6420 N Central Avenue, Tampa, FL 33604

woman getting acupuncture

Our Services

Welcome to our natural medicine practice! We offer a range of holistic services aimed at helping you optimize your wellbeing and address the root cause of your health concerns. Led by our experienced acupuncture physician, Gigi Khalsa, we provide personalized care that includes acupuncture, herbal medicine, nutritional supplements, holistic nutrition counseling & meal planning, and advanced functional medicine lab testing. 

We empower our patients with the knowledge and tools they need to make the lifestyle changes that support their health goals. We are committed to helping you achieve your optimal health and wellbeing.

Community Acupuncture

Acupuncture can be an effective treatment to help manage many common health concerns. It’s been used by people around the world for hundreds of years, giving relief, deepening sleep, and bringing balance. Community acupuncture can be especially helpful, as it's often more comfortable, affordable, and convenient than other types of acupuncture.

In our community acupuncture clinic, you relax in a comfortable chair in a spacious, open room while our acupuncturist gently places small needles at your arms, legs, outside of your ears, and scalp. There's ambient music, lots of fresh blankets, and space for you to rest. You receive a personalized care plan and each treatment is unique.

We work to make community acupuncture affordable. Sessions are priced on a sliding scale, so you can have regular treatments, even if you don't have health insurance or if your insurance doesn't cover acupuncture.

When acupuncture needles are inserted into specific spots on the body, they trigger biological responses that can help alleviate pain and promote healing. These responses include increased blood circulation, reduced inflammation, activation of the body's natural painkillers like endorphins, and stimulation of the nervous system, which can regulate organ function by affecting the release of neurotransmitters. The biological mechanisms of acupuncture make it effective for treating a wide range of conditions, including chronic pain, anxiety, depression, insomnia, and digestive issues..

Functional Medicine

At our clinic, we offer a patient-centered approach to healthcare through functional medicine.

Functional medicine is a science-based approach to care that seeks to find and address the root cause of health issues, rather than treating and quieting symptoms. By treating the underlying cause, we can help prevent relapse and promote long-term health and wellness.

Functional medicine aims to optimize overall health and wellness by focusing on lifestyle – like nutrition and stress management. Genetic tests help clarify epigenetic triggers so we can adjust lifestyle to maximize your health.. Research shows we can achieve better health outcomes, such as improved energy levels, enhanced mental clarity, and reduced reliance on medications when we focus on lifestyle.

We use lab information to understand your body's biome and identify biomarkers that help us choose the right supplements and treatments for you.

And who doesn’t like a good report? Getting good labwork results can be a major motivator as you move forward on your health & wellness journey..

Work with Gigi Khalsa to create a personalized plan that fits your unique needs and lifestyle, empowering you to take control of your health and well-being. Whether you are looking to address chronic health issues, optimize your nutrition, or simply feel better in your body, our functional medicine services can help you achieve your goals.

Herbal medicine

We take a holistic approach to healthcare by offering a range of herbal medicine options. Dr. Gigi, our licensed acupuncture physician, specializes in Chinese herbal medicine, which is a sophisticated system that uses ingredients in combinations or formulas to treat a wide variety of health conditions. Chinese herbal medicine formulas typically contain 6 to 20 ingredients that are carefully chosen to work synergistically. These ingredients come from the animal, mineral, and plant kingdoms, including roots, barks, fruits, berries, twigs, stems, leaves, and flowers. We offer our patients Chinese herbal formulas in various forms, including granules that are dissolved in hot water and drunk as a tea, as bulk herbs, tinctures, or pills.

In addition to Chinese herbal medicine, Dr. Gigi has extensive experience with a range of botanical products native to Tibet, Europe, and North & South Americas. We make regionally grown and harvested western herbs available to our patients as well. Many are familiar substances, and easy to incorporate into our daily lives. As with Chinese herbal medicine, Western herbs come from various parts of plants, such as the root, bark or flower. Our western herb collection includes wild-harvested and organic bulk teas, tinctures, salves, and vinegars.

Dr. Gigi can work with you to create a personalized herbal medicine plan that incorporates both Asian and Western herbalism to address your unique health concerns.

Our herbal supplements and botanical products are lab-tested to assure they are free from harmful additives, preservatives, and fillers.

At our clinic, we believe that herbal medicine can be an essential part of achieving optimal health and well-being. We are committed to empowering our patients with the knowledge and tools they need to take control of their health.

Lab Tests

Our clinic offers a range of lab tests that can provide valuable insights into the underlying causes of health issues, allowing us to develop personalized treatment plans tailored to each patient's specific needs. From comprehensive blood panels to specialized testing for food sensitivities, hormones, and more, our lab tests can help uncover imbalances and deficiencies that may be contributing to chronic health problems.

Our functional medicine approach emphasizes the importance of addressing the root causes of symptoms, rather than simply managing them with medication. Lab testing is an essential tool in this process, allowing us to gather information about a patient's unique biochemistry, nutritional status, and hormonal balance and even genetics. With this information, we can personalize your treatment plan and help you stay motivated.

We offer a wide variety of lab tests, including comprehensive blood panels, hormone analysis, food sensitivity testing, stool analysis, and genetic markers. Each test is carefully selected based on the individual needs of the patient. We work closely with leading labs to ensure accurate and timely results. Once the results are in, we review them with the patient and develop a personalized Care Plan that may include nutritional supplements, dietary changes, and other therapies designed to restore balance and promote optimal health.

At our clinic, we believe that lab testing is an essential tool in the journey towards optimal health and well-being. Whether you are struggling with chronic health issues, or simply looking to optimize your health, our lab tests can help uncover the underlying causes of your symptoms, allowing us to develop a targeted treatment plan that is tailored to your unique needs.

Nutritional Supplements

We offer our patients high-quality nutritional supplements to support their health and achieve their health goals. Our supplements are carefully selected based on lab test results and individual patient needs. We provide professional quality supplements that are not available in stores, ensuring that our patients receive the best possible products to address their specific health concerns.

Using nutritional supplements as part of your health plan can be essential to maintaining optimal health. Often, it can be difficult to get all the nutrients your body needs from diet alone, and supplements can help fill in the gaps. Additionally, nutritional supplements can be used to address specific health concerns, such as nutrient deficiencies or inflammation.

At our clinic, we believe in the importance of using only what you need when it comes to supplements. Our lab tests take the guesswork out of nutritional supplementation by identifying exactly which nutrients are deficient or imbalanced in your body. By providing personalized supplement recommendations based on these test results, we can help our patients avoid wasting money on unnecessary supplements or taking too much of certain nutrients.

Our supplements are of the highest quality, ensuring that our patients receive the best possible products for their health. We also offer the convenience of home delivery, so our patients can easily integrate their supplements into their daily routine without any additional hassle.

By using lab tests to guide our supplement recommendations, we can provide our patients with a personalized approach to functional nutrition that is tailored to their unique needs.

Holistic Nutrition &
Meal Planning

At our clinic, we believe in the power of nourishing whole foods to promote overall health, manage chronic conditions, and boost performancy and energy levels. I view Food as Medicine and offer a holistic nutrition & meal planning program to help our patients seamlessly incorporate targeted nutrition into their lives.

Functional nutrition is a vital aspect of attaining optimal health, and our digital meal planning tool is designed to support our patients in this journey. With access to thousands of healthy recipes, our patients receive a new customizable menu each week, tailored to their dietary preferences, intolerances, and goals. (The planner even creates your shopping list based from the menu.) Lab tests can often offer helpful information as we select approaches that work with your unique physiology and history.

More than just providing recipes, what matters most is empowering you with the confidence and skills to prepare nourishing meals that cater to your unique body. Join my nutrition and cooking workshops, where I'll guide you in unlocking the therapeutic potential of food and seamlessly integrating functional nutrition into your daily life. Regardless of whether you're managing chronic conditions, looking to boost energy levels, or aiming to eat for mental & emotional balance, our holistic approach, combining lab work, nutrition guidance, and meal planning, is here to support you in achieving your goals.


The English word  ‘Acupuncture’ comes from the Latin ‘acus’ (point) and ‘punctura’ (to prick)

From Webster’s dictionary: 
Pronunced: ak-yoo-puhngk-cher
Entered into English: 1684
“An originally Chinese practice of inserting fine needles through the skin at specific points especially to cure disease or relieve pain.”

This seems as good a quick definition as any. We’ll offer up another with a little more detail:

Acupuncture is one of the oldest, most common, and dependable medical therapies used in the world. It is by nature simple, safe, and effective health care. Acupuncture practitioners use thin, sterile disposable needles inserted superficially into specific areas of the body in order to help the body’s ability to heal itself.

Over the three decades or so in which acupuncture has gained popularity in the United States, it has been proven by an increasing body of scientific evidence to be not only exceptionally safe, but statistically effective as well.

Not really…

Here’s what we’d like our patients to know: You may feel a bit of a pinch when the needles are tapped in, but this should ease right away. If you continue to feel a pinching or a burning sensation at the needle site any longer than this, let us know. It means we haven’t placed that needle real well. If on the other hand, you are feeling a slight ache or heavy feeling near the needle, this is usually a good sign – a clue that the body is reacting in a productive way.

The bottom line is that as long as the feelings around the needled areas don’t keep you from closing your eyes and napping for a little while, we say let them be.

Likely not, but this also depends on the reason(s) you’re getting treated in the first place.

For short-term issues, a handful of acupuncture treatments should do the job. For chronic or long-standing issues, a maintenance schedule of some sort would be in order to keep systems running smoothly and steadily after the initial period of relief and change.

For example, patient Melissa comes in for help with pain and swelling from a new ankle sprain less than 24 hours old. This type of injury responds best with acupuncture treatments two out of three days, which would probably be plenty to help Melissa’s body sort out her injury completely.

On the other hand, David gets acupuncture treatments to work toward better management of long-term anxiety and insomnia that he’s struggled with for five years. Chances are good he’ll start to see clear changes in the pattern and intensity of his symptoms with steady treatments over four weeks or so. After this time, his acupuncturist will likely recommend regular but less frequent treatments for another stretch of time to help make sure the process of change continues moving forward. Once David finds himself in a place where he’s consistently happy with his sleep and anxiety levels, we’ll know it’s time to dial back the frequency of his treatments even further. The aim here is to provide as few acupuncture treatments as possible while maintaining gains made.

The bottom line is that as long as the feelings around the needled areas don’t keep you from closing your eyes and napping for a little while, we say let them be.

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When people ask this, we think there may be an assumption that we are re-using needles. This is not the case at all. For the last 20-25 years, acupuncturists have used one-time-use, sterilized, disposable needles as the industry standard. So there is no re-using of needles, even from one part of the body to another.

Sterile package opened, needle in, needle out, and put into a bio-hazard box to dispose of responsibly and that’s it.

To be honest, we’re not sure. There have been many attempts at explaining why this happens and why acupuncture works in general. Our sense is, the presence of the needles causes our central nervous system to move into a clear pattern of rest (parasympathetic), allowing for our quickest healing and recovery to take place. Not unlike when we sleep at night.

This may explain why acupuncture is so effective at helping people overcome the many troubles associated with high-stress levels – a state we can find ourselves in which is characterized by our nervous systems staying in a “fight or flight mode’ (sympathetic) for extended periods of time.

Remaining in this state for long periods of time can keep us from recovering in an ideal way, leading to nagging injuries, sleeplessness or illness.

We can tell you, helping people get into a sleepy state is one of the most predictable and best effects acupuncture has to offer.

Nothing. And we couldn’t if we tried. Needles that acupuncturists use are a filiform type, which means they are solid, not hollow like the type of needles ‘shots’ are given through (hypodermic syringe).

In fact, a standard-sized hypodermic syringe can hold about a dozen average-sized acupuncture needles inside of it.

Absolutely. Acupuncture acts like a re-set button for the entire body. Often, patients who come in for one issue – say for back pain – will notice an improvement in something apparently unrelated, such as a chronic lung problem. This can happen even when the patient doesn’t tell the acupuncturist about the apparently unrelated problem. Acupuncture “side effects” include reducing stress, promoting better sleep and more energy.

Yes. We get lots of referrals from midwives and obstetricians because acupuncture is effective for many pregnancy-related conditions. Also, there’s a rumor that women who get acupuncture throughout their pregnancy tend to have calm babies.
Do you treat children?

Yes. Acupuncture is often very effective for children and teens, and many of them love it. We ask only that the child in question is willing to try acupuncture; we don’t want to treat unwilling patients of any age.

We are not accepting new patients for acupuncture