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October Newsletter

AOM Acupuncture and Herbs


We invite you to explore a world of ancient healing and modern integrative medicine. 

 Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine Day Celebration

Friday, October 21st

5:00pm - 8:00pm


In observance of Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine (AOM) Day, PIHMA Acupuncture College & Clinic is hosting its annual AOM Day Celebration! Designed to increase public awareness of the benefits of acupuncture and Oriental medicine, AOM Day is supported by professional associations, research organizations, and educational institutions.  AOM encompasses acupuncture, herbal therapy, Oriental nutrition, qi gong, tai chi, tui na/acupressure, gwa sha, and cupping. Experience these modalities (and more) for yourself  at our most anticipated event of the year! Open to everyone from all walks of life - ALL ARE WELCOME!


Click here for a complete list of events, activities and presentations       



Clinic Specials


New Patient  

Referral Program 


  Friday Night Special

$25 treatments after 5pm on Fridays  

(excludes initial visit) 


Early Bird Special

$25 treatments before 9am Daily  

(excludes initial visit) 



Limit one special per patient.  

Not valid with other discounts. 



Fall Community Movement Class Schedule

(Aug. 1st - Dec. 18th) 

Try a movement class


1/2 off Community Movement Classes in October



Mondays 12-1pm

(moved from Fridays) 

with Kat Myers  


Qi Gong

Mondays 5-6pm

with Dan Bedgood


Tai Chi

Wednesdays 12-1pm

with Kevin Kolasa


Tai Chi Gung Fu

Wednesdays 6-7pm

with Jack Mathews


Click here for prices, class descriptions and instructor bios.



On the Horizon


October 12th




October 15th & 16th


AZSOMA Conference 


October 21st


National AOM Day

Celebration at PIHMA  


October 22nd & 23rd


Lonny Jarrett CEU  

at PIHMA  


November 15th through December 1st

Dr. Shi & Dr. Bian at PIHMA  

 November 18th


Pain Management through Integrative Pain Therapy  


Herb of the Month

Wu Wei Zi

Wu Wei Zi - Schisandra Fruit/Seed   

"Five Flavored Seed"


Wu Wei Zi is an intriguing stabilizing and binding herb that can be used to treat chronic cough and night sweats, as well as calm the spirit.  Entering the Kidney, Lung, and Heart channels it is unique in that it contains all five flavors (as indicated by its name)-sweet, sour, acrid, bitter and salty. Thus it can provide effects to various organs or systems.  Wu wei zi constrains leakage of lung qi, enriches Kidney yin, inhibits sweating while generating body fluids, and quiets the spirit and calms the Heart.  Laboratory research on wu wei zi has demonstrated a strengthening of heart function by improving diastolic and systolic actions. Systolic contractions are stronger and diastolic expansion is more complete.


To see if Wu Wei Zi is right for you, call PIHMA clinic today at 602.274.1885 for an Herbal Consultation. Because everyone is different, raw herbs are only sold after consultation with an herbal intern to create the appropriate formula for you.


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Five Element Seminar at PIHMA


Five Element Constitutional Diagnosis: 

Integral & Evolutionary Perspectives on Chinese Medicine

15 CEU's available  


Presented by International Author: 

Lonny S. Jarrett, M.Ac., M.S., FNAAOM

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When:  October 22nd & 23rd

9:00am to 5:00pm 

Where:  PIHMA College & Clinic

301 E. Bethany Home Rd.

Ste. A-230

Phoenix, AZ 85012

Cost:  $295 ($200 Student/Faculty)    


PIHMA is very excited to announce that we will be hosting a seminar with internationally renowned author Lonny Jarrett.  The author of many books, including Nourishing Destiny, Mr. Jarrett is recognized as one of the foremost experts in Five Element theory and will be discussing Five Element Constitutional Diagnosis and Integral and Evolutionary Perspectives on Chinese Medicine. 


Join us on this exploration of Five Element theory from one of the fields foremost experts.



Become a student today!

Contact Admissions at (602) 274-1885

AZSOMA Conference

Join the Arizona Society of Oriental Medicine & Acupuncture (AZSOMA) for their Fall Conference on Integrative Approaches to Diagnosis and Treatment of Musculoskeletal Disorder

AZSOMAturday & Sunday, October 15th & 16th
9:00am - 5:30pm
Don Lee, L.Ac., DNBAO, CSCS, AOS
15 CEU's AZ & CA 
rriott The Buttes
2000 W. Westcourt Way
Tempe, AZ  85282

2011 Fall Conference Registration Form
(PIHMA student discount - half off registration fees!) 

Not an AZSOMA member yet?   Click here to join! 



Grand Rounds and Lecture Series with Chinese Masters

Two of the world's top doctors of Acupuncture, Dr. Shi X
Dr Shi Xue Min - Photoue Min and and Dr. Bian Jin Ling are returning to PIHMA in November.  We are incredibly honored to host these two amazing Doctors as they perform grand rounds in the PIHMA Clinic, treat patients, and teach in a lecture series provided by Dr. Bian.

Students, Alumni and Licensed Acupuncturists will be able to work with Drs. Shi and Bian in the PIHMA Clinic, while patients will have the opportunity to be treated by two of the world's top doctors.  Then on Five incredible afternoons Dr. Bian will facilitate a lecture series in a variety of subjects, including:  Needle Technique, Cupping Technique, Hypertension and Stroke Treatment, Pain Management, and Women's Health.  Full Schedule and details below.

Nov. 15 - Dr. Bian - 9am-12pm PIHMA Clinic; 2-5pm Lecture
Nov. 16 - Dr. Shi - 9am-12pm PIHMA Clinic
Nov. 17 - Dr. Bian - 9am-12pm PIHMA Clinic; 2-5pm Lecture
Nov. 22  - Dr. Bian - 9am-12pm PIHMA Clinic; 2-5pm Lecture
Nov. 23 - Dr. Shi - 9am-12pm PIHMA Clinic

Nov. 29 - Dr. Bian - 9am-12pm PIHMA Clinic; 2-5pm Lecture
Nov. 30 - Dr. Shi - 9am-12pm PIHMA Clinic
Dec. 1 - Dr. Bian - 9am-12pm PIHMA Clinic; 2-5pm Lecture
Dec. 7 - Dr. Shi - 9am-12pm PIHMA Clinic
Appointments for treatment will fill up fast.  Call the PIHMA Clinic to schedule an appointment. Students and Alumni contact Jonathan (email: jlindsey@pihma.edu) to reserve your space on grand rounds or in the lecture series.

Grand Rounds:  Open to Students/Alumni; $60 For Licensed Acupuncturists
Lecture Series:  $20 per lecture - Students/Alumni
Treatment:  $100 per treatment (student discount available)


Integrative Pain Therapy Seminar 

Pain is a long-standing problem in America. Over 83 million adults live with pain which impact their daily activities, and over 75 million people live with chronic debilitating pain. Treatment often includes some combination of pain medication, physical therapy, and surgery. Compelling evidence shows the benefits of treating pain with mind-body therapy, acupuncture, massage, chiropractic, therapeutic touch, herbal therapy, and dietary/nutritional approaches. This seminar focuses on practical applications for nurses, and explores many of the min-body/alternative therapies and their benefits in the treatment of pain, as well as their impacts on patient and clinical outcomes.


When: November 18th, 2011Pain

8:30am - 12:00pm

Where: PIHMA College & Clinic

Cost: $39

 Click here for more information & to register


Acupuncture and Addiction


Addiction has been defined as physical and psychological dependence on psychoactive substances (for example alcohol, tobacco, heroin and other drugs) which cross the blood-brain barrier once ingested, temporarily altering the chemical milieu of the brain.

People who have addiction problems cannot deal with the problem on their own. Many detox rehabilitation facilities are able to help with the problem and acupuncture is widely known as a very effective supplement to counseling offered by the detox facilities.

Both traditional full body acupuncture and auricular acupuncture have been used to treat people who have problems with addictions to drugs, alcohol and cigarettes. The Practical application of acupuncture in the traditional drug treatment setting evolved at New York's City Lincoln hospital during the 1970's. The treatments were proven to be very effective and in 1985, the National Acupuncture Detoxification Association (NADA) was founded to extend the example of Lincoln Hospital experience into other treatment settings.

The NADA protocol technique aims to relieve withdrawal symptoms and craving and to improve general relaxation and mental and physical functioning; the acupuncture treatment aids in patient detoxification. It does so by supporting the main organs of elimination in the body, speeding the body's ability to rid itself of toxins. Treatment improves mental clarity and ability to focus. It also provides the patient with a sense of calmness and serenity.

If you or someone you know is trying to win the battle with the addiction problem, please let us help! Remember, acupuncture is very effective. Schedule an appointment and see for yourself.

Acupuncture treatments can help with various types of addiction:

  • Alcohol
  • Nicotine: Cigarettes, Chewing Tobacco, Cigars
  • Cocaine and Crack
  • Methadone (Crystal Meth)
  • Marijuana
  • Heroin (Morphine)
  • Caffeine: Coffee, Tea
  • Pain Medications: Hydrocodone, Vicoden, Oxycotin

Thank You PIHMA Community!

When PIHMA student Carmel Ferreira lost everything in a house fire, PIHMA community members came forward and donated countless items in an effort to help rebuild her life. We'd like to take a moment to express our gratitude toward all who have contributed. 

Donations are still being accepted and can be placed in the wardrobe box located at PIHMA in Suites A-100 & A-230.  Items will be picked up weekly.  Any donation you can make will help her and will be greatly appreciated: clothing (size 6-8: medium), shoes (size 7), personal care items, furniture, household items and anything else that will fill a home.


Monetary donations  can be deposited directly into Carmel's PayPal account using her email: ms.carmel@gmail.com

"If you want happiness for an hour, take a nap. If you want happiness for a day, go fishing. If you want happiness for a year, inherit a fortune. If you want happiness for a lifetime, help somebody." - Chinese Proverb



301 E. Bethany Home Rd., Ste. A-100

Phoenix, AZ  85012

(602) 274-1885