What is acupuncture?

Acupuncture is an ancient method of medicine that uses the body’s energy or Qi (chee) to treat a variety of health conditions. Acupuncture uses very fine, sterile, single-use needles placed in specific locations around the body to manipulate that energy. There are acupuncture points all over the body, including the face and scalp. Where you will have needles placed will depend on your signs and symptoms.


How many treatments will I need?

This depends on whether the condition is acute or chronic and the patient’s constitution. Many patients feel some type of change after the first treatment. 5-10 visits are needed to see significant results. After the condition has resolved, we recommend monthly visits as maintenance to insure the condition does not reoccur and to maintain health.


How long does a treatment take?

The initial appointment takes 1 hour. It includes a complete health history and physical exam and often involves needle treatment. Subsequent appointments take approximately 45 minutes.


Does acupuncture hurt?

Occasionally you will feel a pinching sensation as the needles are inserted. With the needles in place, you may feel pressure, tingling, or aching. This is the Qi in the body and is a desired response. It is not expected to be uncomfortable or painful. If you do experience any pain or discomfort, tell your practitioner immediately, as your needles may need to be adjusted.


How are acupuncturists educated?

Today, acupuncturists undertake 4 years of extensive training from an accredited college and study both eastern and western medicine. After graduating with a professional Master’s degree, which includes clinical rotations, the graduate needs to pass two licensing exams in order to practice in New York.


Does my insurance cover acupuncture?

Many insurance policies have acupuncture benefits. You can call our office and after we gather some information from your insurance card we will be able to tell you if your insurance plan will cover your visits.


What does acupuncture treat?

Acupuncture has been shown to be effective in treating numerous conditions. Some of the most common are:

  • Stress
  • Headaches/Migraines
  • Neck/Shoulder/Back Pain
  • Sleep Issues
  • Allergies/Sinus Infections
  • Digestive Disorders
  • Gynecological Concerns
  • Common Cold/Asthma/Bronchitis
  • Addiction 
  • Chronic Fatigue
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Depression/Anxiety
  • Menopausal Symptoms
  • The Side Effects of Cancer Treatment

Acupuncture is clinically proven to strengthen the immune system and can help support people with chronic illnesses. It is a powerful tool in maintaining good health and decreasing downtime when you do get sick. Acupuncture brings relief to what consciously concerns you, but also in ways you may not have thought. Many people find relief from their original symptoms and then notice changes with secondary health concerns. Over time, the cumulative effects of acupuncture result in being sick less often and being more relaxed and able to cope with life’s daily stresses. This leads to overall stronger physical and emotional health.


What are the side effects of acupuncture?

Though side effects are rare, they can occasionally occur.

Bruising or soreness at a needle site is possible.

A patient may feel lightheaded following a treatment. It is a good idea to eat something light before a treatment and to get up from the table slowly in order to prevent this from happening.

Some people may feel a change for the worse before better. This is a phenomenon known as a healing crisis. Acupuncture awakens your self-healing capabilities and as things get stirred up, you may first see an exacerbation of current symptoms or a recurrence of previous ailments. This is a positive sign that your body is responding to the treatment and improvement is on its way.