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DOM, AP, Dipl. OM (NCCAOM)
Doctor of Oriental Medicine, Acupuncture Physician, Board Certified in Acupuncture and Chinese Herbology, NCCAOM Diplomate of Oriental Medicine
FL LIC#: AP3070
Acupuncture is a technique of inserting hair-like, fine needles into known "acupuncture points" along "meridians." The intention is to balance and tonify the flow of vital energy or "Qi" (pronounced chee) throughout the body.
Generally, there is minimal sensation. Due to the extreme fineness of the needle and the dexterity of the physician in inserting it swiftly through the skin. Once in place a sensation of a dull ache, a light electric current circulation along the treated limb, to a nice heat may be felt. The sensation is always bearable and considered a sign that the acupuncture vessels are opening up to the flow of Qi and healing is imminent.
The practice of acupuncture is at least 4-5 thousand years old. The original text known as Huang Ti Nei Ching SumWen written about 400 B.C. still is consulted today. The practice of acupuncture is based on the meridian theory in which Qi or vital energy, is believed to travel through precise pathways or meridians.
There are twelve major meridans, each connected to a particular organ. The meridians connect the interior of the body to the exterior. They form a sort of grid or road map of the entire body system. There are about 350 points on the body although only about 150 are used.
The acupuncturist is extremely sensitive and observant in determining the exact points to use and how. A delicate art which can bring about sublime to dramatic changes in one's energy level, healing capacity and even one's outlook on life.