Safe, Gentle, Effective

There is a reason you have made your way to my website and it probably has something to do with the fact that
you don’t feel the way that you’d like to feel.

I see people with a very wide variety of conditions, but if you boil it down they all have one thing in common — they feel stuck.

Are You stuck?

Are you PHYSICALLY stuck? You may have:

  • A low back that lays you low for a week every time it goes out
  • Knees that make you hobble like your grandmother
  • Migraine headaches that sideline you when you can least afford it
  • Allergies that keep you inside just when the spring and fall weather is most inviting
  • Sinuses that have you running to the doctor every six weeks for another Z-pack
  • Hormonal imbalances that have you (and your spouse!) at your wit’s end
  • Or another nagging health concern.

You’ve been to a bunch of doctors and you’ve tried a handful of different medications. The pills help you get through the day, but you don’t like the fact that you never get to the root of the problem, you worry about side effects, and every year your insurance pays less at the doctor’s office and pharmacy.

Are you EMOTIONALLY stuck? You may be:

  • Tense all the time and anxious about everything
  • Short-tempered with the people you care the most about
  • Awake at night with your mind spinning in circles
  • Foggy and distracted during the day when you need to focus
  • Overwhelmed by all your responsibilities and a lot more apt to forget important things than you used to be
  • Incapable of setting your cell phone down for more than five minutes
  • Powerless to quit bad habits, whether it’s Diet Coke, sleeping pills, or hours and hours a day on Facebook

You can’t put your finger on why, but you feel dissatisfied, disconnected, and maybe even depressed. You know that there’s more to life than trudging through the workday and collapsing in front of Netflix after dinner, but you don’t know where to look for the peace of mind, connection, and joy that you crave.

I have good news, friend. If you are stuck, you have come to the right place.

Though it seems foreign and mysterious to many Westerners, modern acupuncture is a minimally invasive and extremely safe procedure that awakens, strengthens, and focuses the body’s own capacity to heal itself. It does this by stimulating the nervous system and the connective tissues in ways that no other intervention can.

No medication, therapy, or surgery can do what acupuncture does.

Acupuncture gets you unstuck.

My name is Kristen Horner Warren. I am a licensed acupuncturist and board-certified herbalist with an advanced degree in physiology and a skeptical streak. This background uniquely qualifies me to offer safe, gentle, practical, and cost-effective health care geared toward people who don’t think of themselves as the woo-woo type.

Since 2003 I have helped thousands of Central Texans with conditions ranging from arthritis to anxiety, chronic pain to cedar fever, fertility enhancement to fibromyalgia, and sciatica to shingles (as well as many more!) Under my care, patients experience relief from symptoms, improved energy, enhanced sleep, better mood, and increased peace of mind. Patients tell me that they no longer feel overwhelmed or stuck when it comes to their health and that they are filled with joy and satisfaction because they have been able to return to full participation in their lives.


Research has shown that acupuncture is more effective than drugs, surgery, or physical therapy for several conditions and has the benefit of being safer and causing fewer side effects than other interventions. Read More


Although herbs are natural, they are also serious medicine. As a board-certified herbalist, I can custom prescribe a formula that is right for your needs and dispense it from my on-site pharmacy. Read More


Gua sha, cupping, and stimulation of acu-points with laser or gentle electrical current are some of the non-needle therapy options I offer. These techniques may be used in addition to or instead of acupuncture. Read More


  • I came to Kristen as a last resort with allergies as well as problems with balance and not able to walk without pain. What she was able to accomplish was for me huge. I had not been able to take my dogs out to even throw a ball. I was able to share a picture with her of one of my dogs with a huge smile, ball in her mouth, and a big THANK YOU to Kristen. ~Sandy Witliff, Waco TX

  • I’ve been going to see Kristen Horner Warren at Live Oak Acupuncture for 7 years & never once has she told me, “there’s nothing I can do for you.” From chronic to acute health problems she’s always helped me. I don’t know how I’d make it through without her. If you’ve been having health issues that you can’t seem to find a reason for, or medications haven’t been able to help you, I really urge you to consider trying this approach. ~Debi Faith, Waco TX

  • My mother suffers from frontal lobe dementia, after two treatments and taking the supplements Kristen has recommended, my mother is doing amazingly better! Before seeing Kristen, she was weak not standing or walking, she did not move her hands, very stiff and unsocial… this has all changed!!! My mother has stood and walked by herself, it was shaky but she did it! she has reached for her drink cup, she has not done this in over a year. Very social now even with our dog! She is now able to help with get in and out the car… her strength is better and her mood has improved. I was told by her general Dr she would never improve… I was so happy to take her to her last check up :0) My grandson was also having reoccurring ear infections for over a year, he was put on many different antibiotics that did not help. After seeing Kristen he has not had an ear infection in over six months!!! What a blessing Kristen has been to my family! Thank you! ~Tami Todd, Lakeland FL

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