Home Page

Hello, and welcome to my website.  As of May 1, 2019, I have retired from practicing acupuncture. I had an office practice of acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine for 36 years.  I will remain available for consultations about health issues, and for consultations about Chinese herbal medicine.  I am able to have herbs sent directly to people, after suitable consultation.  You can reach out to me by going to "Contact Information" at the bottom of this page.  I will respond as promptly as possible, and further conversations can happen by phone or email. 

For acupuncture I now recommend Dr Katrina Carney, L.Ac.  Katrina began practicing in my office in 2017, and is now full time there.  In addition to her training for licensure and her own practice experience, she was able to spend time with me and some of my patients, so I could share some of my techniques and experience with her.  She is a good listener and has a gentle approach.  Her number is:  (530) 366 3660.  If you contact her please let her know you found her name and number on my website.

Chinese Herbal Medicine

    Chinese Herbal Medicine is, I believe, the world's most sophisticated system of herbal medicine, supported more and more by modern research, and grounded in the theories and diagnostics of Chinese Medicine.  This is important, because what works well for one person's problem may aggravate someone else's.  And sometimes one remedy may work well for a number of seemingly different illnesses.  It is this grounding in Traditional theory and diagnostics that allows the practitioner to discern the differences between people, their illnesses and thus choose appropriate treatment.  This is in fact similar to the use of acupuncture, where different points and techniques will be best in different situations.
    I believe in Integrative Medicine, utilizing what works best from Traditional medicine and modern medicine.  I work with many patients who are also receiving treatment from medical doctors and taking medications.  In many conditions Traditional Chinese Medicine may be the best therapy.  In others, such as cancer, combining this with modern medical approaches is most beneficial.
     Please take a look at the Oriental/Herbal Medicine page of this website for more information on Chinese Herbal Medicine.
     I will be happy to answer any questions you may have.


I began my studies of acupuncture and Chinese Medicine in the mid 1970's with Martha Benedict, a student of Miriam Lee [whose arrest for practicing medicine without a license in the early 1970's led to the state implementing licensing for acupuncturists] and one of the first caucasians to be licensed to practice acupuncture in California. 
   I continued studying acupuncture and Chinese Medicine with teachers in the Bay Area.  I also went to Oakland's Merritt College and obtained my degree and licensure in nursing as an RN in 1980.  I then attended the first class of the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in San Francisco,  completing the program in early 1983.  Martha Benedict was one of the founders of the college, along with Yat K Lai and C S Cheung.  Dr Lai was involved in the initial development of acupuncture licensure in California.  Dr Cheung is a well known translator of Chinese Medical materials into English, and only retired from translating and teaching in his 80's.  My first serious tai ji quan and qi gong teacher, Fong Ha was also involved as a translator at the American College of TCM.
    I worked for many years part time as a Registered Nurse, in burn and critical care areas primarily.  I also maintained a private practice in acupuncture and Chinese Medicine.  I stopped nursing practice entirely in the early 2000's.  As an acupuncturist I have worked in a variety of settings:  at a senior clinic in Oakland, in a large group practice in San Francisco, for both adult and juvenile drug court programs, and since 2006 as an acupuncturist for Enloe Medical Center in Chico, Ca.  This included working with cardiac surgery and other inpatients, as well as developing and working in a weekly, low cost community style clinic, the first in Chico, at the Enloe Cancer Center's infusion center.  From 1998-2000 I was a contributing writer on alternative and complementary therapies for two nursing textbooks.
 Contact Information

James Higgy Lerner,  L.Ac.

Daytime Phone:
Evening Phone:
 Security Code: *