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What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is far more than a technique of inserting tiny thread-like needles along meridian (energy channels of the body), Acupuncture is a complex system of diagnosis that views the person as a whole. Acupuncture is practiced based on discerning the pattern of disharmony and treating accordingly. Modern acupuncturist utilizes other modalities such as herbal medicine, Moxibustion, physical exercise, nutrition, meditation, breathing exercise and more. Acupuncture is the insertion of hair-fine needles into the skin and body tissues. They are inserted into any one or more of a number of acupuncture points (there are over 350 acupuncture points in the human body) for the purpose of stimulating a physiological response. The response solicited by the acupuncture point treatment is focused on balancing the body's systems which will in turn aid the body in functioning properly. Acupuncture does not hurt, The sensation created by the insertion of each needle should only be one of heaviness. Often this heaviness may be felt over regions of the body which are connected to each other by what we refer to as Meridians. These are the roadways through which your body's energy flows. Acupuncture is a primary health care modality that has been around for at least 2000 years and is used widely throughout the world. Acupuncture is considered safe and effective
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How Does Acupuncture Work?
Acupuncture is a therapy that uses the insertion of tiny thread-like needles to specific points on the body along meridians (energy channels of the body). that cross the body. As long as the energy flows freely through these pathways, health is maintained. When the flow of energy is disturbed for any reason, there is disruption in health, resulting in pain or illness. By stimulating appropriate acupuncture points along these meridians, the energy is regulated, and health is restored.
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What Should You Expect During Treatment?
Most patients find the treatment very relaxing, Most are surprised to find how comfortable they are during an acupuncture treatment and how easily and painlessly the needles are inserted. Some patients even go to sleep during treatment. A patient may feel a sensation upon insertion and pressure or a "dull" reaction when the needle reaches the correct depth of the point. The needles are far different (smaller and thinner) from hypodermic needles.
Is Acupuncture Safe?
One of the great advantages of acupuncture is the absence of side effects. Needles generally cause no bleeding or pain, and most practitioners today use the disposable kind (I personally will not see any practitioner that does not use the disposable kind). There is minimal risk of organ penetration. Acupuncturists are trained in exact location, angle as well as depth of insertion of the acupuncture needle to avoid any injuries.
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How Many Treatments Are Necessary?
No two conditions or people respond exactly the same. The length of treatment depends on the condition, the severity, and the duration of the condition. For example, if you awoke this morning with a sore throat, fever, and body aches vs. you have been suffering from arthritis for the last ten years and you are twenty pounds over weight. The physical and emotional state of the patient is also important, as well as the compliance with your doctor instruction and recommendations.
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Who Practices Acupuncture?
In the United states, the requirements vary from State to State. Most states require 60 semesters units of undergraduate work prior to a four year acupuncture program. Licensing credentials are as follows:
C.A. Certified Acupuncturist
L.Ac. Licensed Acupuncturist
D.O.M. Doctor of Oriental Medicine
D.A. Doctor Of Acupuncture
Dipl. Ac. Diplomat of Acupuncture (NCCAOM) A National Certification required by 37 States.
Dipl. C.H. Diplomat in Chinese Herbology (NCCAOM) A National Achievement Certification not required at present.

To Look up a licensed acupuncture practitioner in the State of Florida go to:
http://ww2.doh.state.fl.us/irm00praes/praslist.asp

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