Needling Andrew Heimann about Acupuncture

December 15, 2014

Acupuncture originates from China and is the practice of inserting fine needles through the skin at particular points to relieve pain.  Salonpas interviewed Andrew Heimann, who holds a Master of Science in Traditional Oriental Medicine (MSTOM) from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, and is licensed to practice acupuncture in three states – New York, Florida and Indiana – about the role of acupuncture in alleviating health issues:andrewheimann

How did you get interested in traditional Oriental medicine?

When I was a child, I was interested in an alternative way of approaching medicine.  While I certainly saw the validity and usefulness of Traditional Western Medicine, I felt like Western Medicine alone was an incomplete explanation to the complexity of the human experience.  I wanted to know about the other parts.

Do you recommend a mix of East and Western medical practices?

Absolutely.  I am a firm believer in using what works.  Nothing is perfect.  I have found success combining eastern and western practices. I believe that Nutripuncture, a natural supplement, epitomizes this combination.  Originally drawing on eastern philosophies about bodily systems communicating with one another through vital currents, Nutripuncture uses western science to enter specific mineral combinations into the body to help cellular communication.  When cellular communication is increased, the body is better able to self-regulate and heal itself.  Each tool in a toolbox has different uses and the best results often come when you combine different tools to finish the job in the most efficient way.

What types of issues does acupuncture address in your practice?

I treat a lot of anxiety, depression, pain, and infertility.  Acupuncture is recognized by the World Health Organization for the treatment of over 40 different conditions, which are listed on my website.

How does biomedicine and energy medicine intersect today?

I think it’s crucial for a patient to be monitored both by an Acupuncture Physician and a Medical Doctor.  Both have different insights and both can help a patient see the whole picture.  I’m always interested in the feedback and dialogue with a patient’s Medical Doctor.

Do you have any experience with the Salonpas products?  If so, what has your experience been?

I used to have back pain from playing tennis when I was younger and would apply the patches to my back.  I found them quite helpful.

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