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December Newsletter

Holiday Gifts 
Holiday Clinic Special

Give the gift of health this Christmas!

Gift Certificates now available at special package prices.

3 Treatments $70
5 Treatments $105
10 Treatments $200 


Other Clinic Specials   

New Patient Referral Program


Friday Night Special

$25 treatments after 5pm  

(excludes initial visit)


Early Bird Special

$25 treatments before 10am

(excludes initial visit)


Limit one special per patient. Not valid with other discounts.



Community Movement Classes   

Try a movement class

 December 14th marks the last day of our Fall Community Movement Class Schedule. The Spring schedule will be announced soon!    



Mondays 12-1pm

(moved from Fridays) 

with Kat Myers  


Qi Gong

Mondays 5-6pm

with Dan Bedgood


Tai Chi Gung Fu

Wednesdays 6-7pm

with Jack Mathews


Click here for prices, class descriptions and instructor bios.



On the Horizon


 December 16th 

CPR Class at PIHMA   


December 24th & 25th 

PIHMA Closed for Christmas Holiday


December 31st & January 1st  

PIHMA Closed for  

New Year's Holiday  


January 20th, 2012

Pain Therapy Seminar



Herb of the Month    


Rou Gui - Cortex Cinnamomi Cassiae

Cinnamon Bark


Rou Gui


In these winter months cinnamon becomes very popular in foods and drinks.  Yet, cinnamon is also a strong Chinese herb with many health benefits.  Known as Rou Gui, it is categorized as an Herb that Warms the Interior and Expels Cold.  Rou Gui enters the Heart, Kidneys, Liver, and Spleen channels and is acrid, sweet, and hot.  The herb warms the Kidneys and fortifies Yang, leads Fire back to the Source, disperses deep cold and alleviates pain due to cold causing blood or qi stagnation, and encourages the generation of Qi and Blood.  This herb may benefit those with an aversion to cold, pain due to cold, cold limbs, weak back, or possibly even impotence or frequent urination.  Rou Gui is also used as an appetite stimulant, antimicrobial, and anti-spasmodic. 


To see if Rou Gui 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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Now Enrolling for Spring Semester at PIHMA
Acupuncture and Oriental medicine is one of the fastest growing professions in the field of medicine. Our PIHMA graduates successfully run independent private practices as well as shared facilities with healthcare providers in integrated practices, hospitals and spas.

Still not sure? Try PIHMA's Oriental Medicine Theory class or Qi Gong for an introduction to Acupuncture and Oriental medicine. 

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Contact Admissions today!
Classes start January 2nd 
(602) 274-1885 or info@pihma.edu

Acupuncture An Essential Healthcare Benefit

AAAOMThe 2010 Healthcare Reform Act passed by congress helps create better access to insurance covered options. The Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is now in the process of considering which services should be considered "essential health benefits" for Americans.    


This is our opportunity as a community (practitioners, students, and users of the medicine) to make the statement that acupuncture is important in the healthcare system and we want it included among the healthcare choices we make for ourselves.   


Please take a minute to help get acupuncture recognized as an "essential health benefit." The website is easy to use and your privacy will be protected.  Click on the 'Take Action' button at http://www.aaaomonline.org/ and follow the instructions (4 quick steps).  


Sending this letter endorsing acupuncture is one small way of ensuring continued access to this powerful medicine.   





Friday, December 16th, 2011

6:00pm - 9:00pm

Cost: $35


PIHMA College & Clinic

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

Phoenix, AZ  85012


This class will be taught by Ray Smith and is for both new certification and re-certification. 


Call PIHMA's Front Desk at (602) 274-1885 to register.


PIHMA Community Involvement

Every student at PIHMA is required to volunteer a minimum of 30 community service hours before they graduate. To assist our students with this commitment, PIHMA regularly arranges opportunities within the community. These include employee wellness programs and speaking engagements with businesses and community organizations, health fairs and other health related events. 



PIHMA interns provided free mini-acupuncture treatments to the community recently at a  Walgreens Wellness event in Northwest Phoenix.   






George Munger, L.Ac., performed auricular (ear only) acupuncture on members of Tonatierra's Community Development Institute at their recent Community Health Fair.  


Women's Expo



Attendees enjoyed complimentary mini-acupuncture treatments given by PIHMA interns at the recent Phoenix Ultimate Women's Expo.




Would you like a Licensed Acupuncturist, PIHMA Supervisor, and student interns to visit your organizationn or business to present on acupuncture and provide demonstrations to your members or employees? Think acupuncture would be a great addition to your community health fair? Contact Carrie for more information at (602) 274-1885 or cthoreson@pihma.edu.


Try this Qi Gong Exercise - Separate Heaven and Earth

Stand or sit with feet one and a half shoulder-width apart. With open hands at the solar plexus, palms faced in towards the chest, begin to inhale and separate hands, one hand rises while the other hand falls.  


Though initially leading with the fingertips, as the arms reach their maximum extension, the wrists are extended with the uppermost palm facing up and the lower palm facing down.


Hold the breath in and down for a comfortable count as the focus is on pressing upward and downward respectively with the palm of each hand.


Exhale your breath as the hands return back to the solar plexus.  Inhale and alternate hands rising and falling.


PIHMA's Community Qi Gong Class is held on Mondays from 5:00pm - 5:55pm. ($10 drop-in) 


Integrative Pain Therapy Seminar for Nurses & Other Healthcare Providers

This continuing nursing education activity was approved by the Arizona Nurse's Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

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 and introduces many of the mind-body/alternative therapies and their benefits in the treatment of pain, as well as their impacts on patient and clinical outcomes.




When: January 20, 2012

8:00am - 12:00pm 

Where: PIHMA  

Cost: $39



Click here for more information & to register



PIHMA Acupuncture College & Clinic 

presents:Nurse & Child


Practice With Passion

A Holistic Nursing Professional Advancement Series    

Expand your knowledge about how to blend East/West holistic theory, principles and practice, get an introduction to integrative and Asian modalities, and become a champion of holistic healthcare. Five weekends over five months starting February of 2012. 

Click here for more information   


"It is health that is real wealth and not pieces of gold or silver."
- Mahatma Gandhi


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

Phoenix, AZ  85012

(602) 274-1885