For Patients & Visitors

The Clinic

The Dragon Rises College of Oriental Medicine student clinic in Gainesville is open to the general public by appointment only. However, walk-ins are welcome to make an immediate appointment and may be seen if there are any last-minute openings. All treatments are supervised by a licensed practitioner.

What to expect

The initial appointment includes a thorough exploration of the history of current medical concerns, as well as details about past medical conditions. We utilize information from birth to the present. The initial visit is also a time when the students and supervisors conduct a thorough pulse examination, which yields information that guides therapeutic intervention. Pulse diagnosis is a vital tool in Oriental medicine, and at Dragon Rises College we practice a highly refined form of this art.
The purpose of a thorough consultation and pulse diagnosis is to account for the many factors that contribute to an individual’s medical condition. This enables us to understand the disease process from its inception, provide counsel about the effects of one’s lifestyle, and initiate the most expedient therapeutic intervention.

The treatments at the clinic include all of the major modalities within Oriental medicine. These include acupuncture, herbal medicine, lifestyle consultation and therapeutic massage. Many of the patients who come to the clinic have no previous experience with Oriental medicine, and we take the time to explain carefully each procedure.

We hope that you will join us in the clinic and realize the benefits that Dragon Rises College has to offer. Please allow up to 2 hours for your treatment.

**Note – we ask that you please have a light snack/meal before attending your clinic appointment, and that you wear loose-fitting clothing**

Clinic Hours

Hours change occasionally for each semester. Please call for an appointment.

How to Make an Appointment

Existing Patients
352-371-2833, ext. 22

New Patients
352-371-2833, ext. 21

Treatment Costs

New patient (first visit) – $35.00
Returning patient – $35.00
Seniors (65 and older), Students, and Veterans – $25.00

Clinic Location

1000 NE 16th Ave, Building F
Gainesville, Florida 32601

Patient Forms

Click to download new patient forms before your appointment.

Print them, fill them out and bring them in with you to the clinic.
Birth History Form (PDF)
Patient History (PDF)

Treatable Disorders

What ailments can acupuncture treat?

Acupuncture is recognized by the National Institute of Health and the World Health Organization to be effective in the treatment of a wide variety of medical problems. Below is a list of a few health concerns that acupuncture has been effective in treating.

Addiction
Anxiety
Arthritis
Asthma
Bronchitis
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Chronic Fatigue
Colitis
Common cold
Constipation
Dental pain
Depression
Diarrhea
Digestive trouble
Dizziness
Dysentery
Emotional problems
Eye problems
Facial palsy/tics
Fatigue
Fertility
Fibromyalgia
Gingivitis
Headache
Hiccough
Incontinence
Indigestion
Irritable bowel (IBS)
Low Back Pain
Menopause
Menstrual problems
Migraine
Morning sickness
Nausea
Osteoarthritis
Pain
PMS
Pneumonia
Reproductive problems
Rhinitis
Sciatica
Seasonal affective disorder
Shoulder pain
Sinusitis
Sleep disturbances
Smoking cessation
Sore throat
Stress
Tennis elbow
Tonsillitis
Tooth pain
Trigeminal neuralgia
Urinary tract infections
Vomiting
Wrist pain

Know Your Acupuncturist

Practitioners whose educational focus is in Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine receive approximately 80% of their training exclusively in this field, and undergo an extensive clinical internship averaging 3 years in length.

Other healthcare practitioners may use acupuncture, one of the many therapies of Oriental Medicine, as an adjunct to their primary practice. While all of these practitioners also have training in western medical sciences, this chart is designed to illustrate the varying levels of acupuncture training generally undertaken by healthcare professionals.

AMOUNT OF TRAINING IN ACUPUNCTURE

PRACTITIONER

1363 hours-2000 hours in Acupuncture
(or 2000-3000 hours in Oriental Medicine)

Typically a Licensed Acupuncturist (L.Ac.) or Registered Acupuncturist whose primary training is in Acupuncture and/or Oriental Medicine, and has:

(a) Obtained a 3-4yr master’s level degree or diploma from a school approved by ACAOM (Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine), and

(b) is awarded the Dipl.Ac. (Diplomat in Acupuncture) designation upon successful examination by the NCCAOM (National Commission for the Certification of Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine) which is the national standard used for licensing in most states.

- Used for a broad range of health issues, including chronic disease, pain, internal medicine, rehabilitation, and prevention based on Oriental medical theory.

300 hours or less
Medical Acupuncture
Meridian Balancing/Therapy
Chiropractic Acupuncture
Naturopathic Acupuncture

Typically a medical doctor, osteopath, naturopath, or chiropractor who uses acupuncture as a complementary therapy: the World Health Organization (WHO) recommends that medical doctors have 200 hours of training in order to understand when to refer patients to a more fully-trained Acupuncturist or Oriental Medicine practitioner

- Most commonly used for pain and basic ailments

Around 100 hours or less
Detox Technical Support
Chiropractic Acupuncture
Medical Acupuncture

Typically a detoxification technician or chiropractor (detox techs should be under supervision of a Licensed Acupuncturist, see above, and are limited to 5 points on the ear)

- Most commonly used for pain management or addiction & detoxification through auricular acupuncture.

For a list of approved schools and colleges, contact the U.S. Department of Education or:
www.ccaom.org
www.nccaom.org
www.acaom.org
Acupuncture should only be administered by a practitioner who has specific training in this field, due to risk of improper needling, inadequate understanding of Oriental medical diagnostic procedures, transmission of disease, imbalancing of energy, or ethical violations.