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Best Acupuncturists in San Francisco, CA

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Our goal is to connect people with the best local professionals. We scored San Francisco 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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1414 Castro St, San Francisco, CA 94114

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5.0 (58)
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5.0 (38)
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4.6 (9)

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Based in San Francisco, Blue Ova Health is a health center that integrates alternative healing methods and mind-body support to promote fertility and care for women's health and well-being pre- and postnatal. With over five years of experience, Blue Ova offers therapeutic massage, herbology, mind-body coaching, doula services, lactation counseling, and nutritional counseling to women to complement or support their pregnancy journey. The company was named Best Acupuncturist in the Bay Area by the Bay Area A-List in 2017.

San Francisco, CA 94102

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5.0 (25)
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5.0 (2)

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Dr. Renée Hahn Acupuncture & Craniosacral Therapy is owned by Dr. Renée Hahn, a doctor of acupuncture and Chinese medicine and licensed acupuncturist” who offers a wide range of acupuncture modalities and treatments to address a variety of health conditions. The company's comprehensive menu of holistic services includes acupuncture, herbal medicine, craniosacral therapy, gua sha and cupping, lymphatic drainage, manual therapy, and nutrition. Dr. Renée Hahn, licensed acupuncturist-herbalist, is board-certified by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. She is a member of the American Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine and the California State Oriental Medical Association.

San Francisco, CA 94109

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5.0 (25)
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5.0 (12)
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5.0 (1)

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Dennis McGrath Acupuncture is clinic that strives to introduce the basic concepts of Traditional Chinese Medicine to patients through the application of alternative medical treatments and provide the highest quality care in a calm and nurturing environment. Owner and licensed acupuncturist Dennis McGrath has dedicated himself to unwavering standards of professionalism in practice and aims to provide high-quality services for a modest price.

San Francisco, CA 94104

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5.0 (93)
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5.0 (69)

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Conscious Chiropractic & Acupuncture is a clinic run by acupuncture experts who provide individualized chiropractic and acupuncture treatments. Services also include acupuncture, massage, and cold laser therapy with a focus on natural healing. The clinic is also known for its treatment of TMJ, using acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, and cupping to combat pain.

San Francisco, CA 94110

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5.0 (42)

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Five Pins Project is a clinic that specializes in the combination of acupuncture and herbal medicine. Their primary healing modality is Traditional Chinese Medicine. They provide gentle, effective, and personalized care for a variety of conditions including depression and anxiety, stress, insomnia, hormonal balance and fertility, digestive issues, transgender health support, Lyme disease, and pain of all types. With the goal of healing bodies, minds and spirits and building community, Five Pins Project also holds bimonthly art openings and community events.

San Francisco, CA 94115

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5.0 (39)
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5.0 (16)
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5.0 (12)

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Golden Point Acupuncture is a holistic health care clinic in San Francisco that offers compassionate healing with the goal of getting to the root of health concerns, as well as restoring the body, revitalizing the mind, and improving the quality of life. Aside from acupuncture, they also offer polychromatic light and frequency therapy, herbal medicine, Tui Na massage, nutrition, moxibustion, cupping, and Qui Gong.

San Francisco, CA 94107

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4.7 (6)

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Doc Misha's Chicken Soup Chinese Medicine is a Chinese acupuncture clinic located in the American Industrial Center. Owner Misha Cohen is a licensed acupuncturist, published author, and researcher at the University of California, San Francisco and has combined Oriental and Western medical approaches to treat her clients. The clinic provides complex consultations, treatment planning, acupuncture, herbal medicine, dietary recommendations and evidence-based supplementation for people with gynecological issues, female and male fertility needs, immune disorders, hepatitis B and C, HIV, and those who are diagnosed with cancer or recovering from cancer treatment. Chicken Soup Chinese Medicine was featured in local newspaper Potrero View in celebration of its 25 years of dedicated service to the San Francisco Bay Area community.

San Francisco, CA 94107

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5.0 (33)

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Allison Crawford, M.S., L.Ac. is an acupuncturist specializing in women's health and chronic pain who uses a Japanese-style method that results in painless insertion. Allison is a graduate of UCLA and the Acupuncture and Integrative Medicine College in Berkeley, and she has been practicing in San Francisco since 2003. Her practice was rated with 27 5-star reviews on Yelp for her excellent service and painless technique.

San Francisco, CA 94107

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5.0 (11)

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Acupuncture Professionals Inc. is a group of integrative medicine experts who work with a variety of medical specialists to give their patients the best of two medical worlds, East and West. They provide a comprehensive acupuncture and Chinese medical practice with an orthopedics and sports injury clinic. Acupuncture Professionals is dedicated to meeting their patient's needs and offers stress reduction, health maintenance, disease prevention, and athletic performance enhancement.

150 Lombard St Ste 2, San Francisco, CA 94111

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5.0 (142)
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5.0 (111)
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5.0 (43)

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Truspine is an acupuncture clinic that was founded in 2016, in the North Beach area of San Francisco. Its relaxed, modern atmosphere provides clients with a comfortable environment for manual therapy that relaxes the body and mind. The acupuncturists address extremity pain caused by repetitive stress injuries, sports injuries, aging, and car accidents. Truspine uses acupuncture to improve overall well-being and remedy a range of illnesses, such as depression and the common flu.

San Francisco, CA 94110

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5.0 (88)
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5.0 (62)
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4.6 (15)

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Double Happiness Health is an acupuncture clinic that uses Traditional Chinese Medicine in a wide range of health challenges, including pain, inflammation, infertility, menstrual disorders, digestive issues, mood, insomnia, fatigue, immunity problems, and other systemic disorders. The clinic uses practices of acupuncture and herbal medicine, as well as therapeutic massage and patient education to focus on treating the patient holistically and determine the root cause of their problems. Double Happiness Health was founded in 2005 with Traditional Chinese Medicine specialties in women’s health, fertility, and orthopedics.

San Francisco, CA 94103

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4.5 (223)
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4.9 (14)

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San Francisco Community Acupuncture is a group of certified licensed California acupuncturists and Oriental medicine diplomats who offer skilled acupuncture treatments, Tui Na massage sessions, and cupping. They house a comprehensive Chinese herbal pharmacy for physical and mental well-being, and their practitioners perform their quality treatments in a quiet, group setting in comfy, new recliner chairs. San Francisco Community Acupuncture has been providing low-cost yet effective health care practice for over 10 years.

San Francisco, CA 94114

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5.0 (34)

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Back to Health with Acupuncture is an acupuncture clinic that uses traditional Chinese herbal remedies and whole food based supplements to support and solidify the acupuncture treatment. Their service proposes a remedy that is designed to target a specific illness and also interact with and enhance a patient's state with no side-effects. Back to Health with Acupuncture vows to alleviate pains, fatigue, anxiety, and unwell feelings and encourages transformative journeys. They aim to guide clients to a more vibrant, happier life through multilayered nutritive and energetic solutions.

Oakland, CA 94609

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5.0 (2)

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Acupuncture and Health Center is an acupuncture health clinic that integrates acupuncture with herbs, nutrition, process of awareness through movement, functional integration, breath flow awareness, and meditation. They specialize in stress-related disorders, acute and chronic pain, neurological dysfunction, and complementary cancer care. They are also experts in the development of children with special needs. The business offers cupping and moxibustion, BioPhoton therapy, the Feldenkrais method, and the Anat-Baniel method, which uses innovative approaches to pain management. Acupuncture and Health Center was founded by W. Jumbe Allen, a native San Franciscan, in 2007.

350 Sansome Street, Suite 730, San Francisco, CA 94104

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5.0 (88)
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5.0 (20)

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Point Of Life Acupuncture has been providing Chinese medicine and acupuncture services in San Francisco for more than a decade. Its owner, acupuncturist Paola Acuña, has a bachelor's degree in Chinese medicine and a master's degree in acupuncture. She employs a centuries-old Japanese acupuncture technique that aims to bring the body back to its natural balance and to enhance the body's natural self-healing ability. Her sessions focus on both acute and chronic conditions while also providing general wellness and preventative care.

San Francisco, CA 94108

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5.0 (38)
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5.0 (5)
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5.0 (3)

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Malia King Acupuncture is an acupuncture company that uses Chinese herbal medicine as the key to restoring health. Their services include acupuncture, herbal medicine, nutritional counseling, cold laser therapy, biomat therapy, and complementary treatment modalities such as electro-acupuncture, moxibustion, cupping, and gua sha. Malia King is a member of the California State Oriental Medical Association.

Compare our Top Acupuncturists

NameExpertise RatingAddressPromotionsLearn more
Blue Ova Health
1414 Castro St, San Francisco, CA 94114
Dr. Renée Hahn Acupuncture and Craniosacral Therapy
Dennis McGrath Acupuncture
Conscious Chiropractic & Acupuncture
Five Pins Project
Golden Point Acupuncture
Doc Misha's Chicken Soup Chinese Medicine
Allison Crawford, M.S., L.Ac.
Acupuncture Professionals
Truspine
150 Lombard St Ste 2, San Francisco, CA 94111
Double Happiness Health
San Francisco Community Acupuncture
Back to Health with Acupuncture
Acupuncture and Health Center
Point Of Life Acupuncture
350 Sansome Street, Suite 730, San Francisco, CA 94104
Malia King Acupuncture

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.