Frequently Asked Questions
What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is one branch of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). It is a medicine in which tiny, hairlike neeles are inserted into specific spots or points specifically for what ails you.
Will it hurt?
Kristen is a very gentle Acupuncturist with over 21 years of experience with a great bedside manner. She also has non-needle options available.
Is there medicine on the needle?
No, Acupuncture needles are the size of a cats whisker. There is nothing on or in the needle.
How will I know if it works?
Acupuncture works in a cumulative way. They work from your bodys natural healing ability and everyone is different but the treatments build until you arrive at or close to your goals.
Can you help me?
Kristen can provide a complimentary phone consultation with you prior to your appointment to determine if Acupuncture is appropriate for you.
Why CelestialAcu & Kristen?
Kristen has over 21 years in the industry. She stays true to her education and utilizes Traditional Chinese Medicine techniques. She is also in a Ph.D. program to be able to quantify Acupuncture treatments. This is not a 2-year Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) program that some Acupuncturists go onto, it is a 5-year traditional research based program. She has been published in national research journals and the national TCM publication. She is steadfast and meticulous in her approach. She is the Acupuncturist who teaches and trains other seasoned Acupuncturists and Acupuncture students. Lastly, she has enough experience to be able to refer out to physicians, psychiatrists, counselors, and the like when necessary.
What type of training does an Acupuncturist have?
Acupuncturists in the state of Florida receive a Master's degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) where they complete didactic and clinical rotations. They then have to take national board exams and maintain a state and national license through bi-annual continuing education.
Are you a doctor?
No, Acupuncturists are not physicians and do not go through the same training. Although in Florida Acupuncturists are considered primary care physicians, Kristen does not take on that role with patients.
World Health Organization
The World Health Organization is a specialized agency of the United Nations responsible for international public health. It is headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland, and has six regional offices and 150 field offices worldwide.
WHO recommends Acupuncture as a recognized modality.