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Plumeria Acupuncture and Holistic Wellness Center: Embracing Natural Healing for Body and Mind

Jul 01, 2024 12:00AM ● By Natural Awakenings Milwaukee
In the Milwaukee community, Dr. Ayako Mizuno, a licensed acupuncturist and the visionary behind Plumeria Acupuncture and Holistic Wellness Center, brings a holistic approach to health and well-being. Her journey into holistic medicine stems from a profound desire to support individuals not just physically, but mentally and emotionally as well.

Having worked as a childhood counselor in Los Angeles, Mizuno witnessed firsthand the challenges faced by vulnerable families. The transient progress made with the children often faltered once they returned to tumultuous home environments. This experience ignited Mizuno’s passion for addressing health comprehensively, leading her to explore acupuncture as a powerful tool for whole-person healing.

Born and raised in Kobe, Japan, Mizuno had experienced the benefits of acupuncture herself, but delved deeper into its workings during her studies. Armed with a doctorate in acupuncture and Oriental medicine from Five Branches University in California, Mizuno set up an acupuncture practice in Honolulu, Hawaii, before finding her way to Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Acupuncture: Rebalancing the Mind and Body

“Acupuncture is a catalyst for the body’s natural healing mechanisms,” Mizuno explains. Unlike conventional medicine, which often relies on medications to manage pain, acupuncture energizes the body’s endocrine, immune and nervous systems, helping to reduce inflammation and promote balance. This ancient practice has shown efficacy in addressing a range of issues including pre-menopausal and menopausal health concerns, digestive imbalances, depression, anxiety, insomnia and more. While acupuncture cannot cure cancer or correct musculoskeletal misalignments, it can help reduce the pain caused by misalignments. Dr. Mizuno explains that most patients report no pain or discomfort during treatment since acupuncture uses ultra-thin needles, and some patients are so relaxed that they fall asleep.

Massage and Cupping for Natural Health

Services at Plumeria extend beyond acupuncture to encompass holistic wellness. Cupping therapy, renowned for its muscle-relaxing and circulation-boosting benefits, finds a place in Plumeria’s offerings. Additionally, Mizuno integrates massage techniques and Chinese herbs into personalized wellness programs, fostering a comprehensive healing experience.
Natural Skin Care and Weight Management

Plumeria Acupuncture incorporates acupuncture into her facial rejuvenation services to stimulate collagen production. This helps to reduce sagging skin and fine lines. To help clients with weight management, Mizuno offers a comprehensive program that involves acupuncture treatments twice weekly, education and nutritional counseling. She also addresses emotional eating and other psychological issues that lead to weight problems.

Insurance, Convenience and Acceptance

Plumeria’s acceptance of certain insurance plans reflects the growing recognition of acupuncture within mainstream health care. Patients can check their insurance benefits on Plumeria’s website.

Located conveniently in the Mayfair Mall building in Wauwatosa, Milwaukee, accessibility is coupled with a serene environment conducive to healing. Mizuno’s ultimate satisfaction lies in witnessing her patients’ renewed well-being and their commitment to self-care.

What sets Plumeria apart is Mizuno’s dedication to patient-centered care. Each consultation is a deep dive into the patient’s health history and concerns, fostering trust and open communication. “I create a comfortable environment so that my patients can feel safe to talk about anything.” This helps Dr. Mizuno gather their whole history in order to create the best course-of-treatment plan.

Plumeria Acupuncture and Holistic Wellness Center stands as a beacon of natural healing, inviting individuals to embark on a journey of holistic health and vitality. “When I see patients smile after treatment, that really motivates me. I know how important self-care is, and the moment a patient comes to that realization, I can be a partner in their health care and help more people,” Mizuno concludes.

PLUMERIA ACUPUNCTURE AND HOLISTIC WELLNESS CENTER, LLC: 2500 N. Mayfair Rd., Ste. 410, Wauwatosa. Contact: 414-687-0087 or visit for more information.