Welcome to Vita-Health Acupuncture & Wellness Center
Under the direction of Yelena Pakula, A.P., D.O.M., Vita-Health is a wellness center offering an alternative to Western medical treatment. In our Pembroke Pines acupuncture clinic, we reject the approach that treats the symptoms of disease and illness with harmful drugs and surgery. Instead, we look for the underlying causes that prevent us from attaining our maximum health potential. We resolve the underlying problems with natural healing methods.
What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is a component of traditional Chinese medicine that originated in China over 2,500 years ago. It is based on the belief that living beings have a vital energy, called “qi”, that circulates through twelve invisible energy lines known as meridians on the body. Each meridian is associated with a different organ system.
An imbalance in the flow of qi throughout a meridian is how disease begins. Acupuncture has already been accepted as one of the more common forms of pain management therapy in many pain clinics in Europe and the United States. Acupuncture is effective for controlling pain and can regulate the body’s physiological functions to treat various internal dysfunction and disorders.
Can one combine western and chinese medicine?
Yes. In many cases, combining western medicine with acupuncture and Chinese herbs is the fastest and most effective way to resolve symptoms of depression and promote long-term health. Herbal medications are formulated to work synergistically with any medications patients are currently using to insure safety.
Acupuncture and Chinese medicine can be used to reduce or eliminate the side effects of anti-depressant drugs, while enhancing the effects of conventional treatments. Patients who want to wean off their medications with the help of Chinese medicine should definitely discuss this with their prescribing physician and coordinate a withdrawal schedule with their Chinese medical practitioner. Patients with bipolar disorder typically need to stay on their Western medication.
Acupuncture is being integrated into Western medicine, particularly for treatment of pain, nausea, asthma, and neurological conditions. Acupuncture appears to have a balancing effect on brain chemistry. It can help with anxiety and related symptoms. Part of this effect may be from endorphins, but it appears to involve other brain chemicals as well.
Nerves “talk” to each other through the use of chemical agents called neurotransmitters. Some of the more well known agents are serotonin, dopamine, norepinephrine, and GABA. Improving the function of serotonin and GABA has a relaxing/calming effect as well as a mood stabilizing effect.