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Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine

Acupuncture is a treatment intervention of traditional Chinese medicine that involves inserting needles into superficial parts of the skin to help manage a number of condition.  While pain relief and pain management are common reasons why people receive acupuncture, other benefits such as assisting with smoking cessation, stress relief, menstrual cramps, and asthma have also been shown to respond well to acupuncture and Chinese medicine.  Here are some of the common conditions and problems that may benefit from acupuncture and oriental medicine:

What is Acupuncture?

TCM thrives in preventive medicine and in the treatment of chronic disorders. It uses an
individualized wholistic approach to healing focusing on the whole person (body, mind
and spirit) when formulating a diagnosis and treatment. It uses many different modalities
of treatment such as: acupuncture, herbal therapy, acupressure, acupoint injection, tuina,
nutrition, homeopathy, tai chi, Qigong etc.… to address a variety of medical conditions
from colds and flus to diverse painful conditions (neuro-musculoskeletal pain, headache,
gynecological/menstrual pain, fibromyalgia, to include other idiopathic painful
conditions) to psycho-emotional disorders (depression, anxiety, PTSD, ADD etc.) and
even regulates the internal organs to help in the management of respiratory,
gastrointestinal, and urological disorders. Although all the mechanisms of action involved
in TCM/acupuncture have yet to be completely studied, there is plenty of evidence with
imaging and measuring of biochemical markers that associates acupuncture with the
relief of symptoms.

  • Back Pain

  • Neck Pain

  • Headaches

  • Sports Injuries

  • Joint pain

  • Sciatica

  • Car Accidents

  • Work-related injuries

  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

  • Jaw Pain

  • Labor Pain

  • Nausea/vomiting associated with chemotherapy

  • Pain associated with osteoarthritis

  • Headaches and Migraines

  • Menstrual Cramps

  • Respiratory Disorders

  • Asthma

  • Smoking cessation

  • And MORE!

​Some of the Services Offered:

  • Acupuncture

  • Acupuncture with E-Stim

  • Injection Therapy

  • Herbal Medicine

  • Cupping

  • Gua Sha

  • Medical Nutrition Counseling

  • And MORE!

Traditional Chinese Medicine


Oriental medicine (OM), also known as Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) is a healing art that existed in some form or other for more than 3,000 years. Some of the earlier texts date back from the Han Dynasty (206 BCE to 220 ACE). In the western world, it is commonly known as acupuncture. However, acupuncture is only one of several modalities that physicians of TCM use to treat patients. TCM emphasizes the role of the body in the healing process and uses herbs and natural agents to maintain health. It is an effective form of treatment and a particularly safe form of therapy. TCM is a complete medical system that takes into account every aspect of human life to promote health and well-being. It sees the body as one whole entity like a “Garden” and encompasses its physical, emotional, energetic, as well as its spiritual aspects. It emphasizes on the “Vis medicatrix” the “healing power of nature” better known as “the inborn ability of the human body to respond to the insult of illness or injury and restore itself to health in most episodes of disease or trauma (Whorton, 2002, p. 6).” The goal for treatment is boosting the ecological condition to favor self-regulatory capacity. Physicians in the eastern world are trained to examine skin, complexion, bones, channels, smells, sounds, mental state, preferences, emotions, tongue, pulse, demeanor, and body build to discern patterns that underlie a patient’s complaints. TCM’s wholistic approach to healing addresses the underlying cause of disease, and allows the body to heal itself naturally. Physicians are taught to treat the cause not just the symptoms of an illness so that the body can function more efficiently and therefore ensuring true health.

Our Certified Acupuncturist and Oriental Medicine Practitioner, Dr. Lucienne Safaite, boasts an extensive resume and vast experience in both western and eastern medicine.  She has extensive experience in the treatment of internal organ disorders, musculoskeletal disorders, psycho-emotional disorders and pain management in private practice as well as in acute care settings for over 30 years.  Dr. Safaite is a very caring, compassionate, competent, self-motivated, detail-oriented practitioner with an exquisite bedside manner. She strives to create wholesome health for her patients, which she believes can be achieved by empowering the body’s own innate healing ability to restore homeostasis and in turns creates true wellness. She aspires to contribute to a western world where eastern and western medicine coexist with full acceptance, individual autonomy, collaboration and access by all, to all and for all, just as it exists in the eastern world.  Dr. Safaite holds a bachelor’s degree in nursing and professional science and a master in professional science, acupuncture and oriental medicine. Dr. Safaite graduated with honors from some of the most prestigious universities in the United States and abroad such as Florida Atlantic University (FAU) in Boca Raton, Florida, East West College of Natural Medicine (EWCNM) in Sarasota, Florida and Changchun University of Chinese Medicine in Jilin’ Province of China.  In addition, Dr. Safaite is a former ALS certified licensed registered nurse and is currently a doctoral candidate of Acupuncture & Chinese medicine at Pacific College of Health and Science in San Diego, California. In her spare time, Dr. Safaite adores spending family time with her children and enjoys singing, dancing, meditating, yoga, Tai Chi, and being in nature.

About Dr. Safaite

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