Providing specialized services to promote balance in active lifestyles.

Whether you’re restoring emotional wellbeing, strengthening your physical health, or concerned with reducing pain, our menu of naturopathic services can help you obtain and maintain balance.

Licensed acupuncturist Therese M. Powers tailors every procedure to meet your specific needs through patient-centered therapies including acupuncture, herbal medicine, nutritional counseling, and manual therapies such as gua sha and cupping.

To ensure SLO Acupuncture is a proper fit for you, a complimentary 15-minute consultation is available.


Our proven methodology is based on ancient principles to promote circulation and encourage the body’s natural processes to restore more balanced functioning to better your active lifestyle.

Herbal Therapy

Our Chinese Herbal Therapy is generally used in conjunction with acupuncture to accelerate the patient’s progress and assist in healing. Our practice uses only herbs that meet the high standards of GMP.

Gua Sha

To release tension in areas of the body that are tight or strained this manual therapy treatment often referred to as “spooning” or “coning,” Gua Sha uses a smooth rounded tool to help relieve tension.


Meet Your Practitioner

Known for her patient-centered approach to medicine and gentle demeanor, Licensed Acupuncturist Therese M. Powers, L.Ac., brings sincerity, warmth, and individualized care to each interaction at her San Luis Obispo acupuncture office.

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Striving to educate men and women about their body, their symptoms, and the practice of Chinese medicine in a reliable, yet approachable manner.

In doing so, we hope to enable our patients to take charge of their health and become more aware of their body. It is our goal to help each individual achieve their personal level of optimal health.


Although Therese has experience treating a wide variety of conditions her passion is treating pain. Therese specializes in all types of pain management, including acute, chronic, and sports-related pain. She received postgraduate training and certification in the Acupuncture Sports Medicine Apprenticeship Program with Dr. Whitfield Reaves – a pioneer in sports medicine acupuncture and author of the book The Acupuncture Handbook of Sports Injuries and Pain. Therese now serves as an assistant for this advanced program alongside Dr. Reaves and Dr. Jenny Nieters, acupuncturist for the San Francisco 49ers. Together, they train the next generation of licensed acupuncturists in the latest pain management techniques.

In her office, you can expect a gentle hand and precision. Each treatment is customized to your individual needs, incorporating a combination of traditional Chinese medicine theory with electro acupuncture, dry needling, motor point needling, fire cupping, gua sha, and moxabustion.


Select academic and professional accomplishments include:

• Masters Degree

• Official licensure from the State Board of CA

• Completion of more than 3,000 hours of training

• Participation in an advanced study program