Spenta Kandawalla, L.Ac. is a California-licensed and nationally certified acupuncturist and herbalist. She received her Master's of Science in Traditional Chinese Medicine from the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in San Francisco.
Spenta uses acupuncture to treat everything from pain to the common cold to gynecology/fertility to migraines, and so much more. She has a special interest in treating emotional and mental suffering. This includes anxiety, depression, the impacts of trauma (chronic and acute), and its symptoms: nightmares, poor sleep, racing thoughts/spinning brain, overwhelming sadness, grief, stress, anger, agitation, and everything else that comes with these kinds of stressors. Spenta is excited to watch people, over and over again, use these treatments to move toward their goals and purpose, toward more ease in their lives and relationships, and toward a deeper sense of happiness. She has also experienced the benefits firsthand as acupuncture helped her move through chronic back pain, high stress and anxiety, and fatigue.
Two different doorways have led to her focus on healing trauma. The first has been through studying the Eight Extraordinary Meridians under the teaching and clinical supervision of Mark Frost, L.Ac. The second is through her study and work for the past decade in generative somatics and the integration of somatics and social justice with Staci K. Haines, her teacher, colleague and comrade. Coming from a background in social justice work, Spenta is committed to practicing healing that is pragmatic, effective, and affordable so people are free enough in themselves to take on the bigger task of liberating our peoples from oppression. She sees community acupuncture as playing a useful role in bringing back a people's healthcare.
Jaadu: jadu, jadhu, jadoo means magic. It is a word from farsi (persian/iranian), urdu (pakistani), hindi (indian). My people's roots trace back to ancient Persia (Zoroastrianism), and my family has called Pakistan home for many generations. I call on my ancestry, old land, and ancient knowing to guide me in my work - to keep me grounded and humble to the ways people have healed for centuries before us. I call this clinic Jaadu for the magic that I see acupuncture provide, not because I think of myself as a magician. Time and again, I am amazed when I put a needle in someone's foot and their back instantly feels better; or someone's cold is gone within a day of herbal treatment; or the time my patient's nightmares of 50 years just stopped after 2 appointments. I know I should expect this because I have studied why this medicine works. But, I'm also committed to seeing the magic in it, the surprises it offers, the possibilities it brings, and the wizardry of people's own bodies to heal themselves with just a few tiny needles. What else would you call this, but magic? Jaadu!
(It should also be noted that Jaadhu was the name of a very dear friend's dog, who I would say inspired quite a bit of magic in his lifetime, as four-legged creatures often do.)