Acupuncture Awareness week takes place March 6 – March 12, 2017.  The entire purpose of acupuncture week is to highlight the benefits of acupuncture, how it works and who can benefit from the treatment of acupuncture.

The Benefits

Acupuncture is an all natural, safe, non-pharmaceutical solution for many conditions and ailments people may suffer from.  Many appreciate the opportunity to receive treatment that does not involve the undesirable side effects drugs and other pharmaceutical treatments can cause.

About Acupuncture

Acupuncture has been helping people for over the past 5,000 years and was first introduced by the ancient Chinese.  It was during the Ming Dynasty (1368 – 1644) when “The Great Compendium of Acupuncture and Moxibustion was first published.  This publication is believed to be the basis of modern acupuncture.  The publication identifies the 365 points on the body where, when stimulated by acupuncture needles can change the flow of Qi energy.

How Acupuncture Works

acupunctureThe practice of acupuncture understands that Qi is life’s most significant energy since it is believed to be the combination of energies mixed together from food, air and inherited constitution.  It is said that Qi is the powerhouse that gives us the ability to go about our daily activities, is necessary for growth and protection against illness.  Qi regulates our bodies.

Within our bodies there are meridians or channels that the Qi uses to travel in order to keep our bodies in a homeostatic state.  The channels allow the Qi to flow to all of our cells, nerves, muscles, and organs.  When the meridians or channels get clogged or blocked, we begin to experience pain or illness and poor health.

Based on the type of blockage someone is experiencing and the type of pain, illness or poor health they are exhibiting will determine the approach taken.  The approach taken can be a single modality or may include multiple facets in order to facilitate healing.  Acupuncture is just one of many all natural, non-pharmaceutical treatments that may used to unblock meridians and begin the flow of Qi.  Other modalities include:

  • Chinese herbal medicine
  • Moxibustion
  • Oriental nutrition
  • Qi Gong
  • Electro-acupuncture
  • Acupressure/Tuina
  • Gua Sha
  • Cupping
  • Tai Chi

Some of the ailments the above listed modalities can help with are things like:

  • Stress and anxiety
  • Arthritis
  • Asthma
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Chronic Fatigue
  • Depression
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Low Back Pain
  • Menstrual Irregularities & PMS
  • Pain
  • Sciatica
  • Sleep issues
  • and many more!

To determine how acupuncture and, or other modalities may help you, it is recommended that you contact us for a free consultation where we can explore your condition more closely.

marie pic 4About Dr. Marie Perkins, OTR/L, LMT, DOM, Dipl.Ac.

Dr. Marie Perkins, OTR/L, LMT, DOM, Dipl. Ac. is one of the most recognized practitioners in Palm Harbor as a “non-pharmaceutical” pain specialist.

Born and raised in Quebec City Canada, Dr. Perkins received her Bachelor Degree in Occupational Therapy from University Laval in 1993.

Her passion led her to leave everything behind and immigrated to Florida in 1995. She proceeded with acquiring her Massage Therapy license from Bahkti Academy in 1999 and her Master’s Degree in Oriental Medicine from the Florida Institute of Traditional Chinese Medicine in 2004.

Her goal for founding East West Healing Solutions was to be a pioneer in the community working at bridging the gap between Eastern and Western Medicine. She has established strong partnership with Medical Doctors, Doctors of Osteopathic Medicine, Orthopedic Surgeons, Neurologists, Pain Management Physicians, Doctors of Chiropractic, Rehabilitative Specialists, Athletic Directors, Coaches and Personal Injury Attorneys in the community proving not only that it can be done but also that a cohesive team approach is often the most efficient way to help a patient.

Over the years I have continued to add to my knowledge in order to be able to help as many patients I possibly could. Most of the time, a joint effort from Western and Eastern Medicine is required to obtain optimal health. For that reason, patients should proactively seek a team of highly trained professionals in various fields, all working toward one common goal; the PATIENT’S best interest. Your health portfolio should be built with the same concepts as your financial portfolio; diversification is the key!,” Dr. Marie Perkins tells her patients.

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Palm Harbor, FL 34684

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