1000 Folded Cranes Acupuncture - WestHollywood Acupuncturist
Family Care and Pain Clinic

(323) 350-4946

5455 Wilshire Blvd., Suite #102, Los Angeles, CA 90036
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Welcome to Wellness

1000 Folded Cranes Acupuncture and Family Health Clinic provide therapeutic healing and wellness for the entire family. Dr. Fred Ragsdale, DACM, is a primary care physician trained in Western and Complementary medicine. Although most people first visit an acupuncturist for pain therapy, Dr. Ragsdale also has over a decade of treating gynecological, pediatric, psycho-emotional, and auto-immune conditions. Common healing techniques include acupuncture, cupping therapy, physical therapy, trigger point therapy, cold laser therapy, and other holistic techniques, eastern and western.

Our clinic is at the nexus of West Hollywood, Miracle Mile, Beverly Grove, and Koreatown while offering a mobile-care program (at-home or workplace), for your convenience. As a primary care physician, Dr. Ragsdale orders and analyzes x-rays, MRIs, blood panels, and other diagnostic tools, providing the most effective acupuncture and family medical services in West Hollywood/Miracle Mile. We treat acute and chronic pain for all ages, including children, with an emphasis on personal well-being and transformation.

"My back pain has been resolved thanks to Dr. Ragsdale. By my 4th acupuncture visit, I was more than 50% better. He's awesome!"
- S. Stewart

Dr. Fred Ragsdale, D.A.C.M., L.Ac. provides insights to effective treatment

Video Transcript

The key to a good diagnostician, is someone that listens, someone that engages with the patient and I think that's the most important thing. 1,000 Folder Cranes is an acupuncture clinic and I got the name from the Japanese tradition to offer someone a thousand folded cranes or origami cranes for long-lasting health and the idea resonated with me and the concept of not just treating the acute symptoms but of Chinese medicine, actually, this holistic thing where we're actually trying to create health and well-being.

And so, this name 1,000 Folded Cranes really has some resonation. It informs the way I practice. We call it root-and-branch in Chinese medicine. We obviously want to take care of what will affect you at that moment, the branch, but we believe that there's actually something deeper and that's the root. So a good practitioner will be that. They first treat the branch but it also working on the root to try and alleviate as much of the pain or the symptom with the actual condition that's causing it.
Specialty in Healing
I got specialization from school in sports medicine but I've also taken about four hundred hours of acupuncture work of Western Orthopedics classes at Cedar Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles on Western Orthopedics and that traditionally been my specialty. However, when I was in Shanghai for 2 years, I worked at a fertility clinic so that expanded my scope of my ability, so to speak, and I treated gynecological issues and fertility cases and postpartum issues, and I was really successful at that.
At-home Care
What really is kind of the old traditional in both Western and Chinese is the house calls-- the doctor going on the house call. And I think that's really important that we as practitioners have that still in our bag of tricks, and so what I'm offering, is I offer that service as well and it's wonderful because for the patient, there in their home, that safety net, you're at home and I'm coming to you.
Universal Access
What's really great is that acupuncture used to be this renegade medicine is now part of the system. I take insurance just like any other medical professional. We are now part of the medical community. So what I think is really important is that patients come in and see an acupuncturist before their problems get too big and that's the beauty of this kind of medicine, which may be sets us apart from allopathic or Western medicine where you do wait until these symptoms are very manifest. With an acupuncturist, you're able to go in weekly, or monthly. And what we're doing in that situation is that we are doing tune-ups and that way we can gauge the health of the person before it becomes an issue.

I invite you to experience this ancient and effective medicine.

Treating more than symptoms

By combining Chinese and Western medicine, it provides a unique approach to treatment. A good practitioner will treat the symptom or "branch", while also treating the underlying condition or "root."

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Dr. Fred Ragsdale now offers Trigger Point Therapy

By releasing trigger points, it promotes a natural healing response. As muscle fibers begin to relax, the pain associated with the tightness begins to fade, which promotes the release of histamines, relaxing blood vessels, and increasing blood flow into the area.

Trigger points are very common. See Services below.

Dr. Fred Ragsdale works to find the underlying root of your pain or problem.

"Your customized treatment will focus on healing and restoration. Little things can become larger problems and so I encourage you to come in for a consultation before resolving to pain medication. We can resolve many common conditions without you having to take pills or undergo surgery.

-Dr. Fred Ragsdale, DACM, L.Ac.

What Our Patients Say

"He takes accountability for what he prescribes as a doctor and his passion and commitment to quality care comes through in his practice. I would recommend him without hesitation."
See Testimonials below.

Treatment During COVID-19

Patients are getting At Home Care (House Calls) during COVID-19.  Call to set an appointment and we'll take the necessary precautions to make ensure the highest level of safety. See At Home Care and Covid-19 Safety Precautions below.

Conditions Treated

Chinese Medicine views disease as an imbalance within the holistic body. Because everything in the body is connected in some way, we are able successfully treat a wide variety of seemingly unrelated conditions. Below reflects a partial list of conditions treated at 1000 Folded Cranes Acupuncture and Family Health Clinic.

Please contact us at 3 2 3. 3 5 0. 4 9 4 6 if you have questions about our treatment, your condition, and which diseases we can effectively treat at 1000 Folded Cranes Acupuncture and Family Health Clinic. The conditions we treat include:

Chronic Pain

Dr. Fred Ragsdale - Chronic PainWe are experts at chronic and acute pain management. Many of us have endured some level of pain over time. Through the course of several treatments, we promote the body's natural ability to repair and heal. To learn more about the specific pain conditions that we treat, please visit our Pain & Injury Page.

Sports Injury

Dr. Fred Ragsdale - Sport InjuryWe treat a variety of orthopedic conditions including inflammation due to injury and musculoskeletal stresses from sports and every-day repetitive activities. Our years of experience treating sports injuries can help you reduce pain and restore function.

Stress and Anxiety

Dr. Fred Ragsdale - Stress and AnxietyWith an empathetic approach, we guide patients toward a more balanced response to stress, stabilized mood, elevated energy and greater consciousness. You will see the difference our care starting with your first visit.

Women's Health

Dr. Fred Ragsdale - Women's HealthLeveraging our fertility experience working in fertility hospitals in Shanghai, China, we offer expert treatment for a range of women's health concerns including menstruation, PMS, endometriosis, pelvic pain and more. Most of our female patients find sustained relief in these areas within the first 8-12 treatments.


Dr. Fred Ragsdale - Fertility TreatmentsAcupuncture increases the blood supply and boosts the body's repair response. When channeled appropriately to the uterus and ovaries, acupuncture has a coordinating effect on the body's hormonal cycles, promoting timely ovulation. Through a series of treatments and techniques, you will begin to see how your body responds, paving the way to improved fertility results.


Dr. Fred Ragsdale - Acupuncture for childrenDr. Ragsdale caters to children from the very young to adolescents. Their unique physiology allows them to respond to treatment more effectively than adults, providing opportunity to address a variety of conditions including allergies, asthma, colds, immune response, persistent cough, ear infection, acne as well as bed-wetting. We also have had success improving ADHA and autism conditions.

Preventative Care

If an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, then coming in for treatment before illness manifests is just what the doctor ordered. Alongside acupuncture, 1000 Folded Cranes provides integrative strategies including dietary recommendations, massage, exercise, herbal and meditative.

Digestive Illnesses

Dr. Fred Ragsdale - Digestive IssuesThe digestive system is a sensitive organ. Proper digestion requires time and relaxation. Unfortunately, many of us are eating in hurried situations with stressful schedules. These patterns combined with improper food choices, overeating and sitting for long period of time, are leading to many digestive disorders; including heartburn, constipation, diarrhea, as well as more complicated diseases like Ulcerative Colitis, Irritable Bowel Syndrome and Crohn's disease.

Auto-immune Conditions

Dr. Fred Ragsdale - Autoimmune DisordersAcupuncture's healing and chemical-triggering functions works to stimulate natural processes including immune response. Recent studies indicate favorable effects of acupuncture on the immune functions as early as 72 hours after the first session and continue to provide health benefit one month beyond treatments. Impaired immune functions, such as chemotaxis, phagocytosis, lymphoproliferation and NK activity, were significantly improved by acupuncture. Acupuncture also brings normal values in the body closer to healthy levels, providing a regulatory effect on the immune system.

Our Services

Our treatment protocols include a variety of holistic healing techniques. Each can be utilized independently or in conjunction with one another to maximize therapeutic effect. After your initial consultation and evaluation, a recommended treatment plan will be offered. Most patients will notice a response to their symptoms after their first treatment and significant change in how they feel within 3 to 4 treatments. Depending on your level of pain or other condition, additional treatments may be needed to allow the body to undergo a more significant healing process. Our treatments include:


At 1000 Folded Cranes, Dr. Ragsdale's expert acupuncture techniques, fortified with strong Eastern medical experience, allows his patients to find resolution to their condition or pain in less time. Dr. Ragsdale is a master diagnostician, and by treating the root and branch of the problem, patient have immediate indication as to the effectiveness of the treatment they receive.

Dr. Ragsdale's acupuncture combines classical Chinese medical principles with modern pathophysiology and western anatomy in a clinical way that facilitates healing and wellness to achieve the best treatment outcomes.

Also known as "dry needling" in the sports/physical therapy industry, Dr. Ragsdale relies on proven acupuncture and healing techniques that should only be performed by a licensed acupuncturist. As such, the body can benefit from one or more treatments designed to help promote balance in the body (Qi or Chi - pronounced: Chee) for common ailments and physical injury, as well as increased blood flow and healing.

Dr. Ragsdale is able to elicit the "De Qi", or arrival of Qi, through proper diagnosis, point / meridian selection and his refined, wellness focused techniques. Dr. Ragsdale has studied classical Chinese styles, Japanese acupuncture, trigger point therapy, and now, while practicing Master Tung acupuncture, has come into a practice and style all of his own.

Prolotherapy (Prolo-acupuncture)

What is Protherapy? According to the National Institute of Health, Prolotherapy treatment involves "a series of 2- 5 monthly injections of a topical anesthetic and a solution of other medicines directly on sore tendon or ligaments, or into painful joints" (Rabago, Slattengren, & Zgierska, 2010,p. 17).

Is Prolotherapy safe?

Yes.  Published studies for the National Institute of Health (NIH) indicate that prolotherapy is safe and prudent when delivered by an experienced practitioner. Findings reveal that the treatment does not appear to have significant risk beyond other injection techniques, such as steroid injections.

How does Prolo-acupuncture work? 

Dr. Ragsdale offers prolo-acupuncture treatment, which can provide similar results without injections.  By directly treating these injured areas, we are stimulating the body to heal itself, restoring function to the joint or tendon naturally.  This treatment promotes rapid healing and the reduction of pain.

The effectiveness is wide-ranging and includes pain associated with:

  • The back
  • Neck
  • Joints throughout the body
  • Arthritis
  • Migraine headaches
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Sciatica
  • Herniated discs
  • Temporo Mandibular Joint Dysfunction (TMJ).

Chronic musculoskeletal pain is often due to the weakness of ligaments and tendons. Joints, such as the knee and shoulder, often develop instability as well as weakening of the internal cartilage surfaces. These areas are often improved by prolotherapy and prolo-acupuncture.

How are pain and injury assessed?

I will perform a physical exam for common injuries and pain of the major joints of the body, including observation, inspection, palpation, and special orthopedic tests for joint range-of-motion, tracking, and stability. During the exam, we will assess levels of pain as well as the mechanics of injury, looking for red flags for serious or urgent joint conditions that could involve other medical professionals. If treatment is applicable to your condition, a prolo-acupuncture schedule will be created for you.

How is Prolo-acupuncture performed?

Prolo-acupuncture involves needling into the area where the ligaments have either been weakened or damaged through injury or strain. It is performed as similar to normal acupuncture.

When is this type of treatment advised?

  • Recurrent swelling or fullness involving a joint or muscular region
  • Popping, clicking, grinding, or catching sensations with movement
  • A sensation of your  legs giving way with associated back pain
  • Temporary benefit from chiropractic manipulation or manual mobilization that fails to ultimately resolve the pain
  • Distinct tender points along the bone at tendon or ligament attachments
  • Numbness, tingling, aching, or burning referred into an upper or lower extremity
  • Recurrent headache, face pain, jaw pain, ear pain
  • Chest pain with tenderness along the rib attachments on the spine or along the front of the chest
  • Spine pain that does not respond to surgery or whose origin is not clear from MRI, CT, X-Ray, Myelogram, or other similar studies

Prolo-acupuncture can:

  • Accelerate healing and reduce severity from acute sprains and strains
  • Re-stabilize hypermobile joints,  restoring normal joint tracking and biomechanics
  • Limit and reverse the effects of joint degeneration that leads to osteoarthrosis
  • Enhance the treatment of muscles, nerves, as well as other soft tissues, and systems that contribute to chronic pain.

After a musculoskeletal injury, there is often strain or a stretch of ligaments. Usually, healing occurs over time, restoring ligaments to their normal strength. However, if this healing does not occur, the result is lax ligaments. This can cause instability, muscle spasm, and a tendency to incur re-injury.

Pain that fails to respond to the traditional approaches is often caused by an injury to fibrous connective tissues, such as tendons and ligaments. Ligaments connect bone to bone, while tendons connect muscle to bone. Both ligaments and tendons may be damaged by major or minor trauma—smaller activities are repetitive. In most people, these injuries tend to heal over 1 to 2 months.

Sometimes the tissue damage is beyond repair. These tissues have a lower blood supply and are known to heal poorly compared to other tissues such as muscle, and therefore surgery may be needed. In other cases, patients with conditions such as fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome may have underlying metabolic deficiencies that impair the healing process. These patients will often demonstrate pain and tenderness at the connections of their ligaments and tendons. This discomfort presents with patterns of pain, such as numbness, tingling, and other abnormal sensations.

Ligaments and Joints that can benefit from Prolotherapy and Prolo-acupuncture:

Shoulder, Arms, and Hands
  • Acromio-clavicular joint
  • Gleno-humeral joint: AMBRI, TUBS and SLAP lesions
  • Elbow collateral ligaments
  • Wrist ulnar- and radio-carpal ligaments and the triangular fibrocartilage complex
Hip, Knee, Ankle and Foot
  • Knee patellar, collateral and cruciate ligaments
  • Knee menisci and the tibio-meniscal ligament
  • The superior and inferior tibio-fibular joints
  • Lateral ankle/foot: ATF, CF, PTF and CC ligaments
  • Medial ankle: hyper-pronation, deltoid and spring ligaments
The Spine
  • Cervical and lumbar facet joints
  • Posterior sacro-iliac, ilio-lumbar and sacro-tuberous ligaments
  • Whiplash and the supraspinous ligament

Cupping Therapy

As practiced by 1000 Folded Cranes, cupping therapy is a painless, and non-invasive procedure that improves circulation reduces pain and reduces toxins in the body. Most patients would call the experience an enjoyable, almost spa-like experience, and one of their favorite ways to end their acupuncture sessions. Small, ball-like glass cups are placed on the front or the back of the torso and allowed to remain for a period of time.

The air within the jars is removed, forcing a portion of the skin to be pulled in the jar like a gentle vacuum. We employ an additional technique of using oil-based massage liniments that allow the jars to slide across areas of tension and pain, treating a greater area. Cupping is remarkably effective for relaxing muscles and restoring proper circulation.

Cupping is an essential tool for most musculoskeletal conditions, pain, colds and flu symptoms and all detox/weight loss. It can help remove toxins from the body and stimulate the flow of fresh blood, lymph, and Qi to the affected area and throughout the body.

Cupping therapy is not solely a tradition of Chinese medicine, as it was also recommended by Hippocrates, the man whom many consider to be the "Father of Modern Medicine," in his guide to clinical treatment.

Trigger Point Therapy

What is a Trigger Point Therapy with Acupuncture? Trigger Point Therapy with Acupuncture aims to resolve trigger points within the muscle.  A trigger point is a small patch of tightly contracted muscle tissue within the larger muscle, which can reduce blood flow and range-of-motion.  This is widely known as a muscle knot, which can be painful as it becomes less likely to fully relax on its own.  Because our muscles are made up of thousands of tiny fibers, these knots can occur in multiple places.  As trigger points develop, the entire muscle becomes less able to expand and contract normally. 

How does Trigger Point Therapy with Acupuncture work?

Releasing trigger points with the use of acupuncture promotes a natural healing response.  By accessing nerves within the muscle, contractions of the muscle trigger a reaction from the body. The process promotes the release of histamines, relaxing blood vessels, and increasing blood flow into the area, which allows the affected tissues to recover more effectively. As the muscle fibers begin to relax, the pain associated with the tightness begins to fade.  

Overused muscles are continuously contracting, and as a result, become shorter, which can become a chronic condition over time. Therefore, getting the muscle to release is extremely beneficial by reducing the strain on tendons and joints, which also has a positive impact on repetitive injuries like tendonitis. Dr. Ragsdale has developed specialized treatment, which is helping patients resolve trigger points.

How do you find trigger points in the muscle?

According to the National Institute of Health and National Center for Biotechnology Information, the best detection method and "gold standard" is through physical examination (Shah, Thaker, Heimur, Aredo, Sikdar, & Gerber, 2015, p. 17).  The process requires palpation (feeling the area), identifying a stiff band of muscle fibers and nodule within the band combined with the ability to reproduce your pain with subtle yet sustained pressure. Once the trigger points have all been found, effective treatment can be proposed.

Are Trigger Points common?

Yes, and they may point to many severe and unexplained aches and pains.  Myofascial pain syndrome is very common, which can be identified by a sore spot.  As described as micro-cramps, these sore spots are interpreted as cramps and spasms, which can continue to occur around the same injury location as the pain worsens.  As a result, these trigger points may be a significant factor in the assessment of neck pain and back pain as a "cause, a complication, or a bit of both" Ingraham (2020).

Herbal Remedies

At 1000 Folded Cranes, we understand that not all patients can "appreciate" the smell or taste of Chinese herbs. Herbs have a raw, organic smell that some have compared to a bitter-spice scent or something derived from plant roots. Instead, we use liquid extracts and powdered granules for all of the formulas prescribed.

We only use herbal supply companies that have demonstrated consistent testing quality and have stringent protocols concerning the use of pesticides and heavy metal processing methods.

Our primary concern is avoiding potentially adverse interactions with western medications. With a thorough review of your medical history and medications, we will determine if particular herbal remedies can be safely prescribed.

Dr. Ragsdale has extensive training in herb-pharmaceutical interactions and makes use of reliable pharmacological resources to foresee and avoid adverse interactions. he is also conservative and judicious about the combined use of western pharmaceuticals and herbal therapies.

At-home Care (House Calls)

Yes, we're open during COVID and you can get the treatment you need safely and in the comfort of your own home. While treatment continues at our office location in the Miracle Mile area, why take the additional risk in public if you can receive the best acupuncture treatment at your house or place of business? See Covid-19 Safety Precautions below.

Dr. Fred Ragsdale comes to you!

Taking expert care to the next level, Dr. Ragsdale has elevated his expertise one step further by offering his extensive experience helping patients to heal in their own homes, hotel, or place of work. Treatment is generally available on certain days within, or close to, the Miracle Mile area, West Hollywood, West Los Angeles, Beverly Hills, and Silver Lake. Enjoy treatments in your own bed, on a comfortable sofa, or yoga mat without the worry of traffic.

Benefits of House Calls

You can receive treatment in an environment of greater comfort, security, and confidentiality.

  • You can receive treatment when your condition or pain is too great to leave home.
  • You can avoid travel time and traffic
  • You can receive the best quality care possible with treatments that can be easily be extended for additional time.
  • You can recover more quickly by extending your post-treatment relation

For home visits, Dr. Ragsdale provides his patients with the proper insurance receipts (including diagnosis codes) for submission to their individual insurance carrier. These receipts may be applied to your deductible or accepted into a flex-spending account. Many patients find these receipts to be quite useful in saving them money throughout the course of their care.

If your insurance company will not reimburse you for the services rendered, the receipts may be able to be applied to your deductible or accepted into a flex-spending account. Many patients find these receipts to be quite useful in saving them money throughout the course of their care.

COVID-19 Safety Precautions

We take every precaution to make sure our patients are always safe.  By conforming to CDC and Los Angeles County safety guidelines for clinicians, we ensure our compliance. Before your treatment, we'll discuss details regarding your health, including if you have experienced recent flu-like symptoms such as fever and cough then plan your treatment accordingly.

Steps to ensure your safety
  1. Review and discuss your current state of health
  2. Review expectations for At-Home Care as related to COVID-19
  3. Acknowledge safety precautions and acceptance
  1. You must disclose your current state of health before your appointment.
  2. You are required to wear a mask or face covering during your treatment.
  3. You should consider a large open space to have your At-Home treatment, which can be a patio, wood deck, balcony, pool area, backyard, or your living room.
  4. You should communicate any changes to your health after your treatment by calling 1000 Folded Cranes Acupuncture.
  5. If you are feeling unwell prior to your appointment, there is no fee to cancel.

As a medical practitioner, Dr. Fred Ragsdale is tested regularly and wears a mask and gloves during all interactions with patients and staff.  Equipment surfaces are cleaned after each use and prior to the start of each day, ensuring supplies and materials are appropriately sanitized.  Gloves and other consumables are discarded after use.

A Special Deal Just for You

Take advantage of our At-Home services during this time and receive $25 off your first treatment.  With this deal, you'll pay only $150 for your initial At-Home acupuncture treatment provided by a world-class clinician.  You can avoid public travel and exposure while getting more out of your treatment by relaxing in your home.  By staying home, you are also helping our COVID recovery by reducing public interactions.

Veteran's Care

Chronic pain, posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and anxiety are a few of the common conditions that affect our military men and women.  As heroes, we must recognize and support their care, particularly where we can supplement their VA treatment, boosting access to specialized services that can improve the quality of care.

In addition to trauma, Veterans may experience acute and chronic pain due to post-surgical conditions as well as injuries and strains sustained during their deployments.  Our goal is to reduce and resolve pain conditions through holistic methods, thereby allowing many Veterans to reduce their pain medication consumptions.

TriWest Healthcare Alliance

1000 Fold Cranes acupuncture accepts TriWest Healthcare Alliance, whose mission is to support our nation's Veterans and the military community. By supporting TriWest, Dr. Ragsdale supports the Veteran's Administration, working to improve the health outcomes of veterans and those actively serving our country.

"Veterans often ask how acupuncture will help them, unaware of how acupuncture trains the body to respond to targeting stimuli, prompting the body to facilitate its own natural healing process. "

- Dr. Fred Ragsdale

Veterans' Access to Care through Choice, Accountability, and Transparency Act of 2014

Referred to as the Veterans Choice Act, the Veterans' Access to Care through Choice, Accountability, and Transparency Act of 2014, provides funding for veterans so they can obtain expert treatment beyond the VA.  While there are no acupuncturists currently working at the VA, veterans who qualify for medical coverage automatically qualify for 100% coverage.

The benefits of acupuncture include:
  • Reduced inflammation caused by injuries and surgery
  • Acute and chronic pain management in all parts of the body
  • Reduced anxiety and irritability
  • Improved mental clarity, concentration, and memory
  • More restful sleep
  • Increased energy

Worker's Compensation

We understand that wellness is a concerted effort, where those who wish to restore their ability to thrive do so by seeking professional care, improving their productivity and mental state. As such, Dr. Fred Ragsdale works with insurance companies and representatives of injured workers to promote better outcomes and rapid return to work. 

Dr. Ragsdale's cost-conscious process ensures that resources are not squandered while maximizing the effects of acupuncture using his unique skills and background, effectively reducing acute and chronic pain, soft tissue soreness, stress, anxiety, and sleeplessness.   

California Labor Code Section 4600

The California Labor Code Section 4600 specifically allows for acupuncture treatment, stating "medical, surgical, chiropractic, acupuncture, and hospital treatment", among other services, that are "required to cure or relieve the injured worker from the effects of his or her injury shall be provided by the employer…" (Legislature.ca.gov., 2014).

How Does California Workers' Compensation view Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is used as an alternative method of care when pain medication is no longer desired. It is also used as a supplemental treatment to physical rehabilitation.  Acupuncture also provides improved healing and recovery in post-surgical conditions. Information is available to workers regarding using their acupuncturist as their primary care physician (visit CA.gov regarding SB863).  Workers can elect to change their treating physician to their personal acupuncturist following a work-related injury or illness (See Notice of pre-designation of personal physician (Form DWC 9783), at www.dir.ca.gov).

"When I got hurt, I reviewed my options to care and wanted to find a way to reduce my pain meds and sleeping pills.  After just a few days of treatment, I could already see why Dr. Ragsdale was the right choice for me.  Now I go to see him on Fridays after work, which helps me to be 100% ready for a productive and energized week.

- J. Abrahms


"The sharp pain in my knee ligament was gone after six sessions.  I never thought it would heal that much."


"I first went to see Dr Ragsdale after trying to conceive unsuccessfully for 2 and a half years, both naturally and with IUI treatments. I was about to embark on IVF and was looking for support through acupuncture. Seeing Dr Ragsdale weekly before and throughout treatment really helped me to cope with the physical and emotional rigors of the IVF process. I suffered very few side-effects from the IVF medication and was surprised by how well I was able to cope with the emotional stress. Our first cycle went very smoothly and was successful and I am now very happily and healthily into the 2nd trimester of my pregnancy. Thanks so much, Dr Ragsdale!"


"If you are searching for a professional and personal acupuncturist that truly cares I highly recommend Dr. Ragsdale. I injured my back one morning and he was able to get me in that night for an appointment. The cupping treatment combined with the acupuncture gave me great relief. If you are in need of pain relief I highly suggest Dr. R. Until this treatment I was not a believer in acupuncture. I would suggest to anyone experiencing pain or other health conditions to give it a try and see the benefits for yourself."


"I am a rugby player and I came to see Fred to treat a pain on my longitudinal arch of foot that lasted for months and was very crippling on the pitch but also in my daily life. Fred's diagnosis was quick and relevant: it turned out to be a very bad inflammation. I had three acupuncture sessions, which was something very new for me. And it worked more than expected. The pain totally disappeared. More than the treatment itself, I really appreciated the fact that Fred took time to explain me in very simple words what was the problem and how to solve it. His advices on what to do at home to deal with the pain were also very helpful. Good job !"


"Fred combines experience with a relaxed yet professional attitude. For me the visits were quite relaxing."


"There's no faster, more effective, drug free way to alleviate back, neck, and shoulder pain than with Dr Fred's acupuncture!  He's very knowledgeable  and professional and gets consistent results!  He's even treated my 8 year old son!"


"Dr Fred is a good doctor. Professional and kind."

-Chen Chen

"I first visited Fred because I was looking for a solution for a chronic sinus infection and allergies.  I had never tried acupuncture before but was deeply interested in Traditional Chinese Medicine as an expat in China and because Western medicine wasn't always effective.  Acupuncture at 1000 Folded Cranes not only provided a cure but Dr. Ragsdale made TCM approachable and understandable for me as a patient by explaining his approach and why – something another doctor would likely not be able to do.  Thanks, Fred!"


"When I first started my acupuncture treatment, I was very skeptical – but having struggled with Arthritis for many years, having taken lots of medication and still not being able to feel better, I was willing to try anything. So I went. After a few weeks I already started to see improvement in my pains caused by RA. My headaches disappeared, my PMS related pains also disappeared. Actually, I have never before been as pain-free as I was during my treatment at 1000 Folded Cranes – even my western RA medication couldn't do what the treatment did for me. I haven't felt so good for a long time and I've realized, that when I get back to my country, I need to continue my acupuncture treatment."


"I first visited Fred because I was looking for a solution for a chronic sinus infection and allergies.  I had never tried acupuncture before but was deeply interested in Traditional Chinese Medicine as an expat in China and because Western medicine wasn't always effective.  Acupuncture at 1000 Folded Cranes not only provided a cure but Dr. Ragsdale made TCM approachable and understandable for me as a patient by explaining his approach and why – something another doctor would likely not be able to do.  Thanks, Fred!" See you next month!


‘Fred took great care to understand my injury, explain exactly what he thought was happening and then went through in detail what he was looking to achieve through the acupuncture……and it didn't hurt! I would highly recommend him'.


"I recently had the privilege of working with Dr. Fred Ragsdale on a "laundry list" of health concerns I had from serving 18 months in a combat zone. I was immediately impressed by his willingness to thoroughly listen to everything I had to say without interjecting or prematurely diagnosing me. He asked me so many detailed and specific questions that I knew he was genuinely invested in understanding the root of my symptoms. My favorite part about working with Dr. Fred was that he empowered me to move forward independently by giving me plenty of education and resources to continue my healing.Through his knowledge, suggestions, and direct treatment, I am now much more clairvoyant and balanced as well as overall happier and calmer. Thanks so much to Dr. Fred for his expertise!"


"Dr Fred helped me with some chronic more longer term health issues. He set me up with a treatment plan that was realistic, do-able and professional.  He takes accountability for what he prescribes as a doctor and his passion and commitment to quality care comes through in his practice. I would recommend him without hesitation."


"Had "doc" Fred over with a bunch of needles to sort out my neck issue. Got a thorough evaluation, he explains in a way that normal guys like me can understand, answered all my questions and did an outstanding but not too painful job.

The "doc" comes to your home, always on time and very accurate with the needles … By far the best I have ever experienced."


"I had tweaked the bones in my upper back/lower neck region and as it ended up had a bit of a stenosis problem going in my C4,C5 region. One of the biggest problems was the inflammation I had, disc bulge touching on the nerves causing some numbness in my fingers and tingling in my arm. An acupuncture session with Dr. Fred put a real dent in the inflammation problem. I highly recommend his service."


"Early this year I came to Fred with a hip problem. Walking was ok but stairs caused me big problems as the pain in my hip was very intense when I climbed stairs. I live in a 4 story building and could not walk up the stairs without hanging on to the railing and helping to pull myself up with my hands. Before I had finished my series of treatments  I could walk up the stairs without helping with my hands or best of all without any pain. A tuneup or two after a few months and I have not required Fred's expert and professional services for a long time now. He does great work and I would not hesitate in recommending him to anyone."


"During my stay on Phuket during 7 months, I had the pleasure to meet up with Fred. I have experienced acupuncture for more than 13 years mainly in London and Fred impressed me as he gave me acupuncture free of pain. Not only I could not feel the needles but I immediately felt the well-being effect of the treatment. Fred is very friendly and more than professional. He takes the time to listen to all what the patient has to say. He takes all factors into account like the life style, the congenital issues and the life changes of the patient. I highly recommend you to meet up with Fred and try out his acupuncture treatment and his herbals concoction."


"I started seeing Dr. Fred Ragsdale for a variety of health conditions including infertility, eczema and general fatigue. I must admit, I was a skeptic at the beginning because I knew little about TCM, but figured it was worth a try before I pursued "aggressive" Western medicine infertility treatments. A few months after receiving weekly treatments from Dr. Fred, I was pregnant, my eczema was almost gone and he helped to diagnose (and treat) my fatigue which was caused by a condition many Western medicine doctors in the USA and China had missed.

Fast forward almost a year later to today and I am now 33 weeks pregnant and have had the best pregnancy — no morning sickness or edema and tons of energy. It's exactly opposite of my previous pregnancy which was quite difficult.

I highly recommend Dr. Fred as he is extremely knowledgeable and treats you holistically rather treating just your individual symptoms. I feel the best I have felt in years. Thank you Dr. Fred Ragsdale."


"Fred gave his time to our rugby team during a major competition. His services were greatly appreciated and in my opinion assisted with us winning the final of the Shanghai 7s. I am not a needle fanatic, however I had a good experience going to see Fred."


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Do acupuncture needles hurt?

Most people barely feel a thing when needles are inserted. Some people feel a slight pinch, and others ask "Is it in yet?" The reason acupuncture needles don't give the painful sensation you might expect is because they're very, very thin in comparison to the hypodermic needles used to give injections.

There are certain sensations associated with the therapeutic effects of acupuncture, which are known as De Qi (pronounced "day-chee"). These may include slight cramping, heaviness, distention, tingling or electric sensation traveling along a meridian. You will notice that this sensation brings a smile to your acupuncturist as it is an indication the healing has begun. If any discomfort is experienced, it is usually mild.

Is acupuncture safe?

Acupuncture is very safe. The average liability coverage for an acupuncturist is about $600 per year, while primary care physicians pay an average of $12,000 per year. That's a 20:1 difference. While this may not translate into exactly a 20 to 1 difference in safety, a visit to an acupuncturist is at least as safe as a visit to your doctor, if not safer.

Acupuncture needles are extremely safe, because they are pre-sterilized, individually packaged, and disposable. Every practitioner gets extensive training in anatomy so as to avoid accidentally inserting a needle in a place that can cause damage.

Do I have to believe in it for it to work? Does acupuncture always work?

Acupuncture and herbs work whether you believe in them or not. Good results are seen in the majority of cases. When all other treatment methods have failed, this indicates a systematic imbalance – exactly what acupuncture excels at treating.

What should I expect on my first visit?

During your first office visit, we spend a lot of time getting a complete picture of your health and lifestyle. We examine the condition of your tongue (is it cracked, coated, excessively pink? etc.), and check your pulse on both wrists (the quality of your pulse gives information about possible imbalances). We'll also ask questions about your emotional state, and specific symptoms you may have.

This is done because unlike Western medicine, we treat the whole person and the root of your condition instead of only focusing on the symptoms. The first visit can last from an hour to an hour and a half, including an extensive consultation acupuncture treatment lasting another 30-45 minutes.

Your subsequent visits will be much faster – usually an hour long. We'll make a short review of your progress followed by an acupuncture treatment.

How often would I need to come in for treatment?

Typically acupuncture treatments are given once a week. If the condition is acute and painful, treatments may be given 2-3 times per week until the condition starts to come under control. The exact duration of treatment depends on the condition, your basic level of health, and how well you respond to acupuncture.

How does acupuncture work?

In Chinese medical theory, acupuncture works by balancing the body's Qi. Qi can be described as a form of bio-energy that runs along 12 major meridians. If Qi gets blocked, it shows up as an imbalance or illness. Basically, if you have a health condition, some part of your body's system is out of whack. Chinese medical theory allows us to diagnose the imbalance… and balance it.

In Western medical theory, acupuncture appears to work by stimulating parts of the brain. It also stimulates the body to release natural biomolecules such as neurotransmitters, vasodilators, and hormones. The exact mechanisms which brings this about are unknown, but the effects are measurable.

A good example of this is the use of acupuncture to induce labor. One of the first things that Oriental medical students learn is that there are a few points that are absolutely forbidden to use with pregnant women. These points cause the release of oxytocin, which is the hormone that naturally induces labor. Studies have shown that using acupuncture to induce labor reduces the active (painful) phase of labor by an average of 3.6 hours.

Pricing Schedule

  • New Patient Initial Consultation & Acupuncture Treatment (75-90 minutes): $100.00
  • Established Patient Consultation & Acupuncture Treatment (45-60 minutes): $75.00

Treatment Packages:

    6 treatments: $400 10 treatments: $600 House Calls (60-75 minutes): $175.00 Cupping Therapy (60 minutes): $75 Herbal Medicine: prices will vary from $7.00 to $40.00


  • 1000 Folded Cranes accepts a variety of payments including credit card, cash, and a wide variety of insurances, both in-network and out-of-network.
  • For cash payments, you will receive a discounted service.
Insurance Accepted:
  • Aetna
  • Cigna
  • Kaiser
  • Blue Shield
  • Anthem/Blue Cross
  • United Health
  • Tri-West (for Veterans) See Veteran's Care


About Dr. Fred Ragsdale

Fred Ragsdale, L.Ac.

Known for his calm nature, smiling presence and effective treatments, Dr. Fred Ragsdale, D.A.C.M., L.Ac., has been treating patients around the world for more than 10 years. His mission is to provide therapeutic healing by demonstrating the body's innate ability to heal itself. Thousands of people from all walks of life have found pain relief, both physical and emotional, from Dr. Ragsdale's gentle and highly-skilled treatments.

Dr. Ragsdale has operated successful acupuncture clinics in Shanghai, China; Phuket, Thailand; and Los Angeles, California. In Shanghai, he specialized in women's health and fertility, and was successful in helping many patients with their fertility issues, pregnancy discomfort and post-partum conditions. While in Phuket, he was the team doctor for a variety of club sports including rugby, triathlon, and mixed martial arts, treating orthopedic and pain conditions.

  • California Board Acupuncture License #AC13696
  • Doctorate of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine, Pacific College of Oriental Medicine; San Diego, CA
  • Master of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Five Branches University; Santa Cruz, CA
  • Sports Medicine Specialization, Five Branches University
  • One year advanced training in Western Orthopedics, Diplomat of Orthopedic Acupuncture Board
  • Mental Health Clinical Internship MHCAN of Santa Cruz, CA
  • Intensive clinical internship ZheJian Orthopedic Hospital of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Hangzhou, China
  • Medical Director: Phuket Raw Cleanse, Santosa Retreat Center
  • Team Doctor: Shanghai Hairy Crabs Rugby Club, Shanghai Cycling Club, Tiger Muay Thai Boxing Club, Phuket Mixed Martial Arts Club
  • Member, American Academy of Pain Management

Dr. Ragsdale has traveled extensively around the world teaching and studying the healing traditions of many cultures, traditions he now incorporates into his own healing practice. He loves reading and writing, coaching little league and spending time with his two children and beautiful wife. Dr. Ragsdale is always excited to introduce his neighbors to to this ancient and profound medicine.

"Although I take pride in the intuitive side of our medicine, I also believe in Chinese Medicine as a science and therefore think of myself not as a "whoo-hoo" healer, but a doctor steeped in scientific thought, both Eastern and Western, and an integrative approach to the body and soul."

-Dr. Fred Ragsdale

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