Acupuncture is a very ancient form of healing that predates recorded history. The origin of Chinese medicine is a fascinating story and acupuncture represents only one facet of their medical system. The first recorded attempt at conceptualizing and treating disease dates back to about 1500 BC during the Shang dynasty. The philosophy behind acupuncture is rooted in the Daoist tradition which goes back over 8000 years. It is an ancient Chinese system of medicine which involves the practice of inserting fine needles into the skin.
World Health Organization and Acupuncture.
Several years ago, the World Health Organization (WHO) published an official report listing 31 symptoms, conditions and diseases that have been shown in controlled trials to be treated effectively by Acupuncture. Following is the list of conditions shown through controlled trials to be treated effectively by Acupuncture:
Low back pain
Peri-arthritis of the shoulder
Acute and chronic gastritis
Induction of labor
Breech birth presentation
Nausea and vomiting
Acute bacillary dysentery
This landmark report, Acupuncture: Review and Analysis of Reports on Controlled Clinical Trials, is available on the WHO website for download as a printable PDF file:
It could help patients deal with insurance carriers who deny coverage for Acupuncture treatments for the situations contained in the report, especially those proven effective in controlled trials. WHO’s authority concerning health-related matters internationally cannot be challenged. If a patient’s treatment is on the lists of symptoms, syndromes, disease processes, pathologies, traumas and conditions that have been proven to be effectively treated by Acupuncture, the report should be presented to insurance carriers along with a request to reconsider coverage.
Acupuncture Schools in Florida.
The oldest and most prestigious school of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Florida is the Atlantic Institute Of Oriental Medicine (ATOM) located in Fort Lauderdale Florida. The University of Miami School of Medicine, and more specifically the Department of Complementary Medicine teamed up with ATOM Vice President, Professor Fu Di PhD, for him to organize and teach both a basic and an advance course of Medical Acupuncture at the University of Miami for physicians. Both courses lasted 12 month. I was fortunate enough to attend both courses imparted by Professor Fu Di PhD, become friends with him and receive a wonderful letter from him.
How does Acupuncture works?
According to the traditional Chinese teachings, the theory behind acupuncture is based on the free and uninterrupted flow of a basic energy call “ qi “ (basic Life energy) thru the meridians of the body. Decease is caused by the disruption of the flow of this basic energy thru the meridians. There are 12 major or primary meridians, 8 extraordinary vessels and 12 divergent meridians.
Stimulation of certain points on these meridians to maintain the flow of “qi” or basic life energy flow to maintain health, can be carried out by a variety of methods such as acupuncture needles, electro-acupuncture, laser, moxibustion sticks and cupping. One specialized modality of acupuncture also offered at our office is Auricular Acupuncture.
Why use acupuncture?
Modern western medical theory cannot be ignored but combining it with traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) may have added benefits. Acupuncture can complementmodern western medicine to restore your health and boost your immunity and general well being. Given the safety of acupuncture compared with nearly all other medical interventions, it is reasonable to provide patients with an alternative such as acupuncture if current therapeutic options are not working, are expensive, or are more dangerous. Today, after more than twenty years of clinical usage, the UCLA Center continues to use acupuncture as one of its main modalities for the relief of ailments. For the last ten years since completing two full semesters of basic and advanced Acupuncture for Physicians at the University of Miami School of Medicine in 2008, Dr. Dieguez has been offering this alternative to patients interested in it. Besides being safe, many conditions can be treated. Try it today and see for yourself!
How we do it at our office.
We offer several acupuncture packages at a discounted rate, which we will discuss with you after your initial acupuncture mapping. First an initial medical evaluation will be schedule to better establish your condition. This evaluation, is covered by most insurance companies.
We will then schedule your Computerized Meridian Maping to determine what acupuncture point need to be stimulated. At this time we will recommend to you how many acupuncture session will be needed and will present to you the discounted packages. Most condition will require three to four acupuncture sessions but at times six to eight may be in order. Some condition after getting them under control will require a maintenance session from time to time.