Last Call- Thermography for this Saturday

This Saturday, February 25, we will be hosting Thermography screening at Miami Acupuncture Therapy. Last call before it returns 6-7 weeks later. To learn the benefits of this type of screening, refer to our previous blogpost on thermography.   🙂

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Don’t Stress Over Gift Idea Brainstorm

Don’t Stress Over Gift Idea Brainstorm. Avoid needing to leave Miami Springs and

us behind counter

deal with the crowded malls. Get your holiday gift certificates right here at Miami Acupuncture Therapy !

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Four Reasons to Get a Thermography Scan for Breast Cancer Screening


As we gear up for Breast Awareness Month in October, we should not allow the opportunity to pass for self screening and taking preventative measures. Here are four reasons to get a thermography scan now.


1. Earliest detectionthermography side view

Of all the detection methods used, thermography provides the earliest detection. Cancer cells in the breast double every 90 days. It takes approximately 8 years to reach 4 billion cancer cells (about 1 cm). This the typical amount of cancer cells that is detectable by mamograms. A thermogram can show a clinical marker when the cancer cells are approximately at only a few hundred cells and many YEARS before a mamogram can.


2. Non-invasive and painless

In thermography, nothing touches the breasts. As a matter of fact, no part of your body is touched during the procedure. There are no worries of painful and uncomfortable breast squeezing.


3. No risks

There are no risks involved in taking a thermogram. Unlike the mamogram, there is NO radiation involved in thermal imaging. Additionally, the mamogram involves squeezing the breasts. Therefore, if there are any cancerous cells present, the cancer may be squeezed into the lymph and spread throughout the body- exacerbating the condition and making it less controllable.

Also, there is no risk of complication if the breasts contain implants.


4. Other pathologies may be detected

In addition to potential breast cancer, thermography may be able to detect other potential pathologies such as: vascular disease, fibrocystic disease, possible pregnancy, and other. It may also show a pattern indicative of excess estrogen which usually indicates a high predisposition to getting breast cancer.



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Farmer’s Market Debut Oct 3

The Miami Springs Farmers Market will debut its 4th season this Saturday October 3 on Curtiss Parkway. Miami Acupuncture Therapy, as usual will be participating with chair massages, natural remedies sale, and super health food moringa plants/ leaves. Please support healthier and locally sourced food vendors. Miami Acupuncture Therapy-sign

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Natural Repellent using essential oils

Watch video here on how to make natural homemade mosquito insect repellent using essential oils


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The Legend of Yunan Baiyao Powder

Yunan Baiyao is a Chinese herbal powder which is regarded in Chinese Medicine as the world’s #1 remedy for stop bleeding. It it also a wound healing accelerator. This remedy is something that I always keep in all my first aid kits and also available for sale at Miami Acupuncture Therapy.Yunan BaiyaoThere is an old Chinese legend on how this remedy was discovered. I do not know if it is true or not, but it is certainly fun to listen to:

Once upon a time, a few hundred years ago, there was a hunter in the forest with bow and arrow. He saw a large white tiger and shot it with the arrow. The wounded tiger began limping away. The hunter followed at a safe distance,  as the wounded tiger was still too dangerous,  waiting for the tiger to weaken and die. 

After a little while, the tiger stopped, took a bite out of some plants, chewed it, and then licked it onto the wound. Shorty after, the tiger recovered and was able to get away from the hunter. The hunter later went back to examine the plant which the tiger has used. And that is the legend of how yunan baiyao was discovered.

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The Forgotten Top Ingredient in Arthritis Relief

Glucosamine, chondrotin, collagen, etc. These are the most commonly known effective ingredients for arthritis relief. And deservedly so as all of those work well. However there is another lesser known one that is extremely effective for arthritis pain.


Boswella. Boswella


A resin extracted from the herb boswellia serrata has recently been touted as a treatment for arthritis due to its anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving properties. Studies have found that the most biologically active component in the herb is 3-O-acetyl-11-keto-beta-boswellic acid (AKBA). This compound inhibits the action of 5-lipoxygenase, which is an enzyme involved in the biochemical cascade that leads to inflammation.

Participants in a study noted that relief was rapid, in as little as one week. Boswella is not only safe for human consumption; it can also be used long term. Researchers expect it will also benefit rheumatoid arthritis as well, and new studies are being started for RA.


This herb has been successfully used for centuries in some cultures for arthritis. It is the plant that produces frankincense from its resin.


Now you can have boswella conveniently in a capsule plus glucosamine, chondroitin, type 2 collagen, vitA, vitD, and manganese. Bottles are available here at Miami Acupuncture Therapy.

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How Rainy Weather Affects Arthritic Joints

     Chinese Medicine has a very physical and mechanical way of looking at health, using rainy day puddlemetaphors related to natural elements. In Chinese Medicine, arthritis is categorized as ‘wind damp’, and can be either ‘wind damp’ with heat or ‘wind cold damp’. It is seen as a localized obstructive build up in the joint with a ‘damp’ element to it. Therefore, when there is moisture in the air, the pain in arthritic joints is exacerbated. 


Aside from acupuncture needles, infrared lamp is extremely effective at relief for this. It is a very dry type of heat that has a drying + dispersing type of action on the joint with great penetration. Add Traumeel  homeopathic gel as a topical anti-inflammatory and the infrared heat will help in getting it into the joint. Finally, add some micro-current stimulation as final touch. Set at an anti-inflammatory setting at 40Hz for frequency. I love the way that the body can be healed using physics and mechanical principles as opposed to pills and chemicals.


A well known chinese herbal formula that is also very effective for this is a 15 ingredient formula called du huo ji sheng tang.

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Dade Teachers with Cigna- A Must Read

Cigna Exposed !


As the 2013-14 school year comes to a close, and as a former teacher, I would like to recognize the hard work and dedication that teachers put in. And being in healthcare now, I am advocating for teachers’ rights to their health benefits.


I have heard quite a bit of disappointing feedback from Dade teachers in the last year regarding changes on how adequately their benefits are being honored. In my practice, the abuse of Cigna violations of policy and ERISA laws of non payment has reached a level where I am no longer able to accept Cigna.


My issue with Cigna began last summer after I wrote and posted a critical article regarding a new Cigna policy that took effect on July 1, 2013. The policy is that after six chiropractic visits, medical records are required to be submitted to have medical necessity determined by someone who has never examined the patient. This includes a new physical complaint not examined by anyone yet. Even though the patient is entitled to 40 visits under this particular policy, the first six visits seem to coincide with the approximate number of visits needed to satisfy the deductible. After that, receiving benefits is often an uphill battle.


Not long after I published that post, Cigna suddenly stopped paying altogether for all my patients, including a stop payment to a pair of checks already issued for claims that were properly processed. Upto this point, I had never had an issue with getting paid by Cigna in the four years that it had been with Dade schools. When I called to find out what the issue was, I was told that the treatment rendered for each patient did not match what was on the patients’ files. I replied that this was impossible. None of the medical records were neither sent. or requested upto that point.  The lady on the phone then said that it does not necessarily mean that records were reviewed but that it also means that I should send them. I was outraged. Stating that notes did not match what was done is a very specific statement and almost accusing me of fraud even though no review had taken place. I then asked the lady how can I be sure that my patient records will be reviewed honestly if a determination had already been made even before having access to records. Every single patient after that was the same statement. The whole thing seemed very dishonest.

We never-the-less sent them the medical records. Even though I am very confident about the accuracy of them, I was skeptical whether they would actually be reviewed. When my patients called Cigna to complain, they were simply told they were waiting for the records to be reviewed. They play many games. They will change multiple times the fax number that is needed to be sent to. They will say they never received it despite evidence of transmission reports. They will say there is a page missing. We have never been paid by Cigna since.


I am not the only one. Many of my colleagues have similar complaints. Many teachers have complaints of non payment for many different types of medical services.


What can be done?

The insurance for Dade teachers is self funded. This means that Cigna merely manages the policy but that the school board pays the claim. With this arrangement, Cigna is not accountable to the state department of insurance regulations. And since the school board is not an insurance company, neither are they. So how does one make them accountable? By contacting the local department of labor. When your benefits and insurance policy is not honored, it is basically as if your employer is not paying you what was agreed. If the problems with Cigna are prevalent, and enough complaints are made, this may cause an effect to be made by the school board. I also encourage people to post your story, if you had an issue with Cigna not paying for any covered medical service in the FB comments and help it go viral and raise awareness of the issues. Do not let a big corporation tread on you and your benefits that you worked so hard to earn.

Also, feel free to post how you have benefited from alternative medicine and therapies.


Summer Offer:

This summer my office is offering teachers a discount for our services.  For $40, during our non-peak hours, you may receive either a treatment for acupuncture, pain therapy, or 30 minute massage.



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What is the Cranial Release Technique ?

The Cranial Release Technique is a simple stretch-like mechanism that causes a major release of tension in the nervous system and throughout the body. That release causes the brain and nervous system to come back to optimum state of balance and function.  CRT Adrian


This is accomplished by releasing the dura mater. The dura mater is basically a very strong sheath that covers the brain, eye ball, and spinal cord.

Daily stress- both mental and physical creates dural tension, which in turn, is applied to the vertebrae of the spinal column and creates misalignment and imbalance. The upper cervical vertebrae, ligaments, and muscles play a key role in the “righting reflex” which strives to keep the center of gravity between the feet. 


Each of the cranial nerves is wrapped in a sheath of dura mater and adverse tension and traction on within the cranial dura may be transmitted to these dural sleeves resuting in less than optimal function of the nerve involved. This includes the optic nerve. CRT Helen


Endocrine (hormone) Issues:

The pituitary gland is covered over by a layer of the meningeal dura mater called the diaphragma sella. Dural tension here will affect the hormonal function of the pituitary.



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