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Austin, TX: Phyllis Kung

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Practice type: Private
Specialties: Cosmetic care, facial rejuvenation, general wellness
Styles: Auricular acupuncture, facial rejuvenation acupuncture, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)

Why did you become an acupuncturist?
No man is an island. No one symptom is an island. No cell is an island either. I was on the med-school track in college, having a hard time staying interested in looking at the world through a microscope. One semester, I took a class on Eastern versus Western medical philosophy. That’s when things started to make more sense.

The holistic approach to Eastern medicine and philosophy—the focus on community and our mind’s relationship with our body, and our organs’ relationships to each other—all made so much more sense to me. So, I changed my focus. I zoomed out. And now I get to do the same for others. I get to help other people see the bigger picture with their pain and problems, and help them live better with their bodies as one.

What distinguishes you from other acupuncturists?
My ultimate goal as an acupuncturist is to never see you again, or, to see your sparingly. Yes, it’s a terrible business model, but it’s what I believe in. Acupuncture’s main function is to stimulate the body’s own ability to heal and take care of itself. My short-term goal is to prime that healing pump and get your body’s circulation moving. Once things start to circulate, your body learns to take over.

Think of a flowing stream versus brackish water. There’s life in the flowing stream, and as long as it keeps flowing, it won’t become brackish and end up being a breeding ground for thousands of mosquitoes. We have too many of those in Texas as it is.

What do you enjoy most about your work?
People are awesome, and knowing that I can help make awesome people healthier is very enjoyable. The easiest way to health is to simply be aware. When a person knows that physical pain is also mental, and mental pain is also physical, he instantly becomes more aware of his own body. So, I not only help people feel better, I help them be better to their bodies. You only have one body, so be nice to it!

What is the biggest misconception you hear about acupuncture?
I think it’s really great when I get a patient who is already aware of acupuncture and tells me that he believes in it. But, you don’t need to believe in acupuncture to make it work. Acupuncture has been holding its own for thousands of years. There are hundreds and thousands of studies and texts about how acupuncture effectively improves a myriad of conditions. Acupuncture just works!

How do you stay healthy in your own life?
I stay healthy by staying balanced. I’ve run a marathon and sat through a movie marathon at Alamo Drafthouse. I do eat Texas barbecue—how can you not? I do have days where all I do is sit around and read or watch movies. These aren’t actions to feel guilty about, but natural counterparts to running errands all day, working, and being food conscious.

Creating a balanced lifestyle is not about working hard and playing hard. Working hard and playing hard is still “hard.” It’s not about pushing your body to the limits. It’s about listening to what your body wants and finds easy. If your body is enjoying itself, it won’t give you a hard time when you do need to push it.

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(512) 650-8880

1502 West 6th Street, Suite A, Austin, TX 78703

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