Our community clinic provides Traditional Chinese Medicine which includes acupuncture, herbs, bodywork, nutritional counseling and energy work. A trained student intern will work with a professionally Licensed Acupuncturist (L.Ac.) to determine the best form of treatment for each patient. Acupuncture is used in most treatment plans in conjunction with other TCM therapies to return balance in the body.
“Integrative medicine practitioners from conventional medicine often work in collaboration with CAM practitioners. It is vitally important for all practitioners to know when to work in teams, when to refer and how to work collaboratively. Knowing about, being able to work with, and understanding the value of the various licensed systems of treatment for the well being of our patients is essential to 21st century health care.”
Andrew Weil, MD
Founder and Director, Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine
Author, Why Our Health Matters: A Vision of Medicine that Can Transform our Future
Community Clinic Location
301 E. Bethany Home Road, Suite A-100
Phoenix, Arizona 85012
Call 602-274-1885 for an appointment
Community Clinic Hours
(Last appointment scheduled at 8:00pm)
(Last appointment scheduled at 3:30pm)
Allow approximately 1-2 hours for an initial treatment for your thorough intake, diagnosis and treatment plan. Follow up treatments generally take 1 hour.
Community Acu-Detox Clinic at PIHMA
Wednesday 4:00pm-7:00pm (last treatment begins at 6:30pm)
Find us at Southwest Center for HIV/AIDS
1101 N. Central Ave. Ste. 200
Phoenix, AZ 85004
Call 602-307-5330 for an appointment
Traditional full body acupuncture treatments:
Initial visit: $55
Follow-up visit: $35
Senior Citizens and Veterans:
Initial visit: $44
Follow-up visit: $28
Initial visit: $35
Follow-up visit: $25
Initial visit: $60
Follow-up visit: $45
Fill Out Our Patient History Form Prior to Your Visit
Acupuncture is cumulative and works well when received at least once per week until the condition is resolved. Optimum results are obtained when the patient is treated more than once per week. With this in mind PIHMA clinic offers our patients reduced rates with multiple treatments per week. First time visits consist of a full medical history and overview of current health lasting about 1 1/2 hours. Follow-ups generally last between 45 minutes to 1 hour. Be sure to eat something and drink water at least 20-30 minutes prior to your treatment. Also, please come in showered wearing loose, comfortable clothing.
What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is a method in which very fine needles are used to stimulate the body’s natural healing. After careful assessment the acupuncturist can identify energy patterns that are disrupted and insert needles into specific anatomically defined locations to help restore the energy patterns to their optimal state. As such, the acupuncturist is using needles to assist the body’s own self healing response. Some conditions may call for additional electrical stimulation to enhance the effects of the needles. They may also use heat therapy by burning a specially processed herb next to the needle.
What can I expect during my Acupuncture session?
Your treatment begins with an extensive conversation about your medical history, current health and lifestyle. Many first-time patients are amazed at how comfortable they feel during an acupuncture treatment. When the needle accesses the flow of Qi, a slight tingling, a heaviness, or a tugging sensation may be felt. Acupuncture needles have been scientifically proven to release endorphins giving patients a pleasant experience.
Course of Treatment
Initial treatments take approximately 1 1/2 hours in which a full history and overview of patient health is assessed. Follow-up appointments generally last between 45 minutes to 1 hour. Patients need to eat at least 20 to 30 minutes prior to their treatment. The length of the course of treatment depends upon several factors such as age, severity of condition and length of disease. Everyone reacts differently to acupuncture and will respond at different rates. Typically, acute cases resolve more rapidly than chronic cases which require a course of approximately ten acupuncture treatments. Many people continue to use acupuncture to maintain good health by keeping the body’s immunity strong and emotions balanced.
What does Acupuncture Treat?
Acupuncture has been used as an effective medical modality for over 2500 years. It has been recognized by the World Health Organization to treat over 96 conditions. In the US, people commonly seek treatment for the following conditions:
• Digestive disorders: gastritis, colitis and hyperacidity, spastic colon, constipation, diarrhea, nausea, weight loss.
• Respiratory disorders: allergies, asthma, sinusitis, sore throat, chest infections, colds & flu.
• Neurological and muscular disorders: migraines, neck pain & tension, bursitis, low back pain, sciatica, osteoarthritis, acute trauma.
• Urinary, menstrual, and reproductive problems: infertility, pre-menstrual syndrome, prostate, problems.
• Emotional disorders: insomnia, addictions, stress, detox for chemical dependencies, PTSD.
Conditions Treated by Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine:
Attention Deficit Disorder
Bed Wetting (Enuresis)
Blood Pressure (High or Low)
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Chronic Fatigue (CFIDS)
Colds & Flu
Detox for Chemical Dependency
Gall Bladder Disorders
Gas and Bloating
Immune System Deficiency
Injuries (Auto, Sports, Work, Home)
Pain (Back, Neck, Joint, Hip, Cramps)
What is Chinese Herbology?
Depending on the condition of imbalance, a TCM practitioner may choose to treat a patient with herbs. Chinese herbal formulas are created from raw, dried herbs composed of plant, animal and mineral material. Chinese pharmacopeia consists of hundreds of different herbs. A practitioner can combine between 3 and 20 different herbs into a tea, capsule or tincture formula that the patient can self-administer at home.
Herbal medicine is one of the most essential modalities in Oriental medicine. Herbal consultations may be scheduled separately or in conjunction with an acupuncture treatment. An herbal studies student will work either privately with the patient or alongside an acupuncture intern to determine the proper herbal formula. High quality manufactured herbs in the form of teas, capsules and liniments are also available for purchase in our clinic.
Community Acu-Detox Clinic at PIHMA
Wednesdays 4:00pm-7:00pm (last treatment begins at 6:30pm)
Acu-Detox (or auricular acupuncture) treatments involve inserting 5 needles into both ears. Treatments are only $10 and can take up to 45 minutes.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. No appointment necessary.
Meet the Licensed Acupuncturists currently working in PIHMA’s Professional Clinic.
Dan Bedgood, MSOM, Dipl. Ac. (NCCAOM), L.Ac., is a cum laude graduate of Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in San Diego, California. Subsequently, he established a private practice in Florida and specialized in Geriatrics and Pediatrics. Dan has been teaching at PIHMA for over 16 years, is a supervisor in PIHMA’s community clinic and supervises PIHMA’s clinic shift held at the Southwest Center for HIV/AIDS. He also has a private practice with a specialty in Toyahara (Japanese style) acupuncture, geriatrics and sports injuries. Dan treats patients at PIHMA on Wednesdays from 8:00am-12:00pm at the rate of $95 for an initial visit and $65 for follow-up visits.
Carrie Ducharme, L.Ac., Dipl. OM (NCCAOM), completed her Master’s degree in Oriental Medicine, earning Highest Academic Honors, from the Phoenix Institute of Herbal Medicine and Acupuncture in 2013, where she was also the recipient of the Kathy Salisbury Award for Herbal Medicine. She is currently the Herbal Medicinary Manager at PIHMA, where she continues to work with students and prescribe herbal formulas for patients. Her love of acupuncture and Chinese medicine, along with her compassionate nature, has helped her build a diverse, faithful following of individuals who have greatly benefited from her care and expertise. Prior to pursuing her dream of a career in healthcare and wellness, Carrie earned her Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of San Diego.
Sami Rank, L.Ac., has over a decade of experience healing with acupuncture, herbal medicine, nutrition, and movement therapy. She holds a BA in theatre from the University of Southern California, and an MS in Traditional Chinese Medicine from Yo San University, both in Los Angeles, California. In addition, she is certified in Reiki and yoga. Sami encourages each patient to adapt a lifestyle most suitable to realizing one’s greatest potential. Sami is available in PIHMA’s clinic at a rate of $95 for the initial visit and $65 for follow-up visits.
Peng Sun, DTCM (China), PhD, Dipl. Ac. (NCCAOM), L.Ac., is a graduate of Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) where he obtained his doctorate in TCM, and the Medical College of Qingdao University in Shandong, China where he received his masters degree of Medicine. He also obtained his bachelor’s degree in Chinese Medicine at Shandong University of TCM. His specialties include orthopedics, muscular disorders, gynecology, neurology, oncology, dermatology, cardiology and other internal disorders. Dr. Sun treats patients Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays from 8:00am-12:00pm, and by appointment, at the rate of $95 for an initial visit and $75 for follow-up visits.