Acupuncture physicians are required to complete 5-academic years of coursework in the state of Florida. After the required didactic and clinical coursework are finished, they must pass a national board examination; malpractice insurance must also be obtained before a license will be issued. Chapter 457 of the Florida code describes acupuncture physicians as primary care practitioners who are able to order and use laboratory testing. Acupuncture physicians are regulated under the same federal laws and rules in regard to the healthcare privacy act.
Acupuncture is one of the safest conventional and complementary medical treatments in the US.
Many people use acupuncture to alleviate specific symptoms or conditions. Others choose acupuncture as a preventive measure, as many feel it strengthens their constitution. And still others receive acupuncture treatment because they do not feel well generally. Acupuncture is considered suitable for all ages including babies, children, and the elderly. It can be very effective when integrated with conventional medicine.
Absolutely! They usually respond very well to acupuncture.
Acupuncture is beneficial in addressing a host of illnesses and symptoms. This can include specific complaints to more general feelings (e.g., low energy). Peruse our Common Conditions to see how traditional acupuncture can help you.
Your condition will be the primary determinant. Typically we start with once or twice a week. Some conditions need as much as three treatments weekly to reach the desire outcome (e.g., addiction, infertility). However, it is common to feel benefits after the first or second treatment. The typical treatment protocol for acute conditions might require 4 to 10 treatments to reach the maximum therapeutic result. Chronic conditions usually need more time. Once your health has stabilized, you may receive acupuncture every few weeks. It is also an excellent source of preventive healthcare; many people come for a tune-up periodically throughout the year.
To most people, relaxing. Some say the needling feels tingly or achy. This is a good sign! It means that the body's qi, or vital energy, is being stimulated.
Absolutely. We have needles that do not break the skin or are inserted extremely lightly (Japanese needles). Acupuncture needles are much finer than those used for injections and blood tests. They are so fine that you may not even feel them, and once in place, they are hardly noticeable. You can also choose to have alternative and complementary treatments, laser and electromagnetic therapy, in addition to and a wide variety of other therapies—none of which require needles.
Do not eat a large meal within an hour of your appointment. Digestion alters pulse patterns and you may need to lie on your stomach, which could be uncomfortable if full. Likewise, try not to arrive for treatment with an empty stomach. Avoid alcohol and food / drink that colors your tongue (e.g., coffee, tea). Wear loose clothing so that the acupuncture points, especially those on your lower limbs, are easily accessible.
Relaxed and calm are typical results. If the treatment was very strong, you may feel tired or drowsy. Keep this in mind if you plan to drive or use any machinery shortly thereafter.
Not really. Any that do occur are mild and self-correcting. There might be minor bruising at the needle point or a short-term symptom flare-up as your qi (vital energy) clears and resettles.
It is good to disclose all treatments. We need to know about your medications, as this may influence your treatment response. Also, we don’t want to have any herbs and drugs interaction should we consider herbal supplementation in your plan.
Definitely. You should always consult your doctor regarding any change of prescription. DO NOT stop taking medication without professional guidance. Acupuncture treatment may ultimately enable you to reduce or even stop taking some forms of medication, but you must first consult with your prescribing doctor.
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