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San Francisco, CA: Anita Lang-Bakar

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Practice type: Private
Specialties: General wellness, musculoskeletal pain, skin conditions, stress, women’s health
Styles: Facial rejuvenation acupuncture, herbal therapy, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)

Why did you become an acupuncturist?
Growing up in Europe, I was exposed to alternative medicines at an early age. From homeopathy to acupuncture, shiatsu to osteopathy, I had experienced it all by the time I was a young adult. Even though I came from a family of MDs, I was fascinated by the intricacy and efficiency of Traditional Chinese Medicine. That’s when I decided to follow my passion and become an acupuncturist and herbalist.

What distinguishes you from other acupuncturists?
I thrive to educate, inspire and empower people to make better lifestyle choices and to find their own unique path to wellbeing. I use acupuncture, herbal medicine, nutrition and other modalities to ensure the best possible treatment customized for each individual.

What do you enjoy most about your work?
Helping people. Healing people. Advising them on better lifestyle choices and seeing great results through acupuncture and nutrition is something I am very passionate about. For that one hour, when people are on my table, I try my hardest to give them a respite from their daily challenges.

What is the biggest misconception you hear about acupuncture?
Here are the top misconceptions: 1) It hurts. Acupuncture needles are hair-thin and pliable. How many acupuncture needles fit into the tip of a hypodermic needle? Between 20 and 40 depending on the gage. Most people actually find acupuncture very relaxing, and they fall asleep. 2) Acupuncture needles aren’t safe. Acupuncture is always performed in a clean and sterile environment. The needles are single-use, FDA-approved and get disposed of after each insertion to prevent blood-borne contamination. Always go to a trusted licensed acupuncturist when seeking treatments. 3) Acupuncture only helps with pain. The NIH (National Institutes of Health) and WHO (World Health Organization) have identified more than 40 conditions for which acupuncture was found to be effective. Acupuncture treats many ailments, anything from losing weight, addictions, insomnia and emotional issues to headaches, paralysis and digestive problems. Acupuncture used in conjunction with other modalities or herbal medicine can be extremely effective.

How do you stay healthy in your own life?
I try to maintain a healthy balance between my work, my family and the things I need to do for myself in order to be in optimal health. Whether it is exercising, going for a walk, sitting down to take a few deep breaths or getting acupuncture and / or massages from colleagues on a regular basis—I know, I’m lucky that way. Nutrition plays a big part in my wellbeing, so I pay close attention to the foods I put in my body. In a nutshell, it’s a daily juggling act—sometimes I win, sometimes life wins.

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(415) 570-1527

2940 Geary Boulevard, San Francisco, CA 94118 (located inside Advanced Wellness)

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