Welcome to Heavenly Stems Acupuncture! Melissa Margolis L.Ac. MSTCM is a licensed acupuncturist practicing since 2005. We offer an array of services including acupuncture, cupping, and herbal formulas.

COVID-19 UPDATE: Heavenly Stems Acupuncture has been on temporary hiatus for acupuncture sessions since March 2020, which meant saying goodbye to our office location of the last 10 years. Reopening date projected for spring 2022.

UPDATE FROM MELISSA: as of March 2022, I have not found a new location, but I am actively looking in Alameda and San Leandro.
On request, we are happy to provide zoom tele-medicine herbal consultations for existing patients. Not currently accepting new patients.

Upon reopening, full Covid precautions will be in place, including pre-screening for respiratory symptoms, use of HEPA air purifiers, increased time between patients for room cleaning. Melissa will wear an N95 mask, and face coverings will be required for all patients, until further notice, despite the lifting of state mandates. Our focus is on creating a safe space for immune-compromised and at-risk patients. Melissa is fully vaccinated and boosted.

We plan to reenroll in United Health Care and Cigna in-network again, but it will take a few months to recredential. While we are waiting for this formal process, we will only be able to accept insurance as an out-of-network provider.

Thank you Alameda for your support all these years, since 2008! We love you and look forward to serving you again!


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.


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.