What is Acupuncture?


Thousands of years ago, East Asian practitioners discovered that the body forms disharmonies as a result of the various physical and mental stresses of life. Oriental medical theory calls these disharmonies, or opposing forces, yin and yang. This imbalance disrupts the movement of the body’s vital energy (qi) along the meridian pathways, which are channels through which the body’s energy is thought to flow.


Acupuncture restores the smooth flow of qi. By inserting and manipulating hair-thin needles at specific points, we are able to nourish the body toward its natural balance and promote the body’s ability to heal itself, and return it to its natural state of balance and harmony.

What Does Acupuncture Feel Like?


Don’t worry.¬† Acupuncture needles do not feel like anything like the needles you’ve experienced at the typical doctors office. Acupuncture uses hair-thin, flexible needles that you will hardly feel when inserted. Gentle stimulation of the needle may be used that can cause a unique sensation that Oriental medicine calls de qi. Patients often describe de qi as a heavy, achy pressure, or spreading, traveling feeling. You may also feel an “electrical” sensation moving down the meridian pathways, though this is less common. Most patients find these acupuncture sensations deeply satisfying and leave the treatment feeling relaxed both mentally and physically.


We are especially concerned with adapting treatment to the needs of the patient, so it’s important to know that even the use of acupuncture needles is optional in many cases. Your health concern may be better treated with other methods, like specialized magnet stimulus on select acupuncture points, manual therapy massage type stimulation or the use of another therapy modality. Our dialogue and discussion will determine an appropriate choice.

How Many Treatments Will I Need?


Every case is unique. The sometimes annoying answer to this question is “it depends”. Care for an uncomplicated problem may need only a few sessions; however, a complex chronic problem may need consistent treatment over many weeks or months. Profound pain that significantly interferes with work and lifestyle may initially require more frequency of treatment. Preventive treatments and treatments for general well being may also be scheduled on an as-needed basis.

Is Acupuncture Safe?


Of course! Acupuncture is used by millions of Americans every year administered by highly trained practitioners. For instance, Pat Barbee’s Traditional Chinese Medicine Training included 2650 hours of didactic and clinical training as a foundation for ongoing advanced study. All acupuncturists are required to undergo extensive education, including detailed study of human anatomy and training in Clean Needle Technique.


Pat has passed comprehensive board examinations administered by the State of Florida and the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine and has had uninterrupted licensure in the State of Florida since 1995.

What Can Acupuncture Treat?


Acupuncture works by activating the body’s own healing powers, so it can be beneficial for many health conditions. The World Health Organization (WHO) has documented many symptoms, diseases, and conditions that have been shown in controlled clinical trials to be effectively treated with acupuncture.


Below are some common conditions we can treat, but please feel free to contact us about your specific health condition.

  • Muscle pain
  • Back, neck and shoulder pain
  • Spinal disc related pain,
    sciatica and it’s variations
  • Leg, ankle and foot pain
  • Arm, wrist and hand pain
  • Knee pain, Hip pain
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Tennis elbow
  • Repetitive strain injuries
  • Bell’s Palsy
  • Chronic Indigestion
  • Facial paralysis
  • Jaw pain (TMJ)
  • Arthritis
  • Tendonitis
  • Bursitis
  • Headaches and migraine
  • Digestive Issues
  • Nausea
  • Heartburn
  • Acid Reflux
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
  • Chronic loose stools or constipation
  • Acute and chronic gastritis
  • Morning sickness
  • Mental and Emotional Wellbeing
  • Stress
  • Anxiety
  • Insomnia
  • Depression
  • Respiratory Complaints
  • Sinusitis
  • Optimizing overall wellness
  • Allergies, asthma
  • Acute, chronic or lingering infections
  • Women’s Health
  • Infertility
  • Increased efficacy of In Vitro Fertilization (IVF)
  • Menstrual difficulties
  • Menopausal issues
  • Other categories
  • Men’s health concerns (prostate, vitality)
  • Enhancing athletic performance