Frequent Questions

 

1. WHAT IS ACUPUNCTURE?
2. WHAT KIND OF TRAINING DID YOU RECEIVE? ARE YOU LICENSED, AND HOW
    LONG HAVE YOU BEEN PRACTICING?
3. WHAT ARE THE EDUCATIONAL REQUIREMENTS FOR ACUPUNCTURISTS?
4. WHAT HEALTH CONCERNS IS ACUPUNCTURE HELPFUL FOR?
5. DOES IT HURT? WHAT IF I AM AFRAID OF NEEDLES?
6. DOES IT WORK?
7. IS IT SAFE? DOES ACUPUNCTURE HAVE SIDE EFFECTS?
8. WHAT DO I NEED TO KNOW BEFORE RECEIVING A TREATMENT?
9. WHAT CAN I EXPECT DURING A TREATMENT?
10. HOW MANY TREATMENTS DO I NEED? WHEN WILL I SEE IMPROVEMENTS?
11. IS ACUPUNCTURE SAFE FOR CHILDREN AND TEENAGERS?
12. DO I NEED A REFERRAL FROM MY DOCTOR?
13. SHOULD I STILL SEE MY DOCTOR, AND TAKE MY MEDICATIONS?
14. DO I NEED TO BE SICK TO HAVE ACUPUNCTURE?
15. WHAT LED ME TO CHOOSE ACUPUNCTURE AS MY PROFESSION?
16. DO YOU GIVE DIETARY AND SUPPLEMENT RECOMMENDATIONS?
17. IS ACUPUNCTURE COVERED BY INSURANCE?
18. DO YOU RECOMMEND AND PRESCRIBE CHINESE HERBS? ARE THEY SAFE?

1. WHAT IS ACUPUNCTURE?
Acupuncture is an ancient system of healing that was practiced in China approximately 3,000 years ago. Since that time, many styles of acupuncture have evolved in Japan, East Asia, Europe and the United States. All of these styles have demonstrated that acupuncture can address human illness and disease.

Acupuncture involves the insertion of fine needles at points on the body to successfully treat both pain and imbalance. We know that these points are effective, as they were used by the Chinese several thousand years ago, and because needles placed at these very same points are still effective today. Diseases can be treated, illness can be prevented and overall health and well-being can be achieved through acupuncture.
How does Acupuncture work?
Energy (called Chi, pronounced “chee”) flows naturally along meridians or pathways throughout the body. When this energy has become weak or is blocked, the body does not function at its optimum level and pain, disease or illness can occur.

 


Acupuncture works to circulate energy within the body’s pathways (or meridians) and restores the body’s energy, removes blockages and restores balance. Acupuncture can “re-program” and restore normal functions by stimulating certain points on the meridians in order to promote energy flow.

During an acupuncture treatment, you will hear your acupuncturist use the terms such as the heart, liver, lungs, spleen and kidneys – just as you would hear at a doctor’s office visit. The difference with Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is that acupuncturists discuss and work to improve the “energy” or “energetics” of these organs. Through our diagnosis, we determine the disharmony or imbalance and we determine the method of treatment for each Individual client.

2. WHAT KIND OF TRAINING DID YOU RECEIVE? ARE YOU LICENSED, AND HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN PRACTICING?
I trained for over three years at the New England School of Acupuncture in Boston, Massachusetts. I took courses related in Anatomy & Physiology, as well as traditional acupuncture courses such as point location and function, and beginning and advanced needling techniques. I studied both the Chinese and Japanese styles of acupuncture, as well as Chinese herbal medicine.
I am currently registered and licensed in the State of New York with the New York State Office of Professions.
I have been practicing since I received my license to practice in December 2005.

3. WHAT ARE THE EDUCATIONAL REQUIREMENTS FOR ACUPUNCTURISTS?
The requirements for acupuncture vary from state to state, although most acupuncturists attend programs that are three to four years in length. Acupuncturists receive a Master’s Degree and are licensed by each state, as well. Chiropractors and physicians may also become licensed to practice acupuncture, but their educational requirements are much less than for those attending a three or four year acupuncture school.

4. WHAT HEALTH CONCERNS IS ACUPUNCTURE HELPFUL FOR?
Acupuncture is a wonderful way to address many of today’s health problems. Acupuncture can be used for any condition that you might see your primary care doctor for. Such ailments include colds & flu, back, neck & knee pain, high blood pressure, headaches and migraines. These are just examples. However, acupuncture is not a substitute for a physician’s care. Please inform your physician that you are seeing an acupuncturist.

Click here for a list of conditions for which acupuncture can help, many of which are endorsed by the World Health Organization (WHO). Click here

5. DOES IT HURT? WHAT IF I AM AFRAID OF NEEDLES?
Acupuncture involves the use of tiny, thin, flexible, sterile needles. Each needle is used on one point on the skin, and it is disposed of in a Sharps container exactly how needles are disposed of in a doctor’s office. Most clients have stated that there is just a small sensation and no pain when acupuncture needles are used. The sensation that is experienced is felt like a “quick pinch” for one second and this sensation goes away. Please keep in mind that acupuncture needles are extremely thin, flexible and solid – acupuncture needles are very thin because they do not have the function of a hospital or “bore” needle that puts a fluid in or draws a fluid out of you. Acupuncture is gentle, relaxing and comfortable.

If you are afraid of needles, you can try acupuncture with your eyes closed. I have many clients who do not like to see the needles and they choose to close their eyes when the needles are inserted. They feel no pain, and thus, no apprehension and are pleased with the relaxation and results they achieve through my gentle acupuncture technique.

I am also trained in a Japanese style of acupuncture that uses non-insertive techniques. Many adults are very comfortable with this technique. These needles are merely touched to the surface of the skin at the location of the acupuncture point. I use the very same gentle techniques on children and teenagers for adults who are afraid of needles.

6. DOES IT WORK?
Please read my testimonials page to see a list of clients who have benefitted from the acupuncture treatments they have received from me. Click here for Testimonials:

Is there scientific information, such as research, saying that acupuncture is effective?

Acupuncture was proven to be effective three thousand years ago just as it is today. Extensive research conducted worldwide has shown that acupuncture is effective in helping people with many health concerns. The World Health Organization (WHO) has recognized a good deal of this research that attests to the efficacy of acupuncture. The World Health Organization’s list of conditions for which
acupuncture is recommended is available by Clicking here:

7. WHAT DO I NEED TO KNOW BEFORE RECEIVING A TREATMENT?
You should wear comfortable clothing for your treatment and know that it will last between 45 and 55 minutes. Please have a snack or full meal before coming and drink water to stay hydrated.
It is very important for you to let me know of any medications, supplements and herbs that you are taking. You will also need to tell me about any recent injuries, all past and upcoming surgeries or medical procedures, if you are currently undergoing chemotherapy, and how you are feeling both physically, mentally and emotionally.

When you come for your treatment, I will make a diagnosis based on Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and you will lie on a comfortable massage table and be allowed to relax as I give you an acupuncture treatment.

There are many different styles of acupuncture and needling techniques and one is not necessarily better than the other. Your body may respond better to a particular style, or the technique of the acupuncturist. If you have tried acupuncture before, but did not get the results you sought, feel free to try the style of acupuncture that I practice to see if it is right for you.

8. WHAT CAN I EXPECT DURING A TREATMENT?
At the time of your first visit, you will be asked to complete a consent form, a Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) form, and a health history questionnaire. I will also ask you questions that will assist in both the diagnosis and treatment of your health concerns.

I will then take your pulse, and I may ask to look at your tongue to access your overall health. I may also palpate (touch) specific acupuncture points on your abdomen, limbs or other specific areas of the body to assess pain, and tight or “knotty” areas.

During the treatment, thin, sterile needles are inserted gently. Most clients do not notice or feel them. Some of the needles used are quite flexible, and some of the needling techniques are non-insertive. With non-insertive techniques, the needle does not penetrate the skin, but merely touches it.

Acupuncture treatments are quiet and meditative, and patients feel very comfortable and relaxed during the treatment.

9. HOW MANY TREATMENTS DO I NEED? WHEN WILL I SEE IMPROVEMENTS?
The first treatment you experience may relieve some of your symptoms. In most cases, you will want to come in for a series of treatments to resolve a particular health condition. Each case and condition is treated individually. Each acupuncture treatment that you receive will build upon the previous one. In this way, your body continues to improve until you reach your desired outcome. I typically treat a new patient once a week for four visits. After these four visits, we expect to see moderate or complete improvement in the health condition. If you have not received improvement in these four weeks, then I will either recommend you see another practitioner – either another acupuncturist or I may recommend that you see a massage therapist, chiropractor or to return to the care of your doctor. You are free to discontinue treatment at any time if acupuncture does not prove to be effective for you.

10. IS IT SAFE? DOES ACUPUNCTURE HAVE SIDE EFFECTS?
Acupuncture is safe because the needles that are used are sterile and each needle is disposed of in a Sharps container after it is used. This is the same method of the disposal of needles in a doctor’s office, clinic or hospital.

Acupuncture does not have any side effects. After a treatment, clients feel calm, relaxed, energized and many feel relief from the primary complaint for which they chose to come for acupuncture.

11. IS ACUPUNCTURE SAFE FOR CHILDREN AND TEENAGERS?
Yes, acupuncture is safe for children of all ages, and when they are treated, they respond well to gentle, non-insertive pediatric acupuncture techniques and Chinese herbal treatment. I treat babies and children under the age of 12 with small, Japanese tools with soft edges. These tools are not needles. These treatments are comfortable and young people like coming for treatment very much. The treatments for babies and for children under age twelve usually last 10 to 20 minutes. For children ages 13- 17, I may use these same tools, although if young people in this age group are comfortable with needles, then I will use needles for treatments lasting approximately thirty (30) minutes.

I treat children for emotional imbalances including excessive crying and colic, digestive complaints, bedwetting, anxiety and sleep disturbances. Treating pediatric clients with these subtle techniques can assist them and their young bodies in regaining their natural energetic balance early in life.

12. DO I NEED A REFERRAL FROM MY DOCTOR?
No, you do not need a referral from your doctor to receive acupuncture treatment. But please inform your physician that you are using acupuncture to assist you with your health concerns. Please bring me a list of medications and supplements that you are taking available to your first appointment with me.

13. SHOULD I STILL SEE MY DOCTOR, AND TAKE MY MEDICATIONS?
Yes. Please continue to see your primary care doctor or specialist. Western medicine is highly effective for many health concerns for which acupuncture is not, and vice versa.

Continue to take your medications as prescribed by your doctor. Should you wish to discontinue the use of any medications, then you may do so only after having this conversation with and permission from your doctor. If you come to see me with the hopes that I can help improve your condition so that you can one day be free of taking medications, then please let me know upfront if this is your goal. You, your doctor and I can then communicate about the best course of action to follow.

14. DO I NEED TO BE SICK TO HAVE ACUPUNCTURE?
No. Many clients come for acupuncture for monthly “maintenance” treatments or to just stay “in balance.” Acupuncture can be used as preventive medicine to keep your immune system strong as to ward off colds, flu, allergies and bronchitis, for example. Many clients know they feel better coming once a month for a treatment.

15. WHAT LED ME TO CHOOSE ACUPUNCTURE AS MY PROFESSION?
For many years, starting in my teen years, I loved eating health foods, cooking, and I loved learning about nutrition and supplements. I knew that I wanted to be in the health care field, and I also knew that I would somehow be in a career that was different than being in allopathic medicine – being part of a profession that was different than being a doctor or nurse, for example.

I felt better upon receiving my first acupuncture treatment and I was very intrigued about it. I asked the acupuncturist about it, and after telling me about it for several weeks, I told her that I wanted to become an acupuncturist. She then gave me some advice about which schools to apply to, and I started acupuncture school within two years.

16. DO YOU GIVE DIETARY AND SUPPLEMENT RECOMMENDATIONS?
Yes. I recommend dietary changes based on Traditional Chinese Medicine, to improve your energy level, promote sound sleep, to improve and maintain good digestion, and to assist you with any specific health concerns that you have. I also am knowledgeable about supplements and how they can assist you.

17. IS ACUPUNCTURE COVERED BY INSURANCE?>
Some insurance companies cover acupuncture. Please check with me to see if I take your type of insurance.

18. DO YOU RECOMMEND AND PRESCRIBE CHINESE HERBS? ARE THEY SAFE?
Chinese herbal medicine has a history of over 3,000 years of assisting human beings with their health concerns. It has been used effectively on its own, and in conjunction with acupuncture. I recommend Chinese herbs to clients if I feel herbal medicine will help your health concern.

After making a diagnosis, I will make recommendations based on your symptoms, your tongue and pulse. I am particularly experienced at making herbal recommendations for high blood pressure, colds & the flu, allergies, headaches, digestive issues, fatigue, male fertility and Women’s Health concerns. For Women’s Health Concerns, I am able to treat fertility, pregnancy-related conditions, and menopause effectively.

I recommend herbal formulas that are a usually a compilation of 10-15 herbs that will suit you to re-balance your body. I currently use herbal formulas in either powder or capsule form. Herbal formulas are taken easily with water, and with a snack or complete meal.

The World Health Organization (WHO) recognizes the worldwide use of traditional and herbal medicine and defines “herbal medicines” to include herbs, herbal materials, herbal preparations and finished herbal products that contain as active ingredients parts of plants, or other plant materials, or combinations.

Herbal medicine is safe when prescribed by a knowledgeable practitioner. I trained in Chinese herbal medicine for three years at the New England School of Acupuncture. The herbal formulas that I use are from reliable herbal companies that have received GMP (Good Manufacturing Practice) Certification. Strict quality control is used in the processing of these herbal formulas. There is chemical analysis at various parts of the process of converting raw herbs (plants) to powder. The quality of each batch of herbal product can be verified through digital archives as the herbs are being processed. Personnel are highly trained in this process, and there is strict quality control of the equipment and facilities that satisfy GMP Standards.

I wholeheartedly stand by the herbal brands that I recommend to my clients. I use these brands personally with confidence and believe my clients who use them share the same confidence in them.

If you are wondering if the health concern you are facing can be treated by acupuncture, please go to Conditions That I Treat in the drop down menu at the top of this page. For questions that are not answered by the information provided on this website, please leave a message at: 585-271-3130. I will return your call within 24 hours.

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