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Arcata, CA: Alyssa Melody

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Practice type: Hybrid
Specialties: Addiction, digestive conditions, general wellness, menstrual conditions, stress
Styles: Community acupuncture, herbal therapy, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)

Why did you become an acupuncturist?
I was introduced to acupuncture through delving into the world of Taoism. I was fascinated by living life in accordance to cycles, seasons, and nature. Chinese medicine incorporated many of my interests including herbalogy, nutrition, breath work, movement therapy, and acupuncture.

What distinguishes you from other acupuncturists?
I strive to make my patients feel comfortable, cared for, and safe. Talking about our bodies is very vulnerable and delicate, and I make this experience as positive as possible. I offer not only private sessions, but also community style, and do home visits, making my services affordable and accessible to all.

What do you enjoy most about your work?
The biggest reward for me is to see quality of life increase for those who did not realize that was possible. I love hearing positive results from patients about certain aspects of their life that they had not even realized was out of balance, but that has been corrected through treatment. I also love educating patients about their bodies, and ways in which they can make healthy choices throughout their day for continual healing.

What is the biggest misconception you hear about acupuncture?
I’ve heard many times people say that they thought acupuncture was only good for pain and stress. It is a completely honest misconception, one that perhaps I even had many years ago. I love being able to explain to people that this is a whole system of medicine, and that it can do so much more!

How do you stay healthy in your own life?
Living in a place like Humboldt makes it easy to stay healthy. I ride my bike everywhere, go for hikes, eat local organic food from the farmers market, practice tai chi, qi gong, and love taking longevity herbs such as reishi mushroom. I am a huge believer that food is medicine, and am loving learning more about cooking.

Learn more and get in touch
alyssamelodyacupuncture.com
alyssam84@gmail.com
(510) 593-7775
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940 9th St., Arcata, CA 95521

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