What I Do

Lauren Sugarman, L.Ac. uses acupuncture, herbal medicine, dietary recommendations and lifestyle changes to help patients find relief from persistent conditions and improve their overall health and well-being.

Lauren also believes in teaching people to how to take responsibility for their own health. This means that in addition to acupuncture, she also offers patients nutritional counseling, breathing and meditative practices like Chi Gong, and the healing power of therapeutic grade essential oils and Chinese Herbs.

How Can Traditional Chinese Medicine Help You?

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is a holistic approach to health that has been used in China for over 2500 years as the primary healthcare system. In modern times it is combined with Western medical treatments to provide enhanced, complementary care. Lauren works with Western medical providers and other healthcare professionals to achieve the most optimal results for one’s health. She also believes in TCM as a powerful and effective preventative modality.

The National Institute of Health and World Health Organization recognizes the ability of Traditional Chinese Medicine to treat a range of health conditions, some of which include:

  • Allergies/Asthma
  • Anxiety/Depression
  • Arthritis/Joint pain/Tendonitis
  • Back/Neck pain
  • Bell’s Palsy
  • Bladder/Kidney problems
  • Bronchitis
  • Constipation/Diarrhea
  • Colds & Flu
  • Diabetes
  • Digestive Disorders
  • Fatigue
  • Facial Rejuvenation/Acu-facial lift/Acne
  • Headaches/Migraines
  • Hypertension
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Infertility
  • Insomnia
  • Knee pain
  • Menstrual cramps
  • Morning Sickness
  • PMS
  • Numbness/Poor circulation
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Sciatica
  • Sequelae of strokes
  • Shoulder pain
  • Sinus Infections
  • Skin problems
  • Smoking Cessation
  • Stress/Tension
  • Substance abuse
  • TMJ/Jaw pain
  • Weight control
  • And Much More . . .



Lauren specializes in several hands-on techniques. Depending on your complaint, treatment may include one or several of the following techniques:

Traditional Chinese Medicine

Through acupuncture Lauren uses Chinese and Japanese needling techniques to work with the body’s meridians, or channels of energy, by needling points along the meridians or “ashi” points, which are more sensitive places on the body. The thinnest needle is as thick as a human hair, and insertion is virtually painless. You may feel a slight tingling sensation or dull ache upon insertion.

Facial Rejuvenation

Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture is a painless, non-invasive method of reducing the signs of the aging process. Sometimes referred to as an Acupuncture Facelift, it is more than a cosmetic procedure. It is a rejuvenation and revitalization process designed to help the whole body on a deeper level to look and feel younger. The whole treatment is based on the principles of Oriental Medicine.

Auricular Acupuncture

Auricular acupuncture is a healthcare modality in which the external surface of the ear, or auricle, is stimulated to alleviate pathological conditions in other parts of the body. This correspondence of specific parts of the body  to specific parts of the ear was first developed in modern France, but was originally based upon the ancient Chinese practice of acupuncture. It is this  integrated system of Chinese and Western practices of auriculotherapy that Lauren uses with her standard acupuncture treatments as well as by itself as a detoxification method. It has been successfully used for smoking cessation, alcohol and drug addiction, as well as for weight loss.

What to Expect

How Does It Work?

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