Utilizing the system of ancient Chinese medicine to bring wellness, love, and light to your being



Luminate Acupuncture Clinic in Mill Valley - Chris Viega Acupuncturist & Chinese Herbalist

LUMINATE is the culmination encompassing the work of Chris Veiga, L.Ac. As an acupuncturist and Chinese herbalist, he has been serving the local Mill Valley community and greater Marin County for the last twenty years.

Chris’s passion for Chinese medicine is unsurpassed: Just as Kidney Yang chi stokes the vitality of life, the fire and vigor Chris brings to his patients is positively reflected in the restoration of their life force. Through his own personal spiritual development and a deep dive into the energetics of Traditional Chinese medicine, his practice is best described as half Chinese medical science and half healing art. This innovative hybrid Eastern medicinal art approach is best illustrated by his unique personal makeup; being biracial, bilingual, and bicultural.


PAIN MANAGEMENT (low back pain, sciatica, migraine, tennis elbow)

Acupuncture is highly effective for musculo-skeletal pain relief, both acute and chronic pain conditions. For acute pain caused by athletic injuries such as ankle/knee sprain, neck ache and back pain, runner’s chronic condition such as plantar fasciitis, tennis and golfer’s elbow; acupuncture can give immediate pain relief as well as expediting the recovery process.


For hormonal imbalance such as menopause leading to night sweat, insomnia, anxiety, and depression; acupuncture combined with Chinese herbal prescription can help modulate hormonal production to restore balance.


For auto-immune conditions, acupuncture and Chinese herbal remedy has the ability to reduce the inflammatory response by mediating the production of cytokines in the body. By promoting the smooth flow of chi and blood in the body via acupuncture, this benefits the circulatory system which helps to lower inflammation. Chinese herbs known to fight inflammation include andrographis, scutellaria, and dandelion.


Acupuncture and Chinese herbs is often used for chronic inflammatory bowel disease such as Ulcerative Colitis and Crohn’s Disease, as well as more nuanced gastro-intestinal disorder like Irritable Bowel Syndrome. By consolidating the center of the body through the use of acupuncture focusing on the spleen and stomach organ and meridian, this reduces inflammation in the Small Intestines as well as Large Intestines, restoring gut health to allow the gastro-intestinal tract to function optimally.

Luminate Mill Valley - Acupuncture Specialties

Chris Veiga, Licensed Acupuncturist

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Luminate Mill Valley - Chris Viega Acupuncturist & Chinese Herbalist

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Using the heat emitted from the herb Mugwort for pain relief as well as strengthening chi and blood to address deficiency conditions and maintain health through preventive medicine.


Using the edge of any smooth surface like a piece of jade to address any musculo-skeletal injury related to the connective tissue/fascia of the body. This technique is now a commonly accepted practice used by Physical Therapist.


Following the energetic pathways of the body, the usage of single-use threadlike needle promotes circulation of chi and brings blood flow to the local area. This modality has been used for thousands of years in China to address both acute and chronic illnesses, as well as maintenance of good health.


A herbal blend is specifically scripted to help that patient for his/her particular condition. Traditional Chinese Medicine, being a holistic medicine, believes that each individual possesses a particular constitution and hence must be treated individually, to have a customized herbal prescription put together by a skilled practitioner. Because each person is unique and must be treated accordingly, there is no one-size-fits-all in Chinese Medicine.


A suction cup made from a glass jar is used to create a vacuum on any flat surface on the body. This promotes the circulation of chi and blood, improving blood flow to bring pain relief to anyone suffering from a pain condition. This technique was made famous by Olympic champion Michael Phelps utilizing cupping in order to expedite recovery time.


Tui Na/Chinese massage: gentle manipulation of the body to alleviate pain for sprained joints and strained muscle. This is particularly effective for any misalignment of the vertebrae, as well as lumbar pain and neck subluxation.


Victoria Nagel HauzyVictoria Nagel Hauzy
19:33 08 May 23
I went to see Chris about three weeks ago hoping to alleviate my chronic lower back pain. I’ve tried many things to “manage” this pain, which at times has been completely debilitating. None of my trials have really worked or lasted. Before Chris did anything, he talked with me about his work and commitment to a traditional Chinese medicine approach to healing both inner and outer pain. He also invited me to talk with him about the kinds of physical and emotional traumas I have been carrying. His capacity to hold and understand, and his insights into some of the deeper issues I have been dealing with not only made me feel safe and heard, but they also gave me hope about what might be in store for me while working with him. We agreed to embark on a three-month healing journey, one which combines acupuncture, cupping and a daily dose of Chinese herbs, which require being “cooked” and do not taste very good. No matter! With nearly a month of treatment, I can speak to the positive effects and impacts of all three. The acupuncture, combined with the cupping, has helped immeasurably with my lower back pain, and I have literally felt blockages inside me, from my lower back, where the pain concentrates, all the way down through the sciatica into my calf, begin to release and dissolve. This has brought me more movement and greater ease because there is much less pain. Sometimes I can go a full 4 or 5 days now without being preoccupied about my back and obsessing about whether it’s going to seize up on me. I cannot express the depth of the physical and emotional relief of this treatment. As for the daily herbs, (I love the ritual of cooking them!) I can say that my sleep has greatly improved, and I feel more settled, more grounded. People say I look more rested. I think that comes from the fact that the herbs are literally helping me sleep better, but also because my body is more relaxed because I have less pain, and when we’re more relaxed, we look more rested, open and peaceful. I would recommend Chris wholeheartedly and without hesitation – whether you want to explore just the acupuncture, or the acupuncture, cupping and herbs combined. He is wholistic – kind, compassionate, so knowledgeable and skillful, a true healer.
Merri McCannMerri McCann
17:10 14 Apr 23
I came to Chris for stress, anxiety and immune support, and ever since I've been working with him I feel less anxious, more grounded, and more resilient and resourced in my body. I've also learned so much how the different systems in my body function holistically and what food to eat (Chris provided a very thorough outline of recommendations for nutrition). I can tell that Chris takes the approach of treating the whole person because he always takes take time at the beginning of our sessions to ask questions and get the full picture of my health situation. Chris quickly picks up on minor shifts in my energy levels and vitality, and in addition to helping me relieve immediate symptoms, we get down to the root cause and he provides me with a holistic treatment plan (both in session and with certain herbs and recommended foods) individualized to my unique makeup. Chris has been so helpful in my well being and I look forward to continue working with him!
Christina BolotovaChristina Bolotova
18:55 07 Dec 22
I've been seeing Chris for over a decade. He is a true healer- kind, caring, knowledgeable, and understanding. He is the absolute best! He has gotten my eczema, my migraines, my gut issues, my sleep issues, etc. under control. I am forever grateful!
Radiant HealingRadiant Healing
18:31 03 Dec 22
Been receiving acupuncture and cupping from Chris for over 10 years. His work has been very helpful for different issues of muscle pain and wellness. Recommend his work.
Nancye MichaelianNancye Michaelian
22:13 16 Nov 22
Chris is truly a lifesaver. I have had intermittent back issues for 5+ years and he is my go to “Tylenol” to relieve all pain. I believe in him/his work so strongly that I have sent over a dozen people to him with the statement…”if he does not help you, I will pay for your session.” Nobody has ever asked me to pay, they have only thanked me! He is also very kind, gentle and just a really good human. Thank you, Chris!
20:23 16 Nov 22
Chris is one of the most professional acupuncturists in town. He knows what he is doing and is very very good at it. I highly recommend him if you're looking for any acupuncture treatment in Mill Valley.
"Chris Veiga is one of the wisest, whole-hearted practitioners I have worked with. I am a Registered Nurse who was struggling with recurrent viral infections for about 6 months until I saw Chris. Before him I had seen many other practitioners but nothing worked for me. Chris provided an empathetic ear to hear what I was going through, and really attuned to my needs. His ability as a practitioner to feel into the depth of my health situation was impressive, and rare. The ways in which he understands the world from the traditional TCM lens and is able to explain the complexities so clearly made me feel so much ease. He put me on an herbal protocol which immediately started to shift the health patterns I was struggling with. My symptoms resolved within a couple of weeks after seeing him which felt like a miracle! He helped me not only resolve my health issues but continue to build vitality! Even after moving an hour away from him, I still drive down to see him because he is a one of a kind wizard." - Allison Dalton
"I have worked with countless allopathic doctors, acupuncturists, body workers, energy healers, and herbalists, and Chris Veiga is one of the most skilled health care practitioners I have ever met. Chris has a true gift for using both evidence-based strategies and his keen intuition for diagnosis and acupuncture needles. He is masterful with raw herbs in a way I have not seen with other acupuncturists. I see Chris regularly for acute illness as well as health maintenance, and continue to send many clients to him." - Jordana Grader
"I've been working with Chris for over a decade now, and I trust him implicitly. He directly focuses on the problems at hand, whether it's a muscle torn, a nervous system overload, or insomnia. My body responds really well to acupuncture, and, further he cares about your whole health. At one point in time, I spent a fortune on getting an integrative health consultation, doing tons of expensive lab tests and follow up appointments to be told that I'm fine, my levels were normal and to take a supplement for adrenal fatigue. He took one glance at the blood work results and identified thyroid, adrenal and hormone malfunction and put me on a simple regimen of supplements and acupuncture. I was better within three weeks. He looks beneath the surface and is always a supportive, calm presence. I'd recommend Chris to anyone considering acupuncture." - Louise Callagy
"Chris is a true healer. His knowledge of the body's energy pathways through his use of acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine is vast. I regularly receive acupuncture from Chris and I leave his office revitalized and refreshed with abundant energy and glow. Chris is the real deal. The best in the Bay Area." - Stefan Schermerhorn


Address: 295 Miller Ave, Suite C

Mill Valley, CA 94941

Phone:(415) 383-9900

Email: chris@luminate-millvalley.com