The Five Branches of Chinese Medicine

Written by Ann Rea, Phoenix Acupuncturist on November 10, 2015

In Western cultures, acupuncture is probably the most well known part of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM). But there are actually five main branches of TCM, and at H+H we incorporate some or all of them to create a comprehensive, individualized solution to health problems.


There is a proven connection between the mind and body, so if your mind isn’t in the right place, it will be challenging to have everything else come together as it should. To transform your thinking, a

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Acupuncture for GERD/ Acid Reflux

Written by Ann Rea, Phoenix Acupuncturist on October 20, 2015

Acid reflux is a common problem that is all too often treated incorrectly. Conventional doctors treat this problem using prescription medication that reduces the amount of acid produced in the stomach. While this is effective in controlling the symptoms of acid reflux, it ultimately makes the problem worse by creating dependence on these medications, which can do more harm in the long term, and by not solving the underlying cause of the acid reflux. While acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine

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Acupuncture or Dry Needling?

Written by Ann Rea, Phoenix Acupuncturist on October 12, 2015

In this video, Ann Rea, L.Ac. talks about why it is best to see an acupuncturist rather than another healthcare provider who uses acupuncture needles in this community.

Are you thinking about getting acupuncture, or dry needling (which is a form of acupuncture) so who do you go to?  How about just going to the one professional in the State of Arizona who exclusively performs this ancient technique.  Acupuncturists do acupuncture all day, every day, it is their specialty, they are

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Is your health problem genetic?

Written by Ann Rea, Phoenix Acupuncturist on September 24, 2015

Every week I hear new patients explain their current health condition by saying that “it runs in my family.” Their (inset health complaint here) is genetic; their mom has is, their brother has it and their grandparents or aunt/uncle has it. This reliance on inheritance to explain our health circumstances is understandable because the general public and media are not aware of the causes of modern, chronic diseases from a whole health perspective. Their doctor will say “it’s genetic” because

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How Does Acupuncture Work For You?

Written by Ann Rea, Phoenix Acupuncturist on September 18, 2015


In this post, Emily Rea, L.Ac. address the question: How does Acupuncture Work? At H+H we take a scientific approach to Chinese Medicine and, when determining if acupuncture is a good option for your health care condition, you might ask yourself this question.

Acupuncture works through several mechanisms. We  know that the needles stimulate blood circulation which brings all of the components of the blood such as oxygen, vitamins and nutrients, hormones, immune cells, antioxidants, inflammatory factors and a host of

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