Acupuncture is a comprehensive health system with origins in Asia, India and Egypt that has withstood the test of time for over 3,000 years. The ancient sages understood the building blocks of energy in the universe and their unique and often profound connections to one's health. The masters, upon much reflection on the laws of nature, have provided the wisdom to enhance our understanding of the true self and root cause of disease. The goal of acupuncture is to restore and maintain homeostasis of mind, body and spirit.

The healing principles of acupuncture and Chinese medicine became known to Western society in approximately 1950. The World Health Organization and the National Institute of Health have reported acupuncture to be effective in treating various acute and chronic diseases. Clinical studies have specifically reported acupuncture to be effective in treating musculoskeletal pain, depression, migraines, carpal tunnel syndrome, seasonal allergies, tennis elbow and irritable bowel syndrome. A recent study at Harvard University indicated that as many as 5 million Americans make visits to acupuncture practioners each year. Currently, hospitals in New York City are integrating acupuncture into their pain management, stop smoking and addiction programs.

It is my opinion that Chinese medicine can stand alone as a valid and comprehensive healing modality. However, both Chinese and Western medicine have their strengths and place in the world, and people often find value in the combination of both health therapies. Acupuncture does not replace medical diagnostic techniques and other necessary adjunctive therapies. However, many people explore acupuncture care when they haven't had success with traditional treatments. Acupuncture uniquely strengthens and promotes the body to perform its numerous functions with greater efficiency. In many cases, I have found acupuncture to enhance medications, nutritional supplements, chiropractic, physical therapy treatments and other treatments because of its powerful ability to return the body to optimal state of balance and strength. Acupuncture is more cost-effective and has fewer side effects than most treatments associated with modern Western medicine. Patients in traditional psychotherapy often initiate acupuncture treatments when they find that their therapy hasn't optimally improved their condition, or when they feel stuck and need extra support moving forward in life. Chinese medicine is comprehensive in its connections of body, mind and spirit and can assist one in gaining mental clarity and releasing unresolved emotional issues that hinder one from living life with more peace and joy. The acupuncturist's skill lies in evaluating obvious signs and symptoms and subtle influences -- for example, voice, face, tongue and pulse assessments -- and weaving them all into a treatable pattern.

Acupuncture enhances the energetic system of the body by means of the insertion of fine, disposable and sterile needles. Each acupuncture point acts as a gateway into the body's natural energetic system. These points are located along pathways, or meridians, of the body that have precise connections to the health of our biological and physiological systems. Stimulating a single acupuncture point or a combination of points creates a very powerful transformation that unlocks the innate healing response in the body. The body can be viewed as a hologram; with a specific recipe of therapeutic points, the body begins to repattern itself one layer at a time. By promoting the smooth flow of qi and blood, stagnations or blockages caused by injuries, disease, or the stresses of life can transform into renewed health and self-empowerment.

Most people are very relieved to discover that the insertion of the needle is barely perceptible. Unlike hypodermic needles, acupuncture needles are very thin and are inserted with care only several millimeters into the skin. A commonly reported effect is a euphoric and peaceful feeling that occurs almost instantaneously as the treatment begins. Some people report a tingling or itching sensation around the needles and a relaxed floating sensation throughout the entire body. These are all normal healing responses during treatment as the body begins to return to a state of balance.

1. I evaluate your health concerns and explain the expected effectiveness of treatments.

2. I explain the connections of acupuncture/Chinese medicine with your health concerns.

3. I discuss herbs and make diet recommendations to improve your condition.

4. You can ask me questions about your acupuncture treatment and health concerns.

5. We develop a treatment plan that is practical and addresses your needs.

The effects of one acupuncture treatment can last up to three days, often with cumulative positive relief over the course of 72 hours. Most people feel very relaxed and sometimes initially tired after treatment. A series of acupuncture treatments promotes the duration of transformation, as complete or considerable relief is promoted for most health concerns. However, every person is unique, and the healing process and time expectations may vary depending on the person and presenting condition. Most people report an overall increased sense of well-being and pain relief with treatments, and many schedule monthly maintainance programs because of their positive experiences with acupuncture treatments. It is important to mention that as the person is undergoing treatment and the acupuncture is strengthening the body, it is also clearing pathogens, stresses, and traumas that may have been held in the body for some time. Occasionally people experience what I call a temporary healing crisis. A cold, for example, may appear to get worse, but has a shortened duration as treatment has accelerated the healing process. An acute emotional release is also possible if stress or grief, for example, comes to the surface to be released and healed.

Moxabustion is a technique wherein heat from a burning cluster of mugwort is applied to acupuncture points in several ways, including wrapping the herb around an inserted needle. Mugwort (Artemisia vulgaris), when burned, penetrates into the meridians. Like acupuncture, moxa eliminates pathogens and boosts the immune system. This combination is excellent for increasing energy, raising blood cell and T cell counts, stopping uterine bleeding and treating chronic yeast problems. One of moxabustion's most unique functions is turning an inverted fetus to prepare for birth. People love the combination of acupuncture/moxabustion treatments because it deeply relaxes the nervous system and quickly relieves muscle pain and tension.

Gua sha and cupping both produce therapeutic effects by freeing lactic acid in muscles and tendons. After massage oil is placed on the indicated areas, Gua sha technique uses a porcelain spoon that is gently scraped on or along areas of pain. Similarly, cupping uses small glass jars that create a vacuum as they are placed on the body. I find both therapies very beneficial, particularly to relieve chronic pain when other therapies have failed to work.

If you have any questions about your health concerns, please feel free to contact my office at 646-486-4277.

Pain, tension, cramping or weakness of:
- Neck
- Shoulders
- Back
- Knees
- Hands and feet
Slipped disc
Sports injuries
Parkinson's disease
Bell's palsy
Stroke rehabilitation
Multiple sclerosis
Trigeminal neuralgia
Nerve pain

Bladder/yeast infections
Induces labor

Abdominal pain
Acid reflux
Crohn's disease
Irritable bowel

Mental / Emotional
Stress management
Panic attacks
Feeling stuck or unfocused
Obsessive-compulsive disorder
Poor self-esteem

Common cold
Chronic fatigue
Lyme disease

Poor vision
Ear ache

Other Benefits
Stop smoking
Treat alcohol/drug addiction
Facial rejuvenation
Peace of mind
Clarity and purpose
Deeper understanding of self
Increased vitality and well-being
Deep relaxation