Frequently Asked Questions
What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine is a thousands year old practice that has stood the test of time and has been proven by controlled trials to be an effective treatment for many conditions. Sterile, single use, solid stainless steel needles that are very thin ( much thinner than what most people think of when they hear the word needles) are inserted only a few millimeters into the skin to effect change in different parts of the body. The ultimate goal is to bring the body back into a state of balance so it can heal itself. Chinese herbal medicine is used to continue your treatment at home and to further enhance the healing process. Both Acupuncture, Chinese herbs , Dietary therapy and other modalities are used to help balance the body and allow it to heal from within.
Why should I try Acupuncture?
Do you have pain, stress, sleepless nights, painful/irregular periods, injuries, anxiety, stress (insert your own concern here)...then you need acupuncture! Even if you think you have nothing wrong, give us a try. Acupuncture helps many of the conditions we are told are "normal" or that we "just have to live with". You might be pleasantly surprised by the results.
Does it hurt?
Not as much as most people expect. Acupuncture needles are solid, unlike hypodermic needles which have a beveled, cutting edge. There is sometimes a slight pricking sensation when the needle is first inserted, and frequently a slight dull, achy sensation (what acupuncturists call “de qi”) after the needles are in. My goal is for you to be able to rest comfortably, and some people are so comfortable that they actually fall asleep on the table.
How many treatments will I need?
The number of treatments will depend on the severity and duration of your condition. Acute issues may take only 2-4 treatments while chronic cases may take as many as 10 or more. You should start to notice a difference within the first few treatments. If you don’t, or if I am not seeing the kind of results I expect, I will refer you out so that you can get the most appropriate care for your condition.
How should I prepare for my first treatment?
You will be most comfortable during your treatment wearing loose fitting clothing that allows access to various parts of the body. We have drapes available for your comfort and privacy when needed. Also, avoid wearing heavy scents for those who may be chemically sensitive and make sure to have a light meal (no alcohol) before your treatment.
Should I tell my health care provider?
Yes! Spread the word of your good health through acupuncture. Plus, it's important to let your healthcare provider know all the modalities of medicine you are using.
An acupuncturist undergoes a rigorous 3-4 year graduate level program and maintains NY state licensure by completing at least 30 continuing education hours per renewal cycle (2 years) and national diplomate status by completing 60 continuing education hours per renewal cycle (4 years). Western biomedicine and modern day diseases are studied alongside traditional Chinese medicine in order to provide you the best care possible.
What happens during a Herbal therapy consultation?
I can prescribe herbs either as primary therapy or as a complement to acupuncture treatments. I will then perform several diagnostic procedures and take a detailed health history. This will include your past and current illnesses, and medication use. Once you have been fully assessed, I can make recommendations and provide a custom formula.
Is Chinese herbal therapy a replacement for conventional western treatment?
No. Chinese herbal therapy is not a substitute for conventional medical diagnosis or treatment. However, it can complement your conventional treatment plan. Your herbalist will work closely with your physician to manage your care and monitor your course of treatment with regular blood work while on the Chinese herbal therapy. Prior to starting any Chinese herbal treatment, we advise you to consult with your physician.
What conditions can be treated with Herbal Therapy?
Like acupuncture, Chinese herbs can address unhealthy body patterns that manifest in a variety of symptoms and complaints. Chinese herbs may be used to:
Decrease cold/flu symptoms
Increase your energy
Improve your breathing
Improve your sleep
Improve menopausal symptoms
Help regulate menstrual cycles if infertility is an issue
Chinese herbal therapy can also be a valuable additional therapy following cancer treatment to aid the body’s recovery from the after-effects of chemotherapy and/or radiation. Chinese herbs are useful in rehabilitation for other chronic diseases too. We may recommend Chinese herbal therapy when:
You have multiple symptoms or they are hard to pinpoint
You’ve exhausted conventional medical options and nothing seems to help
You need therapy to counteract side effects of prescribed medication
You are interested in preventive treatment