Welcome to Heavenly Stems Acupuncture! Melissa Margolis L.Ac. MSTCM is a licensed acupuncturist who has been practicing Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) professionally since 2005. Offerings include acupuncture, Chinese herbal formulas, and holistic nutrition.

COVID-19 UPDATE: Heavenly Stems Acupuncture is on hiatus for acupuncture sessions during the COVID-19 pandemic. However, Melissa is joining in with the movement to bring Chinese medicine wisdom online, helping you healthy and stay connected during this time of physical distancing.

Melissa can consult with you using zoom, FaceTime or telephone depending on your preference. 20-30 minute sessions are $45-60 sliding scale. Venmo or paypal or credit cards are all accepted.

NOTE: Some insurance carriers *may* cover telemedicine and phone sessions. Melissa will call your plan to inquire, and submit the billing if this is the case, as well as collect any applicable copay.

If teleconferencing is used, Melissa will use tongue inspection, facial inspection, and verbal intake as a diagnostic tool. She will guide you through self-acupressure techniques to relieve your symptoms, prescribe herbs as needed which can be drop shipped to your address (for retail cost of herbs plus $7 shipping charge), and offer nutritional suggestions based on Chinese medicine principles. Qi Gong and breathing techniques may be suggested if requested.

These sessions will be posted for booking using the automatic online system soon. For the time being, please call or text Melissa to set up a telemedicine appointment.

We look forward to serving our community in person when things become safe again! Serving Alameda since 2008.


Melissa’s technique is gentle and nurturing, aimed at creating a comfortable and relaxing experience for her patients. She is experienced with many sensitive and first-time acupuncture patients. Treatments are highly personalized and include education and lifestyle tips to empower patients to improve their own health.


Specialties include:

  • Pain relief (neck pain & stiffness, back pain, hip pain, frozen shoulder, sciatica, knee pain, tennis elbow, jaw pain, carpal tunnel, tendonitis,¬†¬†plantar fascitis, fibromyalgia, muscle cramps)
  • Headaches & Migraines
  • Insomnia
  • Stress reduction
  • Fatigue
  • Dizziness, vertigo
  • Digestive problems (nausea, bloating, gastritis, GERD, IBS, Crohn’s disease)
  • Allergies
  • Asthma
  • Women’s health (menstrual cramps, irregular periods, fibroids, PCOS, fertility issues, pregnancy support, menopause support)
  • Emotional balancing (depression, anxiety, mood swings)

Heavenly Stems Acupuncture accepts many insurance providers.