Lauren Mendez, L.Ac., NC is an acupuncturist and herbalist licensed by the California State Acupuncture Board and is also a certified Nutrition Consultant. Her practice incorporates acupuncture, Chinese herbal formulae and nutrition counselling. Lauren believes food is our foremost healer and will often discuss dietary recommendations as a foundation on which acupuncture and herbs can have a stronger effect.

Lauren practices integrative healthcare based on the traditions of Chinese medicine incorporated with nutrition and lifestyle recommendations. With additional training in Shiatsu and Craniosacral, Lauren typically integrates pressure point release or gentle touch, and trigger point release where needed.

Her professional interests include gastrointestinal health (gut issues); working with IBS, colitis, dysbiosis, food sensitivities and other digestive complaints, musculoskeletal pain and injuries.

Lauren holds and Master’s of Science in Traditional Chinese Medicine from Five Branches University and earned her Nutrition Consultant certificate at Bauman College in Berkeley, CA. Lauren earned her Bachelor’s of Fine Arts in Painting from the San Francisco Art Institute. You can view Lauren’s oil paintings here. In addition to her core studies at Five Branches, Lauren has studied Channel Palpation with Dr. Wang Ju Yi in Beijing, China and participated as a student intern at Zhejiang College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Hang Zhou, China.

Lauren is currently pursuing post-graduate studies in Integrative Acupuncture Orthopedics and Sports Medicine with Anthony Von der Muhll, L.Ac, DNBAO, FAIPM.

Licenses & Certificates

  • Acupuncture

  • Chinese Herbal Formulas

  • Cupping

  • Massage

  • Nutrition

  • Trigger Point

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