warriors Exhibition, March 23, 2013!

How exhilatating!  I thought this day would never come!  I am so excited to present this lecture:

The Fundamentals of Traditional Chinese Medicine:  Three Treasures, Four Levels, Five Elements.

What a tremendous opportunity!  I thought I would have SO much time to really flyer, and email, and let everyone know about this special Saturday engagement -- but, the truth is that business has been so wonderful!  As always, I am so busy with patient

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Amy Petrarca guest lecturer at UCSF School of Nursing

Amy Petrarca of BiaoHealth - Lectured at UCSF School of Nursing Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Program

Mark Hawk,  RN, MSN, ACNP-BC. (Associate Clinical Professor in Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Specialty)  cordially invited me to speak as a guest lecturer at UCSF School of Nursing for the Acute Care Nurse Practitioner program for the fourth year in a row! 

I love the opportunity to share Tradtional Chinese Medicine, Acupuncture, and discuss Complementary Medicine with Nurse Practitioners working in the hospital setting.  The group this time was large, 26 students in all.  We

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Functional Medicine Advanced Practice Module Immunology, Tampa, Florida 2013

Amy Petrarca travels to Tampa, Florida to attend the Institute for Functional Medicine Advanced Practice Module on Immunology.

What an amazing experience!  It is difficult to explain the exhilaration I feel just being around other Health Care Providers who are as passionate about health, wellness, and prevention of disease as I am!  And - to sit in the front row in an audience of several hundred physicians and clinicians from all over the world!  Next to me, an MD from Atlanta, Georgia, and behind me, a surgeon from Italy!  All of us here

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Amy Petrarca attends Mastering Functional Blood Chemistry January 2013

Amy Petrarca attends a solid weekend of hematology, chemistries, and everything you ever wanted to know about LABS!

Did you ever go in to be evaluated for symptoms like fatigue, dizziness, insomnia, constipation, or something else -

- only to have your test results come back and the clinician says,

"Everything is normal.  There's nothing wrong with you." 

And you are wondering, "Then why do I feel so terrible?"

Let me tell you that this happens ALL the time!  Why???? 

Well, this

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