Poppy Field Wellness
Acupuncture . Herbal Medicine .
The Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy®
Licensed Acupuncturist & Herbalist
San Francisco, California
Hello & Welcome!
Samantha is a California State and nationally board certified (NCCAOM) acupuncturist and herbalist and an Arvigo® Practitioner. She received her master's degree in acupuncture and oriental medicine from the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine in Portland, OR. She has been working with plant medicine for over twenty years, and is a Certified Women's Herbal Educator with her expertise in gynecological and menstrual health concerns based on advanced training from herbalist-midwife-MD Aviva Romm.
She began this journey as a health care provider after having suffered from debilitating menstrual cramps as a teenager and young woman. The modalities that Samantha offers are ones she has experienced tremendous relief from and ones that have been providing remarkable healing in her patients.
Her private practice is dedicated and passionate about bringing quality, holistic health care to the community, with a focus on mental/emotional health, utilizing Acupuncture, Herbal Medicine, and The Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy®.
Here are just a few conditions I treat. I have a very gentle needling style and welcome Highly Sensitive People.
-Menstrual Cycle Irregularities
-PMS & Mood Swings
-Ovarian Cysts & Fibroids
Acupuncture . Herbal Medicine
The Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy®
Acupuncture is a technique that has been used in Chinese Medicine for thousands of years to promote health, well-being and the healing of the whole person. By gently stimulating specific points on the body with acupuncture needles, a form of communication is taking place from one area of the body to another. What this connection strives for is to ultimately bring the body and mind back into balance so one can find relief to enjoy and manage their quality of life.
In California, an acupuncturist is allowed to engage in the practice of acupuncture, electroacupuncture, perform or prescribe the use of oriental massage, acupressure, moxibustion, cupping, breathing techniques, exercise, heat, cold, magnets, nutrition, diet, herbs, plant, animal, and mineral products, and dietary supplements to promote, maintain, and restore health.
Herbal medicine is the oldest and still the most widely used system of medicine in the world today. It is used in all societies and is common to all cultures.
There are many different forms of herbal medicine that come from different cultures around the world. All these have the use of medicinal plants in common, but they vary in the plants they use, the way they prepare and use medicines from these plants, and the philosophy of their treatment approaches.
Herbalism is designed to use herbs to treat the underlying cause of disease in an individual. They are used in many traditions as a preventative action to boost immune function and promote general well-being before disease occurs.
Herbalists look at the whole picture, from lifestyle to mental/emotional stressors, in order to prescribe the best treatment to restore the body's natural balance.
The Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy®(ATMAT)
The Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy® are founded on an ancient Maya technique of abdominal massage.
This technique is performed externally by gently guiding and supporting organs back into their optimal position, allowing for improved functioning for optimal health and wellness.
Arvigo® Therapy is best known for addressing misalignment or congestion in the reproductive organs of both men and women, as well as many common digestive disorders.
The techniques effectively alleviate tissue congestion and organ constriction to improve the vital flows of energy, blood, lymph and nerves in the abdomen. It addresses and can release emotional and energetic tension from the abdomen. This assists to prevent the progression of chronic disease symptomology while improving the body’s ability to self repair and balance.
*About, FAQs and what to expect During a Session, please refer to the Arvigo Institute.
-we do not currently accept insurance-
a superbill can be provided upon request
All treatments take place in a cozy, private setting with complete individual attention.
Acupuncture sessions may include any of the following based on the patient's needs:
fire cupping, moxibustion, gua sha, TDP infrared heat lamp, essential oil therapy, tuina massage, herbal consultation.
75 Minute Initial Acupuncture: $120
60 Minute Follow-Up Acupuncture: $100
*Low Income Reduced Rate
I hope to make finding quality healthcare, for teachers, students, teenagers and to those that would struggle otherwise, more accessible by offering a reduced rate for acupuncture services.
*Please contact Samantha to discuss alternate payment options.
The Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy® (ATMAT)
Typically, 2-3 professional sessions (at a minimum) are required to address most conditions. Clients who perform their self-care massage on a routine basis report an improvement in their symptoms.
About, FAQ's and what to expect during an Arvigo® Therapy session, please refer to the Arvigo Institute.
*Please note that we do not currently perform ATMAT on patients who are pregnant, actively menstruating, or have an IUD.
90 Minute Initial ATMAT: $140
75 Minute Follow-Up ATMAT: $120
I offer a discounted rate for multiple-treatment packages. Each treatment builds upon one another meaning the more regularly you come, the more effective the treatments can be. I hope to make this medicine convenient for you to come on a regular basis so optimal outcomes can be achieved. Please check scheduler for more information.
Samantha's private practice is located downtown in the Financial District on Friday's and Saturday's by appointment only. Book Here.
If you cannot make the days of her private practice you can find her at:
-Tiny Needles in the Lower Pacific Heights/Japantown neighborhood on Tuesday's and Thursday's offering Acupuncture, Cupping, Herbal Consults and Arvigo® Maya Abdominal Therapy and Wednesday's offering Community Acupuncture. Book Here
"I started seeing Samantha after an irregular menstrual cycle. I've been seeing her weekly with acupuncture, cupping, and Maya Abdominal Therapy. The essential oils are also a nice touch! Not only did she help me with my menstrual cycle, I also feel more relaxed. I grew up going to acupuncture and this has been the best experience I've ever had with a practitioner. I'm so grateful to have found Samantha. She has such a warm and gentle energy that you instantly feel comfortable working with her. She listens to you and let's any treatment plan be an open discussion, with your desires in mind. I would highly recommend Samantha to reach your health and wellness goals." -------Alisha, patient
"Samantha is absolutely amazing! I reached out to her when an issue that I have had since I was a teenager took a turn for the worst. Before Samantha, I had worked with several other health practitioners but none have helped me as effectively, quick, and sustainably like the herbs that she has prescribed. Within a week, I started to notice a positive change and I am continuing to see the changes. Samantha's genuine and caring personality combined with the helpful herbs have helped me through some very challenging times in my life. I would recommend Samantha to anyone in a heart beat. Give yourself and her a chance to help you heal💙."-------Saveena, patient
"I saw Samantha during a stressful period in my life with much uncertainty to my condition. Not only did she help me tremendously with the Maya Abdominal Therapy, she showed me self-help techniques that were very effective. Samantha is an authentic, kind and skilled healer." -------Jan, patient
"I had been in search of a natural medicine/herbalist practitioner for awhile and after a couple of sessions with Samantha, I knew my search was over. A trusted friend recommended Samantha and I am so glad I consulted her. She is an intuitive and insightful healer. I have been working with Samantha for about 3-4 months and my health has improved drastically. I have been struggling with Women's health issues for many years and I've tried various healing modalities/herbs and consulted a number of practitioners but I have never made as much improvement as I have since working with Samantha and that too in such a short time. Beyond the herbs she recommended, she is very compassionate, gentle and thoughtful. I feel very supported under her care."------Aanchal, patient