An Austin resident and former forensic pathologist with Central Texas Autopsy, Danielo Perez holds a master of science from the John Jay College of Criminal Justice and an MD from SUNY Downstate Medical College. To complement his background in forensic pathology, Danielo Perez of Austin is currently taking acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine classes and plans to open an integrative medical practice.
Based on the concept that optimal health relies on a balance of energy in the body, acupuncture involves the strategic placement of fine needles into specific body locations. Before placing needles, a qualified acupuncturist will conduct a thorough health history assessment, as well as a physical exam that might include examining the tongue, feeling the pulse, and asking extensive questions about diet and lifestyle. Then, he or she will place needles in precise points on the body, where they remain for five to 20 minutes. Acupuncture has proven effective in alleviating symptoms such as low back pain, migraine headaches, and fibromyalgia, and can also be helpful in the treatment of emotional disorders such as anxiety and depression.