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#RelaxEnjoy Kits

Fertility Treatments

Fertility Treatments

  • This is a new project that we created as a family when the whole Covid-19 situation started in our area. It was hard for all of us to self quarantine for a little over 14 days after coming back from International travel. So, we had to come up with creative and healthy ways to "relax" and get through the days. The kit I created has 3 main items:

  

1. CBD Oil – place 5 drops of CBD oil under the tongue and hold for 30 seconds. Swallow. CBD has properties that may help with relaxation. This is a safe product, made organically in NC, non-psychoactive. (more information on my blog)


2. Ear Seeds – these are natural seeds placed on medical tape and they are used in Chinese Medicine to stimulate the nervous system by using the ear. Take a look at the attached picture and place the seeds on your ear, use a mirror and tweezers. Blue dots represent relaxation and sleep, green dots are for stress management and black dots are for immunity support. Press them throughout the day and remove them in 3 days. Email me at acuford@gmail.com and I will send you more information about ear seeds and auricular therapy. 


3. Aromatherapy roller – this item will be handmade specially for each kit with a unique blend of essential oils. Smell information goes to the brain which can trigger relaxation and recollection of positive memories. I use this all the time with the boys either as rollers or sprays, they love lavender!


  • These are some tools we use to relax at home, very simple and very user friendly. 
  • To purchase and send the kit to a friend: text or email at 407-342-5999 /acuford@gmail.com. These kits are priceless bc they are handmade and I put all of my love and energy into the person I am preparing them for, but you can send them to a friend for $25 including shipping. Send name of recipient and address. Paypal at holaford@gmail.com or Venmo @Catherine-Ford-1. Relax&Enjoy!


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Fertility Treatments

Fertility Treatments

Fertility Treatments

In Chinese Medicine we see the body as a whole system and women seeking to become pregnant, need to find balance physically AND emotionally.  

Acupuncture has an effect in the nervous system, endocrine system and lymphatic system, because it stimulates the body to react once the needles are placed into the skin. The body reacts to the needles by flaring up these systems and putting them “on alert”.  

One of the leading reasons why patients drop out of infertility treatment is due to stress; this program is a resource for patients to integrate holistic therapies into their medical treatment. 

Acupuncture and herbal treatment are used in fertility patients and these techniques can: · 

Regulate menses – controlling irregular periods can predict better the time of ovulation 

Regulate hormones  · 

Increase uterine lining · Improve sperm – acupuncture stimulates the body to increase sperm counts, sperm motility and the percentage f normal sperm within a given sample · Possible miscarriage prevention Acupuncture can also be beneficial when used in conjunction with IVF treatments, it may help by: · Increasing the number of follicles and improving quality of eggs produced · Increasing the likelihood of implantation · Moderate the side effects of hormone therapy · Relieve stress- IVF can be a stressful process and acupuncture can regulate and increase endorphins (natural feel-good chemicals) in the blood · 

Prevent miscarriage · Regulate hormones  

Increase circulation in the lower abdomen and low back, which stimulates the nerves that go into the uterus - acupuncture can increase blood flow to the reproductive organs, which dramatically improves a woman’s response to hormonal therapy and it also reduces stress and a hyperactive sympathetic nervous system response. Other conditions in which acupuncture is helpful are: · To turn a breech baby- best results are achieved in weeks 34 to 36 and the chances of a baby moving, decrease as time goes by. However, it is worth working with the patient after week 36 · Morning sickness · Musculoskeletal conditions (back pain, sciatica, carpal tunnel) · Fatigue · Insomnia · Edema (water retention) · Pregnancy induced hypertension Pregnancy induced anxiety and/or depression. 

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Sports Injuries

Fertility Treatments

Sports Injuries

College Park Acupuncture specializes in the treatment and prevention of sports injuries. Catherine Ford completed the Whitfield Reaves “Sports Acupuncture Apprenticeship Program”: which is a six-month intensive program on sports acupuncture, receiving her certification in August of 2014.  

The style of acupuncture that she uses was developed by Whitfield Reaves who has been specializing in treating Olympians, professional triathletes, runners, cyclists, and weekend warriors of all sports since the early 1980’s. He is also the Author of The Acupuncture Handbook of Sports Injuries and Pain and teaches seminars on the subject all over the world. 

What is “sports acupuncture”? Sports Acupuncture is an integration of Traditional Chinese Medicine (acupuncture) with anatomy, western Orthopedics and Sports practices.  Whether you want to perform better at your chosen sport, or need help recovering from an acute or chronic injury, acupuncture has been shown to increase performance and decrease recovery time. If you have an acute injury that requires surgery acupuncture can relax the tissue and decrease inflammation prior to the procedure. After surgery sports acupuncture can decrease recovery time by increasing circulation and decreasing inflammation. By relieving both pain and inflammation, sports acupuncture can allow you to train harder and recover far more quickly both before and after an athletic event. Whether you’re a triathlete with a nagging injury, have experienced an acute injury and want to speed recovery, or just a normal person who wants to take the next step in exercise performance, acupuncture can play a significant role in that regard. For example, evaluating shoulder pain begins with testing the strength and movement of your shoulder to determine its physical weaknesses, inpingements, and imbalances. Treatment may include needling, electro-stimulation, tuina massage, cupping or possibly Chinese herbs.  

What is orthopedic acupuncture? Orthopedic acupuncture focuses diagnosis and treatment on specific problems associated with your muscles, tendons, ligaments, and bones. These problems may include a loss of strength or stamina, the presence of pain and restricted mobility.    

About Catherine

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Catherine Ford

Catherine Ford is a Doctor of Oriental Medicine and licensed Acupuncture Physician. She is Board Certified by the National Certification Commission of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. In 2014, she graduated summa cum laude from the Florida College of Integrative Medicine where she received a Bachelor of Professional Health Studies and a Master of Science in Oriental Medicine. As part of her over 4000 hours of classroom and clinical training  in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, she has successfully treated a variety of conditions which include headaches, fertility issues, sports injuries, stress syndromes, women issues and more. 

Her specialties include training in acupuncture, Chinese and western herbs, food therapy, cupping, moxibustion, Guasha and Auricular Acupuncture. She also has a certification in AcuPoint Injection Therapy. 

In 2014, Catherine opened her own clinic in Orlando and in that same year she received a certification from The Whitfield Reaves Acupuncture Sports Medicine Apprenticeship Program, which is a sixty-hour intensive course that  teaches students about diagnosis, assessment and treatment of common sports injuries and pain syndromes. 

Prior to her start in Oriental Medicine, Catherine received a Bachelor’s Degree in Industrial Engineering.  She was born in Colombia, South America and is fluent in both  English and Spanish. Treatment and care are available in either language.  

Catherine has a very personal story with Oriental Medicine, which began her transition from Engineering to Medicine.  It started when she suffered a subdural hematoma in  2008, during a routine epidural for child delivery. The damage suffered, left her with daily headaches, dizziness and ringing in the ears.  After working with many neurologists and even the Mayo clinic, she was not able to find relief using modern medicine.  She  decided to explore alternative therapies like acupuncture, herbs and Chinese Medicine. After several acupuncture treatments, the symptoms improved and disappeared.  This created a desire to understand more about Oriental Medicine, which had taken care of her  medical issue.  Even though she was a busy mother of three boys (at the time), she decided to follow her calling and started her Oriental Medicine studies.  Catherine’s desire now is to share the healing she received with others and provide patients with another  option of treatment.  

Catherine joined Whole Family HealthCare in January 2019 and she is very excited to be part of the team. She enjoys spending family time with her husband and her four boys.



Sports Acupuncture

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College Park Acupuncture specializes in the treatment and prevention of sports injuries. Catherine Ford completed  a six-month intensive program on sports acupuncture, receiving her certification in August of 2014.  The style of acupuncture that used is the same used by Olympians, professional triathletes, runners, cyclists, and weekend warriors of all sports since the early 1980’s.  The sports injury that you have from any of these items are perfect for our clinic.

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Pls contact Dr. Catherine Ford at acuford@gmail.com