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Age-old techniques help cure modern ailments December 10, 2007

Posted by Dreamhealer in Alternative medicine.
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  NEW SMYRNA BEACH — An ancient discipline, along with modern innovations, help Kate Canfield treat clients at her New Smyrna Beach Wellness Center. A licensed acupuncturist, acupuncture physician and a diplomat in oriental medicine, Canfield board-certified in acupuncture and herbal medicine and also practices anti-aging procedures.

“Acupuncture, which dates back more than 2,500 years, is a vital component of a complete medical science called ‘traditional Chinese medicine,’ ” she said during a recent interview at Health Point Acupuncture and Natural Medicine, 417 N. Causeway. “It is both a science and a philosophy of health, well being and wholeness.

“Just as your body has a circulatory system and skeletal system, you also have an energy system. Each cell and organ produces a specific energy. These combined energies are circulated throughout the body via meridians. When there is smooth flow and even distribution of energy there is health. When the flow is disrupted, there is pain, dysfunction or disease.

“Acupuncture involves the insertion of fine needles at specific points along these meridians to restore the smooth and even flow of energy, thus improving health and reducing pain and dysfunction. In this way acupuncture helps your body to heal itself.”

Canfield said acupuncture is usually painless. The needles are very thin and designed to glide into the skin with little discomfort, unlike syringes used in doctor’s offices, which puncture the skin to inject or withdraw fluids. Acupuncture needles are sterile and used only once.

The practice can be used to treat acute and chronic pain in all extremities of the body, as well as arthritis, headaches, migraines, sciatica, stress, muscle spasms and post-trauma (car accidents).

In addition to acupuncture, Canfield practices Chinese and Western herbal medicine, homoeopathic medicine and recently developed anti-aging skin revitalization.

“They are remedies that are based on a natural medical science that works with your body to stimulate your own defenses,” she said. “Conventional drugs often cause side effects because they work by suppressing symptoms. Homeopathic medicine relieves symptoms by helping to put your body’s systems into proper balance.”

In regards to the anti-aging and skin revitalization, she added, “People have always wanted to look younger and it seems like they are always looking for the fountain of youth.

“Millions and millions of dollars are spent yearly by people looking for anti-aging care. In my world of natural medicine I don’t promote surgery or injections of substances into the body in order to get the results that they desire.”

At her clinic, Canfield uses a non-invasive cosmetic procedure she touts as a “low-cost, painless alternative” for those wishing the results of surgical cosmetic treatments.

Often referred to as the “lunchtime facelift,” the treatments use subtle electrical frequencies that mimic the body’s own electrical signals, sending familiar messages to the muscles and cells in the skin. Micro current is the closest known electrical current that can be delivered on a nearly identical level as the electrical current the human body naturally produces.

The benefits of the procedure are said to include eliminating fine lines, creases, and wrinkles, restoring the glow of youthful skin, visibly firming, contouring and lifting the overall droop and tightening sagging jowls, double chins, and fatty cheeks.

Canfield received her traditional Chinese medicine training from the Florida College of Integrative Medicine in Orlando, where she received a master’s of science degree in Oriental medicine and a bachelor’s of science degree in health studies.

She is a member of the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, the American Association of Oriental Medicine and the Florida State Oriental Medicine Association.

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