Dr. David Sontag
Doctor of Oriental Medicine

18110 N.E. 19th Avenue,
North Miami Beach, FL 33162

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Dr. David Sontag - Doctor of Oriental Medicine

Headaches Insomnia Digestive problems
Fatigue Neck and Back Pain Allergies
...and much more

Oriental Medicine, acupuncture and herb practitioners
see people not only as they present themselves in sickness,
but more significantly as they would be in optimum health and balance,
in full flowering of their true essence, unique in body, mind and spirit.

Progressing towards this, then, becomes the intention of treatment....

How do you know if you can gain some benefit from acupuncture?

Call 305-949-2990 and schedule a FREE CONSULTATION.

E-mail: sontag@acupuncture-miami.com

18110 N.E. 19th Avenue, North Miami Beach, FL 33162
Conveniently located a few blocks South of Miami Gardens Drive
on the right, with free parking.

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Dr. Sontag's Qualifications

Professional Affiliations / Professional Licenses

    • Licensed by the State of Florida Board of Acupuncture as an Acupuncture Physician, (AP)
    • Licensed by the State of Florida Board of Medicine's Dietetics Nutrition Council as a Nutritional Counselor/ Nutritionist
    • Certified Nambudripad Allergy Elimination Technique Practitioner
    • Diplomate in Acupuncture of the NCCAOM
    • American Society of Nutritional and Dietary Consultants
    • TAU ALPHA PI National Honor Society

Education / Degrees / Credentials

    • Medicina Alternativa Institute Doctor of Oriental Medicine ( DOM )
    • Atlantic Institute of Oriental Medicine Diploma Program In Four-Year Master's Level Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine
    • Nambudripad Allergy Elimination Technique: Basic, Advanced I, Advanced II, Advanced III
    • Life Science Institute: Certification in Nutritional Science
    • National Institute of Nutritional Education: Certified Nutritionist Program
    • Optimum Health Institute: Holistic Internship with Honors
    • City University Of New York Bachelor of Arts with Honors
    • College of Staten Island Associate of Applied Sciences with Honors

Frequently Asked Questions about Acupuncture

What is acupuncture?

Acupuncture is a safe and effective health care modality widely practiced throughout the world for more then 2000 years based on holistic understandings of what causes human illness. The Chinese, through centuries of observations, discovered that insertion of needles at specific points could treat the underlying cause of many forms of illness.

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Why and how does it work?

Acupuncture assumes the universe is made of Qi (pronounced "chee") named by the Chinese ancients for life energy, which also flows though human beings.

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What is Qi?

Qi is life force or energy known only by its effects.

Tell me more.

The ancients believed the human body consists of channels or small passageways called meridians where Qi flows like an irrigation system coordinating the body's many systems.

In the healthy person, energy flows through the meridians freely and in abundance, resulting in a state of balance and well-being. Acupuncture attempts to regulate the flow of Qi in the body by supplementing systems that may not be flowing properly.

When this balance is interrupted by stress, injury, emotional trauma or infection it results in an energy deficiency, an imbalance of body energy (e.g., yin to yang) or blockages of energy along the meridians. It is thought that these patterns of disharmony in the body's energy are at the root of all illness.

By locating the skin points along the meridians that relate to a certain condition, the Acupuncture Physician can address blockages, imbalances or deficiencies in that energy meridian and insert needles at those locations. The insertion of the needles serves to unblock and stimulate energy in the meridians and allow the Qi to flow freely and sufficiently once again.

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 What are meridians?

Meridians are channels that transport the flow of 'Qi', blood and fluids throughout the body. In optimum health, all flows smoothly throughout the meridians. Like ‘Qi', you cannot see the meridians.

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Why does acupuncture work?

Acupuncture mobilizes and regulates ‘Qi', fluids and blood to invigorate proper function of the muscles, nerves, vessels, glands, and organs addressing the root cause of unwanted human discomfort.

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What conditions can be treated by acupuncture?
Many conditions can be treated including creating harmony and solving basic human health problems such as sciatica, low back pain and arthritis; circulatory problems like high or low blood pressure, headaches, cold hands and feet; nervous system imbalances, especially anxiety, nervousness, sleeplessness or depression; asthma, allergies and sinus problems; and digestive disorders including Crohn's Disease, irritable bowel syndrome, ulcerative colitis, diarrhea and constipation.

In addition many major problems can be resolved with acupuncture including vertigo, sports and stress injuries, skin problems, immune system disorders, fatigue, chronic pain and side effects from chemotherapy and other cancer treatments, detoxification from addictive substances such as drugs, alcohol, cocaine, caffeine and cigarettes.

The benefits of Acupuncture frequently include more than just relief from a particular condition. Many people find that it can also lead to increased energy levels, better appetite and sleep as well as an enhanced sense of overall well being.

The intent of treatment is to produce an enduring change that will lead to a state of true and vital health.

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Is acupuncture safe?

One of the great advantages of acupuncture is the absence of side effects. Needles generally cause no bleeding or pain, and all Florida practitioners use the disposable kind with minimal risk of organ penetration. Acupuncture Physicians are trained in exact location, angle as well as depth of insertion of the acupuncture needle to avoid any injuries.

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What should I do before treatment?

Try not to have a big meal within an hour of your appointment, as the process of digestion will alter the pattern of your pulse. Also avoid alcohol and food or drinks, which color your tongue (such as coffee) immediately prior to treatment.

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What should I expect during treatment?

Most patients find the treatment very relaxing, Most are surprised to find how comfortable they are during an acupuncture treatment and how easily and painlessly the needles are inserted. Some patients even go to sleep during treatment.

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Does it hurt?

Acupuncture does not hurt; the sensation created by the insertion of each needle is one of heaviness that may be felt over regions of the body, which are connected to each other by Meridians.

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Are the needles sterile, reused or contain medicine or anything?

The needles are sterile, made of stainless steel containing no medicine. They are individually sealed, used one time only, after which they are disposed of in a medical waste container.

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How deep do the needles go?

Generally from .1 inch to 1.5 inches in depth to attain the acupuncture points, but the size, age and constitution of the patient is also considered.

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 Will I bleed?

The needles do not have a cutting edge so generally there is no blood, but if so then a single small droplet.

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Does it work on my nervous system?

Acupuncture does not work via the nerves. It is thought to be another type of signal conducting system. Modern Western Medicine has been unable to explain acupuncture, why it works, how it works, etc.… Qi cannot be measured or seen, but we know it is there because we see the results.

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How often will I be treated?

Typically, treatments are given once or twice per week for the first six to eight weeks or as needed.

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How many treatments will I need?

That depends on the condition, the severity, and the duration of the condition. The longer you have had the problem, the longer the treatment.

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What does it feel like?

When the needle is inserted, the sensation is often described as a tingling or dull ache. Needles are inserted either for a second or two, or left in place for up to 20 minutes, depending on the effect required. During treatment, patients commonly experience heaviness in the limbs or a pleasant feeling of relaxation.

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What can I do to improve my experience?

Tell your Acupuncture Physician about any medication you are taking as this may affect your response. During treatment, relax, ask questions, do not change or move positions suddenly. If you experience any discomfort, advise your Acupuncture Physician immediately. Adjustments will be made or the treatment will be stopped if necessary.

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Are there side effects?

Usually not. Occasionally there may be a bruise at the site of insertion. Most often, one feels relaxed. We recommend drinking plenty of water.

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How will I feel afterwards?

Usually you will feel relaxed and calm. Occasionally you may feel tired or drowsy for a few hours if the treatment has been particularly strong or there may be a short- term flair up of your symptoms as your Qi clears and resettles itself. Patients often get some results in the first treatment, even receiving total or partial relief in pain and symptoms.

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Should I tell my Medical Doctor?

If you are receiving treatment from your medical doctor then it makes sense to tell him or her about your plans to have acupuncture.

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What conditions have you successfully treated?

Attention Deficit Disorder, Addiction, AIDS, Allergies, Alzheimer's Disease, Andropause (Male Menopause), Anxiety, Arthritis and Rheumatoid Disorders, Asthma, Autism, Autoimmune Diseases, Back Pain - Sciatica, Candidiasis, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Cholesterol, Chronic Fatigue, Chronic Pain, Colds and Flu, Constipation, Depression, Diabetes and Hypoglycemia, Digestive Disorders, Eye Diseases, Fibromyalgia, Gall Bladder Disorders, Gastrointestinal Disorders, Headaches, Hearing Disorders, Heart - Cardiovascular Disease, Heavy Metal Toxicity, Hemorrhoids, Hepatitis, Herpes, Homeopathy, Hypertension - High Blood Pressure, Hypothyroidism, Infertility, Inflammation, Joint Pain, Lupus, Lyme Disease, Memory- Cognitive Problems, Metabolic Disorders, Osteoporosis, Parasites, Parkinson's Disease, Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS), Prostate, Psoriasis, Skin Disorders, Sleep Disorders, Smoking, Sports Injuries, Stomach - Intestinal Problems, Stress, Tendonitis.

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Can acupuncture treatment help with non-physical conditions?

Yes, indeed. Acupuncture views the body, mind, and spirit as a whole. All physical disorders will cause an imbalance in the mental outlook and spirit of a person. This may manifest as depression, anxiety, anger, sadness, and the like. Mental disturbances, stress, and emotional conflict can effect the physical body as insomnia, lack of appetite, fatigue, menstrual disorders, migraines, susceptibility to disease, aches, pains, etc. Thus, the physical and non-physical sides of a patient are treated together.

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Who shouldn't have it?

If you are excessively afraid of needles consider trying acupuncture by laser (painless) or acupressure (Shiatsu) but bleeding from the needles is rare.

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Are there any risks?

Overall, acupuncture should be considered a safe, low-risk therapy.

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How do I pay?

Payment in full is requested at the time of treatment either by check, major credit card, (we accept Visa, MasterCard and American Express), or cash.

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What about insurance coverage?

As acupuncture becomes more and more in demand, insurance companies are beginning to cover the costs.

Many of our patients receive reimbursement from their insurance companies. We will be happy to consult your insurance company to determine the specifics of your coverage.

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