Thank you for your interest in 512Wellness, an Austin acupuncture clinic founded by Ann Mowat (LAc, MAOM, C.SMAc) that integrates acupuncture, Chinese medicine, and general wellness practices.
Ann discovered her passion for helping people—and her devotion to Traditional Chinese Medicine—over a decade ago in San Francisco. She has since returned to Austin, receiving her Master of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine degree from the AOMA Graduate School of Integrative Medicine in Austin, one of the most prestigious acupuncture schools in the United States.
In addition to her formal education, Ann has studied with Dr. Huang Huang, a Master of Shang Han Lun herbal therapy, and Dr. Randine Lewis, the country’s leading acupuncture fertility specialist and author of The Infertility Cure. She has also completed an intensive, year-long internship with Pulse Master Dr. William Morris, learning the intricacies of neo-classical pulse diagnosis, and she has worked with Sports Medicine Acupuncture pioneer Matt Callison, becoming one of only two practitioners in Texas certified in this specialty.
An Austin Acupuncture Clinic Focused on the Whole Person
512 Wellness is the culmination of all Ann has been working toward over the years: a practice focused on gentle, whole-person healing for those who have found Western medicine unfulfilling or ineffective. Ann treats patients from her conveniently located office in central Austin.
Have questions about acupuncture and Chinese medicine?
You’re not alone. As old a discipline as Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is, it’s still new to many. Ann answers the most frequent questions she receives about the topic below. Just click on the question to view.
Acupuncture is a medical approach that’s been practiced in Eastern countries—most notably China—for thousands of years. It uses very fine, disposable needles, which are inserted into specific areas of your body to restore vitality to bio-electrical channels of energy that may be blocked. Many people are familiar with it as a treatment for pain, but it’s long been used successfully to treat a host of other conditions.
Acupuncture and all Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is based upon your body’s inherent flow of energy. The Chinese refer to this energy as “Qi” (pronounced CHEE). Qi describes the cellular protein energy being transferred through every part of our body. Acupuncture balances your Qi, thus allowing us to treat your body for the better.
We do it by re-channelling the acupuncture points that are all around your body. Each can stimulate your nervous system to release chemicals in the muscles, spinal cord, and brain to activate the body’s natural healing abilities. The immune system is strengthened as well. This is why continued acupuncture treatment has been known to contribute to long-term wellness.
By treating you as a whole person, acupuncture helps restore that balance of positive energy between your mind, body, and spirit. If you have an ailment that hasn’t responded well to traditional Western methods, then acupuncture may prove a welcome approach to feeling better again.
Not at all. Lots of people mistakenly liken acupuncture to an injection. That’s not the case. Acupuncture needles, which are typically only inserted a few millimeters, are ultra-thin and disposable. After they’re placed, you might feel a slight sensation, such as a tingling. But most patients do not report any discomfort whatsoever.
Yes. One of the great advantages of acupuncture is the absence of serious side effects.
Acupuncture is a process. So the number of treatments depends on the improvements you want to focus on. For acute ailments, I recommend frequent treatments. A chronic ailment might require a course of treatments over a period of time.
Absolutely. There’s no better time to experience the revitalizing effects of TCM than when you’re under the weather.
Not if you don’t want to. However, herbs are highly recommended and are an integral part of your healing. Since Traditional Chinese Medicine treats the person as a whole, it’s the best way to let your therapy continue after you leave the clinic.
Western medical professionals specializing in Assisted Reproduction have come to accept acupuncture as a way to enhance fertility for women. If you are having difficulty conceiving, Traditional Chinese Medicine tackles infertility like anything else: by restoring your body to its natural balanced state.
512Wellness treats both men and women who are trying to conceive—even if they’re not engaging in an in vitro fertilization (IVF) program. Studies have shown that supplementing IVF with a TCM regimen can result in increased IVF success rates. However, I believe it makes good sense to try acupuncture and wellness treatments before investing time and money in an IVF program.
TCM can help even after you’ve had your baby, specifically with postpartum stress-relief, depression, muscle pain, and overall well-being.
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