Gentle Japanese Acupuncture

reminds your body of its natural capacities for resilience, aliveness and healing.

Emily Smith is dedicated to and passionate about helping her clients accomplish their goals of achieving optimal health and well-being naturally, through an array of Traditional Japanese Medicine modalities, including Acupuncture, Postural Alignment,  Herbal Medicine and Massage therapy.



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Some of the various health concerns Emily treats are: 

  • Pain,

  • Inflammation,

  • Stress,

  • Fatigue,

  • Hormonal Imbalances

  • Insomnia,

  • Digestive Imbalances

  • Immunity Challenges.

She is constantly updating her knowledge, skills and methodology so she can provide you with the most refined care available

Emily is dedicated to treating her patients as guests while providing the most sophisticated acupuncture treatment. 

Please feel free to give Emily a call to discuss how she can assist you at (415)-757-7441.

Emily pays detailed attention to every facet of your care to provide you with exceptional treatment and the most tranquil, comfortable, and relaxing experience for healing.

Experience Natural, Comprehensive, And Holistic Approaches To Promote Your Overall Health And Wellness.

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A Functional Medicine Approach

I can help you heal from or live better with a wide variety of medical conditions, without always needing to use drugs. 

If you have symptoms or illnesses that have not been well-treated with conventional medicine,  you owe it to yourself to have a Functional Medicine Practitioner on your side. 

You will be amazed at what your body can do when it is properly supported.


Our long-time approach starts by

  • addressing your questions and concerns

  • supporting your physiology so it can do its job of keeping you healthy.

We do that through the intelligent use of nutrition, mind/body medicine, movement and body work, and traditional healing practices like  acupuncture.

What is Japanese Acupuncture ?

Meridian Palpation and Massage: 

Many people do not know there is a distinction between Chinese and Japanese Acupuncture.  Both systems use the same theories, meridians and acupuncture points.  

In Japanese acupuncture, each Point is “greeted” with a welcoming massage to prepare the patient for the needle insertion.  No surprises about where the next needle will be! Often when the patient feels pain or is concerned about a symptom they focus primarily on that problem.  The practitioner can offer useful information, educating the patient about where the problem may have originated and how to prevent it from recurring.  Massage and Palpation help relax the patient and provide the practitioner with valuable diagnostic information.

Needles are generally placed in the front or yin part of the body to activate the parasympathetic nervous system—the rest, relax and restore branch of the nervous system—you may feel your stomach gurgling, respiration and heart rate slowing, you become quiet, your eyes close and you may become sleepy. These signs indicate activation of the relaxation response suggesting your body is receptive to the treatment.

Needles placed in the back of the body help relieve stress and tension in the larger muscles of the legs, hips, back and neck as well as restore overall physiological balance.

There are many correlations between body parts, symptoms and where a practitioner might needle. As your session progresses I am happy to explain why I use certain points and how these relate to your condition—please ask!


Fine-gauge needles and shallow needle insertion.

Japanese needles are generally so thin they must be inserted with a guide tube to prevent bending.  


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Japanese needles are often much thinner than their Chinese counterpart. They are placed just beneath the layer of the skin in the FASCIA—an area of active cellular communication sending a stimulus to the physiological systems.