Acupuncture heals by balancing energy within the body. Don’t let the idea of needles put you off — most patients barely feel a thing as the hair-thin needles go in. Nancy Bellard is a Florida licensed and board certified Acupuncture Physician who takes the utmost care to make sure her patients are comfortable. The needles we use are hair-thin and are designed not to cut the skin. They are inserted gently & shallowly and the experience of having acupuncture is in no way like having an injection. While each person experiences acupuncture differently, most people feel only a minimal amount of sensation as the needles are inserted. Once the needles are in most of our patients tell us that they experience a feeling of relaxation and well-being that lasts for many hours after the treatment.

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DIGESTIVE ISSUES
Acupuncture can help you manage a spectrum of digestive issues including, but not limited to IBS, acid reflux, heart burn, nausea, constipation, diarrhea, Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, hemorrhoids, fissures, bloating and gas. With a combination of acupuncture, herbs, dietary changes, and specific supplements, Michele can provide a targeted treatment plan to treat underlying problems in the digestive system, encourage healing, and maintain a healthy gut.
ALLERGIES
Allergies occur when the immune system mounts an attack on something harmless such as pollen or pet dander. Asthma, hay fever, eczema, behavioral problems, insomnia, and digestive problems can all stem from underlying allergies and can be treated with acupuncture and Chinese herbs. For many patients, acupuncture brings almost immediate relief. Acupuncture has shown in recent studies to help regulate the immune system by decreasing allergic responses and improving the ability to fight off viral and bacterial infections.
RESPIRATORY PROBLEMS
Respiratory problems respond very well to acupuncture and Chinese herbs. Whether you are coming in for an acute cold or cough or a chronic problem like asthma or emphysema, acupuncture can help improve lung function, calm inflammation and clear phlegm congestion.
ANXIETY & DEPRESSION
Acupuncture and Chinese herbs can be effective forms of treatment for mild to moderate cases of anxiety and depression. They can also be safely combined with conventional treatments such as talk therapy and pharmaceuticals for more severe cases.
INTERSTITIAL CYSTITIS
Interstitial Cystitis can cause pain and pressure in the lower abdomen or pelvis, urgent and frequent urination, and can affect quality of life. Symptoms can be episodic and medical treatments are not always effective. Acupuncture and Chinese herbs can provide relief for patients with interstitial cystitis during episodes of symptoms as well as prevent recurrence.
REPEATED UTIs
Some women are prone to frequent urinary tract infections (UTIs) and can experience them regularly, particularly after sexual activity. While most UTIs should be treated by your doctor with antibiotics, over time, repeat doses of these drugs can interfere with digestion and lead to other problems like yeast infections. Acupuncture and Chinese herbs can help women prone to UTIs by preventing recurrence and treating symptoms before it becomes a full-blown infection.
FATIGUE
Chronic fatigue affects more than one million Americans and can cause pain, insomnia, a weakened immune system and other symptoms leading to a poor quality of life. Many patients with this diagnosis find relief with the combination of Chinese herbs, acupuncture and dietary changes prescribed by licensed acupuncturists. Fatigue that has not been examined by a doctor can be associated with a multitude of disease states and should be assessed by your primary care physician. If your fatigue is associated with stress, insomnia, mild depression or other known causes, treatments with Chinese medicine could give you more energy and correct the underlying cause of fatigue.

MIGRAINES/HEADACHES
A combination of acupuncture and massage can relieve most headaches during an episode. However, Chinese herbs, regular acupuncture, and dietary changes can help prevent migraines and headaches by correct the underlying imbalances creating them.

BACK PAIN
Acupuncture is widely accepted now as an effective treatment for back pain.  From acute sprains to long-term chronic back pain, it can be a safe and natural way to treat pain and prevent recurrence.

NECK AND SHOULDER TENSION
People who work on computers all day or experience intense stress often suffer from neck and shoulder tension. Patients find that acupuncture is a great way to relieve muscle tension and spasms, promoting relaxation in any area of the body.

JOINT PAIN
Pain in any joint can be effectively treated with acupuncture.  From pain in the fingers to the shoulders, knees, ankles, and elbows, acupuncture has been shown to reduce inflammation, improve circulation, promote healing, and stop pain.

ARTHRITIS
Acupuncture has been shown to reduce inflammation in the joints, which makes it a safe and effective treatment for suffers of both osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. It has also been shown to regulate the immune system, which can also aid in the management of rheumatoid arthritis.

SPORTS INJURIES
Quick healing time is crucial for an athlete with an injury. Adding acupuncture to your healing plan can increase recovery time, getting these patient back in the game faster. Acupuncture can also be used to strengthen and prevent repeat injuries when patients are asymptomatic.

NERVE DAMAGE
Nerve damage can result from traumatic injury, viral or bacterial infections, nutritional deficiencies, diabetes, autoimmune diseases, cancer treatments and other pharmaceutical drugs. Treatment for nerve damage should include addressing the underlying cause with your primary care physician if possible.  These patients may also want to look into modifying the diet, discussing different pharmaceuticals with your doctor, or physical therapy. Acupuncture can help regenerate nerves and can be an effective adjunct treatment to these protocols or as a stand alone treatment if no other intervention is needed.

Facial acupuncture is an alternative to invasive western medical procedures to give the appearance of more youthful skin. It helps to enhance muscle tone, firms skin appearance, and improves your overall health. It is effective for all age groups. It promotes collagen production and blood flow which leaves you looking radiant and youthful. Facial acupuncture encompasses the whole person, so it is not just a cosmetic treatment. The face is used as a barometer of the entire body. In addition to a facial acupuncture treatment, patients should expect a full body treatment as well. During your first appointment, you should expect that diet, lifestyle, and skincare will be discussed. The treatment will consist of needles and possibly cupping or massage. After the treatment, you should see results in the appearance of the face as well as the body, mind and spirit.

AMENORRHEA
Acupuncture and Chinese herbs can help address many types of amenorrhea or a lack of a menstrual period.  These include exercise-induced amenorrhea, PCOS, hormonal insufficiencies, and some types of imbalances with the hypothalamic-pituitary-ovarian axis.  Our experienced acupuncturists provide customized acupuncture treatments and herbal formulas based on each specific case to help the ovaries begin to ovulate and the cycles to become regular.   They may also suggest some dietary and lifestyle changes to help support your treatments.

ENDOMETRIOSIS
Endometriosis is one of the leading causes of pelvic pain we see at the YinOva Center. It can seriously affect a woman’s ability to conceive and can also cause uncomfortable, heavy or irregular periods. Sometimes there are no symptoms associated with endometriosis and it is only discovered when a woman seeks treatment for infertility. We use a combination of acupuncture and Chinese herbs aimed at improving blood circulation, clearing inflammation, relieving pain and treating the patient’s underlying condition associated with their endometriosis. Patients with this conditions may also benefit from making specific dietary changes to quicken their healing.

FIBROCYSTIC BREASTS
It is estimated that 30-60% of women and at least 50% of women of childbearing age experience fibrocystic breasts. These women develop non-cancerous lumps in their breast tissue that are responsive to the fluctuating hormones of the menstrual cycle and can sometimes cause pain and swelling, especially in the days preceding the menses. We associate this symptom with stagnation in Chinese medicine and treat it with acupuncture and Chinese herbs to improve the circulation of qi and blood. Specific dietary changes can also help this condition.

IRREGULAR MENSES
Many women experience periods that come irregularly each month, which can make trying to conceive difficult.  Irregular menses can be due to an imbalance in hormone fluctuations throughout the month.  Acupuncture and Chinese herbs are wonderful for balancing the hormones and encouraging a more predictable ovulation, which helps regulate the menstrual cycle.

LOW LIBIDO
It is estimated that 43% of women report issues with libido. Many of the most common complaints can be addressed using Chinese medicine. In women, Acupuncture and Chinese herbs can help address low desire, dryness, inability to orgasm, painful intercourse, and problems with arousal.

MENOPAUSE
Chinese herbs are very effective in treating many of the symptoms that arise during menopause including hot flashes, irritability, insomnia, weight gain, and night sweats. Acupuncture is also beneficial for balancing hormones, which eases this transition.

OVARIAN CYSTS
Ovarian cysts can cause pelvic pain and interfere with a women’s ability to conceive.  They can be naturally occurring or as a side effect of some fertility treatments. Acupuncture and Chinese herbs can help resolve both.

PAINFUL MENSES
About 50% of women who are menstruating experience cramping and pain during their periods, while about 10% of them have debilitating pain. Our patients are often thrilled to experience relief from their menstrual cramps, even when that is not the focus of treatment. We often see changes in the severity of menstrual cramping within one to three months of regular acupuncture, Chinese herbs, and appropriate dietary changes.

POLYCYSTIC OVARIAN SYNDROME (PCOS)
PCOS is becoming an increasingly prevalent cause of infertility. Women with PCOS are not ovulating and many do not have periods or have irregular cycles. We are seeing an increasing number of patients with PCOS at the YinOva Center and have found acupuncture and Chinese herbs to be very effective at stimulating ovulation and regulating their cycles. Recent reputable studies have shown these treatments to be as effective as the fertility drug clomid in stimulating ovulation.

PMS
Premenstrual symptoms are very responsive to treatment with acupuncture and Chinese herbs. Headaches, cramping, breast tenderness, bloating, moodiness, acne, insomnia, and changes in bowel movements can all be resolved with regular treatments. In combination with specific dietary changes, most women see an improvement in their PMS symptoms within one to three cycles.

RECURRENT MISCARRIAGE
There are many causes of recurrent miscarriage, some of which can be addressed with acupuncture and Chinese herbs. Our experienced acupuncturists can help determine potential imbalances leading to early pregnancy loss, and will refer to leading physicians for testing and concurrent medical treatment when appropriate. Studies have shown acupuncture to prevent some types of miscarriage, so we recommend our newly pregnant ladies to continue acupuncture treatments into their pregnancies.

STRESS RELATED HORMONE IMBALANCE
The modern diet and stress-filled lifestyles we often lead can wreck havoc on our hormones in multiple ways. Stress hormones communicate can lead to a cascade of signaling in our bodies, causing blood to divert away from organs like the digestive and reproductive systems. Since many hormones are dependent upon one another to remain balanced, over time, excess levels of stress can lead to imbalances in the reproductive hormones, potentially affecting fertility. Acupuncture has been shown to increase blood flow to the reproductive organs and in conjunction with Chinese herbs can work to regain hormonal balance of the entire body.

UTERINE FIBROIDS
Uterine fibroids are benign growths in the uterus and are often are associated with heavy periods, cramping, bleeding or spotting between periods, abdominal swelling, and sometimes pain during intercourse. They can also interfere with the ability to conceive. Acupuncture and Chinese herbs can be effective as treatment for fibroids or as adjunctive treatment with Western medical interventions when fibroids are advanced in size.

MORNING SICKNESS
Acupuncture has long been used as a treatment for nausea. In fact Sea Bands, which are recommended for motion sickness, are effective because they stimulate the acupuncture point P6. Acupuncture performed during pregnancy by qualified and experienced practitioners is completely safe and can be helpful in reducing early pregnancy symptoms like morning sickness.

PREGNANCY FATIGUE
Fatigue during pregnancy is a symptom many women experience, especially in the first and third trimesters. Most patients receiving acupuncture for any reason report improvement in energy levels, and it is especially noticed during pregnancy.

PREGNANCY BACK PAIN
During pregnancy, back pain can be a common experience as the baby starts to put pressure on the back and pelvis. Acupuncture is widely accepted as an effective treatment for back pain, and is particularly effective for pregnancy related back and hip pain. It is best to treat this type of pain as soon as it starts to develop as it can worsen as the baby grows. Acupuncture is safe during pregnancy and can help resolve pain in any part of the back, neck and shoulders and hips, including sciatica.

PREGNANCY SWELLING
Water retention and swelling is a common side effect of advanced pregnancy and can be helped with regular acupuncture treatments. Michele can also recommend simple dietary and lifestyle changes to assist fluid metabolism in the body for the remainder of the pregnancy.

BREECH BABY
At around 34 to 37 weeks gestation, a fetus becomes positioned for birth with its head down. When not positioned this way, it is considered a breech presentation. By using moxibustion (the warming a specific acupuncture point with an herbal incense), babies can turn into the correct position 69-85% of the time.

LABOR INDUCTION
Several acupuncture points have been shown to stimulate uterine contractions. While these points are avoided throughout most of the pregnancy, they work wonderfully for signaling the body to go into labor at full term. This type of treatment is completely safe and should be started at around week 37+. Labor induction with acupuncture was recently shown in a study to reduce medical inductions by 35-43%, the use of epidurals by 31% and emergency Cesareans by 32%.

POST PARTUM DEPRESSION
After giving birth, the body goes through hormonal changes that can manifest both physically and mentally Acupuncture can help moderate these hormonal changes and smooth this transition. Michele can also prescribe safe Chinese herbs to help speed recovery and stabilize the mood.

POST PARTUM RECOVERY
Women experiencing any symptoms after giving birth can benefit greatly from acupuncture. Acupuncturists often help women who have constipation, urinary and pelvic floor problems, insomnia, back pain, hip pain, low milk supply, carpal tunnel, insomnia, night sweats, post partum depression, or fatigue associated with the post partum time.

LACTATION SUPPORT
There are specific acupuncture points and Chinese herbs that can increase the milk supply in lactating women. Michele can also discuss dietary and lifestyle changes to support healthy milk supply.

LOW LIBIDO
It is estimated that 31% of men report issues with libido. Anxiety, stress, hormonal imbalances and anatomical problems can all contribute and most are treatable with acupuncture and Chinese herbs.

SEXUAL DYSFUNCTION
Chinese herbs and acupuncture can help correct some types of sexual dysfunction including low desire, erectile dysfunction, premature ejaculation, and delayed orgasm.

MALE FACTOR INFERTILITY
Male factor infertility accounts for 40% of couples struggling to conceive.  Acupuncture and Chinese herbs have been shown in recent studies to help improve sperm count, motility, and morphology, as well as correcting some immune factors such as anti-sperm antibodies that can interfere with conception.

PROSTATITIS
Inflammation of the prostate gland in men (called prostatitis) can cause urinary dysfunction, sexual dysfunction, and pain. Acupuncture and Chinese herbs can be used as an adjunct treatment for acute bacterial prostatitis as well as some chronic types. It can also help manage and reduce symptoms of an inflamed prostate that is only under observation by your doctor and not in need of medical intervention.

BENIGN PROSTATIC HYPERTROPHY
As men age, the prostate gland can swell and cause discomfort and urinary symptoms. Most cases do not require medical intervention, but can still cause symptoms. Acupuncture and Chinese herbs can be used as a way to manage symptoms of benign prostatic hypertrophy and slow the progression over time.

SPORTS INJURIES
Quick healing time is crucial for an athlete with an injury. Adding acupuncture to your healing plan can increase recovery time, getting these patient back in the game faster. Acupuncture can also be used to strengthen and prevent repeat injuries when patients are asymptomatic.

AGING/ANDROPAUSE
Some men experience hormonal fluctuations with age as levels of testosterone decrease including hot flashes, abnormal sweating, fatigue, anxiety, decreased libido and depression. Acupuncture and Chinese herbs can help manage these symptoms and regulate the hormones through this transition.

Acupuncture Appointments

Your initial appointment will be a full acupuncture evaluation and initial treatment lasting apx 1.5 hours. This time will be spent reviewing your past medical history, completing a comprehensive examination, discussing your goals, and concluding with your first treatment. Please bring any relevant medical information you would like to share with the acupuncturist, including a list of current medications as herbal products may be recommended. Follow-up appointments may be scheduled following your initial evaluation and last apx 1 hour. During these subsequent appointments your health be will be re-assessed and treatment provided. Prenatal appointments are also available. Support with acupuncture is a safe and gentle way to optimize health during your pregnancy. From preventing some types of miscarriage to relieving pain, nausea, constipation, and preparing you for labor and delivery, our skilled practitioners will safely help you through any stage of your pregnancy.

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