The Rise in East Asian Medicine in Healthcare

The Rise in East Asian Medicine in Healthcare

It’s the 21st century and more people are turning towards medicine that is over 5,000 years old in the form of East Asian medicine also known as Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). This form of medicine encompasses therapies such as acupuncture, cupping, gua sha, moxibustion, and herbal medicine.

So why is TCM gaining increasing popularity in recent years? Is it because Western medicine has failed us? There’s a greater need and desire to utilize a more natural approach, that doesn’t involve numerous negative side effects. While East Asian medicine has spent thousands of years developing and refining its approach to treating people, the more recent advancements of biomedicine are relatively young and still under development.

In Western medicine, the approach involves understanding the specific biological responses of how the body functions and responds to various forms of treatment. In the development of biomedicine, various drugs and treatments have been discovered to have certain effects on the body without explanation. As a result, you have medications that are prescribed for off-label use, such as antidepressant medications like amitriptyline and trazodone, that are used to help people sleep. The medication known as Chantix is used to help stop smoking without knowing how the biological mechanisms work. Western medicine can’t fully explain all the biological effects of TCM, which has resulted in some skepticism while promoting research.

As TCM has proven to be effective in helping treat people, Western medicine has adopted the various TCM therapies, often with different names. Western medicine implements dry needling, myofascial release, Graston technique, myofascial decompression, and nutritional supplements. Dry needling uses the same type of needles, points, and some of the principles of acupuncture without all the theories developed over the centuries as acupuncture. The down side to dry needling is that it’s often a course requiring about a hundred hours of training versus over the three thousand hours that licensed acupuncturists receive over the course of about 4 years along with the completion of in-depth board exams. Myofascial release done with specialized tools and the Graston technique utilize the same techniques as gua sha, just using different style tools and without the same theories and extensive training that acupuncturists receive. Supplements or nutritional therapies make use of individual herbs and vitamins that have specific effects on parts of a person’s physiology, used in a similar manner as medications.  Chinese herbal medicine utilizes herbal formulas that have been developed over centuries where all the herbs work synergistically to have an effect to treat the whole person, while addressing the underlying condition without a multitude of adverse effects of the body.

There is a considerable difference of how Western medicine and East Asian medicine view and treat people. When it comes to treating people, Western medicine looks at a fraction of the puzzle.  This is seen in drugs that affect specific receptors and not addressing the other problems that are connected and even cause adverse side effects requiring additional medications. When even adopting TCM, biomedicine doesn’t fully understand it and uses pieces that they feel that they can explain and deem beneficial. East Asian medicine looks at the entire person. The explanations in TCM are philosophical in nature but provide explanations to certain connections and responses in the human body that biomedicine doesn’t understand. The principles and concepts of East Asian medicine can be addressed with a scientific mindset that accepts the information in terms of a scientific theory. While TCM can’t be fully explained by science, it’s a medicine that has withstood the test of time over thousands of years.  There are explanations in TCM that connect various symptoms and processes that is not fully understood by science. Some herbs are used in the development of medications, biomedicine doesn’t connect the side effects of the medications where it makes sense according to TCM.

If TCM is so great, then why did biomedicine develop? There is a place for both medicines. It’s a matter of knowing when and how to use each properly. If there is an infection, it’s important to utilize proper antibiotics instead of allowing the infection to spread and cause more harm. Pain doesn’t always have to be managed with addictive medications. Acupuncture is well known and accepted in the Western medical community to help alleviate pain. The additional benefit of East Asian medicine is that it gets to the root of the problem instead of masking the symptoms. Acupuncture and Herbal medicine can readily strengthen the immune system. It is effective in preventing the onset and decreasing the duration and severity of a cold. The benefit of the rising use of East Asian medicine is that people can integrate the different medicines as needed with the goal of achieving optimal health and wellbeing. TCM can be used to treat a multitude of conditions, while also being used as a natural form of preventative medicine.

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Unlocking the Power of Patience: Your Journey to Improved Health and Well-Being

Unlocking the Power of Patience: Your Journey to Improved Health and Well-Being

In today’s fast-paced world, it’s easy to neglect our health amidst the chaos of daily life. From unhealthy eating habits to lack of exercise, and even suppressing our emotions, we often make choices that gradually chip away at our well-being. But just as negative impacts on our health don’t happen overnight, the road to positive change and progress also requires patience.

You see, progress in health is not a sprint; it’s a marathon. Positive changes won’t magically appear at the snap of your fingers. It takes time for regular physical activity to boost your energy levels, and a healthy diet won’t shed pounds in a day. Even a single night of good sleep can’t reverse the effects of countless sleepless nights. But don’t despair; the key lies in being patient and consistent while closely monitoring your progress.

Take acupuncture, for example – a powerful tool for enhancing your health. With each treatment, its positive effects build upon one another. While some might get lucky and feel immediate relief after one session, most people experience the true benefits with consistent treatments. Like any healing process, the number of treatments required varies based on the condition being treated, your overall health, and how long the condition has persisted. Remember, healing takes time, but the rewards are worth the journey.

Patience isn’t just about waiting; it’s about actively participating in your own well-being. Following recommendations and taking prescribed herbal formulas can complement the effects of acupuncture, speeding up your progress. During acupuncture treatments, allow yourself to relax and honor your body – this sacred time allows healing to unfold.

So, if you’re determined to resolve a health issue or improve your overall quality of life, remember this: patience and persistence are your allies. Just as it took time to develop health problems, it will take time to heal. But with dedication and a little patience, your body and mind will thank you for the transformative journey towards better health. It’s time to embrace the power of patience and unleash your full potential for a happier, healthier you.

Discovering the Essence of Health

Discovering the Essence of Health

Discovering the true essence of life lies in the saying, “Health is wealth.” Imagine feeling energized, invigorated, and ready to seize every opportunity that comes your way. It all starts with making a conscious effort to prioritize your health. Don’t just wait for a wake-up call; take action now and see the amazing transformation unfold.

Remember, Rome wasn’t built in a day, and neither is a healthy lifestyle. You can’t expect a single workout or healthy meal to work miracles. It’s the consistent effort that yields remarkable results. So, carve out time each week to nourish your body and mind with exercise and wholesome foods. You’ll be amazed at the positive changes that follow.

Water, the elixir of life, should be your trusted companion throughout the day. Don’t deprive yourself of this essential resource; embrace it regularly for optimal hydration. And when it comes to sleep, make a habit of providing your body with the rest it craves. A single night of good sleep won’t undo the damage of sleepless nights, but a consistent sleep routine can work wonders.

In the pursuit of health, remember to balance your journey with occasional indulgences. Relish that sweet treat now and then; it might just save you from a full-blown binge later. Life should be enjoyed, and a healthy body makes the ride all the more enjoyable.

Now, let’s talk about the ancient art of acupuncture, a natural pathway to well-being. Just like with anything worthwhile, instant results aren’t always the case. Give yourself the gift of time and commitment to experience the true benefits of acupuncture. This incredible practice doesn’t just address surface-level issues; it delves into your entire system, promoting lasting healing.

Consistency is key! Regular acupuncture treatments cannot only prevent some health problems but also resolve any that may arise. Forget the hassle of juggling multiple doctors; acupuncture covers a wide range of health issues, making it an advantageous choice.

The best part? Acupuncture sessions are incredibly relaxing. Imagine lying back, feeling the soothing energy flow through your body, leaving you refreshed and revitalized. If you’re serious about investing in your health naturally, give acupuncture a try. Your body will thank you, and life will become an enchanting journey filled with happiness and productivity.

So, don’t wait until tomorrow; start your quest for health today. Make the effort, embrace consistency, and unlock the potential to truly enjoy the wonders of life. Your health is the most precious asset you possess—cherish it, nourish it, and watch as it elevates your entire existence.

Harmonizing Your Inner Heat: 5 Valuable Tips for Staying Cool

Harmonizing Your Inner Heat: 5 Valuable Tips for Staying Cool

As we continue to embrace the summer, it’s crucial to prioritize our health and well-being, even amidst the scorching heat. Ignoring health issues during this time can lead to complications and prolonged recovery periods.

Here are a few valuable tips to assist you in staying cool and maintaining good health:

  1. Incorporate cooling and hydrating foods into your diet, such as watermelon, cucumbers, strawberries, tomatoes, and spinach. Seasonal produce not only supports our well-being but also helps us beat the heat.
  2. Replenish your electrolytes by choosing electrolyte drinks that are free from added sugars and artificial chemicals whenever possible. These drinks will help keep you hydrated while replacing the minerals lost during hot weather.
  3. Discover the refreshing and hydrating effects of drinks infused with cooling herbs like chrysanthemum, mint, and lotus leaf. Chrysanthemum tea, for example, can be consumed throughout the day to promote internal cooling and alleviate heat-related symptoms. Peppermint tea is also known for its soothing properties and can provide relief from overheated digestion and headaches.
  4. Engage in mindful movement practices that promote balance and well-being. Tai Chi, Qi Gong, and certain styles of Yoga incorporate slow, flowing movements, deep breathing, and grounding techniques, helping to circulate energy, dispel heat, and find tranquility amidst the summer heat.
  5. Make small lifestyle adjustments to stay cool overall. Opt for loose-fitting, breathable clothing made from natural fibers to allow air circulation and reduce body heat. During peak sunlight hours, seek shade or wear a wide-brimmed hat to shield yourself from the sun’s intense rays. Refreshing cool showers or baths can also provide instant relief and lower your body temperature on scorching days.

Acupuncture can be an invaluable tool in your quest to stay cool and maintain optimal health. By incorporating specific acupuncture points known for their cooling effects, a licensed acupuncturist can tailor a treatment plan that suits your needs.

 Stay cool. Be happy. Maintain your health. Enjoy your summer.

The Value of Acupuncture Treatments

The Value of Acupuncture Treatments

Acupuncture treatments don’t just treat specific conditions but treat a person. This form of medicine is amazing since a person seeking treatments for something such as back pain can also gain relief from insomnia, allergies, digestive issues, hormonal imbalances, and other conditions. Instead of needing to see multiple doctors for each condition, a licensed acupuncturist can treat multiple health problems in the same treatments. Treatments can be focused on specific health problems while treating a person by addressing the person’s underlying constitution. A person’s presenting constitution can influence that person’s health. Each treatment is personalized to an individual’s needs.

Receiving an acupuncture treatment is more than just getting stuck by needles. A lot is included in acupuncture treatments. Acupuncture treatments utilize noninvasive, nonsurgical, and nonpharmaceutical techniques. It is a very powerful and all-natural medicine. Other forms of therapies can be incorporated into a treatment, including cupping, gua sha, ear seeds, moxibustion, infrared therapy, red-light therapy, and more. Various herbal liniments and even CBD topicals may be used during a treatment. The therapies used depend on the acupuncturist performing the treatment and the person’s health needs. People may also receive herbal consultations, nutritional counseling, and even lifestyle recommendations.

Treatments can be extremely relaxing and can take up to an hour or more depending on the acupuncture clinic. Acupuncturists hold space for their patients, during their treatment sessions, as the various therapies are applied. There are no harsh side-effects from treatments like with some medications and invasive procedures. Instead of masking symptoms, acupuncture helps heal the body by addressing the underlying cause. The treatments build upon each other. Receiving regular acupuncture treatments can also help to prevent or even lessen the severity of health problems that may arise sooner. Those who receive regular treatments consistently often feel better sooner. People enjoy acupuncture treatments and come out of treatments feeling relaxed.

Licensed acupuncturists go through extensive training. A bachelor’s degree is required before completing a master’s and/or doctorate degree. The higher education required can take about a decade. Afterwards, acupuncturists need to take board exams based on the individual state’s requirements to become licensed.

For everything that acupuncture treats, all the various therapies that can be included each treatment, the time and space reserved for a person during the treatment, and the training involved to become a licensed acupuncturist, acupuncture treatments are such a tremendous value. Regular acupuncture treatments are such a great investment for one’s health and well-being.

Good Health Is Priceless 

Good Health Is Priceless 

Good health is our greatest asset. When we are healthy, we have more energy, can accomplish more tasks, & feel less stressed. Being healthy makes our lives easier. While it may not be easy to maintains one’s health, it’s a lot harder being unhealthy. 

When we ignore our health, eventually we are forced to care of it. Caring for our wellness is a lot easier. It is a lot easier when we take healthy actions & make healthy decisions part of our daily habits. Each day we should do things such as drink plenty of water, eat healthy foods, get some exercise, practice deep breathing, & maintain a routine sleep schedule for optimal sleep. 

The things that we do & money that we spend contribute to our health are investments in one of our most valuable assets. Regular acupuncture treatments are an investment in one’s health. Acupuncture addresses health problems & can help maintain one’s health by treating the entire body. It’s an opportunity to relax while nourishing the body as well as the mind. 

Make the investment in your health & enjoy your life.

Care for Yourself to Better Care for the Ones You Love

Care for Yourself to Better Care for the Ones You Love

On International Women’s Day, it’s a good time to reflect on our strength as women & work on caring for ourselves. As women, we are capable of so much & even more. A woman’s body is capable of developing & growing new human life, something which males can’t do. Often women are the primary caregivers of the family, helping take care of everyone else’s needs first. Unfortunately, this can have negative consequences on women’s health. 

For a woman to care for her loved ones, she needs to care for herself first. That goes for everyone. It doesn’t mean being selfish. When we live for our loved ones & care for our health, we can better care for those loved ones. 

It’s important to eat healthy, engage in physical activity, care for our emotional well-being, drink plenty of water, & get restful night’s sleep. We need to nurture our body, mind, & soul. This helps us to be at our optimal health, so we cannot just care for those we love but enjoy time with them. 

I’ve heard patients tell me that they get so busy caring for their families that they put themselves last & end up negatively affecting their health. Coming for regular acupuncture treatments has such a positive impact on their health, that they feel a difference when they don’t come in for treatments for a while. Acupuncture treats health problems, addresses a person’s constitution, & relaxes the mind. It’s a great way to help treat health problems & maintain one’s health. Value your health & show it some love with regular acupuncture treatments. As women, we are amazing & capable of even more when we’re healthy. 

Be Honest to Yourself about Your Health

Be Honest to Yourself about Your Health

Stop believing the lies you tell yourself. 

Too often we lie to ourselves without even realizing it. We convince ourselves that we are unable to live without pain, not able relax, incapable of getting a good night’s sleep, not capable of exercising, unable to eat health, etc. 

These lies are an excuse to not improve our health, that leave us feeling stuck with accepting our health problems instead of doing something about it. Rather than lying to ourselves & believing we can’t do anything to improve our health, we should do something about it. 

It’s often the simplest things that we can do that can positively affect our health. To improve one’s health, a person should drink more water, eat less processed food, consume more vegetables along with lean proteins, go to bed at a regular time then wake at a regular time, engage in mindful activities such as meditation, practice deep breathing daily, & move to get some exercise even if it’s just a short walk each day. 

Regular acupuncture treatments are a great way to improve one’s health. Acupuncture treats a wide array of health problems while treating the entire person. Treatments are extremely relaxing. Acupuncture is a great investment in one’s health. As a medical procedure that has lasted over 2,000 years, acupuncture has shown to be effective in improving people’s health. 

There are ways that we can improve our health. It is a matter of stopping lying to ourselves & taking action in order to live a healthier lifestyle.

Stop Procrastinating on Your Health

Stop Procrastinating on Your Health

Too often we allow excuses to be the reason we neglect our health. Waiting for a specific date to start, life to be less stressful, when there’s more time, etc. Procrastinating on your health can make matters worse. Saying that you want to do something for your health does nothing without action. 

Instead of excuses decide to do something about your health & set a plan in motion. Keep it simple & start small. Short walks each day are better than sitting on the couch. Replace one unhealthy food with something healthy. 

We can start from caring for ourselves with exercise, healthy diet, sleep, & hydration. Nourish your body then you’ll be glad that you did. Instead of wanting to sleep all the time you can have more energy. Instead of being stressed you can feel more relaxed. 

Another way to care for your health is with acupuncture treatments, which treat the entire body. Acupuncture is a relaxing way to address your health, nourishing the mind, body, & soul. 

Instead of just thinking about acupuncture, give it a try to help improve your health, so you can enjoy life feeling healthier & happier. 

Helping Take Care of Oneself to Better Help Others

Helping Take Care of Oneself to Better Help Others

Since it’s Christmas Eve, today is Pinelope’s last day in Texas this year. Pinelope experienced another amazing healing acupuncture session this morning & is now celebrating the start of the Christmas break for Dr. Katrina at Karma Zen Acupuncture. Pinelope is enjoying the lights & decorations in the clinic one last time before she leaves. 

This holiday season, Pinelope enjoyed all her acupuncture treatments from Dr. Katrina & feels so much healthier. She learned the importance of things that she can do for her health such as exercise, mindfulness, & getting enough sleep. She learned how different things such as Christmas lights, holiday decorating, focusing on the positive, gratitude, & celebrating milestones are good for one’s health. Pinelope can’t wait to get back to the North Pole to tell everyone she knows about the benefits of acupuncture & looks forward to returning next year. She is going to have Santa come see Dr. Katrina in the new year because his back can get sore from delivering all those presents. 

It’s been another great year treating a lot of amazing people. Dr. Katrina has enjoyed seeing people heal as their health improves through their acupuncture treatments. It’s time for her to take a break for the holidays as she cares for herself so she can further care for her patients in the new year. She looks forward to the new year & being able to help more patients. 

To take care of others in our life, we must first take care of ourselves. Taking care of our health helps us with caring for family, enjoying time with friends, taking care of our households, & being productive at work. It’s important to take a break for one’s health. One great way is through acupuncture treatments. 

Sleep Beneficial to Good Health

Sleep Beneficial to Good Health

Today Pinelope is enjoying a nap by the Christmas tree. She has been very busy this Christmas season & is now allowing herself some time to rest. All the acupuncture treatments from Dr. Katrina at Karma Zen Acupuncture helped Pinelope get through this busy time of year. She’s hasn’t felt this good since she was a much younger elf. 

Pinelope is sleeping so much better thanks to the acupuncture treatments she’s received. Sleeping is essential to good health. When one sleeps, it’s the time for the body to heal. Sleep boosts the immune system, improves memory, strengthens the heart, prevents weight gain, enhances mood, & increases productivity. 

This holiday season start healthy sleeping habits if you don’t have them already. Go to bed around the same time each night & not too late. Create a peaceful sleeping environment free from electronics. Enjoy this time to have fun but also rest. In the new year, schedule some acupuncture treatments to help improve your health & well-being. 

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"Katrina's treatments are life changing. I highly recommend you making regular visits with her a part of your self care routine."

- Shani A.

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"I can’t say enough about Katrina and her skills as an acupuncturist. I had major scoliosis surgery done 8yrs ago. Since then I have been suffering with daily pain in my SI joint area. I decided to try acupuncture to see if it could help. By my second appointment I was feeling like a different person. I literally had no pain in that area! Although I need to keep up with my treatment I can honestly say that was the first time I didn’t feel pain in years! I highly recommend seeing Katrina. She is a wealth of knowledge regarding Eastern medicine and it’s also an opportunity to relax and recharge in a soothing environment."


- Lisa L.

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"Choosing Karma Zen Acupuncture is one of the best decisions I have ever made! Kat is knowledgeable, has a calming presence, is easy to talk to, and really listens to her patients. After only four visits I have noticed vast improvements in my health. I highly recommend Kat and Karma Zen!"


- Diane L.

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"Katrina is professional and personable. She has treated me numerous times with great success. I find that she is very receptive to my thoughts and concerns. Her willingness to go the extra mile to make sure that I’m comfortable is greatly appreciated. I wouldn’t hesitate recommending her to my friends, family and colleagues."


- Michael B.

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"Highly recommend Katrina- she is extremely knowledgeable and very easy to talk to. I had a pinched nerve in my neck, it was hard for me to even turn my neck. After 6 treatments, I can now return to yoga and exercise classes. I have had acupuncture from others and she is by far the best."


- Beth H.

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"Kat is an outstanding Acupuncturist. Her technique and bed side manner is very warm. Kat treated me for low back and neck pain. After a couple of treatments, I was back to exercising sooner than usual. I know that her treatments made a huge difference in my quick recovery. I highly recommend Kat for any issue."


- Lisa P.

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"I first came to Katrina at Karma Zen when my knee was badly injured. I received acupuncture for 2 months or so. Not only was my knee healed the experience was amazing for me! My ankle pain is gone my stress level went way down. I feel lighter with much more energy. Katrina has helped me and continues to help. I highly recommend KARMA ZEN!!"


- Jennifer R.

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"Katrina is great. I highly recommend Karma Zen Acupuncture! I no longer have back problems, my energy has returned, the swelling in my knee is gone, I’m sleeping better.. I could go on and on! Thank you Katrina."


- Cheryl W.

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"Dr. Giangarra is an amazing, PASSIONATE, healer that has helped me with migraines and insomnia. It took about 5 sessions with acupuncture and cupping, and now I am MUCH better. I highly recommend Karma Zen for ppl with headaches and sleep issues. You can thank me later!"


- Patricia L.

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"It was about twenty-four hours after my first experience with Acupuncture to combat chronic allergies and rhinitis when noticed I hadn't sneezed in that amount of time.  She said it would help, and she knows what she's talking about and what she's doing!  Thanks, K!"


- Ned B.

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"Katrina is a wealth of information and compassion. I first visited her acupuncture studio on a recommendation from a friend. I had never tried acupuncture and cupping before, but a testy elbow problem had been keeping me up at night. More than relieving the pain associated with the elbow, I needed to get a good night’s sleep again! After my first treatment, the pain abated, and mobility and strength improved progressively week after week. I’d say by the third or fourth weekly session the elbow was a non-issue. I continue to go to Katrina at Karma Zen for general wellness. I always leave much calmer and more collected than when I arrive."


- Jen M.

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"Kat is amazing! She has helped with a variety of different health issues I was having like pain and anxiety. Now I am feeling SO much better, my life has really transformed for the better and I really owe it to the treatments and Kat's attentive and geunine care."

-Kira R.


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"Katrina is an amazing healer. I always feel seen and heard by her. Overall my health has improved so much since I started ssing her. I fully trust her with my healthcare."

-Martha E.


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"Highly recommended!"

-Charles S.


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"Katrina is a caring and compassionate practitioner!"

-Ann L.


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"Serene atmosphere and great intuitional healer."

-Geno D.


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"Very gentle and caring."

-Nancy W.


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"Fantastic practitioner."

-Duncan F.


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"Professional, compassionate and effective care. Amazing staff. That is what you can expect when you visit Karma Zen Acupuncture. Highly recommended!"

-Todd, G.


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"Karma Zen Acupuncture is just like the name implies! Relaxing and healing. Kat is a wonderful practitioner. She is very knowledgeable and attentive. I highly recommend them!"

-Montserrat G.


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"Kat is such a wonderful acupuncturist, very knowledgable, and ensures you feel at ease with the treatments. I highly recommend Karma Zen Acupuncture!"

-Christal D.


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"Terrific practice, terrific practitioner!"

-Michael J.


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"As somewhat of a  "newbie" to the practice I was not sure what to expect from the session(s). I am now months into my scheduled weekly sessions and can feel the positive effects from those. Originally, the minor to worse aches and pains (hips, back, shoulders) were my focus in the treatment plan that Katrina helped me with. Now those  aches are minimizing. What I didn't expect  was how I responded to how acupuncture in the mental side of therapy, a sort of energy and mental shifting treatment. I love  how it helps me handle stress, to relax, motivating me in my exercise regimens and overall, the calming effects it supports and promotes. Katrina is a gifted practioner and is awesome!!Thanks! Mike"

-Mike W.


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Resolve your pain and improve your mobility naturally.


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Transmits nature’s intelligence to heal damaged cells and tissues.

Gua Sha 

Breaks up scar tissue and connective tissue, reduces inflammation, and improves circulation.


Promotes circulation, alleviates tension, and helps reduce inflammation and swelling.

Relaxation & Stress Reduction   Focus on calming the mind and emotions to maximize your body’s healing resources.

Microneedling & Nanoneedling for Facial Rejuvination

 Helps rejuvenate the skin by encouraging the formation of new, healthier skin tissue.

Red Light Therapy (LED Light Therapy)

Uses light to boost skin rejuvenation and address specific skin concerns.

Serums for Microneedling & Nanoneedling

Serums complement microneedling & nanoneedlingby delivering targeted ingredients to promote skin rejuvenation and improve its appearance.

Your initial consultation is free. Talk with our Doctor of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine to learn more.

Or, just call 512-766-3049 and we'll be happy to answer your questions.

Read more about:  Our Philosophy | Our History | Our Awesome Staff | Testimonials and Success Stories

* Individual results vary. No guarantee of specific results is warranted or implied and your results will depend on many factors (full disclaimer).


You'll always feel welcome and cared for here.

Dr. Katrina Giangarra, DACM, L.Ac., Dipl. O.M.

Licensed Acupuncturist, Founder, & Clinic Director

Isabella (aka Izzy, aka Fluff Nugget) Giangarra

3rd Unofficial Mascot

Calliope (aka Callie) Giangarra

Unofficial Mascot

Esme (aka Ezzy or Ezzers) Giangarra

2nd Unofficial Mascot

Your initial consultation is free. Talk with our Doctor of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine to learn more.

Or, just call 512-766-3049 and we'll be happy to answer your questions.

Read more about:  Our Philosophy | Our History | Our Awesome Staff | Testimonials and Success Stories

* Individual results vary. No guarantee of specific results is warranted or implied and your results will depend on many factors (full disclaimer).

Located in Spicewood

Karma Zen Acupuncture is located in a serene spot off of Highway-71 in the Bee Creek Business Park as part of the Bee Creek Clinic. Whether you live locally in Spicewood or in the surrounding areas of Briarcliff, Marble Falls, Lakeway, Bee Cave, Austin, or Dripping Springs, we are happy to provide a peaceful and relaxing environment as we help you on your path to better health. The location is a hidden gem as it’s great for those locally, not wanting to travel far, and for those wanting to escape from the more chaotic and busier areas.

Your initial consultation is free. Talk with our Doctor of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine to learn more.

Or, just call 512-766-3049 and we'll be happy to answer your questions.

Read more about:  Our Philosophy | Our History | Our Awesome Staff | Testimonials and Success Stories

* Individual results vary. No guarantee of specific results is warranted or implied and your results will depend on many factors (full disclaimer).