Wellness and prevention information from the experts at the Penny George Institute for Health and Healing

Pam Weiss, PhD, MPH, BSN, RN, Dipl.Ac, LAc Licensed Acupuncturist

Pam Weiss-FarnanWeiss provides therapies within the framework of Traditional Chinese Medicine including: acupuncture, acupressure, external QiGong healing and Tui Na.  Weiss is certified in Esoteric Healing, Therapeutic Touch and Chinese Energetic Healing.  In addition to her acupuncture practice, Weiss was a public health nurse for Hennepin County and Human Services and an associate professor of nursing at a local college. In addition, she has taught residents in the Department of Family Practice at the University of Minnesota and was also on the original faculty team of the Center for Spirituality and Healing at the university.  Weiss has an earned doctorate in Adult, Continuing and Community Education and a Masters in Public Health from the University of Minnesota.  Her bachelor degree in nursing is from the University Of Nebraska College Of Nursing.  Weiss earned the certificate of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine from the Northern School of Chinese Medicine in 1992 and is certified by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. Weiss was instrumental in the legislative process that secured licensure for acupuncturists in 1995.

Weiss has been a member of the Penny George Institute for Health and Healing inpatient team since 2006. Weiss has lectured extensively on integrative therapies and traditional Chinese medicine throughout Minnesota and other parts of the United States to professional and lay audiences. She has authored several articles and currently is completing the chapter on acupressure in Complementary and Alternative Therapies in Nursing. (Snyder & Lindquist, 2010).

4 thoughts on “Pam Weiss, PhD, MPH, BSN, RN, Dipl.Ac, LAc Licensed Acupuncturist

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  2. Hi Dr. Weiss,
    In August of 2011, 10 of us (nurses) from St. John Hospital in Detroit attended the 3 day Integrative Health Conference. This past summer, four of us took Dr, Dan Lobash KHT workshop. We are very interested in repeating the wonderful study you did with the ortho patients on adjunctive treatment for pain. We have a medical acupuncturist that would oversee the program. There is little research in this area and we need to do more studies to steamline this non-invasive modality. Thanks so much for any help you may be able to offer.

    Mary Natschke, RN, BAS, HNB-BC, IAC
    Integrative Practice Dept.
    St. John Hospital & MC
    Detroit, MI 48236
    (313) 343-7154

  3. Lowering cholesterol, sugar and stress by Yoga and Acupuncture

    —by Paramjit S Tappia and Yan Jun Xu, Winnipeg, Canada

    Elevations in LDL-cholesterol, obesity and stress are major cardiovascular disease risk factors (1). Due to the side effects of a number of pharmacological agents, the potential of Yoga and acupuncture on cholesterol levels as alternative therapies has been explored, particularly in the Western world. Yoga is an ancient type of mental and physical exercise originating in India, and has been reported to reduce oxidative stress, body weight and blood cholesterol. Acupuncture has been used in China to treat a variety of diseases since about two thousands years ago. In ancient times, people used a sharp stone to pressure some points for pain relief. Subsequently, acupuncture has been found to be effective in the reversal of coma and stroke as well as for the treatment of chest pain, irregular heart beat, hypertension and other conditions including asthma and insomnia.

    Recently it has been found that acupuncture is also effective for the control of blood lipids, glucose and oxidative stress. A literature review of 220 publications conducted by Peplow and Bater (2) has revealed that acupuncture with electrical stimulation (electro-acupuncture) can control elevations in blood sugar in obese women. In animal studies, electrical stimulation (15Hz) for 30-60 minutes is required for positive results. From the literature available on Traditional Chinese Medicine books, Zhongwan, Zusanli, Yishu and Geshu acupuncture points appear to be most frequently used for diabetic patients. Liang and Koya (3) reviewed acupuncture literature between 1979 and 2009; it was evidenced that acupuncture can reduce insulin resistance, hypertension, metabolic disorder, obesity and improve blood lipid profile. Furthermore, frequently used acupuncture points were Zusanli, Fenglong, Tianshu, Neiting, Sanyinjiao, Quchi, Qihai, Zhongwan, Guanyuan, Yinlingquan and Pishu.

    Siu et al (4) have reported that electro-acupuncture is able to lower oxidative stress by stimulation of the Zusanli point. It appears that electrical stimulation at low frequency (2 Hertz), 30 min/day for 4 weeks yields beneficial effects. It is pointed out that different frequencies of stimulation can exert different effects. The underlying mechanism of acupuncture is that stimulation of different points release different neuropeptides and hormones. In addition, it has also been suggested that resistance of nerve fibres and electrical signals are altered in different disease that can be re-balanced by acupuncture. Acupuncture and yoga promote well-being and health and have the potential to be used as a complimentary therapeutic regimen to improve blood lipid and glucose profiles as well as attenuate oxidative stress.


    1. Adameova A, Xu YJ, Duhamel TA, Tappia PS, Shan L and Dhalla NS. Anti-atherosclerotic molecules targeting oxidative stress and inflammation. 2009; 15: 3094-3107.

    2. Peplow PV and Baxter GD. Electro-acupuncture for control of blood glucose in diabetes: Literature revies. J Acupunct Meridian Stud 2012; 5:1-10.

    3. Liang F and Koya D. Acupuncture: is it effective for the treatment of insulin resistance? Diabetes, Obesity and Metabolism. 2010; 12:555-569.

    4. Siu FKW, Lo SCL, and Leung MCP. Effectiveness of multiple pre-ischemia electro-acupuncture on attenuating lipid peroxidation induced by cerebral ischemia in adults rats. Life Sciences. 2004; 75:1323-1332.

  4. The Institute of Health and Healing of Penny George provides Acupuncture therapy for many diseases. It keeps mind fresh and heels pain.

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