About

Lauren Sugarman, L.Ac., NTP
Licensed Acupuncturist, Nutritional Therapist


See the world as yourself.
Have faith in the way things are.
Love the world as your self;
then you can care for all things.
Lao-tzu (551-479 B.C.E.)

As a Licensed Acupuncturist, Nutritional Therapy Practitioner and Tai Chi/Qi Gong Instructor, I am passionate about helping people live healthier, happier, and more authentic lives.

In high school, I worked in my father’s medical practice, taking patient histories. The trusting, intimate relationship I formed with each patient was what inspired me to pursue the healing arts.

To me, this relationship sets the tone for healing. I liken healing to the metaphor of a garden, to be tended to and nurtured so growth can take place. With each encounter between patient and practitioner, more seeds of health and wellness are planted, and watered, and slowly, these seeds begin to sprout…

Before pursuing her studies in Traditional Chinese Medicine, Lauren earned a Bachelor of Arts from UC Berkeley in Premed & Environmental Design. She also taught art and worked with young children in a variety of settings. To her, art is a form of self-expression as well as a form of healing. And in her work with children, she used art as a way to express the true self and create wholeness.

After having her own two children, her interest in healing, wholeness and the body brought Lauren to the McKinnon Institute of Massage, where she studied Asian Systems. This included Chinese medical theory, acupressure, barefoot shiatsu, macrobiotics and anatomy.

Soon after, she had her first acupuncture treatment. With each treatment, her life transformed on so many levels. The connection with the true self — which she so treasured in her experience with art was found again through the wisdom stored in the body.

It was during this time that Lauren discovered Acupuncture and Nambudripad’s Allergy Elimination Technique (NAET). She finally found relief from the allergies and asthma she had suffered from since childhood. This experience convinced her that she wanted to help people experience the same health and well being that she found through Traditional Chinese Medicine.

Lauren now provides compassionate, holistic healthcare that improves health, quality of life and well-being. She is a California Board Certified Acupuncturist and hold a Masters of Science in Traditional Chinese Medicine from the Acupuncture and Integrative Medicine College (AIMC) in Berkeley, California. This is a four-year graduate program that includes training in Chinese medical theory and diagnosis, herbal medicine, acupuncture, Western medical theory and diagnosis, as well as Qi Gong and nutrition.

Inner Healing Wisdom empowers individuals to discover their own unique innate healing wisdom through acupuncture, herbal medicine and nutrition. We are committed to providing impeccable care which consists of taking the time to listen extensively to the client with the intention of bringing to light the root of the imbalance. Not only do our clients feel seen and heard, we also empower our clients by providing the tools and education necessary for self-care to continue on into their daily lives. We are a leader in providing detox & weight loss programs and an expert in whole food nutrition. Through these programs people are enlivened and renewed in their relationships with food and their bodies. We also provide facial rejuvenation acupuncture as a means towards aging gracefully by facilitating one’s own inner beauty to shine forth.

Inner Healing Wisdom integrates Traditional Chinese Medicine with more mainstream Western care… and acts as a liaison between these two paradigms of healthcare.

Because acupuncture works at the systems level, we are able to treat the root of a problem, so that clients may find relief from their symptoms. Lauren will work with you to design an effective course of treatment that brings healing, relaxation, and a greater overall sense of well-being.

Contact me here or call (707) 227-4405  to schedule an appointment.