“First off, he is quick minded, gentle in nature, and an open person. He also knows his stuff and is good at explaining the relationships between symptoms, ailments, diet, and treatment. As a bonus, his price is super reasonable.
I was debating between 4 stars or 5...this morning was my first visit with Benjamin so I thought I should go a few times before deciding on 5; however, I walked in with a stuffy head, substantial lower back pain, exhausted from chronic insomnia, depressed, the beginnings of a Rosacea flare up, and anxious: by the time I got home I was significantly better- SIGNIFICANTLY.
After we talked about all my issues -physical, spiritual, and emotional- he inserted needles and my stomach started gurgling (I think that's a good thing) and within a couple minutes I felt lighter emotionally and started smiling and most of my anxiety just lifted away. Midway through the treatment my face get hot and I a sudden acute headache, both of which were gone by the time I got home.
I got home and immediately took the pills he recommended -which I purchased from him- as well as choked down the supplements he suggested which we have laying around but I never take (fish oil and other stinky, gag inducing, horse sized vitamins).
As I sit here, I feel 75% better than when I woke up and am amazed that not only did I feel better in the instant, he instilled a sense of hope in me of getting better which motivated me to be proactive (e.g. Fish oil and horse pills).
Finally, when my husband saw me in the afternoon, he asked why I was in such a good mood and commented that my skin looked better. He, an avid non-believer in most things holistic, said he would like to make an appointment for himself and see if it helped him.
I'll be back to him and even though I've only had one visit, definitely recommend people give him a try.”- Michelle B. (Lafayette)
“I am so grateful I stumbled upon Benjamin for Acupuncture six months ago. I suffer from chronic pain and frozen shoulder, and Benjamin has helped me tremendously with both conditions. I have never met someone as warm, patient, and as talented at his profession as Benjamin. I used to go to an acupuncture clinic in Berkeley, but since I live in Concord now I was looking for someone closer to me location wise, that was also an expert in the field of acupuncture. I got more than I bargained for! My frozen shoulder has improved tremendously since getting weekly acupuncture sessions, and my chronic pain is gone most of the time. Benjamin treats his patients holistically and recommends diet and lifestyle changes. While I have implemented most of the changes, I feel I can be honest with Benjamin when I slip now and then. Benjamin does both front and back acupuncture, cupping, and guasha as well. I feel like I get full service treatment for a very affordable price! I feel very blessed to be able to receive regular treatments from him. I highly recommend his services to both novice and experienced acupuncture clients. If I could give 10 stars I would!” - Megan C. (Concord)
“I've always been prone to constant migraines, and have adrenal fatigue. I've been through so many Doctors and medications, and pretty much just gave up on the idea of finding any real relief. I began a health approach through Pacific Integrative Functional Medicine (in San Ramon) which is where I met Benjamin. I am just astounded by the often instant, and ongoing relief that he has provided through his acupuncture. He is very nice, calming, professional, and extraordinarily knowledgeable about the Acupuncture, and Eastern Medicine. I cannot believe I didn't give acupuncture a chance long before this, but so very grateful to find Benjamin. I had lost most of my faith in western medicine after 20 years of it failing me, and thought I was irreparable. I wish I had found him and functional medicine 20 years ago, but now I have a place and person that I know will bring me the relief I've been so desperate for. So grateful and fortunate to have found him!” - Maya K. (San Ramon)
“I highly recommend Benjamin! He is kind and knowledgeable and professional. He listened to all my concerns and addressed each one. He helped me with low back pain, as well as toe numbness. Benjamin even diagnosed my fairly mild case of shingles (which my primary care doctor misdiagnosed as bug bites) AND helped me heal quickly and naturally. - Molly Y. (Danville)
“I've struggled with crippling chronic insomnia for more than 2 decades. Out of desperation I began taking prescription sleeping pills and anything else purported to alleviate insomnia for most of those years, but nothing worked well and although I would sleep a couple to a few hours a night, I always felt kind of ill, anxious and doomed, not to mention brain dead! It has been horrible to say the least. So I went to see Ben for help with balancing my nervous system, insomnia, anxiety (which was due to insomnia) as well as chest and neck pain. I was hoping of course I would get well but wasn't sure it would work... BUT IT DID!!! I'm almost afraid to say this because I don't want to jinx my progress but I've been sleeping 61/2, 7 hrs nightly and even 8 hrs a couple times. I literally feel like I'm human again, with energy and hope for a better future and a longer life. Ben is so kind, gentle and wonderful with Acupuncture I can honestly say his service to me has been a blessed gift. Oh yes, I forgot to mention that my other physical complaints have also been resolved.” - Colette B. (Castro Valley)
“I'm writing this review as both a patient of Benjamin's and as a fellow practitioner. I've known Benjamin for many years as a leader in the field, when he was the head of California's acupuncture association. Over the years since first meeting him, I'd had many casual Benjamin sightings, and always found him kind, gracious, and was quite impressed he even remembered my name each time! This past year, I had the opportunity to get to know Ben much better when he moved his practice closer to mine in Lafayette. At one point, I bumped into him casually during a time when I was having chronic residual knee pain after a marathon I'd run. Being a practitioner myself, I thought I could treat it, but nothing I had done worked. Ben offered to treat it, and in one treatment he accomplished what I was unable to do over several months. That was 5 months ago, and I haven't had any pain since. After that experience, I was so impressed that I began sending my patients...to him. I'd recommend Benjamin for any kind of ailment, but especially those stubborn issues that have not responded to other treatment. Every patient I've sent his way has thanked me for doing so, and I now not only send recommend him when I'm not getting the job done, but he's also the go-to guy for my patients whenever I am out of the office. I hate writing reviews, and usually only do so when I'm not happy. But Benjamin warrants 5 stars. He's the doctor's doctor, and I can't recommend him highly enough.” - Jason L. (Oakland)
“As an early baby boomer I am in at age where aging is supposed to be a health challenge. Does aging mean reduced health? Does telling yourself "I feel OK", getting regular visits to the MD, taking your vitamins and medicine mean wellness? What if, like your vehicle, your body needs maintenance, a tune-up, even an overhaul, especially as the seasons change? What if knowing I NEED THIS you still don't do it? What if you had a health care professional who helped and encouraged you to not just get checked up, but get healthier? Eastern medicine with Dr Ben is attuned to seasonal changes that also occur in our bodies. This Fall it is getting cold. "Flu season" is here, holiday stress, festive foods and drink, all influence our wellness. Dr. Ben upgrades his procedures to account for those changes, and keeps me motivated to build on my wellness. His is a unique approach that during and after a session I know I am physically, emotionally and spiritually at optimum health. Dr. Ben cares about me, aging is not a challenge.” - Gary S. (Crockett)
“I've got some complex issues stemming from cancer treatment. I've had acupuncture from four different practitioners, and find Benjamin the most adept. Since what bothers me the most can vary day to day it isn't that I can be treated the same each time. Benjamin is sensitive to addressing whatever my needs are each visit. He is kind, sensitive and very competent. I've been treated by practitioners who didn't do any good for me and those who ignored my particular difficulties. I'd even thought acupuncture didn't work, until I found that it's all about the skill level and ability to listen to the patients problems. I highly recommend Benjamin to anyone seeking relief as an adjunct to western medicine.” - Pat R. (East Bay)
“There aren't enough stars in the sky for me to rate him accurately. I was in a car accident 5 years ago and spent countless hours in therapy, alternative healing, and on and on. I came to him a few months ago with chronic pain that had come on from the accident and nothing I did or take helped. Namely sacral/pelvic area pain and migraines. After just a few months, I haven't had sacral pain in a few weeks and rarely get a migraine now when it had become an almost daily occurrence. He is not the first acupuncturist I've worked with. I've received acupuncture from several other practitioners and not one could help me the way he does. He has given me my life back. I am able to wear cute shoes again, dance for more than a few minutes and NO PAIN! I can go a week or longer with no headaches at all! Not to mention, Benjamin is a gentle, kind, sweet, humble man.” - Velina L. (Martinez)
“Whatever it is that is plaguing you currently, Benjamin can help. His kind heart and extensive knowledge and understanding of traditional Chinese medicine afford him the ability to approach each patient and each ailment from a deeply intuitive space. It is this unique gift that makes him such an incredible healer.” - K. O. (Walnut Creek)
“Benjamin has a very calming and relaxed manner and made me feel totally safe and cared for. I had a neck injury earlier this year that is still hanging on. After Benjamin's treatment, my neck felt more relaxed, mobile and pain-free than it has in awhile. Plus, my whole body felt relaxed and grounded, which is fabulous because I can get into a habit of spinning around in my head and trying to cram too much into my schedule. Benjamin used a few additional acupuncture modalities in addition to needles, and I really felt like I got a Cadillac treatment. 🙂 He explained everything along the way, which I really like. I highly recommend Benjamin - he's got decades of experience and is a true healer, which is very apparent when you work with him.” - Dawn P. (Oakland)
“When I first walked into Benjamin's office I was feeling the worst muscle and nerve pain traversing my left shoulder blade throughout my left arm. I could barely tie my shoes, let alone type on my computer. I am no stranger pain, with 3 natural childbirths, plus multiple athletic injuries incurred over the years by long distance running, swimming, and most recently being a bit too intensive with my yoga practice. I was worried that I'd never be back to my former functioning self. Fortunately with every acupuncture session the pain lessened. Now after 4 weeks of twice weekly sessions, the pain is gone. Benjamin is definitely a calming, sensitive and proficient expert in the field of acupuncture and oriental medicine.” - Liz D. (San Ramon)
“I have used acupuncture as a tool for health and preventive medicine for years. Benjamin is definitely one of the best acupuncturists that I have worked with. His ability to calmly and compassionately listen to me is invaluable. I can stumble into Benjamin's office feeling out of sorts, in pain, and fatigued and leave his office feeling like myself! I have been treated for PMS, adrenal fatigue, Fibromyalgia, insomnia, stress, and complications from a teratoma. With Benjamin, I have benefited from acupuncture, herbs, mineral heat lamp treatments, and cupping. If you want to feel better, don't wait, go see Benjamin!” - Leslie B. (Lafayette)
“Gentle, relaxed, and effective - with 25+ years of experience, Benjamin Dierauf has been treating my chronic shoulder and neck pain with acupuncture, suction cups, scraping/guasha, and Chinese herbs. He alleviated much pain and succeeded at the same time also with treating insomnia, a stress related condition. I went to his office with a fear of needles, and didn't know what to expect. After 3 sessions I feel the difference and I am getting and feeling a lot better! I will continue on a weekly basis to fully recover. My highest recommendations for his expertise and care.” - Joanne T. (Lafayette)
“I have a few medical conditions that led me down the path of looking to acupuncture for the first time in my life. After much research, I reached out to Benjamin and he kindly corresponded to me several times before I ever walked through his door. He put my mind at ease, and I recently learned that after about 3 months of intense acupuncture therapy, some of my most troubling medical conditions are in complete remission! He is a master of his craft. I find Benjamin calm, caring, and stunningly effective. Despite only knowing him for a short while, he makes me feel like we are old trusted friends.” - Amy S. (Moraga)
“I have worked with Benjamin in a professional capacity as an administrator at the Acupuncture & Integrative Medicine College, Berkeley. Never mind that he has been a godsend as an administrator, he just about saved my life more than once. Okay, I exaggerate a little, but it sure felt like it. Whenever I have been completely run down, fighting a cold, getting that feeling like I'm circling the drain and am about to go down, Benjamin has been there in the clutch. I'm used to being treated by students in the Community Clinic (see my review at yelp.com/biz/Cc_mkUJcyr0…), so it was a pleasant surprise to encounter Benjamin's breezy style. His years of experience give him both a deep and facile approach to treating whatever ails you.”
“I have benefited from Benjamin Dierauf’s acupuncture since 1995. Initially, it was recommended that I use acupuncture instead of massage for my long-achey back. Not only did I feel that Benjamin’s acupuncture was deeper and more thorough than massages, but there were other euphoric benefits that I experienced as well. Benjamin can calm my entire energy system and simultaneously give me energy. Although I have tried a few other acupuncturists, none have compared to the master!” - Carol B. (San Francisco)
“I was a student of Benjamin's over 13 years ago at Acupuncture and Integrative Medicine College in Berkeley. He was an exceptional instructor and practitioner then, and continues to provide outstanding patient-centered care today. Benjamin graciously accepted me as his intern for over three months. His gentle, calm nature immediately puts his patients at ease. He listens emphatically and offers empowering and insightful treatments. You will experience both treatment and healing with Benjamin. I am grateful to have had the opportunity to intern with such an outstanding, kindhearted, and experienced mentor.” - Jennifer H.
“After being on my back and barely able to move for over a month, I decided to try a different approach and try acupuncture for the first time. I am so glad that I took the time to read the reviews and find a professional that I could trust - the reviews don't lie, Benjamin is the best. His gentle approach is very comforting and he does an amazing job of explaining everything he doing. I was treated four times in eight days and he literally enabled me to walk and function again. He was even kind enough to perform three of the four treatments in my home as he knew how difficult it was for me to leave the house! On a scale of one to ten (one being the worst), i was literally a one before my first visit and after my fourth I was a solid seven - very impressive to see such drastic change in such a short amount of time. Thank you Benjamin - I will definitely recommend you to anyone in need of acupuncture!” - Rowe S. (Walnut Creek)
“This is my first time I've tried acupuncture. I am currently going through intense cancer treatments. I have had very few severe side effects and I attribute it to acupuncture being a key component of my treatment to maintain quality of life. Benjamin clearly has experience with cancer patients and has helped me to achieve a successful holistic approach along traditional medicine to help me through my journey.”- Susan G. (Pleasant Hill)
“I've been to several acupuncturists in the last 30 years and Benjamin is one of the best. He successfully fixed my bad shoulder. I would highly recommend him” - Terry K. (Pleasant Hill)