Author Archives: Francine Ball, L.Ac.

About Francine Ball, L.Ac.

I am a licensed acupuncturist practicing in Walnut Creek, California. I have been in private practice since 1984. In my practice I see a wide variety of patients with many types of health problems from late stage cancer to allergies and infertility, and everything in between. The age of my patients range from infants to 96 years old. I have many children and teenage patients. My areas of specialty are internal medicine, infertility and neurology.

The Many Uses of Dang Gui

Radix Angelica Sinensis, or Dang Gui root, is one of the most interesting and widely used Chinese herb. Dang Gui has three main functions: to tonify or strengthen the blood, promote circulation and stop bleeding. It is particularly famous for … Continue reading

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More Gifts From the Sea

My patients are often fascinated by the herbs in my office. Some herbs just look like a bunch of barks and twigs, or as some patients comment, “they look like you raked your backyard & put stuff in a bag!” … Continue reading

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Gifts from the Sea

Recently while kayaking in the ocean on the Mendocino coast of California, we landed at a beach in a small cove. The beach was littered with abalone shells, large and small, whole and fragmented. Though we frequently see abalone shells … Continue reading

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