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Trypanophobia affects nearly 10 percent of the population. The idea of a needle, even a small one, piercing the skin, is enough to make some avoid a helpful natural alternative treatment to allergies, chronic pain, inflammation and other health issues. Eastern Medicine and Acupuncture Physician Sam Cheever wants to change the perception of acupuncture. She is often asked if acupuncture is similar to a blood draw. The response is a resounding no. The only similarity is the name needle. “They are thin, sterile, one-time use needles about the size of a human hair – virtually painless – nothing like the needles used for a blood or vaccinations,” she explained.
Located in Oldsmar and recognized as 2016 Opencare’s Patient Choice Winner – one of the top acupuncture practices in Tampa, Optimal Living Clinic takes the whole person into consideration. An initial visit covers health concerns, medical history, and healthcare goals. A patient used to a Western Medicine doctor rushing out of one consult to the next will be pleasantly surprised by the time and attention Sam gives.
In conjunction with repairing the root cause of health issues holistically through acupuncture and nutritional counseling, certified through the Department of Health after an intensive 60-hour course, Sam has added injection therapy that aid in health, pain relief, weight loss and lack of energy to her patient treatment options. A relationship is formed long before Sam will introduce the program that includes options like B12 for mood, energy and fatigue, Traumeel and Zeel for pain, and Lipo-Plex and Be-Thin Spray for weight loss. “This is not something where you want to come by the clinic and say ‘I just want to try the weight loss injection and Bee Thin Spray’ and do one mil every week. That’s a Westernized reductionist way of doing healthcare,” she said. “We offer a holistic way of doing healthcare.”
Despite the low likelihood of being allergic, every patient who chooses to add injectables to their patient care is tested with a minute injection of the product in the patient’s arm before beginning a regular treatment. “We wait about 15-20 minutes to make sure that we’re not going to have an allergic reaction. It is very, very rare that someone would have a reaction to B12, but these are medicinals so we just want to be absolutely safe.”
Oftentimes, patients turn to Eastern Medicine when all other options have failed, when other doctors have said surgery is the “only” solution to pain management or the doctors are left shaking their heads at the enigma that sits before them with no idea how to help. Natural homeopathic medicinals allow for a viable safe option for a patient.
As an example, deficiencies of B12 cause anemia and neurological impairments. B12 injections are readily absorbed by the body as compared to oral vitamins which are partially destroyed by the digestive tract resulting in reduced efficacy. B12 can increase energy, prevent fatigue, promote mental alertness and improve overall stamina
for everyday activities.
Lipo-Plex can increase metabolism to help burn calories and stimulate proper utilization of fats and carbohydrates in the body, supporting the efficient transfer of fats and toxins from the liver. Traumeel and Zeel serve as an anti-inflammatory, analgesics to combat long-term pain.
In addition to healing through Eastern Medicine, Sam provides an affordable $77 hair analysis test. The analysis can determine mineral and nutrient imbalances that can cause chronic auto-immune conditions, depression, muscle cramping, weight problems, arthritis, high blood pressure, cognitive impairment, among others. It also can determine elevated levels of toxic metals like lead, mercury, cadmium, arsenic, and aluminum. “The results are about you – your biochemistry and what to do about it,” said Sam. “I’m not going to start a patient on B12 until I’ve got these issues taken care of. They go on a program for about 4 months, start feeling better in about 2 weeks, and then we retest to see how we did.
“Injection therapy along with acupuncture and proper nutritional can help unblock the obstruction within your body, which in turn can eliminate pain and restore balance and harmony, as well as aid in the body’s ability to heal itself. My objective is to make my patients feel better and live better.”
Optimal Living Clinic is located at 13950 W. Hillsborough Avenue and is by appointment only Monday through Friday- 10am- 5pm. Sam is featuring a special 10% saving of her weight loss program – 8 weekly visits, consultative or can include weight loss acupuncture, 2 bottles of BeThin Spray, and weekly injections of Lipo-Plex with B12 for just $700. To learn more visit www.optimallivingclinic.com or call 813-843-9799.