The Acupuncturists at Care Wellness Center, Landon Agoado AP, DOM, Robert Herbst AP, DOM, and Aki Takahashi AP, DAOM all have a unique approach to patient care that incorporates gentle acupuncture treatment with a strong belief in patient education. Treating a wide variety of conditions, they encourage their patients to make lifestyle choices that benefit and support their optimal health and well being. They have effectively treated countless patients that have sought their help and they are confident that they can help you as well.
Acupuncture is extremely safe. It is an all-natural, drug free therapy, yielding no side effects and is virtually painless. Only sterile needles are used and these are discarded after each use.
Acupuncture is covered by most major insurance companies and we are in network with a majority of them including Aetna, Cigna, Humana and United Healthcare. Please call us at 954-586-8088 to verify your coverage today. We offer free consultations daily in Margate and nearby cities.
Acupuncture is a part of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) or TCM. TCM includes both acupuncture treatment and Chinese herbs.
Traditional Chinese Medicine is a form of health care with over 5000 years of history. Acupuncture/TCM is in use today as the primary healthcare system in China, used to diagnose and treat millions of people with all types of health complaints ranging from the common cold to life threatening illness.
What is Acupuncture? – it is the placement of small, sterile needles at specific acupoints on the body, in an effort to balance your body’s life energy or qi (pronounced chee). Once in balance your body can restore itself to health. Acupuncture is a form of natural healing that enhances both physical and emotional health. It is safe, painless, and an effective way to treat a wide variety of medical problems.
At the core of acupuncture is the philosophy that qi (life energy) flows throughout the body. This animating energy permeates all matter in our universe. It acts to protect us against viral and bacterial invasion, pain and disease.
A person’s state of health is a reflection of the quantity, quality and balance of their qi. Qi circulates along pathways called meridians. These meridians coordinate with each individual organ. Meridian pathways are like rivers which transport life-giving water to nourish land, plants and people.
In the same way, qi is transported to energize cells, organs, glands, muscle and other tissues. When qi flows smoothly throughout the body, one enjoys good physical and mental well-being. An obstruction of qi anywhere in the body is like a dam, backing up the flow in one area of the body and causing a deficiency of qi to that area. As a result of the blockage there is also an excess of qi sent out along other meridians. It is either a deficiency or an excess of qi which creates disease states in the human body.
Many things can influence the quantity, quality and balance of qi. Physical and emotional trauma, stress, lack of exercise, overexertion, seasonal changes, diet, lack of sleep, and excessive activity can lead to blockages or imbalances of qi. It is when these states remain for an extended period of time that disease and pain can set in.
What does Acupuncture Treat?
Acupuncture and Chinese medicine has been used for centuries in China to treat a host of conditions such as chronic and acute pain (including sports injury), psychological conditions, infertility and most gynecological complaints, autoimmune disorders, weight loss, smoking cessation, digestive disorders and allergy (just to name a few).
Your first Acupuncture Treatment – What to Expect –
During your initial visit a full history will be taken. You will be asked questions regarding your symptoms, general state of health, lifestyle and emotional status. This information is then organized to form a more complete picture of cause and effect, leading to a comprehensive diagnosis.
After the consult, you may receive an acupuncture treatment which may last from 15 to 30 minutes. Your acupuncturist may also perform what is called a Pulse Diagnosis and a Tongue Diagnosis prior to your treatment. Chinese herbs may also be prescribed.
Pulse Diagnosis – There are three pulse positions on each wrist. The strength, rate and rhythm of the pulses are assessed to determine the functional state of the internal qi, function of the nervous system, and blood flow and volume.
Tongue Diagnosis – The tongue is a map of the body. It is an outward expression of the internal environment. The color, shape, and coating, as well as other characteristics of the tongue will aid the acupuncturist in defining your diagnosis.
How many treatments will I need? – The number of acupuncture treatments varies from person to person. Some people experience immediate relief of symptoms, others may take months to experience relief. Chronic (long standing) conditions typically take longer to resolve than acute (new) ones. You should begin to see some changes in your condition within one month of beginning treatment. Each person must determine for themselves to whatever extent they wish to pursue vibrant good health; we are here only to assist you in meeting your goals.
Generally speaking acupuncture does not hurt. Insertion of acupuncture needles is virtually painless. It is uncommon for needle insertion to cause pain; however there are times when patients feel slight discomfort. At any rate the pain is no worse than plucking an eyebrow.
Acupuncture Treatment takes place in a quiet environment with the patient either sitting or lying in a comfortable position. Your physician will explain to you during this process why each area is being treated. After the treatment you may feel energized or a sense of deep relaxation and well-being.
How should I prepare for my acupuncture treatment?
Acupuncture treatment aims to restore the harmony of body, mind, and spirit. We have helped so many of our patients regain their health and wellness, and we are totally confident that we can help you too.
Acupuncture in Margate at CARE Wellness Center – serving the residents of Margate, Coconut Creek, Coral Springs, Parkland, West Boca and Pompano Beach. Please call 954-586-8088 today for a Free Consultation.