Claudia Benvegnu, L.Ac., Ph.D.
(650) 369-0374


Regaining one’s health is a process of self-discovery.

Claudia Benvegnu practices Classical Five Element Acupuncture.  This system aims to restore balance to our vital life force at the levels of body, mind, and spirit. By treating at a deeper level than just physical symptoms, we can achieve results that strengthen a person to gain mental clarity and emotional stability while physical symptoms also get resolved.

Did you know that modern medicine now describes most diseases as “mosaic”? This means that even though a patient is diagnosed with “hypertension”, each person has a different journey, including different insults to their health and variations in their symptoms.

Five Element Acupuncture approaches all diseases as if they are mosaic. Each person’s symptoms are a unique constellation. Returning to balance is a process that is very individual.  As we are able to restore balance using Five Element Acupuncture, this means your system is able to heal itself, and therefore return to vitality.

Dr. Benvegnu received her Ph.D. in Biochemistry in 1988 and did medical research for 10 years, with positions at Stanford University (NIH fellowship) and UCSF.  For a summer during her studies, she had the privilege to work at UC Berkeley for Dr. Elizabeth Blackburn, the Nobel prize winner who discovered how telomere length relates to aging.

This scientific experience allows Claudia to better understand and explain the meaning of a patient’s Western medical diagnosis.  She can integrate Eastern and Western perspectives into her treatments and the supplements she prescribes.  Claudia is very interested in recent scientific discoveries which relate to medicine including mind-body awareness.

Her research and clinical practice have provided her with extensive and direct experience of how to treat complaints in our current culture.