News Article from Punta Gorda Herald

Publication:Charlotte Sun; Date:May 6, 2009; Section:Punta Gorda Herald; Page Number:PGH4

Acupuncture — a treatment that has worked for millennia

The earliest written record available about acupuncture is Huang-di Nei-jing or Yellow Emperor’s Inner Canon, 476-221 B.C., which suggests acupuncture originated in China and helps explain why it is most commonly associated with traditional Chinese medicine. Acupuncture is a technique of inserting and manipulating fine filiform needles into specific points of the body to relieve pain or for therapeutic purposes.

The word acupuncture comes from the Latin acus (needle) and pungere (to prick). The ancient Chinese belief is that a universal life energy known as Chi, or Qi, is present in every living creature. This energy circulates throughout the body along specific pathways called meridians. As long as this energy flows freely all through the meridians, health is maintained. Once the flow is blocked, the system is disrupted and pain and illness occur. The use of acupuncture needles is the method used to help restore the normal function by stimulating certain points on the meridian to free the energy and clear the pathway.

How does acupuncture work? As seen from the point of view of Western medicine, acupuncture works by needling the acupuncture points. This stimulates the nervous system to release chemicals in the muscles, spinal cord and brain, which either changes the experience of pain or triggers the release of hormones that influence the body’s own internal regulating system.

The World Health Organization has compiled a list of symptoms, syndromes, pathologies and conditions that have been proven as effectively treated by acupuncture. Among the list are asthma, low back pain, tennis elbow, stress, fatigue, insomnia and 98 other conditions.

Debra Grubb, A. P. (acupuncture physician), has recently come to the Punta Gorda area and established a practice in the Bank of America building at 126 East Olympia Avenue, Suite 302, Punta Gorda. As the door to her suite opens, you step into a quiet, tranquil atmosphere with the gentle sound of trickling water in the background. The reception room has paintings, greenery and other eyepleasing objects that sooth the spirit as you wait. Debra’s clients have a view of swaying palm fronds as they receive treatment in her area.

Grubb is a statelicensed and national board-certified (NCCAOM) acupuncture physician. She graduated from East West College of Natural Medicine with a bachelor’s degree in professional health sciences and a master’s degree in Oriental medicine; she advanced her studies at Zhe-jiang Chinese Medical University in Hang-zhou, China, one of the world’s top colleges of traditional Chinese medicine and acupuncture. As well as acupuncture treatments for specific problems, Debra offers Mei Zen Cosmetic Acupuncture, which refreshes and restores youthful complexions, diminishes wrinkles and fine facial lines and restores tone and vibrancy to the face; Cranial Sacral Therapy, a light- touch approach that releases tensions deep in the body to relieve pain and dysfunction and improve whole-body health and performance; and Reiki, a Japanese word meaning Universal Life Energy. Reiki is an ancient method of hands-on healing that works on emotional, physical and mental levels. Other treatments are available, and free consultations are offered. Go to

Many people have the misconception that acupuncture is just for pain management; it is, in fact, beneficial in many ways. People think about using acupuncture as a last resort; it should be considered alongside other treatments at the onset of discomfort. Debra Grubb runs two practices, one in Punta Gorda on Monday, Wednesday and Friday and a second office in Venice on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. Much of Debra’s business comes to her by word of mouth. It is the natural result of her caring and sympathetic nature.

Debra Grubb, A.P., Acupuncture & Alternative Solutions, 126 E. Olympia Ave., Suite 302, Punta Gorda, 941-525-3878.

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Josephine Spencer


Debra Grubb, acupuncture physician, Acupuncture & Alternative Solutions.