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Heaven Qi & Earth Acupuncture & Herbal Medicine- Elizabeth McDowell, L.Ac. - 21 Reviews - 2906 Lyon St, San Francisco, CA - Acupuncture Clinics Reviews - Phone (415) 440-5070

Heaven Qi & Earth Acupuncture & Herbal Medicine- Elizabeth McDowell, L.Ac.

2906 Lyon St
San Francisco, CA 94123
(415) 440-5070
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Heaven Qi & Earth Acupuncture & Herbal Medicine- Elizabeth McDowell, L.Ac. - San Francisco, CA


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I decided to go to Elizabeth about 9 months after I stopped nursing my son. A month after I stopped nursing, a slew of very weird symptoms began--which included, numbness on one ...


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Amazing/Extremely Knowledgeable Acupuncturist 9/18/2009

I decided to go to Elizabeth about 9 months after I stopped nursing my son. A month after I stopped nursing, a slew of very weird symptoms began--which included, numbness on one side of my body (left), particularly in my leg that would last for up to 14 days; heat sensation in my foot that sometimes went up my leg to my back, itchy calves and hands, irregular menstrual cylcles along with cyclical migraines and a couple scary bouts of anxiety. My cycles, which were always 28 days before, alternated between 18-35 days. I immediately had an MRI to rule out potential neurological issues (since the numbness/tingling wouldn't go away) and further tests to rule out multiple sclerosis (which were all thankfully negative).\r \r I began tracking my symptoms which I realized were coinciding with my menstr. cycles. So, I decided to see my OB/GYN thinking my issue was hormonal, but she just referred me back to the neurologist, saying my symptoms were neurological, not gynecological. After a while I just became disconcerted with the docs who either doubted the authenticity of what was actually occurring or just reassured me to just live with it since it wasn't anything life threatening. I don't think they understood that I couldn't just ignore weird health symptoms that I never had before and that were occurring each month with my new found crazy cycles--not to mention that I didn't want to go around for two whole weeks of each month with a heavy, numb, tingly foot or leg. Also, I just couldn't stop thinking, at the fairly young age of 34 to ""just live with it.""\r \r Then in my search for an alternative medicine doc, I was referred to Elizabeth by a friend. Elizabeth listened to everything I had to say, took down all of my symptoms and put me on an herbal tea (2 doses/day) and weekly acupuncture regimen for 3 months. After the first couple weeks I immediately began noticing a difference and my list of symptoms seemed to get shorter and shorter each week. After my first month with Elizabeth, my cycles went back to normal (which was impressive after my prior 9 months of irregularity) and after the third month, the only symptom remaining was a slight numb and tingly feeling in my foot which has since disappeared with a few extra acupuncture-only sessions (no more medicinal tea)! \r \r Needless to say, Elizabeth is absolutely amazing--a true professional and extremely well-trained and knowledgeable in Chinese medicine and acupuncture. My visits with her (even though I'm not a fan of the needles) have been an absolute treat --she always explained what certain things mean in Chinese medicine to me (such as a liver/spleen deficiency or soggy pulse) and put up with occasional bouts of acting like a complete baby. \r \r Prior to this experience, my thoughts on Chinese medicine/acupuncture were neutral, but I am now a firm believer that with the RIGHT acupuncturist (Elizabeth!), the sky's the limit.\r \r Pros: Professional/Treatments a success! more

Wonderful! 7/5/2007

Elizabeth is fantastic. Very attentive, caring, and professional. She effectively treated my recuring nasty cold and streghthened my lungs and immune system (no more colds or asthma!). Best of all she listens. I'd highly recomend her. She's wonderful. more

Elizabeth Is The Best 4/18/2007

When I first came to Elizabeth I was a mess. As a result of my dependance on pharmacuticals, I had developed thyroid disease and never thought I'd be able to taper off all the toxic pills that were damaging my body. Elizabeth won me over with her nurturing ways and her endless determination to see that I become healthy again. She helped me taper off all my pills and gave me hope . She also helped me with my depression and menopausal symptoms. I think Elizabeth is the best and I would highly recomend her because she truly cares about her patience and always goes the extra mile. She really listens and has excellent referrals as well. Pros: Elizabeth is very professional and really listens and cares more

Good stuff 4/17/2007

Had some soreness/injuries from snowboarding this year, stopped into see this woman. very helpful and seemed pretty genuine. great find. more

Best Acupuncturist and Alternative Healer 4/6/2007

Elizabeth is highly knowledge and compassionate about her work. She listens to understand your issues and prepares a customized program to achieve your desire outcomes. She is warm, friendly and genuinely concerned about helping people find an alternative or complement to Western medicine though Eastern practices. She will incorporate many methodologies to achieve the best results possible. If you are looking for an alternative to achieve glowing health ? run don?t walk to Elizabeth. more

Spot On Relief 3/31/2007

Elizabeth is spot on in diagnosis and treatment. She has helped me through sore throats, digestive issues and back pain. I feel so much better taking care of myself in a natural and chemical free way. And I must say that the relief I?ve experience is greater than I?ve gotten from any western medicine doctor. I am so happy I found Elizabeth, and I highly recommend her! Pros: On time, easy parking, results. more

Unbelievable! Can't put into words how Elizabeth's knowledge of both East and West Medicine has helped 3/28/2007

This is my one and only recommendation on Citisearch b/c I felt compelled to spread the hidden secret of Elizabeth's talent at Heaven Qui and Earth. I am a retired Olympic athlete and have had resulting injuries from my competition days which I've learned to live with for years....until I met Elizabeth and went through treatment for my neck and lower back. She is very helpful in educating you on the different ways to treat your injuries/illness and let's you make an ""informed"" decision on how you want to proceed. Her background and experience is comforting and her presence is calming for those who have never done accupuncture or other types of Eastern Medicine. You will not regret your choice to see her. Pros: Extremely knowledgeable in Eastern Medicine, Great Experience, Amazing results more

Fantastic, knowledgeable Acupuncturist 3/28/2007

Elizabeth continues to rock my world with her knowledge. I have had acupuncture, cupping and been on a herb regime. All have helped me so much, she is fantastic at explaining what she is doing and the changes that will occur. She also gives treatment with kindness and gentleness. She has helped me to become more aware of my body, I am so lucky to have found her. Pros: Location, Parking, Ambience, Elizabeths strong knowledge base more

Great for first-timers! 3/21/2007

I had never done acupuncture before, and was a little nervous. Elizabeth's manner put me right at ease, and she was great about explaining what she was doing and what it meant. She impressed me with her breadth of knowledge, and understood that I was trying Chinese medicine along with the western kind. The herbs to presecribed tasted awful, but were effective. The whole experience was comforting, inviting and highly supportive. Elizabeth knows her stuff! Pros: Ambiance, location and parking. Also, Elizabeth was flexible, taking me after work. more

Make her your Acupuncturist! 3/19/2007

Ms. McDowell has superb training and experience, 4 years at the masters degree level and two years in China. She is truly committed to helping people and has the resources, sensitivity, and character to be a great doctor. \r Plus she is right next to the Presidio in a part of the Marina with parking! more

User-friendly Acupuncture 3/19/2007

Walking into Heaven Qi & Earth, it is uncertain if you have entered a medical office or an intimate spa but you discover why as you see the information on the esthetician that shares the waiting room. A selection of herbal teas are offered with a warm, cheerful greeting from Elizabeth McDowell who, true to her name, resembles a sorority girl more than the traditional vision of Eastern Healer. With a quick perusal of her pedigree, you quickly realize that you are definitely encountering the latter in the guise of the former. \r \r The diplomas in her spare and tidy office nearly wallpaper one section of the wall. Prompted by her observations of acupunture's effectiveness in a close relative's return to mobility from debilitating rheumatoid arthritis that Western doctors had all but given up on, the frames display degrees and certificates earned studying locally, in China, and for many years under the watchful guidance and apprenticeship of the most highly renowned practicioners of this ancient healing art.\r \r Elizabeth is sincere and genuine about helping her patients and brings to the practice a bedside manner that is generally nonexistent elsewhere in the field. Her friendly, easy-going yet professional manner immediately puts one at ease. Simple, straightforward questions about medical history are easy to answer and even delicate topics seem as easy to relate as yesterday's weather. \r \r The spa ambience returns in the treatment room where aromatherapy is often incorporated into treatments as soothing music softly plays. At the end of the session, after booking the next appointment and receiving instructions to pick up a herbal prescription, a warm goodbye punctuates the end of the visit. This acupuncture treatment is a world away from the brusque, standoffish bedside manner and broken English usually encountered elsewhere. What a welcome change. This is the future of acupuncture and it is here now, at Heaven Qi & Earth. Pros: Friendly to work with, easy street parking most of the time Cons: Not a traditional ""Chinese Medicine"" atmosphere, if that is what you seek. more

The answer to all of my health issues. 3/19/2007

Since visiting Ms. McDowell I have got my health back on track. So many doctor's were telling me really different things so I was very confused and worried. I was amazed by how much Ms McDowell calmed me down and set me on the road to recovery. I would highly recommend visiting Heaven Qi & Earth. more

A solution to my back pain 3/17/2007

I was reluctant to have acpuncture, but I finally chose Elizabeth more as a favor to a friend...maybe she could help my back pains?? After three visits with acpuncture my back felt better and we are now working on some of my other problems\r She used her knowledge of Asian medicine and Western medicine to create a solution for me. She is professional, well educated and knows what she is doing.\r Thank you Elizabeth! Pros: nice ambiance, easy parking more

Best acupuncture ever! It felt like a day at the spa 3/16/2007

Elizabeth has a wonderful establishment and is completely qualified, was pleasantly surprised to find she studied in China. It feels like a spa day every time I go in, you walk out feeling wonderful. It is without a doubt a great experience. Her location is great..near the heart of the Marina..what more could you want! Pros: Ambiance, location, doctor capabilities, results more

Amazing Accupuncturist and a Great Doctor 3/16/2007

Elizabeth is a great doctor who genuinely cares about the well being of her patients. I had great success in healing an old injury through the use of both her herbal and acupuncture techniques. I have continued to receive treatment from her on a regular basis and would recommend her to anyone thinking about Chinese medicine. The clinic has a very warm feel and her knowledgeable and warm personality makes going to the doctor feel good. more

Living Better 3/16/2007

I had a problem with muscle aches and chronic fatigue. At first I was a bit skeptical to Eastern medicine but I was suprised how quickly Elizabeth was able to ease these symptoms through acupuncture and herbs. She was also able to dictate certain lifestyle changes that would assist in these issues. Since I have begun treatment, I have felt healthier and more active. Her space is charming and you are always greeted with a smile. I highly recommend her treatments to everyone. more

A dedicated and respectful doctor 3/15/2007

I came to Elizabeth with a problem that no Western medical doctor could quite figure out. Elizabeth listened so patiently and intently and soon found ways to soothe the pain I was experiencing. Elizabeth is not just an outstanding doctor, but person as well. Her calm and personable manner, makes opening up and talking to her about any physical, emotional and/or mental issues, easy and safe. She respects all her patients and she works holistically with all her clients to achieve their maximum wellness. more

East meets West meets BEST! 3/15/2007

Wow. Talk about a cure-all! Elizabeth McDowell really knows her stuff, inside and out -- literally. Western born, Eastern trained, she brings the best of both worlds together in her successful efforts to bring me into balanced, optimum health. Knowledgeable, thoughtful, kind and thorough, Elizabeth is a consummate pro with a great ""bedside manner"". Her treatment rooms are comfortable and peaceful, and there's always parking at her very conveniently located office. more

acupuncture without mystery 3/15/2007

a very pleasant atmosphere for acupuncture. Elizabeth is capable and understanding, prepared to explain for the novice and to discuss with the experienced. \r I recently sought her help with a coughing virus which was out of control after two courses of antibiotics. she prescribed medication which was entirely effective, much to my surprise. Pros: parking is surprisingly available. more

An amazing alternative to western medicine... 3/15/2007

Dr McDowell solved my back pain in 1 seesion...... Amazing results. I highly recommend her for treatments. more
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  • Licensed acupuncturist practices alternative healing and Eastern medicine, including cupping, tui na, cupping and herbal therapy among others.

  • 3/21/2007 Provided by Citysearch

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  • Neighborhoods:

    Presidio, North