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Acupuncture

Five Element Wellness Center

Acupuncture & Integrative Medicine & Massage Therapy located in Tamarac, FL & Weston, FL

Acupuncture treats numerous health problems and is so effective at alleviating pain that it’s recommended as one of the first treatments for conditions such as chronic back pain. Monique Bain, AP, Dipl. Ac., and the team at Five Element Wellness Center in Tamarac and Weston, Florida, specialize in many different types of acupuncture designed to target an array of health issues. To learn how acupuncture may alleviate your problem or to schedule an appointment, call one of the offices or use the online booking feature.

Acupuncture Q & A

What is acupuncture?

Traditional Chinese medicine uses acupuncture to restore the flow of Qi (life energy) that follows pathways called meridians through your body. 

Illness and disease develop when Qi is blocked or out of balance. Inserting acupuncture needles into precise points along meridians unblocks Qi and supports the body’s natural healing ability.

Acupuncture also has a real physical effect on your body because it increases blood flow and stimulates your nervous system.

Increases blood flow

As acupuncture dilates blood vessels and increases blood flow, tissues throughout your body get more of the oxygen and nutrients they need to heal and stay healthy.

Stimulates your nervous system

Acupuncture needles activate nerves that stimulate your brain to release endorphins and neurotransmitters. These biochemicals relieve pain, reduce inflammation, and improve your mood. Acupuncture also improves nerve communication in your brain and boosts your immune system.

What health conditions are treated with acupuncture?

Acupuncture treats many conditions, either on its own or when used together with other therapies such as Chinese herbal medicine. The World Health Organization supports acupuncture for treating numerous health problems, including:

  • Headaches
  • Low back pain
  • Neck pain
  • Asthma
  • Fatigue
  • Fertility
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Allergic rhinitis
  • Indigestion
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Facial and dental pain

Acupuncture is especially beneficial for relieving chronic musculoskeletal pain, making it the first line of treatment for many types of persistent pain.

What should I expect during an acupuncture session?

Acupuncture needles are different from those used to inject medications. The needles used for acupuncture are solid, flexible, tapered, and as thin as a strand of hair. Their special design allows them to glide easily through your skin and into the targeted acupuncture point.

Most patients don’t feel pain when their acupuncture provider inserts the needle. You may feel sensations such as mild tingling, warmth, heaviness, or a dull ache while the needles are in place, which is the sensation of Qi moving.

Your session lasts 15-60 minutes, depending on your overall health and the illness being treated. You simply relax in a soothing environment while the needles do their job. In some cases, your provider may enhance your treatment by sending a mild electrical current through the needle.

Five Element Wellness Center accepts most types of health insurance. If you have questions or you’d like to schedule an appointment, call the nearest office or use the online booking form today.