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What Sana Acupuncture Treats
At Sana Acupuncture, we use East-Asian medicine to diagnose and treat. East-Asian medicine is a system of healthcare that has been proven to treat many ailments, from the common cold to chronic pain to psycho-emotional disorders. As practitioners we are rigorously trained to identify patterns of disharmony rather than rely solely on Western diagnosis - meaning no two treatments are alike even if the diagnosis is the same. We treat the patient in front of us, as they are today, paying close attention to the physiological signs your body is giving about what it needs to get back to balanced health. Because of East-Asian medicine's pattern-based approach to diagnosis and treatment, it is a strong complement to Western medicine interventions as it supports the body's ability to assimilate pharmaceuticals and recover from medical procedures.
In addition to general healthcare and maintenance, Sana Acupuncture Clinic has a special focus on stubborn, chronic health conditions. The truth is that long-term, stubborn ailments don't just hit you all at once - they take years to manifest in the body. As East-Asian Medicine practitioners, we help you identify and treat the patterns that are contributing to your current health condition. Below are common conditions that are specifically targeted to help you prevent, minimize, and cope better with chronic ailments.
eczema, psoriasis, acne, urticaria (hives), rosacea, contact dermatitis (poison ivy/oak), herpes zoster (shingles)
irritable bowel syndrome, GERD, acute and/or chronic bowel changes (constipation / diarrhea), irritable bowel disease (Crohn's & ulcerative colitis)
musculoskeletal pain, rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, migraines, headaches, fibromyalgia, hernia, plantar fasciitis
insomnia, hypersomnia, chronic fatigue, dream-disturbed sleep, apnea, snoring, night sweats
diabetes, Hashimoto thyroiditis, Graves disease, Addison disease, Cushing syndrome, PCOS, irregular menstruation
anxiety, depression, stress-related dysregulation
asthma, frequent upper respiratory infections, chronic sinusitis
Raynaud's syndrome, hypertension, hyperlipidemia
Cancer Supportive Care
chemotherapy/radiation-induced nausea/vomiting, fatigue, neuropathy
Sana Acupuncture's mission is to help people transform their own health by providing access to acupuncture and East-Asian medicine.
Sydney Malawer, budding L.Ac.
Acupuncture, Moxibustion, Cupping, Herbal Medicine
Sydney specializes in autoimmune-related dermatology, gastroenterology, and rheumatology. These are characterized by chronic, inflammatory flare-ups with periods of remission. Since autoimmune conditions take years to manifest in the body, Sydney helps to identify and treat the patterns that are tell-tale signs of the development of an autoimmune condition or an impending flare-up of a pre-existing one.
Sydney came to East-Asian medicine through her own struggle with psoriasis and seeks to bring the same comfort, relief, and advocacy to her patients that she has received from the medicine throughout her struggle. Her style is Japanese meridian therapy, a form of acupuncture marked by gentle needling and the prevalent use of moxibustion. She holds a Bachelor's from Cornell University and is currently pursuing her Master’s in Oriental Medicine at the Acupuncture and Integrative Medicine College (AIMC) at Berkeley as well as a Certificate in Traditional Japanese Medicine through AIMC. She currently practices at the AIMC Student Clinic and the Charlotte Maxwell Integrative Cancer Care Center serving low-income women with cancer. Formerly she has practiced at West Berkeley’s Lifelong Medical Clinic serving Medi-Cal patients.
Acupuncture is a modality within the umbrella of East-Asian medicine, a system of treatment with 4000 years of empirical evidence. Originally documented around 200 BCE in the Yellow Emperor's Classic of Medicine (Huang Di Nei Jing), acupuncture refers to the stimulation of strategic points along meridians in the body that pass through various organs, glands, vessels, and tissues. These meridians closely follow lines of fascia that encase and separate organ systems, whose collagen-rich consistency serve as a conductor of electricity within the fascial lines. When points are stimulated, an electrical signal is sent through the meridian to the areas of the body it passes through, allowing the blood, fluids, and energy (known as qi) to gather and correct itself in that area.
Think of an acupuncture point as a tiny light switch in a grand theater hall- when you flip the switch by the door you turn on a light on the stage at the other end of the hall. Although you can't see the wires, they exist underneath the surface.
Western medicine has found acupuncture useful in treating various conditions and has started integrating it into the modern hospital setting. The World Health Organization has listed 44 conditions for which they have found moderate to strong evidence in the use of acupuncture, including low-back pain, asthma, and hypertension.
Acupuncture is just one of many highly effective modalities in the East-Asian Medicine toolbox. Below is a summarized list of what else you may find in any East-Asian medicine treatment:
the combining of natural plant and/or animal matter to create a custom formulation for a patient's presenting pattern. For example, unlike Western pharmaceuticals that are designed to be "one size fits all" for a headache, East-Asian herbal medicine emphasizes custom design of formulas to treat the specific pattern that is causing the headache.
the act of burning dried mugwort over points to stimulate them. Moxibustion is used for many conditions, and is famously known for helping turn a breech baby before 35 weeks when applied to the point on the outside tip of the pinky toe (Bladder 67 Zhi Yin).
made famous in the US by Michael Phelps' "octopus marks" in the 2012 Olympics, cupping is the use of glass or plastic cups to suction areas of skin and muscle to relieve tension and encourage circulation of blood and lymph. It is used often to relieve sharp, stagnant pain in any area of the body and to encourage relaxation of muscles and subsequently the mind.
literally translated as "scraping evil", it involves scraping areas of skin to release toxins and muscle tension. Gua sha is used commonly to relieve neck tension and to kick a cold to the curb when it's first coming on.
Treatments & Pricing
A core principle of this practice is that anyone who wants to can access the healthcare benefits of acupuncture. This is why Sana Acupuncture Clinic employs a two-pronged model of care - comprehensive and progressive treatments. We recommend initially three to five comprehensive treatments in order to nail down the diagnosis and treatment plan, then following up with progressive treatments to maintain consistency and progress. The goal is to maintain consistent weekly treatment in order to begin seeing positive changes in your condition, which depending on the length and severity of the condition may take anywhere from 6 to 10 treatments.
Special rates are offered to seniors, students, and those who purchase treatment packages. We are not in-network with any insurance provider, but upon request will provide appropriate documentation (known as a Superbill) to facilitate reimbursement from your insurance provider.
Thorough Treatment, Herbal Consultation & Lifestyle Counseling: $80 + cost of herbal formula
Specialized, focused treatment getting to the root of the issue. Treatment may include acupuncture, contact needling, cupping, moxibustion, gua sha, tuina, and/or herbal consultation, depending on the condition and what is needed for effective treatment. Lasts 45-60 minutes.
* a one-time fee of $30 will be added to the first treatment.
Abbreviated Treatment: $40
Focused treatment addressing your chief complaint and continued maintenance of root from previous comprehensive treatment. Treatment includes acupuncture and/or cupping depending on the condition and what is needed for effective treatment. Lasts 20-30 minutes.
Herbal Consultation: $40 + cost of formula
Pattern diagnosis focused on your chief complaint. Treatment includes an herbal diagnosis and prescription based on your presenting pattern. Lasts 15-20 minutes.