Benjamin Dierauf, LAc, MS
As an experienced acupuncturist, Benjamin’s goal is to provide you safe, gentle and effective acupuncture care, and to educate you on how you can use the principles of Oriental Medicine to improve your health. As a former Professor and Academic Dean of the Acupuncture & Integrative Medicine College, Berkeley, he has a unique perspective on the strengths and benefits of this ancient medicine, its integration with modern medicine, and how it can benefit you.
With over 22 years of experience as a Licensed Acupuncturist, Benjamin can help you with the treatment of aches and pains, injuries, digestive disorders, gynecological issues, allergies, immune deficiencies, fatigue, sleep disorders and stress, along with many other conditions. 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, this may prescribe herbal medicine and other modalities to help you, including bodywork, moxa, suction cups and guasha(dermal scraping).
Benjamin received his BS in Nutrition and Food Science from UC Berkeley in 1986. After exposure to acupuncture while teaching English and studying Chinese in Taiwan, he studied and received my MS in Traditional Chinese Medicine from the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in 1991. Since then, Benjamin has taken and produced numerous continuing education classes to further his growth and development with the medicine.
Benjamin began practicing privately in Berkeley and San Francisco in 1992. He 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. He now practices at Lamorinda Healing Arts in Lafayette, CA and at Pacific Integrative & Functional Medicine in San Ramon, CA.
Benjamin has been recognized and honored for his 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.
Benjamin has also an active participant in policy development for the field of Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine, working to integrate its potential into the modern healthcare system and enhance its educational standards. He 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). He helped successfully shepherd seven pieces of legislation that benefitted 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.
When not taking care of patients, Benjamin is the proud father of two healthy and flourishing daughters who sparkle and delight his world. He stays sane and balanced with meditation, yoga, running, biking and tasty cooking experiments.