Sydney Malawer, L.Ac.

Sydney Malawer, L.Ac.

Licensed Acupuncturist and Herbalist

I'm an acupuncturist who helps people with chronic, complex disorders, particularly autoimmune dermatology, digestive issues & joint pain.

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About Me

I am a licensed acupuncturist and herbalist in the Bay Area. The style I practice is Japanese Meridian Therapy, a style of acupuncture marked by gentle needling and the prevalent use of moxibustion (a therapeutic herb burned near the skin). I hold a Bachelor's from Cornell University and a Master’s in East-Asian Medicine from the Acupuncture and Integrative Medicine College (AIMC) at Berkeley. I volunteer at the Charlotte Maxwell Integrative Cancer Care Center serving low-income women with cancer. Formerly I have practiced at AIMC Student Clinic and West Berkeley’s Lifelong Medical Clinic s...

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What inspired me to become a wellness professional?

I came to East-Asian medicine through my own struggle with psoriasis and seek to bring the same relief, transformation, and advocacy to my patients that I have received from my practitioners of acupuncture and herbal medicine throughout my struggle.

What I say to someone who has never tried acupuncture?

Acupuncture refers to the stimulation of strategic points along meridians in the body that pass through various organs, glands, vessels, and tissues. These meridians closely follow lines of fascia that encase and separate organ systems, whose collagen-rich consistency serve as a conductor of electricity within the fascial lines. When points are stimulated, an electrical signal is sent through the meridian to the areas of the body it passes through, allowing the blood, fluids, and energy (known as qi) to gather and correct themselves. Think of an acupuncture point as a tiny light switch in a...

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Location & Appointment Details


  • Initial Appointment: $145

  • Appointment: $90

  • By appointment only

  • Home visit available

  • Virtual visit available

  • Sees children & teenagers

Payment Methods

  • Cash

  • Credit Card

  • Flexible Spending Arrangement (FSA)

  • Heath Savings Account (HSA)

  • Venmo

  • Debit Card

Insurance Accepted

  • Out of Network