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How Does Acupuncture Work?

We are pleased to offer acupuncture at the Amethyst Wellness Center. 

Dr. Viviana Viera is a Doctor of Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine with a specialization in Internal Medicine. Dr. Viera graduated from The Atlantic Institute of Oriental Medicine in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. She is a licensed acupuncturist and herbalist with a Master's Degree from The Acupuncture & Massage College in Miami, FL.

Check out my interview with Dr. Viviana Viera to learn more about acupuncture and holistic medicine.


Q: How did you decide to become an acupuncturist?

A:  I always wanted to be in the healthcare field.  I initially studied the sciences of biology and chemistry. I enjoyed learning about how the body works which really increased my interest in health. 

As a child I suffered from terrible migraines which just wouldn’t go away.  I had many tests and treatments, but nothing worked.  When the headaches persisted into adulthood, I decided to try natural and homeopathic medicine.  I went to an acupuncturist who gave me treatments and herbal formulas that finally cured my migraines.  I was pleasantly surprised that the treatments also corrected symptoms associated with my menstrual cycle such as pains, cramps and nausea. 


Q: What other ailments can be treated with acupuncture?

A: Acupuncture can be a great treatment for anxiety and depression because acupuncture treatments regulate chemicals in the brain.  Acupuncture also helps with digestive conditions like diarrhea and constipation.  Treatments promote wellness of female and male reproductive organs.  It treats insomnia, and so many things. 


Q: How can Chinese Herbs or formulas augment the acupuncture treatment plan? 

A: Because people take the formulas on a daily basis, it’s like getting a treatment every day.  The formulas make changes in the body that improve the digestive system and blood circulation.  They reduce inflammation and therefore pain is reduced.  The formulas amplify the treatment and allow people to experience daily benefits. 


Q:  What is a hair analysis and what can you learn from it? 

A: It’s very interesting.  The results of the hair analysis reveal the functioning of the adrenals and thyroid.  It also reveals how well the body handles sugar.  I can determine levels of iron, zinc, magnesium, copper, sodium and potassium.  The analysis provides ratios that reveal what the glands are doing.  I can determine whether they are functioning in an optimal range or whether they are under functioning.  The acupuncture treatments, Chinese herbal medicine, organic supplements or homeopathic formulas help provide balance.


Q: How does acupuncture provide facial rejuvenation?

A: It actually works from the inside out.  Needles in the face and body along with herbal formulas will allow the body to correct itself internally.  It improves digestive conditions and hormonal imbalances.  People can then see the changes in the skin and face.


At Amethyst Wellness, we truly believe in offering holistic options for our clients.  If you’d like to learn more about acupuncture or Oriental Medicine, please call our office at       386-283-4180 to schedule a visit with Dr. Viviana. 

Here’s to your health,

Dr. Amy

Dr. Amy Coopersmith

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