Medical Acupuncture at the Stanford Center for Integrative Medicine

"Acupuncture is one of the oldest, most commonly used medical procedures in the world.  Originating in China more than 2,000 years ago, acupuncture has become increasingly popular in the United States during the past two decades. Research shows that acupuncture is beneficial in treating a variety of health conditions.

Traditional Chinese Medicine theorizes that there are more than 2,000 acupuncture points on the human body, and that these connect with pathways called meridians, conducting energy (qi) throughout the body."


National Center for Complementary & Alternative Medicine, a division of the National Institutes of Health (NIH)

About Acupuncture

In acupuncture, fine disposable needles are inserted at critical points in the body that connect nerves, muscles and organs. Acupuncture can affect respiratory, digestive, urinary and reproductive systems, as well as muscle tone, hormone production, circulation and allergic responses. We offer acupuncture to treat chronic pain, musculoskeletal and joint pain, headache, cancer treatment side effects, gastrointestinal conditions, and women's health issues including urinary problems, infertility, nausea and vomiting in pregnancy and menopause. Our acupuncture staff includes anesthesiologists, a naturopath and a Chinese-trained licensed acupuncturist.

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American Academy of Medical Acupuncture

Evaluation, Treatment

After careful evaluation by one of our program's clinicians, an individualized treatment plan is developed for the patient.  In many cases, the plan will call for the patient to get a series of treatments (highly variable, depending upon the patient and the condition). 

Treatment sessions normally last about an hour. . Comprehensive integrative medicine consultations are also available. 

To schedule an accupuncture appointment, please call us at (650) 498-5566. Our first step will be to check your insurance coverage of accupuncture, so please have your insurance card available.    

Acupuncture Clinical Staff

Deming Huang, O.M.D., LAc., PhD

Dr. Huang is a 1990 graduate of Guangzhou University of Traditional Chinese Medicine. He is licensed as an acupuncturist in California. 

In 2002 he received a doctorate in Alternative Medicine from Liberty University. 

Brian Karvelas, MD

Dr. Karvelas is a 1996 graduate of the Medical College of Wisconsin. He did his internship at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center, and his residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Stanford. 
Emily Ratner, MD is a 1987 graduate of Baylor College of Medicine. She completed her anesthesia residency at Stanford University School of Medicine in 1991. 

Dr. Ratner is currently an Associate Professor in the Stanford University Department of Anesthesia. 

Brenda Golianu, MD is a 1991 graduate of Stanford University School of Medicine. She completed her internship in surgery at Stanford, and her residency and fellowships in Anesthesia at Stanford.

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