Having evolved over thousands of years, acupuncture is one of the oldest continually practiced medical modalities in the world. A treatment involves the insertion and manipulation of flexible, hair-thin needles at specific points along the body's meridian pathways. Meridians are channels through which the body's energy flow. By inserting and manipulating needles at specific points on the body, acupuncture can restore the smooth flow of energy and return the body to its natural, healthy and balanced states. Acupuncture is a safe, effective, chemical-free way to . It is used to prevent and treat disease, relieve pain, balance mood, enhance athletic performance, increase fertility, and improve overall health and wellness
We will spend a considerable amount of time going over the intake form that you will complete prior to your first visit. The intake form asks questions about your current state of health, past illnesses, and family history. These questions are important because the holistic approach of Chinese medicine takes everything into account. Your current symptoms may not seem related to past health issues, but our bodies are complex landscapes and everything that happens to them leaves its mark.
After reviewing your intake form, we will discuss your condition, and I will take your pulse and look at your tongue, which are two of the basic diagnostic methods of Chinese medicine. The acupuncture points I choose will depend on your condition and total number of needles varies from person to person. Once the needles are inserted, I will leave you to lie comfortably for 20-35 minutes with the needles in place. Many people find acupuncture treatment deeply relaxing, and it is not uncommon for patients to fall asleep during this time.
Wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothes and make sure you have eaten at least an hour before your appointment. In addition, be sure to complete the
and bring the forms with you to your appointment.
Each person is unique. After your initial evaluation I will present a treatment plan to you. The number of treatments required in Classical Acupuncture protocols varies tremendously. An acute condition may clear in just 3-5 treatments, while a stubborn chronic condition may require 12 weekly sessions.
Many first-time patients are concerned that acupuncture needles will feel like hypodermic injections at the doctor's office. They won't. Acupuncture uses hair-thin, flexible needles that you will hardly feel when inserted. The process is not painful, but some patients experience other sensations, such as heaviness or pressure. Most patients find acupuncture deeply satisfying and leave the treatment feeling relaxed both mentally and physically.
Yes. Acupuncture is used by every year. Acupuncturists are required to undergo extensive education, including detailed study of human anatomy and training in Clean Needle Technique. Acupuncturists in Florida are licensed by the Department of Health, which requires the passing of comprehensive national board examinations administered by the As required by law, I use pre-sterilized, disposable, single-use needles to ensure your complete safety.
What is Cupping?
Cupping is an ancient technique, used in many cultures, in which a special cup is applied to the skin and held in place by suction. The suction draws superficial tissue into the cup, which may either be left in place or moved along the body. Cupping brings fresh blood to the area and helps improve circulation. Traditional cupping, sometimes referred to as “fire cupping," uses heat to create a vacuum-like suction inside of glass cups. In modern times, cups that use a small pump to create suction have also been introduced.
What Can Acupuncture Treat?
Acupuncture works by activating the body's own healing powers, so it can be beneficial for many health concerns.
Chinese medicine treats people not conditions. However, most people think of illness in terms of conditions. The World Health Organization (WHO) has documented many symptoms, diseases, and conditions that have been shown in controlled clinical trials to be effectively treated with acupuncture. Below are some common conditions acupuncture can treat, but please feel free to contact me about your specific health condition.
Back, neck and shoulder pain
Leg, ankle and foot pain
Arm, wrist and hand pain
Carpal tunnel syndrome
Repetitive strain injuries
Jaw pain (TMJ)
Myofascial pain syndrome
Headaches and migraines
Digestive Issues & Nausea
Heartburn, Acid Reflux
Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
Chronic loose stools or constipation
Acute and chronic gastritis
Nausea and vomiting
Mental and Emotional Wellbeing
Colds & Flu
Reproductive & Women's Issues
Issues relating to libido and sexual function
Crystal Cacolici A.P. is a Licensed Acupuncturist and Herbalist in the state of Florida as well as a Nationally Board Certified Diplomat of Oriental Medicine. She received a Bachelor in Health Sciences and a Master of Science Degree in Traditional Oriental Medicine.
Her clinical training and experience includes two years at a free veterans clinic in Fort Lauderdale, clinical pediatric training with some of the nation’s foremost experts in Pediatrics (Stephen Cowan M.D. and Efrem Korngold OMD Lac) and an ongoing private mentorship with Master Herbalist Kevin Clark A.P., D.A.O.M. Prior to starting her own private practice, Crystal worked in a private clinic that specializes in functional medicine where she gained comprehensive knowledge of micronutrient analysis. She has an established Chinese Herbal pharmacy and is one of the few acupuncture physicians that offers custom herbal prescriptions.
Crystal is well versed in acupuncture techniques utilizing a minimal number of needles in locations far away from but related to the area being treated. She also has studied microsystems of the body extensively and has a solid understanding of the holographic view of the body where different areas and organs of the body are represented and treatable through easily accessible places of the body (hands, feet & abdomen). She is a Certified NSEV practitioner and is certified in Abdominal Acupuncture. Crystal’s approach to patient health focuses on building interpersonal relationships and incorporates the microcosmic perspective; that disease is not a series of symptoms to be suppressed, but a reflection of internal and external imbalance that require harmonization. The intention of her work is to empower the innate healing capacity of the human body-mind, through custom herbal medicines, skilled acupuncture and integrative medical advice.