.Local Acupuncturists

A mini-directory of licensed practitioners

Many have dealt with baffling or chronic health problems that Western medicine seems unable to help. Those who have suffered through hormonal imbalances, insomnia, joint pain, migraines and other ailments—as well as folks seeking preventative maintenance or stress relief—often find acupuncture to be the salve, and in many cases, the savior. Below is a selection of licensed local acupuncturists, with the intention to support any healthcare regimen and restore physiological balance.

Root & Stem Integrative Chinese Medicine

Led by Dr. Jessica Parker, L.Ac, DAOM, Root & Stem is housed on the lower level of a grand 1914 house. Inside the warm and cozy office, Parker and her team utilize acupuncture and Eastern medicine to treat patients and holistically address wellness through integrative programs. Root & Stem also sometimes offers community acupuncture (check their website for the most up-to-date information). 

3515 Grand Ave., Oakland, 510.519.3413, oaklandrootandstem.com.

Oakland Acupuncture Project

The Oakland Acupuncture Project (OAP) provides affordable community-centered health care. OAP ensures more folks have access to Chinese medicine through its sliding scale program at two locations. Treatments are individualized, and the communal setting is clean, quiet and cozy. 

OAP Laurel Avenue, 3576 Laurel Ave., Oakland, 510.842.6350; OAP Grand Avenue, 3535 Grand Ave., Ste. 1, Oakland, 510.999.4627, oaklandacupunctureproject.com

Alameda Acupuncture

Those close to downtown Alameda may benefit from the integrative health care provided by the husband and wife team of Dr. John Nieters, L.Ac, DAOM and Dr. Jennifer Nieters, L.Ac, DACM. Patients can opt for traditional acupuncture, trigger point dry needling, orthopedic massage, herbs, nutrition support and laboratory testing. 

2258 Santa Clara Ave., Ste. 1, Alameda, 510.814.6900, alamedaacupuncture.com.

Natura Health & Wellness

Founder Jane Gajano-Blythe, M.S., L.Ac, specializes in prevention, anti-aging and longevity medicine. Her services at Natura Health & Wellness range from acupuncture and investigative medicine for chronic pain to hydrafacials and whole body rejuvenation.

396 Colusa Ave., Kensington, 510.863.0333, hellonatura.com.

Integrative Wellness Center

Dr. Heidi Kao, DAOM, L.Ac and Eve Wang, L.Ac discuss cases and treat patients as a team, engaging in acupuncture, herbal medicine, dietary modification, lifestyle coaching and tui na (bodywork). Patients also appreciate Kao’s guidance on myriad women’s health issues and fertility journeys.

430 40th St., Oakland, 510.844.0095, heidikao.com.

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