Otzi – 5000 Year Old Mummy Reviels Secrets

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Otzi – 5000 Year Old Mummy Reviels Secrets

otzi2In 1991 scientist discovered a 5000-year-old mummified man in the mountains along the border between Austria and Italy. Named Otzi after the Otz Valley where he was found, the mummies body was remarkably well preserved, as were most of his clothing, tools and weapons. One of the most remarkable discoveries was a complicated system of bluish black tattoos running along Otzi’s back, right knee and left ankle. Since such non-ornamental tattoos had previously been found in similar locations on mummies in Siberia and South Africa, some researchers speculated that the lines on Otzi’s body where of therapeutic importance. Researchers found that the tattoos lined up with traditional acupuncture points. X-rays of the Iceman’s body revealed evidence of arthritis in the hip, knees and lumbar spine. Forensic Analysis of the mummy revealed that his intestines were filled with worm eggs which would have caused severe abdominal pain. All of the tattoos on his body lined up with acupuncture points with the specific indication of treating those aliments. Otzi died 2000 years before the appearance of acupuncture as we know it today, this raises some interesting questions as to where this form of care originated and how long it’s been practiced.


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Dr. Ashley Heintz is a diplomat of Oriental Medicine, a licensed acupuncturist in the state of Florida and Nationally Board Certified by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM.) She earned her Master’s Degree in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine from the Florida College of Integrative Medicine. She moved here from Orlando where she worked at a community acupuncture clinic. Her treatment philosophy is to treat the whole person, addressing all aspects of her patient’s lives. By forming a team with her patients, they are able to bring balance to all areas of the patient's life, physical, mental and spiritual. What makes Dr. Heintz different from many other acupuncturist is her passion for quantum physics. The reason she became an acupuncturist is because it is one of the few professions that makes quantum physics applicable in helping people in a clinical setting. For more on this read the Acupuncture page under services.