Acupuncture, the most known modality of Traditional Chinese Medicine, is among the oldest healing practices in the world. Acupuncture aims to restore and maintain health through the stimulation of Qi, through the insertion of a thin, sterile needle with the intent to increase circulation, stimulate the immune and nervous systems for therapeutic purposes.
According to TCM, health is achieved by maintaining the body in a "balanced state" or homeostasis and disease is due to an internal imbalance of yin and yang. This imbalance leads to blockage in the flow of Qi (vital energy) along pathways known as meridians.
According to TCM, Qi can be unblocked, by using acupuncture at certain points on the body along these meridians.
Another branch of TCM is Chinese herbology.
As with every tradition, the use of herbs as medicine predates all other therapies. Just as human beings turned to nature for food and shelter, our ancestors also turned to nature for medicine. Even though our focus has changed through time, statistics are showing a return to this original instinct to look to nature for answers.
Herbology in China began as an oral tradition and was passed down through each generation. Doctors and country folk alike, experimented with different substances in nature hoping to find something that would alleviate their suffering. After literally thousands of years of experimentation this knowledge was documented and organized into a work that people throughout the world can benefit from.
“I came in with pain and I left with without it.
“After nutritional counseling and herbal therapy, I was finally able to control my blood sugar levels. Something my medication was not able to do.
Kim Reid was patient and caring.
She showed me that my food CAN be my medicine!!"
Hippocrates said it the best, "Let thy food be thy medicine and thy medicine be thy food." No greater truth has been spoken and has held true into modern times.
Our food is our first line of defense from disease. Theoretically, if you change your dietary habits you body will naturally detoxify, your health will improve, you will look better and most importantly you will feel better.
Given this day and age of GMO's, high fructose corn syrup and pesticides in or our food, trying to navigate the supermarket can be a nightmare and often time overwhelming to someone in the beginning stages of changing diet and eating healthy. DO NOT GIVE UP. Let us help you tailor a diet specifically for your body type and lifestyle. We can help with an in-depth, dietary analysis of your body type and the foods best suited for you.
Cupping therapy has been used in China for thousands of years. In ancient times the masters used cattle horns or cross sections of bamboo. Sometimes soaking the horns in herbal remedies to amplify the cupping’s effects.
Today, modern practitioners use cups made of thick glass or plastic, with glass being preferred.
In a typical cupping session, glass cups are warmed using a cotton ball or other flammable substances, which is soaked in alcohol, then placed inside the cup. Burning the substance in the cup removes all the oxygen, and creates a vacuum.
Depending on the nature of the treatment, the cups will be left in place from 5 to 10 minutes. Several cups may be placed on the patient’s body at the same time. Some practitioners will also apply small amounts of medicated oils or herbal oils to the skin just before the cupping procedure, which lets them move the cups up and down particular acu-points or meridians.
Gua Sha is an East Asian healing technique. Gua means to scrape or rub. Sha is a 'reddish, elevated, millet-like skin rash' (aka petechiae). Sha is the term used to describe Blood stasis in the subcutaneous tissue before and after it is raised as petechiae. Gua Sha is one technique that intentionally raises Sha rash or petechiae. In Vietnam the technique is called Cao Yio, in Indonesia: Kerik, in Laos: Khoud Lam.
Gua Sha is used whenever a patient has pain whether associated with an acute or chronic disorder. . There may be aching, tenderness and/or a knotty feeling in the muscles. Palpation reveals Sha when normal finger pressure on a patient's skin causes blanching that is slow to fade. In addition to resolving musculo skeletal pain, Gua Sha is used to treat as well as prevent common cold, flu, bronchitis, asthma, as well as any chronic disorder involving pain, congestion of Qi and Blood.
AcuPoint Injection Therapy, also known as Biopuncture, is a procedural tool of Oriental Medicine that allows the practitioner to work with the physical, chemical and energetic aspects of healing. As of March 1, 2002 adjunctive therapies to include acupoint injection therapy of herbs, homeopathic and other nutritional supplements by means of hypodermic needles was added to the practice act for Acupuncture Physicians. Since that time the use of Acupuncture Injection therapy has greatly assisted in the promotion, maintenance, restoration and prevention of disease and imbalances of our patients.
Training and certification of this adjudicative therapy is approved by the State of Florida and provides for the safety and health of all patients. The use of herbs, homeopathic solutions and nutritional supplements allow us to treat patients with the same time tested remedies that we usually administer orally with the added benefit of by-passing the digestive enzyme and conjugation of internal organs that mitigate the efficacy of the healing agent.
Biopuncture has been very effective in assisting in the follow area:
Adjunctive therapy to infertility acupuncture treatments
Assist in the use of Bio Identical Hormone Replacement therapy
Treatment of chronic and acute back pain
Strengthen and support allergy treatments
Assist and support treatment of chronic illness both bacterial and viral
All of the solutions used in our practices have been placed through extensive clinical trials with the results of no side effects. Proper utilization is always required but they are completely safe for patient care.
Perennial health care
With all alternative medicine, prevention of cold, influenza and sickness cause be stress are best administered in accordance to seasonal cycles. The same can be said of the use of AIT or Biopuncture. Talk to your Physician about how to prevent seasonal colds and allergies by preparing for the change in season with a seasonal tuneup.
Vitamin B-12 is one of the largest and most complex vitamins. Part of this complexity arises from the fact that B-12 is the only vitamin that contains a cobalt metal ion, which is the reason why the term "cobalamin" is also used to refer to this vitamin. Several different synthetic and naturally occurring forms of vitamin B-12 exist, which have slightly different properties.
Cobalamin and Cyanocobalamin
The term cobalamin is the most general term for vitamin B-12. Cyanocobalamin was the first synthetic form of cobalamin, created in a laboratory. Most vitamin B-12 supplements contain cyanocobalamin. Supplements containing cyanocobalamin are available in several forms including an injectable liquid, a nasal gel or a pill that can be taken orally. You can purchase cyanocobalamin by itself, in multivitamins or in B-complex vitamins.
Hydroxocobalamin is another synthetic form of vitamin B-12. The process to create hydroxocobalamin was discovered later than the process to create cyanocobalamin; consequently, hydroxocobalamin is not used as commonly as cyanocobalamin. Both forms have very similar properties, although they may cause slightly different side effects in different people.
The body converts vitamin B-12, given as either cyanocobalamin or hydroxocobalamin, into other active forms of cobalamin to fulfill different functions within the body. One example is methylcobalamin, which is a slightly modified form of cobalamin that interacts with an enzyme called methionine synthase, a critical enzyme involved in DNA synthesis.
Another active form of vitamin B-12 is adenosylcobalamin. This form of cobalamin interacts with a different enzyme called methylmalonyl CoA mutase, a metabolic enzyme involved in breaking down fatty acids in the body. The body converts cobalamin into its different forms, depending on the current needs of the body. Bacteria living in the intestines or liver may create additional forms of cobalamin, although the functions, if any, of these forms are not well understood.
Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis
HAIR TISSUE MINERAL ANALYSIS PROVIDES THE FOLLOWING:
Window into cellular activity
Detects toxic metals
The body's energy mechanism
Determines the metabolic oxidation type
Assesses organ, gland, and tissue function
Constructs a picture of an individual’s body chemistry which enables
An individually designed nutritional program which including weight loss and detoxification.
WHAT EXACTLY IS HAIR ANALYSIS?
Your hair contains all the minerals present in your body, including nutritional minerals as well as toxic heavy metals. Hair mineral analysis is a laboratory test that measures this mineral content in the hair. In most cases the test results reflect how much of these elements are in your tissues and provide a vivid picture of your internal environment. With this information, a world of metabolic events can be interpreted. Not only can your nutritional status be viewed, but we can also learn much about how efficiently your body is working
HOW CAN HAIR ANALYSIS HELP ME ACHIEVE BETTER HEALTH?
If we consider that diet is what we consume and nutrition is what we retain, then we can see that discovering what your body needs and when it needs it is a valuable tool in creating health. After 30 years of research, hair analysis has emerged as the most practical method of testing for mineral balance in your body. This valuable tool indicates which supplements you need and which ones you should avoid. And it's no secret doctors of almost every specialty as well as nutrition and dietitians routinely use hair analysis. Your hair analysis report is designed to help you and your health practitioner determine the best nutritional program for you.
DOESN'T A BLOOD OR URINE TEST TELL ME JUST AS MUCH AS A HAIR ANALYSIS TEST?
Blood test give information about your mineral levels at the time of the test only. If you’ve just eaten a banana your test can indicate a high potassium level, even though you may actually need potassium supplementation. On the other hand, hair analysis results indicate your overall level of potassium. It reveals our actual storage levels over a period of time, not just what you ate that day or even that week. So a blood test will only accurately report what is being transported in your blood at the time of the test.
WHAT CAN CAUSE A MINERAL IMBALANCE?
There are many factors to take into consideration, such as:
Diet - Improper diet through high intake of refined and processed foods, alcohol and fad diets can all lead to a chemical imbalance. Even the nutrient content of a "healthy" diet can be inadequate, depending upon the soil in which the food was grown or the method in which it was prepared.
Stress - Physical or emotional stress can deplete the body of many nutrients while also reducing the capability to absorb and utilize many nutrients.
Medications - Both prescription and over-the-counter medications can deplete the body stores of nutrient minerals and/or increase the levels of toxic metals. These medications include diuretics, antacids, aspirin and oral contraceptives.
Pollution - From adolescence through adulthood the average person is continually exposed to a variety of toxic metal sources such as cigarette smoke (cadmium), hair dyes (lead), hydrogenated oils (nickel), anti-perspirants (aluminum), dental amalgams (mercury and cadmium), copper and aluminum cookware and lead-based cosmetics. These are just a few of the hundreds of sources which can contribute to nutrient imbalances and adverse metabolic effects.
Nutritional Supplements - Taking incorrect supplements or improper amounts of supplements can produce many vitamin and mineral excesses and/or deficiencies, contributing to an overall biochemical imbalance.
Inherited Patterns - A predisposition toward certain mineral imbalances, deficiencies and excesses can be inherited from parents.
CAN VITAMIN REQUIREMENTS BE DETERMINED FROM A MINERAL TEST?
Minerals interact not only with each other but also with vitamins, proteins, carbohydrates and fats. Minerals influence each of these factors, and they, in turn, influence mineral status. Minerals act as enzyme activators, and vitamins are synergistic to minerals as co-enzymes. It is extremely rare that a mineral disturbance develops without a corresponding disturbance in the synergistic vitamin(s). It is also rare for a disturbance in the utilization or activity of a vitamin to occur without affecting a synergistic mineral(s). For example, vitamin C affects iron absorption and reduces copper retention. Boron and iron influence the status of vitamin B2. Vitamin B2 affects the relationship between calcium and magnesium. Vitamin B1 enhances sodium retention, B12 enhances iron and cobalt absorption, and vitamin A enhances the utilization of zinc, while antagonizing vitamins D and E. Protein intake will affect zinc status, etc. Therefore, evaluating mineral status provides good clues of vitamin status and requirements. Continuing research at Trace Elements involves the recognition of many synergistic and antagonistic interrelationships between minerals and vitamins.
DO YOUR HAIR TISSUE ANALYSIS TODAY!
Initial Consultation and Treatment:
Herbal Recommendations as appropriate
Cupping or Gua Sha as needed
Plan for course of treatment
Follow- up Treatment:
Herbal Recommendations as appropriate
Cupping or Gua Sha as needed
Hair Tissue Analysis -
Hair Tissue Report
Interpretation of Hair Tissue Analysis Report
Acupoint Injection Therapy: