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Meet Artin Mahboubi

About Artin Mahboubi:  My passion for acupuncture came about after a sports injury that left me in excruciating pain that was not letting up even after six weeks!  I seeked the advice of an orthopedic surgeon believing I must’ve really screwed things up this time since no improvement in pain or functionality after quite awhile (6 weeks), and he advised me that the type of injury to my shoulder that I was experiencing did not need surgery and that it was going to take some time to heal.  He recommended I take advil for the pain and let time take care of things.  At the time I was working in an immunology laboratory and ironically our goal was to understand and provide solutions for peoples health problems, specifically auto-immune related health issue,  and now here I was needing some help myself and the only thing available to me was a drug which brought with it stomach upset, liver toxicity, and was basically a coverup for the pain until the body healed itself.  I wasn’t too crazy about the options before me so I looked for other possible solutions.  A friend of mine recommended I try acupuncture!  I was skeptical at first because as a man of science, I did not “understand” how insertion of a thin needle could possibly repair a badly injured shoulder where movement was an impossibility.  I gave it a try however, and after one session the pain had reduced so much that I was simply amazed and as a student of biology I  wanted to learn more; everything I could learn in fact.  After a course of treatments, I decided I must study this mysterious form of medicine and help people in the same way while trying to understand how it works and maybe even contribute in some way to this ancient yet scientific form of medicine and healing.  I enrolled in the acupuncture school in San Diego and it has been an amazing journey in healing.

Since 2005, I have helped numerous clients with a variety of acute and chronic health issues ranging from depression and anxiety to digestive issues, PMS, chronic pain as well as acute pain, and auto-immune related conditions.  I specially welcomes difficult cases.

I studied Oriental Medicine at Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in San Diego, and continued my studies at the Maryland University of Intergrative Health.

My extensive research  background in oncology, pharmacology, and immunology allows me to truly bridge eastern and western medical principles and create optimal results for my clients.

Previous to acupuncture, my interests and work included research at institutions such as National Institutes of healthLombardi Cancer Center, and La Jolla Institute for Allergy and Immunology, where I made numerous contributions throughout my research career.

I have over 20 peer reviewed publications in scientific journals on subjects ranging from neuropharmacology; cancer research; HIV infection and host response; basic and applied immunology; rheumatoid arthritis, ulcerative colitis, crohn’s disease, Alzheimer’s, and sjogrens disease; to electromagnetism and foundations of life (Download My ebook on Acupuncture and Immunology).

I am National Board Certified in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine by National Commission on Complimentary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAOM), and an addiction and detoxification specialist(ADS).

Articles and Publications (partial list):

p53 regulates apoptosis, synovitis, and joint destruction in collagen-induced- arthritis.   Am J Pathol. 2002 Jan;160(1):123-30.

Heat-shock protein 70 inhibits apoptosis by preventing recruitment of procaspase-9 to the Apaf-1 apoptosome.  Nat Cell Biol 2000 Aug;2(8):469-75

Expression of Fas ligand in activated T cells is regulated by c-Myc.   J Biol Chem 2000 Mar 31;275(13):9767-72

Protein kinase C theta cooperates with calcineurin to induce Fas ligand expression during activation-induced T cell death.   J Immunol 1999 Dec 1;163(11):5813-9

HIV-1 Vpr suppresses immune activation and apoptosis through regulation of nuclear factor kappa B.  Nat Med 1997 Oct;3(10):1117-23

FAS-induced apoptosis is mediated via a ceramide-initiated RAS signaling pathway.  Immunity 1995 Apr;2(4):341-51

Chapter 9:  The end of the (cell) line:  Methods for the Study of Apoptosis in Vitro.  Methods Cell Biol. 1995;46:153-85.

Cell-autonomous Fas (CD95)/Fas-ligand interaction mediates activation-induced apoptosis in T-cell hybridomas.  Nature 1995 Feb 2; 373(6513):441-4

Functional Myc-Max heterodimer is required for activation-induced apoptosis in T cell hybridomas.   J Exp Med 1994 Dec 1; 180(6):2413-8

Promotion and inhibition of activation-induced apoptosis in T-cell hybridomas by oncogenes and related signals.  Immunol Rev 1994 Dec;142:321-42.

Apoptotic cell death induced by c-myc is inhibited by bcl-2.   Nature 1992 Oct 8;359(6395):552-4

Potential ligands for opioid receptor single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) J Med Chem 1992 Jul 24;35(15):2826-35

Interaction of beta-funaltrexamine with [3H]cycloFOXY binding in rat brain: further evidence that beta-FNA alkylates the opioid receptor complex.  Synapse 1991 Jun;8(2):86-99


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