From the latin acus: needle, pungere: puncture.
The ancient Chinese believed that there is a universal life energy called Qi present in every living creature. This energy is said to circulate throughout the body along specific pathways that are called meridians. As long as this energy flows freely through the meridians, health is maintained. However, if the flow of energy is blocked, the system is disrupted, resulting in pain or illness. The acupuncture needles neutralizes energetic imbalances within the body and /or stimulates or calms individual channel systems.
By simply inserting and manipulating fine needles into specific points on the body, acupuncture works to “re-program” and restore normal functions by stimulating certain points on the meridians in order to free up the Qi energy. An alternative form of acupuncture can also be performed without needles, using finger pressure (acupressure) or a hand-held electronic device. This is especially useful for treating children or anyone who is uncomfortable with needles.
Besides Homeopathy and Acupuncture, Dr. Barreto also offers the following services:
Auriculotherapy (Ear Acupuncture or Auricular Acupuncture)
In Traditional Chinese Medicine, the ear is considered a microsystem of the whole body. By stimulating the outer ear, Dr. Barreto can treat conditions affecting the entire system (physical, mental and emotional). This stimulation can be with acupuncture needles, magnets, pellets or electroacupuncture.
Dr. Barreto uses various forms of electroacupuncture. Electroacupuncture is a form of acupuncture that involves a tiny electric current.
For patients who can benefit from acupuncture but are not comfortable with acupuncture needles, Dr. Barreto uses a small hand-held device that locates acupuncture points and applies a painless stimulation without piercing the skin.
In Community Acupuncture sessions, patients receive acupuncture treatment in comfortable recliners in a quiet and soothing space with others who are also being treated. Community acupuncture has many benefits…friends and family can come in together for treatment, and many patients find that it decreases the sense of isolation that often comes with illness. Best of all, a “collective energy” can happen, which can make treatments even more successful. Another ‘plus’ for many patients is that the community model is more affordable, and as such, allows for more frequent visits.
Certified Metabolic Balance® Coach
Dr. Barreto coaches patients using Metabolic Balance,® a holistic nutrition program that helps patients feel healthier and more energized by balancing their metabolism. Based on patient-specific blood tests and medical history, the Metabolic Balance® program provides a personalized plan which ensures that specific nutritional needs are met. The system was developed in Germany in 2002 and currently there are more than half a million people worldwide practicing the program. Here you have more information about Metabolic Balance
Dr. Barreto can teach patients how to use the MELT Method® (MELT ) to help them get out and stay out of chronic pain in just ten minutes a day. Chronic pain and stress affect the body’s natural state of stability and balance, limiting mobility. By learning how to MELT, patients can learn to actively partake in decreasing stress daily and thus lead healthier, more active lives. Click here for more information about MELT
Meridian Energy Therapy (MET) – Tapping
Dr. Barreto uses Meridian Energy Therapy (MET) to help patients liberate emotional tension and stress by tapping the acupuncture points that stimulate the meridians. The goal of this modality is to balance the relationship between the mind, the emotions and the body for improved overall health. MET is the basis of a modality called the Emotional Freedom Technique.
Natural Health Consultant
Dr. Barreto offers his services as a certified Natural Health Consultant to help clients find optimal health using principles of acupuncture, homeopathy, nutrition, exercise, body-mind connection, and various other modalities. He is available to work with individuals, families and groups to provide perspective and insight into personal, family, community and employee wellness.