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Donald Hughes, LAc

Donald Hughes studied Acupuncture at the Academy of Chinese Culture and Health Sciences, Oakland, California. He has been treating the Bay Area community since 2007 as a massage therapist and as an acupuncturist since 2013.  He has also practiced the martial arts and qi gong for twenty years.  He specializes in Chinese medical massage and classical herbal internal medicine. Donald Hughes has a pragmatic and eclectic style and a breadth of knowledge to bring you relaxation and relief.


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True medicine brings you back to center.

Chinese medicine works by rebalancing your energy and organ functionality to promote vitality, vibrancy, and good spirit.

Healing Modalities


Acupuncture, Moxibustion, and Cupping

 Acupuncture works by opening blockages in the energetic channels of the fascia.  When properly done, acupuncture creates a relaxing alpha brain-wave state and can treat many ailments, from aches and pains to emotional issues.

Moxibustion warms the channels relieving digestive issues, cold, and fatigue.

Cupping uses suction to pull toxins out of the skin and muscular layers. 


Chinese Classical Herbology and Internal Medicine Diagnosis

Classical Chinese herbs are unique in that the results come from the combinations and dosages to effectively treat mild and even serious conditions, such as allergies, colds and flus, digestive issues, dizziness, menstrual issues, emotional issues, and nerve issues.  

Remote sessions offered.


Chinese Medical Massage and Energy Work

Tui Na, meaning to push and grasp, is an ancient form of massage that emphasizes flow throughout the body using various hand forms and passive stretching that will leave you feeling energized and centered.


Sessions are usually done clothes on.  Oil massage is available upon request.

Acupuncture Tools



I really enjoy receiving acupuncture from Don.  He not only helps me physically get well, but he also is super empathetic in conversations that makes this even more of a great safe space to unwind in.  He helps me release tensions in my body, and also helps me de-stress by being an understanding human that makes me feel valued as an individual.  It feels very refreshing.


It was my first time doing acupuncture, but Don helped me feel good about trying it, and it was amazing.  It helped me relax and got rid of some pains I had been experiencing for over a year.  It didn't even hurt.  It was more like an achy muscle feeling than a needle poke.  Don and acupuncture are my new cure!


Donald is really unique and such a gem in the realm of healers/bodyworkers, his perspective, approach, and skills have worked wonders for me.  His ability to be present and attune to what a person needs with such depth and heart is an incredible gift.


1402 Solano Ave
Albany, CA 94706


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