License: AP3852 Florida Board of Acupuncture

What is Acupuncture?

Why do we call it alternative medicine when it was the original medicine? Acupuncture is a healing technique over 2,000-years-old. It’s one of many modalities in the system of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Consider over 2,000 years ago, there were no medical terms, biochemistry terms, or modern science terms…However, the Chinese were able to explain the body’s anatomy & physiology, as well as pathology. Despite some obscure sounding words, this medical system is a complete medical system and it works. Chinese medicine is able to explain things about the body that modern medicine can’t because it doesn’t separate the body systems and sees them all as interconnected. Acupuncture is based on the principal that the body’s life force or vital energy (qi) circulates along meridians or pathways of energy. If the flow of energy gets blocked, the disruption can lead to imbalance, pain, lack of function, or illness. Acupuncture therapy can regulate qi in the body, improve the body’s functions and promote the natural self-healing process. Each meridian corresponds to a specific organ such as the Lungs, Intestines, the Heart & Pericardium, the Kidneys, the Spleen, the Stomach, the Liver & Gallbladder, and sex organs. Stimulating the body’s tissues with acupuncture needles activates neurological, endocrine, muscular, and immunological mechanisms. The selection of points for each individual, called a point prescription determines outcome, based off of the diagnosis determined in the patient’s appointment. Acupuncture is a holistic, ‘whole-body-wellness’ approach to health, as it works on the physical as well as the emotional self.

Is Acupuncture Safe?

Yes, acupuncture is extremely safe and natural. We use pre-sterilized, disposable, single-use needles to ensure your complete safety.

Does Acupuncture Hurt?

Most people who have had acupuncture would describe it as virtually painless or far less painful than plucking out a hair. We use very fine surgical steel disposable needles that do not draw blood and are solid, not hollow. You might experience a dull sensation or tingling near the insertion points during the treatment. These sensations usually subside once the needles are removed.

How Long is the Treatment?

The initial treatment will take between an hour and an hour and a half. Subsequent treatments take between 45 minutes and an hour depending on your condition or after you have achieved optimal response.

How Many Treatments Will I Need?

The length and frequency of treatments vary from person to person and depends on the complexity of your illness, whether it’s a chronic or recent condition, and your general health. Chronic problems usually require longer treatment periods. After completing a course of treatment, maintenance sessions can prolong the results.

Will Acupuncture Work For Me?

Anyone may receive acupuncture as it is natural, safe, and there are no negative side effects. We believe that each of our patients has a unique, personal healing journey, and we’re dedicated to providing exceptional care and guidance in their process of recovery. Our approach is holistic; we treat the whole body and seek to treat the root of the illness beyond the apparent the symptoms.

What Are The Benefits of Herbal Medicine?

Herbal medicine is an essential part of Traditional Chinese Medicine. The prescribed herbal medicine is highly individualized. They restore balance to the body rather than masking symptoms. Although naturally occurring substances are used, they should never be bought off the internet and used outside the care of a Doctor of Oriental Physician/Acupuncture Physician. Chinese medicine has a Materia Medica, just like western medicine. Being able to prescribe Chinese herbals requires 7 years of academia (both western/eastern, and herb drug interaction), 3 years of clinical training in herbal pharmacies, and a national board certification. It’s only when they are used unsupervised that they become dangerous. Indigo Acupuncture & Wellness only uses the highest quality natural herbs available. All of the brands we use are professional grade and stringently tested.

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