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Best Acupuncturists in San Jose

Our Recommended Top 14

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Our goal is to connect people with the best local professionals. We scored San Jose Acupuncturists on more than 25 variables across five categories, and analyzed the results to give you a hand-picked list of the best.

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Santa Clara, CA 95050

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5.0 (21)

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A Center for Natural Healing is located in Santa Clara, CA, and specializes in classical Chinese Acupuncture and traditional Japanese Meridian therapy. Co-Directors Salvador Cefalu, M.S., L.Ac. and Setareh Moafi, M.S., L.Ac.both have advanced experience and training in alternative medicine and healing modalities. The clinic also offers classes and workshops on a variety of topics.

San Jose, CA 95125

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5.0 (29)

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Morning Crane Healing Arts Center was founded in San Jose, CA in 2001, and offers as variety of health and wellness programs ranging from pilates training and classes to Chinese medical treatments. The healers and trainers are experienced experts in a variety of holistic health modalities and includes Lulu, a dog who serves as a mental health companion. Morning Crane Healing Arts Center also offers massage therapy, cupping, Qigong, and Tai Chi.

San Jose, CA 95128

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4.5 (236)
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5.0 (29)

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Whole Body Chiropractic & Massage is a clinic in San Jose, CA specializing in spinal adjustments, soft tissue/muscle injury, extremity treatment, and other massage and skin care services including acupuncture, laser lipo, and yoga classes.The team of experts have a wealth of knowledge about health and wellness, and the practice is the 2014 winner of the Patient’s Choice Award for Opencare.

Milpitas, CA 95035

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5.0 (190)
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5.0 (19)

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Thrive Milpitas is a wellness clinic in Milpitas, CA specializing in physiotherapy, chiropractic care, massage therapy, Active Release Therapy (ART), yoga, and acupuncture. The expert wellness professionals develop individualized treatment plans that combine chiropractic care, physical fitness, nutrition, and ART to meet the patient's’ overall health needs.

San Jose, CA 95124

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5.0 (29)

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Dr. Kimberly Brown is a naturopathic doctor and CA licensed acupuncturist with a private practice in San Jose, CA. Dr. Brown specializes in using an integration of Eastern and Western medicine for pain management and to treat hormone disorders and imbalances.

Morgan Hill, CA 95037

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5.0 (19)

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Melton Acupuncture in a clinic in Morgan Hill, CA that specializes in using acupuncture to treat a variety of medical conditions including allergies, arthritis, asthma, weight loss, stress, menopause, HIV & AIDS, etc. Daniel Melton L.Ac. is a CA board certified acupuncturist and herbalist who has worked in the health field for over 7 years. Melton has a Masters in Traditional Chinese Medicine, and has expertise in treatment male and female reproductive health, stress disorders, pain, and orthopedic issues.

San Jose, CA 95128

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4.5 (30)
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5.0 (2)

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Sewon Kim and Victor Cheng are acupuncturists with clinics in San Jose and Ukiah. The clinics specialize in traditional Chinese medicine, and offer acupuncture, herbs, and massage. The husband and wife team have extensive training and education in Chinese medicine and Victor in licensed to practice in both China and the U.S.

San Jose, CA 95126

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4.5 (50)
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5.0 (2)

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Nurture Acupuncture is a clinic with locations in San Jose, San Francisco, San Ramon, and Orinda. The team of expert medical professionals specializes exclusively in reproductive health, assisted reproductive technologies, hormonal balancing, and pain management. The team has over 25 years of experience in Chinese medicine, and are members of the American Board of Oriental Reproductive Medicine.

San Jose, CA 95131

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Better Healer is a clinic in San Jose, CA specializing in natural alternative medicine including acupuncture, chiropractic, nutritional, and herbal medicine treatments. Dr. Mitchell Pearce is licensed in acupuncture, chiropractic, and nutrition, and uses all three modalities to offer holistic solution to treating medical conditions.Dr. Pearce won the 2009 Best of San Jose Award for Acupuncture Chiropractic & Nutrition Care, and the 2013 Best Business San Jose Health Providers Award for Acupuncture Chiropractic & Nutrition Clinic.

San Jose, CA 95148

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4.5 (22)

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Ying Yang Acupuncture & Traditional Chinese Medicine is a clinic in San Jose, CA specializing in using Chinese medicine to treat and manage pain, breathing problems, emotional issues, digestion difficulties, bladder and kidney problems, reproductive issues, and circulatory problems as well as support therapy. Amy Yang, L.Ac. is a CA registered acupuncturist, and is from a family that has long practiced Chinese medicine.

San Jose, CA 95124

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5.0 (26)

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San Jose Acupuncture Center serves clients in the Bay area & the Peninsula, and specializes in acupuncture for acute and chronic pain, women’s health, allergies and sensitivities, emotional issues, and other medical conditions such as insomnia and asthma. Patricia Lambers, L.Ac. is a CA licensed acupuncturist, has a Masters in Traditional Chinese Medicine, and also has clinical training in sports medicine.

940 Saratoga Ave., San Jose, CA 95129

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5.0 (170)
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4.9 (5)

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Way of Wellness Natural Healthcare, Inc., is a clinic in San Jose, California, specializing in acupuncture, Chinese medicine, functional nutrition and wellness coaching. Dr. Shasta Ericson, L.Ac., D.A.O.M., has over 25 years of clinical experience and is a certified wellness coach and yoga instructor. The company specializes in helping patients with pain management, infertility, weight loss, autoimmune disorders, allergies, stress, and more. They also take most insurances.

Campbell, CA 95008

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5.0 (38)

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Cindi Ignatovsky, L.Ac. is a CA licensed acupuncturist and herbalist serving clients in San Jose, Campbell, Saratoga, Los Gatos, Sunnyvale, and Santa Clara. Ignatovsky specializes in Chinese medicine with expertise in women’s overall health, fertility and pregnancy, and other medical conditions such as autoimmune and digestive disorders. Ignatovsky has a M.S. in Chinese Medicine, and is a member of multiple trade associations.

San Jose, CA 95128

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4.0 (10)
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5.0 (1)

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Valley Acupuncture is a clinic in San Jose, CA specializing in women’s health services, chinese medicine therapies, treatments for digestive issues, pain and stress management, ear/nose/throat, and acupuncture. Nancy Burns, L.Ac., founder, is a CA certified licensed acupuncturist and herbalist, and offers workshops and events on a variety of topics.

FAQs

  • Introduction

    Acupuncture is an alternative medicine technique. It involves the strategic placement of small, fine needles puncturing the skin on various areas of the body to relieve pain or treat other medical conditions. The needles are left in place for about 10 minutes to half an hour while the patient relaxes. The selection of the proper acupoints requires skill and knowledge.

    The practice of acupuncture originated in Asia many centuries ago. Chinese acupuncture may also involve electrical stimulation or heat application for heightened effect. Some Chinese acupuncturists also slowly spin or twirl the needles after insertion. On the other hand, Japanese acupuncture is less invasive, with shallow needle insertion and no needle manipulation. Korean acupuncture focuses on needle placement only in the feet and hands.  

    Though acupuncture was highly controversial in Western medicine for many years, most of the medical community now recognizes its effectiveness for pain management. Only anecdotal evidence exists for treatments beyond pain relief.
  • How does acupuncture work?

    Research hasn’t yet determined exactly how acupuncture works, but there are two main theories. One is that it operates on a neurological level by stimulating muscles, nerves, and connective tissues, triggering natural pain relief effects. Others believe acupuncture balances a person’s energies — chi — creating physical, emotional, and mental harmony, which relieves pain and improves health. 

  • Does Medicare cover acupuncture?

    Medicare Part B covers acupuncture solely to treat low back pain. The condition must have no known cause and have lasted for at least 12 weeks. Only a doctor or properly licensed and trained medical provider may perform the acupuncture. Medicare initially approves up to 12 sessions over 90 days. With demonstrated improvement, up to eight more visits may be allowed.

  • Is acupuncture effective?

    Studies by the National Institute of Health confirm the effectiveness of acupuncture for addiction, nausea, headaches, asthma, some stroke rehabilitation, and pain management for various conditions. The NIH studies support the use of acupuncture alone and combined with traditional treatment methods. Additional research by other scientific and medical organizations demonstrates that acupuncture is typically successful in the treatment of pain.

  • Does acupuncture hurt?

    Acupuncture should not be painful. The unfamiliar sensation may be uncomfortable at first, but that typically goes away after the first session. People with high sensitivity levels or low pain tolerance may experience heightened sensations. However, any discomfort should be minor and brief. Some common feelings at the acupuncture points are warmth, tingling, heaviness, or mild achiness.

  • How much does acupuncture cost?

    Acupuncture prices vary greatly, ranging from $50 to $300 per session. Initial sessions usually cost more than follow-up appointments. Initial sessions on the high end of the pricing scale usually include a consultation and medical exam along with the acupuncture session. Some acupuncturists offer membership price breaks or discounts for prepaid multiple sessions. Shop around before deciding on an acupuncturist.

  • Does insurance cover acupuncture?

    Some health care insurance carriers cover acupuncture for specific medical conditions. But it depends on the location, insurance provider, insurance plan, and reason for the treatments. Aetna, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Cigna, United Health Care, Health Net, Banner Health, and Humana are examples of some private insurers that may cover acupuncture with various restrictions. Contact your provider to learn more.