Acupuncture doctors are medical doctors who are licensed and trained in traditional medicine but also have had thorough training in acupuncture as a specialty practice. Acupuncture is a method of encouraging the body to naturally heal and improve its functioning, by inserting solid, metallic, hair-thin needles into specific points on the body and applying heat or electrical stimulation to very precise acupuncture points. Acupuncture produces an improved energy and biochemical balance which results in stimulating the body’s natural healing power and promotes physical and emotional well-being. Acupuncture is explained using the idea that channels of energy, known as Qi, run in regular patterns through the all parts of the body. Known as meridians, theses channels are like rivers flowing energy through the body. An obstruction in the energy flow blocks the flow of energy and affects the body in different ways. Acupuncture doctors influence the meridians by needling specific acupuncture points on the skin, which in turn unblock the obstructions allowing regular flow of energy through the body. Acupuncture treatments are known to help the body to reestablish the proper functions of digestion, absorption, energy production, and energy circulations. Because acupuncture doctors are trained in both contemporary and alternative medical methods, they can use a combination of treatments to treat an illness.Acupuncture doctors use acupuncture as a treatment to promote patient health and well-being, prevent illness, and to treat various medical conditions. Although acupuncture is often associated with pain control, it has a much broader application when administered through the hands of a well trained acupuncturist. Acupuncture is known to be effective as its own treatment, as well as combined with other forms of medical treatment when dealing with both medical and surgical disorders. The use of acupuncture is used in the treatment of a wide variety of medical problems including digestive, respiratory, neurological, muscular, urinary, menstrual, and reproductive disorders. While acupuncture is useful to treat all these medical problems, it is particularly useful for resolving physical conditions associated with tension, stress, and emotional conditions. The most common ailments that are treated by acupuncture are lower backache, cervical spondylosis, condylitis, arthritic conditions, all kinds of headaches, allergic reactions, and relief of muscle spasms.Acupuncture doctors use very thin, stainless steel needles to provide acupuncture treatment to patients. There are nine types of acupuncture needles, only six of which are commonly used today. While people experience acupuncture needling very differently, most patients feel only minimal pain when the needles are inserted, while some feel no pain at all. Because acupuncture needles have a smooth point, unlike hypodermic needles with a cutting edge point, insertion into the skin is not as painful as injections or blood sampling. Once inserted the needles produce no pain at all. Also before using the needles, doctors will carefully sterilize or use disposable needles so that there is no risk of infection from acupuncture treatments.Once the needles are inserted Acupuncture doctors use will choose a certain technique, based on the ailment of the patients. These different techniques are raising and thrusting, twirling and rotating, a combination of raising/thrusting and rotating, plucking, scraping, and trembling. Aside from actual acupuncture, there are a few related procedures that fall into the range of acupuncture treatment. These treatments are electro-acupuncture, Auricular therapy, Moxibustion, Acupoint Injection Therapy, Cupping, and Acupressure. Acupuncture treatment may consist of more than one of these procedures depending on a patient’s particular situation.At Bay Area Oriental Family Practice, one of the most world known acupuncture doctors, Dr. Yali Fan, has practiced and taught Traditional Chinese Medicine for over 18 years. If you feel acupuncture is a treatment you would like to experience, come in today for a free initial consultation with Dr. Fan, to discuss the treatments best for you.
Dr. Fan offers acupuncture treatment in Tampa, Clearwater, Westchase, Oldsmar, Town ‘n’ Country, Lutz, and Safety Harbor.