Frequently Asked Questions Chinese Traditional Medicine, Acupuncture NYC


What is Acupuncture?

 Acupuncture is a well known therapy included in the thousands of year old system of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Practitioners may use aspects of the comprehensive system to balance a person' energy systems including, though not limited to:

  • Acupuncture – inserting needles into specific energy spots (acupoints)
  • Moxibustion – warming herbs used for specific reasons
  • Herbal formulas taken internally
  • Herbal plasters applied externally
  • Cupping – applying suction to specific body parts
  • Gua sha – similar to massage using a smooth tool
  • Acupressure manual therapy
  • Stimulation of acupoints with an energy source (sound, light, or electrical)
  • Tui na bodywork massage
  • Qigong energy and breathing practices
  • Dietary and lifestyle therapy

There are many different styles of Acupuncture, and each individual practitioner has his or her own unique way of working with patients. The Acupuncture Licensing Board verifies Licensed Acupuncturists initially satisfy licensing requirements and document continuing education requirements for license renewal to ensure a baseline qualification. 

What types of conditions is Acupuncture used to treat?

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the World Health Organization (WHO) list conditions to be effective in Acupuncture treatment of a wide variety of medical problems.  In the U.S. pain relief is very common to be treated, as well as other conditions.  We list some common ones here, and there are many more.

Eye, Ear, Nose & Throat Disorders: Sinusitis, sore throat, hay fever, earache, nerve deafness, ringing in the ears, dizziness, poor eyesight

Circulatory Disorders: High blood pressure, angina pectoris, arteriosclerosis, anemia

Gastrointestinal Disorders: Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), spastic colon, colitis, constipation, diarrhea, food allergies, ulcers, gastritis, abdominal bloating, hemorrhoids

Gynecological and Genitourinary Disorders: Premenstrual syndrome (PMS); irregular, heavy or painful menstruation; endometriosis; menopause; fibroids; chronic bladder infection; complications in pregnancy; morning sickness; kidney stones; impotence; infertility (men and women); sexual dysfunction

Immune Disorders: Candida, chronic fatigue, HIV and AIDS, Epstein Barr virus, allergies, lupus, multiple sclerosis (MS), hepatitis

Addictions: Smoking, drugs, alcohol, food

Emotional and Psychological Disorders: Anxiety, insomnia, depression, stress

Musculoskeletal and Neurological Disorders: Arthritis, neuralgia, sciatica, back pain, bursitis, tendonitis, stiff neck, Bell's palsy, trigeminal neuralgia, headaches and migraines, stroke, cerebral palsy, polio, sprains, muscle spasms, shingles

Respiratory Disorders: Asthma, emphysema, bronchitis, colds and flu

Miscellaneous: Chemotherapy/radiation side effects, diabetes, dermatological disorders, weight control

Healing with Acupuncture NYC, Chinese Massage, and Gua Sha are treatments that are individualized, we are open everyday.

How deep to the needles go?

Acupuncture points are located on or close to the skin's surface, but needles can be inserted from 1/16 to a few inches deep. The depth of insertion depends on the nature of the location and condition being addressed, the patients' size, age, and constitution, as well as the acupuncturist's style and training. 

Do Acupuncture needles hurt?

 There is little sensitivity to the insertion of acupuncture needles. The actual insertion is done very quickly. While some feel nothing at all, others experience a brief moment of discomfort, sometimes followed by a mild sensation of cramping, tingling or numbness (desirable sensations known as "attaining qi"). The needles are left in place for 20 to 90 minutes. Most people find the experience relaxing, and some even fall asleep during sessions. 

How many sessions will I need?

 Acupuncture sessions and treatments vary. For most conditions, a series of several sessions is necessary to achieve the maximum benefit. After an initial consultation, the acupuncturist should provide you with a treatment plan that includes the techniques to be used, as well as the frequency and duration of treatment. 

How will I feel after the treatment?

After the session is over, patients normally feel relaxed and calm. You may feel tired or drowsy for a few hours if the experience is particularly strong. You may also experience a short-term flair-up of symptoms in the healing process. After a session, it is a good idea to sit quietly and relax. A gentle walk or very mild exercise can also be helpful. Avoid big meals, vigorous exercise, alcohol and stressful situations. 

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