We are excited to announce the addition of Dr. Donna Kini-Bowen,  a Florida State Licensed Acupuncturist, Acupuncture Physician, Board Certified in Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine and a Diplomat in Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM).

Donna begins all patients with a thorough screening process, and then offers 20 and 40 minutes treatments.

Introduction to Acupuncture

If you have never experienced an acupuncture treatment, let me start by saying there is nothing much like it.  I tried acupuncture years ago because classmates told me it would alleviate my allergy symptoms.  Well, it sure did along with a reduction in stress, improved sleep, enhanced energy and focus.  I was sold.  The needles were painless.  I got relief after the first visit.  I found a sense of peace words can’t describe.

What is acupuncture and the concept of QI (energy)?

Acupuncture (aka East Asian Medicine) is defined as the diagnosis and treatment of various conditions based on Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) concepts.  When energy flows smoothly through the body, the body remains balanced.  However, when disrupted by trauma, poor diet, lack of sleep, QI may become stagnant leading to disease.  Acupuncture therapy utilizes sterilized, stainless steel needles or acupressure to stimulate acupuncture points located throughout the body.  This gentle and unique process promotes the smooth flow of QI and restores health.    

What’s the importance of a detailed TCM assessment?

To promote optimal health, it all begins with identifying patterns of disharmony gathered from a health history, assessment of tongue, ear, and pulse.  Examples of patterns of disharmony can be observed as pain, low energy, digestive issues, poor quality of sleep.  Once a diagnostic impression is clear, a treatment plan is developed that may include manual acupuncture, electro-acupuncture, acupressure, acupoint injection therapy, cupping, gua-sha, moxibustion, herbal formulas, exercise, nutrition (TCM food therapy) and lifestyle behaviors.  

How often is Acupuncture needed?

The frequency and duration of acupuncture treatment will depend on a client’s condition and how one responds to treatment.  The best approach is to receive treatment frequently at first, then receive monthly maintenance treatments.  People who have received regular treatments find they get sick less often, have more stamina and recover from injuries quickly.

Dr. Donna Kini-Bowen is a Florida Board Certified Licensed Acupuncturist nationally certified by NCCAOM.  She earned a Doctorate in Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine (DACM) from the Pacific College of Oriental and a Master of Science in Oriental Medicine from the Florida College of Integrative Medicine.  Donna has been in practice for over 14 years in both private and hospital-based clinics.  She specializes in pain management, women’s health, and sports performance injury and prevention. 

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