Frequently Asked Questions (F.A.Q.)

  1. What does "Pain-Free" acupuncture mean?
    In addition to traditional needle acupuncture, we can treat a variety of illnesses without the use of any sort of needle. Using the Digital Meridian AcuGraph to measure the body's energy imbalances, the doctor can choose the best route for treatment including laser acupuncture, gua-sha, cupping, and so much more!
  2. Isn't traditional needle acupuncture still painful?
    Thanks to advancements in research done by the acupuncture community and by Doctor Barrios, the needles used when doing this procedure have been reduced to the thickness of a human hair. Most people report feeling at worst a minor prick or pressure when having a needle placed on the skin. Even so, in the event that traditional needle acupuncture is not an option, we have also had great success with laser acupuncture which utilizes a high powered handheld laser to "poke" the appropriate points with virtually no pain to the patient.
  3. How long does it take to see results from Acupuncture?
    It is tough to say exactly when each individual will see results from their treatments since there are so many factors involved. Some people can see results after as few as 2-3 treatments while others may need to be treated for years. Typically, chronic issues such as auto-immune disorders and ADHD take much longer to treat while acute issues such as non-chronic depression or stress can be treated fairly quickly.
  4. Is Acupuncture safe for children?
    Absolutely. Doctor Barrios is a professional when it comes to dealing with children and creating an atmosphere of mutual understanding, respect, and compassion. The treatment for children can be done in a much shorter timespan and depending on the age of the child can be done in the parent's lap, while playing with a toy, or sitting on a table. For young children and infants, the treatment can be done as quickly as 10 to 15 seconds depending on the chronicity and severity of the issue.
  5. Is Acupuncture safe for pregnant or nursing women?
    Not only is it absolutely safe, but Acupuncture is extremely helpful in order to ensure that the mother is calm and her energy is balanced. This has an incredible amount of benefits for both mother and baby with absolutely no side effects. Please do not hesitate to contact us for any questions that you may have!
  6. Is Acupuncture safe for pets?
    Although there have been a multitude of advancements in the use of acupuncture to treat pets, Doctor Barrios is not certified to handle these cases but can make referrals to someone who potentially can! Please give us a call and we can help you find someone to help your best friend!
  7. Will I need to take any prescriptions?
    The doctor will handle this question on a per-patient basis but the short answer is typically no. Doctor Barrios is an expert at utilizing Homeopathic and Holistic remedies to treat a plethora of issues. These typically have no side effects and can be delivered to your home shortly after the appointment with no need to pick them up from a pharmacy.
  8. What is AcuGraph?
    The AcuGraph is a product from the Digital Meridian company that uses specially tuned and highly sensitive probes to take energy measures at specific points on the human body. If you would like to know more, please visit the AcuGraph page.
  9. What are your hours of operation?
    The doctor books appointments from 8:00AM to 5:00PM Monday thru Friday. Weekend appointments are available for emergency cases at the doctor's discretion.
  10. How can I book an appointment?
    You can book an appointment by calling the office at 954-639-3278. You can also send an email to In addition, you can also fill out the contact form here on the website
  11. How long is an appointment?
    A majority of appointments (including new patients) take approximately 90 minutes to complete. Please allow for a full and uninterrupted appointment to make sure that the therapy and/or medicine has time to work. The time can also vary depending on the procedure being performed. If you would like a more acurate time estimate based on your circumstances, please do not hesitate to contact us using the methods above.
  12. What should I do to prepare for the appointment?
    Please wear loose fitting and comfortable clothing for the appointment. The doctor will request that all jewelery be removed as it can interfere with the AcuGraph's energy readings. The doctor also recommends that you have a light meal before the appointment. Sometimes a tongue examination is required, so please refrain from drinking/eating any colored food/drinks.
  13. What forms of payment do you accept?
    The doctor does NOT carry any cash on her person while conducting treatments. As such, the only forms of payment that are accepted are checks, money orders, and credit/debit card payments. Depending on the type of treatment needed, the doctor also offers a variety of package and payment plan options.