Acupuncture & Cancer Care

by Sunshine Healing Arts

Cancer. It’s a diagnosis that no one wants to hear. It can leave you feeling frightened, uncertain, and powerless.  But if you or a loved one is facing cancer, it’s important to have hope. In many cases, cancer can be cured, especially when it’s detected early. There are more treatments available now than ever before to cure cancer or slow it from spreading, relieve its symptoms, and can help you live a healthier life.

It’s also important to know that you have options in addition to standard medical therapies. Acupuncture and Tradition Chinese Medicine (TCM) have been used for thousands of years to treat a wide variety of conditions. It can safely be used to naturally support your body and mind as you undergo conventional cancer treatments.

Understanding treatments and there side effects

Cancer is an overall term for a group of diseases that occur when cells begin to reproduce abnormally, eventually damaging or killing healthy tissue. Most cancers are named according to where they begin in the body, and there are more than 100 different types. The most common are breast cancer, skin cancer, lung cancer, colon cancer, and prostate cancer.

Your treatment plan will be based on many factors, including the type and stage (how far it has spread) of the cancer and your overall health. While cancer treatments have proven to be effective, they do have serious side effects to take into account. The most common treatments include:

Surgery: Performed to remove the cancer if possible. Surgery may be used alone or with radiation therapy, chemotherapy, or biological therapy.

Chemotherapy: The use of medications to destroy cancer cells. Chemotherapy generally lasts from 3 to 9 months, and can have side effects including fatigue, nausea, vomiting, hair loss, early menopause, and hot flashes.

Radiation therapy: The use of high doses of radiation to destroy cancer cells. Side effects generally include fatigue, hair loss, and skin darkening at the site of the treatment.

Biological therapy: This treatment works by boosting the body’s immune system to fight cancer cells. Side effects depend on the specific type of therapy, but they can include rashes or swelling, flu-like symptoms, fatigue, nausea, and loss of appetite.

How acupuncture and TCM can help

Acupuncture and TCM have been used for thousands of years to maintain health and relieve symptoms. Practitioners work to treat imbalance in the body’s Qi, or vital energy, by inserting fine, sterile needles at specific acupoints.

Since acupuncture has few side effects, it can be safely used as a complement to conventional cancer treatments. In fact, in many cancer cases it’s recommended as a way to soothe and reduce side effects. According to National Institutes of Health, acupuncture has been found to be effective in relieving:

·         Nausea

·         Vomiting

·         Fatigue

·         Post-surgical pain

Acupuncture and TCM can also help relieve stress, depression, and anxiety, which can greatly improve your quality of life during this challenging time.

In addition to acupuncture, your practitioner may also provide massage, acupressure, nutritional counseling or an exercise program designed to help you stay as healthy as possible. He/she may also recommend herbal medicines or vitamin supplements. Remember to always communicate with your health care providers about these and any other medications you take in order to avoid any drug interactions. 

Treating the person, not just the disease

Acupuncture practitioners take a holistic, or whole-body, approach to cancer care. This means that not only will your symptoms be considered, but also your lifestyle, emotional state, and overall health. Your whole being will be taken into account, not just the cancer. When you work with your practitioner to improve your health and relieve your side effects, you are not only helping yourself get the most from conventional treatments, you’re taking back the control of your own life.


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Acupuncture & Pain

by Sunshine Healing Arts

Acupuncture & Pain, Sunshine Healing Arts Acupuncture & Wellness in Atlantic Beach, Florida

Most people experience significant pain at some time in their lives-whether from an injury, illness, or an unknown cause. Pain is a warning signal, an alarm that goes off when your body is trying to tell you that something is wrong or out of balance.

What can you do? No one should have to live with pain, but which treatment is right for you? Often times, people suffering from pain take medication to dull the pain. Taking medication is understandable when pain is constant and unbearable. It may be helpful to dull the symptoms for a short period of time, but it will not get at the root of the problem and correct it. It is like hitting the snooze button on the alarm. Unless the cause of the pain is treated, your body will keep sounding the alarm and reminding you that something is wrong. Eventually the pain may get worse or become chronic. It is also possible for the medications to cause unwanted side-effects and further compromise your health.

Surgery may be another option. At times, this approach may make sense, but it could be both expensive and risky, and there is no guarantee that it will be effective.

Acupuncture is a time-tested, safe, effective, natural and drug-free way to eliminate pain. Unlike other methods of handling pain, there are no side-effects. Well known and leading national and international health organizations acknowledge the benefits of acupuncture in treating and eliminating pain due to a wide range of causes.

An acupuncturists approach to pain. Acupuncture practitioners recognize that there is a vital energy, called Qi (pronounced “chee”), circulating within the body. Qi flows through a series of pathways called meridians. Meridians are like rivers within your body. Wherever a river flows, it brings with it water that provides nourishment and life to the land, plants, and people around it. Likewise, meridians transport life-giving Qi that provides nourishment to every cell, tissue, muscle, organ and gland in the body.

It is important for the Qi to flow freely through the body. Think of water flowing through a garden hose. A blocked hose will not provide an adequate supply of water to a plant. Eventually, the plant will be unable to thrive, grow and blossom.

Similarly, a blockage in the flow of Qi anywhere in the body will inhibit the amount of nourishment that reaches our cells, tissues, muscle, organs and glands. Under normal circumstances, your body can easily return to good health and vitality. If the disruption of Qi is prolonged or excessive, or if your body is in a weakened state, the flow of Qi becomes restricted and a variety of symptoms, including pain, may arise.

What does acupuncture do? By inserting fine, sterile needles at specific points, an acupuncturist is able to break up blockages that have hampered the smooth flow of Qi. Once this is all done, Qi can travel freely throughout the body, promoting pain-free health, well-being and vitality.

Not only can acupuncture treat signs and symptoms of pain and discomfort, it can also get to the root of the problem. When the initial cause of the pain is corrected, your body can begin to heal on deeper levels. Our acupuncturist may also suggest adjunct therapies to enhance treatment and speed healing, such as massage, stretching, yoga, herbal supplements and dietary changes.





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Updates On Our Procedures For COVID-19

by Sunshine Healing Arts

Our community has been through a lot over the last few months, and all of us are looking forward to resuming our normal routines. While many things have changed, one thing has remained the same: Sunshine Healing Arts's commitment to your safety.

Infection control has always been a top priority for us at Sunshine Healing Arts and you may have seen this during your visits to our office. Our infection control procedures are made so that when you receive care, it’s both safe and comfortable. We want to tell you about the infection control procedures we follow in our practice to keep patients and staff safe.

There are many things we have always done in our facility to maintain a healthy environment.  Some of these include:

  • Hand washing and sanitation by our staff between patients.
  • Clean sheets and pillow cases for every patient.
  • Sanitization and cleaning of rooms between patients.
  • Hand sanitizer available and accessible in each room.

In addition to these procedures, we have now implemented these steps to allow us to stay open during this crisis:

  • Face coverings are being worn by our staff.
  • Health screenings of all patients as they come in the door, including a temperature reading. 
  • We are asking that anyone feeling sick or who has a fever to stay home.  We also offer telephone consultations for sick patients who would like to purchase custom herbal medicines for curbside pickup.
  • Cutting edge sanitation by Ecovasive, which is a botanically based disinfectant that has been proven to kill COVID-19 and other viruses.  It is sprayed floor to ceiling on every surface.  This product continues to disinfect for 21 days and we are utilitzing this service on a regular, recurring basis.
  • Frequent disinfection of common areas such as couches, chairs, door handles, front desk surfaces, and cash register after each use.

Sunshine Healing Arts New Office!

by Sunshine Healing Arts

625 Atlantic Boulevard, Suite 1

Atlantic Beach, FL 32233

Sunshine Healing Arts New Office!, Sunshine Healing Arts Acupuncture & Wellness in Atlantic Beach, Florida

After nearly a decade in Jacksonville Beach, we are very pleased to announce that as of April 15, 2020 we have moved to our new location in Atlantic Beach!  Our new facility is located right next door to Monahan Jewelers.

Acupuncture parking is located in the back of the building. 

Robin Barlow, AP offers Acupuncture in Atlantic Beach, FloridaSunshine Healing Arts Acupuncture & Wellness in Atlantic Beach, Florida

Book your appointment today and come see it for yourself! 

As we transition to our new location, our top priority remains the safety and well being of our patients. Our office follows the safety recommendations made by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the State of Florida Department of Health, and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). We follow the activities of these agencies so that we are up-to-date on any new rulings or guidance that may be issued. We do this to make sure that our procedures are current and adhere to each agencies’ recommendations.

Sunshine Healing Arts New Office!, Sunshine Healing Arts Acupuncture & Wellness in Atlantic Beach, Florida



Quit Smoking with the help of Acupuncture

by Sunshine Healing Arts

Quit Smoking with the help of Acupuncture, Sunshine Healing Arts Acupuncture & Wellness in Atlantic Beach, Florida

Congratulations!  If you are reading this, you have taken the first step toward living a healthier, smoke-free life!  Each year, more than 3 million Americans attempt to kick the habit, but only about half are successful.  With the help of Acupuncture, you will have a much greater chance to reach your goals of becoming smoke free!

Some of the biggest roadblocks to quitting are the stress, anxiety, and depression associated with quitting smoking. Acupuncture treatments are excellent at calming the body and relaxing the mind, as well as reducing anxiety and alleviating feelings of depression and stress.  Our acupuncturist has had special training in addiction therapies and will customize your treatment to your specific needs such as suppressing cravings, calming stress, and stimulating the healing of your body’s organ systems.

At Sunshine Healing Arts, we offer a Quit-Smoking package of 10 treatments.  We will work with your availability, but our Quit-Smoking plan includes three acupuncture treatments for each of the first two weeks, two treatments each week for the second two weeks.  These frequent sessions will provide support during the most challenging time of breaking this addiction.  As your body gets used to being tobacco-free, we can adjust these appointments to meet your individual needs.

Using acupuncture to quit smoking is very helpful and can yield enormous benefits.  In addition to assisting with the stumbling blocks that can cause people to resume the habit, acupuncture will help to restore your body to a more balanced healthy state. If you are ready to kick this habit, acupuncture will provide you the support you need.

Treating Allergies with Acupuncture

by Sunshine Healing Arts

Allergies, whether they are seasonal or year around, can be an enduring issue for many people.  Seasonal allergies, or outdoor allergies are generally caused by pollens from trees, grasses, and weeds.  Indoor allergies generally occur all year and are caused by things such as dust mites, dander from pets, mold or insect allergens.  There are also allergies from food which can create physical symptoms such as body hives, swelling, and changes in mood.

Treating Allergies with Acupuncture, Sunshine Healing Arts Acupuncture & Wellness in Atlantic Beach, Florida

Acupuncture can provide natural relief for all these types of allergies.  While over-the-counter and prescribed medications can bring unwanted side-effects, acupuncture does not.  According to the theories for Traditional Chinese Medicine, the symptoms that indicate a Western diagnosis of allergies are caused by imbalances in the meridian and organ systems of the body.  These imbalances may be caused by a variety of things such as poor diet, stress, constitutional weaknesses, and environmental toxins.  If left unchecked, these imbalances will, over time, begin to affect the functions of the body’s organ systems. 

Our acupuncturist will take your complete health history and conduct a thorough exam.  She will then develop a unique treatment plan that will address your specific concerns.  The goals of this plan will be to end visible symptoms and signs of your allergies while addressing the underlying causes and imbalances in your body.  Your acupuncture treatments may be combined with a custom blend of Chinese herbal medicine which will help to accelerate the healing process in order to balance the body more quickly.

Acupuncture During Pregnancy

by Sunshine Healing Arts

Acupuncture During Pregnancy, Sunshine Healing Arts Acupuncture & Wellness in Atlantic Beach, Florida

During the months of pregnancy, a woman experiences extraordinary physical and emotional change.  Supporting and caring for your well being is very important.  Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) can provide a natural and safe way to meet the unique challenges of pregnancy and ensure optimal health and wellness for you and your baby.

Regular balancing treatments throughout your pregnancy can enhance your health as well as your baby’s health.  Many pregnant women experience fatigue, anxiety, nausea, heartburn, back pain and other symptoms that can be relieved using acupuncture.  Routine treatments can also help in preventing complications and positively influencing the development of your baby.

Some common pregnancy symptoms that acupuncture can help:

  • Anxiety
  • Back pain and sciatica
  • Breech birth
  • Childbirth
  • Constipation
  • Edema
  • Excessive lactation
  • Fatigue
  • Heartburn
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Insufficient lactation
  • Labor and delivery pain
  • Mastitis
  • Morning sickness
  • Physical problems
  • Postoperative healing
  • Postpartum discharge
  • Psychological problems