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Charlotte Native Returns to Open Acupuncture Practice


Charlotte, NC - On Monday, March 8th, acupuncturist & former Charlottean, Patrick Fitzsimons, will begin seeing patients at The Art of Living Center, located at 1201 East Blvd., Charlotte, NC 28203.

Acupuncture is a modality with great momentum in the world of medicine, endorsed by the World Health Organization and the National Institute of Health for a number of conditions. North Carolina hospitals, like Carolinas Medical Center and Duke, are finding ways to integrate acupuncture into patient care. President Obama himself spoke of the need to bring modalities like acupuncture into the mainstream health care system, supporting the preventative care movement as a way to alleviate the current economic crisis.

“Overall, an ever-growing body of research confirms the benefits of acupuncture,” says Ronald Reimer, M.D., neurosurgeon at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida. “At Mayo Clinic, acupuncture has been used successfully for pain management, postoperative nausea, anxiety relief, drug addiction, insomnia and headaches, to name a few.”

Acupuncture originated in China several thousand years ago, one of a handful of medical practices that have withstood the test of time. It is one of the most widely used healthcare modalities throughout the world, now stretching from Asia to Europe and the Americas.

The basic premise of acupuncture is that energy, or qi to the Chinese, flows through the body along determined pathways, and that illness results when circulation becomes blocked. Inserting acupuncture needles along these pathways is said to regulate the circulation, thus providing relief and enhanced body function.

The Art of Living Center, opened in 1994 by naturopath, Dr. Jay Wrigley, now offers acupuncture, naturopathic medicine, chiropractic, and massage therapy.

“Over the years I’ve referred a number of people in Charlotte to other acupuncturists,” said Patrick. “Having been out of the country for the better part of the last three years, it’s now time to return and serve the community that is home to family, friends, and colleagues.”

Patrick is a recognized Diplomate of Acupuncture in the USA, and is licensed to practice in the State of North Carolina. He attended a 4-year medical program at Jung Tao School of Classical Chinese Medicine, where he studied acupuncture. Patrick supervises interns at the Jung Tao School Clinic in Boone, NC, and has lectured around the world about Chinese Medicine, acupuncture, health & wellness. He holds a vested interest in the treatment of pain, digestive disorders, and women’s issues.

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