The ancient Chinese recognized a vital energy present in all life forms and life processes. They called this energy â€˜Qiâ€™ (pronounced CHEE). This vital energy provides us with the ability to talk, walk, think, dream and love. It protects us against illness and disease and provides overall regulation of the entire body. In developing an understanding of the prevention and cure of disease, these healing practitioners discovered that this energy flows along channels in the body called â€˜meridiansâ€™. Disease occurs when there is a deficiency, blockage or imbalance of energy in the meridians and their associated physiological systems. Acupuncture produces results by re-establishing balance and ensuring the continuous flow of Qi.
Acupuncture points are specific locations along the meridians. Stimulation of these points affects the Qi passing through them. This brings the body to balance and helps to control and regulate the circulation of blood and vital substances, influencing the central and peripheral nervous system. Modern science has been able to measure the electrical charge at these points, thus confirming the locations of the meridians mapped by the ancient scholars.
How effective is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is highly effective not only for treatment of symptoms but as a preventive medicine. Evidence shows that it releases endorphins from the brain, which makes Acupuncture particularly effective in pain control. It improves sugar, cholesterol, and triglyceride levels in the blood; the functioning of the gastrointestinal system; and the activity of the endocrine system. It increases blood circulation, lymph circulation, immune system response, and neuro-peptide release. Acupuncture strengthens and improves overall body function, enhances recuperative power and immunity, and enables one to regain and enjoy physical and emotional health. ?Complementary to western medicine, Acupuncture may also be an alternative to dangerous medication. It can often provide relief when western medicine may not.
Oriental Medicine uses an intricate system of pulse and tongue diagnoses, palpation of points and meridians, complete medical history and other signs and symptoms to create an Oriental Medical diagnosis. A treatment plan is formulated to induce the body to a balanced state of health.
Theresa Rizzo-Ovia,A.P.,Dipl. O.M.(NCCAOM),received her Acupuncture degree from Dragon Rises College of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine in 2002. Along with her Florida license as an Acupuncture Physician (AP1674),she is national board certified in both Acupuncture and Chinese Herbology. She has completed her Bachelor of Science degree in Natural Health. She studied Mayan medicine in Belize with Rosita Arvigo,a traditional healer,ethnobotanist,and Doctor of Naprapathy. While in Belize,she spent time making herbal medicines as tinctures and salves. She also collected native plants for preservation and for HIV and Cancer research with the New York Botanical Garden.
Theresa has over 20 years experience as a nutritional Consultant. She worked in a community group settingworking as an Acupuncturist to the Alachua County Drug Court program,treating addiction. She focuses her advanced studies in nutrition,advanced Acupuncture techniques; including but not limited to Japanese meridian therapy and Taoist styles of Acupuncture,Herbal medicine,Womenâ€™s healthcare and Pain management. She is a co-founder of Gainesville Community Acupuntcure.