Acupuncture offers a safe, efficacious and comprehensive solution to many acute and chronic illnesses
WHAT IS ACUPUNCTURE?
Acupuncture is based on the principal that the body's Life force or vital energy (qi) circulates along meridians or pathways of energy. Each meridian corresponds to a particular organ such as the Lungs, the Heart, the Kidneys, the Liver, the Spleen, etc. It is along these meridian pathways where the insertion of thin needles makes it possible to influence the body's natural ability to heal, recover and thrive. The selection of points determines whether the outcome will disperse pain, reduce a fever, stimulate an ovulation or ease insomnia. Acupuncture works on the physical as well as the emotional self. The efficaciousness of the treatment is determined by the proper selection of acupuncture points.
HOW MANY SESSIONS WILL I NEED?
The benefits of acupuncture are cumulative, so more than one treatment is often necessary. An acute condition, such as the flu, will likely require only one acupuncture session with the possible addition of an herbal formula. You can expect your symptoms to decrease substantially. Chronic conditions, such as lower back pain, sciatica or headaches, may require 3 or more sessions depending on the type, severity, and duration of the condition. Preventative treatments and treatments for general well-being may also be scheduled on an as-needed basis.
WHAT CAN ACUPUNCTURE TREAT?
Acupuncture works by activating the body's own healing powers, so it can be beneficial for many health conditions. The World Health Organization (WHO) has documented many symptoms, diseases, and conditions that have been shown in controlled clinical trials to be effectively treated with acupuncture. Please refer to the Conditions Treated page for a more comprehensive list of the most common conditions I have experience treating for the last 28 years, or if you prefer please feel free to contact me about your specific health concerns.
WHAT DOES IT FEEL LIKE?
Many first-time patients are concerned that acupuncture needles will resemble and feel like hypodermic needles. Acupuncture uses hair-thin, flexible needles that you will hardly feel when inserted. With certain conditions I might gently stimulate the needles producing a unique mild sensation that Oriental medicine calls de qi (the qi). Most patients find these acupuncture sensations deeply satisfying and leave the treatment feeling relaxed both mentally and physically with an increase in energy for several days following your treatment.
IS ACUPUNCTURE SAFE?
Yes. Acupuncture is used by millions of people worldwide. Acupuncturists are required to undergo extensive education, including detailed study of human anatomy and training in Clean Needle Technique. I have passed comprehensive national board examinations administered by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. I am a licensed New York State acupuncturist. As required by law, I use pre-sterilized, disposable, single-use needles to ensure your complete safety.
ON YOUR FIRST VISIT
Once you schedule an appointment, an acupuncture intake form will be emailed to you. You can print and fill out the form beforehand or arrive 15 minutes earlier to your appointment time and complete it here. The acupuncture intake form asks questions about your current state of health, past illnesses, and family history. These questions are important because the holistic approach of Chinese medicine takes everything into account. Your current symptoms may not seem related to past health issues, but our bodies are complex.
During the consultation, we will discuss and review your health concerns. An examination of your pulse and tongue, two of the basic diagnostic methods of Chinese medicine, is done. We will then discuss your treatment plan. Once the needles are inserted, you lie comfortably for 20 to 40 minutes depending on what is being addressed. Most people find acupuncture very relaxing and invigorating.