Mar Acupuncture St Petersburg, Florida: Top Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine Therapist

Welcome to MAR Acupuncture St Petersburg, Florida

We are pleased to introduce you to MAR Acupuncture where we offer comprehensive care through traditional Chinese Maritime Acupuncture. As specialists in both preventative and remedial health, our primary focus is to facilitate a positive transformation and promulgate a sense of well-being in our patients.

Dr. Mara Kevan, DACM, L.Ac., Dipl.Ac.Our qualified and experienced team

Our skilled and dedicated team of medical experts ensures that you receive quality care tailored uniquely for you. Headed by the internationally renowned Dr. Mara Kevan, DACM, L.Ac., Dipl.Ac., she acts as a skilled healthcare provider and a healthcare gatekeeper in the medical journey of her patients. Her expertise in acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine makes her a skilled clinician in an array of both allopathic and alternative medical practices. This collaboration ensures a comprehensive spectrum of knowledge that spans both Eastern and Western medical modalities. Not only does our team understand Western diagnoses and medications, but they also enjoy the ability to seamlessly communicate with your primary healthcare provider, working together as healthcare gatekeepers to guarantee a well-rounded, synergistic treatment process.

About MAR Acupuncture St Petersburg, Florida, Our Services

Dive into Our Thriving History

Explore the rich history of our establishment, which began more than a decade ago. Our founder, Dr. Mara Kevan, was inspired by the healing power of acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine. Her enthusiasm drove her to study extensively and achieve accreditation from renowned institutions both at home and abroad. Seeking to provide a holistic approach to healthcare in St Petersburg, Florida, she established MAR Acupuncture bringing along a strong team of dedicated practitioners who share her devotion to health and wellbeing. Today, MAR Acupuncture provides care for hundreds of residents in St Petersburg, giving them the chance to experience the healing powers of acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine.

Exploring our acupuncture and Chinese medicine services

From traditional needle-based acupuncture therapy to modern adaptations like Acupuncture Injection Therapy (APIT), our services encompass a wide variety of healthcare solutions. -Acupuncture: A 3,000-year-old practice wherein thin needles are inserted into the body, occasionally uplifted with moxa or electro-stimulation. The inclusion of moxibustion, also tagged as “moxa”, enriches the process. Moxa enhances circulation and achieves optimal system functioning, according to pertinent data, allowing you to relax comfortably for 20 to 30 minutes.

  • Chinese Herbal Medicine: This 3,000-year practice uses more than 400 individual herbs and over 300 classical herbal formulas, customized to individual variations, often integrating the advantages of moxa. An integral part of this practice is qi gong, aiding in both breathing and corrective exercises.
  • Bodywork: Techniques like Gua Sha, Fire cupping, Tui Na Massage, and occasionally, Moxa treatments, are designed to enhance circulation to muscles, offering tension and pain relief.
  • Wellness Coaching: Provides tools such as nutritional supplements to manage your physical health and feelings, helping you thrive in modern times. Moxa can sometimes be part of the tools selected.
  • Other services include Nutritional Counseling, Lifestyle Counseling, Kinesiology, Electroacupuncture, Homeopathy, Guided Meditation, and more. These services aim at holistically promoting your well-being and maintaining a healthy life.

The MAR Effect – Unlocking the Power of Acupuncture for St Petersburg

Known treatments for a variety of conditions

MAR Acupuncture offers treatment options for a vast array of conditions. These include more common ailments such as arthritis, sciatica, migraines, and muscle spasms – a condition significantly alleviated by acupuncture. Our methods also shine in the path of allergy elimination, offering relief to many sufferers. Issues we’ve successfully tackled extend to:

  • Chronic and Acute Pain
  • Hepatitis A
  • Endometriosis
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Diarrhea
  • Depression
  • Infertility
  • Vitiligo
  • Bacterial vaginosis
  • HPV infection
  • Trigeminal Neuralgia

Our holistic approach, which takes into account both physical and mental health, allows us to provide effective treatments for these conditions and many others. By integrating traditional Chinese treatments with modern medical concepts and techniques, we professionally handle even the most difficult cases. We bring together traditional Chinese treatments and modern medical concepts and techniques, working to handle complex cases with professional expertise.

Unique Techniques for Pain Management

At MAR Acupuncture, we employ unique and advanced techniques for pain management, ensuring comfort and mobility for our patients. Here are some approaches we follow:

  • Acupuncture: Harnessing a history of success in treating any type of pain, we administer gentle and precise needling techniques. Our acupuncture service includes thoroughly exploring the patient’s history before the procedure.
  • Herbal Apothecary: We offer custom herbal formulations for those seeking a natural method for pain relief.
  • Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) Modalities: Our services include cupping, moxibustion, tui’na massage, gua-sha manipulation, e-stimulation, and others, all tailored to the specific needs of each patient. Part of our process involves imaging the body’s meridians to guide treatment strategies.
  • Non-invasive Medical Solutions: Combining the wisdom of acupuncture and other non-pharmaceutical solutions, we provide a complete treatment program aimed at eliminating neuropathic pain and numbness and increasing mobility.

In addition, we offer strategies and methodologies to help manage pain that stems from trigger points, myofascial pain, and joint range. All our techniques have been carefully developed through years of research and experience, including laboratory tests and imaging findings, to address and alleviate a variety of pain conditions.

An Insider’s Look at MAR Acupuncture

Dr. Mara Kevan, DACM, L.Ac., Dipl.Ac.

Experiencing is believing, and we would like you to get a glimpse of MAR Acupuncture’s high-quality service through our rich photo and video collection. You can view photos of our clinic creating a warm and welcoming atmosphere. Photos of our clinicians at work capture the dedication and care they put into each treatment. We also offer detailed videos outlining our various treatment procedures, showing you exactly what to expect when you step into our clinic. We believe that these media elements will provide a more in-depth understanding of our practice and demonstrate the quality of care we’re committed to providing.

What our clients say – Reviews

We pride ourselves on leaving a lasting impact on our patient’s lives. Endorsed by both the California Acupuncture Board and the Florida Acupuncture Board, it’s a pleasure making the acquaintance of new patients and investors in their health. Recognized for our professionalism in the field of MAR acupuncture, our true joy comes from the testimonials of our satisfied patients. According to our latest survey, 73% of patients reported they would definitely recommend our clinic to a friend or family member.

Here’s what our clients have to say:

  • “Dr. Mara Kevan and her team are top-notch professionals. They’ve helped me manage my chronic back pain. As an authority in her field specifically endorsed by the Florida Acupuncture Board, I do not hesitate to recommend MAR Acupuncture! Our acquaintance proved vital to managing my health.” – Jessica M.
  • “Just a few treatments gave me relief from persistent migraines. The knowledgeable staff, all actively licensed by the California Acupuncture Board, were understanding and dedicated throughout the process. I wholeheartedly recommend making the acquaintance of MAR Acupuncture to anyone dealing with health issues.” – Mark T.
  • “Making the acquaintance of MAR Acupuncture has been a game-changer for me. Their personalized treatment plan, harmonizing the flow of Qi, has greatly improved my quality of life. I’m grateful for their services coming from a dedicated team well-recognized by acupuncture boards in California, Florida, and nationwide.” – Karen G.
  • “Amazing clinic with thoughtful and dedicated staff. I’ve been attending their wellness coaching, and it’s made a massive difference in my life. Decide to make their acquaintance; you’ll be glad you did! Don’t just take my word for it, check them out yourself!” – Robert S.


Location & Hours

Our accessible location in St Petersburg, Florida

Our clinic is conveniently located at 111 2nd Ave NE St Petersburg FL 33701, enabling easy access for everyone in the city and from the surrounding areas. We’re more than just a healthcare facility, but a hub where we actively engage in community outreach, making our presence a vital part of the St. Petersburg community. Not only do we offer in-person support, but we’ve also embraced the digital age. Keeping pace with the needs of the residents of St.Pete & Tampa area, rest assured: we extend our healthcare and community outreach support to the digital platform. Reach out to us at [email protected] whenever you need. Situated in the heart of St Petersburg, our location is easily accessible by both public and private transportation. Whether you’re coming for a consultation or to join our community outreach initiative, coming from the north, south, east, or west, accessing our clinic or getting support via email shouldn’t be a problem. Check our location on Google Maps

Business hours that cater to your busy schedule

At MAR Acupuncture, we understand that our patients are dealing with a range of schedules. Hence, we have set our operating hours to cater to varying needs:

  • Monday 8:00am – 4:00pm
  • Tuesday: 8:00am – 12:00pm
  • Wednesday: 8:00am – 12:00pm
  • Thursday: 8:00am – 4:00pm
  • Friday: 8:00am – 4:00pm
  • Weekends: Closed

We recommend making an appointment to ensure your preferred slot is available. You can do so by calling us at (727) 677-8006.

FAQs- Clearing all doubts

Is Chinese Medicine safe?

Absolutely! Chinese Medicine, incorporating treatments like acupuncture and herbal medicine, with elements such as Qi Gong therapeutic exercises and the concept of breathing in its practices, has a long-standing reputation for safety and effectiveness. Notably, breathing, an integral part of these exercises, is celebrated for its contribution. Acupuncture, in particular, is recognized by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) as a safe and effective treatment for various health issues when performed by a well-trained practitioner.

Our team at MAR Acupuncture is led by Dr. Mara Kevan, who is an experienced professional who ensures treatments are performed correctly and safely. They have undergone rigorous training to meet the strict safety standards and are authorized to administer acupuncture, and Chinese Medicine treatments, and guide patients in whole food purification programs to boost their immune systems.

How often should I get acupuncture treatments?

The frequency of acupuncture treatments can vary widely from person to person, depending on their overall health condition, the nature and intensity of their symptoms, and their individual response to acupuncture. We may suggest more frequent acupuncture sessions — perhaps two to three times a week until the condition improves. These regular sessions are akin to a ‘purification’ for the body, similar to the way athletes cleanse their system through organic living or whole food purification programs to enhance their performance.

Chronic conditions may require regular weekly treatments over an extended time period, emulating the discipline and consistency seen in athletics. However, precisely determining the right frequency will require a detailed discussion with our acupuncturist, just as an athlete’s training program would differ based on individual needs.

During your first visit, our practitioner will conduct a thorough assessment of your health and discuss a personalized treatment plan, not unlike an athlete having a personal coach, tailored to your specific needs and goals. The role that athletics play in maintaining optimal health is undeniable, and it’s a philosophy we incorporate into our treatment approach.

The Mind-Heart-Body Connection: The Key to Success in Your Life and Business with Dr. Mara Kevan and Kelly Wagner

The Mind-Heart-Body Connection: The Key to Success in Your Life and Business with Dr. Mara Kevan and Kelly Wagner

“Meet Dr. Mara Kevan, Doctor of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine, and Owner of Mar Acupuncture + Medical Center

In this episode of And In Heels, we chatted with Dr. Mara Kevan, a medical professional whose specialty in acupuncture and passion for holistic wellness led her to opening her own private and integrative medical practice.

Listening to Dr. Kevan share her personal journey, you’ll:

-Learn the value of resilience and adaptability in overcoming challenges, navigating different industries, and finding your true calling.
-Gain insights into the importance of collaboration, ethical practices, and holistic approaches to business and personal growth.
-Discover the power of stress management and happiness in achieving success and maintaining overall well-being.

Join Dr. Mara, a successful entrepreneur and licensed physician, on a captivating journey of self-discovery and professional growth. Through a series of extraordinary life events, including managing travel for renowned VIPs and finding her true passion in acupuncture, Dr. Mara shares inspiring stories and valuable insights on the power of collaboration, holistic care, and thinking outside the box.

Delve into motivational tales, personal challenges overcome, and gain practical knowledge on stress management and finding happiness. This podcast episode will inspire you to embark on a transformative exploration as Dr. Mara guides you towards uncovering your own calling through the twists and turns of life.”

-Kelly Wagner
Host of And In Heels Podcast

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Dr. Mara Kevan – Secrets to Success – Rehab Links Podcast with Lisa Chase, PT, CFMM, OMPT

Dr. Mara Kevan – Secrets to Success – Rehab Links Podcast with Lisa Chase, PT, CFMM, OMPT

The information in this extended summary provides an in-depth overview of the podcast’s content, offering valuable insights into the principles and applications of TCM, acupuncture, and herbal medicine.

Introduction to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is an ancient holistic healthcare system that has been practiced for thousands of years in Chinese culture. It encompasses a wide range of modalities, including acupuncture, herbal medicine, cupping, moxibustion, and more. Dr. Mara Kevin, a licensed acupuncturist and Chinese herbalist, sheds light on the profound principles and applications of TCM.

Dr. Mara Kevin’s Approach to TCM

Dr. Kevin takes a personalized approach to TCM, emphasizing the importance of addressing the root causes of health issues rather than merely alleviating symptoms. She collaborates with other healthcare providers, such as chiropractors and physical therapists, to offer comprehensive care to her patients. This holistic approach allows her to consider various facets of an individual’s health, including physical, emotional, and lifestyle factors.

Clearing Up Misconceptions About Acupuncture

One common misconception about acupuncture is the fear of needles. Dr. Kevin clarifies that acupuncture needles are extraordinarily thin, almost hair-thin, and not comparable to the standard hypodermic needles used for injections or blood draws. The purpose of acupuncture is to support the body’s natural healing processes by optimizing and balancing its functions. Acupuncture encompasses a wide range of techniques under the TCM umbrella, including cupping, moxibustion, acupressure, and massage.

How Acupuncture Promotes Healing

Dr. Kevin explains that the effectiveness of TCM, especially for emotional health concerns like anxiety and depression, can be attributed to the release of endorphins during acupuncture. Endorphins are natural painkillers and mood elevators, providing a sense of well-being and relaxation. Moreover, acupuncture stimulates the release of anti-inflammatories and optimizes organ functions while balancing the flow of energy in the body.

It’s important to understand that acupuncture doesn’t cure illnesses by itself. Instead, it assists the body in its natural healing processes. Dr. Kevin emphasizes that she is not the one doing the healing; she is a facilitator, helping the body find its path to healing.

Holistic Well-Being through TCM

Beyond addressing specific health concerns, TCM plays a significant role in promoting overall well-being and relaxation. Many patients find that acupuncture helps them achieve deep relaxation, often a new experience in a healthcare setting. It shifts the body from the “fight-or-flight” mode (sympathetic nervous system dominance) to the “rest and restore” mode (parasympathetic mode). This shift is essential for the body to heal, repair, and rejuvenate itself.

Role of Herbal Medicine in TCM

Herbal medicine is a cornerstone of TCM and is tailored to meet individual needs. Dr. Kevin emphasizes that when prescribing herbs, the timing and the way they are taken are essential. Herbal medicine acts as the fuel for the “fire engine” of our organs, optimizing their functions. Different herbs are used to address various health concerns, including energy levels, sleep quality, digestion, and more.

Personalized TCM Care

A key feature of TCM is its highly personalized nature. The first visit typically involves an in-depth intake session, where the patient’s health history, primary concerns, and any necessary tests or imaging are discussed. Subsequent visits are focused on treatment, progress evaluation, and necessary adjustments to the treatment plan. The individualized approach ensures that each patient’s unique needs and goals are considered.

Addressing Concerns About Acupuncture

For individuals considering TCM and acupuncture for the first time, it’s natural to have concerns about the procedure. Dr. Kevin assures that the needles used in acupuncture are incredibly thin, often described as hair-thin. They are gentle and designed to provide a comfortable experience. The treatment environment is intentionally created to foster relaxation and comfort. This setting helps patients transition into a parasympathetic state, which is crucial for the body to heal and achieve balance.

Taking Responsibility for One’s Health

Dr. Kevin emphasizes the importance of individuals taking responsibility for their own health. While TCM can provide support and guidance, it’s essential for patients to actively pursue their health goals. TCM acts as a vehicle to help individuals achieve these goals, but following recommendations and maintaining a healthy lifestyle are crucial components of the process.

Conclusion: The Power of TCM

In conclusion, TCM, particularly through acupuncture and herbal medicine, offers a holistic and personalized approach to healthcare. It prioritizes addressing the root causes of health concerns, promotes relaxation and well-being, and empowers individuals to take an active role in their health journey. TCM is a time-tested practice that continues to evolve and provide benefits to those seeking alternative approaches to healthcare.

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Acupuncture Injection Therapy (APIT)

Dr. Kevan completed a 60 hour acupuncture injection therapy course and was awarded the APIT certification from the Florida Board of Acupuncture in 2019. This therapy was originally developed in China in the early 1950’s, first applied as “blocking therapy” injection or “neuro-injections.”  This later evolved into APIT, a recent innovation of traditional acupuncture that aims to enhance and prolong the effect of stimulation of acupuncture points.

APIT is the injection at an acupuncture point of a small amount of saline, a drug, an herb/plant extract, homeopathic, or vitamin (i.e. Vitamin B-12, Vitamin C) in the form of sterile substances into acupuncture points by means of hypodermic needles (but not intravenous therapy) to promote, maintain, and restore health; for pain management and palliative care; for acupuncture anesthesia; and to prevent disease.
The concept is that injecting and stimulating acupuncture points with any medicinal liquid will provide the dual effect of acupuncture and medicinal liquid.  By combining the principles of acupuncture medicine with modern injection therapies, we employ a holistic approach to care, have longer lasting effects, medication is directed to the targeted area, there is a rapid initial effect, and no “first-pass” effect (avoiding the metabolism of orally administered drugs by gastrointestinal and hepatic enzymes, that result in the reduction in the amount of the drug reaching the systemic circulation).

Clinical applications for “blocking therapy” or “point blocking”:

Dermatology: click here for information on the dermatology department of our practice, Elevate Esthetics.

  • Facial Rejuvenation
  • Sagging Skin and Tissue Toning.
  • Anti-Aging.
  • Anti-Wrinkling.
  • Body Contouring.
  • Weight Loss.

Pain Relief and Tissue Regeneration: click here for information on the prolotherapy department of our practice and to see patient video testimonials.

  • Regenerative Therapies (PRP and Prolotherapy).
  • Pain management: acute and chronic pain and inflammation.
  • Sports Injuries.
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis.

Customized Injectables Also Treat:

  • Gynecological Conditions, i.e. Dysmenorrhea.
  • Impotence.
  • Fatigue Syndromes.
  • Autoimmune Disorders.
  • Chronic and Latent Viral Diseases, i.e. Shingles.
  • Cold and Flu (prevention and treatment).
  • Allergies.
  • Hypertension.
  • Insomnia.
  • Digestive issues: Gastric Ulcer, Bacterial Dysentery.
  • Acute Conjunctivitis.

Dr.MARA KEVAN – Doctor of acupuncture and Chinese medicine in St Petersburg

Dr.MARA KEVAN – Doctor of acupuncture and Chinese medicine in St Petersburg

Dr. Mara Kevan, DACM is a renowned acupuncturist serving patients in St Petersburg, Florida. Leveraging unique oriental medicine principles, Dr. Kevan prides herself on providing therapies that target both physical and emotional well-being. You’ll appreciate her comprehensive approach, combining acupuncture, nutrition, and traditional Chinese medicine towards healing. Primarily, her treatment involves stimulating specific body points, a technique that patients regard as transformative and life-changing. Experience this holistic and expertly curated healing journey with Dr. Kevan at her medical center located at 111 2nd Ave NE, St Petersburg, FL 33701.

What is Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine?

Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine, rooted in ancient traditions, are comprehensive healthcare systems that address various conditions to optimize your overall health. An experienced scientist and empathic healer, Dr. Mara Kevan of MAR Acupuncture specializes in integrating these healing techniques to create a personalized health strategy just for you.

  • Receive effective, evidence-based acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine treatments.
  • Empowerment towards long-lasting wellness through self-care techniques.
  • Enjoy a collaboration of alternative and allopathic health techniques for optimal health.

Turn to Dr. Mara Kevan for a transformative experience that places your health and wellness at the forefront. Leverage her expertise in blending age-old and modern practices for a well-rounded health regimen.

Services offered by Dr. Mara Kevan

1. Chronic Pain Treatment

If you’re seeking relief from chronic pain, Dr. Mara Kevan’s unique blend of acupuncture, acupuncture injection therapy, and Chinese herb remedies offer an effective alternative therapy option.

  • Experience non-invasive pain relief by stimulating specific acupuncture points.
  • Benefit from Acupuncture Injection Therapies, a proven therapy providing rapid relief.
  • Enjoy a natural approach to pain management with Chinese herbology, promoting overall wellness.

For quality assurance and results-oriented therapy, visit Dr. Mara Kevan, who brings years of expertise and a passion for patient health to her practice right in St. Petersburg.

2. Stress and Anxiety Treatment

At Dr. Mara Kevan’s MAR Acupuncture and Medical Center, you will receive personalized stress and anxiety treatments geared towards holistic healing. We offer acupuncture, guided meditation, and lifestyle counseling to help manage your stress and anxiety levels, bringing you to a calm state of balance.

  • Acupuncture to help release blocked energy and promote relaxation.
  • Guided meditation to assist in achieving mental quietness and peace.
  • Lifestyle counseling for better stress management and a healthier routine.

Consider Dr. Kevan’s services for her proven effective traditional Chinese and modern oriental medical techniques, and for her commitment to your overall well-being.

Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine Treatments: How It Works, Types, and More

Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine Treatments: How It Works, Types, and More

What is Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine?

Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine, dating back over 5,000 years, is an ancient Chinese healing system, primarily focusing on maintaining the smooth flow of vital energy, Qi, in your body. This is achieved through various techniques like acupuncture, acupressure, dietary changes, and more. If your Qi is blocked, you might experience pain, illness and overall poor health.

Here’s a breakdown:

  • It brings balance to your body’s energy pathways known as meridians.
  • Techniques used include acupuncture, where thin needles are inserted at various body points, and herbal remedies.
  • It can help manage pain, hormonal changes related to menstruation and menopause, stress, and improve your quality of life.
  • It plays a valuable role during pregnancy and labor.

Types of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine Treatments

1. Traditional Chinese Medicine

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is an ancient healing system. Established over 5,000 years ago, it’s deeply rooted in the Taoist philosophy. Check out how diverse its practices are:

  • Acupuncture: Imagine tiny needles triggering your body’s healing.
  • Acupressure: It’s like a soothing pressure massage on your body’s key points.
  • Cupping: Heat and cups can draw out your body’s negative energies.
  • Chinese herbal medicine: Nature’s own pharmacy tailored for you.
  • Tui Na: Therapeutic massage anyone?
  • Dietary therapy: It’s all about the yin and yang in your diet.
  • Tai Chi and Qi Gong: Balance your physical activities and mental focus for optimum health.

These are the practices that define TCM in its quest for health and longevity.

2. Acupuncture

Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese therapy, where thin steel needles stimulate specific points on your body to enhance your body’s energy flow, or qi, and promote natural healing. For example, if you’re suffering from chronic back pain, an acupuncturist may insert needles into certain points on your body to alleviate your discomfort.

  • Acupuncture is recognized by the World Health Organization for treating a variety of conditions
  • It helps manage chronic pain, headaches, osteoarthritis, and migraine
  • Studies show acupuncture stimulates the release of your body’s natural painkillers
  • It’s low-risk, with minimal side effects
  • Acupuncturists are licensed practitioners, ensuring safe procedures

The Nautilus Shell

Like a nautilus shell, our wellness goal is to obtain proportional perfection through cleansing, purifying, healing, expansion, and renewal.


The chambered nautilus is an ancient creature related to squids and octopuses and appeared in the seas long before the first dinosaurs. It is known as a “living fossil” because it has remained relatively unchanged in the past 450 million years.

The nautilus lives in a beautiful spiraled shell divided into increasingly larger chambers. When it first hatches from the egg, it has 4 chambers already formed. As it grows, it moves into the next largest space in the shell and builds a wall to seal off the old chamber.

Nautiluses are known to outgrow and build up to 30 chambers in the course of their adult lives. It’s interesting to note that these chambers do not go to waste, the nautilus keeps these inner chambers filled with gas to help control its buoyancy. When it wants to dive, it adds water to the chambers.

Seeing the cross-section of a chambered nautilus in real life is a sight to behold. It is shaped like an elegant spiral and lined with bright mother-of-pearl. It is a symbol of order amidst chaos, as reflected in its spiral precision.

Cutaway of a Nautilus shell showing the chambers arranged in an approximately logarithmic spiral.

Nautilus Shell Sacred Geometry

The spiral of the nautilus is not just any spiral. Measuring it reveals that it conforms to the shape of the Golden Ratio spiral, what is known as a “sacred geometry”.

It is considered sacred because it can be found in a wide variety of things in nature, such as the shape of our galaxy, of hurricanes, in the arrangements of sunflower seeds in the flower, in cauliflower, and pine-cones.

It is also sacred because it is based on the Golden Ratio, which is one of life’s great mysteries because it can be found in all living things.

We tend to think that things in the natural world are all different and grow in a free-form way.  The idea that the Golden Ratio can be found in all living things is fascinating and mysterious because it seems to suggest that our natural world is not as random or irregular as it seems, but instead can be explained in the logic of numbers and mathematical equations.

And furthermore, it is intriguing that all living things have this ratio in common and are therefore inherently linked or somehow parts of a greater whole.

To understand this a little better, let me take you a little into the world of mathematics.

What is the Golden Ratio?

The Golden Ratio is based on the Fibonacci series, which is a series of numbers where the first two numbers add up to the succeeding number, like this: 0, 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34, 55, 89, 144, 233, etc.

You can arrive at the Golden Ratio by dividing each number by the one before it and the further you go along the progression of numbers, the closer you get to the Golden Ratio number, which is 1.61803398…

Like this: 5/3 = 1.6666, 13/8 = 1.6250, 233/144 = 1.6180.

This ratio (1.61803398…) can be found in every life form, from our DNA, to many plants, the human skeleton, shells, and the proportions in animals.

Plato called this number “the key for the universe physics” and mysteriously, studies have shown that when this ratio is incorporated into artwork and architecture, humans seem to find it more beautiful and elegant.

That the ratio is found in all living things implies that it is part of a “blueprint” of the universe, something that underlies the foundation of all living things and which serves to connect them to each other and to a greater whole.

Nautilus Shell Symbolism

As a symbol, the chambered nautilus is a powerful metaphor for one’s spiritual evolution.

From the moment we are born and begin to crawl, we continuously discover, learn and outgrow our previous thoughts and views of the world. To learn and grow requires us to think in a new or different way, essentially, to think “outside the box.”

Like the nautilus, once we’ve expanded our minds beyond the old box, we simply find ourselves in a new, bigger box, in which we continue to learn and grow.

We also find that once we have mentally moved into this new box, we can never go back to the smaller ones; they simply no longer fit us.

The nautilus can never stay in the same chamber because it continues to get bigger; it must build ever larger and larger chambers until the end of its life. And the spiral suggests that it can grow forever – there is never a design for a final chamber.

Similarly, we also must never stop growing, learning, and expanding, for to stay in the same place would lead to a kind of spiritual death.


Other meanings

Because of its elegant and alluring shape, the nautilus is a symbol of perfection and beauty. It is sought after by so many collectors that it is now considered an endangered species. To protect the nautilus from extinction, simply do not purchase any shells. To learn more,


The nautilus is also a symbol of strength because it can also withstand very high pressures in the ocean. It is thought that the shell can dive up to 2,600 feet or 800 meters before its shell will implode.

In conclusion, the nautilus is a reminder to us never to stop learning, growing and expanding our view of the world. And because it is in the shape of a Golden Ratio spiral, it reminds us that our own bodies contain the Golden Ratio and that we are all part of a greater whole.

Holistic Properties of the Nautilus

The Nautilus Shell embodies the element of water and intern enhances these living qualities such as cleansing, purification, and healing. Known for deflecting negative energies, the Nautilus also purifies the surrounding space and attracts loving energies. The shell may be used to assist in meditation and invokes calmness, provides strength, balance and renews the physical energy.

Meditation Exercise

Turn the Nautilus up so you have the cross section of the shell facing you. Quiet your thoughts and focus on the beginning point of the spiral. With eyes open follow the spiral round and round, like a staircase as it opens to larger and larger chambers. Close your eyes and continue the exercise imagining you are very small at the beginning of the spiral climbing the stairs to the chambers. When you feel you have experienced the upward turning of the spiral look back to the center and reflect how far you have climbed.

Now relax, reflect and write down any knowledge you have received from the Nautilus and its accumulated 500 million years of growth and wisdom.

Acupuncture Provides Pain Relief
Through Trigger Point Release

The human body mass is comprised of more than 60% muscle mass. Considering the muscle is responsible for all movement, it is understandable that our muscles are subjected to fatigue, overuse and injury.

The muscle contracts as we move, which is considered a voluntary action. When the muscle contracts involuntarily, this is a spasm. It is considered a trigger point when a small portion of the muscle contracts involuntarily, causing pain and dysfunction.

Trigger points, commonly referred to as muscle knots, form when the muscle is overworked or injured. Tiny knots form in the muscle and cause myalgia.  The results and benefits of acupuncture therapy are releasing the muscular knots and relieving pain.


Inserting acupuncture needles into trigger points, muscular pain is relieved at its source by releasing soft tissue and increasing the blood flow.  This reduces pain, such as neck pain, low back pain, headaches, menstrual cramps, arthritis, tennis elbow, golfer’s elbow, fibromyalgia, and other types of chronic pain.  A 2018 study published in PubMed, explains the pathomechanism of trigger point needling to relieve myalgia:

After just one treatment, you will feel a significant reduction in pain!  Come, step-in to the healing and restorative acu-zone at MAR acupuncture + Medical Center.