About Lafayette & San Ramon Acupuncturist Benjamin Dierauf, LAc
“My goal is to provide you with safe, gentle, effective acupuncture care, and help you to use the principles of Oriental Medicine to improve your health”.
With 25+ years as a Licensed Acupuncturist, I can help you with the treatment of aches and pains, injuries, digestive disorders, gynecological issues, allergies, immune deficiencies, fatigue, sleep disorders and stress, and many other conditions. For information on conditions I work with, check out ‘Illnesses/Health Imbalances Treated’.
Your first visit will include a detailed intake of the issues affecting your health and quality of life. From this we will work out a comprehensive treatment plan together. Besides acupuncture, I may prescribe herbal medicine and use other modalities to help you, including bodywork, moxa, suction cups and guasha (dermal scraping). Form more info, check out ‘Common Acupuncture Questions‘.
As a former Professor and Academic Dean of the Acupuncture & Integrative Medicine College, Berkeley, I have a unique perspective on the strengths and benefits of this ancient medicine, its integration with modern medicine, and how it can benefit you.
I received my BS in Nutrition and Food Science from UC Berkeley in 1986. After exposure to acupuncture while teaching English and studying Chinese in Taiwan, I studied and received my MS in Traditional Chinese Medicine from the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in 1991.
Since then I’ve taken and produced numerous continuing education classes to further my growth and development with the medicine. Some of my more influential teachers include Doctors Yitian Ni, Pingqi Kang, Robert Dreyfuss, Richard Tan, Robert Chu, and Kiiko Matsumoto.
I began practicing privately in Berkeley and San Francisco in 1992. I also worked extensively at two community clinics in San Francisco, the Quan Yin Healing Arts Center and Immune Enhancement Project (IEP), and supervised clinic interns at the AIMC Berkeley Community Clinic.
I worked at the Acupuncture & Integrative Medicine College, Berkeley from 1996 to 2012. My roles included Academic Dean, Advisor to the President, Student Clinic Intern Supervisor, and I taught classes in Oriental Medicine Theory, Oriental Medicine Diagnosis, General Chemistry, and Organic & Biochemistry. As the Academic Dean I led curriculum and program development.
I now practice as a Lafayette acupuncturist at Lamorinda Healing Arts and a San Ramon acupuncturist at Pacific Integrative & Functional Medicine.
I’ve been recognized and honored for my work in the field of Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine, including “Acupuncturist of the Year” by the American Association of Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine (AAAOM) in 2003, “Professional Excellence Award” by the National Board of Acupuncture Orthopedics in 2004, and “Pioneer of Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine” by the AAAOM in 2007.
I’m also an active participant in the policy development for the field of Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine, working to integrate its potential into the modern healthcare system and enhance its educational standards. I served as a Director and President of the California State Oriental Medical Association (CSOMA), Director of the Council of Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine Associations (CAOMA), member of the Educational & Professional Competencies Task Force for the California Acupuncture Board (CAB), Co-Chair of the Research Committee of the Council of Colleges of Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine, and Editor-in-Chief of the California Journal of Oriental Medicine (CJOM).
I knew relatively early in life that I was going to be a healer. After traveling throughout Mexico and Central America (hablo Español!), I returned to Berkeley and completed my studies in nutrition and food science.
I then travelled to Asia to teach English, and while in Taiwan one of my students, a doctor of traditional Chinese medicine, turned me on to herbs and acupuncture. I was there in the winter when it was cold, rainy and polluted, and I was getting sick all the time. The acupuncture and herbs worked wonders—and this also clarified my direction in life.
I returned to San Francisco in 1988 to study at the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine. After completing my studies and getting licensed, I practiced privately in Berkeley and San Francisco, and at the Quan Yin Healing Arts and Immune Enhancement Project. I treated a lot of HIV/AIDS, which was a life-transforming experience. Combination drug therapies for HIV had not yet been developed, and people relied on acupuncture and herbs to help preserve their health and combat the wide variety of opportunistic infections and disorders that arise from a weakened immune system.
I also got involved in acupuncture policy and helped successfully shepherd seven pieces of legislation that increased the public’s access to high quality Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine by protecting its scope of practice, securing and expanding its role in the California Workers’ Compensation system, and increasing educational standards.
This led in part to my work at the Acupuncture & Integrative Medicine College, Berkeley as an academic dean, teaching professor and clinical instructor, where I led a revamping of the curriculum and helped transform the school into one of the preeminent institutions in the West for the study of Acupuncture & Oriental medicine. I now live in Berkeley and practice privately as a Lafayette acupuncturist at Lamorinda Healing Arts, and a San Ramon acupuncturist at Pacific Integrative & Functional Medicine.
When not taking care of patients, I’m the proud father of two healthy and flourishing daughters who sparkle and delight my world. I stay sane and balanced with meditation, yoga, running, biking, tasty cooking experiments and acupuncture.
Lafayette Acupuncture / San Ramon Acupuncture:
Experienced Acupuncturist & Herbal Medicine
for Lafayette, Moraga, Orinda, Pleasant Hill, Concord,
Walnut Creek, Alamo, Danville, San Ramon, Dublin, Pleasanton,
Contra Costa & Alameda Counties,
and the Greater East Bay Area.