What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is powerful medicine which aids in strengthening the immune system and serves to prevent disease, control pain, and increase both the ability of function and quality of people’s lives. Acupuncture is a well developed whole health care system based on natural energetic laws. Dating back over 3,000 years as a primary health care system in China, acupuncture is widespread in Asia, Europe, and now the U.S. The World Health Organization of the U.N. identifies over 50 conditions acupuncture treats successfully.
What Can Acupuncture Treat?
Acupuncture can treat many types of diseases and disorders, in particular:
- Severe and Chronic Pain
- Migraine Headaches
- Herniated Disc
- Arthritis / Bursitis / Tendinitis
- Stress / Depression / Anxiety
- Poor Blood Circulation
- Chronic Digestive Disorder
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome
- Stroke / Hemiplegia
- Facial Paralysis
- Chronic Fatigue
- Menopause Syndrome
- Quit Smoking
- Weight Control
- Auto Injuries
- Sports Injuries
How Does Acupuncture Work?
As a system of medicine it uses natural laws and energies with the application of needles and pressure to specific “points” on the body. These points are grouped along certain pathways or meridians that cross the body. As long as the energy flows freely through these pathways, health is maintained. When the flow of energy is either absent, deficient, interrupted, excessive or blocked in an area, health is disrupted, resulting in illness or pain. By stimulating appropriate acupuncture points along these meridians, the energy is released and regulated, and health is restored.
Studies indicate that acupuncture influences the central and peripheral nervous system. Evidence shows it releases endorphins from the brain which makes acupuncture particularly effective in pain control. Among a host of factors, acupuncture affects sugar, cholesterol, and triglyceride levels in the blood, the functioning of the gastrointestinal system, and the activity of the endocrine system.
Acupuncture works with the body, harmonizing and balancing energy. It improves circulation and allows the body to heal itself more quickly and more completely.
What is Chinese Herbal Medicine?
Herbal Medicine is the main treatment method within Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). TCM is the world’s oldest, continually practiced professional medicine. Its written history stretches back over 2,500 years and its practice probably much longer than that. It utilizes naturally available herbs from our living environment to treat dysfunctions and diseases, rather than synthesize from chemicals. This keeps side effects at the bare minimum. Although acupuncture was the first Chinese method of treatment to gain wide acceptance in the west, Chinese Herbal Medicine is quickly establishing itself as one of the most popular and effective alternative therapies in the west.
How Does Chinese Herbal Medicine Work?
Chinese Herbal Medicine is based on highly developed integrative approach to diagnose and treat medical conditions. All the diagnoses are made from the subtle signs and symptoms your body reveals.
The Acupuncturist will feel the subtle variations in the pulse in the wrist to determine how each organ in your body is functioning. The sound of your voice, the condition and appearance of the tongue, face and skin, your emotions – all are important indicators of your condition. Herbs will be formulated according to your diagnosis specifically.
Fibromyalgia and Acupuncture
Todd E. Gegerson, AP DOM, MSOM
Doctor of Oriental Medicine
Todd Gegerson is a Board Certified and Licensed Acupuncture Physician. He studied at the Florida College of Integrative Medicine, and graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree of Science in Professional Health Studies and a Masters of Science in Oriental Medicine.
These studies include specialized training in acupuncture, Chinese and western herbs, nutritional therapy, cupping, moxibustion, and other modalities.
He received additional training from renowned physicians including Dr. Li-Chun Huang OMD in Advanced Auricular Acupuncture, Dr. Richard Tan OMD in the Meridian Balance Method and Dr. Bob Marshall PhD, DACBN in nutrition. Additionally, he has certification in Acupoint Injection Therapy and Homotoxicology as well as training in QRA and pulse diagnosis.
Todd ventured east and completed an internship in China at The Yantai Traditional Chinese Medical Hospital, where he was exposed to a complete understanding of Chinese healing and culture which is integrated into the practice.
Todd is from a long lineage of physicians and has been greatly influenced by three Uncles practicing medicine as well as his own Father in Miami, Fl. The medical journey began for the Gegerson’s with Dr. Harry Gegerson who started his career in New York making house calls and then he opened the Pearl River General Hospital in 1949. Todd has evolved in his role as a practitioner and enjoys taking a grassroots approach with integrative medicine – something that has been instilled in him throughout his life.