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.
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.
Lifetree Clinic's licensed acupuncturist, Junghyun Park, attempts to take some of the mystery out of acupuncture by thoroughly answering questions about the ancient practice on his website. He explains in depth how most clients feel while he is inserting the hair-thin needles, as well as how they feel after the needles have been in for a while. Instead of guaranteeing that acupuncture can solve any ailment, Park explains that, like Western medicine treatments and pleated pants, acupuncture may not work for everyone.
In addition to using acupuncture—which can alleviate problems such as digestive disorders, lower-back pain, and facial wrinkles—Park also relies on Chinese herbs, tui na massage, and cupping to improve health.
Wielding a spread of hair-thin needles, licensed acupuncture physician Marilyn Aracena utilizes traditional Chinese medicine techniques to improve her clients' health and relieve chronic pains. Her acupuncture treatments help unblock the body's natural energy flow, or qi, in order to relieve mental stress and physical aches caused by blockages. Nature Wellness also offers tuina massage, cupping treatments, and other forms of therapy for clients who prefer a more hands-on approach to relief or who still harbor grief over a balloon that they popped as a child.