The only acupuncture clinic specializing in gender affirming surgical recovery.

We happily work with MDs, surgeons, and other healthcare providers to give you the most well-rounded care possible. Each person’s journey is unique and our mission is to provide you will all of the available options and power to make your own informed decisions about how and when you want your path to unfold.

Presurgical Care:

  • Reduce pain, skin irritation, back pain, shortness of breath, heartburn, chest acne, and reduced range of motion from binding or gaffing to improve surgical outcomes
  • Improve urinary leakage, incontinence, and other pelvic floor issues caused by compression and/or lack of bathroom access to improve surgical outcomes
  • Improve skin mobility and elasticity to obtain optimal graft for phalloplasty
  • Reduce preexisting scar tissue, muscle spasms, and improve circulation to improve surgical outcomes

Postsurgical Care:

  • Improve urinary leakage, incontinence, and other pelvic floor issues caused by compression, lack of bathroom access, and/or surgery
  • Reduce pain with sex, penetration, and post-vaginoplasty dilation
  • Increase orgasmic capacity
  • Reduce post-surgical pain and reduce need for narcotics
  • Speed healing, reduce scarring, and reduce need for revision surgeries
  • Improve sensation and reduce post-surgical nerve pain
  • Improve post-surgical constipation
  • Improve circulation to prevent blood clots
  • Improve pelvic floor function and urination post bottom surgery
  • Improve graft healing
  • Reduce post-surgical pelvic pain and prevent adhesions and scar tissue that can impair function and cause chronic pain
  • Prevent granulation, fistula, and poor healing post-vaginoplasty
  • Reduce hot flashes, night sweats, and other hormonal symptoms post-hysterectomy
  • Prevent capsular contraction and muscle weakness post breast augmentation

I offer post-surgical home visits.

  • Post-surgical  acupuncture ‘home’ visits to reduce pain and the need for narcotics, reduce swelling, bruising, and inflammation, ease constipation and urination, and to speed recovery and healing.
  • Treatment timelines vary per surgery, from one visit per week to daily visits.

$160, 1 hour.
Bridge tolls and mileage ($0.50/mile from Oakland) added; waived for 2 or more patients. Available at home or recovery center with facility permission. No travel fees for ‘house’ calls at Trans Heartline Recovery Center.
Post-Surgical Packages: 4 for $640 $560, 8 for $1280 $1120.
Schedule a consultation: 510-394-2743.

Find tips for post-surgical recovery here!

Scars more than one month old can be treated with acupuncture and herbal medicine. Depending on your scar type and preferences it may involve a combination of acupuncture, moxibustion/moxa (a warming herbal therapy), compresses and other topical applications, cupping, lymphatic massage, or myofascial release. These techniques not only reduce the appearance of scars but also break up scar tissue and adhesions, improve nerve and tissue regeneration, reduce keloids and calcification, and ease pain and other lasting symptoms.

Scars may not only be cosmetically undesirable, but may also have an impact on the health of the individual. This is especially true for very large scars; scars with abnormal coloration, lumpiness, numbness, tingling, itchiness, heat or cold sensations, achiness or pain, tenderness to touch, and muscle restriction. Such scars and associated adhesions can indicate or lead to nerve and blood vessel damage, decreased range of motion and muscle strength, increased likelihood of future injury, and chronic pain (especially pins and needles, tingling, and numbness). Scars are especially notable on the torso, where underlying adhesions can impair bowel function, chronic pelvic pain or infertility, depending on the site of the scar.
In Chinese medicine, significant scars are considered to block the flow of the meridians, (similar to the nerve and blood vessel damage pointed to by Western medicine) causing not only pain and decreased circulation, but also potentially impaired internal organ function depending on the meridian affected. Learn more about scars in Chinese Medical Theory here.
All of these techniques can also improve post-surgical sensation and reduce post-surgical pain. Nerve damage and loss of sensation less than three years old can be worked on with significant results, and damage even older than that can improve as well. In addition to the above techniques, we may do cupping massage on the surrounding tissues to release any scar tissue, adhesions, and related muscle tension or injuries that are impacting your recovery.
Scar work generally takes 1-3 months, depending on the size and severity of the scar. Improving sensation and reducing post-surgical pain takes about a month of treatment per year that you’ve had the issue.

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All advice on this site and blog is for educational uses only. Always consult your doctor before taking any herbs or supplements, or schedule an acupuncture appointment with Katrina to get your own personalized herbal formula and acupuncture treatment. Questions? Check out the FAQ or resources pages or contact.