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Welcome to Snowden Integrative Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine.

Board-certified in acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine, Dr. Snowden’s passion for holistic healing dates back to the experiences she endured after suffering a devastating injury. She struggled along this path until she realized that she could turn her health crisis into an opportunity. She began to view her painful experiences as a chance to understand the healing process on a deeper level and to relate to others on their healing path. Dr. Snowden believes that wellness is one’s greatest gift. She uses this understanding to connect to her patients throughout their healing process.

Raised in a medically oriented family, she saw firsthand the benefits of western medicine, but understood that it had its limitations. She sought to create a practice of medicine that took the mind/body connection into account. Particularly interested in the cyclical interaction between emotions, attitudes, and physical health, she took up yoga and meditation in order to develop these connections within herself and better serve her patients.

Dr. Allison Snowden is a Doctor of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine (TCM), Licensed Acupuncturist and Herbalist  (L.Ac.) in the state of California, and is a certified Diplomate of Oriental Medicine (Dipl. O.M.) through the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM). She has performed clinical rotations at Rady’s Children’s hospital and the San Diego Cancer Center and advanced training at The International Acupuncture Training Center in Beijing, China. Dr. Snowden has had extensive education in all dimensions of health and healing.  She completed her massage therapy training in 2006. She completes her Reiki mastery in 2006 and completed Attunement practitioner training in 2010. She also completed her yoga teacher training in 2010.  She integrates all her knowledge into each treatment. Dr. Snowden has experience working in a variety of clinical settings. It is her experience that a multi-disciplinary approach to healthcare is the best way to resolve chronic mental and physical health challenges.

Dr. Snowden expertise in natural and evidence based treatments to accelerate healing and restore balance within the body. She is passionate about empowering patients to take preventative action in making healthy lifestyle choices and working together to help them achieve their health goals. She has years of experience in successfully treating pain, athletic injuries, chronic pain, fibromyalgia, autoimmune disorders, gastrointestinal disorders, mental-emotional health, and supportive care for oncology patients.Dr. Snowden acknowledges and honors the fact that each individual is unique and takes time to know and tailors her treatments specific to each individual’s needs and wellness goals. She utilizes acupuncture, nutrition, functional medicine and other holistic treatment approaches to improving the health and well-being of her patients. 

Post Doctoral Training

The International Acupuncture Training Center in Beijing China Advanced Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine

Memorial Sloan-Kettering Hospital, Acupuncture for The Cancer Patient

Integrative Medicine for Mental Health


Dr. Snowden firmly believes it is possible for every person to achieve his or her greatest wellbeing. By restoring health, her patients find the clarity and direction to lead the lives as they desire and do what it is that they truly love and enjoy. Dr. Snowden enjoys her daily yoga practice, horseback riding, exploring different cultures, and spending time with family and friends.



Integrative acupuncture and Chinese Medicine include many different practices. Allison will customize each based on the individual. In a patient’s initial intake and treatment, Allison goes to great lengths to get to know her patient’s health history and future aspirations. She then recommends the most beneficial treatment techniques for them.

Customized packages are available. Please contact Allison for more information.

Initial intake and treatment sessions are 90 minutes. Follow-up treatments are 60 minutes. We always offer free consultations.

To encourage the healing process, one or more of the following Oriental Medicine treatment strategies are employed:

Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine

Together, Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine have successfully been utilized for centuries to treat and prevent a wide variety of health conditions. These treatments work with the entire body in a holistic manner to promote health and well-being.

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Women's Health

From early adulthood, to pregnancy, to menopause and everything in between, a women’s body is in a constant state of change. These hormonal fluctuations that accompany these changes can present a number of challenges. Integrative Acupuncture offers a targeted approach for relieving symptoms, improving fertility and optimizing health for women of all ages.

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Sports Medicine

Athletes require specialized care to preform at their best. By employing a variety of specialized treatments, including massage, acupuncture and cupping, integrative medicine can be used to improve performance and reduce recovering time for both casual and serious athletes.

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Anti-Aging and Detox

Modern life has introduced us to an ever-increasing number of environmental toxins that often end up in the human body. Luckily, integrative medicine has the tools and know-how to flush these out, promoting energy and vitality, all while fighting disease and slowing the aging process. By combining these detoxification techniques with specialized cosmetic acupuncture treatments, you can employ a multifaceted anti-aging program that works from both the inside and the outside.

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Reiki & Self- Empowerment

Reiki is an energy-based treatment that helps relieve stress and promote healing. In addition to treatments, the art of Reiki is taught to promote self-empowerment and self-awareness, making it a powerful tool both to be learned and received.

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Autoimmune Disorders & Cancer Support

Functional medicine and Chinese medicine support and enhance the quality of life for individuals during and after cancer treatment and various autoimmune disorders.

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1.Does acupuncture hurt?

Acupuncture needles can have a certain sensation after they are inserted, but few would call it pain. Unlike hypodermic needles which are used for the delivery of liquids and have a hollow edge to cut the skin, acupuncture needles are solid and part the tissue rather than cut it. Acupuncture needles are also much finer then hypodermic needles. About 40 acupuncture needles can fit into the tip of one standard 18 gauge hypodermic needle! Due to the acupuncture needles being so fine and the swiftness of the insertion, the pain reflexes on the nerve endings are not even stimulated. There are some areas of the body that will always be more sensitive including the fingers, toes and palms, but it’s generally nothing more than a quick little prick. By the time all the needles are inserted, you generally do not feel any of them and are consumed with a sense of calm relaxation.

2.What can acupuncture and Chinese medicine treat?

Oriental medicine is a very comprehensive system of medicine that is capable of diagnosing and effectively treating a wide range of conditions. It works with your body to produce true healing instead of suppressing symptoms. The World Health Organization (WHO) published an official report listing 31 symptoms, conditions and diseases that have been shown in controlled trials to be treated effectively by acupuncture. Some of the conditions successfully treated by acupuncture and Oriental medicine include: Musculoskeletal and Neurological Disorders

  • Arthritis
  • Neuralgia
  • Sciatica
  • Back Pain
  • Bursitis
  • Tendonitis
  • Stiff Neck
  • Bell’s Palsy
  • Trigeminal Neuralgia
  • Headaches and Migraines
  • Stroke
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Polio
  • Sprains
  • Muscle Spasms
  • Shingles
  • Eye, Ear, Nose, Throat Disorders
  • Sinusitis
  • Sore Throat
  • Hay Fever
  • Earache
  • Nerve Deafness
  • Ringing in the Ears
  • Dizziness
  • Poor Eyesight
  • Circulatory Disorders
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Angina Pectoris
  • Arteriosclerosis
  • Anemia
  • Gastrointestinal Disorders
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • Spastic colon
  • Colitis
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea
  • Food Allergies
  • Ulcers
  • Gastritis
  • Abdominal Bloating
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Cosmetic Issues
  • Fine Lines/Wrinkles
  • Uneven Skin Tone
  • Improved Texture
  • Acne
  • Gynecological / Genitourinary Disorders
  • Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS)
  • Irregular, Heavy or Painful Menstruation
  • Endometriosis
  • Menopause
  • Fibroids
  • Chronic Bladder Infection
  • Complications in Pregnancy
  • Morning Sickness
  • Kidney Stones
  • Impotence
  • Infertility in Men and Women
  • Sexual Dysfunction
  • Immune Disorders
  • Candida
  • Chronic Fatigue
  • HIV and AIDS
  • Epstein Barr Virus
  • Allergies
  • Lupus
  • MS
  • Hepatitis
  • Addiction
  • Smoking Cessation
  • Drugs
  • Alcohol
  • Emotional and Psychological Disorders
  • Anxiety
  • Insomnia
  • Depression
  • Stress
  • Respiratory Disorders
  • Asthma
  • Emphysema
  • Bronchitis
  • Colds and Flus
  • Acupuncture Also Treats
  • Chemotherapy/Radiation Side Effects
  • Diabetes
  • Dermatological Disorders
  • Weight Control
  • Pediatrics
  • Prenatal Care
  • Preventative medicine for the prevention of disease and to promote health, energy and vitality.

General conditions treated include, but are not limited to:

  • Women’s issues- including painful periods, menopause, infertility and other gynecological issues. These are treated without requiring uncomfortable examinations.
  • Chronic pain- especially joint and muscle pain, arthritis, as well as headaches and other discomforts.
  • Fatigue- including chronic fatigue syndrome, or a general feeling of being down.

Most chronic conditions such as allergies, asthma, and more respond extremely well to acupuncture. Most conditions that respond to drug treatment, respond even better to acupuncture and Chinese herbs – without side effects. However, we insist on partnering with your doctor to determine a proper course of treatment. Some medications need special care and planning.

3.How does acupuncture work?

Systemic balance is critical to one’s health and wellness; in western medicine this is known as homeostasis. Any imbalance can result in disorders such as pain, injury, insomnia, digestive issues, stress, gynecological disorders, allergies, depression, colds and a myriad of other complications. Acupuncture helps restore the body’s natural balance so organs and bodily systems can work together in harmony to maintain optimal health.
From a Western medicine perspective, research has shown that acupuncture treatment triggers different physiological responses, such as:

  • Stimulating the immune system and increasing white blood cells, which defend the body against infection.
  • Regulating blood sugar metabolism, which helps the body use energy more efficiently.
  • Increasing blood circulation and producing beneficial changes in blood pressure; Decreasing cholesterol and triglycerides.
  • Increasing stomach peristaltic activity and regulating digestive fluids, thereby improving digestion.
  • Regulating and stimulating serotonin, a neurotransmitter that is directly related to sleep, appetite, and moods.
  • Increasing the availability of receptors in the brain that process and weaken pain signals.
  • Affecting both the brain’s short- and long-term ability to reduce pain sensation.
4.How often do I need to come in for treatment?

Typically acupuncture treatments are given 1-3 times per week. The exact duration of treatment varies case to case but generally depends on the condition, your basic level of health and how well you respond to acupuncture. Usually frequent treatments are done for the first few weeks; after that, the frequency of treatment may be reduced as wellness is restored. Average cases take around 6 treatments to resolve, while more challenging chronic cases can take 10+.


Allison is my Angel. I have dysautonomia illnesses. I could not walk, blood pressure was not holding. I was diagnosed with capillary leak when God brought Allison into my life. She was so gentle and positive. I saw Allison 3 times in one week and I was able to walk and had energy. Amazing experience.

Kelly Williams, Client, St. Louis, Missouri

I was introduced to Allison’s talents when my back went into spasm after a skiing accident. I hobbled into her office in pain, and a few days later, on my second visit, she found “the spot.” The back spasm released and my life returned to normal. It was a most remarkable cure.

Larry D., Client

Allie is the most gifted healer I’ve ever experienced. She is genuine and caring. Her fascination and interest in the human body leads her healing hands. Allie’s loving heart and her ability to transmit energy through acupuncture and touch enable profound transformation. She is a gift!

Katherine, Cornado, CA, Yoga Teacher

Allison’s treatments helped me, quite dramatically at times, with the long wait and the preparations for my carpal tunnel surgeries. In addition to ongoing treatment I had no need for pain medication during my recovery periods and I was more comfortable than predicted by the surgeon and nursing staff.

Suzanne B., Las Vegas, NV, Architect

Thank you for everything you have done for me. Your skills, compassion and friendship have played a vital role in my numerous recoveries. Meeting you has been one of the rewards of having cancer.

Steve K., San Diego, CA, Technologist


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