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ACUPUNCTURE

America's Fastest Growing Form of Medicine 

 

Acupuncture is an effective form of health care that has been practiced for thousands of years.  It is the insertion of fine, sterile needles at specific acupuncture points on the body. 
 
It is sometimes easier to understand how it works if it is described with familiar western medical terms.  What happens is that muscle spasms are released and connective tissue is relaxed.  Medical studies show it strengthens the immune system, increases nerve conduction, increases blood flow, reduces inflammation, releases endorphins for pain and helps balance hormones.  The body is brought back into homeostasis – balance, optimizing our body’s natural resources.  On an energetic level, it helps move and consolidate qi (pronounced chee) which is the body’s natural life force.
 
Acupuncture works and modern medical studies prove it. 

Acupuncture for Cancer side-effects

 
Frequently Asked Questions 
 
 Is Acupuncture for me?

Chances are good that acupuncture has something to offer you. Acupuncture works by correcting the imbalances that cause disease and by stimulating your body’s natural healing mechanisms. Even if you are in great health by western medicine’s standards, acupuncture can improve your quality of life by enhancing your mood, boosting energy, and facilitating sleep. Acupuncture is effective for an incredibly wide range of conditions. In many cultures, acupuncture was used as primary health care for centuries, and acupuncturists were called on to treat everything under the sun. For generation after generation, the greatest minds of the times would spend their lives refining their understanding of the human body and healing techniques. The medicine we practice today is a reflection of this work and is still highly dynamic in its evolution, changing and refining itself as new information and understandings emerge.

Does Acupuncture Hurt?

Some claim that acupuncture is painless, but we prefer to say that it depends. While needles can usually be applied in a way that is pain-free, this is not always the best or fastest route towards reaching your health goals. If mild pain, pricking or other similar sensations are an issue, be sure to let your practitioner know so they can take this into account when developing your treatment plan and applying your needles. 

What does Acupuncture treat?
Acupuncture is effective for an incredibly wide range of conditions. You can visit our  “
Acupuncture What does it treat?” page for more information. Feel free to contact us directly as well.

Is Acupuncture painful?

Acupuncture uses needles to stimulate points on the body, but having acupuncture is nothing like getting a shot at the doctor’s office. Acupuncture needles are FDA regulated medical devices. They are not much thicker than your hair. I have performed tens of thousands of treatments and have never had anyone not repeat Acupuncture because it hurt. 

I’m afraid of needles, can I still get acupuncture?

Yes, we have non-needle Acupuncture treatments available. As for Acupuncture needles they are super thin, and a treatment feels nothing like a hypodermic injection from your doctor. We work with new patients every day and some are not so keen on needles. Just let us know how you feel and we’ll make sure you are comfortable. Once they give it a try, most people find acupuncture extremely relaxing. 

Is Acupuncture safe?

Acupuncture is very safe when performed by a trained and Licensed Acupuncturist (in Florida they are L.Ac., A.P. or D.O.M.s). If anyone knows how safe acupuncture is, it’s the insurance companies. The minimal cost of our malpractice insurance speaks volumes about the safety of this medicine. 

What other services do you offer?

In addition to acupuncture, Saylor Medical offers a full range of testing and natural treatment for all health issues for the whole family. We offer Traditional Chinese Medicine (Acupuncture, Medical herbs, and Tui Na [Chinese medical massage]), Lifestyle Medicine, Nutritional Counseling, Homeopathy, Bioidentical Hormones, Low Dose Medicines and all testing. 

How does a full service acupuncture clinic differ from community acupuncture clinics?

Acupuncture in the United States is typically conducted in a private room with complete evaluation and support. In many areas, it is not uncommon for these treatments to cost in excess $80 to $100 per session. With community acupuncture, treatments are conducted in a group environment with other patients receiving acupuncture next to you. However, to allow everyone the opportunity to use Acupuncture as part of their healthcare we are charging community acupuncture prices by charging just $40 per follow up session. 

Do you accept insurance?

With a cost per treatment to rival most co-pays we do not accept insurance at this time. We also don't want an insurance company deciding what you need to be well based on what they will pay for. We are happy to supply receipts with the appropriate codes so you can file your own claim. We also have intrest free financing available.

How many times and how often will I need to come in for treatment?

The answer to this question depends entirely on the individual. You will discuss your treatment with your practitioner and together create a plan that balances best practices with your schedule and lifestyle. In general, chronic, long-term conditions take longer to resolve then acute conditions that recently appeared. 

How long are appointments?

Your first appointment can last from 1 to 2 hours. Follow-up visits usually last 30 minutes to an hour. If you need to leave by a certain time, let the front desk know and we’ll make sure you’re out the door with plenty of time. 

Why do you recommend frequent and regular treatments?

During your first visit, your acupuncturist will recommend a certain number and frequency of treatments before your condition is reassessed. An example of a typical recommendation is, “2 times a week for 4 weeks.” Some patients are asked to come in more or less often depending on a variety of factors, including the patient’s health goals. Acupuncture treatments can take time to work and to provide lasting results. While some patients will feel immediate relief or a measurable lessening of symptoms with each treatment, this does not mean your condition is gone for good. A good analogy is the use of antibiotics in western medicine. With antibiotics, you are not asked to take a pill once. Instead you are prescribed a course of treatment that can last for weeks. You might feel markedly better after a short time, but you still need to complete the course of treatment. Acupuncture is the same. We are slowly changing the way your body is balanced, and this is not something that typically happens in one treatment. Your body needs time to learn how to balance itself, so it won’t revert to its old ways.

I feel 100 percent healed after one treatment, why should I come back?

Some patients will feel “100 percent” better after their first treatment. This is especially true of more acute or recent injuries, such as minor sprains, strains, or pains. While that’s great news, experience has taught us that instantaneous relief may not always last. Since we don’t want you to conclude that, “acupuncture doesn’t work,” we recommend you come in for a follow-up visit, even if you don’t think you need it. Yes, acupuncture works, but the effects can wear off over time, as they can with any therapy. Our job is to create a lasting change in your body, and this can take a number of sessions. When working with our practitioners, we recommend you keep track of when your symptoms reappeared, and together we create a treatment schedule that builds on successful acupuncture sessions. Our goal is to treat you as thoroughly and as quickly as possible, so you can rave to your friends about how awesome we are and how effective acupuncture is.