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Palo Alto Holistic Medicine Practitioners

Browse these holistic medicine practitioners with great ratings from Thumbtack customers in Palo Alto.

  • 18 years in business
  • 442 hires on Thumbtack
Diana T.
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I had a great experience at the Magnolia Massage & Holistic Health Service (San Francisco). Jennifer was courteous and skillful. Being 7 1/2 month pregnant, I have muscle tension in several areas of my body. Her massage offered a good relief.

Los Altos Reiki Center
4.7
from 29 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 56 hires on Thumbtack
Evan P.
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Larisa made my first time Reiki experience absolutely wonderful. I highly recommend Larisa if you are a newcomer or experienced receiver for Reiki. She is very knowledgeable about a wide range of topics, including crystals, eastern medicine, and philosophy. I'm a technical, data-driven individual. I was skeptical of Reiki at first, but never doubtful. After my first session, I felt more relaxed, mindful, and grounded. Coincidence? Maybe. But it's an interesting and good feeling nonetheless. If you are a bit skeptical, know that Larisa has been an engineer for 2 decades before she practice Reiki.

Sean Michael Imler
4.9
from 19 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 22 hires on Thumbtack
Beatriz F.
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I took my 18 year daughter to Sean because early Dec she started experiencing severe abdominal pain from a UC flare up. She was diagnosed in March 2016 but had never experience this kind of pain. After going to the ER a couple of times and even being admitted into hospital for a weekend the pain continued. As a mother I became desperate to find a way to relieve my daughter from the pain she was suffering. I started researching and came across Sean and Blue Bear Healing. I looked on his website and read his reviews. I didn't have anything to lose and my daughter was open to try anything. I am so glad that I took that step and Sean was available to see my daughter on the same day I called him. My daughter had 3 sessions with Sean and every time she saw him I could see her more relaxed. I do think that Sean's ability to look into her emotions and physical being helped her through the pain that is now almost completely gone. She is still seeing a medical doctor and taking medications but mentally and emotionally Sean has helped my daughter through this tough period in her young life. I also think he has made her see herself in a different way that will help her throughout her life.

Holistic Healing Massage
5.0
from 13 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
Kateryna Y.
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Shannon is a master of her craft. I received a Reiki healing session with her and she has a gift. Her hands run healing energy and I could feel the energy going through my body and out of my feet. I have tried other Reiki practitioners and they are not all the same. I am thankful I found someone who has the skill to assist me in my treatment. An added benefit is her beautiful office. When I walked in I immediately felt calm and relaxed. Thank you Shannon, I will be back!

Shaz Healing Space
4.5
from 13 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 20 hires on Thumbtack
Kathleen S.
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I hired Sharon for a 90 minute deep tissue massage. What I got was that, and so much more. Sharon is very experienced. She gives so very much of her collective years of expertise to the experience. I felt like I had a partner. In our first session she was exploring what I can achieve with her services in the long run. I will be going back to see how I can receive long term relief from specific issues. I'm tired of living in a state of tension in my body where pain is a constant. Going to someone like Sharon will begin a solid, integrative process toward my goal.

Vitality with Alma
5.0
from 11 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 9 hires on Thumbtack
Peggi W.
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I can't say enough about working with Alma. She has been a goddess of information, and encouragement, and has helped me take charge of my health destiny. When I started working with Alma, I was feeling overwhelmed by changes happening in my body. I was suffering from painful arthritis and having difficulty finding balance in my life. I knew my diet was out of control, but needed help getting on a healthier path. Alma systematically took stock of my chemistries and mapped out a plan to optimize my nutrition. She introduced me to ways of controlling my pain without drugs and made numerous resources available. She also introduced me to healthier alternatives for pain relief. Her approach was holistic, collaborative, supportive - and she made it all manageable. She met me precisely where I was and supported me forward. What a gift! I'm delighted my arthritis pain and inflammation have subsided. I continue to find pleasure in the healthy food alternatives Alma introduced me to, and my overall energy is so much better. My blood chemistries continue to improve and those improvements have garnered praise from my physician. I'm so grateful that I had the opportunity to work with her. My gratitude and whole-hearted endorsement goes to Alma!

Chiayuehreiki
5.0
from 7 reviews
  • 11 years in business
  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
Rushyan Y.
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I have gone to Chiayueh for a variety of ailments over the years - from anxiety to running injuries - and I cannot recommend her highly enough. She is an extremely talented Reiki master and massage therapist who has devoted her life to making people feel better. Chiayueh combines her background in Eastern holistic healing with training in Western massage therapy to form a practice that centers around long-lasting treatment of the body and mind. Most importantly, she truly cares about each of her patients and pours her heart and soul into her work. Make an appointment with her - you won't be sorry!

  • 13 years in business
Bayberry L Shah
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I have been to Morgan for about 11 years. I always receive a lot of relief after seeing him and I love his holistic approach. I have been to many chiropractors and PT specialists, but no one ranks above the care I receive from Morgan. Highly recommended!

  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
Heidi B.
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I began working with Tatyana years ago while recovering from a severe break to my sacrum. It had been a few years since the break, but I had tried many different types of treatments and none provided me with any relief and my life had been substantially altered from my life pre-break. The first session got the pain I was feeling in everyday under control, but after that she began to work with me so I am now able to be nearly as active as I was before the injury. I would imagine it would be lovely to work with Tatyana without injury or pain, but her extensive background in healing methodologies, she is the best medicine for recovery.

Claire S.
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After going to various community acupuncture clinics for years, I was thrilled to meet a practitioner whose skills far surpassed any I had yet seen. Don is highly intuitive, precise, and his treatments are very effective. He asks good questions, and uses few needles. He gives amazing, strong, and thorough acupressure massages, and he has reasonable rates.

  • 9 years in business
Amy H.
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As a nurse that works in a large hospital, I am usually very skeptical of non-western medicine techniques. I was really surprised how accurate Tiffany's assessment was. I had 2 follow up medical procedures that confirmed her initial assessment. She also suggested some really easy non-medical suggestions for me to also work on. Most importantly, I felt very hopeful after meeting with her and now things are finally turning around for me emotionally and clinically.

  • 11 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Michelle T.
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Ilya is an absolutely incredible healer. He is kind, thoughtful, and helps you get to the root cause of what is going on. Filled with wisdom and insight, he blends a mix of cognitive therapy, accupuncture, and sometimes even some other non-traditional elements (e.g., essential oils, sound therapy) to help you move in a positive direction. He has helped me tremendously in working through some very difficult life moments, and I have recommended him to a number of friends who have had similarly fantastic experiences. Whether it's getting out of a rut, dealing with pain, or something else - Ilya can help.

Pamper U & Company
5.0
from 1 review
    Linda S.
    Verified review

    The holistic healing of Reki was absolutely amazing an experience which was unreal. I went to the master and she healed issues I never realized I had. Nuru Mitchem

    About

    Two hours of first visit done by a female PhD in oriental medicine and licensed acupuncturist include first evaluation, examination and painless acupuncture treatment with more than two adjunctive therapies at flat rate: * $99 - first visit * $85 - following visit (75-90 minutes) Pre-paid plan for: * $400 - for 5 visits * $750 - for 10 visits

    About

    I promote wellness using acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine. These are effective for pain management, digestive issues, chronic cough, asthma, infertility, and many more.

    About

    We offer acupuncture and herbal medicine, specializing in women's health, fertility, pregnancy and hormone imbalances, also pain management, stress reduction and body balancing. Some insurance are accepted. We have a private parking lot. Evening and weekend appointments are available. Complimentary initial consultations are offered.

    About

    Dr. Rachelle was inspired by life experiences and family health concerns to prevent and treat chronic illnesses. She is passionate about Women’s Health, Weight Loss, and Functional Endocrinology (hormone balancing). Dr. Rachelle addresses such concerns by utilizing modalities such as Nutritional medicine (therapeutic diets and nutrient supplements), Botanical medicine, Chinese medicine, Homeopathy, and Physical medicine. At the core of all of this is health education and lifestyle counseling. Dr. Rachelle loves working with people and draws on experiences in working in various communities and with various cultures. Dr. Rachelle has always had a love for nature and natural medicine before she even knew that natural medicine existed. Growing up in North Carolina she was so active in science, agriculture and livestock programs that she decided to earn her baccalaureate degree in Chemistry with a Biochemistry concentration. While doing cancer research, she saw the need for prevention medicine and decided to return to school for a Masters in Public Health Education. She would later encounter a naturopathic doctor and acupuncturist who exposed her to Naturopathic Medicine. Her journey in pursuing such degrees followed. When Dr. Rachelle is not working with patients, she enjoys teaching, running or hiking, boxing for health, quilting, cooking different healthy dishes, and traveling to see family and friends. Dr. Rachelle is excited to bring her style of holistic medicine to the Bay area!

    About

    Talei is a certified, registered, insured yoga teacher. With over 700 hours of yoga teacher's training, she has studied a wide variety of styles including prenatal, hatha, Vinyasa, yin, yoga therapy as well as ayurveda. As a trained doula and mother, she enjoys consulting and teaching yoga to women through pregnancy and beyond. In addition, she is also a certified holistic wellness coach and specializes in nutrition, food allergies and holistic wellness for a balanced mind and body. She is dedicated to sharing the full spectrum of yoga on and off the mat.

    • 26 years in business
    • 2 hires on Thumbtack
    About

    I have been licensed for 21 years, working in the same area. Sensitive education for self healing is a big part of a treatment, if desired and appropriate. I spend more time to foster transformation. I was a desperate patient once myself and I'm compassionate, non judgemental and positive.

    About

    Chinese medicine treats a wide variety of complaints and diseases, ranging from acute and chronic pains to colds, digestive disorders, headaches, menstrual and fertility concerns, fatigue, stress, insomnia, and other internal diseases and emotional conditions. I am passionate about helping my patients learn about themselves and become empowered to make needed changes to restore balance and gain strength in their physical and emotional lives. My style of care is to form partnerships with my patients, working together to achieve short- and long-term wellness goals. I believe in easy and open communication, providing a welcoming experience for all my patients, and ensuring that my patients feel listened to, cared for, and thoroughly supported. I'm delighted to work with my patients to get out of pain and discomfort and meet their health goals. I want my patients to leave my care with the tools they need to sustain a healthier state on their own. Health and wellness education is a core aspect of my work.

    About

    We utilize acupuncture and herbs to help patients achieve total wellness. Alleviating pain, facilitating fertility, and treating all manners of medical problems, Pacific Acupuncture provides complete natural healthcare for all of your needs. To hear what others are saying, check us out on Yelp.

    Q & A

    Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

    What is naturopathic medicine?

    Naturopathic medicine is classified as an alternative healing method, but licensed naturopathic doctors share some of the same academic background as conventional medical doctors and can often prescribe some medications. According to the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians (AANP), naturopathic medicine is holistic care that addresses a wide range of problems including (but not limited to) allergies, chronic pain, digestive issues, hormonal imbalances, obesity, respiratory conditions, heart disease, fertility problems, menopause, adrenal fatigue, cancer, fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome. Naturopathic medicine aims to strengthen and empower the body and its organs to heal itself through low-force interventions. Here are some examples of the type of medical services often provided by naturopathic doctors, as cited by the AANP:

    • Clinical and laboratory diagnostic testing
    • Nutritional medicine
    • Botanical medicine
    • Naturopathic physical medicine (including naturopathic manipulative therapy)
    • Hygiene
    • Counseling
    • Minor surgery
    • Homeopathy
    • Acupuncture
    • Intravenous and injection therapy
    • Naturopathic obstetrics (natural childbirth)

    Can naturopathic doctors prescribe medication?

    Licensed naturopathic doctors can prescribe some pharmaceutical medication. Naturopathic doctors complete academic training similar to that of conventional physicians: a bachelor’s degree with a focus on pre-med studies, followed by a four-year residential naturopathic medical program whose first two years have a similar foundation to that of a conventional medical school. After completing their studies, they must pass a post-doctoral exam. Although licensed naturopathic physicians are able to prescribe medication, they usually focus on prevention rather than treatment of symptoms. A naturopathic doctor will offer a holistic approach to your care that encompasses your mental, physical and emotional health. While they will prescribe medication as needed to treat illness, they are also likely to be creating shifts in your lifestyle and nutrition to effect deeper changes in your body’s response to illness.   

    How long do naturopathic doctors go to school?

    Like conventional physicians, naturopathic doctors undergo rigorous academic and clinical training prior to practice. Typically naturopathic doctors go to school for eight years. There are currently 20 states in the U.S. that provide licensing for naturopathic doctors. According to the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians, a naturopathic doctor must complete a bachelor’s degree and an accredited four-year residential naturopathic medical program, and pass an extensive postdoctoral board examination, the Naturopathic Physicians Licensing Examinations (NPLEX), in order to receive a license or registration to practice medicine.

    The first two years of the residential naturopathic medical program cover many of the same areas of study as conventional medical schools. Naturopathic doctors provide primary patient holistic care. The goal of naturopathic medicine is preventative care and a focus on low force intervention healing methods. This can include natural medicines, acupuncture, hydrotherapy, homeopathy and much more. Naturopathic doctors often work in tandem with conventional medical doctors, as the two practices complement one another.

    How do you find a good naturopath?

    It’s important not to get misled by the title “naturopath” when searching for a naturopathic doctor. A naturopathic doctor is a licensed professional, while anyone who so desires can call themselves a naturopath. A naturopathic doctor has completed eight years of schooling and is licensed to provide high-quality medical care. When searching for a naturopathic doctor, a good place to start is by researching your state’s licensing and regulatory body for that profession.

    Currently, 20 U.S. states license the practice of naturopathic medicine. For those seeking holistic, body-centered healing solutions, a naturopathic doctor can be a good fit. They use natural medicines as well as treatments such as electrotherapy and ayurvedic medicine to encourage the body to heal. Once you have determined a list of naturopathic physicians who are licensed in your state, look for reviews, ask for referrals, and interview the physician in person or by phone to find the right care provider for your health needs.

    Do naturopaths take insurance?

    Many naturopathic doctors accept insurance, but a separate question is whether your insurance covers alternative and naturopathic services. There are several steps you can take to find out:

    • Verify whether you live in one of the 20 states that currently licenses naturopathic physicians:
      • Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, District of Columbia, Hawaii, Kansas, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Montana, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Utah, Vermont and Washington.
    • Confirm whether your insurance will cover naturopathic medical services. Read your insurance plan’s fine print, verify whether naturopathic doctors fall into your insurance carrier’s definition of a doctor, and confirm that the care you are receiving is considered medically necessary. Questions to ask your insurance provider could include:
      • Am I covered for this treatment by a naturopathic physician?
      • Do I need a referral?
      • Is there a list of approved naturopathic doctors in my network?
      • What will the co-pay be?
      • Are there limits to my naturopathic coverage?
    • Before seeking medical care, it’s key to understand the difference between a naturopathic doctor and a naturopath. Anyone may advertise themselves as a naturopath, while to be a licensed naturopathic doctor, a person must complete academic and clinical training.
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