What is acupuncture?
Acupuncture is a complete medical system focusing on balancing energy in the body. It is based on an ancient Chinese system of healthcare started almost 3,000 years ago. It prevents and treats specific diseases and conditions by using fine, solid needles inserted into specific points of the body.
What are the effects acupuncture?
· Improves blood flow and circulation
· Influences and balances hormones
· Reduces inflammation
· Influences brain’s perception of pain
· Influences dopamine, serotonin, beta-endorphins (and other endogenous opioids)
· Effects the pituitary, reproductive organs, adrenals, thyroid, and digestive organs
Which modalities are included in Chinese medicine?
This whole-body medicine includes: body acupuncture, ear acupuncture, stick on ear seeds, cupping, e-stim, guasha, moxibustion (a warming herb), laser acupuncture, essential oils, herbal remedies, linaments, Tui Na massage, Tai chi and Qi gong.
Is it safe?
Yes. Acupuncture is safe when performed by a licensed acupuncturist who is certified in clean needle technique. Only new sterilized disposable needles are used for treatment.
Your first session:
An acupuncture session begins with a personal interview. We thoroughly review all the body systems, your chief complaint, past medical history, and any other concerns. We choose a Chinese medicine diagnosis based on your symptoms, examining your pulse, observing your tongue, and examining the area of concern. We then formulate a treatment plan. After you are properly draped and lying on a massage table, we insert hair thin sterile needles into acupoints. We then let you rest for about 20-30 minutes. After needles are removed, a treatment plan and home care tips are given.
Your interview will be brief compared to the initial consult, unless there are any new changes. After you are properly draped and lying on a massage table, we insert hair thin sterile needles into acupoints. Depending on your chief complaint, other modalities may be added to address your condition. We then let you rest for about 20-30 minutes.
Why are we considered an integrative practice?
The World Health Organization has recently renamed Traditional Chinese Medicine to Complementary Integrated Medicine. It was renamed to be more inclusive to today’s healthcare setting.
As a former hospital worker, I think it is important to consider biomedical tests and diagnoses provided by your Western medical doctor. Even though Eastern medicine has its own set of diagnostic processes, we aim to work as an integrative team with those who you entrust your care. A prescription is not necessary to receive an acupuncture session, however, we will refer out to a medical doctor if diagnostic imaging or lab work is recommended. We also keep up to date with the latest acupuncture research.
What is Qi?
Qi, in simple terms is translated as vital energy. Qi flows along meridians, or pathways in the body. When this energy becomes stagnant, disease, pain or other symptoms arise. Acupuncture helps move stagnant qi, boost qi and improve the overall balance of the body.
Can animals receive acupuncture too?
Yes! Animals have similar meridians and organ systems as humans, and can experience the same beneficial effects. Even though I am a licensed veterinary technician, animal acupuncture is only permissible by a licensed veterinarian in NY State. However, I can recommend a list of proficient veterinary acupuncturists for your pet.