What’s the Point? What you need to know about the benefits of acupuncture

 

Regina Oyarce, Doctor of Oriental Medicine

          Regina Oyarce

[dropcap]M[/dropcap]ost people are familiar enough with acupuncture to know that it consists of tiny needles being skillfully placed in strategic points on the human body by a trained, professional acupuncturist. The mention of the word “needles” may be enough to deter many from exploring this alternative healthcare option any further! Consider this: what if a person could manage chronic health issues without ingesting countless medications, significantly improve their quality of daily life, and use their health insurance benefits to do so? Believe it or not, all of this is possible through acupuncture treatment.

Acupuncture, as well as many other alternatives to Western medicine, is quickly becoming a reality in the world of healthcare. Primarily, this is due to the holistic philosophy that practitioners are committed to. Regina Oyarce, DOM and lead practitioner at Benessere Miami, stated, “Acupuncturists strive to address the root of the patient’s problem, not just treat the symptoms that he or she is experiencing. We ask ourselves, “Why is the body manifesting in this way?” Once I can answer this question, I can then begin using acupuncture to restore balance to the body.” As you may have guessed, understanding the root of a patient’s ailment requires a close relationship between the acupuncturist and her patients. For this reason, Regina spends around an hour getting to know her patients during an initial visit in order to understand them on a holistic level. This is the same for all acupuncturists, as their diagnostic methods include asking the patient many questions from describing their pain to discussing their eating habits. All of this valuable information leads the practitioner to understand what specific imbalances exist within the patient and gives her a clear idea of how to begin a regimen of relief. Oyarce believes very strongly that, “Patients may have symptoms of chronic conditions and diseases but may not actually suffer from them. The symptoms they are experiencing are most likely caused by an imbalance in the body.”

While this may all sound a bit hokey to some, health insurance companies are slowly but surely coming around to the benefits of holistic medical practices like acupuncture.  Well known providers such as Aetna, Blue Cross Blue Shield, and Cigna offer coverage to patients who prefer this more natural method of medical care. Medical offices such as Benessere Miami have established relationships with these insurance providers to help their patients reach their optimum health goals through holistic measures. Medical studies have proven that acupuncture is a valid and effective method for controlling and even eliminating chronic muscular or skeletal pain, as well as for relieving headache pain. Believe it or not, individuals who suffer from debilitating autoimmune diseases such as fibromyalgia and lupus can reclaim their lives through the use of acupuncture as part of a holistic health regimen. Becky Mueller, a citizen of Doral and a patient of Regina’s at Benessere Miami, told me,” I was apprehensive about acupuncture in the beginning, but I know for a fact that it is part of what has contributed to me getting and feeling healthy again.” Mueller struggled for ten years with unrelenting fibromyalgia pain before finding relief through acupuncture treatment at Benessere.  

Another group of individuals that will greatly benefit from acupuncture treatment are those who suffer from nausea and/or digestive issues. Acupuncture can be safely and effectively used to rebalance the body and alleviate symptoms associated with these disorders, including in pregnant women. Because this alternative method is drug and chemical free, an unborn baby is at almost no risk of harm. Expectant mothers can find relief from nausea and morning sickness, back pain, and other ailments common to pregnancy. This alternative to Western medicine can prove invaluable in these instances.

If you are a person who struggles with any of the common medical issues that have been mentioned, maybe it’s time to consider an alternative treatment such as acupuncture. As the world of medicine continues to change, society seems to return more and more to nature and our roots. Even insurance companies are jumping on the natural medicine bandwagon. Regardless of age, gender, or ailment, acupuncture is steadily becoming a widely accepted alternative to Western medical practices.

For more information on how acupuncture can benefit you, visit www.benesseremiami.com or call 305-599-0770 to schedule a consultation.


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