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Dr. Raphael Balbino, MD
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Acupuncture is an ancient practice, proven over time. Because anything that is comprised of matter has an energy equivalence (Einstein's E = mc2), the body has energy or electrical pathways which connect into the organs. The Chinese called those electrical pathways meridians, naming them after the organs to which they connect. It is possible to take a galvanometer and identify the identical acupuncture meridians and points that the Chinese charted thousands of years ago. These meridians or electrical circuits have an optimal operating range, just like blood pressure, temperature, and pulse have an optimal range. When those circuits are in brown-out (insufficient power) or surge (excess power) they don't operate well. Imagine that if the circuit serving your refrigerator was in brown-out – it wouldn't cool very well. So, in acupuncture, we try to identify the key meridians or circuits that are not operating optimally. We boost the circuits that are low, calm the ones that are hyper, steal from the rich to give to the poor, unblock blocked circuits, and even out right to left. When all the circuits are optimally powered, it's like a tune-up for your car, and all the areas they serve (organs, muscles, nerves, tissues, etc.) operated optimally.
Acupuncture can be used to treat a myriad on conditions. Different types of pain are probably what acupuncture is best known for helping. This includes headaches, migraines, neck pain, low back pain, fibromyalgia, nerve pain or paralysis, joint pain and arthritis, irritable bowel pain, shingles, reflex sympathetic dystrophy (RSD)/ complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS), new injuries, old injuries, and more. But the benefits of acupuncture are not limited to pain. Neurological conditions, concussion, PMS (pre-menstrual syndrome), menopausal syndrome, menstrual cramps, fatigue, digestive problems including irritable bowel syndrome, stress, depression, anxiety, asthma, allergies, chronic infections, endocrine problems including diabetes, Lyme disease, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, and many other kinds of problems can be improved, eliminated or managed successfully with acupuncture. Traditionally, acupuncture is performed 4 – 5 times a year at the change of the seasons to help keep people healthy. I have been practicing acupuncture for over 24 years – there are very few things that acupuncture cannot help.
People will sometimes be nervous about acupuncture because they may be very sensitive to needles or have had very traumatic experiences with needles or medical procedures. Truthfully, for the majority of people and most points, acupuncture is totally painless and/or involves a momentary mild sensation. However, if for any reason needles are not desired, I use a battery powered acupoint stimulator that is unequivocally painless and safe, even for a newborn infant. So, there need never be a concern that acupuncture would be uncomfortable or anxiety provoking. In fact, many people notice improved energy, a heightened sense of well-being, calmness, and relaxation following a treatment. Try it! You will feel better!
Frequency Specific Microcurrent
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This is a therapy that employs miniscule energy flow to treat medical conditions. The amount of power that is used is 1/100,000 of what would blow a fuse in your car's circuits. You might wonder how such a tiny amount of current could have any effect. Power at this level is in the same range as the energy flow at which the cells operate, so this therapy actually changes the electromagnetic field around the cells. Microcurrent in general has been shown to increase ATP production five-fold. Boosting energy in the mitochondria, the body's power plants, is a very valuable tool (when was the last time you complained about too much energy??).
Frequency specific microcurrent adds another benefit by actually removing a targeted pathology from a targeted tissue. It works something like the way that a singer can hit exactly the right note to make a crystal glass shatter, or in lithotripsy where ultrasound shatters a kidney stone, or when you see in a movie where a laser beam explodes a rock. What is happening in each of these scenarios is that the glue holding together the crystal, the kidney stone, or the rock is characterized by a specific frequency. When a frequency is generated that is exactly 180 degree opposite the frequency of the glue, both are cancelled out. There is no glue holding together the crystal, stone, or rock, so it shatters. If you believe in the concept of cellular memory, frequency specific microcurrent acts as though it removes the energy of that pathology from the field of the cells. A classic example is using the FSM (frequency specific microcurrent) concussion protocol to treat someone who has had some sort of head injury. It's well known that when boxers or athletes have repeated concussions, it takes less and less trauma to produce a larger and larger neurologic effect. This is not a situation where there has been an actual bleed or hemorrhage inside the brain, but rather bouncing the brain around makes it act like when a computer needs to be re-booted or re-set. By taking the energy message of trauma out of the brain cells' electromagnetic field, the concussion protocol re-sets the brain so it can function properly again.
There are hundreds of frequency codes for conditions and tissues in FSM, allowing treatment of a myriad of medical problems including allergies, asthma, immune dysfunction, infections (virus, fungal, bacterial, and protozoal), pain, nerve problems, shingles, menstrual cramps, endometriosis, fibroids, liver injury, kidney problems, macular degeneration, and many more. There are conditions for which there is no traditional medical treatment, but FSM can work amazingly well. It's wonderful to have a therapy that is painless and harmless, but so incredibly effective. How many drugs or medical therapies can boast that sort of side effect profile? Dr. Hartman has been using this therapy with essentially every patient she has seen for the last 20+ years and finds it invaluable.