Ancient Remedies for
Modern Life

What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is an ancient practice that began in China approximately 3000 years ago. Chinese medicine as an organized system of diagnosis and treatment is first documented in the The Yellow Emperor’s Classic of Internal Medicine, dating back to 100 BCE. Acupuncture is one piece of a Chinese medicine system which also includes herbal medicine, cupping, gua sha, moxibustion, tui na and qi gong. There are also Korean and Japanese styles of acupuncture.

The practice of acupuncture today involves the use of thin, flexible single use needles inserted at specific points along meridians or at the location of injury to activate the body’s innate healing mechanisms and restore balance.
Acupuncture needles used at EarthSong Acupuncture, San Rafael
I use small gauge acupuncture needles

My Approach

One of the things I feel most passionate about in my practice is making sure my patients feel heard. I take the time to really listen to your background and goals, taking into account physical, mental and spiritual well-being to fully support you on your healing path.

While my acupuncture treatment style is primarily guided by the principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine, I incorporate elements of both Korean and Japanese acupuncture into my approach as well. For typical treatments, I use the smallest gauge needles possible and use a Japanese needling technique which is extremely gentle.

Additional Techniques

Acupuncture is a powerful treatment but it’s only one piece of the bigger picture. There are many healing techniques that are often added on to enhance a treatment. Other techniques that might be incorporated during a typical acupuncture treatment include:


The burning of the herb mugwort (ai ye) near the skin or attached to needles to stimulate acupuncture points, increase circulation and warm the body. Moxibustion is especially useful for healing injuries where blood is not circulating properly, for boosting immunity and for warming the uterus to improve fertility and to speed healing after giving birth .

Cupping Therapy

A therapy in which heated glass cups are applied to create suction to stimulate blood flow and remove toxins from the body. Cupping therapy is a wonderful tool for relieving pain and increasing blood circulation.

Gua Sha

The use of a smooth-edged tool to gently scrape the skin to produce light petechiae. Gua sha is useful for increasing blood flow and helps to alleviate chronic pain. It can also be used to help stimulate collagen production and blood flow to the face and jaw-line for a lifting effect.

Celluma LED Light Therapy

Sometimes referred to as near-infrared light therapy, low level light therapy (LLT) or photobiomodulation, this treatment is non-invasive, safe and has been shown to effectively reduce pain, treat skin conditions such as acne, promote wound healing, improve collagen density and reduce fine lines and wrinkles.

Lifestyle, Nutrition & Herbal Consultations

With every treatment, lifestyle and nutrition consultation is incorporated to help you achieve optimal health. Nutritional supplementation and herbal medicine recommendations are made when appropriate. Movement and breathing practices are often recommended as well.