Ronica Perez graduated summa cum laude from the National University of Health Sciences with a Master’s Degree in Acupuncture. At the open house of this university, she met Dr. Kwon who was talking about acupuncture and oriental medicine. Dr. Kwon used the example of treating the "common cold." Using Chinese medical theories, he explained how one medicine would not work on all individuals who have a cold. He pointed to the people in the lecture and said though everyone in the room had a cold, this one had a fever, this one had a sore throat, this one had a clear, runny nose, and this one had chills. Chinese medicine looks at each person and records each symptom to make a prescription and treatment plan that is unique and specific to each individual. After listening to Dr. Kwon, she had to learn more, and immediately enrolled in the Master’s program for Acupuncture. Ronica also incorporates ZYTO biofeedback technology. Using this extraordinary modern technology with the wisdom of the ancient philosophies, she is able to give each patient insight as to why they are experiencing discomforts and develop a plan not only to treat the current symptoms but also to try to prevent them from occurring again. Chinese medicine requires the practitioner to be skilled at listening to patients and finding the ‘root cause’ of complaints. Patients are able to take more responsibility for their health and learn about the amazing healing capabilities of the human body. Instead of feeling “Why does this type of stuff always happen to me…,” the patient becomes empowered to change and to heal. The effects of the acupuncture treatments continue to amaze Ronica. She is constantly educating herself about this medicine that is thousands of years old and is honored to be able to share this knowledge with others.
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National University of Health Sciences M.S. Ac., L.Ac. 2011
Ronica Eve Perez L.AC's Expert Contributions
Q: HOW DOES ACUPUNCTURE WORK?A: The classical Chinese explanation is that Qi (chee), an energetic substance, flows through our body in channels called meridians, just as blood flows through our veins. The Qi should be flowing harmoniously throughout the body but certain factors lead to this flow...
People always ask me, "What is acupuncture good for?" My answer is always, "Everything!" This is a medicine that believes in the body's ability to heal itself. It trusts the Wisdom of the body and the Wisdom of the Creator of this body knowing that all the answers to healing lie within. Over the...
Spring is a time for growth. It is a time to plan your garden, decide what it is you would like to grow and envision the steps necessary to achieve your goal.According to Chinese philosophers, Spring is associated with the Wood element. The wood comes out of its deep sleep and begins to bud and grow...
Yes, acupuncture is used to promote healthy circulation in the body which is why it is so effective in treating pain of any kind. In any type of arthritis, circulation is key to improving the pain. I would also recommend stretching and deep breathing; "yoga breaths" or "belly breaths" will also help get oxygen to the extremities and better circulation. READ MORE
Acupuncture focuses on the symptoms of physical and emotional issues. They are connected and as we get circulation moving in the body, the qi-which is the healing energy is allowed to flow with the blood and create balance in the body. In my practice, anxiety is just another symptom, usually along with fatigue, inability to sleep, digestive issues, that is connected to a stressed out and overburdened immune system. When we help the body to heal, the emotions also balance. Every organ system in Chinese Medicine is tied to an emotion so that emotion helps to identify where the body is struggling. The Liver is connected to anger and frustration. The Stomach is connected to worry and rumination. The lungs are connected to sadness, grieving and inability to let go or trust. The Kidneys are connected to fear of being alone or fear of moving forward. And the Heart is connected to anxiety, which can be due to trapping all of one's emotions in the body. Acupuncture always treats both the physical and the emotional. READ MORE
Yes, acupuncture is always great for any type of pain management. Right knee pain and left knee pain also indicates different conditions in the body that when understood could help with preventing inflammation that could be leading to more pain and allow quicker healing to an injured area. READ MORE
Some people are more sensitive to the needles and others can't even tell that a needle was placed. Any sensation that is felt during the treatment should only last for a few seconds, that is usually a sign that the energy was blocked, but once it moves, the pain subsides. I also have a laser acupuncture device that I use for people who are scared of the needles. READ MORE
Yes, acupuncture can help all types of blood issues but I would also pay close attention to diet and support the body with foods it needs to heal. READ MORE
Yes, absolutely! An acupuncturist can see which treatment would be best for you by looking at your tongue and listening to your main symptoms. Cupping is usually beneficial with the acupuncture with panic attacks. I would also recommend reflexology which uses pressure points on the feet to help calm the energy. READ MORE
Absolutely! In Chinese Medicine, there is no difference between a physical, emotional or spiritual imbalance therefore, depression could be easily treated with dietary changes and natural remedies to help the body with physical issues. Of course, addressing the emotional concerns is important and she should stay under the care of her doctor but many patients report feeling less anxious, happier and less stressed after receiving an acupuncture treatment. Incorporating other modalities with the acupuncture such as Cranial-Sacral Therapy and EFT Tapping may be some other options as well. READ MORE
There are specific acupuncture points used to lower blood pressure but sometimes people are nervous during their first session. I always check on my patients to make sure they are feeling ok or leave a call button in the room so they know they can call me if they are not feeling comfortable during a treatment. This usually only happens during the first treatment when people don't really know what to expect. You can always ask your practitioner to check on you if you feel uneasy at any appointment-that will probably help. READ MORE
Improving circulation is the number one reason to do acupuncture! The needle placement is designed to help remove any stagnation, relax the body, and allow the blood to flow properly throughout the body. When circulation is improved, the blood and the "Qi" move together to all parts of the body needing healing. READ MORE
Yes- it is completely safe. There are certain acupuncture points to be avoided during pregnancy but your practitioner will know about those points. Most of the treatments during pregnancy are used to create peace and calmness in the body. The treatments can also be used for nausea, to help keep a healthy pregnancy and to boost the immune system. READ MORE
Acupuncture does not work like a vaccination to prevent a certain type of virus but it does help to strengthen the immune system so that the body is able to fight things off on its own. A body that is healthier, less inflamed and less stressed is stronger to fight off infections. READ MORE
I have helped many people with fibromyalgia pains. The treatments help to calm the body which helps with better circulation which helps decrease pain. Many of my patients report feeling less pain and happier! READ MORE
Absolutely! One of the things acupuncture is best known for is its ability to decrease pain by improving circulation in the body. There may be some things to consider to make the treatment more effective like eliminating foods causing inflammation and/or adding some nutritional support. READ MORE
Just wear comfortable clothing but most places should have something you can change into if you are coming right from work or wearing more restricting clothing. You do not have to believe in acupuncture for it to work but the more relaxed you are, the better so it's nice just to think of a favorite vacation spot, listen to some relaxing music or meditate while enjoying the treatment. READ MORE
No- he is not too young but if he is afraid then it may not work as well. For most children, I do back treatments (needles in the back along the spine). It is more gentle and very relaxing. I also do laser acupuncture if they are just too scared of needles. READ MORE
Cupping is a therapy used mostly to "pull excess heat from the body." Athletes use it for some of the other benefits but if someone has a mind that is always racing, restless energy and trouble falling asleep then the cupping is great! READ MORE
It can absolutely help. The pancreas is connected to the Spleen energy in Chinese medicine. There are many acupuncture points to help balance that system as well as dietary recommendations to help strengthen that system. Chinese medicine uses tongue diagnosis and symptoms analysis to make the best recommendations for each unique person. READ MORE
It can be used either way but is best used as a way to maintain the body just like we get the oil changed in our cars to prevent future problems. READ MORE
Yes- most of my practice is fertility support. Starting as early as you are starting is amazing. You should notice improvements in your cycle immediately and continuing treatment will help with a beautiful pregnancy and delivery. READ MORE
Acupuncture can help with all digestive issues. There are points to help with symptoms such as acid reflux and bloating. However, it also seems that your stomach may not have enough acid. With the acid reflux, that is a trickier thing to fix but dietary changes with proper nutritional support could help to heal any damage done by the reflux. The next step would be getting the rest of the body more alkaline and the stomach more acidic- that would eventually help with the bloating as well which is happening because the stomach is not acidic enough to digest the foods. READ MORE
Yes. After women have babies, it depletes the energy, In Chinese medicine, this is called the "Kidney" energy. Kidney energy is what is used to make and deliver a baby and takes some time to replenish after birth. Kidney energy works together with the lungs to take a full breath. The lungs bring in the air and the Kidneys bring it deeper into the body. A skilled acupuncturist will be able to help replenish the Kidney energy and strengthen the lungs and immune system which should help with the asthma symptoms. READ MORE
Acupressure uses stimulation of the acupuncture points either by applying pressure to a specific point or using tools such as tuning forks on specific acupuncture points. Acupuncture typically involves penetration into the skin with a sterile needle to activate the acupuncture point. If you have a fear of needles, I highly recommend acupressure or laser acupuncture. READ MORE
Everyone has a different recommendation for treatment plans. I typically see a patient once a week for 3 weeks and then make follow-up appointment recommendations based on what we are treating. Acupuncture is a form of preventative medicine so it is great to make it a part of your healthy life style. I think of it as a car getting an oil change...the better you keep up with the maintenance, the fewer problems you are likely to encounter. READ MORE
If the pain is severe, I would make sure to get things checked out by your doctor. Better to rule things out that may be serious before trying the acupuncture. Acupuncture is designed to be a "preventative" form of medicine which means having acupuncture done regularly can prevent some of these things from occurring. However, pain is one of the main reasons people get acupuncture and it works amazing for pain relief. Once you get some relief, I would advise seeking a practitioner that can help you to get to the root of the problem, so that you can prevent future issues. READ MORE
Acupuncture does not treat western diagnoses but we do treat any of the symptoms one is experiencing due to any condition. When we eat, the food is supposed to go down to the stomach. If food gets stuck or comes back up, then there is a blockage in the system. Acupuncture points are used to correct the flow of energy and to restore energy to the organs that "weak" and therefore not able to perform their jobs. I also incorporate nutrition into my practice and usually see that the stomach is actually not acidic enough to digest foods properly and I use supplements to help restore any damage done and then to properly acidify the stomach, maybe adding in some enzymes to make sure our food is being properly digested and available for energy. READ MORE
There are many reasons why people struggle with weight. Once we find where the struggle with weight is, we can address the issue. For some, it is physical issues in the body which may be connected to thyroid or adrenal stress. Acupuncture is used to balance the entire endocrine system. Other times, it is a habitual response to how one handles stress and the acupuncture can be used to help the emotional issues. I combine my practice with nutrition and also help people to identify which foods are best for their body and make sure to identify and eliminate any foods that may be causing inflammation or some type of immune response in the body. READ MORE
Because the condition is chronic, I would absolutely try the acupuncture to build up lung function and the the immune system to prevent it from occurring every year. It is great that you have a treatment plan that works when you need it but it would be even better if you could find some answers as to why this keeps coming back. These are the principles of Chinese medicine...shedding light on why these things are happening and understanding that every body is different with different needs, dietary choices, etc...Plus, from my experience, children love the acupuncture to help calm and de-stress the body. The children I treat tell their parents when it is time to come see me :) READ MORE
I believe diet is the number one thing that is going to help with cholesterol. However, acupuncture can help to determine which organ system is needing more "help." For example, sometimes I see people with "Spleen" meridian system symptoms. If cholesterol is high with these patients, I recommend watching sugars in the diet including breads and pastas. If the condition seems to be more in the "Liver" meridian system symptoms, then the dietary foods would include the sugars and higher fat foods and greasy foods. With the dietary recommendations, I would suggest the acupuncture to help with the functions of these organ systems. READ MORE
Acupuncture is not used to treat western medicine-termed conditions like GERD, but looks at the symptoms that are present and treats those symptoms. For example, digestion moves down the body and acid reflux is a sign of the stomach energy moving in the wrong direction. There are acupuncture points to help the energy in the digestive tract to move down, strengthen the stomach, and calm the stomach. Personally, I would add some supplements, such as aloe and digestive enzymes, to help speed the recovery. READ MORE
Acupuncture is used to restore balance to the body. If symptoms improve with the acupuncture but return then we have to look at other things that may be contributing to the symptoms such as foods or other things that may be causing inflammation in the body. Eliminating certain foods or adding supplements to help strengthen the immune system or reduce inflammation can help prevent symptoms from coming back. READ MORE
Absolutely worth a try! I have many clients who have experienced relief from headaches using acupuncture. READ MORE
The major risks are needling into the lungs, other organs, or arteries, but any licensed acupuncturist will know about all the risks and proper needle insertion to avoid any of these areas. Usually, if one places a needle where there is pain, it will help the pain, but a skilled acupuncturist, one who is trained to understand the whole medical philosophy and theory about the meridian systems and relationship between the organ systems will be able to put together a very effective needle prescription not only to help the condition being treated, but also to aid in finding the root cause of the problem. READ MORE
Absolutely. I have successfully treated many patients with different types of blood disorders. The organ systems mostly involved are the spleen and liver. Acupuncture can help the function of these organ systems. I would probably recommend some good supplements or dietary recommendations as well. READ MORE
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