Our mission at Natural Healing Centers is to encourage healing on all levels, being able to reach one’s highest potential within the sacred structure containing body, mind and spirit.
About Ronica Perez L.Ac.
Ronica Perez graduated summa cum laude from the National University of Health Sciences with a Master’s Degree in Acupuncture.
She is a diplomate of the NCCAOM (the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine) and a licensed acupuncturist in the state of Illinois.
She became interested in Chinese medicine when she wasn’t happy with the answers she was getting from her child’s pediatrician. Someone had suggested to her that she see a ‘Chinese Doctor’ for her concerns. Because she knew nothing about this type of medicine and had heard so many warnings about the dangers of herbal medicine, she had to do some investigating. What she found was that not only did she want to start seeing these ‘Chinese Doctors’ but she wanted to become one. She went to the National University of Health Sciences to hear Dr. Kwon talk about acupuncture and oriental medicine. Dr. Kwon talked about how to treat 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.
HOW DOES ACUPUNCTURE WORK?
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 becoming disrupted. Factors that may lead to Qi not flowing properly include stress, over-taxation, or a poor diet to name a few. Pain, illness, or disease may result when the body is not in a state of balance.
The meridians can be influenced by needling the specific acupuncture points located on different parts of the body. The acupuncture needles unblock these obstructions, and reestablish the regular flow through the meridians to restore the body to a state of balance. In a balanced state, the body is more able to resist invasions, heal from injuries, attain mental and emotional clarity, handle stress, and much more.
The modern scientific explanation is that needling the acupuncture points stimulates the nervous system to release chemicals in the muscles, spinal cord, and brain. These chemicals will either change the experience of pain, or they will trigger the release of other chemicals and hormones which influence the body’s own internal regulating system.
The improved energy and biochemical balance produced by acupuncture results in stimulating the body’s natural healing abilities, and in promoting physical and emotional well-being.
HOW MANY TREATMENTS WILL I NEED?
The number of treatments needed differs from person to person. For complex or long-standing conditions, more treatments would be needed. I recommend two or three treatments a week for the first two weeks. After that, symptoms are reassessed and more treatments may be recommended, averaging 12-15 treatments a year. For acute problems, usually fewer visits are required. Some patients experience immediate relief, some experience pain relief two or three days after their treatment. If pain keeps coming back, more treatments may be needed along with lifestyle changes to prevent condition from occurring in the future. Health maintenance is based on individual preference. Some patients enjoy the time put aside for acupuncture as a time to unwind and relax while experiencing the health benefits that come along with it.
ARE THERE ANY SIDE EFFECTS TO THE TREATMENT?
Usually not. As energy is redirected in the body, internal chemicals and hormones are stimulated and healing begins to take place. Occasionally the original symptoms worsen for a few days, or other general changes in appetite, sleep, bowel or urination patterns, or a change in emotional state may be triggered. These should not cause concern, as they are simply indications that the acupuncture is starting to work. It is quite common with the first one or two treatments to have a sensation of deep relaxation or even mild disorientation immediately following the treatment. These pass within a short time, and never require anything more than a bit of rest to overcome.
WHAT ARE THE NEEDLES LIKE? DO THEY HURT?
People experience acupuncture needling differently. Some patients do not feel any sensations when needles are inserted. For the majority of points, there may be a slight discomfort when the needle is tapped into the skin and/or when the needle is inserted to the proper depth. When the needle has reached the appropriate depth, there is a sensation that is called ‘de qi’ that translates into ‘the arrival of qi’. Sensations reported with de qi include local heat at the needle site, throbbing, distending, numbness, tingling, achiness, a heavy sensation or pressure. Once the needles are in place, there is no pain felt. Acupuncture needles are very thin and solid and are made from stainless steel. Needles are properly disposed of after one-time use.
DOES ACUPUNCTURE REALLY WORK?
Yes. In the past 2,000 years, more people have been successfully treated with acupuncture than with all other health modalities combined. Today acupuncture is practiced widely in Asia, the Soviet Union, and in Europe. It is now being used more and more in America by patients and physicians. We encourage interaction with your healthcare provider so that we may offer the best possible treatment.
DO I HAVE TO BELIEVE IN ACUPUNCTURE FOR IT TO WORK?
No. Acupuncture is used successfully on cats, dogs, horses and other animals. These animal patients do not understand or believe in the process that helps them get better. A positive attitude toward wellness may reinforce the effects of the treatment received, just as a negative attitude may hinder the effects of acupuncture or any other treatment. A neutral attitude (“I don’t know if I really believe in this.”) will not block the treatment results.
Acupuncture and Cupping
After talking with patients, performing a tongue diagnosis, taking pulse and reviewing the results of the ZYTO Biofeedback report, Ronica determines a treatment plan with the goal of removing blockages in the body. As these blockages are removed, the body is able to heal. Acupuncture points are used to direct the energy where it needs to go. Typically, she stimulates the acupuncture points with sterile needles but she can also stimulate the points using tuning forks, crystals or essential oils. She may use all techniques based on the needs of the patient. $80
Cupping is an ancient Chinese method of causing local congestion. A partial vacuum is created in cups placed on the skin either by means of heat or suction. This draws up the underlying tissues. When the cup is left in place on the skin for a few minutes, blood stasis is formed and localized healing takes place. Cupping has also been found to affect the body up to four inches into the tissues, causing tissues to release toxins and activate the lymphatic system. $35