Adam Bailey, DOM, AP

Doctor of Oriental Medicine, Acupuncture Physician

 

We asked Adam…

How did you become interested in Acupuncture?

I first experienced acupuncture in high school as a three-sport athlete. A friend recommended acupuncture, and the results were impressive. Bruises and aches melted away, and more serious injuries healed better and faster than ever before. I was amazed at how acupuncture so effectively accelerated the body’s healing.

In college, I struggled to find the motivation to stay fit. This was a new situation for me. I’d been active and athletic my whole life. I found Shaolin Wahnam Kung Fu and Qigong (energy exercises), and I was hooked. I realized the difference between being athletic and being healthy. Once I started practicing these energy arts, my body started healing itself. Now, I am both healthy and fit. I enjoy teaching others the skills and balance that can be achieved through Qigong, martial arts and diet. I was an assistant instructor at my teacher’s school and I taught my own students at a retirement community. I was amazed to see how the practice of Qigong helped different populations overcome difficult and complex illnesses. Qigong now permeates all aspects of my practice as a Chinese Medical practitioner.

In Chinese Medicine school, my primary interest was initially in sports medicine. I appreciated the sophistication and effectiveness of the system that offered more options than the R.I.C.E. (rest, ice, compression, elevation) that is typically offered for injury healing. Chinese medicine also provided an effective way to treat older, chronic injuries. As I began to understand the broader application of Chinese Medicine, I became fascinated with the internal medicine of Chinese Medicine, particularly the use of classical herbal formulas to treat a patient’s constitution. Using this method, my patients saw fast, powerful and lasting results. 

I am also drawn to a style of bodywork called Tui Na. I organized a specialized course to bring one of the leading experts to teach an advanced class to heighten my skills. This advanced system incorporates techniques that not only relax the body and remove pain, but also improve structural alignment for long term, lasting results. Tui Na is an excellent treatment option without the use of needles in patients who are sensitive and it can also add to the effectiveness of an acupuncture session.

I like to lead by example and take time to make naturally fermented foods. These foods are not only more nutritious with more bioavailable nutrients, but they also taste great. I look forward to teaching courses in making some of these simple, delicious foods as well as advising my patients how to incorporate them in their diets.

If you have an injury, new or old, or would like to try a traditional approach to health care using a combination of exercise, diet, acupuncture, herbs, Qigong and Tui Na, please call 727-551-0857 to schedule an appointment or email adam@acuherbals.com with questions.