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Medical Acupuncture - St. Cloud, FL

A Proven Method for Fast Pain Relief

Older man smiling after medical acupuncture in Saint Cloud

Acupuncture is a treatment that comes to us from traditional Chinese medicine, in which small needles are gently placed into the skin in order to stimulate healing and help someone stop feeling pain. Medical acupuncture is different in that it combines this old approach with modern anatomical knowledge. It has been used by doctors all over the world to help patients recover from chronic pain and acute injuries, and now, you can experience its benefits right here at Holistic Medicine Wellness Center thanks to Dr. Derek Murphy. To learn more about medical acupuncture in St. Cloud and schedule an appointment, contact us today.

Why Choose Holistic Medicine Wellness Center for Medical Acupuncture?

  • Provided by a Certified Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Whole-Body Approach to Medical Care
  • Trained in Acupuncture by the Helms Medical Institute

What Is Medical Acupuncture?

Physician placing medical acupuncture needles

On the surface, medical acupuncture is very similar to the traditional method. Needles are strategically placed into the skin all over the body to relieve pain and focus someone’s healing ability. In addition to combining this practice with a more contemporary understanding of the body, Dr. Murphy is also able to use acupuncture as part of an overall treatment plan, not just a standalone therapy, to provide general wellness as well as a solution to a specific problem.

Benefits of Medical Acupuncture

Acupuncture has been around for thousands of years, but is it really as beneficial as some people claim? Yes! Thanks to advances in medical science and modern acupuncture techniques, this ancient form of medicine has progressed to the point where it can provide real, tangible benefits that have the potential to significantly improve your quality of life. What are some of those benefits? Read on below to find out.

Relieves Pain and Stress

It might seem counterintuitive to think that tiny needles could reduce pain and stress rather than cause them, but they can! When they are strategically inserted by a professional, acupuncture needles have been known to significantly reduce pain in various areas of the body, including the back, knees, neck, and more. Plus, patients often report feeling very relaxed during and after their sessions.

Cognitive Clarity

Do you ever struggle with brain fog? Many people report feeling confused, having difficulty concentrating, and finding it challenging to form coherent thoughts and remember specific details. Acupuncture has been known to improve cognitive clarity for individuals with brain fog and related issues. It can do so by improving blood circulation, lowering stress, and producing an overall improvement in mood.

Improves Digestion

Constipation, irritable bowel syndrome, and heartburn are common digestive problems that afflict millions of people. Certain medications can often reduce such symptoms, but wouldn’t it be nice to find nonpharmaceutical help? Fortunately, acupuncture may be the key to improving your digestion. Rather than using medications, acupuncture is thought to work by instigating a response in the nervous system in a way that influences gut motility. By stimulating or relaxing gut movement, you may notice that your digestive processes operate more smoothly and comfortably.

Enhances the Immune System

Whether you are trying to avoid a cold, flu, or COVID-19, you should do everything you can to care for your immune system. Acupuncture, along with a good diet and other practical measures, may be able to help. It is believed that acupuncture can enhance your natural immune responses and help your body to fight off unwanted microorganisms in the most efficient way possible.

Revives Energy Levels

If you always feel tired or fatigued, you might have a disorder that requires medical attention. Acupuncture could have a place in your treatment plan. Many individuals who consistently attend acupuncture symptoms report feeling more energized. They find it easier to take on tasks that felt challenging or even overwhelming when they were under the thumb of chronic fatigue.

Boosts Recovery

Your body is designed to heal itself after surgeries and injuries, but sometimes, it might need a little assistance. Acupuncture has the potential to boost your body’s natural healing mechanisms. Therefore, it may help you to bounce back faster after you undergo a major surgery, cancer treatment, or other things that stress your body’s recovery functions.

Why Should I Visit an Osteopathic Physician for Medical Acupuncture?

Osteopathic physician examining patient's foot

People who offer traditional acupuncture typically have no formal medical training, but as a certified Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine, Dr. Murphy has not only completed medical school, but gone through years of medical training and residency where he’s treated many different patients experiencing a wide array of ailments. This experience gives him a deep understanding of the human body and how to address numerous musculoskeletal conditions, plus he’s able to combine acupuncture with other treatments to deliver a better, longer-lasting result.

Medical Acupuncture FAQs

Professional carefully inserting needles into patient’s back during medical acupuncture session

Before you talk to us about scheduling a medical acupuncture session , you might want to learn more about this centuries-old treatment. That is completely understandable, and it is why we have put together the following brief list of FAQs about medical acupuncture in St. Cloud. If you don’t see the information you were hoping for, feel free to reach out to us directly.

Does Medical Acupuncture Hurt?

Although the idea of having needles inserted into your body might sound a little intimidating, medical acupuncture is actually quite comfortable. Some patients feel a very slight pinch as the needles are being inserted, while others feel nothing at all. Very mild cramping or other side effects might occur, but these are temporary and usually easy to tolerate.

Is Medical Acupuncture Safe?

Yes, medical acupuncture is safe. The needles are disposable, individually packaged, and pre-sterilized, so there is almost no risk of infection. Compared to the laundry list of side effects that you might experience with pharmaceutical pain relief methods, medical acupuncture is one of the safest therapies that you could commit to. It is truly conservative, holistic medicine.

How Does Medical Acupuncture Provide Pain Relief?

In traditional Chinese medicine, acupuncture is all about an invisible force in the body called Qi. If the Qi gets out of balance, various symptoms can occur. Acupuncture helps to balance the Qi.

That might sound a little unscientific, and thankfully, modern science has greatly enhanced our understanding of how acupuncture works. It is generally believed that the needles stimulate certain parts of the brain, which in turn leads to reduced pain and increased relaxation. Studies indicate that acupuncture can have other benefits as well, such as reducing symptoms of depression and providing relief from migraines.

How Often Will I Need to Attend Medical Acupuncture Sessions?

That really depends on how you respond to the treatment. Some patients notice remarkable results after just one session, while for others, they experience the best results after several visits. After you condition is stabilized, you won’t have to come in for acupuncture as often as you did at the beginning of your treatment. However, coming in for occasional sessions may help you remain healthy and pain-free.

Dr. Murphy will design a personalized plan to address whatever conditions you are coping with. Medical acupuncture might just be one facet of your overall treatment. It may work alongside medical marijuana and other holistic treatments to help you enjoy the best results possible.

How Long Does a Medical Acupuncture Session Last?

The length of medical acupuncture sessions can vary. Your first session may be the longest because we will take the time to answer your questions and collect more information about you. Subsequent sessions may last anywhere from 20 minutes to an hour. Resting for a while with the needles in your body can help you to enjoy the greatest benefits from the treatment.