Marianne Benforado L.Ac. Dipl.OM
Acupuncture in Santa Cruz, CA

With offices in the Seabright neighborhood of Santa Cruz we offer acupuncture services to patients in Santa Cruz, CA and surrounding areas.

  • Free fifteen minute consultation.
  • Affordable rates.
  • Call 831-212-3090 to discuss your situation.

Welcome to my website! You’ve just taken the first step toward feeling better. Maybe you’ve tried acupuncture before, or perhaps this is a new experience for you. I would be honored to be a part of your health care team and support you in creating a healthy and vibrant life. If you have a health concern or are in pain, I invite you to explore how Chinese medicine can help. Acupuncture is a highly effective and safe treatment for many types of conditions.

Please contact me at 831-212-3090 or for a free fifteen-minute consultation to talk about your specific situation.

Feel free to browse the website site to learn about acupuncture in general and also find out more about me. The testimonials should give you a good idea as to my treatment approach. You can use the link on the right hand side of this page to receive the special report of the “The Top 10 Reasons to Try Acupuncture”. I will add you to my monthly mailing list which is a good way to stay informed and I often have special offers in my newsletter.

If you have any questions, please ask. I am here to help! I look forward to meeting you soon.

We serve patients from the following nearby cities: Capitola, Aptos, Soquel, Felton, Watsonville, Bonny Doon

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