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The Family Healing Center offers a number of acupuncture techniques that often become an integral part of an individual’s specific treatments. Here are a few with a brief description of each:

Traditional Acupuncture

Acupuncture is based upon the belief that living beings have a vital energy called Qi pronounced “chee.” Qi circulates in fourteen energy lines mapped out on the body called meridians. Theory states that an imbalance in the flow of Qi through the meridians is the cause of pain and disease. Acupuncture encourages natural healing by applying very fine needles to specific points on the body. This natural treatment balances the flow of Qi through the meridians, maintains health and promotes wellness.

Electro Acupuncture

Electro acupuncture uses very fine sterile needles attached to a micro or milliampere source that delivers continuous electric pulses specifically adjusted for the condition being treated.

Laser Acupuncture

Laser acupuncture focuses beams of light from a laser tube onto an acupuncture point, stimulating it similar to the way acupuncture needles do. This “Cold Laser” acupuncture is primarily used for an analgesic effect, the stimulation of acupuncture points in a therapeutic program and facial rejuvenation.

Auricular Acupuncture

This acupuncture treatment places needles at specific points of the outer ear to stimulate the central and parasympathetic nervous system. It is used primarily for treating drug, alcohol, smoking and food addictions. Auricular acupuncture can also be utilized as a supportive treatment for general wellness care.

Acupuncture Point Injections

This technique uses injections of natural substances to stimulate acupuncture points on a deeper level and has proven effective for resolution of acute and chronic back, knee, shoulder and neck pain. For more information on Acupuncture Point Injection, click here

Acupuncture Accreditation

With more than 20 million people nationwide— approximately one out of every 10 adults — receiving some form of acupuncture, accreditation standards for practitioners are very high. Earning a degree in Oriental Medicine requires a minimum of 2,800 hours or 5 academic years of rigorous training as mandated by the Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (ACAOM) and the National Certification Commission of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM). Christina Captain’s training at the East West College of Natural Medicine meets and exceeds the standards set by the ACAOM, NCCAOM and the State of Florida for licensing. After completing didactic and clinical coursework, a national board examination must be passed and malpractice insurance obtained before a license will be issued. Chapter 457 of the Florida law describes acupuncture physicians as primary care practitioners who are authorized to order and utilize laboratory testing. Acupuncture physicians are regulated under the same federal laws and rules stated in the healthcare privacy act (HIPAA).

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