Maria Antonopoulos - Balanced Health Acupuncture
Maria Antonopoulos is a graduate of the New York College of Health Professions where she earned a Master Degree in Oriental Medicine. She is a licensed New York State Acupuncturist and a Diplomat of Acupuncture (National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine). Maria believes that a great number of our physical symptoms start with stress. Through the use of acupuncture, various relaxation techniques, essential oils and Chinese Herbal Medicine Maria effectively puts people on a path of healing. Maria’s gentle, alternative approach relieves health issues and helps individuals get relief from the physical symptoms and fatigue that come from juggling a stressful life. In order to accommodate the working individual, Maria schedules appointments as early as 7AM on certain days and as late as 7PM on others. Her offices are located in Baldwin and Wantagh. She can be reached at (516) 395-0966.
Maria invites everyone to come in for a free 20 minute stress relieving session to get used to the needles and to get a feel for the relaxing benefits that acupuncture can provide.
What is Acupuncture and How Will You Benefit?
Acupuncture is an aspect of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) that involves the insertion of fine hair-like needles into specific points on the body. These points lie on "channels" or "meridians" that channel the body's qi. TCM considers qi to be the energy force of the body that drives all things in the body. This energy force or qi can be accessed through these specific points. It is when the qi is not balanced in the body, (too much in a particular area represents stagnation and causes pain, too little results in weakness) that the body begins to show signs of dis-ease. The acupuncture points are the acupuncturist's means to access the qi and bring it back into balance.
The meridians themselves have particular characteristics and locations depending on the organ they refer to. There are 14 main meridians that in total have 361 acupuncture points. When an individual comes for treatment, the acupuncturist will take an in-depth medical history and ask questions that a typical Western Medicine practitioner would probably never ask, such as questions about sleep, bowel movement, urination, menstrual symptoms (if female) and emotional state to name a few. The acupuncturist will also look at an individual's tongue and feel the pulse in three specific locations on both wrists. The acupuncturist will also observe an individual's coloring, eyes, lips, nails, and ask about any unusual markings on the body. The medical history and the acupuncturist's observations will provide a means for the acupuncturist to select points on the body for treatment.
Each person's experience with acupuncture will be different than the next and the number of visits an individual will need depends on how long an individual has had a certain condition. The sooner you come for treatment when a symptom manifests, the quicker you will get better. However, acupuncture should never be a substitute for seeking medical attention from a physician. It is recommended that you see your doctor before you come for acupuncture.
There are so many ways you will benefit from acupuncture. Many individuals report a sense of deep relaxation, improved sleep, reduction or elimination of pain, improved digestion, more energy and a sense of well being. The National Institute of Health has published a consensus statement that indicates that acupuncture is a therapeutic intervention that is widely practiced in the United States. There have been numerous studies indicating its usefulness and efficacy in adult postoperative and chemotherapy nausea and vomiting and in postoperative dental pain, addiction, stroke rehabilitation, headache, menstrual cramps, tennis elbow, fibromyalgia, myofascial pain, osteoarthritis, low back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, and asthma. For details see http://consensus.nih.gov/1997/1997Acupuncture107html.htm
Balanced Health Accupuncture
559 Rose Blvd.
Baldwin, NY 11510
Center for the Alignment of Body, Mind and Spirit
2050 Wantagh Avenue
Wantagh, New York 11793
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