Acupuncture has long baffled medical experts and no wonder: It holds that an invisible life force called qi (pronounced “chee”) travels up and down the body in 14 energy lines called meridians. Acupuncturists believe that illness and pain are due to blockages and imbalances in qi. By inserting thin needles into the body at precise points, practitioners can unblock the meridians, treating an array of ailments from arthritis and asthma to anxiety, acne, and infertility.
Sarasota Center for Acupuncture and Nutrition offers several acupuncture techniques that often become an integral part of a patient’s specific treatments. We explain a few of the treatments we offer below. When you establish as a new patient, we will determine which will best help you achieve your health goals.
Acupuncture is based upon the belief that living beings have a vital energy called qi, pronounced “chee.” Qi circulates in 14 energy lines called meridians that are mapped out on the body. 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 uses very fine sterile needles attached to a micro or milliampere source. It delivers continuous electric pulses that are specifically adjusted for the condition being treated. Electro acupuncture is utilized in pain management and to stimulate new cell growth.
Laser acupuncture focuses beams of light from a laser tube onto an acupuncture point where treatment is desired. The laser beam stimulates the area much like acupuncture needles do. This “Cold Laser” acupuncture is primarily used for three reasons: its analgesic effect, to stimulate acupuncture points in a therapeutic program, and for facial rejuvenation.
This acupuncture treatment places needles at specific points of the outer ear to stimulate the central and parasympathetic nervous system. It is very effective in treating drug, alcohol, smoking, and food addictions. Auricular acupuncture can also be used as a supportive treatment for general wellness care, stress reduction and pain management.
This technique injects 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. Read more about Acupuncture Point Injection.
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 five 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). Dr. Captain’s extensive training meets and exceeds the standards set by the ACAOM, NCCAOM, and the State of Florida for licensing. After completing academic and clinical coursework, students must pass a four national board examinations, achieve qualification for acupuncture injection therapy and obtain malpractice insurance before they will be issued a license.
Chapter 457 of the Florida law describes acupuncture physicians as primary care practitioners 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).
If you are interested in how acupuncture could help you improve or maintain your wellness, call us today for a complimentary meet and greet.