WHAT DOES TCM TREAT? The World Health Organization (WHO) considers TCM appropriate for:
How does acupuncture work? we use energy (Chi) to interact with the two polar principles (Yin & Yang) to regain health, speed recovery, strengthen both immunity, and return your ability to work, play & enjoy life.
What are the concepts? Licensed practitioners are trained to work with the Body Constituents: Qi, Blood, Moisture, Spirit, Essence; the Organ Networks: Heart, Spleen, Lungs, Kidneys, Liver; and the Body Climates: Wind, Dampness, Dryness, Heat, Cold.
All illness is a result of either depletion or congestion in the constituents. Depletion may lead to weakness, fatigue, frequent illness, poor digestion & inadequate blood flow. Congestion may result in aches, tension, tenderness, pain, a distended abdomen, irritability & swelling.
Explain East / West medicine: Western drugs may control "symptoms," but often don't alter the disease process (antibiotics eliminate bacteria but don't improve a person's resistance to infection; diuretics rid excess fluid but don't improve kidney function). OM treats underlying conditions, rarely with unwanted side effects. When a body becomes depleted through overuse, the Qi, Blood & Moisture are eroded by overwork, emotional tension, mental strain, too much or too little exercise, inadequate diet or rest; impairing the capacity of the Organ Networks to do their jobs. Sometimes Western medicine has nothing to offer for nagging or chronic complaints, this is where OM can help. The two approaches are not a substitutes for each other, they are often complementary, and can be successfully integrated.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is acupuncture? A 5,000+ year old medical system to work with your body’s energy (Chi).
What is Japanese Style? a gentle, effective system not relying on expensive herbs. In Japan, many men, often blind, specialize in acupuncture, wives do shiatsu massage, with herbalists in shops down the street. In TCM, the the sighted practitioner does all three things. In the States, we are trained in TCM, Japanese style training is an area of specialization.
How long is an acupuncture visit? Visits are about an hour. Established patients may opt for a focused half hour session ear or scalp session for "stress reduction" or "addictions" using the National Acupuncture Detoxification Association (NADA) protocols.
Will acupuncture conflict with my medications? No, acupuncture is often part of an overall integrated approach to healing. Yet, if your goal is to reduce medications, we'll work with you & your prescribing physician to achieve your goal..
How much does acupuncture cost & is it covered by health insurance? $80/hour; $45/half hour. We accept cash, checks, + credit cards. If you have a health savings account (HSA) it's 100% covered. If you have lot's of medical / dental expenses you may be able to deduct part of the cost on a 1040 Schedule A. If you have health insurance, first call your plan to verify if covered. If yes, we give you a "superbill" to file for reimbursement. Medicare, at this time, does not cover acupuncturists who are not working under an MD. We keep lobbying our congressional representatives for this benefit.
Do you make house calls for acupuncture treatments? Yes, within a 15 mile radius of Vero's Riverside Park.
Locally, where can I practice Yoga? There are many good venues in this county. Living Yoga Studio at 333 17th Street in Vero has great instructors.
Ann Belinkoff, Acupuncture Physician
@ AcuBeach in Vero
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