East West Acupuncture Clinic & Herb Center

The clinic of Michael and Lesley Tierra

The clinic was first opened in 1978 in Santa Cruz, California by Dr. Michael Tierra and was one of the first herbal and acupuncture clinics in the area. Integrating a holistic approach with dietary, herbal, acupuncture and lifestyle guidance, it has literally helped thousands of people both locally and from throughout the world in regaining their most prized possession, their health.

Since 1985 Lesley Tierra, Michael’s beloved wife, became co-practitioner. She brought her own healing approach, including inner growth counseling, which has contributed greatly to the success of the clinic. The East West Clinic is unique in its integration of many traditional natural healing systems including Western phyto-therapeutic, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and Traditional Ayurvedic Medicine (TAM) along with innovative contemporary healing methods.

It is not uncommon that we help individuals for whom conventional medicine has no acceptable answers. Above all, people turn to us because the methods we use are safe, without side effects, and highly efficacious.


It is our belief that patients should first seek the safest and most non-invasive approach to healing before resorting to more dangerous methods that often only mask the outer symptoms without addressing the underlying cause.

We at the East West clinic treat both symptoms and underlying causes of disease. Clients are provided with a comprehensive, individualized dietary and herbal program based upon their presenting conditions. In some instances, a follow-up consultation may be recommended to evaluate progress or to adjust their program.

East West Acupuncture Clinic and Herb Center

Located in downtown Santa Cruz between Cedar and Locust Streets

912 Center St Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Tel: 831- 429-8066
Fax: 831-429-0103



Dr. Michael Tierra is a California state licensed acupuncturist with an O.M.D. (Oriental Medical Doctor’s Degree) and founder of the American Herbalists Guild. He has been in clinical practice for over 40 years and is available for private on-line health, nutritional and/or herbal consultations.

Dr. Michael Tierra

Lesley Tierra L. Ac., Dip. Ac. NCCAOM, Dip. CH NCCAOM is a California state licensed and nationally certified acupuncturist and herbalist with 33 years clinical experience. She has a practice in Santa Cruz, California where she combines acupuncture, herbal and food therapies along with lifestyle and inner growth` counseling. She is a founding and professional member of the American Herbalists Guild. She is available for private on-line health, nutritional and/or herbal consultations.

Lesley Tierra

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