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September Newsletter


Herbal Product of the Month    


Return to Spring Teapills  

(Huan Shao Wan)  

Return to Spring

September is National Healthy Aging Month and what better formula to share with our community than the one deemed by Acupuncture Today as the 'anti-aging herbal formula.'  Return to Spring Teapill (Huan Shao Wan) is one of the best kidney tonic formulas used to restore kidney essence and treat premature aging conditions. The leading raw herbs in this formula include Ziziphus jujuba fruit, Rehmannia glutinosa root-prep and Lycium chinense fruit.  


To see if Return to Spring Teapills is the right formula for you, call PIHMA's clinic today at (602) 274-1885 for an herbal consultation. Because everyone is different herbal products are sold only after consultation with an herbal intern. 


Community Movement Classes

Mondays 11am-12pm

Join us every Monday (August 6th - December 10th) from 11am-12pm and enjoy Acu-Yoga with Kat Myers as she takes you on an Inner Journey blending: Yoga, Qi Gong,  Acupressure, Foot Fitness, Sound and Centering. Click here for instructor bios and full class descriptions. 
$10 Drop In
Fall Special 
5 classes for only $30!

Clinic Specials

Healthy Aging Month Special 

(coupon below)
New Patient Referral Program  
Refer a new patient to the clinic and your next treatment is free!

Friday Night Special 
$25 treatments after 5pm on Fridays 
(excludes initial visit)
Early Bird Special
$25 treatments before 9am daily
(excludes initial visit)

Certain limitations apply to each special. Limit one special per patient. Not valid with other discounts. 


Payment Policy Change
Patients can occasionally experience acupuncture haze after their treatments.  This feeling has been described as a state of relaxation, a mentally peaceful place, or a weightless happiness.  We like to think of it as a time when balance and free energy flow has been internally restored.  Because we do not want to interrupt this euphoric condition, PIHMA will now request payment before patient treatments.  We thank you for understanding this recent policy change and hope you feel the positive effects of acupuncture for as long as possible.   


On the Horizon


September 14-16
Acu-Detox Course


September 19

Auricular Acupuncture 

Clinic Begins 


September 19 
Mindfulness Course Begins

 October 2 

Fit-150 Course Begins


October 12

Reflexology: Best Foot 

Forward for Health  


November 2 

PIHMA Open House 



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PIHMA  Honors 14th Graduating Class 


On Saturday, September 8, 2012, the Phoenix Institute of Herbal Medicine & Acupuncture held its 14th Graduation Ceremony honoring 21 graduates who completed their Master of Science degrees in Acupuncture and in Oriental Medicine. Faculty, staff and keynote speaker John Rhodes (a PIHMA alumnus and Licensed Acupuncturist) honored these graduates.  
Please join us as we congratulate our 2012 graduating class. We are so proud of their accomplishments and wish them the best of luck as they move forward as the highest-trained practitioners of acupuncture in the field of complementary healthcare.

Congratulations PIHMA Graduates! 
Grad 2012
Grad List
Now enrolling for 
spring semester! 

Ask about our daytime or weekend/evening, full or part-time options. Call today to schedule a personal tour or plan to attend our November 2nd Open House. 

Contact Admissions today at (602) 274-1885 
PIHMA Partners with Yunnan University
PIHMA is pleased to announce that it has signed an agreement with the Yunnan University of Traditional Medicine (YUTCM) in Kunming, China to develop educational opportunities between both institutions, which may include clinical and academic foreign exchange programs for students and faculty.  PIHMA is the Valley's only accredited Asian medical college offering 4 year Master's degrees in Acupuncture and in Oriental Medicine.  YUTCM has over 500 TCM faculty catering to over 8,000 students, and is located on a campus with 18 acres of buildings and park grounds.
"We are very excited to partner with YUTCM," said   President Catherine Niemiec, JD, L.Ac. "YUTCM offers high level education at one of the most beautiful campuses in China." Indeed YUTCM is located in the Yunnan Province, which is famously known as the "Spring City" where temperatures remain around 75 degrees, and which is near the famous Stone Mountains.  YUTCM has exchange programs with TCM schools in more than 30 countries including Spain, Germany, France, Australia, Canada, Switzerland, Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia and Korea.  PIHMA is one of the first and few American colleges to partner with YUTCM.   More information about this exciting opportunity will be made available later this year from PIHMA's Academic Department. 
Auricular Acupuncture Clinic at PIHMA
PIHMA is excited to begin its Auricular Acupuncture Clinic on Wednesday, September 19th. This clinic will be held every Wednesday from 3:30-5:00pm (last appointment at 5pm) at PIHMA under the direct supervision of Stephen Getz, L.Ac., PIHMA alumnus and owner of Getz Better Acupuncture. TreatmeAOM Day treatmentsnts are only $10, can take up to 45 minutes, and are open to the public. Auricular acupuncture treatments involve inserting 5 needles into both ears. This type of treatment is used for treating addictions, pain management, stress, anxiety, PTSD, insomnia, weight management, and can have a strong effect on psycho-emotional issues. 
Acupuncture in the News

Balancing work and home life can be challenging, especially when you're struggling to manage personal or financial responsibilities. Choosing a profession which allows you to work part-time while still earning a reasonable income can be the solution to achieving personal harmony. Online salary database resource PayScale.com lists Acupuncturist as a part-time job with full-time pay, placing it #3 in the top part-time careers earning over $40k. Acupuncturists can earn an annual median salary of $44,200 for a part-time practice. Continue reading.
Dr. Mercola lists ways to maintain joint health in a recently  published video.  He suggests exercising, maintaining optimal weight, getting enough vitamin D and omega 3 fats, and acupuncture as essential components to optimizing joint health.  In addition to acupuncture, mentioned at least four minutes intoJoint the video, he also advocates other Asian modalities such as yoga, Tai Chi and Qi Gong.  Avoiding non-steroidal prescription drugs and irreversible surgery, limiting sugar intake, and taking formulas such as BiovaFlex in conjunction with Dr. Mercola's recommended lifestyle changes can keep your joints moving freely throughout your lifetime. Click here.

 Upcoming Events at PIHMA 
Acu-Detox Course at PIHMA

   Friday, September 14, 5:30-8:30pm

Saturday, September 15, 8am-5:30pm
Sunday, September 16, 8am-5:30pm

at PIHMA College & Clinic
Course Fee: $500


Acu-Detox Course is designed for anyone who wishes to work in a behavioral health facility doing the five needle protocol. Once full credentials are acquired attendees will then be permitted to obtain Acupuncture Detox Specialist (ADS) certification via the State Board of Acupuncture Examiners. This ADS certification will allow you to then work doing the 5 needle protocol in an approved Behavioral Health Services facility under a Licensed Acupuncturist (L.Ac.).


Mini-Seminar Series at PIHMA

PIHMA is hosting a series of mini-seminars targeted for nurses yet open to all interested individuals. The next mini-seminar focuses on reflexology. You will learn how to integrate holistic principles and practices into your delivery of care...and your life!  


Foot ForwardReflexology:
Best Foot Forward for Health
Friday, October 12, 2012
at PIHMA College & Clinic
Seminar Fee: $39
Weight Loss & Metabolism Balancing Course 


Based on Chinese Medicine, Fit-150 is designed for those who want to balance their metabolism and achieve their ideal weight. In this 6 week course, you will learn how to target metabolism imbalances so symptoms of weight gain, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes and other metabolic dysfunctions can be addressed. Individuals who complete this course are eligible to apply for certification training.

Every Tuesday & Thursday 10:00-11:30am
October 2nd through November 8th

at PIHMA College & Clinic, Ste. A-230, Classroom E  
Course Fee: $395 
Fit 150 
Contact Felicity Kelly, Certified Fit-150 Instructor at
(480)442-5108 to register. Registration deadline - October 1st.

Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction and Relaxation Program

Mindfulness is paying attention moment by moment on purpose and without judgement to our body, mind, emotions, beliefs and attitudes. We are then able to more fully connect with ourselves and the world around us. Making that connection is what reverses the disconnect of being stuck in the stress cycle and allows for:
  • Increased physical, mental, emotional health and feeling of well-being.
  • Increased relaxed attention skills necessary for entering the Peak Performance experience in all aspects of life.
  • Experiencing life more deeply.
Wednesdays 6:30-9:00pm
September 19th through November 14th
plus Sunday, November 4th 9:00am-3:00pm
at PIHMA College & Clinic 
This class is approved for 30 CE by
the Arizona Acupuncture Board of Examiners.

Click here for pricing & detailed course information.
(Sponsored by Paul Sugar with
Scottsdale Institute for Health and Medicine)


In support of National Healthy Aging Month, PIHMA Acupuncture is running a special on Herbal Formulas. Receive 25% off any bottled herbal formula during the month of September. 

Mini PIHMA PIHMA College & Clinic
301 E. Bethany Home Rd., Ste. A-100
Phoenix, AZ 85012  (602) 274-1885
Must present this coupon at time of purchase.  Limit one per person. Excludes initial treatment. Not valid with other coupons or specials.  Offer Expires: September 30, 2012


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

Phoenix, AZ  85012

(602) 274-1885