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Michael Forman, DOM is a graduate of the Atlantic Institute of Oriental Medicine and operates a Miami acupuncture facility. He is nationally board certified in both Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine. He is also a Diplomat of Oriental Medicine of the National Certification Commission of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (the highest certification) and a certified Applied Clinical Nutritionist by the Ulan Nutritional Institute. Dr. Forman practices Nutritional Response Testing, a system of total health restoration based on using the innate intelligence of the body to determine vital whole food supplementation to restore health. This effective testing method is capable of discovering the actual core-level health issues patients are experiencing.*

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Acupuncture in Miami and South Florida

Having an active lifestyle can be fulfilling, but you may also not have the time to establish healthy habits. Nowadays, many of us treat our bodies more like food depositories than temples. Fatigue, restlessness, severe migraines, and an agitated mental state are just a few of the ways that your body responds to an unhealthy routine. But there is help. Allow the healing hands of Michael Forman, D.O.M., P.A. to refresh both your body and your mind.

About Michael Forman, D.O.M., P.A.  

Michael Forman is a Miami-based Diplomate of Oriental Medicine of the National Certification Commission of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM). As the proud possessor of the highest certification, Forman is also a post-doctorate in Applied Clinical Nutrition. He has the training, education, and experience to help restore your body from inside to out. Many of Forman’s patients have found his healing treatments so effective that they’re able to reduce their dependence on modern medications and have opted to explore alternative forms of healthcare. In other words, you can once again begin treating your body like the temple that it is.

What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture was developed in China over two-thousand years ago to treat a plethora of conditions, including back pain, migraine headaches, and arthritis. The treatment involves puncturing the patient’s skin with very thin, inch-long needles. This technique was so effective that it quickly spread to other countries and is currently used all over the world. Though acupuncture is not widely supported by many in the modern medical industry, millions of patients can attest to the effectiveness of acupuncture and consider it an essential alternative cure to their afflictions.     

Classical Theory of Acupuncture

Acupuncture relies on the theory of healing through proper energy flow. Qi, or spiritual energy, is believed to stream through the body like a rushing river. Acupuncture aims to direct this Qi to points in the body that require additional energy.   The benefits of the redirection of qi are:  
  • Each “watercourse” acts as an energy whirlpool focused on a specific part of your body.
  • By applying pressure to a specific area, there is a release of tension and an alleviation of stagnant vitality.
  • Your body experiences an overall relief of stress, similar to the relaxation you experience when you massage your temples.  

General Practice of Acupuncture

In modern times, licensed acupuncture providers can be found in spas, chiropractic offices, and dermatologic studios. Many patients who have become frustrated with the results that they achieved through modern medicine have found better results through this ancient Chinese restorative technique. During the 20th century, acupuncture gained popularity in the United States and western cultures. Though the concept of qi conflicts with many western beliefs, patients can still recognize the health benefits of delicately tapping needles into nerves.

How Does Acupuncture Work?

As was previously mentioned, the goal of acupuncture is to restore the flow of energy through the body by removing blockages. This involves the insertion of finely-tipped needles that are .51 to 5.12 inches in length into various anatomic points. There are 2,000 of these anatomic points where acupuncture is believed to have the most effect. They span the entire body, from the forehead, face, and chest down to the abdomen, legs, and feet. Different afflictions and ailments are believed to gather around certain parts of the body. For example, coughing and wheezing illnesses are held in the lungs. Refreshing the clogged pools around the spots that correspond with these organs increases flow and promotes self-healing.
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Qi

Derived from Chinese culture the word “qi” translates to “air” or “breath.” Its meaning has grown to symbolize spiritual energy as the natural building blocks of the entire universe. The flow of qi through the body is essential for bodily functions and healthy growth. Qi is thought to have many different functions, and the term and concept appear throughout Chinese history.  

Flow      

Unclogged flow of the qi is fundamental for overall health. Meridians are the passages that direct qi throughout the body. The body contains twelve main meridians that begin at the lungs and travel all the way through the gallbladder. For every cell to receive life-energy, there must exist an uninterrupted flow of qi.  

Yin and Yang

The concept of yin and yang is recognized all over the world. It is the rejection of complete absolutes and the understanding of balance. For instance, the ideology explains that there cannot be light without darkness. It also suggests that neither are complete without one another and, though they’re different, they share qualities. Traditional Chinese medicine incorporates the intention behind yin and yang in its practices.     There are certain themes in the yin and yang concept that can also be seen in the development of Chinese medicine:  
  • Yin represents darker ideals and is mentioned with colder, smaller, fluid, and female themes.
  • Yang, as the opposite, revolves around warmer, brighter, solid, and male-oriented motifs.
  • Emotional turmoil can negatively impact the flow of qi and cause instability.
  • Traditional Chinese medicine suggests that diseases develop when the body’s yin and yang are out of balance.
An example of how Chinese medicine employs these concepts can be found in a heat-induced heart attack. An abundance of yang energy in the form of heat can prompt a heart attack. By releasing the dormant energy, the body can return to equilibrium and make the heart attack much less likely.       

What Physical and Mental Conditions Can Acupuncture Treat?        

The scientific community has long rejected the notion of qi or the existence of a life-force, but despite the lack of scientific evidence, many people across the planet have enjoyed the therapeutic effects of acupuncture as a relaxing and healing experience. From a strictly scientific standpoint, we know that stimulating the nervous system releases the endorphins required to alleviate pain. The body uses its own naturally produced painkillers to ease pain and encourage sound sleep. Acupuncture is successfully used to remedy common maladies, like joint pain, arthritis, headaches, cramps, and a number of other conditions.  

Allergies

Acupuncture has helped many people with their allergies. According to some studies,  allergy patients who were treated with actual acupuncture had a dramatic reduction in the severity of their symptoms.

Arthritis

Because acupuncture releases endorphins, encephalins and other neuropeptides it has a direct effect on pain transmission and pain response. While there is no indication that acupuncture cures arthritis, it can alleviate pain.

Carpal Tunnel

Because acupuncture promotes the flow of blood and nutrients to specific regions of the body, this treatment can be used to promote healing and pain relief to the bones, ligaments, and tendons of the hands, and alleviate the symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome.

Chronic Back Problems  

Lower back pain is among the most common reason for medical inquiries. It’s also one of the main reasons that people go to acupuncturists. Studies have shown that acupuncture relieves tension in the lower back and temporarily alleviates pain.

Cognitive Decline (aging)

Cognitive decline occurs as a person ages. As neurons mature, normal responses from the brain may slow down. As with other forms of medicine, acupuncture therapy has evolved over the years, and new techniques have been set in place to target certain areas of the body. Improving the blood flow to the brain will increase functionality, which in turn delays the damage of cognitive decline.  

Digestive problems     

Traditional Chinese medicine recognizes that regular digestion is essential to superlative health. There are several procedures that focus on the stomach directly. Modern medicine has documented evidence that acupuncture can balance the digestive system. By stimulating the nervous system, acupuncture can improve the absorption of nutrients and the disposal of waste.     

Foot, Ankle, and Heel Pain

There are many acupuncture points located along the feet and ankles that control the flow of other body centers, but acupuncture can also increase the flow of energy to these regions. Runners and other athletes who routinely abuse their feet with constant pounding may seek the healing benefits of acupuncture as part of their maintenance regimen.

Headaches and Migraines

For years, many have battled intense migraines through acupuncture. While there are no studies proving the effectiveness of acupuncture in migraines, the causes of migraines are well documented, and the restorative effects of acupuncture have helped multitudes of migraine sufferers alleviate their affliction.

High Blood Pressure

By sending pulses into the brain via the insertion of needles, an acupuncturist can manipulate the flow of blood, easing hypertension. Research indicates that acupuncture can be as effective as the blood pressure drug nifedipine.

Insomnia

Traditional Chinese medicine categorizes insomnia into five different groups. Treatment for each type varies based on the severity of the symptoms. In most cases, insomnia is a condition that requires several trips to the acupuncturist. Many professional acupuncturists may suggest daily or weekly visits to cure long-term insomnia.

Knee Pain

Acupuncture can be used as a treatment for common knee ailments, like swelling and arthritic pain. As an alternative medicine, acupuncture is often suggested as an alternative to knee surgery, local or general medications, and pain killers. It can also be used in conjunction with physical therapy.

Lymphedema

Lymphedema results from a blockage of the lymphatic system. This condition is characterized by swelling of the extremities. There is currently no cure for lymphedema, but acupuncture has been used effectively to alleviate the painful symptoms associated with it.

Mood, Depression, and Anxiety

The results of acupuncture remain inconclusive. When compared to traditional medicine, acupuncture hasn’t demonstrated that it’s either more or less effective. Nonetheless, holistic healers commonly recommended for people suffering from mood maladies, such as depression and anxiety, to see a qualified acupuncturist. Acupuncture can release endorphins and increase serotonin levels that will stabilize and improve your mood. Like with most depression medication, however, long term results are often uncertain and patients can sometimes relapse.

Muscle Spasms and Pain

A spasm occurs when a muscle contracts involuntarily. A muscle spasm generally occurs in the:  
  • Feet
  • Lower legs
  • Thighs
  • Hands
  • Jaw
  • Shoulders
  The National Institutes of Health suggests that every living person has had or will have a muscle spasm in their lifetime. The causes of muscle spasms vary from stress to improper diet. Though not life threatening, muscle spasms can be very painful. Acupuncturists treat muscle spasms by first conducting an interview to determine its exact location. Once that’s been established, the acupuncturist can proceed in one of two ways: they may choose to puncture the area where the pain generates called the “ashi” or they may also target the nearest “acupoint”, which is a spot on the meridian.

Neck and Shoulder Pain

Arthritis and poor posture are common problems associated with neck and shoulder pain. Both of these conditions can be treated with acupuncture. Acupuncture can draw energy to the afflicted regions and can eradicate the muscle tension commonly associated with pain in the upper back, shoulders, and neck.

Osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis is the disintegration of muscle and bone that usually occurs in adults at around the age of 65. This disease causes stiffness and pain in the joints. Though there is no scientific evidence that acupuncture can actually ease the pain of osteoarthritis, patients have come forward to suggest otherwise.

Parkinson’s Disease

Parkinson’s disease is an attack on the nervous system, so it makes logical sense that acupuncture could be used to treat this affliction. The Aizu Medical Center asserts that acupuncture will diminish pain, autonomic nervous system dysfunction, as well as mental illness.   

Physical Therapy

Like physical therapy, acupuncture aims to increase mobility and physical healing independently of pharmaceuticals. Acupuncture can be utilized in conjunction with physical therapy to increase mobility and restore normal function to the body. In any case, acupuncture won’t adversely affect physical therapy.

Pregnancy, Labor and Postpartum Health

As an alternative medicine, acupuncture has been heavily scrutinized, but nowhere is this truer than in the area of prenatal care. Most acupuncturists will agree that the safety of a patient receiving acupuncture is directly tied to the experience level of the acupuncturist. As is the case with a non-pregnant patient, the risks associated with acupuncture are very minimal. Alternatively, acupuncture has been used to induce labor in women who are past their due date for delivery. Acupuncture may help with:
  • hyperemesis gravidarum
  • general morning sickness
  • lower back pain
  • depression
  • exhaustion
  • bleeding or spotting
Pregnant women can also benefit from the same gains experienced by others, such as stress relief and migraine reduction. Of course, it’s always important to consult your doctor before undergoing any procedure.

Reducing Fatigue and Addiction           

Despite the conflicting reports, the National Acupuncture Detoxification Association has drafted measures which involve a three-to-five-point acupuncture treatment that can alleviate issues related to substance abuse. For the past thirty years, auricular acupuncture has been used to treat patients in hospitals, prisons, and substance abuse treatment centers. Several reports reference the placebo effect when reviewing these findings. The results, however, would indicate that these practices work for millions of patients.

Rheumatoid arthritis

Unscientific testimony implies that acupuncture could possibly be an effective treatment for rheumatoid arthritis. Unfortunately, there have been few studies on the capability of acupuncture in this area. Many individual reviews, however, have proposed that the application of a qualified acupuncturist can alleviate rheumatoid arthritis pain. As is the case with many of acupuncture’s apparent benefits, medical science lacks a full understanding of these results. “No one has figured out one single mechanism for acupuncture’s effects,” educated Jeffrey I. Gold, PhD, director of the Pediatric Pain Management Clinic at Children’s Hospital in Los Angeles.

Stroke Rehabilitation

Acupuncture opens blood vessels and allows for steadier flow and fewer clots. The medical communities of both China and Japan strongly suggest acupuncture therapy to treat symptoms such as depression, paralysis, speech, and swallowing complications. Many stroke victims are placed into therapy shortly after their initial recovery to minimize the long-term effects.

Weight Loss and Management

In a clinical trial conducted in Korea, 91 adult men and women who suffered from obesity were divided into three groups—two treatment groups and a sham control group. The participants in the groups receiving hunger control acupuncture showed a measurable reduction in their average body mass index (BMI), and the group receiving the placebo treatment demonstrated no significant change. This study concluded that by inserting five needles in specific acupuncture points around the ear, they could successfully reduce hunger in patients.

Vertigo and Dizziness

Patients who suffer from vertigo have turned to acupuncture as an alternative treatment to modern medical techniques. A clinical trial published by the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI)  demonstrated that of the 60 test subjects who participated, those who received acupuncture demonstrated a significant decrease in both vertigo and dizziness. “This study provides clinical evidence on the efficacy and safety of acupuncture to treat dizziness and vertigo in the emergency department.”

Pain Management for Non-Specified Ailments

Modern medical doctors usually prescribe medicine to treat pain, but painkillers can be problematic over a longer period of time. Many individuals seeking an alternative to painkillers turn to acupuncture to manage pain and promote healing. Acupuncture directs the body’s pain-relieving chemicals to the afflicted regions, giving the patient a break from chronic pain.

What are the Acupuncture Meridians?

Acupuncture is not simply the insertion of metal needles. The theory behind this method of medical treatment relies upon the twelve main meridians, or energy passageways, of the human the body. Once an acupuncturist maps out these aisles, they can locate the acupuncture points. There are over two thousand points in the human body and the application to each produces a different result. Again, despite repeated studies, the anatomical placement of these points and meridians aren’t supported by modern science. Successful acupuncture treatment, however, relies on extensive knowledge of each meridian. acupuncture_hands1 Vector illustration credit: Vecteezy!

The Heart Meridian

Considered the “House of the Spirit” the heart meridian is a yin meridian. According to traditional Chinese medicine, the heart rules over facial complexion, sweat, blood, and the tongue. Physical imbalances held within the heart include:
  • memory failure
  • restlessness
  • shortness of breath
  • sensations of cold in the chest and limbs
  As the ruler of all emotions, it is believed that when the heart is imbalanced, negative emotions, such as fear and depression, bleed to the surface.

Kidney Meridian

The kidney meridian flows upward, which classifies it as a yin meridian. Kidneys are necessary for the growth of bones and the nutrition of marrow. It is vital to keep this organ cleansed as imbalances include:  
  • hysteria
  • depression
  • impotence
  • irregular menstruation
Purification of the kidneys supports wisdom, gentleness, and self-understanding.

Large-Intestine Meridian

The large-intestine meridian is classified as a yang meridian, which suggests its energy is on the lighter side. In the body, the large intestine is responsible for purifying the blood. Imperative for clarity and balance, the large intestine also aids in the process of perspiration. Focus on the large intestine meridian will ease disorders in the abdomen and help with constipation and diarrhea.  

Small Intestine Meridian

Like the large intestine, the small intestine is a yang meridian. It, too, is responsible for purifying the body. When completely balanced, healthy emotions such as excitement, clarity, and joy can be experienced. When the small intestine meridian is clogged, however, abdominal pain, emaciation, and swelling of the nodules are exhibited.

Liver Meridian   

Connected to the gallbladder, the liver is a yin meridian. The liver meridian filters and detoxifies blood. When balanced, the liver meridian promotes kindness and compassion. When energy is uneven, however, negative side effects such as blurry vision and intense feelings of rage surface. To keep the liver meridian cleansed, acupuncture along with the consumption leafy greens are suggested.

Lung Meridian

Presented as a yin or dark meridian, the lung meridian controls breathing and energy.  Lung meridians connect with both the large intestine meridian and the heart meridian to oxygenate blood and assure proper circulation. This is considered one of the more important meridians, as breathing is the foundation for meditation and many traditional Chinese healing methods. Treatment of the lungs may cure imbalances in the chest, throat, nose, and lungs.

Spleen Meridian  

Another yin meridian of importance is the spleen meridian. The spleen meridian begins at the big toe and travels all the way through the diaphragm to the heart. This meridian is connected to both the stomach and the heart meridians. Acupuncturists pay special attention to the spleen meridian when there are digestive issues. Through the spleen meridian, acupuncture can treat emotional maladies, like jealousy, gluttony, and self-pity.

Stomach Meridian       

As a yang meridian, the stomach meridian connects to the spleen meridian. The stomach focuses on the absorption of qi from food. When acupuncture is applied to the stomach meridian, some of the following ailments can be treated:  
  • excessive vomiting
  • sore throat
  • distension
  • upper gum pain
  • and nose bleeding
  The stomach is also responsible for emotional imbalances such as anxiety, low self-confidence, and worry.

Urinary Bladder Meridian  

A yang meridian, the bladder is connected to the kidneys. It begins at the eyelid and extends to the back of the head, then eventually down to the smallest toe. Problems associated with the bladder include excessive urination and eye pain. It’s also linked to exhaustion and inflexibility.

How Does Acupuncture Work? A Modern Explanation

Traditional Chinese medicine has been at odds with modern medical science since the Age of Enlightenment. And although many researchers have conducted clinical experiments that test the effects of acupuncture, the results remain inconclusive. Some of these tests suggest a placebo effect, indicating that the traditional methods are somehow psychosomatic, which can account for part of acupuncture’s unarguable success in helping people overcome pain-related ailments.   Some modern-day resources, however, claim that the goal of acupuncture is to simply stimulate the nervous system, so that it releases mood-stabilizing hormones, such as serotonin. These hormones elevate mood and ease emotional tension, and that effect provides endless benefits.

What Occurs Physiologically During Acupuncture?

Once you lie prone and the acupuncturist conducts a full body examination, you’re ready to begin your treatment. Your professional acupuncturist will apply hair-thin needles to the areas of the body where you desire treatment. The needles will soften tension in the affected field. Reactively, the nervous system discharges chemicals into the muscles, spinal cord, and brain. Many doctors believe that these naturally occurring enzymes are responsible for the accelerated healing and emotional wellbeing.

Promotion of Health

Acupuncture boosts the body’s self-healing abilities. This can prove effective against both emotional and physical maladies. Acupuncture can increase stimulation of the nervous system through:  
  • Needle insertion
  • Pressure
  • Heat
  • Light electrical pulses
  When endorphins are released into the blood they act as a pain blocker and allow the body to naturally exert itself to a higher degree.     

Preventative care

Traditional Chinese medicine emphasizes preventative measures to ensure long-lasting health. Many oriental medicine physicians suggest the use of acupuncture to prevent physical or emotional imbalances. In some cases, such as the recovery from a stroke, acupuncture is used to prevent the loss of facial functions, difficulty with speech, or swallowing. As a preventative measure, a more general application of acupuncture will ensure the steady flow of qi through the meridian systems and help to maintain physical and emotional balance.

Treatment of Medical Conditions

Your acupuncturist will always inquire about your medical history before beginning the process. They’ll need to inspect the area of ailment and decided which acupoints are related to that illness. It may seem counterintuitive to inject pins into the stomach when treating a toothache, but acupuncture works on a principle of interconnected meridians. That means that the acupuncturist may need to interact with points that aren’t physically close to the area of your affliction.

Tips for a New Patient     

Though invasive, acupuncture is not considered surgery. Many medical procedures require prerequisite visits in order for the patient to be cleared for a medical procedure. That’s generally not the case with acupuncture.

What You Should Do to Prepare

Your time is a precious commodity, so you should be fully prepared for treatment when you arrive at your acupuncturist’s office. To this end, you may want to consider creating a list of your ailments, so that your acupuncturist can respond with a comprehensive diagnosis. Enter with a full stomach, but don’t overeat in preparation for your appointment. Patients should wear clothing that’s easy to change in and out of in case their treatment require them to disrobe. Proper hygiene is important, as the warm pins may raise your body temperature and cause you to perspire.

Things To Avoid   

It’s important to mitigate any factors that will interfere with your body’s natural chemistry. Examples of these include:  
  • Heavy perfumes
  • Oils
  • Coffee
  • Sugar
  • Alcohol
Introduce chemicals like these into your body can obscure or prevent the positive effects that you should receive from treatment.

Try to Relax

Despite their similarities, visiting an acupuncture clinic is not the same as going to a doctor’s appointment. If it’s your first time you may be understandably nervous. But a trip to the acupuncturist shouldn’t be a stressful moment. If you do, however, feel apprehensive be sure to share this with your experienced professional. Your acupuncturist should follow a prescribed set of steps.

Disclose Your Full Health History    

For an acupuncturist, understanding the patient’s medical history is crucial to the success of their treatments. On your first visit, your acupuncturist will survey your medical record to determine whether acupuncture may be a good fit for you. Certain preexisting conditions such as a weak heart or a blood condition may disqualify you for treatment. The more information you reveal to your acupuncturist will help them guide you to the treatment that works best for you.

Pre-Treatment Physical Exams

Following your medical interview, your acupuncturist will perform a physical examination. This will involve you activating the part of the body that ails you. You may be asked to rotate a joint or stretch a muscle. Dependent on the source of the pain or discomfort, your acupuncturist will locate the appropriate acupoints.

Stimulation of Acupuncture Points

Once the correct acupoints are discovered, you’ll be instructed to lie flat, and the actual process of acupuncture can begin. Your acupuncturist will sterilize your skin so that needles can be inserted without fear of infection. Acupuncture needles range from .51 to 5.12 inches in length and .16 mm to .46 mm in diameter. The methods of insertion include spinning, flicking, and moving the needles up and down.     Typically, after the needles are placed, they must remain in the skin for 5–30 minutes depending on the severity of the malady. Some chronic treatments can last as long as 15–45 minutes. As each patient is different, both the length of time for each treatment and the number of treatments will be determined on a case by case basis. Vector Art by Vecteezy.com

Acupuncture as Therapy

The recognized benefits of acupuncture have expanded over the years. The process of unblocking stagnant qi can positively affect a patient not only physically, but mentally as well. Over the years, acupuncture has been used to cure depression and decrease emotional imbalances, such as relentless anger or extreme jealousy.  

Immediate Benefits

You can experience a positive gain on your first visit to the acupuncture clinic. Even when the source of your condition remains, there are other benefits. After the first session, many patients have reported experiencing more restful sleep, easier breathing, clarity of the mind, and an overall positive outlook.

Effects Over Time

Depression can be a difficult condition to treat, but many individuals who suffer from this affliction contend that traditional Chinese medicine works just as well as modern western medicine when healing the symptom of depression. According to the National Institutes of Health, a recent study was conducted where depressed patients were divided into groups. The first group was treated using acupuncture and the second was administered conventional treatments. After six months, the remaining subjects who’d been treated with acupuncture were compared to those who had received modern medical treatments, and the results were comparable.

Is Acupuncture Safe?

Acupuncture has been practiced for over 2000 years and it has a remarkable safety record. Children as well as pregnant women have implemented this traditional treatment method and successfully achieved its benefits. Although acupuncture is widely regarded as a safe treatment, you should always consult a doctor for more detailed information on how it can affect you.     

Side Effects

Because acupuncture involves stimulating the nervous system, bodily awareness is activated. In some rare cases, patients experience substantial side effects. These can include fatigue, minor soreness, bruising, muscle twitching, and lightheadedness. In most instance, these effects are temporary and shouldn’t warrant concern. If they happen to last for more than a few days, however, it’s imperative to contact your acupuncturist and your physician.    

Death During Treatment

Since statistics surrounding this type of treatment have been recorded in medical literature, approximately ninety deaths have been attributed to acupuncture. This is a negligible percentage of the millions of patients who have received acupuncture treatments over the years. Traditional Chinese medicine has evolved throughout the years, however, and many changes have been made to make this process safer. For example, it’s now mandatory that needles are discarded after a single use to prevent the transfer of blood-borne pathogens. Throughout the years, the dangers attributed to acupuncture have diminished, and deaths are rare.

When Should Acupuncture Be Avoided?

Medical professionals recommend acupuncture to a wide array of people to treat a variety of different illnesses. However, that doesn’t mean that acupuncture is right for everyone. There are some conditions that increase the likelihood of complications with acupuncture.

Bleeding disorders  

Despite the fact that the needles used in acupuncture are about the width of a strand of hair, they can still cause complications when it comes to bleeding disorders, such as hemophilia. If you use blood thinners like Warfarin or Coumadin, there’s a higher risk of bruising. To get the best and safest results from your acupuncturist, inform them of any medication you take and any disorders you may have before the process begins.

Pacemakers      

Some acupuncture methods involve electric pulses that may interfere with pacemakers. If you have a pacemaker, you must inform your acupuncturist before you begin treatment.

What is the Governing Body of Acupuncture in the United States?   

Acupuncture needles were standardized by the Food and Drug Administration in 1972. Shortly after, licensing fell under the authority of three major institutions:  
  1. Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine
  2. Council of Colleges of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine
  3. National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine
  Clinics must meet state-ordered regulations to legally practice acupuncture. Acupuncture is not just pushing needles into the skin nor is it a trade that can be learned through YouTube. Though generally safe, there are still many precautions that an acupuncturist must practice to protect your health. Be sure that your acupuncturist has an active license.

How to Choose an Acupuncturist  

Perhaps the best way to choose an acupuncturist is through the recommendations of others, but you should always conduct your own research through the Internet when choosing a clinic. Keep in mind practical considerations, like geography and price. Some acupuncture clinics may accept your health insurance.  

How Many Treatments Are Required?

Many patients experience the positive effects of acupuncture within the first two visits. Frequency of visits can range from as little as twice per week to as many as five visits in the same period of time. The number and frequency of acupuncture treatments will be determined by the recommendation of the acupuncturist and the nature of the ailment. Some conditions take longer than others to clear, but there should be gradual development. Many patients seek immediate relief from an intense condition, such as a stubborn migraine. On the other hand, extended treatments may be the solution for an undiscovered problem. It’s not unusual for patients to experience side benefits of their treatments. For example, while receiving treatments for a headache, a patient may also realize a decrease in nausea or a sounder sleep.    

How much does Acupuncture Cost in Miami?

Finances govern our lives, so cost is an important factor when considering acupuncture therapy, but that can’t be the only consideration. An acupuncturist with a really low price point may not be qualified. Acupuncture shouldn’t break your bank, however. Ask your doctor for a referral and check with your insurance to see if its covered.    

Health Insurance and Acupuncture

While the Affordable Care Act forbids insurance bias against any form of alternative medicine, it does allow providers room to control the amount they allocate towards these practices. Your insurance company may reject what it considers to be “experimental” treatments such as music therapy or aromatherapy. Whether your insurance company considers acupuncture medically necessary or not is their decision, and each policy may vary.  

The Cost of Acupuncture

Typically, there’s a per-session price for acupuncture. A forty-minute session can range from $75-$95. If you schedule or anticipate a series of treatments, the price per session can be reduced to $50 to $70. Your acupuncturist may have weekly deals or specials, so it’s important to inquire as different ailments may also have special pricing.   

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Schedule an appointment at our clinic to learn more about the restorative power of acupuncture, and how it may be able to reduce the negative symptoms associated with the most common ailments we face—and has done so for thousands of years.    

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  • My name is William and I’ve been a patient of Dr. Forman for about 5 weeks now. I came here originally complaining about issues related to my blood pressure and blood sugar, lack of energy and some sinus problems. I’m happy to report that just a few weeks after coming here I noticed a considerable difference on those symptoms. I’m a lot happier and those numbers have gone down thanks to the knowledge I’ve gained here and the medication. It’s been a relatively easy program to stick to and again, I’m very thankful. *

    — William
  • Hi. My name is Kelly and this is Conner. Conner has been seeing Dr. Forman for about 4 months and he is completely healed in my eyes. He’s a happy baby now. No more congestion and bronchial issues like we had before. We both had had the same issues and I’ve been seeing Dr. Forman for about 9 months and once I started feeling a lot better I realized my son had the same issues and he needed to start going as well. As a mom, I feel really bad that my baby was on prednisone, nebulizers, and albuterol for pretty much the first 2 years of his life. And now, with Dr. Forman’s help, my baby is completely well. He has not been sick since he’s been seeing Dr. Forman. I feel like now, when he get’s a cold it won’t turn into something where he needs to go the doctor every time. He can have a cold like a normal child does. So, thank you Dr. Forman. And if I can just get through to one person, because I’m not a holistic person myself, to just try it to see what it can do for you and your family, please, please do so.

    — Kelly (and Conner)
  • Hi. My name is Adriana Foster and I would like to make a testimonial for Dr. Forman. I’ve been in his program for 3 months and the difference between the person that I was when I first came here and the person I am now is huge. When I came here I was in a really, really bad place emotionally and physically. I felt really bad. I had really bad depression and anxiety. I can really say that is almost completely away, my life is back, I feel like I’m back on track, like I am back in the world and I can function. And I will always be grateful for that. It’s just totally worth it. So if you’re seeing this, listen, there’s a way out…Dr. Forman. Thank you. *

    — Adriana

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