Welcome! I'm Laura Paris, LAc

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I solve women's hormone problems with a holistic and cutting edge approach, tailored for YOU.
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FUNCTIONAL MEDICINE

Laura solves hormone problems for women of all ages. If you are a self-motivated, busy woman who is looking for an effective, cutting-edge, holistic approach, work with Laura. She identifies the hidden causes of your unresolved symptoms, with compassion and precise clinical skills. You are empowered and encouraged to play an active role in your healing process.

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ACUPUNCTURE

Drop deeply into restorative relaxation and healing, in the care of a seasoned Acupuncturist. Laura provides gentle and painless Japanese acupuncture, in a beautiful and serene environment. Unwind stress, balance your hormones, reset your nervous system, and melt pain. Laura provides acupuncture in Monterey, California. She specializes in women's hormonal health.

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EDUCATION

Sign up for FREE up-to-date information about your health. Women, optimize your reproductive health, from menstruation to fertility to menopause. Recover from adrenal fatigue, sleep well, and feel energized and calm throughout the day. Identify thyroid problems and resolve them. Learn about Paleo-inspired nutrition, a minimalist approach to supplements, and more.

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Gals, let's solve your nagging hormone symptoms and transform your life today!

From the Blog

gut health

VIBRANT WOMEN Over 40, Phase 2

Schedule Appointment Phase 2 is all about gut health In Phase 1 we dipped into diet and nutrient status. Phase 2 is for women who need to fix a gut problem. This may be a symptom like: Acid reflux • Belching • Bloating • Constipation • Diarrhea • Gas • Indigestion Many of us think these ... Read More

holiday weight loss

Who Wants to Lose Weight this December?

Get Help With Weight Loss For many of us, packing on some pounds over the winter holidays is typical. I propose the opposite this year: lose weight during December, or simply don't gain any! There's too much food in general during this time, and it's often laden with refined carbohydrates ... Read More

hormone test

Why All Women Should Take the Dutch Complete Hormone Test

Here I describe why I use the Dutch Complete Hormone test as part of Phase 1 in my VIBRANT WOMEN OVER 40 Functional Medicine program. I also use this test for younger women. I explain what this test is and why I recommend it for all women. Schedule Appointment What is the Dutch Complete Hormone ... Read More

Functional medicine blood labs

Functional Medicine Blood Labs

This post describes the difference between conventional and functional blood labs. It also provides information about how I do Functional Medicine blood labs. Schedule Appointment Conventional Blood Labs When you get blood lab results from your conventional doctor,  you often hear that ... Read More

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Hypothyroid Treatment, Step 1: Nutrition

This post is part three in a series about hypothyroid and Hashimoto's thyroiditis. Start at the beginning or read the last post. Schedule Appointment Step 1 in hypothyroid treatment: make sure you have the right nutrients The most important nutrient is iodine. You cannot make thyroid hormones ... Read More

People Say

  • Tina

    Laura Paris is a gifted practitioner.  About two years ago I came to her because I was feeling sluggish about two weeks of every month.  I had felt like that for about two years   Laura reviewed my blood test results, prescribed a vitamin regime and in a week I felt better than I ever had.  I visit her periodically for blood test result reviews and any changes in vitamin supplements.

    Laura also helped my 15 yo son who was very thin, had no energy and was depressed.  Again, after reviewing blood results was able to prescribe protein powders, diet change and supplements that gave my child more energy and made him FAR  more pleasant to be around.

    I highly recommend Laura to anyone seeking better health and well being.

  • Liz

    I've been working with Laura for nearly seven years now. First it was in person with her deeply healing acupuncture, combined with Traditional Chinese Medicine when needed. At times we addressed specific issues, but mostly it was for overall well-being. I savored my visits and felt completely held in her care and expertise.

    In the last year I have been working with Laura intensely on healing my gut dysbiosis as a way in to addressing a constellation of other health issues known as Metabolic Syndrome. I have learned so much about how my body works best, and have seen encouraging improvements on many fronts. I still appreciate my face-to-face visits, but I enjoy our phone appointments, too. And I absolutely rely on Laura's new website: my patient portal holds my entire visit history, labs, prescriptions, her recommendations and conversations. I can refer to them at any time, ask a quick question or make an appointment whenever I think of it.

    What I most enjoy is how versatile and intelligent Laura's care has been and how she challenges herself to keep growing. If she doesn't know enough about a topic, she will certainly find out. She's a wise counselor with a friendly twinkle in her eye and lilt in her voice. I feel I have a true partner who's fully invested in my total health and helps me be as well.

  • Sasha

    I have nothing but wonderful things to say about Laura and her healing practice. I went to Laura dealing with severe anxiety, fatigue, and depression that came on rather suddenly. Through thoughtful interviews and investigation, she was able to help me figure out that I had been dealing with hormonal imbalance due to Hashimoto's disease. She helped me navigate my diet and use food and supplements to help heal my imbalance in addition to acupuncture treatments to help me manage my anxiety, Laura is truly a healer and I highly recommend friends and family to her without hesitation. Thank you so much, Laura, for all of your thought, care and active listening - I am truly grateful!!

  • Jacqueline

    Laura is an incredibly gifted practitioner. She assisted me in getting pregnant with my now, 9-month-old son (I have PCOS), and saw me all throughout my pregnancy and into the postpartum period (so so needed!). My husband goes to her for his moderate/severe arthritis, as well!

    Laura has a deep knowledge base that seems to flow effortlessly from her fingertips. She is compassionate, witty and smart. She combines treatment modalities like diet, lifestyle, herbs and movement with acupuncture to give you a comprehensive care plan. Unlike some practitioners, she is thoughtful with her recommendations, and doesn't try to upsell you on anything that may not be in your best interest. She's always current on the latest research, and forever taking courses and conferences to increase her skill.

    I can't recommend her enough.

  • Heather

    After actively trying to get pregnant for almost a year, I became pregnant once I started seeing Laura for acupuncture. In fact, I conceived the very first week I started seeing her. Not only did I have a very healthy, happy pregnancy but I had a very healthy, happy baby. I know she played a role in this. To say that she is amazing at what she does would not begin to attest to the magnitude of care and skill she provides. She is extremely knowledgeable and devoted to her patients. Her compassion goes beyond measure and she felt like so much more than an acupuncturist...she felt like a friend. She provided me with the utmost care during my pregnancy journey and I will be eternally grateful to her. If you are struggling to get pregnant or looking into acupuncture for any other reason, Laura Paris is the person to see. I can't sing her praises loud enough.

  • Lisa

    Laura has been wonderful to work with over the last few months. When I started seeing her, I had been dealing with several health issues including hormone imbalance, thyroid problems, exhaustion and sleeplessness. I also have an autoimmune disease. She has been so helpful with everything. After a few short months, I am feeling healthier, my sleep has regulated and my hormones are more balanced. I am so thrilled and very thankful for all Laura has done for me! She is a joy to work with.

  • Paula

    Pregnant at 40 thanks to Laura!  I had a difficult time conceiving my second child.  After two consecutive miscarriages, I knew that I had to go back to Laura.

    I have known Laura for five years now.  She has helped me tremendously with my many allergies and with the fertility of my first child.  So when I was having difficulty conceiving my second child, I visited Laura for help. She knew what to do right away and with her support and wealth of knowledge, I became pregnant soon after my first visit with her.

    Laura is kind, caring and very knowledgeable but above all she is patient.  I am the type of client that comes in with a list of questions and often I am received with frustration by others.  Not with Laura!  She listens actively and always has an insightful response to my every question.

    Her healing center is warm, clean and relaxing.  For these reasons, I look forward to my appointments with her. I recommend Laura to anyone needing a health tune-up to those of us with difficulty conceiving.  She is a hidden gem!

  • Jenny

    I’d like to express my appreciation for what Laura Paris is doing for my health on an ongoing basis.

    When I started seeing Laura, I was suffering with symptoms from a debilitating autoimmune disease.  Through Laura’s acupuncture treatments and gentle guidance in making important dietary and lifestyle changes, I am in complete remission.  Laura has given me the tools to take control of my health, which I will forever be grateful.

  • Brandi

    When I first came to Laura’s office eight years ago, I was riddled with pain, brain fog,  fatigue, and a diagnosis of Fibromyalgia. Through careful discussion, correct blood tests, and analysis, Laura was able to bring me to a correct diagnosis of Hashimoto’s and hypothyroidism. Through the years, I have worked with her to discover my root reasons for my autoimmune disease and I am forever thankful for her. I was able to get pregnant with my second child, at 37 years old, after being told that it wasn’t possible. Through her expertise, I have learned proper eating habits, how to supplement, general well­being, and self care. She really listens. She treats each patient as an individual and is very informed and precise. I love that she has training in both functional/Western medicine and traditional/Eastern medicine. Her understanding of both is a huge plus! Before I came to Laura, I saw several MDs and natural doctors. None of them gave me the comprehensive information or attention that she has. She really has a passion for what she does”

  • Susan

    Laura paid close, unhurried attention to my health story, and asked for targeted labs to be taken. She gives you the feeling that you are important as you sit with her. She knew from my symptoms and their trajectory what labs to have me take. She was on the button! She then designed a protocol for my specific thyroid issues and sent me home with a list of supplements to order. It was remarkable how much better I felt in just weeks on the protocol. I hadn't felt that good for several years. I had already been on thyroid medication and Laura's plan was to see if we could optimize things nutritionally. I still use Laura's services for functional medicine, nutrition and acupuncture."

  • Dani

    I had been seeing my doctors about my stomach problems for a few months and they weren't doing anything to help me. So a close friend of mine told me about Laura.

    The first time I met Laura, I was a mess. I couldn't eat anything without feeling sick. Laura was so kind and sweet, and let me cry to her about how stressful it was to feel like a "prisoner" of my own body. We talked about my options and what I was willing to try (at this point I was willing to try anything). We added some probiotics, vitamins, acupuncture, and and I watched what I ate.

    It was so nice to have someone listen to what I had to say, who didn't make me feel like I was just another patient. I have come so far because of Laura. I feel a 100 times better, and she still goes out of her way to email me and make sure everything is going good. I can't thank her enough!”

  • Jennie

    Most of my life I have struggled with a sugar and yeast imbalance. Although I was able to get mild relief from time to time, I thought it would be a constant, lifelong, losing battle. I arrived at Laura's office desperate for some relief.

    Laura provided an analysis of my body, metabolism, and provided fascinating information about the function of biofilm. She even helped me figure out some of my efforts we're actually working against me!

    Laura and I worked together to develop multiple strategies to finally start to get some relief. Overcoming sugar cravings and an intense yeast balance was no easy task. However, with Laura's guidance, it finally became came realistic. After a few months of diligence and determination, I feel as though I am on top of it for the first time in my life.