Grace uses a variety of techniques in her practice depending on the nature, duration, and severity of the condition at present. Not only will a multitude of techniques be used during a treatment, but also techniques will vary depending on what stage the condition is in. 


Oakland acupunctureDeveloped over three thousand years ago, Acupuncture is not only a modern viable alternative to overcoming illness, its multi-faceted approach is also designed for living longer, happier, and healthier lives. Its guiding principle of promoting balance and harmony using a holistic approach has spurred Acupuncture onto becoming the fastest growing form of alternative healthcare today. 

Acupuncture is one of the eight branches of Traditional Chinese Medicine. According to Chinese medical theory, dis-ease arises when there is an imbalance in the flow of qi, or life energy, along any of the fourteen major channels in the body. These channels are linked to specific internal organ systems. With the insertion of hair-thin needles at specific points along the affected channels, qi is then redirected and balanced, thereby improving health. Acupuncture is a safe, gentle, and effective treatment used to treat a wide range of conditions such as musculoskeletal issues, acute or chronic pain, digestive issues, arthritis, weight loss, addiction disorders, and much more.  


With chronic and persistent conditions, the use of gentle electrical stimulation applied to the needles bolsters the effectiveness of the treatment. This is done to further break up and dissipate the energetic obstructions, loosen adhesions causing pain, and facilitate the removal of accumulated toxicity within the tissues and organs. For those seeking weight loss, this technique is especially effective in removing stubborn unwanted pounds. 

Auricular Acupuncture

Auricular acupuncture, or ear acupuncture, is a form of acupuncture based on classical theory. This type of acupuncture is especially effective in two situations: pain control and addictive/compulsive behaviors. By normalizing the pathological, hypersensitive reflex pathways between nerves in the ear and the brain, endorphins are released and energy is rebalanced. This means a greater sense of comfort and relaxation and a renewed sense of well-being. 


Oakland acupunctureCupping is a form of therapy where cups are pressed onto the body using suction. It is designed to increase circulation, stretch tightly contracted tissue, and reduce pain. Those with very tight muscles often experience a looseness that oftentimes lasts longer than a traditional massage. 

Massage cupping is a modified version of the Traditional Chinese Medicine form of cupping therapy. Unlike the traditional method in which the cups use suction and remain stationary, they are then massaged over the body for greater comfort. Instead of the downward kneading motions of a regular massage, Massage Cupping does it in reverse. In doing so, this simple yet profound technique achieves powerful results in: 

  • lymph drainage
  • cellulite reduction
  • weight loss effects
  • pain relief
  • loosening adhesions and tightly contracted muscles
  • improved circulation
  • increased range of movement
  • detoxification
  • decreased inflammation
  • shorten pre- and post- operative care
  • scar reduction
  • sedation of the nervous system

Herbal Therapy

Oakland acupunctureHerbal medicine predates acupuncture as being the oldest form of medicine in the world. The study of herbs has since then advanced to become a complex, sophisticated system with specific insights into their unique properties as well as their functions. 

Today, herbal medicine is routinely used alongside acupuncture therapy to treat a wide variety of disorders. Everything from digestive to respiratory to renal and cardiac dysfunction, from stress and addiction, from emotional as well as physical ailments can be resolved with the use of herbs. It is generally very safe to take with minimal, if any, side effects.

Grace will prescribe an herbal formula in the form of pills or tablets as needed. All formulas are natural, convenient for at home or on the go, and easy to take.

Eastern Nutrition

Eastern nutritional therapy is arguably the most significant factor in explaining the longevity of Asian people. Similar to herbs, foods of plant and animal origin have been used and studied for their nutritive properties for centuries. Careful attention is paid to the quality of the food, combinations with other foods, cooking method, seasonal availability, constitution of the person, and other factors.

As someone who had struggled with recurrent digestive issues in the past, Grace is well versed in understanding how eating certain foods can either ameliorate or aggravate a condition. A significant part of her practice is incorporating nutritional recommendations from an Eastern point of view to help in extending the benefits of treatment. 

Heat Therapy

Heat therapy is often used during a treatment to help warm the body, increase circulation, and induce a state of deep relaxation, resulting in an freer flow of energy within the body. To the patient, this may mean increased flexibility and range of motion, decrease in pain and inflammation, smooth digestive function, elimination of water and toxic substances, stronger immune system, deeper sleep, and more. 

Grace uses a TDP lamp, a far-infrared heating device. The light emissions penetrate and loosen tight fascia and increase microcirculation to accelerate the healing process. Herbal heat packs are another alternative especially effective in relieving conditions such as chronic pain, digestive dysfunction, infertility issues, and menstrual irregularities.

We invite you to get acquainted with us and learn how acupuncture can benefit you. Download a copy of Grace’s free e-book.

You may also reach us at 510.282.3200 to schedule a consultation and discuss your needs in further detail. Your questions and concerns are always warmly welcomed.