Acufunkture

Houston Acupuncture & Herb Clinic specializing in Women's Health, Cosmetic Acupuncture and Pain Management Kathleen Funk, L.Ac. received her BA at Baylor University where she studied Philosophy and Medicine and went on to receive her Master of Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine from the American College of Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine (Houston, TX).

Operating as usual

04/16/2021

ACUFUNKTURE X LULULEMON | BLACK X AAPI SOLIDARITY • Hey Friends! In our ongoing collaboration with lululemon, the Acufunkture Team and Houston Run are co-creating a virtual 5K that acknowledges and celebrates our Black x AAPI communites. Join us as we race towards solidarity through EaDo, Houston's legacy Asiatown, and the culturally rich Third Ward. Get your friends and run with us.

Grab your tickets soon as they are going quickly! Registration is free and lululemon gear is included while supplies last - be sure to identify your preferred sizing!

Here’s the Eventbrite link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/saint-emanuel-5k-tickets-151129234609?utm_source=eventbri[…]ail&utm_campaign=post_publish&utm_content=shortLinkNewEmail

ACUFUNKTURE X LULULEMON | BLACK X AAPI SOLIDARITY • Hey Friends! In our ongoing collaboration with lululemon, the Acufunkture Team and Houston Run are co-creating a virtual 5K that acknowledges and celebrates our Black x AAPI communites. Join us as we race towards solidarity through EaDo, Houston's legacy Asiatown, and the culturally rich Third Ward. Get your friends and run with us.

Grab your tickets soon as they are going quickly! Registration is free and lululemon gear is included while supplies last - be sure to identify your preferred sizing!

Here’s the Eventbrite link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/saint-emanuel-5k-tickets-151129234609?utm_source=eventbri[…]ail&utm_campaign=post_publish&utm_content=shortLinkNewEmail

03/04/2021

The gut is like a garden that flourishes when you cultivate it. There is no one super pill, herb, or supplement that “fixes” the gut. Restrictive diets like Low FODMAP work temporarily and often lead to more food sensitivities if the root of inflammation is left unaddressed. Healing the gut is a process and it starts with resolving inflammation. 🌱

Ready to heal the root? Reach out to us at [email protected]

The gut is like a garden that flourishes when you cultivate it. There is no one super pill, herb, or supplement that “fixes” the gut. Restrictive diets like Low FODMAP work temporarily and often lead to more food sensitivities if the root of inflammation is left unaddressed. Healing the gut is a process and it starts with resolving inflammation. 🌱

Ready to heal the root? Reach out to us at [email protected]

10/30/2020

The next time you feel small, unprepared, or unworthy, read this. Dare to be powerful! 🙌🏽🔥♥️

10/28/2020

In Functional Med, we often talk about the Hypothalamic Pituitary Adrenal Axis (HPA) which is our central stress response system. It is responsible for the neuroendocrine adaptation component of the stress response. The ultimate result of the HPA axis activation is to increase levels of cortisol in the blood during times of stress. Cortisol's main role is in releasing glucose into the bloodstream in order to facilitate the "flight or fight" response.

Dysregulation of cortisol is one of the key reasons for hormonal imbalance in women, including the hormone issues linked to infertility and menstrual irregularities. Hypervigilance leads to dysregulated cortisol (too high, then over time, too high and too low, and ultimately, too low). It alters thyroid and gonadal function, making it harder to lose weight and conceive (See PCOS). In our clinical experience at Acufunkture, I would say about 90% of our hormonal imbalance cases also exhibit hypervigilance.

When considering the HPA, I am reminded of the Heart/Mind - Uterus connection via the Bao Mai meridian in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Ancient Chinese have understood this connection between our minds and reproductive functions for centuries. It’s one of the main reasons why we incorporate Mind-body Medicine like acupuncture and guided meditation in many of our hormone balance and fertility programs. We’ve found that when we are able to tone down hypervigilance and lower that fight or flight response, your body becomes more receptive to balance. We do it because it works.

Pic via @tallulah_moon

08/25/2020

You are not the labels/categories/designations that have been put upon you. Uncover everything and you’ll find that you are truly limitless. No more playing small. Are you ready to take up space? ♥️✨

08/19/2020

Hugging may be discouraged during the time of corona but that doesn’t stop us from helping people feel loved. Who’s in your support group? Who’s been getting you through these tough times? Reach out, drop them a line to give them some gratitude and love. A little bit of love can help us keep going. ♥️ ⠀
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art by @sacree_frangine

08/17/2020

Nourish each other. Be kind. Never forget that we are here to heal each other.

07/10/2020

When we work with the Heart in Medical Qigong, we use the color light pink. Why? because the heart deserves gentleness. Because the Heart is deeply receptive and doesn’t need aggression. Bring some of this color into your life and see what floats up to the surface for you. Let it be a reminder that our own hearts need safe spaces to be nurtured, supported and healed. ⠀

Meditation: Bring your hands, left hand on top of right hand underneath your heart space (center of chest in front of the sternum). Begin to bring gentle breaths in to fill this space with awareness. Whatever your initial feelings, honor them, acknowledge them, but assign no judgement. As you breathe in envision a gentle light pink glow in the heart center glow brighter. Breathe in joy and lightness. As you breathe out, release any negative emotions, anxieties, sorrows that may float up to the surface. Continue this until light this light pink glow radiates and fills your heart space and your surrounding area. ⠀
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Things that are strong don’t need to be hard. ⠀

Photo via @teakolo

07/08/2020

You are more than just your body. You are more than just your spirit. You can’t work on one and ignore the other. Let yourself feel it ALL. You are all encompassing, my darling. ♥️

05/28/2020

When our hormones are balanced, our body is optimized and we align with our spirit, our natural default state is “fertile”. Fertility reaches beyond procreation and child-bearing. Women have an innate ability to create something out of nothing. When we are truly in alignment, we are able to tap into that fertile energy. Are you manifesting what you want out of life?

05/27/2020

Recent studies have shown that the glymphatic system primarily works while we sleep. The glymphatic system is a system of plumbing which piggybacks on blood vessels and pumps cerebral spinal fluid (CSF) through brain tissue and washes away waste. Which means that our brain cleans itself while we sleep. It’s one of the major reasons why we feel gross and foggy after a night of tossing and turning. Lack of sleep = actual brain clutter. ⠀
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According to the CDC, about one in three adults doesn't get enough sleep. How do you know that you’re getting enough sleep? It is the amount of sleep that leaves you well-rested, wide-awake, alert, in a great mood, and functioning at your best.

05/20/2020

The pelvic floor is one of the body’s primary stress containers. In Eastern traditions (specifically in Chinese med and yogic practices), the pelvic floor is the area where we “hold” fears which revolve around our natural instincts or our “fight or flight” triggers. Fears about personal safety, health, financial security, or things that give you a fright can translate into tension here. ⠀

When we hold this tension in a chronic state, we lose the connection to these deep muscles which make it difficult to relax the area. Think about perma-flexed shoulders/traps. Shoulder tension can lead to diminished blood flow, migraines, and degeneration of discs. Similarly, a perma-flexed pelvic floor can contribute to diminished blood flow to the uterus and ovaries, weakness in your sphincter muscles, hip and low back issues.⠀

How do you know you have an overly tight pelvic floor? It often manifests as a persistent pit at the base of your stomach. It can present as many problems like incontinence, IBS, constipation, low back pain, vulvodynia, pelvic/genital pain and pain with in*******se. ⠀
Often times (but not always), women who experience gynecological difficulties, fertility challenges, trauma, chronic tension, child birth, will unconsciously hold here. ⠀

One of the main ways to release tension here is to consciously connect to the pelvic floor and willfully release tension. Mind-body breathing techniques that encourage connection to this area can help decompress tension. Women & men who have experienced our virtual healing sessions and acupuncture to release this are often surprised at just how much tension they store there. Most people describe it as a deep decompression; as if there is more space in the pelvic region. ⠀

Being able to consciously reconnect to this area can help encourage a deep release and processing of latent emotions and energies. Remember, we must first release the things that impede our harmony and balance before we cultivate the good stuff!

05/20/2020

Healing is a process and when we let go of our expectations of how things *should* be, we allow space for that process to unfold.

05/13/2020

We are creatures of a beautiful rhythmic flow. We’re supposed to feel friskier and more outgoing during ovulation. We’re supposed to feel more introverted and inward-nourishing during me********on. We’re not supposed to stay the same all the time. While fluctuations in our hormones are typical, chronic symptoms are *not* normal. How do we know if it’s natural or if something’s off? Listen to your body. Getting to know what to expect at different phases of your cycle is a start! ⠀

Want to know more about your menstrual cycle? Comment on here and DM us your name & email address so we can put you on the invite list for our future Free Webinar on understanding our natural cycles.

05/12/2020

Feelings are like a river. If flow is impeded, it floods. If flow isn’t enough, there is drought. Can you let the feelings flow *through* you? Let them wash you, nurture you, and alchemize you. Let the things that weigh you down be carried away in the currents.

05/12/2020

These past few weeks we’ve been functioning virtually thanks to Google Meets and Zoom Webinars. ⠀

A lot of you have asked if we’ll continue our virtual offerings and the answer is YES! Acufunkture is soft opening at the end of the week and we’re SO EXCITED to see you all in person again! That said, we’re keeping all our consults virtual. And for those of you out of town or don’t feel safe coming out just yet, we will continue to offer 100% Virtual Health Plans. Yes, we can even order labs and ship supplements to you. (As long as you’re in the US. Things get tricky when we order labs for peeps in Canada, lol). ⠀

Our patient population is unique in that we serve many people who are immune-compromised. All of our re-opening decisions and protocols have been made with this in mind. If you want to know more about the protocols we’re employing to keep our peeps safe, check out our blog:⠀www.acufunkture.com/covid-19-reopening-procedures/

And if you wanna work with us virtually, hit us up: [email protected] 🤍

05/05/2020

Intuition is allowing and trusting in your subconscious to process massive amounts of information, connect the dots and make instant, correct holistic judgments. Answers that require solutions outside of our conscious processes and structures benefit from this mode of thinking. ⠀
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Our greatest scientific endeavors were built on intuition. We cannot grow past ourselves without it.⠀
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But be warned, blind intuition without direction or cultivation is distraction. Intuition is not a reason to say that ‘anything goes’ because you feel like it’s right. It is a honed skill that is cultivated and sharpened. It is a skill that must be used at the right place and the right time. ⠀
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If Intuition is a leap, then Analysis is the blue print to understand how it can be replicated and executed consistently. Intuitives that “feel” but do not consider their steps after their jump do themselves and other intuitives a disservice in learning and growth. ⠀
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We were all born with that inner voice - that knowing in your bones. Can you remember the first time you were told that you couldn’t trust yourself? How often do you actively choose against it? ⠀
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Remember that intuition is an integral part of your being and it is your birth right to use it. The next time you feel that inner pull, listen to it.

05/03/2020

What we can learn from desert flowers | Desert flowers have always inspired me with their beautiful resilience even through the harshest environments. These plants routinely cope with punishing conditions and can even go up to a year without seeing rain.⠀
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When they can’t find sustenance from the harsh outside, they dig down deep for water underneath the soil. They’ve adapted by growing strong roots. Rain and sustenance may be intermittent in the desert. Desert plants respond quickly. Even a few seconds pulse of rain fall can induce seeds and pods to burst forth and bloom with reckless abandon. ⠀
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That’s really the beauty of desert plants. By all other plant rules, they’re not supposed to thrive, but they do anyway. Perhaps you feel like you’re in a drought. What can you do? Dig down deep and stay rooted. Be ready for the rains, because they will come…and when they do, bloom without hesitation.

03/31/2020

Isn’t it ironic how it’s much more difficult to be healthy and take care of ourselves (mentally and physically) when we’re forced to stay home? Be mindful, but be kind to yourself. Use this social isolation as an opportunity to dig deeper and focus on the other aspects of our health: slowing down, sleeping more, resting deeply and spending time with the people we care about. Who are we when we strip away our escapes? Can we tap into that again? ⠀
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art by @lizarusalskaya

03/30/2020

We are in the storm, friends... but remember that every storm runs out of rain. ⛈🤍

03/27/2020

Hey Soul Fam, I know it’s been tough being indoors with no breaks in sight. Here are some suggestions to cultivate some grounding at home. We’re just going for best effort on these, okay?

03/23/2020

Acufunkture 5-Minute Re-Centering Meditation

Friends, times are tough right now. As we hunker down at home, let’s continue to cultivate our connections so that we can all get through this as a community.

We recorded this meditation for those of us who need a break from the news cycle and need to re-center. we hope this meditation helps you find some space for healing even if it is just a few minutes out of your day.

https://youtu.be/_a8MUI1Dggk

Friends, times are tough right now. As we hunker down at home, let’s continue to cultivate our community. Kindness is not canceled. We’ll all get through thi...

01/10/2020

Your spinal column is made up of 24 independent vertebrae that enable your body to move, twist and bend during activities. It also helps protect the delicate central nervous system that controls and coordinates every muscle, tissue and organ of the body. Subluxations of the spine, commonly known as joint dysfunctions, can negatively effect proper nerve communication from the brain to the body–often resulting in improper joint motion and decreased nerve flow to the organs, tissues and cells of the body. ⠀
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When needed we love using our Structural Alignment Acu techniques to release tensions and encourage more circulation and natural realignment in the spine. For cases in need of more pointed spinal adjustments, we love referring to a number of local chiropractors in our network.
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Photo by: Lea Brisell

01/08/2020

Who you were is what got you here. Respect and honor that. But you are so much more than your past. Keep going.

01/07/2020

Our philosophy at Acufunkture is beauty from the inside out. Beauty starts with a balanced and vital body and is accentuated by a healthy, vibrant Shen (spirit). Our cosmetic acupuncture treatments offer a natural alternative for graceful aging. Whether you want to go all natural or need a little “pick me up” between your cosmetic procedures, our cosmetic acupuncture treatments can help revitalize your natural glow. ⠀
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Ready to give it a try? Email our wellness coordinators at [email protected] to book your Cosmetic Acupuncture Appointment!
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01/05/2020

As we liberate ourselves, we unconsciously give others permission to do the same. We gotta be brave for each other. ♥️💪🏽

11/30/2019

Studies have proven that house plants improve concentration and productivity (by up to 15%), reduce stress levels, and boost your mood. According to a study published in the Journal of Physiological Anthropology, active interaction with indoor plants (like touching and smelling) can reduce physiological and psychological stress. What's more, even the potting soil can help you keep a handle on daily stress and anxiety. This is because soil contains microbes dubbed "outdoorphins" (M. vaccae) which work as natural antidepressants. So all this to say, talking and singing to my plants is TOTES normal and makes me happy, okay? 😜😍🌿🌱

Our Story

Acufunkture was created in 2013 to help patients suffering from chronic pain, autoimmune disease, thyroid issues, diabetes, and more. We've provided thousands of treatments and changed many of our patients’ lives permanently for the better.

Our original clinic was located in The Preserve, near 610 N Loop W and TC Jester. The grounds were beautiful and it provided the flexible space we initially needed to establish our practice.

When Hurricane Harvey hit in August 2017, we lost everything we worked so hard to build. This was a difficult time for us, but it also presented us with a new opportunity to grow. We were able to expand both our team and our location in a way that better suited our staff-family and enabled us to better serve our patients.

In April 2018, we hired our first team members and later that summer we made the move to 3100 Timmons. Our office is now on the 3rd floor of a 5 story building and has never flooded. Our team is committed to cultivating the best natural and holistic therapy options for our patients for a truly integrative medical experience.

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3100 Timmons Lane, Suite 340
Houston, TX
77027

Opening Hours

Monday 10:30am - 5pm
Tuesday 11am - 6pm
Wednesday 10:30am - 5pm
Friday 10:30am - 5pm
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