How Can We Help?

Dr. Lauren gets asked a lot of questions over the years so we thought we’d answer some of them here in case you have the same ones. If you cannot find the answer to your questions feel free to contact Dr. Edwards and she will add them to this list. Thanks!

Do you offer complimentary consultations?

Yes. I encourage consultations so we can discuss together how Acupuncture can help you and what individualized plan would be best in achieving your wellness goals. Call today at 941-554-4730 to schedule your free consultation.

Where are you located?

We are located at:

5602 Marquesas Circle, Unit 211,
Sarasota, FL 34233
Phone: (941) 554-4730
Fax: (941) 554-4765

What should I do before an Acupuncture Treatment?

It is encouraged you eat a light meal prior to attending a treatment, even if early in the morning. Loose comfortable clothing may be the best option for attire, as the patient is encouraged to enjoy a deep healing relaxation during the treatment.

Do all appointments involve Acupuncture?

That is not a requirement. Other therapies are offered such as cupping, nutritional counseling and many more.

Why should I see an Acupuncture Physician?

Acupuncture is an excellent adjunct therapy in treatment for any disease of the body. Unfortunately, it is common that most individuals seek out this alternative approach after all other options have failed. Some seek out Acupuncture because they are frustrated with the pharmaceutical approach or “band-aid” effect for the treatment of their symptoms. The perfect candidate for Acupuncture is anyone looking to treat their ailments with a holistic approach and learn how alternative therapies can help not only treat their condition, but heal their body as a whole.

How does Acupuncture work?

Acupuncture works by stimulating specific points on the body that communicate with nerve bundles to send messages to the brain to perform certain actions such as block pain receptors, release endorphins, or even increase the immune system response. Studies that have been done to demonstrate the biological responses which occur locally or distally are mandated by sensory neurons within the central nervous system. Acupuncture is essentially manipulating the body’s own vital energy to produce an environment where self healing can occur. Acupuncture and herbal remedies have been proven as an effective medicine for thousands of years, and these integrative therapies are now being utilized in clinical research hospitals to act as a beneficial adjunct therapy to a variety of treatment protocols.

How many treatments will I need?

Acupuncture is specific to each individual, so the number of treatments can vary. Factors that influence the healing response include if the condition is chronic or acute, age of the patient, and patient compliance between visits. Typically after 4 treatments, the patient will notice the healing effects and we can reassess to formulate the best treatment protocol from that point forward. Treatments are typically one hour in length and include modalities such as cupping, guasha, nutritional counseling, stress reduction techniques, and estim. If applicable, pain patches and herbs can be provided at the end of the treatment to help with the healing process in between treatments.

What types of conditions can Acupuncture treat?

Acupuncture can help address the following conditions:

Chronic Pain
Sleep Disorders
Gastrointestinal imbalances
Chronic Fatigue
Stress and Anxiety
Asthma and Allergies
Circulatory Disorders
Sports Injuries
Weight Loss
Immune deficiencies
Gynecological disorders/Women’s issues
Eye, ear, nose and throat disorders
Skin irritations
Musculoskeletal and Neurological disorders

Is Acupuncture painful?

No. Acupuncture should be a painless process and a relaxing experience. Acupuncture needles are referred to as filiform needles, meaning they are the width of a human hair. They are individually packed and come in guide tubes, which is what you feel the pressure from more than the needle. Some points may elicit a dull, achy or warm tingling sensation, which the Chinese refer to as “Qi” and is considered a healing response. In most cases, patients will find the treatment so relaxing they fall asleep.

Are the needles safe and sterile?

Yes. As mentioned before, the needles are individually packaged and sealed. All Acupuncture needles are sterile, single use, filiform needles made from surgical grade stainless steel. After each single use, the needles are adequately disposed in a medical sharps container, and are NEVER re-used. The needles are so thin, that they could be tied in a knot which is why they are nearly painless on insertion.

What education and licensing is required for Acupuncture Physicians?

Acupuncture Physicians are required to complete a Masters Level Program and at completion sit in four state board exams consisting of Point Location, Oriental Medicine Foundational Theory, Herbology and BioMedical. There is a strong emphasis in those four years to balance the didactic classroom teachings with clinical hands-on experience. Once the program has been completed and all four exams passed, Acupuncture Physicians are considered Primary Care Physicians in the state of Florida.

How effective is Acupuncture in treating pain?

Acupuncture is incredibly effective and beneficial in treating both acute and chronic pain. Acupuncture points when activated can block pain receptors in certain areas of the body, increase circulation, decrease inflammation and release endorphins. It is common that pain will significantly diminish within a few treatments. Patients will notice things from decreased inflammation or swelling, wider range of motion, increased mobility and overall feeling a better sense of wellbeing. As every individual and case is different, it is important to discuss the expectations and potential outcomes in the initial visit. Since different modalities are available, some or all may be beneficial in decreasing pain. In addition to Acupuncture such as modalities like cupping therapy, electrical stimulation, herbal remedies, homeopathics, and Acupuncture Point Injection Therapy may be applicable.

Do I need to consult with my Primary Care Physician before starting Acupuncture?

I encourage all patients to share with their Family Physicians they are using Acupuncture as an adjunct therapy. A majority of them will agree there are no negative side effects or risks by trying it. Dr. Edwards assess all medical history prior to treating, and will review a full list of the patients medications both prescription and over the counter. Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine should be an excellent compliment to the care your Primary Care Physician is already providing.

What is the general frequency of treatments?

Every patient is assessed on an individual basis and all treatment protocols are tailored made. Since individualized care is emphasized, frequency of treatments could range from 1-2 times a week, to bi-monthly or monthly visits. Some patients will have incredible results after two sessions and care may be required moving forward on a need be basis. Other patients may be suffering from a chronic illness that will require more regular, long term management care.

If my condition improves and symptoms subside, do I still need Acupuncture treatments?

No. The goal in the treatments is to heal the condition and move on, rather than continuing treatments indefinitely. However, patients are also encouraged to monitor their progression and return for a treatment if they see signs their symptoms are returning. Many patients not only find their condition has healed from Acupuncture treatments, but they also have a greater sense of well-being and health. Those patients commonly choose to come for a “tune-up” because they have experienced all the benefits Acupuncture has to offer, and feel better when doing so.

Is an Acupuncturist a real doctor?

Acupuncture Physicians are Primary Care Physicians in the State of Florida. They are restricted in being eligible to prescribe pharmaceuticals, but can read or order any blood work or imaging necessary.

What insurance companies cover Acupuncture?

Every plan is different. If you have questions about your specific plan and the coverage offered in regards to Acupuncture, please call the office at 941-554-4730 and we will be happy to assist you.

What if my schedule or finances don’t allow me to have regular Acupuncture treatments?

Can I still see results?

Acupuncture is immensely beneficial regardless of how often you have it. Of course depending on the condition, more frequent treatments may help in achieving the desired results quicker, however there are options available for those patients that are restricted. Herbal remedies are an excellent option to help treat between visits and other modalities can be implemented in accordance to what works best for each specific patient.

How do I get started?

Call our office today at 941-554-4730 to either schedule your complimentary consultation or book your session with Dr. Edwards. For your convenience, New Patient Forms are provided for you to fill out before coming in for your treatment. Please arrive a few minutes early to ensure you can enjoy your full session.

How long will a treatment take?

Typically one hour slots are allotted for Acupuncture sessions. Depending on the patient and modalities being utilized, shorter or longer sessions can be arranged.

What should I wear for my Acupuncture treatment?

Comfortable clothing is encouraged for your session, but not required. As most find Acupuncture deeply relaxing, the more comfortable your clothes, the more likely you are to fully enjoy. With that said, professionals will come in for a treatment on their lunch break, so it is what works best for you.

Do I need to reschedule my appointment if I am sick?

No! Acupuncture and Chinese herbal remedies work wonderfully in helping to prevent or treat cold and flu. Receiving an Acupuncture treatment while sick will help to boost your immune system and decrease the symptoms that are bothering you.

Does Acupuncture have any side effects?

People notice relatively immediately or after the first treatment that they sleep better, may have increased energy and feel a reduction in stress and anxiety. Almost all patients will leave the office commenting on the deep relaxation they feel. Long term, patients report a greater sense of well-being, decrease in the medications they take, and overall notable stress reduction.

Will I have any benefits from Acupuncture if I am already healthy?

Definitely. Acupuncture helps to increase circulation, increase blood flow and release endorphins. Traditional Chinese Medicine is best utilized when used as a preventative therapy. Similar to exercise, one should not only work out when they need to lose weight or a health report is not optimal. Physical activity is essential to promoting health and preventing disease, just like Acupuncture. Nutrition, physical exercise, meditation, massage and Acupuncture all can work together to promote optimal wellness.

How can children benefit from Acupuncture?

Even if children do not want Acupuncture with needles, they can have Acupressure which can be just as effective in treating their ailments. Traditional Chinese Medicine can be incredibly beneficial in helping to support children with weak immune systems with the use of Acupuncture/Acupressure, homeopathics, vitamins and herbal remedies. Additionally nutritional counseling can be a key in helping to manage certain conditions with children.

What style of Acupuncture is used in the clinic?

Dr. Edwards has been trained not only in Traditional Chinese Medicine, but also in Japanese style Acupuncture, Five Element Theory, Acupuncture Point Injection Therapy, and Dr. Tan’s Balancing Method. Depending on the patient and condition, the style of Acupuncture used is determined on an individual basis. Since Dr. Edwards has studied different styles and techniques, patients have many options on how to best treat their condition with the style that works the most effectively for them.