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Specializes in Neurology (Brain & Spinal Cord Disease), Neurophysiology, Acupuncture

968 First Colonial Road; 103
Virginia, VA
(757) 481-3808; (757) 481-2498

(Average of 4 in 3 ratings)

Dr. Xianghui Cao is a neurophysiologist, neurologist, and acupuncturist in Virginia, VA and Virginia Beach, VA. After completing medical school at Peking University Health Science Center, she performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Cincinnati. Dr. Cao's average patient rating is 4.0 stars out of 5. She accepts Medicare insurance. She is conversant in Chinese (Mandarin). She is professionally affiliated with Bon Secours Depaul Medical Center.

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Specializes in Pain Medicine, Physiatry (Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation), Public Health & General Preventive Medicine, Geriatrics (Elderly Care), Sports Medicine, Occupational Medicine, Acupuncture

1788 Republic Road; Suite 200
Virginia Beach, VA
(757) 422-2966; (757) 548-5102

(Average of 5 in 1 rating)

Dr. Cynthia Su is a specialist in sports medicine, occupational medicine, and geriatrics (elderly care). She works in Virginia Beach, VA, Norfolk, VA, and Chesapeake, VA. In addition to English, she speaks Chinese (Min Nan). Dr. Su is professionally affiliated with Bon Secours Depaul Medical Center, Sentara Leigh Hospital, and Sentara Norfolk General Hospital. Before completing her residency at Temple University Hospital, Dr. Su attended medical school at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) School of Medicine. Dr. Su accepts Medicaid and Medicare insurance.

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Specializes in Internal Medicine (Adult Medicine), Acupuncture

840 First Colonial Road; Suite 102B
Virginia Beach, VA
(757) 351-6226; (757) 351-6848

Dr. Jesse Broome is an acupuncture specialist. After attending the University of Kentucky College of Medicine for medical school, he completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with Eastern Virginia Medical School. Dr. Broome has received the following distinction: Fellow of Advanced Medical Studies, American Society of Contemporary Medicine and Surgery. He is affiliated with Sentara Virginia Beach General Hospital.

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Specializes in Acupuncture, Chiropractic

2245 W Great Neck Road; Suite 4
Virginia Beach, VA
(757) 491-2598

(Average of 5 in 2 ratings)

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Specializes in Acupuncture

C/O Almloff Acupuncture; C/O Almloff Acupuncture
Virginia Beach, VA
(757) 216-8451

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What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is a form of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) that is at least two thousand years old, although it has only recently gained popularity in North America. Practitioners of acupuncture are called acupuncturists. They may also provide other forms of TCM, or they may have learned acupuncture alone. In the United States, acupuncture providers must have three or four years of graduate level education to be licensed.

According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, the body is filed with a vital energy called qi. When this energy becomes blocked or unbalanced, pain and illness result. To redirect the flow of qi, the acupuncturist inserts extremely thin, stainless steel needles (the width of a human hair) into a patient’s skin at specific points in the body (called meridians). A trained acupuncturist knows which meridians to insert the acupuncture needles into, how deeply to insert them, and how to stimulate them by raising or twisting them in order to balance the qi correctly.

Although researchers don’t know exactly how acupuncture works, they do have solid evidence that it does. Multiple studies have shown that acupuncture is effective at relieving pain, reducing nausea from chemotherapy, improving fertility, and reducing inflammation. The World Health Organization has stated that acupuncture is effective in treating 28 different conditions and may be helpful in treating many others. The Western medical view on acupuncture is not that qi is being balanced, but that the needles stimulate blood flow and endorphin production, which promote a sense of well-being.

During a typical acupuncture treatment, the acupuncturist will first examine the patient and ask about any complaints. The patient will lie down on a table and get comfortable. Then the acupuncturist will insert the needles, which are between 13 and 70mm long and made of stainless steel. Usually a treatment uses between 3 and 15 needles, and they are left in place for about 20 minutes. Most states require the needles to be disposable, single-use needles to reduce the chance of any infection. The needles may be twisted or moved, and in some cases, low currents of electricity are passed through them. Then they are removed, the patient is given lifestyle advice, and the appointment is over. Sessions are often repeated weekly or every other week.

Acupuncture has many benefits. Since it is extremely safe and has no side effects, it can be an excellent alternative to pain medications for those patients who cannot or choose not to take them. In addition, acupuncture is now covered by the majority of health care insurance plans in the United States. Acupuncture can be a wonderful option in your treatment plan.

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