Dr. Amanda Carter is the founder and acupuncturist at Lakewood Ranch Acupuncture & Wellness. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

What Exactly Does Cupping Do?⁣

What are those cupping marks exactly and what does cupping do?⁣ ⁣ ☯️ Cupping promotes circulation and blood flow which speeds up healing. In Chinese medical terms, it increases the flow of qi and blood.⁣ ⁣ ☯️ The “marks” that come up are not bruises but is actually stagnant blood that has been trapped in the muscles…

Why Dry Needling is NOT Really Acupuncture

Not Quite The Same. There is much debate concerning the relation of dry needling and acupuncture. While they do share some superficial similarities—the use of thin needles inserted into the body—the two disciplines are actually quite different. In order to understand the distinction, it is important to define each discipline, their respective educational and licensing…

Besides Pain, What Can Acupuncture Treat?

Almost everyone has heard of acupuncture, but most people think that it mainly provides pain relief. Acupuncture physicians actually do much more than relieving the physical discomforts that patients experience. A highly efficient method for managing chronic conditions, acupuncture enhances the body’s ability to achieve natural solutions to vexing problems that Western medicine simply cannot…

Does Acupuncture Really Hurt?

Does Acupuncture Really Hurt?

Does Acupuncture Really Hurt? It’s a common misconception. When people learn that acupuncture treatments involve inserting needles, many assume that it must hurt but they’re wrong. When delivered by licensed and board certified acupuncture physicians, this time-tested form of holistic health care does not cause discomfort. In fact, many patients find a visit to the…