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ACUPUNCTURE

How acupuncture works according to TCM

This fundamental concepts of Energy (Qi pronounced "chee") and meridians. Qi, often described as the body's vital energy or life force, is believed to flow through a network of meridians, or energy channels, within the body. These meridians, totaling 12 main pathways alongside additional extraordinary and subsidiary ones, are intricately interconnected, facilitating the smooth circulation of Qi to nourish and harmonize the body.

According to traditional acupuncture theory, each of these meridians corresponds to specific organs or physiological systems, forming a holistic framework for understanding health and wellness. When the flow of Qi becomes disrupted or blocked due to various factors such as stress, injury, or environmental influences, it can manifest as pain, illness, or imbalance within the body.

Acupuncture, a cornerstone of traditional Chinese medicine, offers a time-honored solution to restore the balance and flow of Qi. By skillfully inserting thin needles into precise points along the meridians, acupuncturists aim to stimulate the body's innate healing mechanisms, promoting self-regulation and revitalization. Through this gentle and non-invasive approach, acupuncture seeks to address not only symptoms but also underlying imbalances, fostering holistic well-being and vitality.

Traditional acupuncture theory thus serves as a guiding principle for practitioners, offering a profound understanding of the interconnectedness of body, mind, and spirit. By honoring the body's innate wisdom and resilience, acupuncture continues to unlock the healing potential within each individual, fostering harmony and equilibrium for optimal health and vitality.

Modern research about acupuncture

Acupuncture's effectiveness from a Western perspective continues to be studied with more evidence showing the effectiveness of this ancient modality each year. Modern research has shown that acupuncture when practiced correctly by an expert like Dr. Andrea has the ability to modulate neurochemical pathways, regulate pain signals, promote tissue healing, and induce neuroplastic changes in the brain. By integrating traditional wisdom with modern scientific understanding, acupuncture continues to offer valuable insights and therapeutic benefits for a wide range of health conditions.

Here are some key points regarding acupuncture's effectiveness from a Western perspective:

  • Pain Management: One of the most well-established applications of acupuncture is in pain management. Numerous studies have shown that acupuncture can effectively reduce pain intensity and improve function in conditions such as chronic lower back pain, osteoarthritis, migraines, and postoperative pain. 

  • Neurological Effects: Research using advanced imaging techniques such as functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) has revealed that acupuncture can modulate activity in various brain regions involved in pain processing and regulation. This supports the notion that acupuncture works through neurological mechanisms to alleviate pain. 

  • Anti-inflammatory Effects: Some studies suggest that acupuncture may have anti-inflammatory effects by influencing the release of certain neurotransmitters and immune system mediators. This could contribute to its efficacy in conditions characterized by inflammation, such as rheumatoid arthritis.

  • Regulation of Autonomic Nervous System: Acupuncture has been shown to modulate the autonomic nervous system, which controls involuntary bodily functions such as heart rate, blood pressure, and digestion. This modulation may underlie acupuncture's effects on conditions like hypertension, insomnia, and gastrointestinal disorders.​​

Acupuncture Accreditation

In the United States, acupuncture accreditation requirements vary by state and are typically overseen by state regulatory boards or agencies. In the State of Florida, acupuncture accreditation and licensure requirements are overseen by the Florida Board of Acupuncture, which operates under the Florida Department of Health.

 

The specific requirements for becoming a licensed acupuncturist in Florida include a minimum of 4 years of course work as mandated by Accreditation Commission of Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine (ACAHM). Acupuncturists must also become board certified by taking the national certification examinations administered by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) in acupuncture, Chinese Herbology, and Biomedicine. Acupuncturists in Florida must also fulfill continuing education requirements to maintain their licensure, which typically involves completing a certain number of hours of approved coursework every two years. Our Acupuncture Physician Andrea Izquierdo, L.Ac. education exceeds the standards set by the regulatory agencies for academic and clinical practice. 

Florida law (Chapter 457) describes acupuncture physicians as primary care providers who are authorized to order and utilize laboratory testing. You can rest assured that acupuncture physicians are regulated under the same federal laws and rules stated in the healthcare privacy act (HIPAA).

Common Questions Regarding our Acupuncture Treatments

Can your treatments help me?

Our treatments are highly effective for a wide variety of conditions, whether you are a weekend warrior who just suffered an injury over the weekend or you have a chronic condition and have tried all other specialties we can help!

 

Our individualized approach allows us to create a treatment plan that can help bring your body back to balance and address the root issue. The best way to find out our Acupuncture Physician's recommendation is to setup a new patient consultation, she will review your specific case and let you know whether you are a good candidate and what it would take to get you back to feeling your best. 

Does Acupuncture hurt? I'm scared of needles

Acupuncture is the insertion of needles into specific points so there can be discomfort at the moment of insertion, but that discomfort should go away afterwards. During your treatment you can expect to relax for the duration of it, with most of our patients falling asleep. We like to call our treatments "healing naps". 

Is acupuncture safe? 

Yes! Acupuncture when performed by a specialist like our practitioner is very safe. At our practice we take every precaution and follow clean needle technique. Your safety and comfort are our main concern. 

Can acupuncture be used alongside other treatments?

Yes, acupuncture can be used alongside other western or complementary treatments. We work with other specialties such as western medical physicians and physical therapists who refer their patients to us. 

Is acupuncture covered by insurance

Insurance coverage for acupuncture is very limited, and in order to focus on patient care we do not bill insurance. We are considered an out-of-network provider for all insurance and your plan may or may not cover your diagnosed condition and/or treatment. We are not providers for Medicare or Medicaid. Upon request, we provide detailed statements with all the codes (Superbills) you may submit to your insurance company for direct reimbursement.

No two patients are the same. We will formulate a comprehensive treatment program based on your individual goals and situation. We aim to help you get fast relief from your symptoms and also address the root cause so that there is lasting relief. Give us a call to setup your consultation and start your journey back to health! 

CONTACT US

304 S Harbor City Blvd 

Suite 101

Melbourne, FL 32901

321-312-0771

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