Palm Beach Acupuncture


Cameron surfing in Hawaii.

What is Cameron Bishop's history?

After graduating Seattle Pacific University with a degree in Psychology and Anthropology (1988), Cameron lived, worked and studied in Japan for four years learning both healing and martial arts. Upon his return, he furthered his studies at NIAOM graduating with an accredited Masters in Acupuncture(1996). He also received a Japanese Acupuncture Certificate and a three year Daoist Qi Gong certificate from NIAOM (1996). He has studied intensively with Japanese Masters in Japan.  Cameron is a board certified Diplomate of the NCCAOM (#7152) and Licensed in the State of the Florida (AP762). He received his Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (DAOM) at the one of the oldest and well known Acupuncture schools "American College of Traditional Oriental Medicine" in San Francisco specializing in "Women's Health" and "Pain Management". He is the first one to earn this accredited doctoral degree in Palm Beach County. He has also studied and worked in Yue Yang and Yang Pu hospitals in Shanghai, China. He is the on call acupuncturist for the Trump Spa at Mar-a-lago, Palm Beach for over a decade.

He has been in practice since 1996 and spent over five years working in a Western Medical Family Practice Office before venturing out on his own. He has worked in hospitals, medical offices, and chiropractic offices. His current office is a quiet oasis within a former house now zoned professional on Federal Highway near the intracoastal.

Cameron's style of acupuncture combines the experience, intuitions, and grounded education in American, Korean, Chinese and Japanese traditions of acupuncture. He has trained in the US and Japan in Five Phase (Element) Acupuncture, meditation and Qi Gong (kiko).

Cameron is the "Professor of Japanese Acupuncture" at Atlantic College of Oriental Medicine and is an authorized Instructor in Toyohari Acupuncture for the Toyohari Association of Japan. He is a President of the Florida Branch of the Toyohari Association and the Toyohari Association of North America.  He is a founding member of both the Florida and Seattle Branches of the Toyohari Association. He has graduated and taught in many of the Toyohari Training Programs across the country. Cameron graduated from the European Advanced Toyohari Training program. He is an authorized Instructor for Toyohari Japanese AcupunctureTraining.

Cameron currently teaches Miyamoto Musashi's sword style that he learned in Kumamoto, Japan at the Musashi Dojo. He also earned a second degree black belt in Seidoryu Shobukan Aikido and is licensed to teach (Menkyo- Shidoin). He returns frequently to study both healing and meditative arts.

Do you take Insurance?

We take insurance but it does not always take us. Some out-of-state plans; some PPO plans may cover Acupuncture services. Florida is notorius for poor insurance reimbursement with alternative medicine. However, Auto Insurance (PIP) usually covers Acupuncture. Medicare and Medicaid do not cover Acupuncture (some secondary insurance might). Call us and we will explain the ins and outs.

We are happy to check your insurance. Please note that payment is usually expected at the time of the visit. We are not part of any insurance discount networks. We believe they are not good for the profession and our prices generally are competitive to the market. We are happy to provide you with a receipt suitable to your insurance company.

To save time for all of us it is easiest to check your insurance book to see if Acupuncture is "excluded". See the Insurance Tab for more information on the main page. 

You get one body in life. Please invest in it. Having high quality Acupuncture work extends your quaility of life and leads to optimal health including better sleep, better energy, less pain and less stress. 

Does Acupuncture hurt? Are the needles clean?
Cameron Bishop trained in Japan and has studied a gentle process of inserting needles. His treatments are remarkably gentle. Acupuncture needles are hair thin and not hollow; in the hands of skilled Acupuncturist any discomfort should be minimal to none. Most of his patients never realize they are being put in. Acupuncture is a relaxing process. For the truly phobic cold laser acupuncture treatments are available and non-insertion techniques as well. Florida State law requies new sterile acupuncture needles are used only once and properly disposed. Dr. Bishop uses sterile high quality Japanese needles.  

What can I expect during a treatment?

Upon intake many questions will be asked and your story heard. An Oriental Medical diagnosis, prognosis and other recommendations will be discussed. Many of the cases we see are of the difficult nature. In those instances prognosis is difficult. Usually a good idea of how long it will take to get results can be given.

Diagnosis is based on observation of pulse, abdomen and tongue, questioning, and palpation. Patients generally wear loose pants or shorts, remove their shoes and socks, and are kept warm and comfortable.

What should I expect after the treatment?

Generally, one feels improvement after the first treatment. Sometimes chronic conditions, medications and age slow down the body’s process of healing and a therapeutic result is seen in 3-4 treatments. In severe cases the process could be slow. However, in most cases people are much improved within 8-10 treatments. Cameron will gladly discuss your prognosis.

Most studies done on Acupuncture are two or more treatments per week for fourteen or more weeks. In the case of chronic pain in an elderly patient, it may be realistic to expect appreciable results after ten or more treatments.

To get the most from your treatment it is better to not to do anything extreme afterwards, such as, too much drinking, eating, playing, or exercising.

What Professional Organizations does he belong?

Cameron is a former Vice President and current member of the "Florida State Oriental Medical Association", and former President and current board member of "Toyohari Association of North America". He is President of the "Toyohari Association of Florida" and member of Toyohari Association in Japan. He is also a member of the "American Association of Oriental Medicine". He is a Diplomate of the "NCCAOM" (#7152) in Acupuncture.

What other body work has he studied?

Along the way Cameron has taken classes in Active Release Technique, Body Talk, Cranial Sacral Therapy, Lymph Drainage, Mechanical Link, Visceral Manipulation,  and Zero Balancing. Core classes were required and taken in Cupping, Shiatsu, Tui Na and massage.

Is Cameron a "DOM"?

Any Acupuncturist licensed under Florida State law can use various titles, such as, DOM, AP,  L.Ac. and others. Cameron is state licensed (AP762) and Board Certified (NCCAOM). His Masters degree(M.Ac.) in Acupuncture is from an accredited school (NIAOM now Bastyr University). His accredited doctorate DAOM (Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine) was earned at "American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine" in San Francisco. He  is the first "DAOM" in Palm Beach County. Although Florida board rule allows acupuncturists to place DOM or Doctor of Oriental Medicine after their name without actually having recieved a doctoral degree, Cameron has completed the extra years of study and, actually has a doctoral degree. There is no "DOM" degree and merely means they are licensed in Florida state. 

What Is Acupuncture? How does it work?

Acupuncture is an ancient method of healing, having been used effectively to treat people world-wide for 5,000 years. It works to achieve balance throughout the whole body. It encourages the body to regulate its own systems and promotes it own mechanisms of healing. Acupuncture can help the body relieve many symptoms, but also can help bring the body into a healthier state of emotional and physical being. However, it is up to the individual to change factors like diet, work and sleep patterns which have contributed to the illness. Long-term health can only be achieved through a team effort involving the Acupuncturist and the patient. Both must be committed to bringing about a healthful change.

Oriental Medicine is a non-mechanical model. Rather than seeing the person as "car that needs to be fixed", it views the body as holistic natural environment that needs cultivation toward optimal health and well being.

More and more western medicine is catching on to this idea. The idea of Acupuncture being "alternative medicine" is losing ground to the wisdom that medicine is integrative. It is not an either/or approach but rather what combination works best for the whole being. The modern explanation is that the simulation of 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 they will trigger the release of other chemicals and hormones which influence the body's own internal regulating system. 
Who can practice Acupuncture?

n the State of Florida a License Acupuncturist is designated with the initials "AP". Generally, to be granted this designation one must graduate both college and then graduate school in Acupuncture sciences. However, some health professions in the State of Florida are allowed to practice a form of "Acupuncture Therapy" under their licenses with little or no training (200-600 hours). Always ask for their amount of training. Some health providers unfairly advertise themselves as "Licensed Acupuncturists", but have minimal to no training. Some acupuncturists list themselves as "doctors" but only have Master degree level education (three years of training). While Dr. Bishop's level is six years of post college education in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. You can check the discipline record and license qualifications of a health provider's license in Florida by cutting and pasting the following:

What is the difference between Chinese and Japanese Acupuncture?

Japanese and Chinese Acupuncture have the same roots and theories. Over the centuries some Japanese styles have developed to emphasize pragmatic application over theory.

Some Japanese styles are considered more the art of Acupuncture. Overall, they seek better treatments, point location and painless insertion rather than the idea of "No pain, no gain" Chinese practice. The Japanese school of acupuncture also focuses on the regulation of ki and pulse feedback, rather than Chinese shotgun prescription acupuncture.

Japanese Acupunctue in its purest form treats the root cause of a condition through the Five Phase Principle, strengthening the body to the point it can heal itself. Symtomatic relief too can be acomplished using various Japanese treatments, such as Extraordinary Vessel treatments, pressure point release needling, moxibustion and other unique techniques.

Although a few acupuncturists may take a weekend class in Japanese Acupuncture, Cameron has trained for many years not only in the styles of Japan, but also in the styles of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Cameron has studied in Japan and China.Thus, when seeing a client, Cameron can ascertain and combine the best applicable and gentle points from both “schools”.


What is Injection Therapy?


Injection therapy is the use of FDA regulated homeopathic or bio-therapeutic fluid in acupuncture points or trigger points. Each sterile injection compound is indicated for certain location, symptom or constitution and when combined with a point indicated for the symptom greater efficacy is achieved. Commonly used throughout Asia and Europe this kind of therapy is rapidly becoming popular in the USA due to its efficacy.


Cameron studied under several European medical doctors and received his certification in injection therapy from Atlantic Institute of Oriental Medicine. He has successfully used it on many conditions. His technique is virtually pain free. We only use FDA regulated sterile solutions under the scope of his Acupuncture practice license (AP762). Florida State law allows Florida State Licensed Acupuncturists to inject after obtaining certification per their guidelines. Cameron is certified to do injection therapy in the State of Florida.

Here is a link to Bio-puncture from a friend's site including a clip from Dr. Oz.

Here is a NIH article on the use of Traumeel in Injection Therapy.

Here is a link to the ABCs of Traditional Chinese Medicine.

Here is a link to Heel, the homeopathic company we use for our injectables.

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