Why do People Choose Acupuncture?

acupuncture footAcupuncture looks at each person as a unique whole, attempting to understand and address their concerns in a greater context.  The acupuncturist then aims not just to treat a patient’s symptomatic complaints, but also the underlying imbalances that hold those symptoms in place.  A key principle of Chinese Medicine is that if symptoms or disease processes are present, an underlying energetic imbalance also exists, oftentimes due to the stresses of everyday life.  Reversing the underlying imbalance can play an important role in achieving and maintaining symptomatic relief as well as overall improvement.

  • Acupuncture can be effective in the treatment of many acute and chronic common medical conditions. See “What Does Acupuncture Treat?” below.
  • Acupuncture is safe when performed by a licensed, qualified practitioner
  • Acupuncture doesn’t have adverse or addictive side-effects
  • Acupuncture can correct disease processes and the effects of injuries  early on, before they grow into bigger problems
  • Acupuncture has been time-tested for thousands of years and is considered a viable method of treatment by the World Health Organization

Because acupuncture has a strong focus on prevention and supporting the body to heal itself, it is synergistic with current healthcare trends that promote exercise, nutrition, immune system strengthening and stress reduction.

What does Acupuncture treat?

The World Health Organization recognizes acupuncture’s ability to treat over 40 common medical conditions.  Those I address in my practice include but are not limited to:

  • Anxiety/Stress/Depression
  • Allergies/Asthma
  • Chronic Fatigue/Fibromyalgia
  • Colds/Flu
  • Digestive disorders
  • Gynecological disorders
  • Headaches
  • Insomnia
  • Musculoskeletal conditions/Pain
  • Sports injuries
  • Urinary dysfunction
  • Cancer support
  • Labor and post-natal support
  • Addiction cessation support

Does Acupuncture hurt?

Most people describe acupuncture as pain-free, though several feel some sensation from the needles that can be described as dull, building, moving or tingling.  These feelings relate to the electromagnetic changes that take place beneath the surface of the body, or the movement of “qi”, when needles are inserted.  Oftentimes, the “acupuncture sensation” helps both the patient and the acupuncturist to know that the needles are being used effectively.

How many treatments will I need?

The number of treatments that a patient needs for any given condition is variable.  If the presenting problem is new and acute, fewer treatments will be needed to resolve it than one that has been chronic and long-standing.  I typically recommend a patient schedule three treatments over the course of three weeks, after which the patient and I assess the changes that have come about and develop a subsequent plan, if necessary.  Some acute conditions can be addressed in just one or two treatments, and on the other end of the spectrum, more involved syndromes may take several weeks to resolve, and then benefit from monthly follow-ups for maintenance purposes.

Is Acupuncture safe?

New York State requires all treatment to be performed with pre-packaged, sterile, single-use, disposable needles.  NYS licensed and qualified professionals are certified in Clean Needle Technique, and have extensive training in anatomy, needling risks, points and methods that are contraindicated in specific conditions such as pregnancy or neuropathy.

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