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Dr. Carlos Alberto Suarez is a family physician who practices both traditional and alternative medicine. He takes particular pride in treating patients who have become frustrated after unsuccessfully trying numerous treatments. “I like to give them back hope,” Suarez said. “For the most part, my work is concentrated on treating anxiety and pain, but I do the full extent of medical acupuncture.” His training credentials include a 330-hour medical acupuncture course at Helms Medical Institute at UCLA in Los Angeles. Suarez is board certified by the American Academy of Family Physicians and the American Academy of Medical Acupuncture. He is also trained in Reiki, an Eastern technique aimed at reducing stress, increasing relaxation and promoting healing. He earned the title of Reiki Practitioner Level I from master instructor Sylvia Lagergren in Johnson City, Tenn. Originally from Peru, Suarez has worked as a general practitioner in impoverished areas of Lima, where he also taught high school students about preventive medicine. Suarez’s main interests and hobbies are table tennis, movies, listening to ’80s music, metaphysics and energy healing, traveling and admiring nature. Suarez holds unrestricted medical licenses in Arkansas, Oregon, Tennessee and Virginia. His office is at 3291 South Thompson D101-Springdale. Appointments can be made by calling (479) 419-9955.


Family Medicine Specialist Includes Acupuncture and Nutrition Counseling as Part of Integrative Medicine Practice
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Family Medicine Specialist Includes Acupuncture and Nutrition Counseling as Part of Integrative Medicine Practice | Carlos Suarez, MD, Integrative Medicine, acupuncture, nutritional counseling, Springdale Health LLC,  Andrew Weil, Reid Blackwelder, Chinese herbs, Becky Gillette

Carlos Suarez

SPRINGDALE – Carlos Alberto Suarez, MD, FAAMA, a native of Peru, has found that combining conventional and alternative medicine in one practice is well received by his patients at Springdale Health LLC. In addition to being board certified in family medicine, Suarez also practices acupuncture and does nutritional and herb\supplement counseling.

Suarez said physicians are sometimes worried and frustrated by how to treat conditions such as chronic pain and anxiety. These conditions do not respond well to medical therapies, especially when they become a chronic problem.

“These chronic conditions are treated effectively with acupuncture,” said Suarez, who is a diplomat from the American Board of Medical Acupuncture and a Fellow of the American Academy of Medical Acupuncture. “My colleagues are realizing that there is use for medical acupuncture and alternative medicine as a part of the multi-specialty team for treatment of chronic conditions.”

Patients seem to be interested in new and natural ways of healing. But it isn’t unusual initially for them to have mixed emotions with respect to the acupuncture needles due to the fear of pain. “However, once they try acupuncture, they realize that the procedure is minimally painful and so extremely effective treating many health conditions that they keep coming back for more treatments,” Suarez said.

His patients report that acupuncture can help them when other therapies don’t.

“Issues like chronic depression, fibromyalgia, menopause and fatigue are treated effectively and naturally with a combination of acupuncture and Chinese herbs,” Suarez said. “I also offer optimized, researched and sometimes even evidence based supplements and herbs to complement patient treatments. We usually do not talk cures, but do offer serious relief to our patients who get a consult and a streamlined plan to optimize their health and effectively treat their ailments.”

Suarez received his medical degree from Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia in Lima, Peru, and was licensed in 2000 by the Peruvian College of Physicians. In 2003 he moved to Kingsport, Tenn., to attend East Tennessee State University. He completed his family medicine residency program in 2006, and became board certified in family medicine.

Suarez got interested in medical alternatives because while he was at East Tennessee, he had a program director – Reid Blackwelder, MD, FAAFP, who’s now president-elect of the American Academy of Family Medicine – who was very alternative medicine oriented. Blackwelder recommended Suarez take a nutrition course at the University of Arizona with Andrew Weil, MD, who has authored many best selling health books and is considered the father of integrative medicine in the U.S.

“There I heard about what medical acupuncture could do and met a few practitioners at that course,” Suarez said. “At that point, I was extremely impressed. Then I decided to take the Helms Medical Institute Acupuncture course, which is for physicians only. Later on, I took the board exams and got my Fellowship in Medical Acupuncture. It is likely the best investment and best learning path of my life so far.”

His patients are not surprised by what he offers. Most of them embrace old, new and natural ways of healing.

“Some of them take advantage of us as being a one-stop place to get their health taken care of holistically,” Suarez said. “I practice what is called integrative medicine, an all-inclusive medicine rather than the fragmented specialty driven medicine which is so prevalent these days.” Treatment offered is in addition t0 –rather than as a replacement for – conventional medical treatments.

“For example, if a patient comes to us and is under the care of another health professional for primary care, we would never take their pills away,” Suarez said. “We are not against pills. However, we would start nutrition therapies that can lower the need for pharmaceuticals. We help the patient’s bodies heal from within.”

Suarez said he feels he is able to offer his patients the best of both worlds.

“That is exactly what integrative medicine is all about,” he said. “I try my best to offer options and treatment plans to patients that actually try to address the cause of the problem, rather than chasing symptoms.”


Needle Free Acupuncture? Now There is a Way to Get Acupuncture Without the Pain.

Are you needle phobic? Most patients that hear about Acupuncture are scared of needles. A physician in Springdale now offers laser acupuncture and ear acupuncture which as 100% needle free to cater to children and people afraid of needles

Needle Free Acupuncture? Now There is a Way to Get Acupuncture Without the Pain.

Springdale, AR, June 06, 2013 –(– Pain is a sensation most humans fear and want to avoid.

According to the Institute of Medicine, there are 100 million Americans that suffer from some sort of chronic pain. This is almost one third of the country’s population. Our usual medical care usually doesn’t address the causes of pain and relieves it only partially and incompletely. Medications and injections usually have a myriad of side effects and consequences.

Acupuncture has been showing promise to treat different kinds of conditions including headaches, back pain, neck pain, knee pain, and other conditions such as nausea, asthma, chronic lung disease, etc.

Paradoxically, pain related needling is feared by many people, especially children. This is one of the reasons why they avoid an acupuncture specialist.

At Springdale Health, in Springdale, Arkansas a physician is treating these issues with needle Free alternatives (on top of usual needle acupuncture care). These include laser and pellet acupuncture. Dr. Suarez is able to achieve pain free or nearly pain free status very quickly with such techniques.

The advantage of the treatment at Springdale Health is that Dr. Suarez is double Board Certified in Family Medicine and Medical Acupuncture. As a physician he is able to get a thorough diagnosis via Western Medicine and as a Medical Acupuncturist and Integrative Medicine practitioner he is also able to use Eastern Medicine or Alternative Medicine such as Supplements, Chinese herbs and Acupuncture in addition to any Western Medicine treatment he feels is appropriate for the optimal treatment of the patient.

Patients can find out more about Springdale Health by visiting the clinic at 3291 South Thompson D101 Springdale, calling 479-419-9955, or visiting or on facebook visiting Springdalehealth.

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Acupuncture is a method of encouraging the body to promote natural healing and to improve functioning. This is done by inserting needles and applying heat or electrical stimulation at very precise acupuncture points. It was started in ancient China over 2000 years ago, and in time migrated to all Asia and then to Europe and the USA.

Acupuncture is a very old medical art, and there are many approaches to learning and practicing it. Medical acupuncture is the term used to describe acupuncture performed by a doctor trained and licensed in Western medicine who has also had thorough training in acupuncture as a specialty practice. Such a doctor can use Medical Acupuncture, Western Medicine, Nutrition, etc. or a combination of all the aforementioned, to treat an illness, a truly integrative practitioner.


The classical Chinese explanation is that channels of energy run in regular patterns through the body and over its surface. These energy channels, called meridians, are like rivers flowing through the body to irrigate and nourish the tissues. An obstruction in the movement of these energy rivers is like a dam that backs up in others, disturbing the flow and causing issues such as pain and anxiety.

The meridians can be influenced by needling the acupuncture points; these needles unblock the obstructions at the dams, and reestablish the regular flow through the meridians. Acupuncture treatments can therefore help the body’s internal organs to correct its imbalances in their digestion, absorption, and energy production activities, and in the circulation of their energy through the meridians. Pain and anxiety can clearly be addressed by relieving these obstructions.

One of the modern scientific explanations for how acupuncture works is that needling the acupuncture points stimulates the nervous system to release chemicals in the muscles, spinal cord, and brain. These chemicals will either change the experience of pain or anxiety, or they will trigger the release of other chemicals and hormones which influence the body’s own internal regulating system.

The improved energy and biochemical balance produced by acupuncture results in stimulating the body’s natural healing abilities, and in promoting physical and emotional well-being.

As usual and like Western Medicine, if the problem is chronic in nature, the Medical Acupuncture Treatment plan will likely be lengthier than if the problem is short and acute. Even problems such as chronic arthritis, fibromyalgia, chronic anxiety and depression will respond to Acupuncture, but their treatment will need to be a chronic ongoing one, that addresses not only the symptom ( pain and emotional ), but also the core meridian(s) dysfunction that brought the symptom. In that sense, Medical Acupuncture gets to be proactive instead of reactive as Western Medicine usually is.


The short answer is yes, but far less than a regular blood draw will. The needle diameter of acupuncture needles is smaller than regular injection needles and thus produces less pain and discomfort. However, that being said, if you dislike needles, you can opt for laser acupuncture or pellet therapy, which are non-painful and for certain illnesses, equally effective as traditional acupuncture. This needle-free alternative is also very appropriate for children of all ages.