Acupuncture in Tucson

Does acupuncture hurt?

A common question, acupuncture needles are ultra-thin, sterile and used only once. As acupuncture needles are carefully and quickly inserted into therapeutic points on the body, they rarely cause discomfort. Upon insertion, patients often report feeling tingling, warmth, or heaviness – rarely pain. The benefits of acupuncture therapy are often felt immediately.

Can acupuncture help me?

It's very likely that acupuncture can help you. Because Chinese Medicine focuses on the entire system of body/mind/spirit, acupuncture can effectively treat most conditions and imbalances. Many practitioners will advertise acupuncture for pain, acupupuncture for fertility, acupuncture for digestive issues, acupuncture for stress, acupuncture for anxiety and panic attacks, acupuncture for insomnia, and so on. Research by the National Institute of Health (NIH) and the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO), shows that the following conditions are effectively treated with acupuncture: joint pain . heartburn . anxiety . limb pain . acid reflux . depression . back pain . abdominal pain . nervousness . sciatica . indigestion . panic attacks . disc problems . bloating . PTSD . arthritis . diarrhea . mood swings . sprains/strains . constipation . stress . sports injuries . appetite . nervousness . muscle cramps . IBS . cravings/addictions . fertility issues . headaches . asthma . irregular menses . migraines . immunity . PMS . neuralgia . weight loss menopause . MS . smoking cessation . uterine fibroids . Parkinson’s . addictions/withdrawal . ovarian cysts . bell’s palsy . blood pressure . libido . chronic pain . thyroid issues Weekly treatments are common until an issue has cleared. Acute conditions are often treated in 1-4 visits, while chronic patterns may require 5-13 weekly sessions followed by monthly check-ins. Please call 917.519.2432 to discuss your concerns and together we will determine whether or not acupuncture is appropriate for you.

Is acupuncture safe?

When administered by a qualified and licensed professional, acupuncture is extremely safe. Research shows that acupuncture has no adverse side-effects. Because individual sterile needles are disposed of after each use there is minimal to no risk of infection.

What can I expect from my first acupuncture visit?

Please bring with you a completed Health History form -or- arrive 10 minutes early to the Tucson office to fill out the form. Allow for 120 minutes for the initial session. We will discuss your concerns, complaints and health history. I will ask to take your pulse, examine your tongue and gently palpate any areas of musculoskeletal tension or tenderness. Based on your presenting symptoms and treatment needs, I will offer massage, energy work, acupuncture and/or other forms of therapeutic support.

What is a typical acupuncture treatment like?

First, we’ll talk about what’s going on with you. if there are areas of pain or injury, I may conduct a gentle physical exam while you rest comfortably on a massage table. I often practice massage before starting the acupuncture session. I will insert approximately 1-16 sterile, disposable needles into different points on the body – often at the extremities like hands and feet or near joints like elbows and knees. You will rest with needles for approx. 20 minutes as the treatment takes effect. Some conditions benefit from specific massage protocols, moxibustion (heat therapy), cupping and/or guasha, in which case they will be utilized.

How many acupuncture sessions will I need?

The number of sessions depends on the severity and duration of the condition and your state of wellbeing. Commonly, acute conditions take 1-4 sessions while chronic conditions can take between 5 – 13 treatments. Most people feel the benefits of one acupuncture treatment. Weekly treatments are suggested though some acute cases may require 2 treatments per week in the beginning. Acupuncture has a cumulative effect. As symptoms improve and holistic harmony is achieved, you are welcome to check-in every other week or monthly or less. We will discuss what is right for you.

Is Western Medicine considered in your practice of Chinese Medicine?

Definitely. Chinese medicine is a comprehensive medical system that can address many health concerns on its own. It also works synergistically with western traditions and other healthcare modalities. Since I also utilize homeopathic and flower + gem essences, east meets west every day in my practice!

How does Acupuncture work?

Theories in Chinese Medicine best explain how acupuncture works, as there exists a complex network of understanding of the natural world as it relates to the human body that does not directly translate in popular western terms. That said, research shows that acupuncture stimulates the body's innate mechanisms of healing and regulation. Acupuncture helps increase certain biochemicals and hormones and lowers others, as needed. It helps reduce local and systemic inflammation. It facilitates the flow of lymph and oxygen-rich blood and physically removes obstructions in the muscles, within and between organ systems, and the fascia. Fascia is the connective tissue that surrounds single and grouped muscles, blood vessels, organs, and nerves – essentially, all structures of the body. The uninterrupted binding together of the superficial, deep, and visceral fascia around and through the entire body offers one (visible) roadmap that acupuncturists navigate. Research also demonstrates that acupuncture releases endorphins. A release of endorphins helps explain how acupuncture effectively treats pain and often facilitates a parasympathetic (rest/digest) response and feelings of deep relaxation. By offsetting the stress responses, the body has more of chance to recalibrate and function at optimal levels.

What else do you practice?

Modalities used in conjunction with acupuncture include Gua Sha, Cupping, Electro-Acupuncture, Auricular Acupuncture, and Moxibustion. Gua Sha is the careful rubbing of the skin with a smooth ceramic spoon to relieve areas of stagnation. The skin may look red or purple after treatment and return to normal within 3-5 days. The result is healthy circulation of blood and a reduction of symptoms that are usually felt immediately. Cupping uses small rounded cups to create suction on different areas of the body. Similar to the technique of Gua Sha, cupping can be used for many conditions including upper and lower back pain and the common cold. Cupping can also draw purple marks to the surface of the skin for a few days. Auricular acupuncture involves the insertion of ultra-thin needles into different locations of the ears to stimulate appropriate reflexes and to invigorate the internal organs. Moxibustion is the careful, painless application of burning moxa (mugwort) to the tips of needles or areas of protected skin at specific acupuncture points to warm, make supple and tonify the area through the increased circulation of blood and Qi. I personally also integrate Cranial Sacral therapy, light massage or Tui Na, and intuitive healing methods which derive from my work as a counselor and my study of homeopathy, flower and gem essences. Because I often feel the emotional and physiological patterns of other people, I utilize this information in ways that enhance classic and contemporary traditions in acupuncture.

Do you accept insurance?

Receipts for acupuncture services rendered include appropriate diagnostic CD10 coding that can be submitted to insurance companies for reimbursement. Check with your health insurance provider in Tucson, AZ for coverage details.

Intuitive Life Coaching

What is intuitive counseling?

Intuition is a friendly way to describe the natural amplification of our senses to see, hear and feel. Intuition allows us to surpass “individual” boundaries and access information from different levels of consciousness, the environment, people and other beings. Some of us are innately, or through circumstance, more sensitive or perceptive than others, but a vast spectrum of information is always readily available. It might seem difficult to believe, but most of us accept that Oxygen and Hydrogen exist, even though we might not be able to discern discrete elements. Often deemed psychic, enhanced capacities to see (clairvoyance), hear (clairaudience), and feel (clairsentience) are innate and can be cultivated. It just takes a steady intention, a little support/guidance and practice. Whether we are aware of it or not, most of us are inspired and deeply informed by the less conscious aspects of our world. Whether we are aware of breathing or not, we are breathing. Whether we can see plants metabolizing CO2 into O2 +, they are. When we get in touch with the more subtle aspects of our experience, we access the "always already" available information consciously. The more we bring subtler cues to the fore, the more chance we have at transforming core issues and consciously creating the life we actually want to live.

What are some intuitive abilities?

Psychic Hearing (Clairaudience) Psychic Seeing (Clairvoyance) Psychic Feeling/Sensing (Clairsentience) Divine Receiving (Channeling/Messaging) Remote Viewing Astral Projection

How is intuition related to medicine?

As notions of medicine blend and shift, intuitive healers merge current scientific understanding with shamanic traditions to support people at the intersection of mind body and spirit. From an energetic medicine perspective, the body is comprised of an intricate network of energetic (life force) pathways, layers (koshas) and centers (chakras) that can be influenced in ways to help bring the system(s) to balance. Our human networks align with larger networks or grids at all levels of atmosphere and experience. Multiple grids of information intersect, align and influence each other. Borrowing from theories of relativity and quantum theory, people are “nonlocal” beings with movable boundaries that extend beyond constructs of time and space. We all measure the “physical” world through our everyday senses, in which time and space are properties. According to quantum theory, time and space only exist when they can be observed or measured. The three dimensional world of forms are like the momentary, measurable waves in an infinite sea of formless life potential. Touch into the level of life-force energy and constructs of time and space dissolve, and instantaneously, we have access to way more information than we could possibly imagine.

Whats it like to be intuitive?

On a two dimensional level, it might resemble tuning into every radio station all at once. Through intuitive exercises, we can learn to turn up the volume and dial into particular frequencies and thereby gather specific forms of information. This is how remote viewing and healing and other psychic phenomenon take place. As is supported by quantum and many other theories, the entire seen and unseen world is a vast ocean of life force energy (Qi or Prana). What we perceive as separate parts is actually all part of a coherent, seamless whole: pulsing life force energy. This sea of energy is what makes for the fanciest of mathematical equations, and, what sages, yogis, shamans and folks from all backgrounds have known for ages. This ocean of energy is organized by super-information fields that evolve energy into form – the relatively stable forms we perceive as matter that makes up the physical world. All matter is comprised of dense bundles of constantly moving (vibrating) energy that is intelligent – synchronous systems of organization within chaos, within organization, within chaos, and so on. Consider how each discreet cell grows and lives within the body: each seemingly separate entity with specific functions and relationships, together and in relationship to one another, the system self organizes to a larger plan. At the subatomic level, the life-force energy is the stuff of our origins – what we and everything in the cosmos are comprised of and transmute to form. A shift that occurs in one area affects every other area. Enliven or remove a cluster of cells in one area of the body and an entire chain of responses sets off.

Can you give examples to illustrate inuition?

Consider the following terms and phrases. Perhaps allow them to resonate through the senses and saturate, softly into your center. Maybe flashes of understanding and meaning-making will light up. Gently, with a sense of spaciousness and ease, take a few deep breaths . . . Without explanation, allow any discoveries to absorb into your heart and whatever shifts shape the structures of understanding will naturally evolve. If you’re feeling it, click the links and see . . . Creativity Murmuration Imagination The Zone Akashic Records Miracle of Human Life Person as Microcosm As Above So Below Muse

What do intuition and acupuncture have in common?

At the subatomic level, the life-force energy is the stuff of our origins – what we and everything in the cosmos are comprised of and transmute to form. This life force energy is flowing through and around the body in loops and lines (meridians), spiraling in and out of the body through hundreds of energy vortices (acupuncture points or marmas) and chakras or energy centers along the central column of the body, that link up with larger energetic networks or grids. Please see Alex Grey’s Theologue image above. The pulsation, frequency and vibration of the life force energy in the body is comprised of different forms of Qi (metabolic, emotional, cultural, etc.) and the functioning Qi of the different organs, viscera, our breath, etc. Simplified, acupuncture and hands-on healing helps restore balance of the different systems by releasing blockages of Qi in certain areas and tonifying areas that are deficient in others. Our collective and individual experience is continually shifting, adjusting and evolving. Our individual health is determined by our perception, life stressors/supports, the functioning of our physical systems as well as our thoughts, emotions and the intention/state of our energetic and etheric bodies. The constantly vibrating interplay of life force vibration inside/outside the physical body comprises the energetic fields and affects the health and well-being of the body-mind-spirit. Every aspect affects the other.

How does intuitive healing work?

Who knows? Here’s a guess: people who are sensitive to the physical, emotional, mental and timeless experiences of others have access to information that may not be obvious to the untrained eye. With this information, intuitive people can assess imbalances from multiple perspectives. Some intuitives explain imbalances in the context of cosmic grids, some rely on knowledge of energetic pathways, some see images like stills or films, some work with symbols, some hear information, some simply sense or “know.” By locating imbalances of the body at energetic and informational levels, we can assess a person’s overall experience and better understand how imbalances at the physical, mental and spiritual levels play a role in health and dysfunction. We often find that emotional triggers are closely related to physical imbalances. Powerful emotions such as grief or shame, for example, can distort the free flow of our life force energy (Qi or Prana), causing patterns of disharmony and dis-ease. Please see acupuncture page for more information. For lasting change to occur, issues are best addressed on all levels, so that the beliefs and emotions that bind them ease and integrate. Knowing where patterns become distorted affords us the courage to transform unresolved issues, reclaim our health, ground our highest purpose into the physical body and continue to evolve with wisdom and compassion. Intuitive counseling merges techniques of intuitive knowing with therapeutic counseling so that together we can more deeply and accurately identify issues that are blocking the fulfillment of your highest potential. Intuitive and energetic healing knows no bounds. While hands-on and acupuncture sessions are offered only in Tucson, AZ, Intuitive sessions take place in-person, by phone and Skype.


How do flower and gem essences help?

Flower and gem essences do not add anything that we do not already possess, but help us to access qualities and ways of being that facilitate the release and resolution of unneeded emotions, beliefs and thinking. Essences enhance our positive qualities and help us to resonate at a higher vibration, allowing our most true* self to emerge. Since essences have a general balancing and synergistic effect, people often notice improvements in areas beyond their expectation. More specifically, gem + flower essences help us: *ease upsets and trauma *alleviate stress *increase awareness & confidence *navigate change with grace and ease *develop insight and courage to face adversity *release anxiety and worry *lift depression and process strong emotions *clarify purpose and align our choices *access inner & higher guidance *enhance communication and relationships *make peace with vulnerability and strengths *enhance recovery and healing

Whats the difference between flower essences and essential oils?

Flower essences are water-based, unscented and contain only the energetic vibrational properties of plants. Essential oils, used in aromatherapy, are concentrated distillations of the physical plant and are oil-based.

How do you use flower essences?

Essences have a wide range of applications. Take several drops directly under the tongue or in a glass of water and sip throughout the day. Add them to bathwater or spray them on your person, around the home and workplace. Essences are most effective when used frequently in small amounts. In times of crisis or transition, use them up to several times an hour. Individual essences are blended together to create a custom formula.

What can I expect after taking a flower essence?

Most people find relief in times of emotional stress, gain insight during periods of transition and experience greater self-awareness. Essences are also catalysts for personal growth and transformation. Ongoing use uplifts along the spiritual path. The response may be quick and powerful or may be subtler: a feeling of clarity, peacefulness, or a sense of wellbeing.

How do you make flower / gem essences?

The most common method for collecting essences is called ‘the sunlight method.’ This involves floating flowers or pulverized precious gemstones in a bowl of spring water, in sunlight, for several hours. The resulting infusion (the ‘mother’ essence) is then preserved in brandy or vodka. 1-7 drops are diluted further to create ‘stock’ essences and sometimes diluted further in the same way, to create ‘dosage’ strength. Essence bottles are sometimes shaken 10-20 times before use or dilution. While I draw upon a repertory of over 600 essences, most frequently I blend from Alaskan Essences of Victor, MT and Desert Alchemy made in our very own Tucson, AZ.

How do flower essences work?

Researchers have found that the primary mechanism for both homoeopathy and essences is in the nature of the water itself. The bonding between hydrogen and oxygen atoms in water is remarkably flexible and the angles can vary more than with any other known substance. It is thought that this unique quality brings ‘memory’ to water. Researchers postulate that the efficacy of essences and other internal vibrational medicine, may be because our bodies are composed of 70% water. The pattern of an essence’s vibrating atoms and molecules resonate with, stabilize and amplify the energies already moving through the subtle structures of our higher dimensional anatomy. Crystalline patterns stored in the infusion are resonantly transferred to unstable bio-molecular structures within the physical body. In so doing, gem and flower essences stabilize biochemical processes which allows our oldest patterns to emerge and reorganize, creating lasting changes on the physical, emotional, psychic, social and spiritual levels.

Can I take too much or overdose from a flower essence?

Essences are non-toxic, non-addictive and cannot be “overdosed”. Please know, however, that unless otherwise specified, gem and flower essence infusions are preserved in 15% brandy or alcohol. Personalized blends can be preserved in vegetable glycerin - at your request.

How long does it take to notice effects of a flower essence?

Some essences have an almost immediate effect (the combination formulas in particular) though generally changes are more indistinct as balance and equilibrium are restored in the emotional and subtle bodies. No claims are made that essences can cure physical illnesses, yet they often bring improvement to a physical condition. For long-standing, deep-seated issues, it is recommended to take the essence for a few weeks and re-evaluating at the end of that period of time. Then either repeat the essences or choose others appropriate for the changed symptom picture.

Should I stop taking an essence if I'm feeling worse?

You may feel more intensely because you are experiencing an “aggravation” or healing crisis where the condition is temporarily exacerbated. If this is the case, you can choose to take the essence every 15 minutes until symptoms abate, continue with the course as recommended, recognizing you are in a process of releasing emotional symptoms (and/or physical symptoms), or you can reduce the dosage to once or twice a day. If you feel overwhelmed, consider stopping the essence temporarily and use another essence or formula to support you during this time. I can provide you with a support formula – just let me know what’s going on & I’m happy to help.

Will taking other medicines affect flower essence efficacy?

Essences work on vibrational levels and more on the subtle bodies. Essences do not interfere with homeopathic, herbal or allopathic treatments. There are no contraindications to use essences alongside any other healing modality. To best honor and metabolize a particular essence, it is best to wait at least 15 minutes when taking a specific essence before or after ingesting another essence formula, food, herbs, beverage (besides water) or medicinal.

Are flower and gem essences safe during pregnancy?

Yes, it is safe to use flower essences during pregnancy. Essence practitioners and midwives sometimes recommend them as they offer gentle and effective support before, during and after labor.


"As perceptive and intelligent as she is intuitive and empathic, Essence + Acupuncture/Britta offers an unparalleled combination of modalities and skills in her holistic practice. She has a gift for supporting the practice of acupuncture with engaged listening, both verbal and non. Go when you are ready to engage in your own healing and health - her approach will double down on whatever effort you invest."

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