Meet Dr. Sarah Maiden, DACM, LAc

After graduating with a Doctorate in Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine, Sarah ran a rural health clinic in tribal Nepal, seeing over 600 patients.

This experience gave her 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.

She enjoys treating both the urgency of third world disease as well as the difficulty of first world issues.

Dr. Maiden has 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.

She 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.

Providing Acupuncture Treatment in San Francisco and Emeryville for Multiple Conditions


Pain and Musculoskeletal Issues

  • Arthritis
  • Back pain
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Disc issues (e.g., herniated disc)
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Headache
  • Knee pain
  • Migraine
  • Neuropathy
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Sciatica
  • Shoulder pain

Reproductive and Gynecological Health

  • Breech baby positioning
  • Endometriosis
  • Fertility
  • Infertility
  • IVF (In Vitro Fertilization) support
  • Labor support
  • Pregnancy-related issues
  • Prenatal care

Injuries and Rehabilitation

  • Accident injury
  • Spinal injury
  • Sports injury

Mental and Emotional Well-being

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Insomnia
  • Mood issues
  • Stress

Digestive System Disorders

  • Gastro-Intestinal Distress


Skin and Cosmetic Issues


Respiratory and Allergic Conditions

  • Allergies
  • Sinus issues

Addiction and Habit Control

  • Alcoholism
  • Smoking Cessation

Chronic and Neurological Conditions

  • Bell's Palsy
  • Cancer (often for symptom management)
  • Crohn's Disease
  • Parkinson's Disease
  • Stroke recovery
  • Thyroid disorders (e.g., hypoor hyperthyroidism)
  • Tinnitus

What Alchemy Patients Say

  I just wanted to publically publicly express my deepest gratitude for the amazing acupuncture treatment that I have received from Dr. Sarah Maiden. It has been an absolute honor to receive care from someone as accomplished and caring as her. For over a year now I have received her expertise and attentive approach, which have not only put me at ease but have also given me the confidence to believe in my own healing journey. Thanks to your vast knowledge and dedication, I have already made significant progress in my health and mobility. I am truly amazed and grateful for the positive impact she has had on my well-being.

I wholeheartedly recommend Alchemy Acupuncture to anyone in need of assistance with autoimmune or mobility issues. I feel incredibly fortunate to have had the opportunity to receive treatment from you, and I am confident that anyone who seeks your help will experience the same level of transformation and relief that I have. Thank you once again, Sarah, for your unwavering commitment to your patients and for making a profound difference in my life. Your passion for healing is truly inspiring, and I am forever grateful for the positive impact you have had on my health and well-being.

thumb Vidafeliz V.

  Sarah is amazing at what she does. She is attentive, asks helpful questions and is very informational. I was having TMJ issues that were also causing me to have headaches - through cupping and acupuncture she was able to help resolve the issue and the pain stopped. Definitely recommend he!

thumb Ajinder P.

  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!!

thumb Debbie M.

The Main Modalities Alchemy Uses


Acupuncture, a traditional Chinese medical practice, involves the insertion of fine needles into specific points on the body to alleviate pain and treat various physical, mental, and emotional conditions.


Cupping therapy, often used in traditional Chinese medicine, involves placing cups on the skin to create suction, which is believed to stimulate blood flow and promote healing of a range of conditions.


Moxibustion, a traditional Chinese medicine therapy, involves burning dried mugwort on particular points of the body, aiming to stimulate circulation and induce a smoother flow of blood and Qi (energy).

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