Mary Ellen Bestani is a graduate of the Dallas College of Oriental Medicine in 2002. She is Certified by the Texas Medical Board and by the National Certification Commission of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine in both Acupuncture and Chinese Herbology.
My mission is my commitment to forming a partnership with you to assist you in the process of restoring your health. I achieve this through personalized patient-centered care, as we acknowledge that no two individuals are the same and therefore treatment needs to be tailored to each individual. I strive for superior outcomes and lasting solutions to minimize dysfunctions and maximize the quality of life and well-being of my patients.
Acupuncture is a practiced medical treatment within the much larger discipline of Traditional Chinese Medicine. It involves the insertion of very fine needles, called filliform needles (sometimes in conjunction with electrical stimulus), into specific points on the body's surface, along what are commonly called Meridians.In Traditional Chinese Medicine we speak of the flow of qi (pronounced "chee"), that substance in Traditional Chinese Medicine responsible for the function of the body.
Many conditions may be alleviated very rapidly by acupuncture and Oriental medicine. However, some conditions that have arisen over a course of years will be relieved only with slow, steady progress.
As in any form of healing, the patient's attitude, diet, determination and lifestyle will affect the outcome of a course of treatment. Patients are encouraged to actively participate in their healing process.
Although Oriental medicine can treat most condition, there are circumstances that can be dealt with more effectively by Western medicine. In such cases, your acupuncturist will recommend you contact a Western medical doctor. Acupuncture and Oriental medicine should be seen as complementary to Western medicine.
Acupuncture bears no resemblance to the feeling of receiving an injection, since the main source of pain from injections is the larger diameter, hollow needle and the medication being forced into the tissue by pressure. Acupuncture needles are very fine and flexible, about the diameter of a human hair. In most cases, insertion by a skilled practitioner is performed without discomfort.
You may experience a sense of heaviness or electricity in the area of insertion. Most patients find the treatments very relaxing and many fall asleep during treatment. In some cases, your practitioner may also recommend herbs or dietary, exercise or lifestyle changes.