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ACUPUNCTURE

Acupuncture is an Oriental from of therapy for many medical problems in which the results are achieved by inserting fine needles in various active points on the body.

Consultation + Treatment $150
Follow up $120
12 sessions 15%off

25 Commonly Treated Conditions

PMS & Menstrual Irregularity

Tension / Stress Syndromes

Menopause Symptoms

Asthma & Allergies

Anxiety & Depression

Arthritis, Tendonitis, & Joint pain

Bladder and Kidney Infections

Cardiac Palpitations (Irregular Heartbeat)

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Degenerative Disk Disorders

Diet, Nutrition, & Weight Control

Fibromyalgia

Headaches

Hypertension (High Blood Pressure)

Indigestion, Gas, Bloating,

Constipation

Insomnia

Musculoskeletal pain

Nausea

Orthopedic Conditions

Pain – other kinds

Sports Injuries

Migraines

Frequently Asked Questions About Acupuncture and Herbs

How does it work?

Chinese medicine uses tiny needles and herbs to help nurture the body back to health by helping resolve energy imbalances. (See history of Chinese medicine for more information).

What are the needles like?

Only sterile, disposable needles are used so there is no risk of infection. We use a needle once, then dispose of it. Acupuncture needles are small and hair-thin. They are solid, not hollow like needles used by doctors. The end of an acupuncture needle is smooth and rounded. Acupuncture needles are not designed to cut the skin. Instead, when an acupuncture needle is inserted, the round edge pushes the tissue aside without cutting it. Acupuncture needles are so thin it’s as if they can glide through the spaces between the individual cells of the body.

Does the US FDA regulate acupuncture needles?

In 1996, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) removed the experimental status tag on acupuncture needles. The FDA reclassified acupuncture needles, regulating them as it does medical devices such as surgical scalpels and hypodermic syringes. Acupuncture needles must now be manufactured according to single-use standards of sterility.

Do you use herbs?

Yes, although my primary training is as an acupuncturist, I have also been trained in herbal medicine, and sometimes use herbal formulas to support the acupuncture treatment.

How do herbs differ from western medicine?

Chinese herbal formulas tend to be much gentler than western medicines, and work to not only help relieve symptoms, but to help return the body to balance and equilibrium, so that herbs will not be needed further. That is why we often modify the herbs as treatment continues, since the body starts to shift towards being healthier, and therefore the herbs are modified to meet the changing needs of the body.

Can I take Chinese herbs when I am on medication?

It depends on the medications you are taking. This would have to be evaluated on a case by case basis.

How quickly can I expect to feel better?

In general, I tell my patients they should start to feel the benefits from acupuncture in 2-3 treatments. If the problem is acute, sometimes improvement is felt after 1 treatment, and may only need 3-5 treatments to resolve. If the problem is chronic and long term, it may take many treatments to help resolve.

How often should I be treated?

Typically I treat patients once a week. If the condition is acute and painful, I may want to do treatments 2-3 times per week for the first couple of weeks. The benefits of acupuncture treatments tend to hold longer as you receive treatments, so what typically happens is that my patients start to need to see me less and less, so after a while they only come only periodically for maintenance.

Does acupuncture always help?

No, but it usually does. If you do not feel any benefit after 3-5 treatments, then acupuncture may not work for you.

How can acupuncture & Chinese herbal medicine treat so many conditions?

Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine treat individual people rather than isolated symptoms; therefore any condition that can be understood as an imbalance in the body¡¯s systems can be treated and altered. Once a pattern is correctly identified and treated, it is common for many of the symptoms associated with this pattern to improve even ones that didn¡¯t seem related to the initial condition.
Treatment of any health issue with acupuncture and herbal medicine does not replace a physician¡¯s care. It is important to utilize both medical systems, as each one has its own strengths and weaknesses.

How many treatments will I need?

A better question would be ¡°How many treatments will be necessary until I know if the treatments are helping?¡± The answer to this depends on a number of factors, including the severity and duration of the problem, as well as its complexity. An issue that has been troublesome for many years tends to require more treatments than a recent problem. Initial improvements for long-standing problems may be more temporary. As treatments progress further, improvements become more sustained.

If I am treated with acupuncture & herbal medicine, will I be able to stop taking my prescription medicines?

It depends on the conditions for which you take the medicines. If the medicines are taken as needed to control symptoms, then as these symptoms decrease with your acupuncture & herbal treatment, you will need less and less prescription medication. If you are on a regular regime of medicine for potentially serious medical problems, reducing these medicines may be advised in some cases, but only with the full cooperation and guidance of your medical doctor.

Do the needles hurt?

Almost every first-time acupuncture patient has some trepidation before the first visit. However, once the first needle has been inserted, it becomes very clear that an acupuncture needle has little in common with the nightmarish needles from our memories of childhood visits to the doctor. An acupuncture needle is a fraction the thickness of a hypodermic needle. Common sensations from an acupuncture needle may include a mild temporary heaviness or soreness, slight tingling, warmth, moderate pulsations, or no sensation at all. If there is an initial sensation, it dissipates very quickly.

What about danger of disease transmission from the needles?

Any acupuncturist licensed in New York State has been thoroughly trained in and tested on OSHA standards for disease transmission prevention. At the East Mountain Center, as is the rule throughout our profession, only sterile, disposable single-use needles are used. Prior to each needle¡¯s insertion, the skin at each point to be stimulated is cleaned with alcohol.

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