Jessida Putkaew

Why Acupuncture?

Hi, I’m Jessida Putkaew. I have had a fear of needles! This fear kept me far from trying acupuncture for most of my life. 

When I met my acupuncturist, something told me to make the crazy-for-a-needle-fearing-person decision to try it. After a few needles were in, I was in awe that I barely felt them. This opened the door for the true test, “Can acupuncture really do anything?”

Fertility acupuncturist Jessida Putkaew in front of water.

I didn't grow up a health-nut, junk-food-phobic, or athletic-since-I-was-5 type of person. Health was always desirable, but no matter what I tried, I had lackluster results. Eventually I pushed health further and further to the side. 

During that first treatment, I honestly didn’t think it could do much, but I remained open to it. It wasn’t until I felt changes in my own body that I started to believe. I watched for my health to yo-yo backwards, but instead, my health continued to make progress. My doubt in the tiny needles washed away, replaced by curiosity that grew more and more. I had to learn about the power of East Asian medicine! After picking up a book that only increased my fascination, I enrolled at Acupuncture and Integrative Medicine College in Berkeley, CA.

Acupuncturist Jessida Putkaew jumping on a sandy beach without pain.

Eastern versus and Western

The study of Chinese and Japanese medicine in a Western integrated school has allowed me to learn multiple methods of diagnosis and treatment. I am happy to work alongside other styles of medicine, using shared knowledge to reach your health goal. Western medicine has great strengths in immediate repair. East Asian medicine is great for treating a wide range of imbalances, pain, & for recovery. I aim to help those around me enjoy life without compromising a healthy tomorrow.

Education & Clinical Training

Jessida is a Licensed Acupuncturist and Herbalist certified by the California Acupuncture Board (CAB). She graduated summa cum laude with a Master of Science in Oriental Medicine (MSOM) from Berkeley’s Acupuncture & Integrative Medicine College. 

As part of her clinical training, she has interned at West Berkeley Lifelong Medical Clinic where she treated patients to decrease various types of pain and increase joint mobility, energy, and immunity. She also volunteer interned at Oakland’s nonprofit Charlotte Maxwell Clinic for Integrative Cancer Care. There, she provided acupuncture to underserved women during and following chemotherapy, radiation, or surgery. For more information about Charlotte Maxwell Clinic  click here