Licensed acupuncturist and Doctor of Oriental Medicine Valencie Exceus—or Dr. Vie—helms Highpoint Healing and Wellness, where she and her staff use Eastern medicine and massage modalities to treat patients and their individual conditions. New patients engage in a one-on-one consultation with Dr. Vie as she reviews their medical histories and offers an in-depth discussion of their medical concerns to recommend the best course of action. Among the doctor's specialties are acupuncture, cupping, therapeutic massage, Chinese herbal medicine, and tuina. The center also offers Chinese medical massages aided by soothing essential oils, ambient music, trickling water fountains, and the gentle snores of a sleeping giant.
Mother-daughter team of Dr. Theresa and Dr. Jenna McIntosh founded Acupuncture Associates of Plantation, Inc. after discovering acupuncture and Chinese medicine from a patient's perspective and have run their business from the same location for the last 14 years. After two years of unsuccessfully battling asthma with medication, Dr. Theresa McIntosh sought out a holistic health practitioner. Within two weeks, she was breathing easy.
That rapid-healing experience inspired Dr. McIntosh to attend Chinese Medical School. Now, the two channel their skills to unearth the root causes of clients' ailments and to treat them with acupuncture sessions and Chinese herbal medicine blends. The pair treat issues such as migraines, arthritis, back and neck pain, and allergies, and also maintain a special focus on gynecological health and fertility issues and symptoms related to menopause.
To licensed acupuncturist Rebecca Bridges, surgery and prescription drugs should be a last resort. At Bridges-To-Health - Plantation, she opts to heal patients with holistic techniques that foster the connection between bodies and minds. Her go-to treatment is acupuncture, the ancient Chinese treatment that stimulates the body's Qi, or life energy, by inserting thin needles into parts of the body. Other alternative-health services include cupping, herbal medicine, and tui na massage.
At Broward Acupuncture and Holistic Medicine, Johanna Nazzar bridges Eastern and Western medicine to forge a holistic health plan catered to each patient. Nazzar draws on the physiological, environmental, and psychosocial components of each patient’s health before prescribing acupuncture, Chinese herbs, or auricular therapy to help restore balance. Physicians also employ detailed diagnostic tools to evaluate the body, including hair-tissue analysis, food sensitivity tests, and biophotonic scanners that evaluate antioxidant levels.
Inspired by nature?s five distinct elements?wood, fire, earth, metal, and water?the practitioners at Five Element Wellness Center assess imbalances in their clients? bodies and treat them with holistic therapies. Acupuncture sessions recalibrate energy levels or target pain using fine needles, whereas massages soothe muscles with the power of touch. Body wraps, on the other hand, help draw toxins out of the body better than a snake charmer?s flute and facials help purge pores of dirt and impurities.
In choosing which points to stimulate, Michelle Mansueto, AP is guided by a network of meridians running through the body. Begin to navigate these pathways with Groupon’s exploration of acupuncture meridians.
Like currents in the air, acupuncture meridians as postulated by traditional Chinese medicine are invisible paths of action in the body. Acupuncture theory holds that a person’s life force, or chi, flows along specific channels from organ to organ. When chi becomes unbalanced or gets blocked, health and wellness problems arise, whether it’s digestive trouble or a bicep that looks like a creepy face when you flex. It’s the acupuncturist’s job to unblock chi by inserting thin needles into carefully chosen points along these pathways.
Twelve primary meridians flow through the body, each categorized as yin or yang (roughly defined as the passive and active forces within nature). Each meridian corresponds to a specific organ, element, and set of emotions. For instance, the lung meridian flows through the arm and is associated with yin and metal, as well as with feelings of grief and sadness should its flow of energy be disturbed. For each condition an acupuncturist seeks to assuage, a timetable dictates when each meridian is most active and therefore easiest to treat. With so many complexities to keep in mind, it’s easy to understand why acupuncturists must undertake thousands of hours of coursework to become licensed.
So far, doctors and scientists have had little luck mapping meridians to visible anatomical structures, but some studies have uncovered overlap between ancient and modern medicine. For example, meridians tend to fall along planes between muscles, or between a muscle and bone or tendon—areas usually rich with connective tissue. A 2010 study published in PLOS One made one further connection: bands of collagenous tissue, in particular, present less opposition to the flow of electricity than other areas of the body. These bands underlie some—though not all—primary meridians, suggesting that the energy known as chi may be related in some way to the energy that zips through our power lines and singing toothbrushes.