What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is the gentle insertion of very fine needles into specific points on the body. This process stimulates movement of energy within the body, allowing natural healing to take place. These points are selected based on years of training acupuncturists receive based on over 3,000 years of experience in China.
About the Acupuncturist:
Kendra Lay, Acupuncture Physician, Applied Clinical Nutritionist: www.KendraLay.com
My name is Kendra Lay and I'm a Florida licensed Acupuncture Physician. I'm passionate about restoring balance and wellness to my patients' lives. I want to be your partner in helping you to heal on a deep level which includes both mind and body. As your practitioner I will commit to listening carefully to you and honoring your wishes when it comes to your health.
I hold a master's degree in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine from the AOMA Graduate School of Integrative Medicine, a regionally accredited school for acupuncture and natural medicine in Austin, Texas. The four-year program of study includes training in western diagnosis, pathology and treatment, acupuncture, herbal medicine, nutrition, bodywork and mind-body exercises such as tai chi and qigong. I am a diplomate of the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine (located right here in Jacksonville) -- certified in both acupuncture and herbal medicine. I also hold a postgraduate certification in Applied Clinical Nutrition from the Texas Chiropractic College.
I have experience treating a wide range of health concerns including neck pain, back pain, shoulder pain, hip pain, sciatica, knee pain, TMJ pain, tendonitis and tennis elbow, headaches, allergies/sinusitis, insomnia, anxiety, fatigue, fertility, stress, menopausal symptoms, PMS, menstrual pain and digestive complaints.
My mission is to help people avoid unnecessary drugs or surgery whenever possible. I hope I can help serve you on your path to well being!
Acupuncture helps to prevent illness by improving the overall functioning of the body's immune and organ systems. Acupuncture is helpful for:
- Treating existing illnesses and injuries.
- Preventing both recurrence of illnesses and new illness.
- Improving overall health.
Acupuncture originated in China over 3,000 years ago. It is part of the holistic system of healing known as Traditional Chinese Medicine ("TCM").
How does Acupuncture work?
Traditional Chinese Medicine Theory:
The Classical Chinese explanation is that energy (Qi) flows in channels (meridians) throughout the body and over its surfaces. These channels are rivers of energy which are referred to as meridians. The Chinese have identified 71 meridians in the human body, which is a basic energy map for all people. The meridians are often compared to a series of interconnected highways. Each of the major organs in the body is associated with its own meridian. Through the network of meridians the internal organs are connected to certain areas and parts of the body including the muscles, bones, joints, and also other organs.
The Chinese believe that health is a manifestation of balance, both within the body itself and between the body and the external environment. When the body is internally balanced and in harmony with the external environment, Qi flows smoothly through the meridians to nourish the organs and tissues. If an obstruction occurs in one of the meridians, the Qi is disrupted and cannot flow properly. When the Qi cannot flow smoothly or is forced to flow in the opposite direction, the body's innate balance is disrupted and illness results.
Acupuncture points are the specific points on the meridians where the Qi is both concentrated and accessible. Acupuncture engages the Qi by inserting needles at these specific points, the goal being to restore the proper flow of Qi. As the body regains its natural balance, well-being returns.
Acupuncture and Modern Medicine:
To the human body, acupuncture needles are a physical stimulus. In Western science, a stimulus is defined as a detectable change in either the external environment or within the body itself. When the body detects change, it produces a response. Although acupuncture is not yet fully understood by Western science, with modern technology scientists can now actually begin to "see" the body's response to acupuncture. For example, using Functional MRI, researchers have shown that when a needle is inserted at specific acupuncture points on the body, corresponding changes occur in the brain.
In the West, acupuncture is most well-known for its ability to relieve pain so the majority of research thus far has been done in this area. Acupuncture points are now believed to stimulate the central nervous system (the brain and spinal cord) to release pain-relieving chemicals into the muscles, spinal cord and brain. Acupuncture may also stimulate other chemicals to be released by the brain, including hormones that influence the self-regulating system of the body.
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