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Alchemy Acupuncture

San Francisco and Emeryville Acupuncture Clinic

About Dr. Sarah Maiden, DACM, LAc

After graduating with a Doctorate in Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine, I volunteered for two months, running a rural health clinic in tribal Nepal, seeing over 600 patients. This experience gave me advanced training in treating orthopedic issues, a better grasp of both Eastern and Western differential diagnosis, and a healthy respect for the efficacy of frequent acupuncture treatments. I enjoy treating both the urgency of third world disease as well as the difficulty of first world issues. I have a depth of experience treating everything from ear infections to assessing concussions to ordinary back pain. The scope of acupuncture is wide and effective for many conditions.

I feel strongly that the energy medicine of acupuncture can move qi, invigorate the body, and shift perspective in ways that we do not fully comprehend. In addition, the Chinese apothecary is a time tested tool for many health conditions.


I offer discounted package deals for 5 & 10 treatments. I find that acupuncture is most effective after at least 5 weekly treatments.

Alchemy Acupuncture Services


I have a Doctorate in Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine from the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine.

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Acupuncture Facials

Acupuncture facials are renowned tools for achieving youthful, glowing skin.

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Cupping and Herbal Medicine

I also offer private combination acupuncture, massage, and cupping treatments.

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  So, if you want a healer, you found her. I had back pain for 8 years. This is the best I have felt in 8 years. Sarah looks at the big picture. She has worked with my knee and shoulder problems also. I am almost there. She had an orthopedic focus. I am active and older and she figured me out. Even my gut feels better. I am soooo happy. Please keep the Monday morning appointments for me!!

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  Dr. Sarah Maiden is hands down the most effective healer I have ever seen. She combines a high level of skill in acupuncture with a deep knowledge of herbal medicine and a compassionate approach. When I started seeing Sarah my body was just "out of sorts." My running and cycling had become a chore. She tackled one problem at a time and within a month the results were amazing. She is also very effective at treating the minor injuries of an aging body. I tweaked my knee backpacking recently and after a couple sessions, it was pain free. I am also very impressed with how she is attentive to issues that need referral to "western" medicine. She noticed a lump in my calf that turned out to be a fast-growing (non-malignant) cyst. I would recommend Sarah to anyone!

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  I can't recommend Dr Sarah enough. She has become an invaluable part of my care team. I've been seeing her for about 6-8 months now.

I have chronic back pain and I was so desperate when I first saw her. She was thorough, thoughtful, and attentive. I can't believe how far I've come in such a short time - I feel like my pain is much more tolerable and I no longer feel hopeless. She's given me the tools and strategies to manage my pain in between our sessions. My friends, family, and colleagues have all noticed how much lighter I seem because of the decreased pain. Her acupuncture and cupping treatments are my favorite part of my week!

Sarah also convinced me that some gut health symptoms I'd been ignoring were critical to my mental and physical health. She helped me navigate a really tricky elimination diet and finally get a diagnosis. I'm no longer spending all my time in the restroom and I have so much more energy.

Please don't hesitate to book some time with Sarah! I promise you won't regret it.

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Conditions I Treat


Acupuncture is renowned for its effectiveness in managing various types of pain, including chronic pain conditions. By stimulating specific acupuncture points, it triggers the release of endorphins and activates the body’s natural pain-relieving mechanisms. This can be particularly beneficial for conditions like arthritis, back pain, neck pain, and headaches. Acupuncture helps alleviate pain by:

  • Enhancing circulation to promote tissue healing.
  • Reducing inflammation and swelling.
  • Modulating pain perception in the brain.

Acupuncture is commonly used to support fertility and reproductive health by:

  • Regulating menstrual cycles and hormone levels.
  • Improving blood flow to the reproductive organs.
  • Reducing stress, which can impact fertility.
  • Enhancing the overall health of the reproductive system.

Acupuncture aids in injury recovery by promoting blood flow, reducing inflammation, and accelerating the body’s natural healing processes. It can be applied to sports injuries, strains, sprains, and even post-surgical recovery. The benefits include:

  • Reducing swelling and bruising.
  • Relaxing muscles and reducing tension.
  • Stimulating the body’s regenerative capacity.

Acupuncture offers a holistic approach to addressing insomnia by regulating the body’s internal balance. It can help improve sleep quality and duration by:

  • Calming the nervous system.
  • Reducing stress and anxiety.
  • Balancing hormonal fluctuations that affect sleep.

Acupuncture has a positive impact on mood by influencing neurotransmitters and hormonal balance. It can be used to alleviate symptoms of anxiety, depression, and mood swings by:

  • Promoting the release of “feel-good” neurotransmitters like serotonin and dopamine.
  • Reducing cortisol levels (stress hormone).
  • Balancing the body’s energy flow to promote emotional well-being.
GI Distress

Acupuncture can help address gastrointestinal issues by regulating digestive function and promoting overall gut health. It is often used to manage symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), acid reflux, and nausea by:

  • Regulating digestive motility.
  • Reducing inflammation in the digestive tract.
  • Easing stress-related digestive disturbances.

Acupuncture is well-known for its ability to reduce stress and promote relaxation. It achieves this by:

  • Activating the parasympathetic nervous system (rest and digest response).
  • Modulating stress hormones.
  • Releasing tension in muscles and promoting a sense of calm.

Acupuncture can be an effective complementary treatment for sciatica, a condition characterized by radiating leg pain. It helps by:

  • Reducing inflammation and pressure on the sciatic nerve.
  • Relaxing muscles that may contribute to nerve compression.
  • Enhancing blood flow to the affected area for healing.

In Network With

In network with CIGNA, United, Anthem


Alchemy Acupuncture has two locations, so no matter which side of the Bay you are on, acupuncture is convenient! I am available at the Healing Arts Building at 1801 Bush Street in San Francisco all day Monday and Tuesday plus mornings on Friday and in Emeryville Wednesday.

San Francisco

Healing Arts Building
1801 Bush St, Suite 107
San Francisco, CA 94109

Mon – 10:00 am – 08:00 pm
Tue – 10:00 am – 08:00 pm
Fri – 9:00 am – 2:00 pm


1331 61st St STE G
Emeryville, CA 94608

Wednesday – 10:00 am – 6:00 pm