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Lauren Ruby Miller
from 7 reviews
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
Levana S.
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I have been receiving body work, acupuncture, acupressure, cupping, herbs and skin products from Lauren since she began her career 18 years ago. I'm so thrilled that she is back in town so I don't need to travel to Idaho for her magic hands. I can't recommend her highly enough. She has an uncanny ability to assess what is going on with you, and offer just the right treatment.

Larry D. Plageman, LAc
from 5 reviews
    Wyatt H.
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    Larry is an excellent practitioner and healer. I have received treatments many times from him both with acupuncture and herbal remedies, and they are always effective!

    • 6 years in business
    • 1 hire on Thumbtack
    Jesse S.
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    Using a unique combination of subtle and physical interventions Oatsinu brings an ancient wisdom to therapy and healing. Native American 'acupuncture', herbs, ceremony and massage restore balance and harmony to restore health and circumstances- a life changing experience can be the result of this level of work: energy, spiritual and physical intervention backing your recovery. I know good work as I have been an acupuncture physician since 1990. Stephen (Jesse) Summers, DOM NM Lic# 239

    Sarti Sports Medicine
    from 3 reviews
      Lincoln B.
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      I had the fortune of meeting Joe three years ago and at the time I had some high expectations for my overall fitness growth. Joe ended up becoming my one stop shop due to his immense knowledge in wellness and fitness. Some areas I have used Joe's expertise - Strength, flexibility, nutrition and therapy. Joe incorporates all these elements into his teaching and he makes it pretty simple. For my personal growth I have used his guidance with gymnastic style body weight and Kettlebells. What I truly appreciate the most is attention to form and injury prevention. Of course, along the way I have had my share of injurys and have sought Joe for therapy and acupuncture!! I have never done acupuncture before and Joe has made me a believer. I'm grateful for his guidance and as I head into my 40's I can say I'm stronger and healthier overall than ever before in my life.

      Vignette Medicine
      from 3 reviews
        Katie G.
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        I got acupuncture treatments from Vignette for a while for anxiety, digestive issues, and allergies. Her treatments were always relaxing and effective but best of all is how warm and caring Vignette is. Just being in her presence is a healing experience.

        Benforado Acupuncture
        from 3 reviews
        • 6 hires on Thumbtack
        Chris B.
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        Marianne came to my rescue. I came home from a trip and pulled a muscle in my back when I lifted my suitcase. My daughter said I should try acupuncture and I am glad I did.

        Wu's Acupuncture Clinic
        from 1 review
          YH H.
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          Dr. Wu is an excellent doctor. I suffered from severe allergic rhinitis for more than twenty years. After seeing Dr. Wu for several times, all the symptoms were gone! It's really amazing! Dr. Wu has extensive knowledge, is very enthusiastic and tender. I strongly recommend her.


          My healing practice is focused on Chinese medicine, including acupuncture, herbal medicine, cupping, moxibustion, and also incorporates Muscle Melting™ and craniosacral therapy. I have successfully treated headaches, muscle pain, stress, menstrual issues, digestive issues, side effects of cancer treatments, wrist pain, neck and back pain, and more. I am empowering you on the path of enhanced health, vitality and well-being.


          Jenny Bisset, L.Ac. provides gentle acupuncture and herbal medicine, specializing in pain and stress relief. Acupuncture and herbs treat many other conditions including digestive and emotional disorders, ADD, addiction, women's health, and more. Jenny also practices cosmetic acupuncture. If you've never tried acupuncture, you will be pleasantly surprised by how relaxing it can be for the whole body and mind. Jenny would like to offer you a free 20-minute consultation in person to discuss your health concerns and goals for treatment. Jenny will be happy to check your insurance benefits before your first visit. Many insurance plans now cover acupuncture. Call today to make an appointment in a relaxing, spa-like atmosphere where you can begin your path to total health.


          Jun (John) Cao, L.Ac, a licensed acupuncturist in California, graduated from the Beijing University of Chinese Medicine in 1994, majoring in acupuncture and tui na. John has 16 years of clinical experience with 10 years of working in the orthopedics department at the affiliating hospital of Beijing University of Chinese Medicine, one the very best traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) hospitals in China. In 2010, he was invited to serve as the sports injury specialist for the California Badminton Academy in Fremont, CA. Doctor Cao's specialty includes, but is not limited to, sports injury, pain relief, stress release, type II diabetes, migraine, and other commonly treated diseases or illness by using acupuncture and Chinese manipulative therapy.


          Dr. Julie Tran, ND, LAc of Silicon Valley Natural Health (formerly Blue Skyes Acupuncture) strives to blend her Asian roots with Western cultural influences through the practice of Acupuncture, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), Chi Nei Tsang, Herbal Medicine, and Naturopathic Medicine. Dr. Tran is passionate about educating others in complementary medicine with a specific focus on lifestyle choices, qi gong, and holistic well-being. She is a licensed naturopathic doctor, licensed acupuncturist, and herbalist. She is also a certified nutrition specialist and a Chi Nei Tsang (abdominal massage) practitioner.


          The clinic is leading in the nation with using Chinese medicine to support a variety of cancer patients through herbal medicine, acupuncture, and acupressure. Patients throughout the world can get service with remote consultation. The clinic is also good at treating pain, fatigue, asthma, and depression.


          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.

          • 26 years in business
          • 2 hires on Thumbtack

          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.


          I practice acupuncture for about 10 years. I have both acupuncture license in China and USA. I have got O.M.D degree in Five Branches University in 2015.

          • 1 hire on Thumbtack

          I specialize in pain management and healing through traditional Chinese medicine. Besides the standard traditional Chinese medicine treatments, I am a doctor of medical qi gong and practitioner of five element acupuncture, and I work on sports-related injuries and auricular medicine.


          We are the premier acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine facility, serving San Jose and the greater Bay Area. Two of our practitioners specialize in fertility (we work with both men and women in this area), and our other two practitioners specialize in pain management and women's health and disorders, such as anxiety, insomnia, and digestive issues. We are happy to accept insurance, and our front desk will verify your coverage before you make an appointment.


          We serve you a great experienced massage and Acupuncture for: * Relaxing * Pain relief, sprain and sports injury * Eczema and psoriasis * Back Pain and lumbago * Prostatis * Menopause * Hormone imbalance * Asthma * Diabetes * Bronchitis and cough * Flu and common cold * Gout * Constipation * Migraine and headache * Indigestion * Sinusitis * Stress Relief * Insomnia * Irregular period * Male infertility We would be happy to assist you in your journey to health and healing. We charge $45/hour and $40/half hour for massage, $60/session for acupuncture. We also accept most health insurance and auto accident insurance. For more information about Chinese Medicine or to schedule an appointment, kindly contact Dr Sun.


          The most effective pain treatment or your visit is free. Safe: virtually free of side effects Clean: single use disposable needles only Understanding: needle-free treatments available


          Stop pain and release stress! Acupuncture works very well on pain problems: upper shoulder pain, lower back pain, sciatic, migraine, Bell palsy, anxiety, depression, women's disease, chronic fatigue, diabetes, allergies, psoriasis and digestion disorders. I am a professional educator and a qualified practitioner. I specialize in diabetes, family medicine, pain management, and women's issue. My patient loves my treatment and immediately they can feel the difference.


          Welcome to Jack Chang’s web pages on acupuncture and herbal therapy, offering you the best in complementary/alternative medicine health care, lifestyle coaching, diet and nutrition counseling, and body work for you.

          Q & A

          Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

          What can be treated with acupuncture?

          Acupuncture can be helpful for treating a wide variety of conditions ranging from cancer to headaches to sciatic nerve pain. It may also be useful for:

          • Back pain, neck pain, knee pain, hand and foot pain, wrist and ankle pain, sciatic pain, nerve pain, arthritis, sports injuries, work-related injuries, TMJ, and carpal tunnel
          • Whiplash and injuries from automobile accidents
          • Migraine and tension headaches
          • Menstrual cramping
          • Herniated discs
          • Fibromyalgia
          • Emotional issues: Anxiety, depression, stress and insomnia
          • Women’s health: Prenatal and postpartum care, menstrual cramps, premenstrual syndrome, endometriosis, symptoms of menopause and infertility
          • Pediatric problems such as bedwetting, digestive upset, ear infection, allergies, hyperactivity and injury treatment
          • Digestive disorders such as heartburn, acid reflux, indigestion, ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease, irritable bowel syndrome, diarrhea, and constipation
          • Respiratory problems such as asthma, acute and chronic cough, allergies, and chronic sinus problems
          • Men’s health problems such as erectile dysfunction, impotence, male infertility, urination difficulties and prostate problems
          • Miscellaneous conditions such as fatigue, adrenal fatigue, vertigo and dizziness, eye and vision problems, and tooth, jaw and dental issues

          How does acupuncture work?

          Acupuncture works by restoring the body’s natural healing powers. Acupuncture involves placing very thin needles into specific points on the body to influence the body’s energy flow and help the body heal itself in a natural way. In traditional Chinese medicine, acupuncture is linked to the belief that disease is caused by disruptions to the flow of energy (called qi in Chinese) in the body. The acupuncturist places whisper-thin needles into the arms, back, neck and other areas where the chi (or energy flow) has been blocked. The acupuncture needles stimulate points on or under the skin called acupuncture points or acupressure points, releasing this qi. These pathways — called “meridians” — become re-stimulated by the needles to bring blood and healing to the body. In Western medicine, acupuncture has been proved to relieve pain and help provide healing and relief from painful symptoms associated with everything from headaches to asthma to cancer. Western medicine sees the use of the needles as a way to stimulate the body’s nervous system, thereby prompting healing.

          What are the benefits of acupuncture?

          There are many proven health benefits of acupuncture, whether you’re seeking short-term relief or need help with a chronic health condition. This alternative healing is likely why millions of adults nationwide get acupuncture treatments each year. Acupuncture provides pain relief, can help speed the body’s natural healing process, and has also been proved to have positive outcomes on mental health concerns such as depression. Acupuncture can also help relieve discomfort associated with chronic and terminal illnesses. For example, acupuncture has been proved to be effective in helping cancer patients manage pain, nausea and vomiting, fatigue, hot flashes, xerostomia (dry mouth), neuropathy (nervous system problems), anxiety, depression and sleep disturbances, according to Acupuncture is a safe and effective alternative to opioids and other pain medications, which not only are hard on the body but also present the risk of addiction. The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services found that people had less pain or were better able to manage pain when they received acupuncture as part of their health treatment.

          What is an acupuncture treatment?

          An acupuncture treatment is a type of integrative health care session that uses needles (and sometimes heat and/or electrical stimulation) to stimulate the body’s nervous system to begin a healing process. Long practiced in traditional Chinese medicine and other Eastern cultures, acupuncture has gained widespread acceptance and use as a complementary and integrative part of healing in Western medicine. During an acupuncture treatment, the patient lies in a relaxed position on a table that is very similar to a massage table. The acupuncturist, having done a diagnosis of health concerns and determined a course of treatment, will insert thin stainless steel needles into the prescribed acupuncture points. These points are determined by the patient’s health needs. The practitioner may gently manipulate the needles to trigger a healing response in the body. Typically there is no pain associated with the treatment. A session may use anywhere from 6-30 needles or more, depending on what illness is being treated. The needles can remain in place for 5-30 minutes, with 15 minutes being a common time. Acupuncture treatments are often prescribed in a series, based on patient need.

          How often do you need to get acupuncture?

          How often you need acupuncture really depends on the health condition that is being treated. Acute issues such as a pulled groin or short-term digestion problems will likely require fewer treatments than a chronic disease such as some types of cancer. Dr. Lee Hullender Rubin, speaking with the Acupuncture Now Foundation, likens acupuncture sessions to a “dose” of medication prescribed by a doctor. If you have a condition like high blood pressure and are prescribed a medication to treat it, you wouldn’t take one dosage and be done. Likewise, for ongoing health conditions, Dr. Hullender Rubin explains that more than one session of acupuncture is likely in order. “For pain-related diseases, it seems 12 to 20 sessions is a reasonable intervention to achieve stable results,” says Dr. Hullender Rubin. For more acute (short-term) conditions, Dr. Tony Chon says that treatment might consist of two to six acupuncture sessions.

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