Meet your acupunctirist

Sharone Franzen, LAc

I will help you get to the ROOT of your health issues by examining the details of your individual constitution, and then formulating an individualized, detailed treatment plan to get you on track toward feeling better. Our clinic uses an all-natural, holistic approach to healing, which may include acupuncture, herbal medicine (both traditional and modern approaches), and nutrition. All of the herbal and nutritional supplements we recommend are top-quality and third-party tested for safety and efficacy. 

My career as an acupuncturist started with my own chronic pain...

For years, I used all types of pain relievers (and probably too much) just so I could soldier through work or school on bad days. Occasionally I’d try “natural” treatments, which were mostly herbal formulas plucked off a shelf from a vitamin shop, none of which were specifically prescribed for me – and none of which helped. (Now I know – quality and appropriateness are everything!) 

Finally, someone sent me to an acupuncturist. I’ll never forget the feeling I had after those treatments, floating down 24th St on my way home, feeling no pain. After a few weeks, I started thinking …. Hmmm, I could do this for other people! Thus, my loooong journey toward becoming an acupuncturist began.

Once I started acupuncture school, I fell tail-over-teacups in love with herbs, starting with personal experiences. First, Chinese herbs pulled me out of the depths of postpartum depression. Later, I plied myself with an herbal formula during a particularly bad bout of the flu, and my days-long fever dropped in half an hour. Thereafter, I took herbs to boost my immune system, and found myself avoiding the yearly cold-or-two I usually caught. Then as an intern I started to see what herbs could do for my patients, and I was amazed at their results as well. Hey, these herbs actually worked! Now I take herbs every day (probably too many).

Nowadays at my own clinic, I use what I learned from my personal experiences and from my brilliant teachers to get the best results for my patients. I use both Chinese herbs (which are backed by thousands of years of documented usage), and Western herbal formulas (which are based strictly on modern research) – all from the safest sources, and the best quality available. I also provide dietary prescriptions to help people contribute further to their own well-being. And to help get deeper and more long-lasting results, I use acupuncture to rewire the nervous system. Every treatment plan is crafted for an individual’s particular needs.

It's important to me that patients understand how they got to their current health condition, and how acupuncture, herbs, and nutrition will work to get them out of it. The body is complicated, and sometimes Chinese medicine can seem strange to those of us who didn’t grow up with ancient Eastern concepts, but at the clinic we explain things in simple-to-understand language. Knowledge and understanding can set us on a new path, and most of us can feel so much better than how we are feeling right now.  

If you are tired of feeling “just OK” or of putting up with chronic health issues, it would be my honor and privilege to help you feel your best.

“Sharone is a wonderful, caring and extremely knowledgeable health practitioner. She is an expert in Traditional Chinese Medicine, including cupping, acupuncture, as well as Asian and western herbs. I came in with some basic TCM knowledge, but Sharone has really helped expand my own understanding of it. She is passionate about treating and educating others on self-care and is very good with pain relief as well. I am very thankful to have her in my life.”

– Alex

My Background

I have my Master of Science in Chinese Medicine from the American College of TCM, and I completed my undergraduate work at San Francisco State University with a major in Literature and a minor in Science. 

I completed internships at the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine (ACTCM) Community Clinic, Auricular Acupuncture Clinic and the Jewish Home for the Aged. 

In addition to my San Francisco acupuncture practice, I have also taught Chinese Medicine at ACTCM and TCM Review. I’ve done extensive research on food and nutrition.

Armed with a wealth of knowledge in traditional Chinese medical practices, I treat patients with acupuncture and herbal medicine to help induce the body’s natural healing processes. By combining these techniques I treat a variety of maladies, working to prevent disease, control pain, calm the mind, and strengthen the body more effectively than eating salads made of free weights.

I’ve studied with some of the world’s best professionals in the fields of acupuncture, herbs, and nutrition. The list of teachers is long, but here’s a short list of my most profound influences:

  • Dr Richard Teh-Fu Tan, Balance Method Acupuncture
  • Susan Johnson, Master Tung Acupuncture
  • Professor Kerry Bone, world-renowned herbalist 
  • Mary Elizabeth Wakefield, Facial Rejuvenation

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