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Acupuncture points are like keys that unlock disease-causing blockages in the body. An acupuncturist diagnoses imbalances by considering a patient's symptoms, their overall health, and medical history. She then prescribes and administers treatment to a customized combination of acupuncture points to correct the imbalance. Acupuncture points are gateways to the energy pathways in the body. These pathways are accessed through inserting needles or by pressing on the points to harmonize the energy flow in the body.

From a biological perspective, our bodies are complex systems that respond to the slightest of stimuli. Imagine then the body's response to a tiny, sterile needle inserted into the body. A neurological response, an immunological response, and an endocrine response would be expected. There is promising evidence showing that acupuncture can alter the body? perception of pain, boost the immune system, increase blood flow, reduce inflammation, and facilitate the healing process.

The initial visit takes 80 to 90 minutes and follow up sessions take about 60 minutes.

Initial visit $85
Follow up visit $65


Chinese herbal medicine is an integral part of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM). Medicinal herbs are combined to create customized formulas that address a wide range of illness and disease. Each herb has unique properties and medicinal functions and when used in a formula works synergistically to maximize the therapeutic effects. Formulas are used to strengthen and nourish the body, unblock stagnation, and address other imbalances that cause disease. Herbal medicine also helps to regulate the body between acupuncture treatments.

At Urban Refuge herbs are prescribed in pill or powder form. Powders are dissolved in boiling water and taken as a tea. Chinese herbal medicine is safe and effective with very minimal side effects.

$15 dollars for a weeks supply.


Massage is useful for pain conditions, stress, tension relief, and boosting the immune system. Massage therapy facilitates the energy flow in the body, unblocks stagnation, and promotes a sense of wellbeing.

We use a combination of gentle shaking and rocking motions, kneading, acupressure (pressing on acupuncture points), and stretches to calm achy muscles and promote relaxation. We recommend regular massage sessions for optimal health.

30 minutes $50
60 minutes $80
90 minutes $120


Available in any amount.

Please call 415.867.2897 or email us to schedule an initial consultation.