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Does anyone know a good acupuncturist and herbalist that has dealt with diabetes and
blood sugar issues? Spanish speaking would be very helpful, as well. My close
friend is confronting this and I am trying to help guide her to good treatment that
does not have side effects. She needs a woman and someone that can communicate well
because she is not used to using non-conventional therapy. Berkeley would be best.
She lives in Berkeley and does not have a car. Thank you very much for any
suggestions you can offer.
First, kudos for supporting your friend.
You didn't ask about books, but I strongly recommend Blood Sugar 101: What They
Don't Tell You About Diabetes, by Jenny Ruhl. It has really important information
about testing your blood sugar and lowering it by diet. The book is short and
easy to read, but also pretty careful about what's known and what's not proven.
It also considers individual differences. The book is probably in the library;
there's a website too, www.bloodsugar101.com.
A one-page summary of the most important information can be downloaded at
Best wishes and good luck!
I recommend Brian Barlay at Temescal Acupuncture Center. Easy to get to by public
transportation (close to MacArthur BART and many buses). he is stunningly good,
very gentle, very experienced. 510-219-6679
With something as serious as diabetes, I strongly encourage you to counsel your
friend to see a licensed nutritionist and/or a real doctor. I don't want to rant,
but in my opinion alternative medicine therapies are no different from faith
healing. In any case I think we can all agree that good nutrition is of paramount
For anyone with diabetes wanting to find an alternative to prescription pills I
can wholeheartedly recommend the acupuncturist & Chinese herbalist, Leah Mazel in
Berkeley. When I started seeing Leah I had been diagnosed as diabetic and my
blood sugar was in the high 100's (for which I was taking insulin), I had long
term issues with my blood pressure (which I controlled with medication for eight
years), and I terrible symptoms from colitis for which I was taking Asacol. In
short, I was a walking mess. Four months later I no longer take insulin and my
b/sugar is regularly below 100, my b/pressure is 117 over 65 (the lowest in
years), and my medication has been reduced to a bare minimum, and I no longer
have colitis! I've always been a believer in Chinese herbs and acupuncture and so
seeing Leah wasn't stretch, but the results have gone way beyond what even I
expected! Contact Leah, she's wonderful - 510-224-5567
This is to recommend a wonderful Albany accupuncturist, right on Solano - and also
to let you know about a great resource for people with diabetes.
I enthusiastically recommend the wonderful accupuncturist/herbalist Charlene Leung
(firstname.lastname@example.org or (510) 559-9038) in Albany. Her work includes
immune system support, as well as general accupuncture and herbs, and you can ask
her specifically about your diabetes concerns. More on Charlene at
The resource is http://www.tudiabetes.org/- a web-based community of over 10,000
people with all types of diabetes. You can ask questions, look at resources, and
find information on how to better care for yourself.
Acupuncture, PT rec for knee?
I injured my knee about 8 months ago doing a workout video (argh),
and it hurts with a specific motion (bent and twisting- which happens
lots of times during the day, to my chagrin). It is limiting my
mobility, but more importantly it is becoming less sharp over time
and more achy- arthritic sort of? The pain is not going away though.
Anyway, I went to see Dr. Strotz, an orthopedic surgeon, who thought
it was a torn meniscus. After an MRI, he couldn't find anything
wrong with the meniscus. So now I am wondering what should I do?
Who should I go see? I know, without a doubt, that I injured it (I
remember the moment). Because of the enduring pain, I am pretty
motivated to get it resolved. Any recs for other orthopedic
surgeons, acupuncturists, PTs, whatever- would be welcomed. too
young to have a permanent aching knee
If you are looking for an acupuncturist, Rebecca Cates is for you. She
understands the body thoroughly and has an easy touch. She is very
gifted in helping people heal from injuries. Her contact is:
email@example.com and phone is 415-573-6168. Unless you want
surgery, I'd stay away from orthopedic surgeons since they tend to want
to do surgery.
Jill Stevens is a fantastic acupuncturist. She specializes in Peds, but
she has helped many friends with pain issues, particularly backs and
knees. I go to her for immune support, pain and whatever else is ailing
me. She has also made a huge difference in my my daughter's life around
stomach problems. Yourwholefamilywellness.com 510-851-3006 on Powell in
Right accupuncturist for alternative-med skeptic
My husband, who has a variety of med problems including diabetes,
adhd, problems sleeping, and overall joint/muscle pain has finally
concluded that perhaps an accupuncturist is the only one who can
help him with his pain and feeling of well-being. He also happens to
be skeptical of alternative/Eastern medicine, but is willing to give
this a try. Who should he see? Who is not only great at their job,
but also exudes a great deal of competency in their bedside manner?
(Because that is what he'd need to remain confident in the
treatment.) Thank you for your help!
hoping for help
Definitely call Jamie Hampton at Golden Leaf acupuncture in
Berkeley. She is truly amazing. Very professional, upbeat,
and highly knowledgeable. The office space is clean and
bright - no incense burning! : ) They are fully licensed.
She is an expert in her field and also a mom. Her number is
no longer sleepless
Mary Goulart is a brilliant acupuncturist. Not only is she an extremely
gifted practitioner, she has a very warm bedside manner, and cares deeply
about each of her patients. She skillfully integrates Western and
Complementary medicine. She is a licensed acupuncturist and holds a
Ph.D. in nursing. I began seeing her two months ago for a serious,
chronic illness. I had seen many different practitioners who, while very
skilled, were unable to improve my situation. I began seeing her weekly,
and the treatments have made a huge difference in improving not only the
condition I originally sought treatment for, but my overall health as
well. Mary has an office on College Ave. in Oakland as well as one in
North Berkeley. She can be reached at 510-451-6020.
Grateful patient of Mary's
Your husband has some very serious health issues acupuncturist won't
able to help. If you love and care about your husband have him see a
Medical Doctor who received a degree from an accredited medical school
He is right to be skeptical of acupuncturists and alternative medicine
doctors. The only thing acupuncturists are good at is convincing patents
they are getting better and to have you keep paying for treatments.
I was really into alternative medicine and acupuncture until I found out
how easy it is to become one. Just take some on-line classes you too can
be a certified acupuncturist in no time. I had high hopes for
alternative medicine and Eastern medicine many years ago. Sadly they
have all turned out to be scams and the ones they do work are through the
placebo effect. ANON
Just wanted to clarify a point made in a recent post.
The writer said that ''I was really into alternative medicine and
acupuncture until I found out how easy it is to become one. Just take some
on-line classes you too can be a certified acupuncturist in no time.''
I think this person must be confused. In California, you must graduate with
a Masters degree from 3000 hour (3year full-time) program, then take a state
board exam administered by the Dept of Consumer Affairs.
Then you can be called a Licensed Acupuncturist (LAc)
Experienced female Acupuncturist and Chinese herbal doctor
Could anyone recommend a very experienced (female only)
Acupuncturist and Chinese herbal doctor that they really
trust. I want someone who is a VERY strong herbalist;
someone who is schooled in how to write an individualized
herbal formula, rather than pre-made herbal formulas. I
ideally would like a doctor who is gentle and who I can
really talk to. My family has used Acupuncture and Chinese
herbal medicine since I was young, but I don't really know
anyone in this area. I prefer someone in South Berkeley
or North Oakland. I hate to be too picky, but we have one
car and need to stay local.
Thank you for your help!
I recommend Dr. Jay Sordean, founder of the Redwood Clinic at
3021 Telegraph in Berkeley, 510-849-1176, in the South
Berkeley, North Oakland area.
He has been in practice for over 30 years, and is the father of
a teen (and a preteen), with a particular interest in
integrating nutrition, and other individual factors into a
patient's evaluation and treatment.
You can find out more at: http://www.theredwoodclinic.com
I can highly recommend Roberta Lewis in Berkeley. She fits all
-- Decades of experience; does a lot of continuing education
and seminars with extremely well regarded, international
acupunturists and herbalists
-- She is an herbalist who writes her own formulations, but she
works with KW Botanicals to fill the prescriptions. She is
EXTREMELY picky about her herb sourcing, which is comforting.
-- She is very gentle, and will even just do acupressure if the
condition or area being treated is too sensitive for needles
-- She has seen my entire family, including my kids.
I see her for an auto-immune illness, but I know many people
who have seen her for every condition you can think of. She is
truly my lifesaver. I cannot recommend her highly enough.
Her contact info:
Roberta ''Bobbie'' Lewis; 510-540-8528. Her office is on
Dwight, very near MLK.
Recommend you contact Charlene Leung at Jade Phoenix
Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine in Albany. She is a wonderful,
experienced acupuncturist and herbalist.
Lauren Shi at Wellspring Clinic (510-704-8888) in Berkeley.
She's great, wonderful person to be with and makes all
individualized, customized herbal formulas at her office. Her
office is one block from University on Addison.
Dr. Leah Mazel-Gee has been my acupuncturist for several years.
I have had great results with her acupuncture and Chinese
herbal treatments. The friends that I have sent to her are also
very happy with their results. She is located near Alta Bates
Hospital on Telegraph Avenue. I really like her gentle and
caring style. The herbs are totally individualized for each
patient, convenient, and pretty mild-tasting. She has over 30
years of experience. After graduation in the U.S., she
continued advanced studies in China for another year. Leah is a
very empathetic and inspiring healer. She follows a lot of her
own advice and stays quite healthy and vibrant! One other plus,
her office is quite calm and soothing. Check her out on Yelp,
think you'll be happy with your results! Her number is
510-548-5676 and her website is holisticchinesemedicine.com.
I recommend Oakland Community Acupuncture,
My husband, 15 yo daughter and I are working with Chris Randle
who we hold in very high regard.
There are three practitioners, one of them is a woman. They do
prescribe raw herbs. They are a great practice.
I'm happy to share more if you like.
Leah Mazel-Gee is a great Acupuncturist and Chinese herbal doctor
that you can trust. She went and lived in China to study the
profession and she actually puts the herbal formulas together
herself. I've seen her a couple of times for health issues and she
never dissapoints and is very gentle. She's easy to talk to and
she'll ask you a lot of questions to really try to find out what's
going on. She's located in Berkeley and her phone number is (510)
Leah Mazel-Gee meets all your requirements for an acupuncturist.
She's across the street from Whole Foods on Telegraph and has been in
practice for over 20 years. I've been very pleased with her
treatments. Based on my symptoms, she mixes the Chinese herb formula
that is right for me, and I leave with a container of powdered herbs.
I highly recommend Leah!
Hi. I highly recommend Katie Mink at the Bancroft Center of
Chinese Medicine. Both my mom and I have been seeing Katie
for about 20 years (I started when I was a teenager). She is
a true healer and I trust her completely. She is very easy
to talk to and non-judgemental.
Bancroft Center of Chinese Medicine
1720 Bancroft Way
Berkeley, CA 94703
She's also on yelp with excellent reviews.
I highly reccomend Sydnie Boral for her skills both as an excellent
herbalist as well as with acupuncture. She makes formulas as well as
uses (and modifies) set ones. She will prescribe dry herbs as well as
those you cook. She also knows about issues with pesticides, etc. She
is on lower solano ave (easy parking). She has treated me for a
variety of issues and I can say without a doubt her herb formulas
make a huge difference. 525-
Dr. Anahita Forati, DAOM, L.Ac is an extremely strong traditional
Chinese herbalist. She runs a clinic in downtown Berkeley right next
to campus so you are so close! Golden Leaf Community Acupuncture is
the clinic, she has a very compassionate and professional demeanor,
and has always been spot on with the herbs she's given to me! (
ranging from colds/flus/anxiety/myalgias to menstrual problems). I
HIGHLY recommend her! www.BerkeleyGoldenLeaf.com
I went to Dr. Anita for an acupuncture treatment for the
first time the other day, and I would highly recommend her.
I had a constant pain on my right thumb due to repetitive
stress injury and couldn't hold things in my hand without
pain for 2 months. I took ibuprofen, used a thumb guard,
Bengay and medicine patches to no avail, so I decided to try
acupuncture. Dr. Anita has treated my friends in the past
for various ailments with very good results. Therefore, I
went to see her in spite of the fact it was a long drive for
me (45 minutes).
I could sense the pain slipping away little by little as I
lay on the treatment table. My thumb has been functional
without pain since. She also treated my icy cold
extremities and taught me how to do the massages to open the
channels. I slept with such comfort without a heating
pad/hot water bottle for the first time in a long long time. Dr. Anita
not only has her private practice in Alameda but
also teaches courses in herb and drug interactions, and she
has doctorate degrees in both pharmacy and oriental medicine. I am
going back to complete the course of treatments. She is
going to treat my allergies next time.
Low-fee Acupuncture Clinics and Medical Qi Gong
Does anyone have experience with any of the local low-fee
acupuncture clinics? I know there are several in the
Oakland/ Berkeley/ Albany area. I'm also curious about using
medical qi gong for health issues. Anyone ever try it?
I like the Oakland Acupuncture Project which is on MacArthur
Blvd near the Foodmill health food store. The online
appointment option is very convenient and I like all four
practitioners. There website is
I wholeheartedly recommend Shoshana Uribe, who runs the
Manzanita Wellness clinic. I read glowing recommendations
of her acupuncture and massage for my whole pregnancy and
sadly didn't start going till a few months ago. Oh, how I
wish I had listened to the overwhelming responses of ''Go!
Go!''sooner. I developed a severely painful shoulder injury
after my baby was born, which got worse and worse for almost
6 months before seeking out Shoshana's truly healing touch.
Now that I have been seeing her for massage and acupuncture
for about 2 months my condition is greatly improved and
continues getting better and better with each visit.
I believe she has some experience with Qi Gong, although it
is not a modality which I have investigated with her.
Shoshana Uribe is every bit as good as ''we'' all say. Incidentally,
my 5-year-old just had her first acupuncture
with Shoshana, and her children's bedside manner is truly
I'd just go in and be healed. She has a sliding scale of
rates for her very high quality services. If you want to
check out her website, it's
Good Luck and Good Health,
Eva, Another Happy Manzanita Patient
For acupuncture, I highly recommend Shoshana Uribe at
Manzanita Wellness Clinic in Berkeley. Shoshana is warm,
caring and knowledgeable and she incorporates a variety of
modalities in her practice. My daughter and I both see her
on a regular basis, thanks to the sliding-scale community
acupuncture which makes it very affordable. The clinic
itself is a comfortable, pleasant place to visit - try it!
My family and I have been going to community acupuncture at Manzanita
Wellness Clinic with Shoshana Uribe in Berkeley for over a year now.
Shoshana's clinic is warm and inviting and because of the focused
attention I receive, it feels almost like a private session! She has a
sliding fee scale and often runs promotions for new patients. She is
very approachable and I am sure would be happy to talk to you about
Her website: http://manzanitawellness.com/site/home.html
Feel free to contact me if you have any questions.
My family and I go to Shoshana Uribe at Manzanita Wellness Clinic
(www.manzanitawellness.com) She offers sliding scale community
acupuncture for the whole family! We love her!
There is a REALLY terrific low fee acupuncture clinic that I absolutely
love called Golden Leaf Community Acupuncture. I've been to many
acupuncture clinics, but this one is far and away the best. It's
extremely quiet, clean and both the doctors are compassionate and
extremely knowledgable. good luck!
Acupuncturist who's good with hormonal
I'm looking for an acupuncturist who's good with hormonal
issues and gastro-intestinal issues as well. Someone who has
a broad area of expertise but also refers out to Western
doctors when necessary. Good bedside manner essential!
Jill Stevens, in Emeryville, fits the description of what
you are looking for. She is extremely knowledgeable and
works a lot with both hormonal and GI issues (she also works
a lot with children) and has a great bedside manner. She
knows a lot about nutrition and will advise you wisely in
addition to using needles.
I'd like to recommend Rebecca Cates: www.rebeccacates.com.
She's a wonderful, experienced and very knowledgeable
acupuncturist and Chinese Herbal Medicine practitioner. Her
(new) office is on 770 Page St (by 4th St) in Berkeley.
I've been seeing her for - amongst other things - thyroid
issues. Very helpful. Rebecca is warm, compassionate, a good
listener, and will take good care of you.
Does anyone have experience doing acupuncture with Kirsten
Lindquist in emeryville?
I noticed your request for Kirstin. She is no longer at
Emeryville Health and Wellness Center. Geraldine, who is my
acupuncturist, has taken over the practice and is very good.
Her personality is very gentle and strong at the same time.
Plus she has an Irish accent which is always fun to listen
to. Good luck.
I absolutely LOVE Kirstin Lindquist! She is the only person I'll see for
acupuncture. Highly skilled practioner. Wonderful temperament/bedside
manner. Terrific space (she just moved to Piedmont Ave. from Emeryville): clean,
light, warm, comfortable, etc.
I also take her Qi Gong classes and have gotten a lot out of that practice as
Feel free to contact me.
Looking for a recommendation for an acupuncturist to assist
in alleviating depression. Has anyone worked with anyone in
this capacity, and had results?
pins and needles
I have had very positive, consistent success dealing with depression through
treatement with Lia Willebrand, an acupuncturist in Berkeley. I haven't made a
slide into the big malaise since I began seeing Lia. I only see her very rarely
now, whenever I need a needle-ish tweak! Really great.
Her phone number is (510) 858-6463, or you can contact her via
Best of health to you!!
Can anyone recommend an acupuncturist in the area who specializes in treating
people undergoing chemotherapy and radiation? Thanks!
Marti Kennedy is a wonderful and very experienced acupuncturist who treats
women under going chemotherapy and radiation. Her office is in Berkeley on
Ashby Avenue just below College Avenue near Alta Bates Hospital.
Telephone: (510) 843-5000.
Please contact Carla Dalton in Berkeley. Her phone # is 510-524-4812. She is
a fabulous acupuncturist, a very compassionate person, and has helped many,
many people who are going through cancer treatment (myself included). She is
one of the most knowledgeable people I know in the area of cancer treatment,
and living an anti-cancer lifestyle. I can not recommend her highly enough.
Best wishes to you for getting through this challenge.
I am sorry to hear about the cancer. A friend of mine has
stage 4 prostate cancer and has been treating it for over 5
years now. A couple of years ago he gave me this recommendation:
''Try Dennis W. von Elgg. He is a licensed California
acupuncturist and a Diplomate of Acupuncture recognized by
the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and
Oriental Medicine. Dennis also is a faculty member at the
Acupuncture & Integrative Medicine College in Berkeley.
Dennis lives in Berkeley with his wife Sonja and son Teo.
I was referred to him a couple of years ago by an
experienced female yoga instructor at World Yoga in Walnut
Creek. I see him bi-weekly for acupuncture. I had also been
taking an herbal mixture he devised and was continually
adjusting for me until my new oncologist took me off all
supplements during my still-continuing chemotherapy. Because
of my condition, he also referred me to his mentor (in
Berkeley) as an additional source of insight into how best
to help deal with my cancer, and I see him, too, once every
3 months or so.
I would not hesitate to recommend him to you.''
I wish you lots of luck.
although my daughter & I see her for different health needs, my acupuncturist
does specialize in support for cancer patients. she is flexible, patient & very
1641 Solano Avenue
Berkeley, California 94707
Hi -- I really love my acupuncturist and recommend her
highly. Lia Willebrand in Berkeley - 510-858-6463. She has
helped me a great deal with an auto-immune disorder that
really knocked me back and early menopause struggles. She
is a caring and knowledgeable practitioner, has a really
gentle and focused way about her in general and has a very
light touch with her needles - something important to me!
She also does herbs and some Tui Na. I can't speak to her
experience working with chemotherapy or radiation
treatments, but she has helped me tremendously with my auto-
immune issues. maybe there's more information on her
Anahita Forati, DAOM, L.Ac is a wonderful acupuncturist who
has her doctorate with a specialty in Oncology and Cancer
Care support.She listens carefully and is incredibly
insightful. She just really cares about you.
She and her business partner also have a community
Acupuncture clinic as well which is a wonderful resource.
The clinic is Golden Leaf Community Acupuncture. Located in
Berkeley basically on and about a few blocks from Berkeley
Campus. Hope this helps, good luck.
I sent a close friend of mine to my acupuncturist/herbalist,
Leah Mazel-Gee. It was very helpful in helping her to deal
with side effects from the cancer treatments that she was
getting. Now that she has finished the traditional
treatment, it seems that the acupuncture and herbal
treatment is helping her to recover more speedily. She
seems stronger and stronger every time I see her. I have
known other patients in a similar situation that don't seem
to have faired anywhere near as well through their
treatments. I have been treated by Leah, as well, and have
found her to be extremely competent with several different
health issues that I have had. That's why I have often given
her name to friends. She is also quite compassionate and
communicative with me as a patient. She has been practicing
much longer than most Americans in the field (close to 30
years) and spent a year in China, as well. I definitely did
not feel as much confidence with the practitioners that I
had seen before I met her. I think that the years of
experience really matter a lot! Leah is in Berkeley and can
be reached at 510-548-5676.
Would appreciate referrals to acupuncturists who concentrate on
back problems. I'm in Berkeley but can travel to surrounding
areas. Thanks for your information.
I'm having an amazing healing experience with Jill Stevens in
Emeryville. I am in an acute stage of back pain and after 5
months, she is the only one who has been able to help me. She is
very knowledgeable, a good listener and compassionate. Her
number is 510-851-3006 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Happy with Jill Stevens
Can anyone recommend an East Bay acupuncturist who has experience
treating gall bladder problems? I was seeing an acupuncturist in
SF when I lived there and she was able to help me manage symptoms
with acupuncture and dietary advice for a number of years.
After going to her postpartum in a lot of pain she helped with a
regular schedule of treatments that eventually tapered off to a
couple of times a year. But since moving to the East Bay I
haven't had treatments for over a year and the pain (in stomach,
back) is coming back. Argh! I'd really like to fend it off before
it gets worse.
Also, this might sound a bit lame :) , but I'd really like someone
who's not bossy around diet. I eat a healthy diet and loosely
follow the problem-type diet the acupuncturist prescribed years
ago. But even though caffeine was a no-no I have managed to
integrate coffee into my diet well so far and don't want to have
to give it up for good!
Not trying to have cake and eat it too!
The acupuncturist that I go to is Leah Mazel in Berkeley. She is
the greatest that I have found (and I have been to several). I
have gone to her over several years and she has always helped me
with any health issue I have had. I know that no one can cure
everything, but I think if you go to her your chances will be
pretty good. She is quite experienced and very kind to her
patients. Leah has been in the field longer than many of the
other practitioners that are out there----I think about 30 years.
She also studied for a year in China. I always look forward to
my visits when I go to her, as well. She's very inspirational!
You can reach her at 510-548-5676. Her web site is
Good luck to you.
I'd like to recommend my acupuncturist, Bina Jangda, LAc. I went
to her for some serious digestive disorders and got a lot of
relief. I completely understand the ''strict and bossy'' thing.
Bina laid out a very straight forward treatment plan with many
different treatment options and then left it up to me to see what
I could incorporate into my lifestyle. I began with herbs and
acupuncture. At the time, I was just too busy to do much with
diet. Then after a while I managed a few changes. I really
appreciated that she didn't give me a lecture because I couldn't
do more diet and lifestyle changes with all that was happening in
my life. Nothing worse than being chastised when you're already
not feeling well. I think she got Best of San Francisco 2009 and
I can see why. She also has a practice in the East Bay in
Berkeley on 7th St. Her website is www.binajangdalac.com. Oh
yeah, she takes insurance which was a big help.
My acupuncturist is amazing! Her name is Kirstin Lindquist and she's in Emeryville.
Here's her page w/contact info:
Go see her! ;-)
I don't really know what would have become of me if I had not
found Elizabeth Padron-Vos. She has been the only health
practitioner to solve all of my major and chronic health issues.
I did not specifically have a gall bladder issue but she is an
acupuncturist and I'm sure that would fall within her purview.
Her first save with my health came a number of years ago when
she figured out that the digestive distress I was having was due
to an intolerance to wheat. My regular GP had not been able to
figure it out and I had been suffering for several years with a
very unhappy digestive tract.
The second and most transformative diagnosis involved the
crippling depression from which I had suffered for 10 years. I
had been unable to work and had been on every antidepressant out
there. None of the pharmaceuticals had any lasting success and
all of them had major side effects. Elizabeth figured out I had
a low thyroid levels. I have been taking an over the counter
supplement for the last 4 years and have had no episodes of
depression in that time. I can only describe the difference as
miraculous! She truly saved my life as the depression had me
feeling suicidal on a regular basis.
Most recently, she prescribed some herbs that cleared up some
bug I had in my stomach. I was afraid that I had developed IBS
and would be unable to eat anything but white rice for the rest
of my life. Once again, she correctly sleuthed out whatever was
wrong and within several weeks of taking the herb formulas,
everything was back to normal. Better than it has been in months
Elizabeth is very very good at what she does. She is warm,
intelligent, funny and a very caring person. I could not
possibly hold her in higher esteem. I would recommend anyone
with a health issue to seek her help. She will be the one to
figure it out.
Her contact info is:
Neighborhood: Downtown Berkeley
2006 Dwight Way
(between Milvia St & Shattuck Ave)
Berkeley, CA 94704
Very Grateful Client
I can highly recommend Roberta Lewis in Berkeley (on Dwight Way,
near MLK): 510-540-8528.
I have been seeing her for many years. I know she has experience
with gallbladder issues.
She won't be ''bossy'' about diet, but she will discuss it with you
and make recommendations. I have an autoimmune disease and
whenever I have followed her dietary recommendations, she has
been right ;-) So, I wouldn't rule it out or do too much
eye-rolling. So much comes down to digestion in TCM, it is
worthwhile to take her advice into consideration.
Hi, I'm looking for an affordable and excellent acupuncturist for
a colleague with a pinched nerve. She is currently commuting to
the city to see somebody in the sunset, but that isn't helping
her condition and the price is kind of high. Does anybody know of
a school that has lower prices if you see a student in training?
Or an acupuncturist with a sliding scale, especially if you can
go during off hours? Preferably in Berkeley or Oakland and easily
accessed by public trans. Any and all suggestions welcome.
I'd like to recommend my acupuncturist, Thuy Ngyuen at the Berkeley
Community Acupuncture Clinic. She is fantastic & the cost is low
($20-$40 sliding) because she treats several patients at a time in
a common room. Treatments are only done on the legs, arms, and
head. I have had tremendous success with her acupuncture for
depression, back pain, and pregnancy related issues. Website:
A fabulous new community acupuncture clinic just opened on
University just below MLK.
http://www.berkeleyacupunctureproject.com/ It's a different
model: individual treatments in a shared space, which is a great
way to make acupuncture accessible to more people. They have a
sliding scale of $15-40 per visit.
Hi. That's so great that you are looking out for your friend.
Her situation is precisely why we opened our community
acupuncture clinic in Berkeley. We are Berkeley Acupuncture
Project and we treat people on a sliding scale of $15-40 and let
people decide for themselves what they can afford within that
range. Acupuncture works best when people can receive more
frequent treatments than most people can afford at private rates.
We treat in a community room, but ours is really a haven of
super comfortable recliners in a dimly lit room with fountains
and plants all around. We are all fully licensed acupuncturists
and two of us have taught at the local acupuncture school before
starting this project. Have your friend check out our website or
just have her come in for a peek. We'd be happy to talk to her
about her condition. We are in downtown Berkeley, right next to
the corner of University and MLK.
There are several other community acupuncture clinics in the East
Bay as well, so she should choose one that's close to her. Check
out Oakland Acupuncture Project in the Laurel District, Sarana
Community Acupuncture on San Pablo in Albany, Berkeley Community
Acupuncture on Sacramento near Ashby, and AIMC, the acupuncture
school on Shattuck near Dwight also has a low-cost, student
sending healing thoughts,
Julia Carpenter, LAc
I wanted to correct a mistake from the recommendation that i wrote in
last week for the affordable and wonderful Oakland Acupuncture PROJECT
I made a mistake in the last writeup (There is an Oakland Acupuncture
Center, but I have never been there or tried it). The Project is in the
Laurel district and I can confidently vouch for their wonderfulness.
3576 Laurel Ave., Oakland
I recommend the new Berkeley Acupuncture Project. They have a
sliding scale of $15-$40 per session, and they offer acupuncture
in a community setting -- everyone in the same room, very quiet
and peaceful, lots of good healing energy. On University Ave at
Martin Luther King.
- poked peacefully
My acupuncturist Bina Jangda has a community clinic on Tuesdays
which cost only $15/visit through the new year. Then it will be
sliding scale but I'm not sure of the amount. She's really
talented and very compassionate. If she has time she'll write
you an herbal formula for no extra charge. If you would prefer
a private session vs. a community setting, she does take most
insurances. Her number is 510-393-7565. Her website is
www.binajangdalac.com. Good Luck!!!! Cindy
I'm looking for an acupuncturist in Albany, in trying to address my heel pain.
recommendations for Albany are somewhat old, and I'm wondering if anyone can
suggest someone they like.
Call Charlene Leung, who runs Jade Phoenix, at 902 Stannage. She's great with both
acupuncture and herbs, as well as being a phenomenal person you'll be glad you know!
I highly recommend Claudia Weitkemper of Natural Healing Ways at
1115 Marin Ave in Albany. 978-3444
My wife, my son-in-law, and other family members have been, and currently are
extremely happy with Ellen Gurian in Albany. She earned her MD 33 years ago,
practiced pediatric immunology and allergy for many years, then moved almost entirely
into acupuncture (classical and 5 element) . A smart, charming, and skillful
902 Santa Fe Ave, Albany, CA. Phone: 510- 526-5256.
There's a great community acupuncture clinic in Albany - Sarana Community
Acupuncture. They are on San Pablo just north of Buchanan in the shopping center
next to the paint store. The great thing about community acupuncture is that bc you
are being treated in a common room (which is very serene and peaceful - everybody is
napping!), you only have to pay $20-40 sliding scale. For something like heel pain, if
you get several treatments closer together, it will heal really quickly.
community acupuncture fan
Check out Mina Karimabadi. She's at 1115 Marin (one block south
of Solano) and can be reached at (510) 525-5022. I've been
seeing her for over 15 years. She's wonderful.
Very happy long-term Mina client
While not quite in Albany (Berkeley but at the border), I highly recommend Barbara
Martello. She has worked extensively with student athletes at the UCSD RIMAC athletic
center, treating their injuries so that they could maintain their competition schedule.
She has treated me for achilles pain, and IT band pain and I am currently injury-free.
She's a former personal trainer and an athlete herself so she understands the
mechanics of the body, not just what point to use to treat injuries. She even takes some
insurance. Call her today! 510-684-6659
For problems with women's pregnancy, lactation, menopause, etc., I highly
recommend Chinese herbs and acupuncture. Dr. Portia Lee in El Cerrito is very
accurate and also very knowledgeable about how the body as a whole responds to
nutrition and lifestyle. Because every body responds differently to nutrition and
she is very good at listening, and she adjusts her treatment accordingly. I have had
excellent response from her treatments stemming from pain in my arthritis as well.
You can contact her at (510) 932-4456. A. Yee
I was recently diagnosed with Graves disease (an autoimmunune
hyperthyroid condition). I already have an endocrinologist and am
looking to supplement treatment with acupuncture. (There are many
acupunture recommendations on BPN already, but not for this specific
issue). Can you recommend someone good? Specifically someone who is
skilled in treating autoimmune and hormone problems in women. I'm
looking for someone in the East Bay - albany/berkeley/oakland etc.
I cant say that he has experience with Graves diseases, but my
family has been going to James Douglas for more than twenty years
and he has helped friends with hormone difficulties in the past.
And is, hands down the best acupuncturist I have ever been to.
Douglas James MS
3099 Telegraph Ave
Berkeley, CA 94705
John Nieters treats this condition and is a wonderful
acupuncturist and a very knowledgeable clinician. He is located in
Alameda at 510.814.6900. His website is
www.alamedaacupuncture.com. He also has a call-in radio program on
Thursdays, 8 - 9 am on KEST 1450 am, so you could call in and ask
him how he'd treat your condition. Hope this helps!
To the person who is looking for an acupuncturist skilled in
treating Graves Disease, I can heartily recommend Bart Paulding,
on Piedmont Avenue (658-5115). DISCLAIMER: he is my husband, but
since I have had GD for 15 years, he is very well skilled in
treating it, and other hormonal problems as well. I was active on
the Yahoo group graves_support for years, as one of the helpers (I
no longer participate). If you want, feel free to email me
directly. I know a lot about this disease, and have many
Does anyone have a recommendation for an acupuncturist in the Berkeley
area who is in the UC Blue Cross/Anthem network? I am desperate to
find someone who treats pain, listens well, and fosters healing.
For acupuncture, I have seen Leah Mazel and been extremely happy!
She is kind and sensitive. She also is very skilled at treating pain
and other health issues. She has been in the field since the 70's,
including a year of study in China! I have always been helped by her
treatments, as have the friends I have sent to her. I really have
great respect for her capabilities. She does take insurance and is
on the Anthem list of providers, so that should not be a problem.
Her office is extremely healing and friendly. It was so easy to
develop a relaxed rapport with her from the very beginning. She can
be reached in Berkeley at 510-548-5676 and you can find her website
at www.holisticchinesemedicine.com. Best of Luck! I hope I've been
of help with your decision.
Very satisfied patient
Insurance coverage is always a tricky issue because each plan can
be quite different from the next, even at UC. The only way to
know about coverage is to provide the information to the
practitioner's office so they can investigate coverage.
Re: Nutritionist, Internist, or naturopath for digestion issues?
I see an acupuncturist/herbalist and she is fantastic. She
has treated my kids a few times, too. Her name is Bobbie
Lewis. She is in Berkeley on Dwight near MLK, 510-540-8528.
I first started seeing her 14 or so years ago when I was
getting viruses a lot, many of which turned to bronchitis or
eye infections. I was on a terrible cycle of getting sick
all the time. She helped me enormously with my diet, dealing
with stress, and of course the herbs and acupuncture. My
health improved a lot when I was seeing her.Like an idiot, I
stopped going for a long time. I recently started seeing her
again because of an auto-immune illness. the strides we have
made in dealing with this illness are amazing and really
unheard of in western medicine.
I cannot recommend her highly enough.
I am nervous about getting acupuncture because I really don't like
needles but I think I could really benefit from it. I understand
that acupuncture is different but I am still a little freaked out
by it. I've heard that Japanese acupuncture is different - a little
gentler, the needles don't go that deep (shudder). Can anyone
recommend a great
Japanese acupuncturist in the East Bay? Thanks.
I don't know a Japanese acupuncturist, but I do know an acupuncturist who has studied a
variety of traditions and who provides very gentle, loving support for her clients. She
has worked lots with cancer patients; she has a warm, mothering kind of approach to
treatment. Her name is Carla Dalton with an office in North Berkeley: 510-524-4812.
I recommend acupuncturist Michelle Bullard whose office is on 4th St. in Berkeley. I
have been to many acupuncturists and each is slightly different. Michelle's needle
technique is very sensitive and non-invasive while giving very good results without
using a lot of needles, plus, she is very caring. Her phone number is 510-845-8282
You need Jacques Bernou! He's in Lafayette and is so gentle and thoughtful and
careful...I've been to several acupuncturists and now won't go to anyone else. Please
call him at (925) 962-9228. He'll walk you through the experience and in fact may only
use acupressure for the first treatment. He's also a genius with herbs.
I highly recommend Julia Carpenter (510.488.3572) for acupuncture. She is extremely
gentle and knowledgeable. I am also someone who doesn't like needles but has been
totally comfortable with acupuncture and have used it for many issues with much
success. Don't be afraid.
I would highly recommend Jin Shin Jyutsu sessions, if you are nervous with the
needles. Jin Shin Jyutsu is a hands-on healing art, similar in many ways to
acupuncture, such as pulse listening and working with organ meridians, yet it utilizes
gentle touch rather than needles to help harmonize the body's energy systems. It is
both gentle and extremely profound, and can help balance all sorts of physical, mental,
and emotional disharmonies. It has kept me healthy and happy for years.
Toni Crotti is a local practitioner who is an absolute angel and very skilled. She
took amazing care of me and my baby for several months post-partum. Her number is
510-339-7276, she's in Montclair.
I have had great experience with very good needling technique from Leon Kenin at Be
Well Integral Healing Space in Oakland (510) 836-0200. On me he has used his regular
needles and its been very comfortable, but I know he also has Japanese low-feeling
style available for more needle-shy patients. I have had him treat me for a variety of
concerns and been very impressed with the outcome. I think he'd be a great practitioner
to start with.
I have shared your anxiety and actually once tried and stopped acupuncture because of
painful needling. Since then I have found Julia Carpenter who is so gentle and
nurturing that I find the experience deeply relaxing and calming. She starts each
treatment by using tuning forks and has said that for children she is able to get some
results with the tuning forks alone. In my case I saw her on the recommendation of my
doctor for some frightening pre-menopausal symptoms that I otherwise would have had to
attend to in the emergency room. Since then she has helped me with allergies. Her
phone number is 510-488-3572.
I highly recommend Julia Carpenter (510.488.3572)! She uses Japanese needles, which
are very subtle and don't hurt. She also incorporates acutonics (sp?) into her
practice, and this doesn't involve needles at all. Julia is very gentle and sweet and
would surely work at your comfort level. Most importantly, her treatments are so
effective. I can't recommend her highly enough!
I have had a great deal of experience with acupunture, and fairly recently discovered a
wonderful technique called ''cupping.'' This technique involves the acupuncturist
using suction cups, instead of needles, to promote healing. It WORKS!!!! In fact, I
now prefer cupping to needles for my aches and pains. I saw an acupuncturist at a
medical office in Oakland. Her name, from what I recall, is Xiang Fei. The medical
office is Dr. Chan's at 510-835-0235. I think she charges approximately $65.00 per
session. Good luck!!!
I completely understand your reservations about acupuncture. But then I found Barbara
Martello. She is an amazing Japanese acupuncturist. From what I've researched Japanese
acupuncturist is different than Chinese acupuncturist in the depth of the needles, as
you mentioned. But I also appreciate the constant feedback of Japanese acupuncture.
I've had traditional Chinese acupuncture and when the needles go in, I'm usually left
to ''cook,'' with the acupuncturist checking on me once to see how I'm doing. But when
Barbara puts the needles in, she continuously checks my pulse, adjusts the needles and
their locations, etc. She's incredibly thorough and knowledgeable. And she is really
nice and funny. I highly recommend her to anyone, not just the needle shy.
She's practicing out of Center Strength on Solano Ave. in Berkeley. Her number is
I highly recommend Julia Carpenter for acupuncture. She uses a combination of Japanese
needles, which are truly tiny, and acutonics, which are special tuning forks used on
acupunture points. Even My 4- and 6-six-year-olds love getting treatments from Julia.
She's wonderful. Give her a call.
Julia Carpenter, L.Ac.
Acupuncture, Acutonics, Herbal Medicine
Bancroft Center of Chinese Medicine
1720 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA 94703
Our family adores Dr. Marsha Haller: http://mhallermd.com/. She is very,
very kind and very, very good! I'm quite needle-nervous/sensitive and Dr.
Haller has a wonderful way of working with my sensitivity using a
combination of cupping and needles. She is a physician who can assess and
treat through the dual lenses of Western and Asian medicine. Our whole
family has greatly benefited from sessions with her.
I was very nervous about getting acupuncture needle treatment for the
first time, also. I went to see an acupuncturist, Leah Mazel, in
Berkeley. She told me that she would stop after the very first needle if
I wasn't comfortable. My nervousness was totally alleviated after that
first needle. It was not painful at all! I have since gone to her many
times for different health problems and always been happy with the
results. She is quite proficient with herbal medicine, too, and has
practiced since the late '70's as well as studied in China. I have also
sent others to her that have been very enthusiastic. She has a great
spirit and a very personal connection with her patients. I recommend you
try out her treatments! She is in north Berkeley and can be reached at
-- Relaxed Patient
I am extremely needle phobic and have been seeing Charlene Leung 559-9038
on Solano in Albany for years. She is skilled, warm, gentle, and
reasonably priced. She also does acupressure and prescribes herbs both of
which offer benefits and do not involve needles.
love acu, hate needles
I'm looking for some help with a skin condition I have and am hoping to find someone
who specializes in Chinese herbs and alternative therapies. My legs have old and newer
scars that are varicose-vein related (so I've been told by my western doctor) with
seemingly no cure available. I'm hoping to find help to lessen their appearance and
perhaps stop them from appearing. Thanks!
Tired of the scars
I highly recommend Leah Mazel-Gee. She is a very skilled acupuncturist and
herbal medicine practioner. I started seeing Leah for a laundry list of
symptoms that I labeled ''despair''. Since starting treatment, I feel SO
much better. I'm pretty sure she can help with anything that ails you. Her
number: 510-548-5676. Feel better!
Can anyone recommend a great herbalist in the Bay Area? Thanks!
I recommend Andy Seplow, 510-604-5518. He's an herbalist, nutritionist,
and acupuncturist. His office is near Whole Foods in Berkeley, and he is
also the acupuncturist & nutritionist at the Claremont Hotel Spa. Chinese
herbs have been very helpful for me for everything from fertility issues
to respitory infections (i haven't taken antibiotics in many years)
Leah Mazel has helped me tremendously---as well as many friends and
colleagues that I have referred to her. I trust her because she has 30
years of experience in herbal treatment and acupuncture, and did advanced
studies for one year in China. I feel very comfortable talking to her
about my health problems and feel that she is always sensitive to my
needs. She is extremely energetic and is such an inspiration to me for
living a healthy lifestyle. My health and energy is so much better than it
used to be. As an added plus, she also speaks Chinese and Spanish. She
is at 510-548-5676 or www.holisticchinesemedicine.com.
Hope you find what you need.
Not sure if you're looking a place that sells herbs or a person to
prescribe herbs, but here a couple of recommendations.
I see an acupuncturist who is an amazing herbalist. I have seen her off on
on for the past 13 years, but started seeing her religiously for the past
6 years when I was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis. The needle
treatments have been amazing, but it is the herbs that are really helping
me make progress. I honestly went from walking with a cane to being
pain-free in my feet and knees in a year or two. She has prescribed herbs
for other ailments and they never ever fail. I can't recommend her highly
enough. Her name is Roberta ''Bobbie'' Lewis and her number is (510)
540-8528. Her practice is on Dwight near MLK in Berkeley.
As for places that sell herbs: My regular herbal formulas come from KW
Botanicals in San Anselmo. Bobbie says they are the best around and do
amazing tinctures and such, plus they have reliable herb sources (meaning
the herbs are of high quality, something to watch out for). She orders
them for me, so I don't know whether lay people can work with KW, too. You
could look them up and ask.
Lastly, Shen Nong in North Berkeley has a good seletion of bulk herbs and
bottled herbal formulas. They are in a little shopping center right across
from Andronico's: 1600 Shattuck Ave # 125; tel. (510) 849-0290.
Bobbie has used them a few times for certain items, plus she has her own
selection of herbs in her office.
Not only do I have acne, but now my dermatologist says I have rosacea. I am looking for an acupuncturist with experience in this area. I am almost 40, and really tired of having ugly skin...
I can't speak highly enough about the care that I got from Celina
Lyons. She is an acupuncturist and herbalist who practices in
Berkeley. I believe she specializes in Women's Health & Pediatrics
but she helped me resolve my difficult case of rosacea last fall
and it is no longer something I struggle with.
Here is her number: 415-260-6690
Does anyone have a recommendation for an acupuncturist who has
successfully worked with hyperthyroid issues? I have goiter (the
non-toxic nodules that are creating too much thyroid hormone) and
the western medical tx is radioactive iodine which often destroys
so much of the thyroid that you become hypothyroid and have to take
synthetic thyroid hormones for the rest of your life--yuck! What
I'm looking for is a way to help regulate my thyroid through
acupuncture, herbs or other alternative tx. I'd love a
recommendation from anyone who's had success using alternative tx
for hyperthyroid issues.
Try John Nieters in Alameda. I travel a long way to see him
monthly and he is the best. He has solved hormonal/hair loss
issues for me and, thankfully, I avoided strong prescription
medication that I would have been on all my life. He is very
knowledgeable about thyroid issues and will evaluate western
med. lab tests and approaches to treatment. I think he is
brilliant. His office is so relaxing, the receptionist very
competent - overall a great experience! he has treated several
family members for various afflictions. There is a fairly
thorough initial consultation and then the subsequent treatments
are reasonable. http://www.johnnieters.com/ (510) 814-6900.
Denise Daniel is a gifted accupuncturist with experience in this
area. She practices in the East Bay and can be reached at
Looking for acupuncture clinic/doctor in the Berkeley/Oakland Area who
has awareness of woman's health related issues.
I really enjoyed working with acupuncturist Dennis von Elgg who
practices in Berkeley at Woolsey & Parker. He is experienced,
knowledgable and compassionate regarding women's health issues.
I feel that working with Dennis made a huge impact on the course
of one of my pregnancies. Contact him at 510-883-1340.
The Redwood Clinic -- Dr. Jay Sordean is wonderful. He has a
family orientation with two daughters of his own, and works with
women's issues as well as a wide range of others. As an
acupuncturist and oriental medical doctor, he primarily uses
acupuncture and herbs. I've been seeing him for over twenty
years and have never been disappointed. He's gone out of his
way to help and support me many times, especially when doctors
at Kaiser were not successful with treatment options. You can
learn more on his website: www.berkeleyacupuncture.com
a happy patient
I think you might really enjoy acupuncture with Lia Willebrand.
She specializes in women's health concerns. She is a caring and
extremely thoughtful practitioner. Lia is also super smart about
herbs and other things you can easily do yourself to support
your health and well-being.
She has two offices, both in Berkeley. One is out of her home
and the other is with a practice on Ashby near Whole Foods. Her
phone number is 510-858-6463
Best of luck,
love my acupuncturist!
Ever since I had my baby 5 months ago, my skin has broken out in
psoriasis and exzema. I have seen 3 doctors and no one has been able
to help me. This weekend I saw a masseuse who used to work for an
acupuncturist in Maui who focused on helping people with skin
disorders and really helped his patients. Apparently acupucturists
can focus on specific things like skin.
If anyone knows an acupuncturist with this specialty, I would love
to know about him/her.
I am willing to travel anywhere in the bay area for the right
person; however the closer to Walnut Creek the better.
spotty and desperate
Prof. Jialing Yu, L.AC, Herbology and Acupuncture, Diet and
Nutrition, located at Lakeside Medical Center, 2645 Ocean
Avenue, #308, SF 94132. email@example.com. 415-337-0308. She is
a skin specialist.
I can't recommend her highly enough - many of my friends and
family have had occasion to be treated by her over the years.
She works with her daughter - she prescribes herbs and does
acupuncture, as well.
hope you get relief!
I would like to recommend Denise Daniel (offices in
Montclair/Oakland and in San Francisco). See
www.healthyfamilyacupuncture.com. She has helped several of her
patients with different degrees of eczema and other skin
conditions. Denise is a wonderful, talented practitioner and
takes exceptional care of her patients. I have experienced her
work myself and referred several of my clients, family and
friends to her. Everyone's been very happy!
To be honest I don't know if he deals with skin diseases but
Aaron Leon Kenin at Be Well Integral Healing is an amazing
acupuncturist with an informative and caring manner. He always
let me know what I might feel and explained what he was doing
and what the desired outcome was. I would give him a call and
talk about what is concerning you. He seems very helpful.
They are located in Oakland
on 29th Street. 510-504-2735
He was recommended to me by a friend because I had pinched
something in my shoulder 3 months earlier that had been getting
progressively worse. It had affected my ability to ride my
bike, do push-ups, carry a backpack etc. After one treatment I
felt great. Really amazingly great. Aaron also had
recommendations about herbs and supplements and spent time with
me after treatment to discuss other treatment options.
As a side note it just so happened that the Tri 4 Fun triathalon
was happening that weekend and the same friend had asked if I
wanted to join him. I had just had the treatment 2 days prior
but I was was eager to try the race. I had no problem with the
shoulder the entire time! I don't know if these are the kind of
results one should always expect with acupuncture but I was
really amazed. I can't recommend Aaron more highly.
I'm looking for a good Acupuncturist/Chinese Herbalist. The
person that I used to see has left the area, and I have not
yet found someone to replace her. I don't have a current
health issue, but like to have someone I can count on when
health issues come up for me or my family. Recommendations
in the Berkeley area would be greatly appreciated.
Try Michelle Bullard. Her address is 2421 Fourth Street
in Berkeley. Her phone number is 845-8282
We know two great people in this field, but they are located in Palo Alto, CA. I
think one of them might come to Berkeley once a week, so its a good thing to
There is a wonderful community acupuncture center in Albany
on San Pablo behind Pizza Hut back in the corner of the
shopping square at 968 San Pablo. they are 2 women who work
on a sliding scale $20-$40. They can keep their fees low
because they have a community setting (you are not alone in
a room). They understand that frequent treatments with
acupuncture are what works so want to make it affordable for
people to get well. Web site is Saranacommunityacupuncture.com
I would like to recommend Denise Daniel (offices in
Montclair/Oakland and in San Francisco). See
Denise is a wonderful, talented practitioner and takes
exceptional care of her patients. I have experienced her
work myself and referred several of my clients, family and
friends to her. Everyone's been very happy!
I have been going to Leah Mazel (510-548-5676) for
acupuncture off and on for several years. I initially went
to see her for very severe allergies. She is very easy to
talk to, and--best of all--my results were amazing! I had
suffered for many years. Over the past few years she has
helped me with headaches and other problems that I have had.
I've recommended many friends to see her and they have all
had really good results. She's been practicing in Berkeley
for over 25 years and did advanced studies for one year in
Can anyone recommend an acupuncturist in or close to N. Oakland
to treat pain and problems associated with tendonitis?
-My arm hurts!
I can absolutely without reservation recommend Maureen Raytis.
She is on the corner of Grand Avenue and Elwood in Oakland. She
is extremely skilled and gentle. She also has respect for
standard medicine and works to integrate her Eastern treatment
with Western treatment. I see her personally for a variety of
issues, she has treated all of my family now and again and she
has treated many of my patients for repetitive stress injury.
You cannot go wrong seeing her. Good luck. Her number is 510 501
Andy Seplow (510-604-5518) is terrific for anything related to
the muscular-skeletal system. He has treated me for a pinched
nerve, carpal tunnel, neck/ back pain, etc. using acupuncture and
massage & has been very helpful. His office is just south of
whole foods & he's also the acupuncturist at the Claremont.
I can recommend two acupuncturists in the North Oakland area:
Connie Cronin, 510-845-4442; and Geraldine Shute with Emeryville
Health and Wellness Center, 510-972-2210. Good luck!
Helped by acupuncture
I highly recommend Denise Daniel in Montclair on LaSalle Ave.
She's very knowledgeable and highly experienced. Please check out
her website at www.healthyfamilyacupuncture.com for more info. I
have seen her myself for some chronic shoulder pain and have been
very happy. Other folks I referred to her have been very pleased
with the results from working with her. Good luck and I hope you
feel better very soon!
I know of a wonderful accupuncturist! Maureen Raytis is an
experienced, successful and kind accupuncturist. She is so
wonderful and has helped cure so many people of their ailing
pains! I can't say enough to justify what she has to offer,
you'll have to find out for yourself. Please don't hesitate to
contact her with your problem, so you can have it solved
immediately! Here is her phone number: 510-444-4141
She is located right near Lake Merritt so I hope it is close
enough. Email me if you need more information. Hope it helps!
Robert Zeiger is in Berkeley on Telegraph (across from Whole
Foods) and treated me very successfully for tendonitis/tennis
elbow. My MD thought I should get a cortisone shot, and maybe
that would've worked too, but I've had very good results with Dr.
helped by acupuncture
I highly recommend Don Gates at East Bay TMC
I went to him on several occasions. He was great, gentle, easy to talk with,
helpful and healing.
Don F. Gates, L.Ac.
Temescal Acupuncture Center
330 41st Street
Oakland, CA 94609
I can recommend Acupuncturist and body worker/masseuse Andy Seplow (510-604-5518)
without reservation. He works at the Claremont and also has an office in North
Oakland, near Whole Foods. I have been seeing him regularly for a couple of months
for chronic back/neck issues, as well as overall massage and bodywork. Andy WILL
figure out what kind of acupuncture/bodywork is best for your individual situation-
he really knows human anatomy and works effectively to solve the problem. He also
has vast knowledge of nutrition. I called him after reading an article on facial
acupuncture in the Sunday New York Times in early 2008, in which he was featured
liberally. Andy's facial acupuncture works wonders! Good luck.
Brian Barlay is a wonderful acupuncturist in North Oakland. He
is the founder of the Temescal Acupuncture Center.
He can be reached at 610-654-7040.
3927 Piedmont Ave
(between Monte Vista Ave & Montell St)
Oakland, CA 94611
My husband was sick for over 2 years. He was loosing weight and
suffering constant muscle pain. He became severely depressed and
inactive due to his condition. We had been to several western
and alternative doctors and no one could diagnose or treat him
effectively until we found Daniel Donner.
By the time we found Daniel Donner, my husband was very weak and
sickly thin. Daniel used eastern, homeopathic, and western
medical methods to diagnose and treat my husband. Daniel is a
rare breed. Though his practice is primarily based on
homeopathic and eastern philosophies, he employs western
influences when necessary. To aid in diagnosing my husband, he
ran a western laboratory test and was open to working with other
doctors no matter what their orientation. He is a true healer -
interested in healing his patients by whatever means necessary.
Daniel is also an excellent acupuncturist (coming from my
husband...who has been too several over the years).
After a few months of treatment, my husband's pain level has
drastically decreased and he is gaining weight! His hair and
skin look healthy again and he is more active than I have seen
him since his illness. Throughout the process, Daniel provided me
with updates on my husband's progress and was very supportive.
I cannot thank him enough and recommend him highly!
Has anyone heard of Denise Daniel, whose website is HealthyFamilyAcupuncture.com?
I would like to know what your personal experience with her was like. Thanks.
wanting an alternative
You may want to try Dr. Michael Aannavi. He practices Chinese
medicine as well as psychology. He should be listed in the
Oakland phone book as a Ph.D.
With this sudden onset of spring, I'm having terrible hay
fever and allergies. Could someone recommend a really great
acupuncturist in the Oakland area that works with these
issues? Thank you.
I HIGHLY recommend Leslie Oldershaw. Her office is on Grand
Ave in Piedmont (near the Ace Hardware). I went to her for
treatment of severe seasonal allergies when I got pregnant &
did not want to continue my Western med treament. The
allergies cleared right up with a combo of acupuncture &
tinctures!!!! In addition to her steelar clinical skills,
she has a great bedside manner. Her website is:
no more sniffles!
Try Frank Chung in Rockridge. I have used him for years for
a variety of ailments with great success. Phone: 510
I know the perfect acupuncturist for you, her name is
Maureen Raytis and she is the BEST acupuncturist in the East
Bay hands down! Maureen is professional, reasonable,
honorable and is very knowledgeable and experienced in
dealing with allergies. You will feel like a whole new
person after you work with her, I did! Maureen has a great
new office in Oakland. She is absolutely wonderful to work
with, call her today, you'll be so happy you did!
maureen raytis, L.Ac.
acupuncture & herbal medicine
495 elwood ave, suite 1, oakland, ca 94610
A great acupuncturist to treat your allergies is Maureen
Raytis. She's located near Grand Avenue and her number is
510-444-4141. She's fantastic and I'm sure she would be
able to help you with your hay fever.
I have a great acupuncturist whom I've been seeing for more
than 20 years. He works with you and won't insist on needles
at places you don't feel comfortable. Also there are
actually different size needles (different thicknesses). His
name is Jim Douglas and he is in Berkeley 4 days a week.
510-883-9963. I highly recommend him.
I will be giving birth to my first child at Alta Bates in early
May and would love to have an acupuncturist available to help me
cope with labor pains. Please share recommendations and things
to look out for. Thanks!
scared first-time mom-to-be
I am not sure what the rules are for acupuncturists being present
at hospital labor and deliveries. But I do know that acupuncture
in the weeks prior to labor can help prepare your body for labor
and can ease some of your anxiety. I receive acupuncture
treatments from a wonderful woman for a variety of health
maintenance issues, and she specializes in infertility, pregnancy
and birth. I did not know her when I last delivered, but I am
sure that working with her prior to the delivery would have helped
shorten my labor. You cannot go wrong meeting with her. I would
encourage you also to discuss your fears with your OB; they have
alot of experience helping women who are anxious about labor and
The acupuncturist is Maureen Raytis. Her phone number is 510
444-4141 and her website is eastbayacupuncture.com
I recommend Jasmine Oberste, licensed in acupuncture and herbal medicine. Her
number is 415 713 3584. She has a studio in SF and in Berkeley, right across from
Alta Bates. She is thoughtful, gentle, experienced and very good at diagnosis.
I'm looking for a first rate doctor of chinese medicine. It's got to be someone very
experienced and credentialed so that this particular patient will accept the help! In
fact, if you know someone who is both a TCM practioner and an M.D. or N.P., so much
the better. Gray hair a plus.
Try John Nieters at 1201 Lincoln Avenue in Alameda, 510-814-6900. He
does Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture, and has been around for 30
years. He's Caucasion, not sure if that would help or hurt your cause.
He has a website at johnnieters.com.
I'm looking for an acupuncturist to work with me on a few issues including chronic
hypertension and raynauds. I am particularly interested in someone with deep
knowledge of western and eastern medicine. Also, someone in Aetna's insurance is
ideal. Please let me know if you have someone great, or if you have worked with:
Alon Marcus, Kennith Morris, Brian Barclay or Maureen Raytis.
Jing Li, PhD, is a thorough, thoughtful and approachable accupuncturist
and Oriental Medical Doctor. She is located on Piedmont ave.
510-654-1567- near the flower shop and car wash. I highly recommend
her. I found her after a car accident whereas I had neck pain, yet I
continue to see her as she has helped in my diet, angst, and other
I recommend Maria Yung at the East Bay Pain Clinic, 510-444-2772, on
30th Street in Oakland. Not only is she a wonderful acupuncturist who's
helped me relieve pain, (and I think, aided my ability to get pregnant)
she gives great nutritional advice and just is a warm and accessible
Happy with East Bay Pain Clinic
I do not know all of the accupuncturists listed, but I work very closely
with Maureen Raytis and could not recommend her more highly. She is
gentle and skilled. She combines Western and Eastern medical approaches
and she is an herbalist also. Try her, you cannot go wrong. Her number
is 510 5016960.
I am looking for an acupuncturist who provides comprehensive care. I
would like to prepare for the birth of my third child and want someone
who will take time to examine my diet, lifestyle and other important
factors to help facilitate overall health.
I know a great acupuncturist in Oakland who provides
comprehensive care. She helped me with persistent tingling from
my neck down my arm. In one treatment, the tingling dissipated.
Her name is Maureen Raytis. Her office is at 495 Elwood Ave. #1,
Oakland. Her phone number is 510-444-4141.
I saw your posting looking for an acupuncturist who provides
comprehenive care. Lia Willebrand (510-858-6463) is a caring
and gentle practitioner who spends heaps of focused time with
her clients. She has two offices (both in Berkeley) and unlike
many other acupuncturists who have many clients at once, Lia
books one client at a time and gives a lot of care and careful
attention to her clients. She is also very knowledgable about
prescribing herbs which, in addition to treatments and Lia's
suggestions about diet, can also be very helpful. Lia is just a
super practitioner and even when she suggests herbs, you get the
prescription filled yourself at Elephant (if you are agreeable
to taking herbs); she's not trying to sell you something she has
on hand to make a profit. Lia Willebrand is compassionate and
thorough and I'm so glad she's my acupuncurist. Go see her (but
don't try to get my time slot!). I'm happy to answer any
questions that I can. My number is 415-377-9740!
. Lia's office number is 510-858-6463
I see a wonderful acupuncturist named Maureen Raytis. She has a
very holistic approach to health and treatment. She specializes
in women's health and infertility and would be perfect for
preparation for birth. I wish I had been working with her when I
was due to deliver. She is also a licensed herbalist and is
quite comfortable providing care as an adjunct to more
traditional western medical treatment. You cannot go wrong with
her. Her phone number is 501-6960 And she is on Grand Avenue in
I have been seeing Debra Sue Kelvin for acupuncture and nutritional advice for over a
year now. She is amazing! I have suffered from chronic headaches for many many years
and now I rarely have a headache. My allergies have also improved and I don't get
sick as much (with is a plus with 3 little kids at home) She listens well and is very
supportive. Feel free to contact me for a personal recommendation.
Looking for a great accupuncturist in Castro Valley, San
Leandro, Hayward, Dublin area, especially someone with
experience w/ chemical menopause/effects of chemo, healing from
I got a lot of help and healing from Dr Zhao Su, 346-2688, on
Washington in San Leandro. I did accupuncture and herbs, altho
she also does chiropractic. She has a sweet and calming presence,
and great technique. Her prices were good, too. It took almost a
year, but I am so much better now.
My husband is fighting sinus infections that recur every few weeks. We are
looking for an acupuncturist or herbalist from any tradition who can prevent
future infections. We would prefer to stay in the East Bay.
Brian Barlay, Licensed Acupuncturist and Herbalist. 510-654-7040. He is kind and professional.
I strongly recommend my acupuncturist herbalist named Nathalie Babazadeh. She has a lot of experience
working with people who have issues with allergies and sinus problems. Her clinic is located in the
Temescal area of Oakland. You can reach her at 510 872 1629
Christina Martin of Tao to Wellness on Hearst Ave is wonderful!
Re: Child's minor digestive issues (June 2007)
I would reccommend accupuncture for digestive problems. I suffered from
similar symptoms, plus a skin rash and went to several ''Western'' doctors
until finally my accupuncturist discovered food allergies and an overgrowth
of yeast in my intestines from blood and stool analysis. Through diet
changes, herbs and accupunture, my problems pretty much disappeared. My
doctor is Sandra Magin in Berkeley. Although she doesn't treat children, I am
sure she would give a referral.
Hi. I am looking for an Acupuncturist in the Oakland Area for chronic neck and
shoulder pain. Added bonus if they also do chinese herbs. Thanks. Leonard
Robert Zeiger's office is close to Alta Bates. He is well known and well regarded
by other acupuncturists. I believe he holds a pharmacy liscense and he does Chinese
Herbs. He is covered by some insurance. His phone number is 510-843-7397. I have
used him for years when I need a quality Acupuncturist.
I recommend Silla Taylor, L.Ac. She's very skilled, warm, great with orthopedic
issues. She also does chinese herbs. She's located in Oakland on Grand Ave. Her
number is 510-703-9794.
I would like to recommend an excellent acupuncturist in Oakland
named Nathalie Babazadeh. She has had great results working with
your issues and she is also skilled in Chinese Herbs. Her clinic
is a beautful, relaxing environment and is located right near
41st and Broadway.
Don Gates at the Temescal Acupuncture Center is wonderful. He is
trained in both acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine, and he
is just a delightful person--kind, gentle, knowledgable, and with
a quirky sense of humor that makes even scary medical conditions
less daunting. He has helped me and several friends through a
number of issues, from the life-threatening to the merely
annoying, and I trust him and especially his knowledge of herbs
to a high degree. Check him out at http://www.eastbaytcm.com/.
Happy long-time patient
I highly recommend Carla Dalton for acupuncture. She is located in Berkeley and she
has helped me with many issues, including neck and shoulder pain. The relief was
profound after a few treatments. She has also treated me with chinese herbs for a
sinus infection, which cleared up almost immediately. She does amazing work and is
a wonderful person. Please give her a call at 510-524-4812.
- a former skeptic
I love my Accupunturist, and highly recommend him, His name is Sabi Induerkum, He is
in El cerrito 526-2412 His very commpastionate, listens well and has great knowlage
of herbs. leora
I highly recommend Sara Weinberg for accupuncture and herbs. saraweinberglac.com.
She has an office on the Oakland/Berkeley border on College and Alcatraz. I have
been seeing her weekly for the past several months and I find her to be an
exceptional practitioner (I have been to almost a dozen local accupunturists around
here and have never stayed with anyone this long). I like that she is professional,
down to earth, and has exceptional boundaries. She is extremely intuitive and truly
cares about her patients. She uses a variety of modalities (herbs, aromatherapy,
reiki) in addition to the accupuncture to ensure her patients get true relief for
their symptoms. Ariel
I highly recommend Maureen Raytis for accupuncture to treat chronic neck and
shoulder pain. She is also an herbalist so she will meet both of your needs. She
is very smart and has done wonders for me and for my patients as the need arises. I
cannot recommend her more highly. She is located near the Grand-Lake Theater. Her
phone number is 510 444-4141.
Good luck and feel better
I have the highest recommendation for my acupuncturist Nathalie Babazadeh, LAc.
Her clinic is located in Temescal Oakland. She has many years experience and has
a few new openings available. Please contact Nathalie at 510 872-1629.
we have kaiser insurance which only gives referrals to
acupuncture after 1000 hoops. we're young parents with stress
injuries and need help. recommendations for your favorite
(affordable) acupuncturist in the east bay would be very
If you are prepared to travel across the Bay Bridge, IEP clinic
in the Mission offers acupuncture priced on a sliding scale. I
believe they also base their fees on your own income, not your
household income. My insurance doesn't cover acupunture either
and I've found IEP to be a great resource and inexpensive since I
started going around a year and a half ago.
They're on 16th Street near Church Street, not too far from the 101.
I highly recommend Dennis VonElgg 2320 Woolsey, #100 (@ Telegraph)
(web address given on outgoing voicemessage)
John Nieters, L.Ac. in Alameda. 510-814-6900 or www.johnnieters.com.
He gets results quickly and he makes suggestions in terms of simple
lifestyle changes and provides herbs so that you really don't need to
see him very often. Great for the bottom line and makes a huge
difference in health. My immune system and my child's immune system are
so much stronger since we started seeing John. He doesn't see children
for acute conditions, but he does treat them for chronic conditions. I
do have herbs that I take regularly which I feel give me patience lower
my stress and anxiety levels. Left to my own devices I tend to stress
so the herbs really help. I still go in for ''crisis'' care, ie. my
child had a growth spurt recently and my body didn't catch up so I
injured my back. John did some orthopedic testing, then acupuncture and
sent me home with herbs. This took me out of crisis and he suggested
one supplement and one simple exercise. I feel so grateful to have my
mobility back and so quickly.
so grateful for acupuncture and herbs
I highly recommend acupuncturist John Nieters, who practices in Alameda.
I absolutely loved John's presence and skill and trust him a great deal.
His rates are similar to what I've paid other acupuncturists I've seen,
but he focuses on producing quicker results, which would end up saving
money. His phone is 510-814-6900, and his website is
Re: Help for sciatica, need good chiropractor
I have had great results with Dr. Jay Sordean in Berkeley for my sciatica
and my husband's back problems. He is very experienced in evaluating and
treating these conditions -- not only is his acupuncture and herbal /
nutritional treatment effective, he instructed me in various stretches to
do to help heal and prevent my sciatica-caused pain. He also treats other
types of musculoskeletal problems due to work injuries and other
Can anyone recommend an acupucturist, preferably in Marin, but I'm willing to drive to SF for
someone outstanding. I have lower back problems and physical therapy and stretching aren't
Kristi Holmes has an office in Mill Valley. Shares her office with her
sister who is a bodyworker. They are both fantastic! Alas, I've
misplaced her phone number but you could find it in information I'm
sure. She's on the main road into the downtown area between the high
school and the Whole Foods.
He's located in Mill Valley. He is a wonderful, gentle man. In
addition to being an acpuncturist, he is trained in western
medicine. My insurance covered it as if it were regular office
visits. He also does Chinese herbs.
Someone recommended Kristi Holmes in Mill Valley. I would like to second the recommendation
and to add her contact information. Her phone number is 415-381-0133. She also has an
informative website at http://
I guess a couple of people recommended Kristie Homes, but I have to say
that I had disappointing experiences with her. She took over Dr. Jane Bick
Tang's practice in Mill Valley, and while Dr. Tang was fantastic, I did
not find Kristie's treatments to be effective when I went to her after Dr.
If you're willing to come to Berkeley, I can recommend Robert Zeiger as a
brilliant acupuncturist with over 30 years experience. He also has a PhD
in clinical pharmacolgy, and knows herbs inside out, and I've gone to him
off and on for all that time. His quirky personality originally put me off
when I was younger (I love it now), and I tried other acupuncturists over
the years, but except for Dr. Tang, I found all of them to be
disappointing and I always ended up going back to Bob.
He does not push supplements as most of the others did, doesn't even sell
them, and he has always solved my problems with only as few, sometimes
just one, treatment. He will also see you (most often) the same day you
call or within a few days max- very unusual in my experience.
Robert Zeiger, L.AC, OMD, PharmD, 510-843-7397, 3031 Telegraph Ste 106,
anyone have a recommendation for an acupuncturist in the Berkeley area, one who
particularly works with nerve pain, in this case, in neck area? Much appreciated.
I can highly recommend Robert Zeiger, 843-7397 as a brilliant
Bob has saved my life several times over the years when I've been
in crisis with physical pain, at least two of those times with
excruciating neck pain. His treatments are straight to the point
(so to speak) and he goes right at the problem with the goal of
getting you well with only 2 or 3 visits. And he has done that
for me, several times with just one treatment!
He has a PhD in clinical pharmacology, understands Chinese herbs,
and uses them when appropriate.
He has a quirky personality, took me awhile to get used to it,
but I've come to really appreciate and enjoy those quirks. He
knows what he's doing in much more true depth than any other
acupuncturist I've ever tried.
I highly recommend my acupuncturist, Syndnie Boral on Solano
(below san pablo so easy parking). I have seen her for many
years and have alot of neck & back issues. She is amazing. $70 a
session but more for first visit. 510-525-5532
Leah Mazel-Gee of Holistic Chinese Medicine Center, 548-5676.
She is in Berkeley. She helped me a few years back with neck
and shoulder pain I was having. I was better in one session.
I highly recommend Bea Hammond, LAc. She has an office on Solano
Ave. in Albany. I've seen her on and off over the past year for
different issues (including a neck problem and tendinitis in one
of my arms) and general health. Over the years, I have seen five
or six acupuncturists and Bea is the best. She listens very well
and is willing to spend the time needed to treat me for whatever
ails me at the time. I find the atmosphere of her treatment
rooms very relaxing. Must be good fung shui or something like
that. And she ends most sessions with a little bit of massage. She moved her practice from
Santa Cruz to the Bay Area in 2006 so
I'm sure she's still taking new patients.
1152A Solano Ave.
Albany, CA 510-495-4946
seeking an acupuncturist who is trained in cosmetic work, the
non-invasive face lifts done with acupuncture. PLease rsvp if
this is you or someone whose work you know. thank you! Swann
Meg McDowell just off the Kensington Circle in El cerrito is a
wonderful person and a wonderful acupuncturist. Not sure if she
does cosmetic work but give her a call in any case. Ph. 510 229-
I am looking for a knowledgable
(affordable) Eastern doctor who can look at all of me in one piece and help me figure
out if this is immunity related or possibly peri-menopause and help me improve my
condition. East Bay definitely preferred.
I know a great Chinese doctor in Albany who has helped me with a wide range of issues over
the years. His name is Richard Liao & his # is 524.8148. Good luck!!
Has anyone been a patient of accupuncturist Dr. Li chun Ou on
Grand Ave? I just started seeing him for a circulation issue.
He seems very caring and competent. I am new to the idea of
accupuncture and must admit that I am a bit squeamish about the
needles. Is it safe? He showed me the needles in the
package. But I have read so many horror stories of people here
and in other countries who simply repackage needles. I am happy
that he takes the time to consider my case (more than the 5
minute in my regular G.P's office) and I don't doubt his skill.
It is simply the needle reuse issue in the field of accupunture
that worries me. Would an accupunturist ever reuse needles or
are my worries unfounded?
nervous ninny who wants to continue treatment
Hi. I can't give a firm recommendation about Dr. Ou, but I've
heard of him and he has a good reputation. Beyond that I don't
know anything specific about him. I wanted to write to you to
tell you that Acupuncturists are legally required to practice
universal precautions and clean needle techniques. That means no
reused needles. They are no longer allowed to sterilize their own
needles either. They must use sterile one-time use needles and
dispose of them in a bio-hazardous waste container designated for
that purpose. Universal precautions means that they use the same
precautions as if every patient they treat has a blood-borne
contagious disease. These are the same requirements that all
conventional medical personnel follow.
I would find it hard to believe that Dr. Ou didn't follow clean
needle technique and universal precautions. But, do ask him
anyway. If he says he doesn't then, by all means, find someone
else. But I would surprised. I think you also asked if
acupuncture hurts. Most people find that it doesn't hurt at all,
or it is only a little pinch; it depends on the disorder being
treated and the technique of the acupuncturist. Try him out.
There are many acupuncturists with many different techniques.
Communicate clearly with him. Give him feedback.
I am a Chinese. I used acupuncture treatment to cure my back
pain about 9 years ago when I was in Beijing, China. I don't
know what the current situation is in China today. But I bet
when I took the treatment, all the needles are reused after
stringent sterilization process. It was so common that even no
one would think this is a question needed to be raised. I am
still so satisfactory about the result. So it is safe if the
doctor is a qualified one. As far as whether they reuse needles
here in the US, I have not clue. But I trust them.
Dr. Ou has been in practice for a long time and has a very good
reputation. Most acupuncturists use sterile disposable
needles. We use them once then through them in a red bio-
hazard container which we dispose of through medical waste
management companies. A few acupuncturists still use reusable
needles which are autoclaved after each use - this is what your
dentist does with his metal instruments, it is completely
safe. It is difficult to get malpractice insurance if you
autoclave needles, and one must obtain the reusable needles
from China, another barrier, which is why most acupuncturists
these days use disposable needles. I know of no acupuncturist
who would ever think of using a dirty needle in a treatment -
it is simply a heinous and unethical thing to do. Also, a box
of 100 needles only costs $3-$10 depending on the brand. If
Dr. Ou is showing you a sealed package of needles and then
throwing the needles into a biohazard container after he
removes them from you I would put my fears to rest. All this
said, there was a scandle a few years ago involving a
phlebotomist who was working for one of the major labs. She
was reusing unsterile needles to do blood draws. After this
was discovered all the people who had had bloodwork done by her
received follow-up testing and counseling. The lesson of this
is that it does behoove you to satisfy yourself that the
practitioner and equipment is safe.
It seems melodramatic to say that Elizabeth Padron Vos saved my
life but I really feel that is precisely the case. I had been
suffering terribly from depression for close to a decade. I had
seen conventional medical doctors, therapists and
psychiatrists. I had been on a never ending series of
antidepressants. At best, the antidepressants worked for a
while with varied and sometimes really unpleasant side effects.
I was on the verge of going to yet another psychiatrist (at a
cost of $500 per session) when I went to see Elizabeth Padron
Vos in Berkeley. She practices Chinese acupuncture. She is an
herbalist and she works with natural medicine/supplements. She
was very warm and caring and professional. She was able to
determine that I was suffering from a glandular issue. I now
take an OTC supplement and have been depression free for almost
a year. It feels like a miracle. I really do call her
periodically and thank her for saving my life.
She obviously has a talent for sleuthing in the physiological
realm. She is intelligent and clearly enjoys her profession.
She was able to solve the other major medical issue that I had.
Again, I had seen regular medical doctors for this issue with no
result. It turned out to be a digestive issue/food allergy. I
followed Elizabeth's advice and the problem resolved itself in a
matter of weeks. Before seeing Elizabeth about this particular
problem, I had been afflicted with my symptoms for close to 2
I give her my highest recommendation and gratitude. Her office
number is 510.308.2155
I have recently been diagnosed with breast cancer and am going to
be going through chemotherapy. I have been referred to Peter Van
Arsdale for acupuncture to help with the side effects of the
treatment. Does anyone have any experience with him specifically
in dealing with breast cancer and chemotherapy?
I have been treated by acupuncturist/herbalist Peter Van Arsdale for years. When I was
diagnosed with breast cancer, I saw Peter regularly before, during, and throughout my
His wife is a breast cancer survivor and he was empathetic and informed. I strongly
recommend him as an acupuncturist. His office and manner are soothing and supportive.
I have been going to an acupuncturist in San Francisco for
awhile now but I no longer work in SF so it has become
inconvenient to get over there for treatments. Does anyone have
a recommendation for a really good acupuncturist in Oakland? I
have a bacterial infection that I have been battling in my body
for 7 months now (the condition is called Interstitial
Cystitis), and I want to find a skilled
acupuncturist/herbalist/healer who can help me treat this in
conjunction with the antibiotics I am taking to try to kill the
streptococcus bacterial infection and help ease the strain my
body is under due to having to be on long term antibiotics. I
welcome any referrals!!!
Robert Levine is in North Berkeley but well worth the trip up there. He is an
excellent acupuncturist. He helped my husband before, during and after cancer
treatment, and has helped relatives of mine for a variety is medical issues. His
name is in the phone book. Good luck!
I know a great accupuncturist who also has extensive knowledge with herbs.
name in Suzanne Delbou, M.S., L.A.c. and her number is 507-3000. Her office
3021 Telegraph, Sutie B. I have seen her for chronic sinus problems, low
low immune system. I always feel so much better after seeing her! Good
My husband has a family history of back problems and a very
disconcerting knot/lump on one side of his lower back. Our
insurance will cover chiropractor visits, but his only other
visit left him sore and skeptical. Does anyone have a
recommendation for someone who is more gentle or does more than
just a hard realignment? Specifically any recent information on
two close-by practitioners:
Lisa Polevoy and
I have been seeing Dyanna Anfang since October and am extremely
happy with her. I'd never been to a chiropractor before because
the thought of painful adjustments really scared me. I told her
during my first visit that I did not want to hear my bones crack
and she was fine with that. Instead, she uses that little
activator thing, which is no big deal at all. So she is
respectful of what you feel comfortable with, and always
gentle. And she's also just a really nice, pleasant person. I
highly recommend her!
Oh, and I have heard good things about Lisa Polevoy also.
I highly recommend Cynthia Santelli. I started seeing her more than 7 years ago
when I was pregnant. I was hesitant to go because of the pregnancy, but she was
very gentle and helped me enormously. I still see her and she is very good about
checking in with me during the session, making sure that nothing is uncomfortable
or painful. I have rheumatoid arthritis now and she is mindful of my joints and has
also given my joints some relief. Santelli's telephone number and address:
(510) 444-0188, 466 Santa Clara Avenue, Oakland. Her office is across from the
Grand Lake Theater, on that sidestreet that also has the onramp to 580.
I highly recommend Chinabear Joseph (272-9109) for gentle
chiropractic. She is so much more than a bone cracker. She
schedules 30 to 90 minute sessions and she is with you the whole
time. She is an expert in cranial sacral work and does lots of
massage. She also specializes in working with kids, so she is
exceptionally gentle. My whole family sees her on a regular
basis and she has become a good friend. She is truly a wonderful
Chiropractor--Dyanna Anfang was on your list and I see her
currently. She is very gentle and conscientious about telling
you if you need to see a different doctor. Meaning she will NOT
treat something that is not appropriate for chiropratic. I think
she is excellent for people who are suspicious of the professsion
and she understands those suspicions.
Re: a gentle chiropractor. I can really recommend Dyanna Anfang.
She is very gentle (and thorough). She always explains what she
is doing and why and encourages the patient to be a part of the
process from the beginning. She uses massage and a home excercise
program as well. I think your husband will be very happy under
A very gentle form of chiropractic is called Network Chiropractic or NSA Network
Spinal Analysis. I'm sure if you do a search, there is a website. I don't know where
you are located or if you're interested, but I really love the practice of
Chiropractic located in the Upaya Center for Well Being in Oakland, at Grand and
Santa Clara (across the street from the Grand Lake Theater). 510-444-4443
Dr. Aaron Rosselle and Dr. Eileen Karpfinger are excellent, sensitive practitioners.
have had much experience with the other chiropractic method of more cracking,
twisting and popping. I definitley got relief from pain and did feel more well. But I
prefer this gentle method much more, it only employs gentle touches on the spine
and I still get the pain relief with a deeper sense of wholeness. I'm sure there are
many practitioners of this style thoughout the Bay Area.
I hope your husband is able to get relief soon, I know how incapacitating back pain
I'm looking for a practitioner of TCM to consult with about
general health and well-being issues. I'd like someone who is
well established in the bay area and I've had a recommendation
for Joel Harvey at the Shen Clinic in Berkeley. The last mention
of him in the archives is from 2001. Any new info on him or
other well-recommended herbalists?
I have been going for acupuncture for various reasons to this young women for 3-4 months. She helped me,
my health issues greatly. I would like to recommend her anyone who is looking for someone for
acupuncture. Her name is Hatice Poroy. Her office is in Oakland. Her number is (510) 333-142
I'd heartily recommend Dr. Michael Shi at the Wellspring Clinic
near downtown Berkeley (on Addison, near MLK). He is an excellent
practitioner of Chinese medicine/herbs and acupuncture:
knowledgable, warm, easy to talk to. The number there is
My husband and I both like Maria very much. She is a very good Chinese acupuncturist and herbalist, who is very attentive and listens to your concerns (speaks fluent English).
I like that she comes from a family of Chinese doctors (from China) and was trained in China, and I think also in the US. In general, being Chinese myself, I prefer to work with acupunturists of Chinese ancestry (just because certain things can be lost in translation). This is not to discredit at all, any non-Chinese practitioners out there. It's just a personal preference.
Contact: Maria Jia-Yu Yung, LAc, QME
411 30th Street, Suite (304), Oakland
(I've visited several Chinese doctors in the area (4-6 of them), and have had acunpuncture done on me in Taiwan, by very well-known practitioners...)
I saw Joel Harvey several years ago for siatica. He is one of
several accupunturists I have seen in the past 10 years and he is
not my favorite. I found him a bit arrogant-
thinking Chinese herbs were the cure for eveything so long as you
take them properly. I broke into tears during one session where
I was lying on my stomache with needles in my buttucks to treat
the sciatica. He started talking about treating my major
depression with herbs instead of the antidepressents I had been
on for years. He basically dismissed my need for meds and I felt
very helpless and vulnerable since I was practically naked on the
It could have been a bad day for both of us, I don't know. I can
recommend Dr. Zeiger- he is a pharmacist/accupunturist who
specializes in herbs- his bedside manner can also be a bit
off-putting, but I do like him. Dr. Ju Chun Ou is fabulous- very
old school from Taiwan- she is awesome. I also like Katie Mink.
Contact Sara Rankin at 510 593-7514 for both acupuncture and
Chinese herbal medicine. She has a lovely office on Piedmont Ave
in Oakland near Kaiser. She takes insurance and offers discounts
to Kaiser members. Check her out on the web at:
I highly recommend Portia Lee, licenced acupuncturist and herbalist. She has a very gentle nature, spends the time to get to know you and makes sure to provide a thorough treatment every single time. I recommend her to all my friends and family. She works with a combination of gentle acupuncture techniques and healing herbal treatments. She is wonderful and is accepting new patients in her clinic in El Cerrito. She is also wonderful with using acupuncture and herbs to treat children as well as adults. Every time I come to her clinic, I always feel welcome, calm, and relaxed. You can contact her at (510)932-4456. Her clinic is the Traditional Ways Healing Center, 6931 Stockton Avenue, El Cerrito CA 94530.
I am looking for information about Alternative treatments for
allergies. I am allergic to pollen, dust, Oak trees, all kinds
of things and have been getting weekly injections for about two
years to develope resistance to these allergens. I also take
medicine daily but I cant say that I really feel any
improvement. I was recently told of Dr. Jumbe Allen's practise
where he treats allergies with acupuncture.Has anyone have any
experience with either Dr. Allen or acupunture for allergies.I
would love to hear of your experience. Thank you.
I'd like to recommend a fabulous acupuncturist in North Berkeley for a multitude of
issues - pregnancy, allergies, overall energy. Ellen Gurian is an amazing practitioner
as well as an MD allergist. She is incredibly caring and patient and gentle. I have had
acupuncture since I was 12 years old and she is one of the best with needles and
moxa. I have the utmost respect for her. She is flexible and creative with her
approach to problems and overall health and is a wonderful compliment to any
''traditional'' doctor if you are looking for a holistic approach. She is also interested
in medically complicated adults and since she's also an MD she is familiar with all
that lingo. Her number is 510-526-5256 ext 6
Anita Chin Marshall in Alameda is an excellent accupuncturist
for allergies. She is conscientious, caring, and extremely
knowledgable. I highly recommend her--she is worth the trip.
I recently saw an acupuncturist for pain in my forearms and
wrists. She works out of my primary care physician's office
and was recommended by her. I had never seen an acupunctuist
before. It was so, so, painful. Putting the needles in (much
deeper than I'd thought they would be), while they were in,
when they were removed, and for the rest of the day I had
sharp, zinging nerve pain in both arms. Then, a day or so
later, my arms felt much better. I am really glad that my arms
felt better, but I was supposed to go back for more treatments
and I cancelled the appointment because I was so afraid of the
pain. It was really intense. I have never heard of anyone
describing acupuncture as extremely painful before. I don't
have an unusually low pain threshold normally, nor am I super-
freaked-out be needles. Has anyone else experienced this? Is
it normal? Does it mean my arms are really messed up, or the
treatment was, or what? Can someone recommend a gentle
acupuncturist for arm pain? Thanks.
Mary Lynn Morales M.S., L.Ac. in Kensington is a wonderful and
gentle acupuncturist. I went to her for months for depression
during my pregnancy and there was very rarely pain and only for
a moment, it never lingered and she always made sure to ask
about each needle. I loved each session and really recommend
her. Her number is 510-524-8803.
I sent a good friend to my accupuncturist - my friend was very
very afraid of needles -- and it went well for her. My
accupuncturist is SO gentle -- Sydnie Boral on solano ave - 525-
5532. she is also very good!
Your acupuncture experience sounded pretty intense, bummer! I've
gone to Lucia Castillo, LAc, for many years, and she's the most
gentle (and incredibly intuitive & nurturing) practitioner of any
kind I've ever had. I've had some needles burn or zing upon
insertion, but she removes them immediately if so, because that
means they've grazed a nerve or blood vessel. A clean insertion
as she performs it can be completely without sensation, but
commonly can have a very slight tinge.
I just think she's the best. You can reach her at 510-204-9664.
Her office is near the Berkeley Whole Foods...
Michelle Bullard on 4th Street in Berkeley is very gentle. Her
number is 845-8282.
I am an acupuncturist at the Temescal Acupuncture Center and am
responding to your message. It sounds to me like the treatment
you received was helpful to you and you do not have to worry
that they don't know what they are doing; however, it is
unfortunate that you dread another treatment! There are
different styles and techniques of acupuncture and sometimes it
can be more painful to treat pain than something internal, such
as a hormone imbalance. I would suggest letting the
practitioner know that it was too painful so she/he can try
something else for you.
I'd like to see a Chinese doctor who can diagnose health issues
by looking at the tongue. I suffer from
lightheadedness/dizziness/fatigue since the beginning of April
and thanks to Western medicine I know everything I don't have.
Several detailed blood/hormone tests revealed that I'm in
perfect health, not pregnant, and haven't entered
perimenopause. Just had a positive eye exam. A head scan is the
next and last resort. The only visible sign anyone can see is a
deep 3/4 inch crack in the center/middle of my tongue which I
noticed this morning (might have had it for a while)and I feel
that a knowledgable Chinese doctor might be able to help me
faster. I live on a shoestring budget but want to get out of
this jetlagged feeling of not being completely inside myself -
who would you recommend?
I am a student of chinese medicine and know quite a few doctors.
I highly recommend Dr. Johns in Berkeley (on Dwight near
Shattuck). 548.1884 He is an excellent doctor. Best wishes for
Try Jenny Josephian. She's an excellent doctor of chinese medicine and very
thorough. She's in the Walnut Square complex near Shattuck and Vine in North
Berkeley. Her phone # is 510-548-2261.
An excellent service for free tongue diagnosis by a liscenced
acupuncturist at Elephant Pharmacy in Berkeley daily between 4
and 7pm. All the practioners are wonderful and would be a good
place to start.
Sorry, I missed your first posting. I have a great doctor in Oakland. She is a
practioner and teacher of chinese medicine including accupuncture and herbs. Her
name is Dr. Shao-Hua Li. Her number is 834-1428.
Re: Alternative practitioner for prescription medication side effects
I have seen a lot of acupuncturists over the years and Carla
Dalton (524-4812) is the best that I have ever experienced. She
is a straightshooter and will tell you what she can and cannot
do. She has helped my mother and me with numerous problems.
Carla is the kindest person and a talented practitioner. I
cannot say enough about her.
One alternative practitioner to consider who uses a variety of
modalities including accupuncture nutrition and net is Lesley
Oldershaw on Grand in Oakland.
Michelle Bullard, LAc is a fantastic acupuncturist in Berkeley
on 4th Street. She was noted in the East Bay Express' ''Best of
the East Bay'' issue in 2005.
her office #: 510 845-8282
I am looking for a good acupuncturist who deals with broken
bones. I am looking for someone who can help me take a
proactive step towards healing. I fractured my foot in three
places and it is quite painful. I have to wear a cast for at
least 4-6 weeks. Other alternative medicine ideas would also
be greatly appreciated. I am under the care of a Podiatrist
and want to do something more than just sit and wait for it to
I know a great acupuncturist who is working with heal
fractures. Her name is Kirstin Lindquist and she has been in
practice for over ten years. Her knowledge is amazing. She is
very sweet and gentle and I love the way she explains
everything she will do to help your need before the session. I
can't say enough about her. You can even just call about your
concern. Kirstin is working at Emeryville Health and wellness
Kirstin's phone number is: 510 597 9923.
The Wellness Center where she has her practice has a website
If anyone is considering acupuncture treatments, I want to highly
recommend Elizabeth Padron Vos. I've seen her for various health
issues in the last three years, and found her to be warm, caring
She treats both acute and ongoing health problems, including
ob-gyn issues, chronic pain, and low energy. She also uses herbal
medication, mostly Chinese herbal formulas but also some
homeopathic remedies. She's an excellent listener and I've never
felt she was rushed or distracted during an appointment. She
accepts several different insurance plans and is located close to
the UC Berkeley campus, at Milvia and Dwight. Her phone is (510)
Feel free to email me for more info.
I'm looking for an acupuncturist to help me with my hip pain and
also my elbow tendinitis. I checked the postings and they're all
fairly old. Preferably someone in the Oakland/Berkeley area.
I highly reccomend my acupuncturist, Syndnie Boral (on Solano
below San Pablo). She has worked with me on numerous pain
issues from headaces to lower back pain to neck pain. She is
I recommend John Maynes as an acupuncturist for pain. My daughter
has had more pain relief after one session with him than she's ever felt
with any other practitioner. He also prescribes herbs, and she raved
about how easy he was to talk to. I had given up trying to get her to drink
more water, but now the water is being consumed religiously ''because
Dr. Maynes said so.'' He's on Woolsey St in Berkeley, 510-845-4688.
I have referred friends to Jay Sordean, LAc, OMD with hip, low
back, and knee pain. He has extensive knowlege and has helped
them significantly with acupuncture, herbs, massage, and home
exercise. His office is in Berkeley and the phone number is
I can recommend Dr.Jay Sordean. He's an acupuncturist
and oriental medical doctor. He's very knowledgeable, has
a great manner, and, by the way, also works with children.
His office is in Berkeley across from Whole Foods.
It's called the Redwood Clinic-510 849 1176
Claudia Weitkemper is an excellent acupuncturist who I would
highly recommend. I receive treatments from her regularly and
refer all my massage clients to her who are seeking acupuncture
treatment. She currently works out of an office in El Cerrito.
She has treated me for lower back and hip pain during pregnancy
and postpartum (in addition to other symptoms). She is efficient
and poingantly effective in her treatments. She has training in
Master Tung's Points, which are specific points used for
relieving pain, sciatica and allignment. She is very attentive
to any concerns of pain during a treatment and is responsive
regarding trying alternatives to make a successful treatment.
You can find out more about Claudia Weitkemper at her website:
or by calling her at her office Traditional Ways Healing Center,
6931 Stockton Avenue,
El Cerrito CA 94530,
OR you could meet her in person because she will be at the
Solano Stroll this Sunday (9/12/04)
I would highly recommend the acupuncturists at the Temescal Acupuncture
Center-330 41st St. in Oakland. Brian Barlay, Don Gates and Natalie
Babazadeh are all fabulous. They can be reached at: 510.654.7054.
My mother-in-law suffers chronic pain in her hip and thigh due
to nerve damage (nerves coming from the L4 and L5 area of her
spine). She'd like to see a good acupuncturist who's had
success in relieving that kind of pain. I checked the website
but didn't see any specific recommendations of this kind in the
archives. Any recommendations?
I highly reccomend my accupuncturist, Syndnie Boral (on Solano
below San Pablo). She has worked with me on numerous pain
issues from headaces to lower back pain to neck pain. She is
I have an outstanding acupuncturist in Hayward/Castro Valley Border. It
takes me about 20 min to get there from Berkeley so I have not minded
the commute. He is Chinese and he and his wife run the office. It costs
me $60 for an hour of care including acupuncture and cupping and
massage. His name is Dr, Yan and his number is 510 733-0202 , 1638
B Street, Hayward. He also if often open on holidays and saturdays. He
is very knowledgeable and kind.
I have a very painful case of sciatica, and am wondering if
anyone has ever used acupuncture to help cure theirs. If so, do
you have someone to recommend, preferably in the North Berkeley
area? Thank you.
Nancy Rakela in North/West Berkeley is great and she helped me
with back pain. www.nancyrakela.com
-- sciatica free
I know this isn't exactly what you've asked for, but I would recommend Michelle Reddel for treatment of sciatica
issues. She's a chiropractor who specializes in cranial-sacral manipulation, and I think she is just terrific for this sort of
thing. Her office is located at 2560 Ninth St (between Parker and Dwight) and her number is 649-9169.
I don't know about acupuncture for sciatica, but you could ask
Douglas Wang who is a licensed acupuncturist at my office in
Albany. His qualifications include: professor at Five Branches
Institute and the American College of Traditional Chinese
Medicine, and over 20 years of clinical experience integrating
Chinese and Western medicine. His phone number is 510.517.6341.
this isn't exactly what you asked for but here goes -
I also have sciatica and was helped a lot by going to a personal
trainer in pilates. my chiropracter recommended this saying that
she could adjust me regularly but she was just addressing the
same symptoms over and over and not really getting anywhere with
the problem causing the sciatica in the first place (this is
what acupuncture would do as well). I went to the trainer every
week for about a year and now I still have some sciatica but I
can keep it well under control by doing certain stretches and
changing my posture.
I would not recommend a class since you really need a lot of
individual help to get the exercises just right and to learn to
control the right muscles. my trainer was Paige at Ashby
Chiropractic near Ashby and 7th in Berkeley.
almost sciatica free
Has anyone gone to Jim Douglas for acupuncture? Would you recommend him?
I have a herniated disc in my lower back.
Thanks very much.
I have seen accupuncturist Jim Douglas, was referred by someone
having health problems smilar to my own (not back-related). He
was fine. Flexible and accomodating, lots of experience.
Jim Douglas has been my primary acupuncturist for about 15 years
now, so I would of course recommend him! He is very caring and
experienced in traditional Chinese Medicine, including herbal
formulas (not just pills) which I particularly respond to and
I have been diagnosed with a bulging C6-7 disc and a cortisone
injection has been suggested. Before receiving an injection, I
would like to try an acupuncturist with experience in healing
bulging discs. I'm looking for referrals to an acupuncturist in
the East Bay. Thank you.
I give my highest recommendation to Dr. Robert Zeiger,
accupuncturist. He saved me after two serious illnesses and
helped me tremendously on many other occasions. I have been
going to him since 1982. He takes various insurances and is
conveniently located on Telegraph Avenue just down one block from
Alta Bates Hospital. I believe he is a true healer. I have
never gone for a back problem, but I know he is very skilled.
His phone number is: 843-7397. Don't be put off by his
untraditional style: he doesn't use office staff and when you
call you'll talk directly to him. He's a very self-sufficient
I am looking for an excellent acupuncturist who can help
me with several issues. I recently got out of a very
stressful work situation and feel that my body needs to
regain its balance and 'detoxify' from the whole experience.
Also, since giving birth (our child is now 16 months),
I have not been able to sleep deeply (although she is
sleeping fine)and suffer from fatigue and low energy -
which I am sure is also affected by the stress from work.
I would prefer someone who has reasonable rates as my
insurance won't cover the expense. Any referrals will
be greatly appreciated.
I can highly recommend Leslie Oldershaw, an acupuncturist
I have seen both for fertility issues and throughout my
somewhat challenging pregnancy (acupuncture helped keep
my blood pressure down). She has recently moved to lovely
new offices on Grand Avenue and can be reached at
510-595-1175. Leslie is warm, professional, thorough,
and funny! (a sense of humor is important to me). I felt
so much better cared for by her than by any of my ''regular''
An acupuncturist I would recommend highly is Dr. Ou at
3901 Grand Avenue in Oakland. Her # is 510-547-6798.
She is Chinese and was a doctor in China. She has
helped me with a variety of issues, and I know a # of
other people who she has helped. Her office is rather
casual, so be prepared for that -- she has 2 treatment
'rooms,' one of which is basically in the waiting room
and blocked off by screens -- but if you are in that
room, anyone in the waiting room will be able to hear
your conversations with her, so you just have to be
ready for that! She answers her own phone, makes her
own appts. and collects her own fees. And, her style
of acupuncture (having gone to several now) is not
pain-free, but I do believe she is very very effective.
I highly recommend W. Jumbe Allen. He sees people in Oakland (Pill Hill
area) and San Francisco.
He has seen people in my entire family and we all agree- he is great. His
number is (415) 282-9337.
I would highly recommend Brian Barlay, Licensed Acupuncturist
and Herbalist at the Bancroft Center of Chinese Medicine.
The office is on Bancroft Way in Berkeley and he can be
reached at (510) 540-0544. I have worked with him for
many years and have always been thankful for his knowledge
I would recommend you see Pam Heaton, an Acupuncturist on Park
Blvd in Oakland. After I had a child, we realized that many of my
mood fluctuations could be attributable to homonal imbalances.
She's given me herbs to take that have really helped.
She has a long waiting list; so if you're thinking of going this
route, get your name on her list now.
Pam Heaton, L.Ac., OMD, is a wonderful healer. She is
on Park Blvd and has hours M-W and Saturday from 10-7.
Her number is 530-9128. I have also heard great things
about Jeff and Katy Mink (two separate places), the
latter of whom is quite good with kids.
I can recommend Jenny Josephian. She is located in the
Walnut Square building in Berkeley and her phone number
is 510-548-2261. I don't know how booked she is currently,
but it's definitely worth a call.
In reference to an acupuncturist, I can highly recommend
Dr. Marti Lee Kennedy in Berkeley on Ashby. 510-843-3000.
I have gone to Dr. Kennedy for years, with a number of
problems. She also is excellent with herbs and non-
traditional treatments. I can't recommend her highly
She specializes in women and pregnancy-related issues.
I have used Dr. Marti Lee Kennedy for years. She is both a licensed
acupuncturist and a Chinese medical doctor,
and has been practicing for over 25 years. She specializes in women's
health issues, and is very good,
compassionate and intuitive. Her office is at 2615 Ashby Avenue, Berkeley
(near Alta Bates). Phone number is
510-843-5000, ext. 7.
Charlene Leung is a really good practioner of traditional
Chinese medicine, including acupuncture. Charlene has
treated me for some of the same issues mentioned, and I
felt much better very quickly. Charlene is thorough in
her initial consultation and her treatment plans are
effective, yet gentle. Each time I have seen her she
has prescribed Chinese herbs, too; she put them in a
more or less powder form so they were easy to take.
Charlene's office is on Solano Ave. in Albany, and her
telephone number is 510.559.9038. I wish you a peaceful
Time to put in a good word for my acupuncturist, Melanie Linebaugh. Women's
health, including fertility issues,
is one of her specializations, and I've found her treatments helpful for
postpartum stuff (i.e., feeling
drained and short-tempered) too. She's very attentive to emotional as well
as physical issues, and is very easy
to talk to. She work out of the Traditional Ways Healing Center in El
Cerrito (on Stockton, a few blocks uphill from Darla's Baby Boutique) and
her number is 526-3620
Jeff Mink is an Oriental Medical Doctor and Licensed Acupuncturist located
in the Upper Kensington
shopping area on the Arlington. I can wholeheartedly recommend him for the
kind of treatment you're
looking for. In addition to being an excellent practitioner, he is a
wonderful person. He charges
$65 a session for acupuncture, and herbs are extra if he prescribes
them. Jeff's number is 528-0134.
Barbara Wilt is the Acupuncturist who helped me after the birth of my
daughter and throughout the following pregnancy.
My problems were similar to yours, disturbed sleep, anxiety,
fatigue. I was simply depleted. Her office is at 4158 Park Blvd, Oakland.
Phone (510) 531-4135.
I highly recommend Dr. Pauline Wong. Although I would
recommend her to anyone, she specializes in pregancy and
postpartum related issues. Her number is 843-5000 and
she is located across from Alta Bates on Ashby.
Has anyone had experience with any of the following UC Care (Aetna)
acupuncturists: Michelle Bullard, Joel Harvey, Thalia Liram, Peter
Vanarsdale, Elizabeth Vos, Leah Nazel and/or Paz Vazcarra. In addition
to recommendations about them as a practitioners, I'd like to know if
they sell vitamin supplements or Chinese remedies, and how routinely they
prescribe them. Thanks.Louise
recommend someone not on your list - Mark Olivier -
who has resonable rates and is very thorough and
caring. He works out of him home and takes a long
time to listen to what's going on with you, carefully
tailoring his practice to you. He has helped me fight
off numerous colds/flus and cured me completely of
asthma. I've recommended him to many friends and they
have been happy with his services too. Good luck to
I've worked with Peter VanArsdale a few times, most
notably when I had some tendonitis in my arms. He did
prescribe herbs with the treatments and I found his
hours convenient, but I felt as if he did not pay
close attention to my case and was sometimes
distracted during the treatment so that he would
forget to come explain what was going on.
I also have Aetna health plan and other acunpuncturists
are covered as well. I can highly recommend Marti Lee
Kennedy in Berkeley on Ashby. She is very, very
knowledgeable. She's also great with herbs and has
studied in China as well as here with many master herbalists
I'm looking for an acupuncturist to treat shoulder bursitis (aggravated by
heavy lifting and nursing my 20 lb. 8 month old) and recently discovered
that my insurance actually covers acupuncture!! Imagine my surprise!! Can
anyone recommend an acupuncturist that is covered by AMerican Specialty
Health Plans? I've looked at the ones on the UCB network page and would
still like to know if anyone has used the following: The ones they cover in
Berkeley that I am wondering about are:
Joel Harvey at the Shen Clinic (This would be very convenient.),
I have used Karen Cutler in Berkeley. I saw her all throughout my pregnancy
think she is excellent. She also works with many insurance companies.
I don't know Joel Harvey as an acupuncturist, but as a Chinese Herbalist he's
excellent, so I would assume he's equally as knowledgable and skilled as an
acupuncturist. The Shen clinic is clean and professional. Joel is a really
nice person, as is his wife (Betty?) and the people who work for him. They've
all been very helpful anytime I've gone in there for herbs. June (2001)
I highly recommend Carol Lourie, L.Ac. in Berkeley (4th & Gilman). She treats
all kinds of symptoms, is very proffessional and personable and has an
additional orientaion for natural medicine and homeopathy, which she also
practices along with acupuncture. She was listed as a "preferred provider"
under my insurance and I have seen her both personally as well as given her
name to numerous friends who have been very happy with her. Her phone number
is 510-526-2028. Good Luck. (2001)
I used Hope McDonnell while I was pregnant because Medi-Cal actually covered
her services. There is a childcare site at the Berkeley Primary Care Clinic
where she worked when I saw her--if she's in the same place, you might be
able to have them look after your little one during your appt. I found her
competent, compassionate, and definitely pain-relieving. Good Luck.
I'm looking for the name and contact information of a reputable
acupuncturist in the Bay Area. I am specifically looking for someone who
can help relieve chronic wrist and forearm pain not caused by tendonitis
or carpel tunnel syndrome. I have checked the web page and found that
most of the references specifically dealt with pregnancy or back pain. I
imagine that some of the providers may also be skilled in other parts of
the body, but would appreciate hearing from anyone who has used an
acupunturist for the arms and wrists. Thanks so much. Rachel
I have used Karen Cutler for wrist pain that had progressed up to my
shoulder. She's great! I have got to her for pain in other areas too and
for chronic sinus infections. She has cured my sinuses as well as getting
rid of my wrist to shoulder pain. I do have to be careful about how many
hours I spend on the computer, but she made a major difference in my life.
She is on Dwight Way in Berkeley and her phone number is 654-3873.
Hi: I just joined the list and wanted to recommend a fantastic
accupuncturist I have seen for years here in Berkeley. Her name is Kathleen
(Kathy) Orcutt and she has over 20 years experience in treating a vast
array of ailments and conditions. I initially saw her for horrible
recurring RSI and other neck, elbow and wrist pain and she was the only one
who provided lasting relief (as opposed to physical therapy, chiropractic,
etc). She is also a Chinese Herbalist who has great tinctures for
allergies, etc. I am now seeing her while pregnant and find her treatments
wonderfully relaxing and beneficial. And, to top it off she is a wonderful
person - very warm and caring. She can be reached at 510/843-9109.
I would recommend Sabi Inderkum (526-2412). I have gone in to him for help with chronic fibromyalgia pain and with migraines as well as asthma/allergy symptoms. He has done a lot to reduce the pain in my muscles and joints. His rates are very reasonable, and he really knows what he's doing.
Dr. Ellen Gunther is an MD who has been an acupuncturist for years. Perhaps she can also take
health insurance. Number is 510-841-1677 She is in an office with a variety of Wholistic Health
Care Providers. Sherry
I am looking for an East Bay acupuncturist/herbalist who specializes
in treating young children with allergies and asthma. Thank you.
Carla Cassler does a lot of pediatric acupuncture/chinese
I know she has treated allergies (my son) and asthma but I don't know that she specializes
in just that with children. Her office number is 526-5256. She's been treating our
family for a variety of things for years. She's really excellent at what she does.
She as a lot of medical background which I find really helpful.
I take my 2 year old with multiple food allergies and eczema (and high
likelyhood of inheirited environmental allergies), to Jenny Josephian
in North Berkeley tel. 548-2261. We've had great success with her
acupressure sessions, don't know how much she works with herbs for
I'm looking for an acupuncturist in Alameda/Berkeley/Oakland who is
knowledgeable about treating pregnant women. I'm in my first trimester
and feeling very miserable, in part because I'm already exhausted from
caring for my 2.5 year old and working, and in part because of the usual
hormonal chaos. Has anyone used someone local for pregnancy stuff? And
did it help? Susan
Late in my pregnancy I worked with Marti Kennedy, who was recommended by my
midwife. She is on Ashby near College in Berkeley, and specializes in
fertility and pregnancy issues. She is friendly and nice; unfortunately I
don't know enough about eastern medicine to evaluate her competence but her
credentials seemed impressive. Her office # is 510-843-5000.
I recommend Marti Lee Kennedy. She specializes in working on pregnant
women. Her office is located at 2615 Ashby at Benvenue and phone # is
510-843-5000. I saw her for a case of pregnancy hives and was amazed at
her success in curing them. Elizabeth
I saw Dr. Marti Kennedy, 843-5000, 2615 Ashby Avenue (Ashby Center of
Complementary Medicine) when I was pregnant and she helped me a lot.
Good luck! Louise
I saw Marti Kennedy every week throughout my pregnancy eleven years ago. When
I went the hospital to have my baby delivered my labor stopped. I didn't want
to have drugs to induce it, so I called Marti, she came, put some needles on
me and right away labor started again my baby was born four hours later. It
was a wonderful labor, very easy and painless. She has worked a lot with
pregnant women and is very experienced. I highly recommend her and thank her
for her wonderful work.
I used Barbara McNair, on Telegraph, near Ashby (across from Whole Foods) throughout most
of my pregnancy. I went in seeking help with bloody noses -- which she was able to
diminish, but not totally eliminate -- and all of the other hormonal and pregnancy issues,
along with a lot of work stress. She was wonderful throughout and helped a lot. Her
number is 649-8054, and the actual address is 3021 Telegraph Avenue, Suite 8, Berkeley.
Good luck! Laurel
I would recommend Dr. Nancy Rakela on Tenth Street in Berkeley. She and
her staff provide the best of care and the best healing office environment
I've ever seen! When I go there I feel as though I've entered an oasis -
nothing fancy or pretentious, just calming and peaceful. She's also a
doctor of Chinese Medicine to round things out (she teaches yoga too!)
Check her out if you can - 510-540-6267; http//www.nancyrakela.com/
Does anyone have a recommendation for a good homeopathic doctor
and/or an herbalist who specialize in children.
Thank you in advance for all your time and consideration.
There is an excellent herbalist and acupuncturist, Josh Piagentini,
who I have personally seen for 10 years. He was mentored by Dr. Lai
in San Francisco. I have seen many children in his office over the
years and have talked to parents who have expressed very positive results.
He recently treated my 14 mo old son with Chinese herbs. I didn't
think my son would go for the taste -- the herbs can taste pretty bad,
but he put in natural licorice to make it more palatable. It worked.
My son was eager to take the herbs from the dropper and my son's issue
resolved. I have referred family, friends and colleagues to Josh over
the years for a diverse range of issues including: frequent colds,
migranes, sleep problems, cancer, HIV and chronic yeast infections.
Those I have referred have had great success with managing or eradicating
their particular concern. The only downside for some is that he practices
in San Francisco and you get a specific/tailored formula every time you go
which you have to boil. It doesn't taste great, but it works! I have found
that it's well worth it on both counts. During the last year, he has been
able to keep me and my other family members from getting sick everytime our
13 month old picks up a new virus. That alone, for me, has made it well
worth it. His number is 415.255.0657. He is moving his office from his
current location to Sutter Street so his number will be changing, but there
will be a referral number.
I am currently seeing Dr. Stacia Lansman in Mill
Valley with my newborn. She is a pediatrician and
herbalist. Her partner is a homeopathist. Tel. 415
380 8448, email firstname.lastname@example.org. I can't say too
much about her as I haven't had any problems yet but I
wanted someone knowledgeable regarding alternative
medicine and she meets those criteria.
I enthusiastically recommend Peter Van Arsdale, a Berkeley acupuncturist located
at 2006 Dwight Way across from Herrick Hospital. His telephone number is 510
644-1293. He was successful in treating my neck and back pain in 2 visits, and
my sister-in-law has found his treatments to be very helpful for her tendonitis.
For Chinese Medicine and/or Acupuncture, Robert Dreyfuss, OCM, in
A friend of mine who'd struggled with infertility for four years was
able to conceive within a few months of treatments by Dr. Dreyfuss. He
has a doctorate in Chinese Medicine and is very well regarded. I went
to him to for help with my costochondritis (chest wall pain). To his
great credit, he first made sure that I had seen my M.D. to rule out
life-threatening conditions, such as angina or lung pathology. I have a
dear friend who saw a chiropractor when she experienced bone pain, and
the chiropractor did not attempt to rule out bone cancer, which is what
it turned out to be, but performed manipulations which were very
damaging. Beware the alternative medicine practitioner who immediately
wants to treat you without first obtaining a full health history, asking
whether you've been seen by an M.D., and ruling out life-threatening conditions!
For Acupuncture: Brian Barlay. L.Ac, 540-0544
When Dr. Dreyfus went on vacation, I switched to someone he had
recommended, Brian Barlay, who practices in Berkeley. He is very kind,
thoughtful, gentle, a good listener. Like Dr. Dreyfus, he wasn't sure
that he could help with the costochondritis. When he was taking my
health history he asked about other concerns, and I mentioned that ever
since having children (4 and 7 years ago) my menstrual cycle has gone
from a 28-31 cycle to a 21-24 day cycle, with heavy bleeding/clotting,
and *extreme* breast tenderness beginning at mid cycle (day 13). For
two weeks a month I couldn't stand to have my breasts touched, wear a
bra, etc. Brian felt he might be able to help with this. I had four
treatments, and now, three months later, I have had three normal cycles
- the first in 6 years! They are still a bit shorter than I'd like, at
26 days, but the mid-cycle breast tenderness is completely gone -
appearing only as it used to, around the day of my period, and though I
still have menstrual discomfort, the bleeding is shorter and lighter.
This qualifies as a minor miracle. Brian is also less expensive than
Dr. Barlay, as he is a licensed acupuncturist but does not have a
doctorate in chinese medicine. I'd go to Dr. Dreyfus with serious
concerns or fertility issues, and to Brian for everything else.
I saw Laurel Brody for about 3 months after I had a miscarriage to strengthen my "qi" and
get my body strong again. I thought she was wonderful. My only complaint would be
that she didn't bill my insurance directly which was somewhat of a hassle. In terms
of her care, thought, I'd say she was very caring and concerned as well as a
knowledgeble acupuncturist, especially in treating women's health issues. Her
office is very children friendly too if you have to bring small children with you to
your appointment. She was very flexible.
Peter Van Arsdale is an excellent acupuncturist. He specializes in
women's issues but also works with men. He's in Berkeley on Dwight and
is in the phone book.
I highly recommend Melanie Linebaugh, who practices acupuncture, herbal
medicine and massage. She treated me for severe back pain when I was
pregnant, and the combination of acupuncture and massage did me a world of
good. I have been happy with treatments from her for other ailments as well.
Her office is on Solano at Ventura, and the number is 526=3620.
Jeff Mink is an extremely knowledgeable and competent acupuncturist. His
office is also in Kensington and his number is 528-0134. His wife, Katie
Mink (also really wonderful), is also an acupuncturist in Berkeley and her
number is 849-1809. They are both warm, caring and very professional.
I vote for Frank Chung, whose name I got from a digest member. My
husband's been seeing him for the past several months, and he's made
an enormous difference.
Last year, I was referred to Dr. Richard Y.T Liao who really helped me on 3
instances with different ailments. I found his fees affordable
($45/session) and they not only include an acupuncture treatment but also
massage, relaxation and chinese herbs to take home, and he will see
patients on Saturdays!! Dr. Liao is also a Professor at the School of
Acupuncture in Santa Cruz and a Qi Gong instructor. The address is: YT
Acupuncture Herb Clinic, 1033 Solano Ave., Albany, CA 94706, and phone#
(510)524-8148. He also has a practice in Walnut Creek at 1200 Mt. Diablo
Blvd., #202, phone # (510)942-0128.
I heartily recommend Pat Lollis, a licensced acupuncturist and herbalist,
whose offices are at 1172 San Pablo Avenue, Suite 203 in Berkeley, just
north of Gilman and south of Marin on the west side of the street. She is
warm, pragmatic and very skilled with the needles. She also uses other
forms such as micro current and has treated both my husband and myself for
injuries. Her phone number is 510-525-4147, her rates are reasonable and this
injury of yours may well be at least partly covered by your insurance. She
has a massage therapist/body worker in her office whom she works with for
rehabilitation who is also a female and the atmosphere is very calm and
soothing (right over Strawberry creek, very pleasantly decorated).
[Editor: phone number updated 3/9/2004]
My partner recommends Ana Vertel, whose practice is in North Berkeley
(Walnut Square, phone 841-7390). According to Karen, Ana is "a very
nurturing and intuitive practitioner. I have been seeing her for several
years and she has been extremely helpful in treating several conditions."
I can *highly* recommend Dr. Robert Zeiger, 843-7397. 3031 Telegraph Ave.
He is a true healer and has saved me twice from terrible illnesses. He's
expensive and worth every penny. I have been going to him when I need to
since 1981. He's also an herbalist. He trained in China and was
previously a pharmacist at a major US hospital.
Acupuncturists -- recommend Dr. Frank Chung, Oakland, 655-0668 or Lucia
Castillo in Berkeley (on Ashby) 204-9664 -- they both come with glowing
recommendations from members of my family. Margy
Acupuncturists -- recommend Dr. Frank Chung, Oakland, 655-0668 or Lucia
Castillo in Berkeley (on Ashby) 204-9664 -- they both come with glowing
recommendations from members of my family.
This is to respond to the request for a recommendation for an
acupuncturist/Doctor of Oriental Medicine:
I have been going to Christine Newell for the last six months or so. She's
made an enormous difference in a chronic neck problem I have. My husband
goes to her also. He has gone to several acupuncturists over the years,
and from his perspective she's the best.
She is certified in oriental medicine, Reiki, and therapeutic massage. (Her
massage technique is the most helpful of any either my husband or I have
experienced.) She is always upgrading her skills, is invited to offer
training at various workshops, and is very professional and knowledgeable.
She works out of her home in Albany, and has a very kind, gentle, healing
personality. I can't recommend her highly enough!
Updated contact information (June 2006)
828 San Pablo Avenue, suite 115C (not far from Solano Avenue.) Her new phone number is 510 409-0145.
Can anyone recommend a practice to take my 2 and 5 year old
children for acupuncture treatment? Specifically, I am
looking for a practice that has experience helping children
feel comfortable with acupressure and acupuncture treatments
for preventative health, minor colds etc... to supplement
regular pediatrician visits.
As an acupuncturist and a mother, I can recommend Portia Lee
and Jill Stevens. http://www.portialee.com/contact.htm
I highly recommend Jill Stevens at Tel: (510)851-3006, Whole Family Wellness
Center. She is a great practitioner and the best pediatric acupuncturist around.
Give her a call!
I highly recommend Shoshana Uribe. We have been taking our
toddler to Shoshana for the past few months and are very
happy. She is gentle and has a wonderful way with our
daughter--never pushing her to do anything she is
uncomfortable with. And most importantly, we have seen
improvements in her health since beginning treatment with
Shoshana. You can find her at:
I can not say enough here about how helpful Shoshana Uribe has been for my
children! She has children of her own and really knows how to support kids with
feeling safe and healthy! My children adore her and my 3 year old even asks to
come with me when I have an appointment of my own! I adore her and am so
grateful she is in our lives. She is easily available and always willing to go the
extra steps to ensure we are on the best path to optimal well being! She can be
reached at: (510) 459-9320 . Her clinic's name is Manzanita Wellness ad the
here is the web link: www.manzanitawellness.com
All the best to you and your family.
I highly recommend Shoshana Uribe at the Manzanita
Wellness Center. All my kids have truly enjoyed their
experiences with shoshana and I have seen remarkable
improvements in my daughter's health. Good Luck!
Any recommendations for an acupuncturist in the East Bay that works with
children? Am specifically looking for an acupuncturist that has
experience working with anxious and/or ADHD kids. Thank you
East Bay mom
Geraldine Shute is great! She has worked with my son and a few
other children that I know of. She is in Emeryville:
I absolutely love my acupuncturist! She has helped me with so
many problems. I have brought my young children with me at
times when I haven't had child care and she is lovely with
them. I know she has also done acupuncture with children as
well. Feel free to email me for a personal recommendation.
I am looking for an acupuncturist for my 5 year old. I would like someone
who has experience with kids, and ideally has treated kids with
developmental/neurological issues and/or on the autistic spectrum. He
also has eczema, but this is secondary, though possibly related.
I'm not sure acupuncture is used on young children.It is my
understanding--from my acupuncturist--that children shouldn't be treated
with needles until they are 8 years or older, as it is hard to determine
the meridians accurately before then.
I missed your original post but we have been very happy with
Dr. Jay Sordean, OMD and homeopath at Redwood Clinic across
from Whole Foods on Telegraph. He does acupuncture with
adults, and with children a form of Japanese needle-less
''acupuncture'' using special tools along meridiens. He is
very gentle and sweet with children and after a session there
is always a shift in my children's energy and a noticibly
quick healing from colds, etc. He can be reached at 849-1176.
Yes, I know of an excellent acupuncturist in Emeryville. Her name
is Jill Stevens, you can reach her at 510-851-3006. I see her
myself right now and have heard wonderful stories about her work
with children. Blessings
Can someone recommend an acupuncturist who is good with teens. The
person must be in the Albany, Berkeley, El Cerrito area. Thanks.
Carla Cassler! She is great with kids and teenagers, and she has two
teenagers of her own. Her office is on Colusa Circle: 526-3636.
I like her way with young people.
Charlene Leung on Stannage Avenue in Albany;she works with my teenager.
559-9038. She is excellent and he is happy to go.
Berkley Acupuncture Project at University close to MLK is run by a
wonderful group of women who have transformed an urban space into a
relaxing, beautiful and peaceful environment for community
acupuncture. Fees are sliding scale $15-$40. and they are savy with
teens. My 15 yr old daughter goes there and like sit a lot.
The best acupuncture in the area is Sarana Community Acupuncture in
Albany. http://www.saranacommunityacupuncture.com. My 16 y/o boy goes
there for different minor health issues (allergies, a sprain ankle,
lingering cough) He loves Tatiana. It's a 'community setting' where
many patients recline for treatment in the same area, but it is so
affordable ($20-40 sliding scale !) and relaxing and the staff is so
wonderful, I love sending my teenage (and myself) there. Best of luck.
My acupuncturist, Bobbie Lewis, has seen both of my children for the
past year or so. My daughter is now 11 and my son is 14. She does
acupressure if they aren't sure about the needles, but my son just did
the needles last week and had a fabulous experience and wants to go
back! I have being seeing Bobbie for a chronic illness and have had
amazing progress and success, the likes of which aren't seen with
western medical treatments. Bobbie is also an herbalist. I took my son
because he has been sick SO MUCH this year (1st year of high school).
She is very experienced and has had great success treating immune issues.
Lastly, she is the mom of a teenager and really ''gets'' them. My kids
love visiting with her, even if they are just along for my visit.
Roberta ''Bobbie'' Lewis
Her office is on Dwight near MLK.
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