Frequently Asked Questions
What types of treatment are offered at Atlantic Acupuncture?
What can Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine treat?
Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine is a complete system and can be used to treat practically any ailment. The National Institute of Health and the World Health Organization recognize Acupuncture as being safe and effective in the treatment of a wide range of conditions. Below is a partial list of conditions treated by A&OM. I have had much clinical success treating a wide range of ailments including those listed below.
How many acupuncture treatments will I need?
During an initial course of treatment, one may require frequent treatment in order to alleviate symptoms quickly. As symptoms diminish and disappear, visits become less frequent. Acute or sudden conditions can often be resolved quickly. For chronic conditions, one should expect a longer course of treatment.
What type of certification is needed to practice Acupuncture and Oriental medicine?
Over forty states have passed legislation pertaining to the practice of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (A&OM), and most states (including Florida) require NCCAOM certification as a prerequisite to licensure on the state level. NCCAOM certification requires over 2,000 hours of study in Acupuncture and Oriental Medical theory. I strongly recommend that prospective patients seek Acupuncture and Oriental Medical treatment from an NCCAOM certified practitioner. For more information about educational standards and licensure, click on the Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine link.
How does Acupuncture work?
By facilitating the proper flow of Qi throughout the body, Acupuncture enhances the process by which energy supports both the body and mind. Acupuncture is used to guide and promote energy where and when it is needed, and to dislodge and disperse energy when and where it is stagnant. Through stimulation of the various acupuncture points, the body’s electromagnetic field can be manipulated in order to promote healing for practically any illness.
Does Acupuncture hurt?
The Acupuncture needle is a very thin solid-body filament, not much thicker than a whisker. Most feel no pain during treatment. A feeling of heaviness or tingling may sometimes occur. The needles are sterile, disposable and used only once, then properly discarded. Acupuncture is safe and can be used in conjunction with many other therapies including western medical treatment.
How and why is Chinese Herbal Medicine used?
Chinese herbs can be used both internally and externally, to treat a broad range of acute and chronic injuries and illnesses. The herbs are combined into thoughtfully structured formulas. . The formulas are constructed in a way which produces a synergy between the individual herbs, and creates a well-balanced formula capable of producing positive results without negative side effects. Many “classic” formulas (those created by well-renowned herbalists of the past) are widely available in tablet and liquid extract form. Custom formulas can also be created in order to meet the specific needs any individual. Chinese herbs are safe to use when prescribed by a qualified practitioner of Chinese Herbal Medicine, even in conjunction with Western Medicine. However, not all herbs are appropriate for all patients or all conditions, and it can be unsafe to combine certain herbs with other supplements (herbal or otherwise), or detrimental to use certain herbs in order to gain short-term benefit. For these reasons, herbal supplements should never be self-prescribed. Herbal medicine should always be recommended or prescribed by a licensed practitioner who has devoted a significant amount of time to the study of Herbal Medicine. For additional information about Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine, please click on their respective links.