Dr. Makha Phetphommasouk is an acupuncturist practicing in Santa Rosa, CA. Dr. Phetphommasouk's journey to Traditional Chinese Medicine began in 2004 as a pre-medical student volunterring at Rui Jin Hospital in Shanghai, China. There she experienced, first-hand, the effectiveness of treating complex disorders with acupuncture and herbs.
Dr. Phetphommasouk has practiced at the Jewish Community Free Clinic, UC Berkeley Sports Medicine Clinic, Santa Rosa Community Acupuncture and Farmacopia before opening her own practice, Pulse + Needle. She has helped many get their health and wellness back on track with her gentle style of needling and knowledge of ancient medicine for the modern healing. She specializes in pain management and facial rejuventation. She is fluent in Lao, Thai and English.
Education and Training
AIMC Master of Science 2014
PCOM Doctorate 2019
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Hi there. Thank you for your question. It is okay to get a massage after an acupuncture treatment. Massage can further help reduce muscle tension while promoting rest and relaxation state. READ MORE
Hi there. Thank you for your question. Common side effects of acupuncture are slight bruising, soreness and minor bleeding at area where needle was inserted. If an area where the needle was inserted is causing pain, I would recommend applying arnica cream to reduce the pain. Soreness caused by acupuncture should dissipate within 24 hours. If you are having more discomfort after your acupuncture treatment, please call to let your acupuncturist know so he/she can further assist you. READ MORE
Hi there. Your acupuncturist will first have to determine the root cause of your migraine. For women, migraine can be caused by hormonal changes during menstrual cycle, lack of sleep, skipped meals, anxiety, stress, too much caffeine or caffeine withdrawal and even change in weather. Once your acupuncturist determines root cause of your migraine, he/she will be able to carry out the correct treatment plan tailored to meet your body's needs. Typically, it takes 5-6 treatments to see a big change in your symptom. Thank you for your question. READ MORE
Thank you for your question. There are more and more scientific studies showing the effectiveness of acupuncture treating various symptoms and disorders. In 2003, the World Health Organization (WHO) published an official report listing 31 symptoms, conditions and diseases that were shown to be treated effectively by acupuncture in controlled trials. You can find the WHO list here: https://www.acupuncture.org.uk/public-content/public-traditional-acupuncture/4026-who-list-of-conditions.html READ MORE
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Get to know Acupuncturist Makha Phetphommasouk, who practices in Santa Rosa, California.
Makha, a licensed acupuncturist, is the Owner of PULSE + NEEDLE Acupuncture in Santa Rosa, California.
“Here at PULSE + NEEDLE, we feel that everyone should be entitled to live a healthy, happy lifestyle. We believe that by providing effective personalized acupuncture treatments at a reasonable cost, we can help guide you back to living the pain-free life that you deserve.” as stated on the practice’s website.
Working with her patients, Makha has seen numerous positive results and benefits that acupuncture and herbal medicine can have. She feels that it is her duty to share the benefits and knowledge of her extensive education with her patients.
Her journey to Traditional Chinese medicine began in 2004 as a pre-medical student, volunteering at Rui Jin Hospital in Shanghai, China. During her studies abroad, she experienced first-hand the effectiveness of treating complex disorders with acupuncture and herbs. In 2009, she enrolled in the Master of Science in Oriental Medicine program at the Acupuncture and Integrative Medicine College (AIMC) located in Berkeley, California. While at AIMC, she learned the gentle needling technique of Japanese Acupuncture.
Upon graduating, Makha treated well over 400 patients while interning at AIMC’s school clinic, UC Berkeley Sport Medicine Clinic, and the Jewish Community Free Clinic located in Rohnert Park, California. Since then, she has practiced at the Santa Rosa Community Acupuncture Clinic, and Farmacopia in Santa Rosa. She has also apprenticed under Dr. Joshua Margolis, L.Ac while learning pain management and manual medicine techniques.
Her background includes training in a wide array of Chinese medicine modalities, such as herbal medicine, fire cupping, tuina/shiatsu massage, and qigong. She understands that each person is different and may have a unique health concern, which is why she feels it is important to enhance and customize each treatment based on the individual’s specific needs.
Acupuncture is a form of alternative medicine and a key component of traditional Chinese medicine in which thin needles are inserted into the body. The practice is also used to maintain general health. Acupuncturists treat a variety of physical and psychological issues like internal medicine hypertension or anxiety.
Makha is fluent in English, Thai, and Laotian.
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