Welcome to Healing House, where we offer a unique blend of integrative, holistic therapies to help you resolve your ailments and find your way to good health. One of the core therapies we offer is acupuncture. Here at our Scottsdale clinic, we find that our patients turn to this ancient medicine more than any other method to resolve their health problems. And for good reason — the results we get with acupuncture can be truly extraordinary.
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I’ve had acupuncture treatments for an injured right shoulder, but when I moved to AZ I didn’t know where to start in finding a clinic. My daughter gave me a gift certificate to Healing House. On the day of my appointment, my right shoulder was acting up, thus also giving me a headache. I had actually been in pain for days, but after the treatment found immediate relief. I found my clinic!
I had had two rotator cuff surgeries on my left shoulder and my physical therapist said he couldn't help me any further- on my way out another physical therapist handed me Muki Ramsey's card. I was hesitant to try something new, but I was desperate not to have to go through the recovery that rotator cuff surgery demands. I started going to Muki 2-3 times a week and after 3 weeks I NEVER had pain in the shoulder again!
I have referred many friends to Healing House, whether for acupuncture or massage, they have all been very happy with their service.
10/10 recommend. Muki made me feel very comfortable even though it was my first time getting acupuncture. We also had time to talk through all the health issues and what I wanted to improve with acupuncture. Left feeling great, armed with a ton of knowledge, and I can't wait to go back!
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Acupuncture Sessions We Offer
We like to keep it simple at Healing House in Scottsdale:
Patients who have never had acupuncture at Healing House before should schedule the First-Time Consultation + Acupuncture session.
If you've had acupuncture here before, book a Follow-Up Acupuncture session.
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First-Time Consultation + Acupuncture
This session includes a 60-minute consultation with your acupuncturist, followed by a 30-minute acupuncture treatment. Prepare to be shocked and brought to tears – not by the needles, of course, but because you will finally get to talk to a medical professional who really takes the time to listen to you. Your acupuncturist will then guide you through a holistic solution to your health problems in way that actually makes sense. Please allow 2-hours total for your visit to allow for the insertion and removal of needles before and after treatment, as well as time for you to relish in the amazement at how much better you feel afterwards.
When you make your first appointment to see an acupuncturist at Healing House, you’ll notice that it’s a very different experience than seeing your regular physician. The clinic itself is quite beautiful, and the relaxing music will put you at ease. Your wait time in the lobby is rarely more than five or ten minutes. Your friendly acupuncturist will introduce themselves to you and then dedicate 40-minutes to talking with you in private.They will ask questions about your diet, your lifestyle, your sleep, and your exercise habits. They will want to get to know you from a personal point of view – how are you feeling emotionally? How are your relationships? How is stress at work? Do you get much time to relax, to enjoy nature, or to meditate?
Your acupuncturist will dig deep into your health questionnaire. To an acupuncturist, there is no such thing as putting a Bandaid on a problem. They will always seek out the root cause of your health issues. They’ll explain the way Chinese medicine works, and how it can work for you. They’ll formulate your plan for healing and recovery, and they will walk you through your plan in great detail, creating a report that will be emailed to while you’re sitting in front of them.
And then you’ll get your first acupuncture treatment. You’ll be in your own private room, and you’ll be allowed to undress entirely to your comfort level. Most of the time, loose fitting shorts or yoga pants and a t-shirt are just fine. Your acupuncturist will first explain how acupuncture works, what you can expect, and make sure that you understand that you are in complete control of the process. At Healing House, all of our needles are surgical-grade stainless steel, and they are disposed of as medical waste after a single use. Your safety and comfort are our number one priority. As the needles go in, you may feel an odd tapping sensation. After they are inserted, your acupuncturist will gently wake your needles up through manual manipulation, which will cause you to feel a slight ache, tenderness, or a zinging sensation. Nothing too strong – this is not a “more pain, more gain” situation. Once the needles have been activated, you’ll find that they all calm down within a minute or two, and you’ll disappear into a deep level of relaxation. You’ll lie with the needles in place for 30-minutes. Our medical tables are extremely comfortable and heated, and the rooms are quiet except for the relaxing music playing softly in the background. You will have a buzzer in hand to make sure you can reach your acupuncturist at all times. Chances are, you’ll slip into one of the most relaxing naps of your life. And when you wake up, you’ll feel a whole lot better.
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Your Follow-up Acupuncture session will include 20-minutes of consultation with your acupuncturist and a 30-minute acupuncture treatment. Please allow 1-hour total to allow for the insertion and removal of needles before and after treatment. Side effects of acupuncture may include being unable to stop smiling or telling everyone you know about how incredible your session was for several days. Should you experience these or other similar symptoms, please contact your physician immediately… and give them the card of your acupuncturist at Healing House in Scottsdale.
Please note: This requires a First-Time Consultation + Acupuncture session before scheduling.
In each follow-up acupuncture session, your acupuncturist at Healing House will take the time to assess your progress and make any adjustments to your protocol. They will answer any questions you have and make sure you feel good about where your health is headed. If you are feeling a whole lot better, great! We will continue to move you forward until you’re feeling satisfied, and then we’ll look at what your maintenance treatment program should look like, if any.
If you’re not feeling better, or if you’re even feeling worse, your acupuncturist is going to problem solve with you until they figure out why. Usually, there’s an explanation, and there are adjustments that can be made to kick-start your progress.
Sometimes, however, it means we need to refer you to another practitioner. It’s often the case the the combination of acupuncture and massage, or acupuncture and nutritional coaching can give just the right boost to your health. If we can’t solve the problem at Healing House, we will gladly give you the card of one of our trusted referral partners. What your acupuncturist at Healing House will not do, however, is continue to treat you week after week, month after month, without giving you the progress you were looking for. Our policy is this – if we aren’t getting the results you need, we will fire ourselves long before you do.
Thankfully, that very rarely happens! Acupuncture is incredibly effective for an enormous range of health issues, and our results are usually nothing short of amazing. And as you keep coming back for treatment, you’ll probably notice that you feel considerably better with each session. You’ll start to look forward to that feeling of serenity and peace that washes over you once the needles are in. It’s the best nap in the world! And each time you get treatment, you’ll feel more and more comfortable, more used to the needles, and more happy with your results.
That’s the typical experience at Healing House. That’s what we strive for at each follow-up acupuncture session.
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Types of Acupuncture We Offer
Most people know very little about how acupuncture works, or that there are several different styles and systems of acupuncture out there. As it turns out, there are many methods of acupuncture in the world today. A medical art as old and as widely-used as acupuncture would naturally branch out into many schools and strategies over time. Here at our Scottsdale clinic, we actually take advantage of several different methods, but each has one goal in mind — to establish balance and health by restoring the flow of Qi.
Zhang Fu Body Acupuncture
Zhang Fu Body Acupuncture is the most frequently used and most heavily researched form of acupuncture in the world today. This system utilizes hundreds of acupuncture points on the body – from the top of the head to the bottom of the foot, and everywhere in between. But don’t worry – we don’t needle all of them at once! The typical acupuncturist employing Zhang Fu Body Acupuncture will needle around 10 to 30 acupuncture points in a session. These points generally fall along lines of energy often referred to as “meridians.” There are 14 major meridians that travel along the surface and at times through the interior of the body. Each meridian is associated with a major organ of the body, such as the stomach, heart, liver, kidneys, and lungs. In Zhang Fu Body Acupuncture, the acupuncturist uses specific points to stimulate a healing response within the organs by unblocking and improving the flow of Qi through the meridians. Acupuncture points are also used to reduce and eliminate negative factors in the body that restrict and damage the flow of Qi, such as Coldness, Dampness and Phlegm, Dryness, Heat and Inflammation, and Wind.
Auricular Acupuncture refers to the use of needles to stimulate the acupuncture points in the ears. The ears are a linked powerfully to our nervous system; they form a kind of map of the body that a skilled acupuncturist can use to diagnose and stimulate healing signals to the brain. The needles go in quickly, usually without a guide tube, and they do not rely on the meridian system as found in Zhang Fu acupuncture. Auricular acupuncture is very well known for its effectiveness in treating addiction and pain in the body.
At Healing House, we utilize a scalp acupuncture technique developed by the world famous acupuncturist, Dr. Ming Qing Zhu. In this system, we insert very fine needles into the scalp in zones that relate to various parts of the body. It is a painless technique when done correctly. This method of acupuncture is quite versatile, allowing us to treat a patient in a comfortably seated position, fully clothed, and at any age of life, for virtually any condition. However, this technique is most especially known for it’s marked effectiveness in treating various neurological disorders. Many people have seen videos of near miraculous results achieved using this modality, and they expect the same results when they arrive at our clinic. Well, we try not to disappoint! The reality is, we can often get truly remarkable results using all of the systems of acupuncture we offer at Healing House, but Zhu’s Scalp Acupuncture is perhaps the most reliable in its effectiveness.
Five Element Acupuncture
Five Element acupuncture involves understanding how the organs, meridians, and points of the body talk to each other according to their association with one of the five elements. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, the archetypal elements are as follows – water, wood, fire, earth, and metal. A skillful acupuncturist can understand how the elements generate and control each other, and they know how to use the acupuncture points to tonify or sedate the elemental forces in the body to create harmony and resolve illness. This subtle techniques requires very few needles, (typically just four), and can be accomplished in a comfortable seated position. Our acupuncturist in our Scottsdale clinic, Muki Ramsey, L.Ac., Dipl. O.M., is particularly fond of this powerful methodology, having written his Master’s thesis on the psychological and spiritual implications of five element theory. Be careful – if you get him started talking about it, you might get quite the earful!
I’ve been coming to Healing House since August of last year. I was in a really bad physical state. Muki worked with me to help me get well. I feel 1000% better. I’ve been seeing Lorel every two weeks for a massage for a while now and my constant hip pain is gone. They both really care about their clients and do everything they can to provide great care.
Meet Our Scottsdale Acupuncturist
Muki Ramsey, Licensed Acupuncturist - Scottsdale, AZ
Muki Ramsey, L.Ac., Dipl. O.M., is the licensed acupuncturist, founder, and owner of Healing House in Scottsdale. He has been in practice since January of 2008 and he offers Acupuncture, Chinese medicine, Healing Technologies, and Meditation training services to our patients here at the clinic.
How does an acupuncturist diagnose their patient?
To an acupuncturist, every person has their own special underlying disharmonies, or “root” causes of their health problems. Everyone’s body is unique, and therefore no two patients should be treated the same way, even if they have what appear to be the same symptoms. In other words, if you have a headache, it does not mean that it is being caused by the same root disorders as someone else’s headache. It all depends on where in the body the Qi has become stuck or deficient. Your acupuncturist will employ time-tested diagnostic techniques to determine where the flow of Qi has been obstructed. These techniques include a visual analysis of your tongue and a special system for analyzing the arterial pulses at your wrists. It also includes examining the patient’s outward appearance and complexion and palpating the abdomen for areas of Qi obstruction or deficiency. Your acupuncturist will also want to ask you a lot of questions about all of your bodily functions, including how your body regulates temperature and sweating, the health of your sense organs, your bowel and urinary functions, appetite and digestion, reproductive function, heart and lung health, energy and vitality, and your emotional state. (This is by no means an exhaustive list). Through these traditional diagnostic tools and questions, your acupuncturist will be able to successfully determine the root cause of your particular disorder. They will then establish a treatment protocol to resolve the root cause of the problem. In this way, acupuncturists do not just treat the symptoms of disease, but they actually seek to resolve the underlying reason for the disease itself.
Does acupuncture hurt?
The best answer would be: “Sometimes it does— but not very much.” Occasionally a patient will feel a very light pricking sensation as the needle enters the skin. Most of the time, however, they will not feel the needle enter at all. The needles are just so tiny and thin. In fact, they are only about twice the thickness of a human hair.
At Zen Medicinals, we often have patients who suffer from a mild needle phobia. Muki just tells them to relax and close their eyes. After he has already put in several needles, they often tell him: “Okay, you can start now.” So it really is a very mild sensation, and it often goes completely unnoticed.
After the needle is in the body, your acupuncturist might stimulate it a little. This is called “Gathering the Qi,” and it is how your acupuncturists activates the healing response in the body and gets the Qi moving in the right way. This stimulation can result in a strange, “zinging” sensation. It feels different from point to point and person to person. Some people feel a tingle, others feel a strong pulse of movement. Some people feel a heaviness or pressure, and others feel nothing at all.
At Zen Medicinals, if you are just too frightened of the needles to give them a try, you can always request an herbal and nutritional consultation instead.
What clothes should I wear?
Please dress with loose clothing, preferably a t-shirt and shorts, or yoga pants. For face-up treatments, the patient remains fully dressed. During back-treatments, the patient will be face-down with only the back exposed, as if they were getting a massage. In this case, the patient may be asked to remove their shirt to better access the mid-back or upper-back region, but women may always chose to wear their bra, if they prefer. When treating the hips, thighs, or low back, it might be necessary for the patient to remove their outerwear (shorts or pants), but they are always completely draped with a clean, white towel. The most important thing to know is that we will *never* compromise the dignity of our patients, and the patient is *always* the boss.
Does acupuncture really work?
Yes, it does! The Chinese people have used acupuncture and herbal medicine for thousands of years, and with great success. In fact, TCM is the most commonly used alternative medicine in the world today. In China, there are hospitals in every major city dedicated solely to the practice of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Muki has spent time interning at one of these hospitals (in Chengdu), and the healing that he saw take place there was astounding.
In fact, Muki himself is a living testament to the effectiveness of acupuncture. Muki used to suffer with pains in his legs, shoulders, and arms every single day. That pain (along with all of his other ailments) has now been completely resolved, thanks to this wonderful medicine. You can read more about Muki’s own path to healing on his Bio page. Muki’s patients also get wonderful results— please visit the Testimonials page to read what they have to say about how acupuncture has changed their lives.
But you don’t have to take their word for it, or Muki’s— there is plenty of very compelling research being done on the effectiveness of acupuncture at famous health, government, and educational institutions all over the world.
Can I address more than one health issue at a time with acupuncture?
Yes – we can treat multiple issues in one session. It’s especially common to treat multiple joint issues at once, such as a neck, back, and elbow pain. An acupuncturist seeks to resolve a pattern of disharmonies by fixing the underlying root cause. In this way, we can treat many things that might not seem related – such as migraines, difficult menstruation, anxiety, and indigestion – all at the same time. In this example, all of those issues relate to a disruption in the flow of Liver Qi, and if we resolve that underlying problem, all of those issues may resolve at once.
Why did you put that needle there?
An acupuncturist has studied hundreds of acupuncture points, and they have used them over and over again, practicing their precise location and committing their healing effects to memory. In a lot of ways, it’s like learning a new language. Eventually, you don’t have to think about what you want to say – you just say it. Similarly, a good acupuncturist just knows where to put the needle to communicate to the body what he or she wants done.
Can children be treated with acupuncture?
Yes, most definitely. Muki has needled patients as young as 3 and as old as 113.
Do you treat pregnant people?
Yes, although we have to be careful to avoid certain points during pregnancy. We often treat pregnant patients for morning sickness, back and hip pain, and also to stimulate contractions. We’ve had great success in treating all of the above.
Should I consult with my physician regarding getting acupuncture and oriental medicine treatment?
No, it’s not necessary to do so. An acupuncturist is a trained and licensed medical professional, and we are able to see a patient independently of oversight from your doctor. However, we are always happy to coordinate our treatments with your physician. Just let us know if you’d like us to do so.
Will acupuncture and oriental medicine treatment be covered through my insurance reimburse?
Sometimes yes, sometimes no. It always depends on your insurance policy. We would be glad to check you policy for coverage – just give us a call.
How long do treatments take?
You initial visit includes a 60-minute consultation and a 30 minute acupuncture treatment. Since there can be additional time required for filling out paperwork and checking you out, we suggest setting aside 2 hours for your initial visit. Your follow-up visits will include a 15-minute consultation and a 30-minute acupuncture treatment. We recommend setting aside an hour for your follow-up visits to allow for check-in and check-out times.
How many treatments will I need?
It depends! In general, we get very rapid results. Most of our patients are in and out within 3 to 10 sessions. However, the truth is, there’s really no way to know how long it will take to get you better. Each individual heals at a different rate, depending on their overall health, their age, their diet, their work environment, and a huge number of other factors. And each health condition is completely different. Some conditions are usually quite easy to resolve – a stiff neck, a sore elbow – and some can take a lot more work – rheumatoid arthritis, recovery from a stroke, or something of a more chronic nature. A general rule of thumb is that the longer you’ve had the condition, the longer it will take to resolve it – but even that isn’t a fair generalization.
But we will do our best to give you an idea of how long we think it will take to get you better as soon as we can get a sense for it. Once Muki has had a chance to talk with you and treat you a few times, he can generally see how your body is responding, and he’ll give you his best guess. But it’s only a guess! Don’t hold him to it.
One thing we can say for certain is that we will work as hard as we can to get you better as quickly as possible. As much as we love our patients, we don’t want them coming back! We have the philosophy that if we get you better as quickly as possible, you will go out and refer us business a lot more enthusiastically than if we drag your treatments on and on with little or no results. That’s not only a terrible way to do business, it’s a terrible way to treat your patients. It’s the exact opposite of how real medicine should work, and we won’t do it – ever.
How frequently are visits spaced?
Generally, we have our patients come in twice a week while we are actively treating the condition with acupuncture, and then we reduce to once a week, once every other week, once a month, and then as needed. Rarely, when things are really bad we’ll see a patient three or more times a week at first, and sometimes when things are more mild, we will see a patient only once a week, or sometimes as little as once a month – it just depends on the condition we’re working on.
Do I need to keep coming after my symptoms are gone?
Only if you want to! Be forewarned, acupuncture is incredibly relaxing and vitalizing all at once, and you might get addicted to the way it makes you feel. Many of our patients come in once or twice a month, just because they love walking around with what we call that “acu-high.” But it’s really up to you – come as often as you want!
What if I can’t come for regular acupuncture treatments?
We sometimes have to work around complicated work schedules, or sometimes people need to go on vacation in the middle of a treatment protocol, we have to suspend treatment for a while. That’s okay – life happens. We can usually still make progress.
Are there any side effects to acupuncture?
Sometimes there’s bruising, and sometimes acupuncture can leave you feeling a bit dizzy for a few minutes. Rarely, we’ll see a little bleeding after the needle is pulled out – usually just a drop or two. But generally, acupuncture is very safe and has almost no side effects.
I want to begin treatment, what do I do next?
Just schedule your appointment online, or give us a call!
Should I keep my appointment if I’m sick?
Yes – if you feel well enough to make it to the clinic, we would be very happy to help you overcome your illness as quickly as possible so that you can get back to your regular treatment protocol. Acupuncture is very helpful for recovering from a cold or flu, and we’re not scared of your germs – we know a thing or two about keeping our immune systems strong.
Is an acupuncturist a doctor?
Each state licensing is a little different. Here in Arizona, acupuncturists cannot call themselves doctors, but in other states, such as California, Florida, and New Mexico, they can. Truth be told, it’s all politics. We really don’t care what our patients call us, as long as they get better.
What kind of education and training do acupuncturists receive?
Typically, an acupuncturist has at least three years of master’s level education – four, if they’ve also studied Chinese herbal medicine. They may also have a bachelor’s degree. They must complete stringent national and state licensing requirements as well. Our acupuncturist, Muki Ramsey, has completed a four-year master’s degree and is fully licensed to practice in Arizona.
Do you prescribe herbs?
When it is appropriate to do so, yes. Although Muki has trained extensively in the use of Chinese herbal medicine and is nationally certified as a Chinese herbal practitioner, he prescribes Chinese herbs less frequently than perhaps do other herbalists. This is because he has noticed that more and more people who come to him are suffering from nutritional deficits or malnutrition, and these issues must always be addressed with alterations to their diet or with nutritional supplements. Good nutrition is the foundation of good health; as Hippocrates once said, “Let food be thy medicine”. From Muki’s point of view, it makes no sense to give a patient an herbal formula to boost their Qi when in reality they are eating poorly and are therefore suffering from a deficiency in vitamins, essential fats, trace minerals, amino acids, and so on. These deficiencies must be addressed first, for they are the building blocks of life. Of course, there are instances when Muki feels it is appropriate to prescribe a Chinese herbal formula, in which case he will do so.
Can I combine acupuncture with massage/chiropractic/osteopathic treatment/medication/etc?
In general the answer is yes. In fact, these modalities generally work very well together to synergistically improve the patient’s condition. However, there may be instances when it is inappropriate for a patient to use other modalities. This is decided on a case by case basis – every person is different, and every health condition must be looked at individually.
Do I have to believe in acupuncture for it to work?
No, you definitely do not! We know this because animal studies have shown such a significant positive impact on the health of their subjects, and animals are not subject to placebo effect. Clinically, we are used to treating people who have never tried acupuncture and who may even have their doubts about its effectiveness. If you are skeptical about acupuncture, we urge you to come try it out for yourself. We take a certain pleasure in working with even the most stubborn skeptics, because inevitably they become our most fervent converts.