Frequently asked questions
What conditions do you treat?
If you're asking what conditions I have experience with, the answer is many different types. The key to success in my practice is to focus on the complex individual - their genetic predispositions, emotional stress, structural issues, nutritional deficiencies and absorption issues, the stress on their immune systems, their nervous system - not the diagnosis they come in with.
However, here is a small sample of some of the cases that have come through my office in the last dozen years:
- Allergies of all kinds (even very weird ones!)
- Autoimmune conditions of all kinds, but more specifically Crohn's, MS, Hashimoto's, Grave's, RA, Diabetes, Lupus, Psoriasis, Autoimmune Hepatitis, Antiphospholipid Syndrome, Interstitial Cystitis, Lichen Planus, Endometriosis, Ulcerative Colitis, Sarcoidosis, Guillain-Barré Syndrome, PANDAS, and many types of demyelinating diseases
- Neurological challenges - everything from paralysis to tremors to severe MS to Parkinson's, motor neuron diseases, neuropathies and other sensory issues.
- Different types of patients facing cancers - from ovarian, to prostate, to breast, to liver and pancreatic, to colon and leukemias. We've seen it all.
- Cardiac challenges - from cardiometabolic syndrome to arrhythmias to hypo and hypertension, enlarged hearts, lazy valves and flutters
- GYN issues and Fertility Challenges - and taking care of the babies afterwards!
- Pregnancy care, especially higher risk pregnancies (like twins!)
- Pediatrics -everything from infections, to tummy issues, to bedwetting, to emotional stress, to ADHD to sleeping problems, to nutritional issues. The kids are the best.
- Gastric issues - all the poop problems - whether there's not enough poop coming out or too much coming out, we love helping balance that...ehrm..sh*t out. We also have a lot of experience with all kinds of reflux issues, malaborption issues, SIBO and Leaky Gut
- Metabolic Syndrome and Type 2, 2.5 and the up-and-coming brain diabetes that can contribute to Dementia.
- All kinds of infections - acute and chronic.
- Genetic predispositions like MTHFR (which is only one in dozens of gene SNiPs that we screen and support)
- Structural issues - frozen shoulder, hip problems, neck problems, back problems - all the joint problems!
- Respiratory issues like asthma, COPD, chronic lung infections
- Serotonin Syndrome
- Headaches and Migraines
- Bipolar Disorder, Depression, Anxiety, Panic Disorders, OCD
- Spectrum Disorders
- Fractures, Tendon and Ligament Issues
- Concussion and Brain Shock™
- There's probably more, so if you have something that's not on the list, just ask. We've seen a lot of people!
Does it hurt?
First of all, I don’t even use needles on every patient, or during every session. Second of all, my style of acupuncture is virtually painless and feels absolutely nothing like the insertion of hypodermic needles for an injection. The needles I use are hair thin, and 100% sterile. Most needles barely penetrate the skin’s surface, and the sensations vary from person to person. If you notice a sensation at all, it will likely feel no more than a mild pinch at the site of insertion.
I have a handful of patients who have needle phobia, and who have been successfully treated for their complaints with all my other tools.
Now, sometimes there are growing pains that happen as we get well. For example, there's a 24 hour window after treatment where patients might feel transitory pain as the body readjusts itself. They might be more tired, go to the bathroom more frequently, or get a weird ache somewhere. 99.99% of the time, it goes away within that window.
For some patients, like those with a history of paralysis or numbness/neuropathies, there will be a pain-like sensation as the nerves wake up again.
Is what you do safe?
Acupuncture is an extremely safe method of treatment. I have thousands of hours of training, hold a Masters Degree, and I am licensed.
The other techniques we practice are also super safe, easy and comfortable. I'm regulated by the State of Florida and my job is to take care of people - not hurt them.
What techniques and tools do you use?
I don't use every tool in every visit. I use the right tool for the job, based on what I find the person needs that day to move their case forward.
Minimalist acupuncture - if my clinical judgment is that a person needs the needles (and they're not phobic), I may do as few as 2, and as many as 10-12 in a session, depending on the individual.
Functional Medicine - lab testing (blood, saliva, urine and stool as needed)
Fascia Release and Acutottement using a percussor and a rapid-tapping device
Injury Recall Technique
PEMF (pulse electro magnetic field therapy) featuring BEMER
Frequency Specific Microcurrent (using TENS devices)
Gua Sha and Cupping
Wholistic Methylation Testing
And probably more. I'm an obsessive learner.
How many treatments will I need?
The number of treatments depend your specific condition. One of my specialties is to perform a thorough exam. When we do your report of findings, I'll specify what is needed in my experience to make headway in your case. I specialize in intensive care, and I ask my patients to commit to a minimum of 3 months of care with me to give us a good shot.
Once a course of treatment is finished, many patients enjoy monthly visits for health maintenance or seasonal check-ups and tune-ups.
What is Moxibustion?
Moxibustion is the burning of a therapeutic herb above or on acupuncture points. It brings a soothing warmth that penetrates into the body. Scientific studies have recently shown that moxibustion is far more effective than heat generated from a machine. If needed, I will prescribe moxibustion as home care. We very rarely perform this at the clinic in order to avoid the smoke affecting our patients.
Can Acupuncture be combined with other medical care?
Yes, of course. Today, the phrase “Alternative Medicine” is quite popular. However, the term “Complementary Medicine” is usually more appropriate. Because acupuncture can help your body to perform all of its natural functions better, it can be a powerful complement to orthodox Western medicine. Acupuncture is a non-invasive, holistic medicine that can operate smoothly alongside Western medicine. For example, studies have established that acupuncture can help manage the side effects of chemotherapy. It has also shown to decrease recovery times in post-operative patients. This is why acupuncture has become a common treatment modality in many specialty hospitals, including the Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and the Mayo Clinic.
Is acupuncture effective on children?
Children often respond more quickly to Acupuncture than adults. They typically respond very well to moxa alone, or the contact of needles without insertion. We also typically use acupressure on children, or special pediatric tools that are quite painless. Parents will often be taught acupressure points that will benefit their children, as well as lifestyle and diet strategies to address their individual needs and prevent future ailments.
What if I’m skeptical?
Acupuncture does not rely on the placebo effect, and will therefore benefit the skeptic, who will quickly be able to discern the benefit they receive from Acupuncture.
How do I make an appointment?
Please call our office to schedule an appointment. Contact information can be found HERE.