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Hidden Gems: Meet Elaine Huang of Huang Acupuncture

Today we’d like to introduce you to Elaine Huang.

Elaine, we appreciate you taking the time to share your story with us today. Where does your story begin?
My father was an acupuncturist; therefore, I was introduced to the world of Traditional Eastern Medicine at a very young age. My dad was born in Taiwan and migrated to the United States in the late 1960s. He lived in New York and later moved to Florida in the mid-1970s. He received training and education in Taiwan, China, and the USA. I was born in Orlando, FL.

At the age of 12, I started shadowing him and helping him in his clinic. At the time, during the late 1980s, acupuncture needles were sterilized in an enclave. My brother and I were assigned the exciting task of soaking the needles in alcohol, sorting them to by size, and packaging them in foil to be ready to sterilize in the enclave. We also helped him wash glass cups, collate a 100-page handbook on acupuncture, and prepare foot soaks for his patients. One of my most memorable moments was watching my dad treat a dog that was suffering from arthritis. Being able to observe an animal receive acupuncture treatments was definitely an out of the ordinary experience. I was forever inspired by my father’s ability to help his patients restore their health and well-being with the powerful healing art of Traditional Chinese Medicine. I decided to pursue a Master of Science in Oriental Medicine (MSOM) degree in 2012. I graduated from the Florida College of Integrative Medicine. I also have a bachelor’s degree in Professional Health Science. I am a Florida state licensed Acupuncture Physician. In addition, I am certified by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM). I’m also a proud member of the Florida State Oriental Medicine Association (FSOMA) and American Society of Acupuncturists (ASA). I currently have a practice in Longwood, FL and I enjoy treating patients with a variety of pain conditions and strive to help them reach optimal health and well-being.

We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
I definitely have had obstacles and challenges during my journey in my career path. My father unexpectedly passed away and his death has been a huge challenge for me, both emotionally and spiritually. The acupuncture community lost an exceptionally talented healer and I lost my father who was my primary inspiration and role model. He laid the groundwork for what I have become today. I envisioned a future of us working together and strengthening our knowledge and skills as a team.

Great, so let’s talk business. Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
I utilize Traditional East Asian Medicine as my approach to healing and I focus on the whole body instead of its parts. When making a diagnosis, I am concerned with the whole person. I focus on physical and psychological states of being as key indicators of health and disease. Included in the treatment are questioning the patient, making tongue and pulse diagnosis, coupled with itemizing current symptoms and recording a detailed history. This procedure allows me to piece together the patterns of imbalance, which are used to formulate a diagnosis and recommend treatment specific to the individual patient. Traditional East Asian Medicine is not aimed at relieving symptoms on a piecemeal basis, but rather, it focuses on the whole and directs its attention to treating the underlying cause of the disease and returning the body to its balanced and harmonious state.

I specialize in pain management. I have experience treating a variety of conditions including chronic back pain, arthritis, neck pain, gynecological disorders, shoulder pain, peripheral neuropathy, knee pain, headaches, migraines, digestive disorders, allergies, and joint pain. I utilize a variety of modalities including acupuncture, therapeutic bodywork, electrical stimulation, auricular therapy, acupressure, infrared heat therapy, cupping, acupoint injection therapy, moxibustion, food therapy, and customized herbal medicine. I accept most major health insurances, including Veteran Affairs Community Care Network (VA CCN), United Healthcare, Cigna, Aetna, and Medicare Advantage plans. Currently, Medicare Advantage Plans/Medicare Part C covers acupuncture for chronic low back pain only. My office is located in Longwood, Seminole County, Florida. I proudly serve the Greater Orlando community.

Is there a quality that you most attribute to your success?
Compassion is the most important quality for my success as an acupuncturist. Patients want a physician who treats them as human beings, not just information on a chart. I try my best to understand what my patients are feeling and experiencing, both physically and emotionally. Compassion and empathy require good listening skills. As patients describe to their history of present illness, pain, and other health concerns, I validate their experience and communicate that understanding to them. I see patients at the most vulnerable points in their lives and they need to know that I truly care about what happens to them and are on this journey with them.

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