I'm Rebecca Ness, LAc
I'm a Licensed Acupuncturist and Herbalist with a patient centered clinic. This means that I listen, provide ample time during your appointment, and expertly customize treatments using multiple modalities. I offer consistent, nurturing support to help you find balance and whole health in your body and mind. Some commonly treated issues include: stress, anxiety, depression, low energy, insomnia, digestive issues, long COVID, smoking cessation, menopausal discomfort and acute and chronic pain.
How can Acupuncture help you?
Acupuncture eases stress, depression, anxiety, panic attacks, PTSD and assists with smoking cessation
Effective at alleviating acute and chronic pain conditions including: Headaches, migraines, joint pain, back pain, fibromyalgia, ROM issues and sports injuries.
Acupuncture helps with allergies, sinusitis,
asthma, Shortness of breath, bronchitis, colds and post Covid recovery
Eases digestive issues including: Constipation, abdominal pain, diarrhea, indigestion, nausea, and GERD
I'm a licensed acupuncturist, Chinese herbalist, qigong instructor and certified Shiatsu massage therapist. I also use moxa, cupping, and nutritional counseling to support people in obtaining and sustaining optimal health.
I hold a four-year M.S. from the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine and a B.A. from the University at Albany. I've practiced in a wide range of hospital and clinical settings, including the California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC) Stroke & Rehabilitation Center, the Haight Ashbury Medical Center, and the ACTCM Community Clinic. At CPMC, I worked with patients who were rehabilitating after strokes, car accidents and surgeries. The Haight Ashbury Medical Center is a busy drop-in medical clinic where I provided treatment to a diverse patient population of indigent adults.
Apprenticing from a master practitioner lies at the heart of the Classical style of acupuncture—a style that has been practiced in the East for thousands of years. I trained intensively with Dr. Robert Johns in Berkeley, California. Dr. Johns is a classically trained Chinese Medical Doctor with knowledge rooted in his own twenty-plus years of apprenticeships with Dr. Fung Fung, Dr. Andrew Tseng, and Dr. Shen—all high-level Chinese Medical Doctors. My 7 year internship with Dr Johns was the most important and formative aspect of my education.
I completed a 2 year qigong certification at the Yang Sheng Center in San Francisco as well as one year at the South Star cooking academy learning Chinese medical cuisine with Nam Singh.
I offer highly personalized treatments and my approach to care is multidimensional: factoring in symptoms, history, lifestyle, and diet. Since patient education is a vital part of the medicine as it empowers individuals to play an important role in their own healthcare, I spend time with patients discussing how they can learn to take better care of themselves.
"Once I began to experience acupuncture for my own body, I realized that Chinese Medicine resonated for me. The lifestyle advice that I offer to patients, I practice as well."
Offering Highly Personalized Treatments
Chinese Medicine is about looking at each person as a whole, unique system. I will take the time with you to assess all areas of your life. Before we start our hands-on treatment, we'll sit together and talk about why you are coming to see me, what your health obstacles and goals are, and how we can make changes together.
I don't treat symptoms, I treat people.
Treatments, supplements, herbs, exercises and advice are all tailored to meet your needs at this specific point in time. I offer consistent, nurturing support to help you find balance and whole health in your body and mind. Feeling physically and mentally healthy will support you in living your ideal life.
The practice of acupuncture refers to the insertion of fine needles at specific points on the body. Carefully selected points along the body's meridians are based on a comprehensive diagnosis by a qualified acupuncturist. Applying needles to the prescribed points with the correct technique acts to stimulate movement of energy (Qi) within the body, allowing healing to take place and promoting emotional and physical wellbeing. Acupuncture is also used as preventative medicine, strengthening immunity and supporting overall health.
I may prescribe herbs on their own or along with your acupuncture treatment. Chinese Herbal Medicine is founded on centuries of studying the effects of natural herbs, evolving from local folk remedies into a refined scholarly tradition. Herbal medicine can be used to expedite the healing process and strengthen the body. Formulas are customized meticulously to each patient, which gives them the capacity to address the underlying root cause of various medical conditions, whether acute or chronic.
Cupping promotes blood flow, and eases stiffness and pain, especially in the back, neck, and shoulders. By promoting better circulation through cupping, tissues receive vital nutrients and oxygen. It has been shown to help respiratory ailments and the common cold, relieves tight muscle conditions, and assists in smoking cessation.
Qigong is medical exercise, and a main branch of Chinese Medicine. Qi is the life force energy of the body, which is responsible for vitality and Gong means skill or work. Qigong is the practice of accumulating and cultivating life-force energy in the body. The movements are typically soft, round and slow. It’s a natural and self-empowering way to bring your body and emotions back into balance.
Group qigong classes are scheduled through out the year, one-on-one sessions are available, and qigong exercises are sometimes discussed at the time of acupuncture appointments.
Moxibustion is a form of heat therapy applied to acupuncture points on the body using burning dried mugwort (Artemisia vulgaris). The Mandarin word for Acupuncture—Zhen jiu—translates to "needle" and "moxa", so in fact half of the meaning of this therapy is moxibustion (jiu).
In Chinese Medicine, eating right and following nutrition recommendations is key in maintaining health. Food is one of your greatest allies in achieving optimal health, and nutritional counseling is a chance to explore food as medicine: which foods are best for you, which foods to avoid, cooking methods, recipes, teas, and how to cook with Chinese Herbs.
Food is medicine and medicine should be food.
- Chinese Proverb
We may discuss vitamins and other supplements as a part of your unique treatment plan.
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS)
High Blood Pressure
Immune System Weakness
Urinary Tract Infections
All Types of Pain
Range of Motion Problems
Shortness of Breath
Post Covid Recovery
Insomnia and Sleep Disorders
Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)
Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Prenatal and Postpartum Care
If you don't see your health concern listed, please ask.
Commonly Treated Ailments
Prevention requires the realization that humans are but part of nature, and are not created just to perform certain functions like a machine. We are here to enrich all other living and non-living things of nature, as they do for us. Hence, to live in harmony with nature is what the life process is all about.
-- Dr. Fung Fung
Rebecca had helped me out so much. I have had an injury for almost two years that hasn't healed well after other treatments. It started to get worse so I sought out acupuncture & I met Rebecca. She told me I don't have to continue to live with the pain, so I gave it a try. I've felt great improvement! She is very thorough, from taking my entire health history (including what my mom's pregnancy with me was like) to weekly check-ins on everything my body felt for the week. I have gone in feeling dreadful and coming out feeling alive again, strong & energetic or relaxed enough to sleep like a happy baby. Rebecca is also very friendly & warm! I can easily recommend her to anyone, especially for people who may be nervous to try acupuncture for the first time.
Rebecca is a gifted healer. In addition to her vast knowledge of Chinese medicine, she also puts her heart into her work. Rebecca has treated me for issues related to pregnancy, joint pain and digestion, and I take comfort in the feeling that I'm being cared for by a deeply compassionate and skilled clinician. She leaves no stone unturned in her care (thorough history, really awesome follow-up). And her shiatsu skills are AMAZING.
AMAZING!! The absolute first word that comes to mind when I think about my treatments with Rebecca. The care and attention she gives each of her patients at their appointments is truly rare in the medical field.
I first started seeing Rebecca when my original acupuncturist went on maternity leave. Seeing Rebecca was an entirely different experience from visitng any other acupuncturist I have been to. She pays incredible attention to deal and listens to every concern you have. Rebecca, takes her time with you and your needs. Offering advice on how to treat your body better, and giving you food recipes when you need them.
Even though I have moved away from the city I make appointments with her when I come visit. I genuinely feel blessed and healed after my treatments with her. There are no words to describe how marvelous Rebecca is at her gift in being an acupuncturist.
Rebecca's treatments have, at times, been the only thing keeping me going when things get stressful. Half the benefit of the treatment is the talking portion, in which she allows me to vent and unload a week's worth of stress before taking my pulses and checking my tongue. But then of course the actual treatment is always heavenly, just exactly the nap I need. Every week I come out feeling deeply rejuvenated and much more rested than I did going in.
The price of treatments can add up but Rebecca offers a sliding scale and student price point. I personally don't mind the cost because: 1) it's in her home - so comfy 2) the wonders of acupuncture are simply priceless 3) extras like food suggestions, workshops, explanations of points, etc. 4) non one else can erase stress for me like Rebecca can.
Depression, women's health issues, physical pain, general exhaustion represent part of the slew of issues I've brought to the table. Rebecca helped me through all of them with love and attention. I'm grateful to have her in my life each week. Highly recommend.
Every blade of grass has its Angel that bends over it and whispers, "Grow, grow."
- The Talmud
Preparing for Your Visit
Please be certain to eat within two hours of your appointment.* Acupuncture can relax you and bring down your blood pressure. If your blood pressure and blood glucose levels (sugar) fall too much you can feel dizzy and nauseous after a treatment. If you have your treatment with an empty stomach then this can lead to low blood sugar levels. To prevent this make sure you have eaten within two hours of your treatment or a light snack just before. Also, eating something afterwards is a good idea as well.
Please wear comfortable clothing, including pants that can be rolled up to your knees.
Avoid caffeine or alcohol before your appointment.
Strenuous exercise immediately before or after an appointment is strongly discouraged.
Reserve other treatments (massage, chiropractic, etc.) for a day when you are not receiving an acupuncture treatment. Also, do not have blood drawn on the day of an acupuncture visit.
Please know this is a fragrance free clinic as we see many pregnant patients and patients with allergies. Thank you for not wearing perfume and cologne.
I have a 24-hour cancellation and re-scheduling policy. If you are unable to keep your appointment time, please contact us 24-business hours before your appointment. This courtesy allows us to be available to others. If you do not call 24-business hours in advance, or if you are more then 15 minutes late for your appointment, or do not show for an appointment, we will be obliged to charge you the full fee for treatment. Please know I am strict about this policy.
All accounts are due and payable at the time of visit unless other satisfactory arrangements have been made. I accept cash, credit cards and checks. If you have health insurance, I will provide a superbill for you to submit to your insurance.
I'm happy to answer any questions you may have before, during and after your visit.
What to Expect
Our initial consultation will take about 90 minutes. We'll take the time to go over your medical history in detail, making sure to talk about all areas of your health. I'll ask you a lot of questions, and you can feel comfortable sharing anything that may seem relevant to your wellbeing.
Next, I'll examine your pulses and your tongue—two very important indicators in Chinese Medicine.
Together, we'll develop an optimal treatment plan that seems achievable for you. This plan may include acupuncture, herbal medicine, massage, diet changes, meditation suggestions, exercise, or other natural therapies.
Although some people are initially shy about needles, it's important to know that the needles we use in acupuncture are small. In fact, thirteen acupuncture needles fit inside a typical hypodermic needle. In line with the classical style, I use a conservative number of needles.
The number and length of treatments will depend on your individual condition and needs and, of course, on your response to the treatments.
Return treatments are usually about 60 to 75 minutes. In general, conditions that are more chronic and that you have been suffering longer will take longer to treat. My aim is to provide you with lasting, authentic health and balance.
Like the sun which emits countless rays, compassion is the source of all inner growth and positive action. Its power can transform ourselves and others so that our lives become radiant and light.
- Green Tara
Insurance and Rates
You can use this Insurance Verification form to see if you have acupuncture benefits through your insurance
HSA and FSA
You are welcome to use your FSA and HSA cards at the clinic.
Please call the clinic at 415-205-1020 for rates.
Acupuncture packages are available.
We accept cash, check, HSA and FSA cards, Venmo, and credit cards.
Smoking Cessation Package
To be effective, smoking cessation treatments are administered daily for 5 consecutive days, 3 days the following week, and once a week for 6 more weeks.
The initial visit includes a detailed intake, exam and acupuncture treatment. Follow up modalities often include acupuncture, cupping, and moxa. Together we will devise a highly customized Stop Smoking Plan.
The Golden Ball
I’m an Acupuncturist specializing in a variety of holistic treatment services that address the root causes as well as the symptoms of pains and ailments. Contact me to find out more about how I can help you.
2266 1/2 East Main Street, Suite B
Bexley, Ohio 43209