Philosophy, History & Modalities

Pamela Gregg Flax started Full Well Acupuncture in 2012. The practice is based on:

  • the intention to heal, harmonize and enliven the spirit, mind and body
  • incisive and nuanced diagnostics and treatments
  • a collaborative spirit between patient/participant and practitioner
  • continued practitioner cultivation

The name of Full Well Acupuncture refers to the inner wisdom that exists in each of us and is intrinsic to our health. Full well reminds us that we have deep resources--an inner abundance--that we can tap into. When we discover, appreciate and fulfill this true nature, we experience wholeness and complete full wellness.

Ground Cherry by Ogato KorinThe inspiration for the name of the practice comes from a painting called “Ground Cherry” by Ogato Korin (1688-1704). In it, a ripe cherry has fallen to the ground near a stream. The golden spaciousness accentuates the potency of the little ruby fruit with its blueprint for the future. The cherry is like a radiant heart, and the colors in the painting sing. Ribbons of turquoise remind us of water’s ‘conservative dynamic equilibrium--a contradiction reminiscent of Chinese philosophy and medicine: a stream, like life, may pause, meander or surge haphazardly, but its changing course is in fact the most effortless path forward as water seeks its balance in the ocean. Life is a mysterious wonder. The painting reminds us of our inner resources, resilience and optimism, our self-knowledge, curiosity and potential for discovery and transformation, our unique rhythms over time and our spacious center point at play with life’s ever-changing experiences and mysteries. These qualities infuse Full Well Acupuncture.

Full Well Acupuncture integrates best practices of:

  • Acupuncture & Moxibustion
  • Chinese herbal medicine: custom herbal teas and formula ‘teapills’
  • Minerals and gemstones in Chinese formulations
  • Essential oil blends (powerful substitute for acupuncture needles; great for home self-care, children and the elderly)
  • Nutritional counseling as a stand-alone or adjunct treatment protocol
  • Internal cultivation (qi gong, yoga, meditation)
  • Exercise choices that harmonize one’s constitution and condition
  • Tui Na medical massage
  • Meditative healing
  • Collaboration with Eastern and Western medical approaches (Full Well Acupuncture’s treatments may stand alone or work in concert with other modalities to increase their efficacy.)


Full Well Santa Fe

I’ve suffered from migraines for almost 30 years. They are really severe, and usually last for three days. I barely function through them, but being a mom, you can’t really stop, so I push through it. When they are so bad that I’m barely holding on, I really appreciate to be able to come in to see Pamela. It really is pretty instant. I have that magical 20-minute nap, and I wake up and feel the pain leaving me.