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Dr. Don Davids, DOM, AP.
Dr. Don Davids D.O.M. Doctor of Oriental Medicine, Acupuncture Physician with over 20 years of clinical experience, Specializing in acupuncture treatment, homeopathy and German Biological Medicine, homeopathic injection therapy for pain and other conditions, and Vitamin B12 injections.


What is Acupuncture

Acupuncture is an essential part of traditional Oriental medicine, a comprehensive system of health care with continuous clinical history of over 3000 years.  Oriental medicine  includes acupuncture, Chinese herbology and bodywork, dietary therapy and exercise based on traditional Oriental Medicine principles. These therapies work with the natural vital energy inherent within all living things to promote the body’s ability to heal itself.   This system of health care is used extensively by one-quarter of the world’s population residing in Asia and is rapidly growing in popularity in the West.

How Does It Work?
It has been scientifically determined that human beings are energetic systems.  When the balance of this energy is disturbed, pain or illness results.  Acupuncture treatment corrects the energetic imbalance by encouraging the body’s natural ability to heal itself.
 
The treatment uses needles, heat and electrical stimulation to change the body’s network of energy pathways to activate the body’s energy.   Extremely fine, hair-thin needles are place on local or distal points on the energetic pathways (meridians) leading to the body’s organs, muscles and nerves.  When the needles are inserted you may experience a sensation or tingling, heaviness or warmth.  Some people feel no sensation at all.  People are often surprised that treatments are very relaxing.  Fourteen major energy channels called meridians course through the human body and organ systems.  A subtle energy called qi circulates via the meridian system to all parts of the body, even the most remote cells.  Qi is the vital life force.  It must be in constant balance and unimpeded flow for optimum health.  Any blockage or misdirection of qi may result in pain, dysfunction, and ill health.
 
Acupuncture Needle Lake MaryWith Acupuncture needles the Acupuncturist stimulates certain points called acupoints along the course of the meridians.  This stimulation helps restore the balance and flow of qi to restore health and harmony to the body.  This sets the stage for the body to repair itself and maintain its own health.   The main purpose of the treatments is to relieve pain and other symptoms, strengthen and balance the body.
 
Acupuncture releases endorphins within the central nervous system.  Endogenously generated morphines are the brains own opium like painkillers.  These chemicals have powerful abilities to suppress pain.  They bind to specialized opiate or endorphin receptors in the brain.  May opiate receptors are found along pathways in the brain that carry pain messages.  Activation of these receptors by internally generated endorphins have the same effect of inhibiting the transmission of pain signals to the central nervous system.  

 

Acupuncturist Lake MaryRecent studies have also proven the effect of Acupuncture on the limbic system—resulting in deep relaxation and the elimination of stress. Acupuncture is a very safe medical procedure when administered by a qualified practitioner.

 

The World Health Organization recognizes acupuncture and traditional Oriental medicine’s ability to treat over 43 common disorders including:

  • Gastrointestinal Disorders, such as food allergies, peptic ulcer, chronic diarrhea, constipation, indigestion, gastrointestinal weakness, anorexia and gastritis.
  • Urogenital Disorders, including stress incontinence, urinary tract infections, and sexual dysfunction.
  • Gynecological Disorders, such as irregular, heavy, or painful menstruation, infertility in women and men, and premenstrual syndrome (PMS).
  • Respiratory Disorders, such as emphysema, sinusitis, asthma, allergies and bronchitis.
  • Disorders of the Bones, Muscles, Joints and Nervous System, such as arthritis, migraine headaches, neuralgia, insomnia, dizziness and low back, neck and shoulder pain.
  • Circulatory Disorders, such as hypertension, angina pectoris, arteriosclerosis and anemia.
  • Emotional and Psychological Disorders, including depression and anxiety.
  • Addiction, such as alcohol, nicotine and drugs.
  • Eye, Ear, Nose and Throat Disorders.


Lake Mary AcupuncturistWhat Can I Expect?
Many conditions may be alleviated very rapidly by acupuncture and Oriental medicine.  However, some conditions that have arisen over a course of years will be relieved only with slow, steady progress.
 
As in any form of healing, the patient’s attitude, diet, determination and lifestyle will affect the outcome of a course of treatment.  Patients are encouraged to actively participate in their healing process.


Although Oriental medicine can treat most conditions, there are circumstances that can be dealt with more effectively by Western medicine.  In such cases, your acupuncturist will recommend you contact a Western medical doctor.  Acupuncture and Oriental medicine should be seen as complementary to Western medicine.

 

 

 

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