Acupuncture is a medical technique based upon the observations of the East Asian Medical system. Its recorded use spans nearly 2,000 years when physicians first realized the healing potential acupuncture treatment generates within the body. Acupuncture treatments prove effective for treating a wide range of ailments and conditions such as:
Resolving acute or chronic pain, stress, infertility, women’s health issues, headaches, emotional disorders such as anxiety or depression, low energy and fatigue, asthma and respiratory disorders, palpitations or chest pain, gastrointestinal disturbances, aging-related conditions and more.
Acupuncture use is recommended by both the National Institute of Health (NIH) & World Health Organization (WHO).
The full list of conditions acupuncture can help treat
The following is a list compiled by the World Health Organization(WHO) for several disorders that lend themselves to treatment by acupuncture. *The inclusion of herbal medicines may also induce positive effects of healing complicated disorders:
Headache and migraine
Facial palsy (early stage, within three to six months)
Our Herbal Pharmacy is lab tested for the highest quality and screened for contaminants. The effectiveness of herbal medicines can be found in their gentle and gradual introduction into the body. As part of a long empirical history of herbal medicine use, multiple herbs are combined to create safer and stronger formulations.
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Why Herbal Medicine?
Herbal medicines play a critical part in the healing system of the East. For many generations physicians and herbalist have been studying and collecting all types of plants, minerals, seaweeds, mushrooms, and herbs with the intention to treat disease. Because of this a great deal of our 21st century medicine has been formulated due to the many naturally occurring medicines and plant constituents that have been extracted and synthesized from these sources.
Although both herbal and pharmaceutical preparations have their own unique strengths in the treatment of disease, at the Brevard Center for Integrative medicine we choose to use only certified professional-grade herbal medicines, based upon the style and teachings of Eastern Medicine. For a full list of differences and risks vs benefits see herbs vs pharmaceuticals.
Safety & Efficacy
The Brevard Center for Integrative Medicine chooses to use only tested, safe, and regulated herbals of the highest quality. The strength of herbal medicines are to be found in there gentle and gradual introduction into the body. In Eastern herbalism it is rare to use single herbs to treat conditions, but rather multiple are combined to create stronger and safer herbal formulas. Because of this combination most herbs are very safe when used under the supervision of a physician and many of which have been studied extensively and used for several hundred years or longer.
Herbs are sometimes used to strengthen the body and other times they are used to resolve pathogens. In the view of Eastern Medicine herbs are used to help regulate and balance systems that may be diseased. This is often the case in reproductive and digestive disorders. Other times herbs may be used to act as an anti-inflammatory or to increase local circulation to an area helping to decrease pain and increase mobility. The number of uses of herbal medicines are endless and it is part of the art & science of practicing medicine to be able to prescribe them in such a way that they do not harm the individual, but rather bring them into balance.
How Long Are Herbal Medicines Taken For?
Herbs are prescribed to be taken for several days to several months, depending on the condition. Unlike olden times when herbs had to be cooked on a stove in their raw form, now-a-days modern technology enables us to properly dose these herbs into granule form which is then consumed as a hot beverage. Keep in mind taking herbs is easy to do and generally the taste is very tolerable.
Unified Therapyutilizes a comprehensive, interactive, brain-body approach incorporating multiple techniques to promote psychological and physical healing, mindfulness and a deepening of bodily awareness.
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The Unified Therapy Approach
Unified Therapy™ is a safe, gentle, brain~mind~body treatment approach that addresses the etiology or cause of conditions rather than simply managing and treating symptoms. Unified Therapy™ treatments are unique, highly interactive and take place in a chair or on a padded treatment table. The client is clothed and in a supportive, healing environment that respects protective boundaries. Sessions are customized to fit whatever you need on the day you come in for treatment. A variety of techniques are used during a session and can be integrated with and complements other healing therapy treatments including psychotherapy, chiropractic and acupuncture.
Multiple techniques may be used in a session:
Active Myofascial Release
Trigger Point Therapy
Strain Counter strain / Positional Release
Interactive AISStretches and Neuromuscular Reprogramming Exercises
Specialized Enteric Brain Technique
Sounds / Reverberation
Aspects of EMDR
Light and Deep Touch Massage
Guided Mindfulness of the Body
Medical Massage is geared towards chronic conditions and sports injuries. The therapist will aim to increase flexibility and balance where necessary and remove knots, tension and restrictions. Combined, our practitioners have over 30 years clinical experience in treating musculoskeletal issues.
Cupping is a safe, and comfortable massage technique that is used to release tight and swollen areas on the body surface to help aid in healing and recovery. Like acupuncture and herbal medicines, this traditional healing technique has been used by doctors to assist in accelerating the healing process.
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Cupping and its many forms have been used to Millenia, with traces back to Ancient Greece and Chinese Civilization. Cupping has stood the test of time and can be seen in our present day used by Olympic Athletes who require every advantage for competitive sports. Michael Phelps, who currently holds 25 gold medals in Olympic Swimming, swears by cupping.
The dark marks created by cupping indicate an area of stagnation or compression, and although temporary, the darker the circle the more “negative pressure” and blood pulled into the area. Physicians are able to specifically target these obstructed areas and create enhanced blood flow to the area to bring in required nutrients for tissue repair.
Some variations of cupping involve the use of fire, a flame is placed beneath a sterilized cup to create a vacuum effect, allowing pressure to build between the skin and the cup. Pressurized cupping is a similar procedure in which a cup with a adjustable valve is placed on the skins surface and an exact amount of air is provided for a precise comfort and therapeutic level. Sliding Cupping is a technique in which a small amount of lubricant is applied to the skin with the cups being gently moved over the injured area in order to promote maximum circulation, stimulation, and healing.
Cupping is helpful in conditions such as:
Neck, shoulder, and back injuries
“Weak” or tight lower back
Slow healing or stubborn musculoskeletal issues
Connective Tissue or “Fascia” Injuries
Knots and tight spots on the back that resist traditional treatment approaches
Cracking or noisy muscle impingement
B-12 & Herbal Injection Therapy
B-12 & Herbal Injection Therapies are available at the Brevard Center for Integrative Medicine. Injections for energy maintenance, anti-inflammatories for acute andchronic aches & pains, and potent anti-infection herbal combinations that are used for early onset cold/flu.
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Why Herbal Injections?
Herbal Medicines have been studied extensively and are used to treat a wide variety of health issues. Taking the effectiveness of herbs a step further, injectable herbs offer many advantages to traditionally prepared medicines. Typically herbs are administered through an oral route in the form of a tea or pill, and because of the slow absorption through the body this can prolong the effect.
Faster And More Precise
Depending on your unique condition, herbal injectables may be prescribed. Pain disorders respond especially well to local injections as they can be precisely placed near local areas of tenderness and inflammation offering immediate relief. All of the herbs used by The Brevard Center for Integrative Medicine are pharmaceutical grade herbal preparations tested for quality and safety.
We offer injections to:
Reduce pain and inflammation
strengthen the immune system or decrease duration of illness
Slow release b-12 shots for energy maintenance
Burnout & Stress Analysis
Find out if your body is handling the demands of your life. This 7-minute analysis detects life-threatening risk factors before they have a chance to develop into disease and illness.
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How is your body handling the demands of your life?
Chronic tension and stress often often goes undetected as standard laboratory tests and check-ups do not show us the entire picture of our health. Take for example the individual who receives a clean bill of health from their doctor only to suffer a massive heart attack in the near future. These type of events are not possible without a massive dysregulation of our Autonomic Nervous System (ANS) – a system that is essential to our health and healing.
An Analysis will allow the practitioner a fast and easy way to gain insight into a patients regulatory capabilities. This is performed through a scientifically developed medical software called The ANS Analysis. Developed over a 10 year research period by one of Germany’s most renowned experts, nearly 20,000 studies demonstrate the importance and reproducibility its results.
Why is the Autonomic Nervous System Important?
The autonomic nervous system or “automatic nervous system” is the body’s main control center. It is in charge of dozens of vital functions, including cardiovascular, respiratory, immune, digestive, and reproductive systems. Without regulation by the ANS none of these systems would function at all.
In many diseases the autonomic nervous system shows regulatory dysfunction such as in: cardiovascular disease, diabetic neuropathy, pain patients, depressed patients, IBS patients, patients with sleep disorders, fertility patients, and patients with vertigo and balance disorders, among others.
Your Fight and Flight & Rest and Digest Nervous System and how it affects your health
The ANS is divided into two portions, the fight or flight nervous system (also called the sympathetic nervous system) and the rest and digest nervous system (also called the parasympathetic nervous system).
The fight or flight nervous system controls body functionality during times of stress and exertion and provides the body with a sense of heightened awareness, a key mechanism for survival. However, when dominant, this system places high energy demands on the body as well as suspending maintenance functions like tissue healing and digestion.
The rest and digest nervous system is the opposite of the fight or flight system, and therefore is required to counteract the high energy and stimulating effects of that system. This system is activated during periods of intense relaxation, deep breathing, and rest. When dominant, energy is restored and the body’s resources are dedicated to critical maintenance functions such as digestion, tissue repair, and a normal immune response.
What Happens During the Early Stages of Disease
In the early stages of many disease patterns, the fight or flight system dominates, even during times of rest. This loss of adaptability has far reaching consequences for every aspect of health. Thousands of scientific studies have proven that dominance of the fight or flight system is associated with adverse outcomes such as reduced life expectancy and increased morbidity and mortality.
What Does the ANS Analysis Do?
In just seven minutes, the ANS Analysis assesses the condition of the fight or flight and rest and digest nervous system, showing you in an easy to understand bar graph whether your body is adapting to stress, and everyday life in a healthy way.
How Often Should You Have Your Autonomic Nervous System Checked?
As a routine checkup, typically twice a year offers patients a glimpse into the balance and functioning of their nervous system. As a way to measure therapy, ANS Analysis may be used several times during a month to determine therapeutic progress.
Food Therapy is a unique concept in East Asian Medicine that classifies foods based on a body’s thermal properties. Foods are grouped into different classifications based upon how they interact with a persons specific body type. As you might be expecting there is not a one-size-fits-all approach to knowing what foods to eat, but rather a basic template that is used as a guideline.
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Food As Medicine
“Let food be thy medicine” is a quote by hippocrates some 2,000 years ago. Even centuries ago doctors knew the many benefits of consuming certain food groups, both plants and animals alike. Foods were prescribed as medicine based upon the state of illness of the patient. This was done on both sides of the globe, and in vastly different ways than in modern times.
In Eastern Medicine food groups are categorized based on taste, color, and capabilities of directing change in the body. Certain foods are prescribed for: Specific organ and digestive health, increasing or decreasing the body’s temperature, and to control bodily functions.
A Change of Perspective
Things are changing rapidly in the world of food. Gone are the days of relying solely on the knowledge of calories, proteins, carbs and fats; this type of thinking is not the complete picture. At the research level new studies are providing amazing insights into the healing capabilties of phytonutrients, plant based molecules with various functions such as preventing disease and altering metabolism.
Changing your diet should be determine by several factors, such as: your current state of health, your constitution, food allergies and sensitivities, and energy requirements. By including in your diet and lifestyle foods that are best suited for you, you provide a stable foundation towards achieving health.
A list of foods consumed are often discussed and evaluated as part of the initial intake and nutritional plans are often constructed to assist the patient in achieving health goals.
progressive relaxation therapy that releases tension and stress accumulated within the body. The practitioner offers guided meditations or guided relaxation while the patient learns new ways to move, breathe, relax, use, sense, and feel his or her body. Patients are instructed to use these meditative instructions to release long held tension points that have accumulated within. Each session of relaxation therapy builds upon the previous one by incorporating lessons from the last and instilling core concepts so clients may develop permanent internal changes.