Acupuncture is the best known modality of Chinese medicine, a patient-centered health care system that has helped billions of people over the past 5,000 years. About one- quarter of the world’s population uses Chinese medicine as a primary form of health care, and its popularity in the United States is growing steadily.

Conditions, which typically respond well to acupuncture:


  • Acute or chronic pain: neck, back, joints, repetitive stress injuries.
  • Headaches, migraines.
  • Indigestion, IBS, inflammatory bowel disease, constipation.
  • Insomnia, anxiety, depression.
  • Allergies, asthma, frequent colds & flus.
  • Eczema, dermatitis, acne, psoriasis.
  • Diabetes, heart disease.
  • PMS, fertility problems, menopause.
  • Recovery from surgery.

Chinese medicine provides effective and lasting relief to health concerns without the harmful side effects sometimes associated with Western medications or the potential complications of surgeries. This complete health care system provides care for the individual from conception into old age, treating disease and injury, and promoting health, well-being and longevity.

Shout Outs

Angela is the thyroid guru. Though she is hardly about just treating that organ and rather she employs a systems approach to wellness that is refreshing and fantastic. I saw her for complications following thyroid surgery and not only did she immediately change my healing trajectory, she opened my eyes to how to manage and nurture my “new” body for the long term. I feel SO much better and I can’t thank this amazing woman enough. She knows what she is doing and is a great partner in navigating any problem.

Treatment Type: Acupuncture

For me acupuncture and Chinese herbs have addressed some chronic problems at their root, when Western medicine has only been able to treat the surface symptoms. I have also learned how to make dietary choices that enhance my overall health and decrease those same chronic symptoms. Acupuncture itself is a very restful experience, leaving me feeling both calm and vitalized.

I love this place.  I came in because of  problems with acne.  After trying everything and I mean everything…. I thought about trying acupuncture!   I can honestly say…I have seen an improvement on my face! The staff there is so nice and the place is very welcoming!

Jan 2013

Prajna Choudhury is a wise, compassionate, and heart centered acupuncturist. From her opening questions, to the treatment itself, I felt taken care of and seen as a whole person. I went to her recently for shoulder pain; I left feeling such calm, greater flow of energy through my body and arms in particular, and a noticeable ease of pain (and wider range of movement) in my right arm. I felt so much more hopeful about the possibility of healing after my session! I will continue to see Prajna, for ongoing treatment on my arm, and also for just maintaining my overall vitality and health.

As a result of receiving regular acupuncture I am physically and emotionally healthier: calmer mood, allergies gone, fewer sinus infections, fewer headaches, back and knee problems kept to a minimum so I can continue an active life.

Kirstin is an amazing teacher.  Three of my friends have worked with her now and I’m glad to be the fourth. Highly recommended for anyone who wants to experience the real deal!

July 2010

I highly recommend Kari for sport or accident related injuries. Or any other pain management.  She is smart, friendly and  highly knowledgeable of the body and how it functions. I have been seeing her on a weekly, if not, bi weekly basis for months now.  She has helped me regain my mobility in my knees and shoulders.  Her ability to pinpoint the pain and treat it is amazing.  Every time I go I learn something new about my body and how to take care of it. I don’t know what I would do without her.

Feb 2015

I use acupuncture to remain healthy on all accounts. I first started going for my dance soreness and stresses and then later for help getting pregnant. My spirit is the first to be healed, then my emotional well-being, and finally the body. I see it as a circle. This work takes into account the emotional reasons for contracting illness and or injury and brings you full circle to a healthier, more focused, energetic person. It has changed my life.

Acupuncture is the best way to gather and reconnect my physical, mental and emotional being. With regular care, my body has come to respond immediately and has re-patterned itself to use the treatments as a healing process..

I went to see Prajna recently when I was going through a really anxious time.  She is very helpful, knowledgeable and compassionate.  After each treatment, I was so much calmer and at the same time stronger to deal with the challenges I was going through.

I’ve also been to see her for neck and shoulder pain and she gave me herbs and some exercises to do in addition to the acupuncture which worked really well.

I can’t say enough good things about Prajna.  I just need to remember to get acupuncture from her more often!

Before I began working with Prajna, I was experiencing severe premenstrual symptoms including developing painful lumps in my breasts, headaches, and severe neck and back pain. I was also bleeding every 3 weeks and having severe menstrual cramps that were not responding to pain killers and would last for two or three days.

Once I learned that Prajna specializes in women’s health and treating people with menstrual disorders using Traditional Chinese Medicine, I decided to get some help. Working with Prajna has transformed my cycle and increased my overall sense of well being. I no longer experience painful premenstrual symptoms, my cycle now comes every four weeks, and best of all I no longer experience the debilitating cramps that I once did.

Prajna is warm and compassionate, gently nudging me to make healthier lifestyle choices while maintaining a non-judgmental attitude towards the limitations of my busy and often stressful work schedule. I experience a sense of profound nourishment and relaxation every time I see her for a treatment, and unlike many other acupuncturists that I’ve worked with, Prajna always takes the time to talk to me about my needs at the beginning of every session and supplements acupuncture treatments with moxabustion, cupping, and massage.

I love this place.  I came in because of  problems with acne.  After trying everything and I mean everything…. I thought about trying acupuncture!   I can honestly say…I have seen an improvement on my face!

The staff there is so nice and the place is very welcoming!

Jan 2013

I have been getting acupuncture for more than 20 years and have in the last year been seeing Angela Coon at Energy Matters. I take my needle-phobic son too and he loves working with her.

Angela has a great ‘bedside’ manner, explains things  on the level with as much ease for a child as for an adult. Her knowledge of pediatric needs, general wellness/ailments, female issues, dietary needs and effects, herbal medicine – (her knowledge of) all of them is broad and she uses a combination of things depending on who you are and what you need.

August 2015

Angela is awesome – she’s warm, welcoming and makes you feel completely at ease. Highly recommend this place to anyone looking for an excellent acupuncture experience!

It was lovely to be treated to such a super session. I felt noticeably different after my appointment with you. Walking hurt less, I felt rested and the muscles in my shoulders and neck felt a huge pressure release. I’m so grateful to have been referred to Energy Matters and look forward to my next visit.

Treatment Type: Acupuncture

Acupuncture is a miracle.  I was referred to Kirsten several years ago by a friend who told me, “I’ve never felt better than I have lying on a Kirsten’s table once a week.”  It is true!  My anxiety is better.  My mood swings have stabilized.  My energy is positive and I feel that I can manage my life instead of being ruled by strange emotions.  Kirstin is caring, compassionate and has an uncanny ability to get to the source of the problem.  If you’ve ever wondered about going to acupuncture, don’t wait any longer!

Aug 2010

Thank you so much for seeing me – that experience was just so great. I found you so grounding and really appreciated all of your healing expertise. I’m always amazed at the power of acupuncture, and the direct experience of chi when I have it done! The cupping was the best.

Prajna’s touch is great – I hate getting acupuncture, but she is gentle and painless – and very patient with my nervousness! I’ve had great results from her treatments, for anxiety, sciatic pain and headaches. And I love her beautiful treatment room with the great view!

Hi Angela,

Thank you so much for your message. I had such a wonderful experience meeting you. I can’t tell you how good it feels to have someone actually listen and provide a diagnosis and a solution! Within a couple days my depression, insomnia, leg weakness, and puffiness improved (I lost two pounds within 5 days) ! Thanks again for your absolute awesomeness!

Treatment Type: Acupuncuture

Prajna really helped me through a difficult period in my life when I was suffering from a kidney ailment. The prescription drugs I had been taking had really ravaged my body. I began treatments with Prajna and her healing skills really restored balance to my body and spirit. I had never tried acupuncture before but Prajna was really kind and put me at ease from the first visit. I’m grateful for the relief and the treatment she gave me.

Energy Matters is becoming a very important part of my life, as I attend qi gong classes there and make use of high-level acupuncture care to improve my relationship with my body (and all of nature).  Kristin has helped me heal some vexacious and debilitating conditions that had been worsening for years and making me feel old and worn out.  Through her beneficent vision a supportive community is coming into being that means a lot to the people who are drawn here to learn more about energy medicine, whether to improve chronic conditions, deepen meditation, lose weight, or to experience rejuvenating facials based upon traditional Chinese medicine.  Using their approach to food-based medicine has been extremely helpful for me.

Oct 2012

Kari is a miracle worker! Not only does she clearly have a mastery of acupuncture techniques and orthopedic bodywork, she also has an unfailing intuition about what to tackle about my physical ailments, and how. Not to mention her sense of humor, which just adds to the overall experience! if you want to feel better right away and stay feeling better, I highly recommend Kari Napoli!

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Acupuncture FAQ

Your first visit will include a discussion of your health concerns, a review of your medical history and a physical exam. Then your practitioner will formulate a treatment plan that may involve herbs, nutritional counseling and lifestyle modifications in addition to acupuncture. Including the acupuncture treatment, your first visit may last up to two hours. Subsequent appointments are typically one hour to one and a half hours long.
For most people, the procedure is painless. Some feel a prickle similar to a mosquito bite when the needle is inserted. “Oh. Is that all?” is a common response to the first needle being inserted. Some people feel warmth or heaviness around the points during treatment. Others do not feel anything at all. Many people fall asleep during treatments and all report a deep sense of relaxation.
Very few side effects have been associated with acupuncture treatments using disposable needles. Occasionally patients may develop a small local bruise or feel light-headed for a few moments. As with any type of treatment, you should always tell your practitioner what medications you are taking and describe health conditions you may have and those you have previously experienced. You also should tell your practitioner if you are or could be pregnant. Providing this information will help your practitioner choose the best type of treatment for you.
Acupuncture alleviates many typical pregnancy-related complaints, ranging from nausea to sciatica. During each stage of pregnancy, certain points should be used and others avoided. Following these guidelines ensures safety of both the mother and the baby.
We only use sterile, single-use disposable needles in our clinic. Each needle is removed from its sterile wrapper just before being inserted. Once removed, needles are immediately placed in a medical waste container, which is disposed of according to OSHA regulations.
By all means, yes! All of the acupuncturists at Energy Matters are licensed by the California Acupuncture Board. This means that after completing our required education, each practitioner passed the acupuncture licencing exam for the state of California. In order to maintain our licenses, we each must take at least 50 hours of continuing education classes every two years.
Acupuncture school is a 3-year full time master level program, involving over 3,200 hours of classroom and clinic study. We studied biology, anatomy, physiology, chemistry, pharmaceuticals, 400 acupuncture points, 300 individual herbs, 200 herbal formulas, Chinese medicine theory and eastern nutrition.
Central to Chinese medicine is the concept of life energy, referred to as —qi—, flowing through the body along pathways called meridians, bringing vitality to all the organs and tissues. Injury, stress, nutrition and lifestyle choices can block or deplete energy flows, resulting in physical or mental pain, disease or disharmony. Your practitioner determines how your energy flows are out of balance and then creates an individually tailored treatment plan to restore the healthy flows of energy and assist your body in healing itself.
Although the placebo effect plays a role in all medical treatments, acupuncture seems to work more from the body to the brain as opposed to the mind down. Positive results are seen not only with highly dubious people, but also in studies of the effects of acupuncture on animals, where it is safe to assume the placebo effect does not come into play.
This varies tremendously. In general, a recent injury or acute ailment may respond within one to three treatments. Long-term problems take longer to treat, though improvements can be expected within four to six weeks.
No, Chinese medicine includes a wide range of modalities in addition to acupuncture, all aimed at stimulating and working with the patient’s qi. These include nutritional counseling and herbal remedies, cupping, qigong and tui na (massage).


How to Choose Your Practitioner

At Energy Matters, we do things a bit differently than other acupuncture clinics. We are a group practice. Some of us are primary care practitioners with areas of specialization, others of us are specialists only. We consult with and refer to each other as needed, in order to give our patients the best possible care. Rather than being good at treating everything, each of us excels at treating a number of issues, and we get to draw on each others expertise. This differs from most clinic with solo practitioners who, by necessity, must treat most every condition.

  • First, consider your goals in seeking treatment. If you have a single primary issue that you are looking to resolve – “I just wish my shoulder pain would go away”; “I am tired of having painful periods every month”;  “If it weren’t for this acid reflux, I would be fine”, and one of our practitioners specializes in that issue, make your initial appointment with her.
  • If you have a number of health complaints, or one not listed under specialties, make your appointment with Angela Coon or Prajna Choudhury, our Primary Care practitioners. While each of them has their areas of specialization, they are the practitioners who are going to hold the big picture of your health care needs, over the various arcs of healing.  Read their profiles, consider their subspecialties and look at their schedules in deciding who to work with.
  • Alternately, you can call our front desk staff, who will guide your through the selection process, or ask to speak to our Clinic Manager.


 Our Chinese Medicine Practitioners

Kirstin Lindquist, L.Ac – Owner
Diabetes, Cardiovascular Wellness
Owner, Clinic Manager, Qigong Manager

Angela Coon, L.Ac
Primary Care, Whole Family Wellness,
Digestive Harmony
21 Days to Better Health Lead Practitioner
Nutritional Planning and Guidance

Prajna Choudhury, L.Ac
Primary Care,
Acupuncture For Beauty
Dermatology, Gynecology & Obstetrics


Kari Napoli, L.Ac
Sports Medicine, Orthopedics,
Orthopedic Bodywork,
Stretch for Life Lead Teacher