Caroline Floyd specializes in treating pain and injuries, mental health, gut health and hormone health, including treating pregnancy, fertility and the menstrual cycle at her acupuncture practice, Desert Sol Acupuncture + Wellness. She and her husband, Travis, moved to Moab in September 2021, and her popular acupuncture practice came with—in late December, she opened a second treatment room.
“Doing acupuncture full-time, I’ve learned that even if people don’t necessarily believe in the medicine, that doesn’t mean it’s not going to affect them,” Floyd said. “I have a lot of people who are skeptical of alternative medicine, but healing doesn’t discriminate. Bodies want to heal. With the right lifestyle plan and acupuncture treatment, you can heal or improve most anything.”
Acupuncture involves inserting small needles into the body at specific points. According to Floyd, acupuncture’s main goal is to “restore the body’s natural ability to heal itself.”
Floyd has been practicing acupuncture since 2013 and holds a doctorate and master’s degree in Chinese Medicine. She first learned about acupuncture when she was attending college at Guilford College in North Carolina, studying East Asian Studies with a concentration in Mandarin. Floyd studied abroad in Beijing and quickly fell in love with the area, she said—after graduating, she returned to China and lived in Guyuan, a tiny town south of Mongolia, for three years, where she was volunteering as a teacher.
“I would always get acupuncture and Chinese herb treatments for any kind of cold, flu, sleep issue, pain, anything,” she said. “I was super fascinated by it.”
The acupuncture clinic in Guyuan, run by one doctor, was on her way home from the school. She and the doctor became friends, and the doctor agreed to take Floyd on as his apprentice. He taught her the basics of medicinal herbs and fire cupping, a physical therapy treatment involving placing jars on the skin to treat pain and enhance circulation.
When she returned to the U.S., she enrolled at the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in San Diego, where she earned her master’s and doctorate.
Her acupuncture business started in Sacramento—Floyd had all intentions of staying there, she said. She had a full practice and waitlist of patients, but she couldn’t resist the allure of Moab, especially because she and her husband have family in the area.
“We loved coming and visiting, and we loved the lifestyle component,” Floyd said. “When we were in Sacramento we would count down the days until we could get back to Moab. As we’re getting older, we just want to be closer to family, closer to friends, closer to the desert and closer to this smaller community.”
“It was definitely a big jump to leave,” she said. “But ultimately, we wanted to be here.”
Floyd’s treatment room in Moab is located just south of town, off Spanish Trail Road. She offers services in acupuncture, herbal medicine and fire cupping—she has her own line of herbal medicines. In Moab, she said, most of her patients are treated for pain or require sports medicine.
Floyd’s goals for the future are simply to expand, she said. She’d love to have a treatment center closer to town and bring in other doctors to the practice to offer massage therapy—she wants to create a healing community.
More information about Floyd’s services, and how to book, is available at www.desertsolacupuncture.com.