Sal Salerno

Sal Salerno

Acupuncture and Five Element Practitioner


Sal Salerno, Ph.D, L.Ac., Dipl.Ac, Ma.Ac., is a licensed acupuncturist registered by the Minnesota Board of Medical Practice and certified by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM). He completed his training in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) at the Academy of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine in Roseville, Minnesota. He also has been a certified practitioner of Shiatsu for 15 years and is skilled in the arts of cupping, moxibustion, and auricular (ear) therapy.

Sal holds a doctorate in sociology and has specialized in medical sociology. He developed the TCM curriculum for Minneapolis Community and Technical College's Global Health and the Healing Arts program, and he continues to teach in their social science department.

Sal’s post-graduate work involved a series of mentorships with Five Element and Japanese-style acupuncture practitioners. He uses a Five Element approach to his acupuncture practice, a method in which needles are not retained, and moxa is also used on acupuncture points before they are needled, "warming the house for the guest." Balancing the meridians and treating the person as a whole also are integral aspects of the Five Element method. In addition to the Five Element approach Sal utilizes Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) in his treatments if indicated.

Sal’s clinical experiences have included the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder at the Center for Victims of Torture, treatment of chronic pain including neuropathy, palliative care, and supportive therapy for patients with cancer. He treats a wide range of conditions, specializing in the treatment of autoimmune conditions, allergies, digestive issues and nutrition, endocrine imbalances, insomnia, psycho-emotional issues, and addiction.


Work with Sal in Mendota Heights