Frequently Asked Questions

The Appointment:

What do I need to do before an appointment?
What happens during a a session? How much time does it take?
Do you use any modalities other than needling?
Do you treat multiple patients during this time?
I’m a little nervous around needles. What do you do to help that?
Do the needles hurt?
How many needles are used?
Are the needles safe?
What may I expect as a result from an Acupuncture Treatment?

The Benefits Of Acupuncture:

Do I have to be sick to benefit from Acupuncture?
What long term benefits are possible from Acupuncture?
Why would I see an Acupuncturist? What does Acupuncture treat?
Psycho-emotional, spiritual, even relationship issues?
Can acupuncture help with side effects from chemo and radiation therapies?
Infertility?

Pregnancy?
Children? Do you use needles with them?
Seasonal transitions?
Stress?
What does western medicine have to say about the benefits of Acupuncture?

What do I need to do before an appointment?
Wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothes. It’s best to have had something to eat before you arrive – not a full stomach, just not an empty one.

There is very short intake form for you to fill out – mostly name, address, phone numbers. I prefer to ask you the questions, and I take down the answers myself.

You might want to consider where in your life – physical, mental, spiritual – you wish to have more free flow. It could be a tight muscle in your shoulder, anxiety and stress, a feeling of being incomplete, for example.

What happens during a session? How much time does it take?
I will ask you various questions, which help me to diagnose you from a Chinese medicine perspective. I will take your pulse – which is way of surmising flow of energy in 12 organ systems! – and look at your tongue.

Then you can lie on the table. Each session will have some bodywork to incorporate the treatment’s energetic shifts. Everyone who undergoes a treatment will experience this shift – which can be reflected in pulse, tongue, facial color, breathing, muscle palpation.

After the needles have been inserted, you rest on the table, allowing the needles to do their work, promoting the smooth flow of qi (energy) within your body. After the treatment, another short round of bodywork helps to integrate this energetic shift into your body.

There will be definitely be a shift in your energy – which the pulse will exhibit, and perhaps the tongue. You will feel changed, I promise! Relaxed, less stressed and symptomatically better.

Our first treatment lasts about an hour and half. Follow-ups are an hour.

Do you use any modalities other than needling?
In addition to gentle needling, there may be some moxa, or tiger warmer, essential oils, or flower essences, magnets, body work in the treatment. Sometimes we will look at your diet, maybe consider some supplements. There are also herbs, homeopathic remedies, self care treatments I may recommend. My goal is for you to take charge of your health when you are ready to do that.

Do you treat multiple patients during this time?
I treat ONE PERSON at a time. My full attention and focus is directed on you alone. When I needle you, I check in first to see if you are ready, and if you feel fine with the area being needled. The beauty of acupuncture is that there are many points on the body and if, for instance, you do not want your right forearm needled, I can easily go to the left leg and needle a point there. It is all about opening up circuits of energy, and about being flexible and respectful as a practitioner.

I stay with you the entire time, checking pulse, which tells me where and how the energy is moving and what organ systems and meridians are being affected. I check in with you to ensure your comfort and well-being is addressed.

I’m a little nervous around needles. What do you do to help that?
I start with some light bodywork to relax you and prepare your body for the treatment. I use high quality needles and my needle insertion is gentle – my intention is to be as painless as possible. My full attention and focus is directed on you alone. When I needle you, I check in first to see if you are ready, and if you feel fine with the area being needled. The beauty of acupuncture is that there are many points on the body and if, for instance, you do not want your right forearm needled, I can easily go to the left leg and needle a point there. It is all about opening up circuits of energy, and about being flexible and respectful as a practitioner.

Do the needles hurt?
The needles are hair-like sized and are absolutely nothing like the hypodermic needles used at a medical doctor’s office. I work with a gentle style of insertion and look to my patient to set the pace. You may feel a stream of energy emanating from the point where the needle was inserted, or heat, or tingling or a deep, grounding sensation, but my intention is gentle, gentle gentle. The treatment soon brings you to a relaxed state of mind and body.

The needles can be adjusted if any sensation is too strong as a deep feeling of tranquility is what I intend for the patient to experience.

Needle phobic? You won’t be after a treatment starts!

How many needles are used?
That varies with regards to patient, the condition treated and the style of acupuncture I use. However, I look to use the least amount of needles possible, preferring to work with the patient, not just from set protocols. Accurate selection of specific acupuncture points, intention and placement are the keys to an excellent treatment.

Are the needles safe?
Absolutely. Only sterile, single-use disposable needles are used. You can be absolutely assured that there is no transmission of communicable disease from patient to patient.

What may I expect as a result from an Acupuncture Treatment?
Expect to enjoy each and every treatment! Most patients experience a deep sense of relaxation, a diminishing or elimination of their physical symptoms, an improvement in their body’s functioning, such as digestive, elimination, sleep.

I REALLY appreciate how hard you worked on me, the focus you brought to the task and your competence. WOW! You dealt with the imbalance, the constipation, the toxicity and the leg muscle…

Therese
New York

I am really impressed…. I feel much better…. No dizziness in bed, no leg pain in bed and no dizziness upon waking….
ME WC, New Paltz, NY

ME WC
New Paltz

Do I have to be sick to benefit from Acupuncture?
Absolutely not. One of the best ways to use acupuncture is for maintaining your health. Why wait til you are sick and out of balance to take care of yourself? It is much easier to maintain a healthy physical balance than to recover it after losing it. If you are interested in health care which focuses on creating optimal vitality as opposed to just the absence of symptoms, then acupuncture is for you. Many people visit regularly for stress relief treatments, general “tune-ups” and/or to prevent illness, and to help them through challenging seasonal transitions which would normally result in allergies, musculoskeletal tension, or even just the blahs. Acupuncture is a powerful means to experience radiant health throughout the year.

What long term benefits are possible from Acupuncture?
* Sick less often and recover more quickly
* Experience significant improvement or complete disappearance of symptoms
* Increased vitality and stamina
* Spend less money for long-term health care costs
* Overall feeling of well-being and body-mind connection
* Learn self care techniques
* More harmonious relationships with others

Why would I see an Acupuncturist?
The greatest reason to begin acupuncture treatment is to recover and cultivate your awareness of the tremendous healing power of your body.Many patients experience increased clarity, creativity and deeper meaning in their daily lives. Acupuncture is a powerful catalyst for change.

What does Acupuncture treat?
Acupuncture can address almost all health challenges. How is that possible? The basic premise of acupuncture is that it removes blocks in the body. There is an ancient saying in Chinese medicine that states:
“Where there is pain, there is blockage. Where there is blockage, there is pain”.

By opening up circuits of energy in the body, and ensuring the free flow of qi (life energy) and blood, these blockages can be removed.

With acute injuries, this can happen very quickly; with chronic pain, this may take longer as the blockage has been there longer, is more resistant and has become part of your body’s normal functioning.

Can Acupuncture address psycho-emotional, spiritual, even relationship issues?
Do you face certain psycho-emotional challenges – such as your ability to deal with stress, anxieties, fears? Do you have a tendency to over-think and over-worry? Does this hinder your ability carry on every day life, relating to friends and family? Perhaps your days is wrought with concern over eating choices, leading to challenges in everyday life.

In western cultures, spirit and matter are thought of as separate entities. The ancient Chinese never distinguished body from mind or spirit, believing that disease affected all these areas, and could originate in one arena while manifesting in another. It’s all connected. Allergies, low back ache, PMS – while they manifest as physical symptoms, there will always be some aspect of “spirit” trauma as well- on a mental, spiritual or energetic level.
Our thoughts, our experiences – cumulative stress, emotional shock or trauma, grief – are all stored in our body, as energy. If we are mired in depression, anxiety, grief, anger, worry, fear – daily living can feel overwhelming. We may develop physical symptoms, or be more prone to developing illness due to the energetic stress.

By unblocking obstacles to movement – body, mind, spirit – acupuncture is a catalyst for change in all areas of life.

Can Acupuncture help side effects from chemo and radiation therapies?
Yes, without a doubt! If you are undergoing the strong, aggressive western medical treatments of chemo and radiation, you need to be equally strong and aggressive with supporting your body’s immune health as well. I saw firsthand the benefits of acupuncture when I did a fellowship at St. Vincent’s Cancer Care Center in Manhattan.

See my article on Cancer Care

Are eye disorders helped by Acupuncture?
Yes, after seeing your eye doctor to rule out emergency care. Macular degeneration (wet/dry), cataracts, detached retina, burst blood vessels behind the eye are just some of the eye ailments acupuncture treats. I have completed extensive study on Vision Acupuncture and have had promising results with these ailments.

How does Acupuncture address infertility?
Acupuncture helps increase fertility because of the potential effect of improved ovarian and follicular function. Additionally, it is shown that acupuncture can increase blood flow to the endometrium, helping to facilitate a thick, rich lining.
Acupuncture can help improve your chances of conceiving and can be used first as a stand-alone treatment and then used in conjunction with medical fertility therapies if needed to improve their efficacy.

Personally, I have had great experience in this exciting area!

Do you treat pregnant women?
Yes! Acupuncture can help during pregnancy – for nausea, vomiting, fatigue, immunity, and generally preparing the body/mind/baby for birth!

Do you treat children and do you use needles with them?
Children respond extremely well to chinese medicine. I do not use needles, but rather use magnets, or seeds, or cupping. I have special pediatric tools for stimulating the meridians for health. Children love the sessions – and constantly amaze me with how they respond quickly to a treatment and seem to have this intuitive reaction to the energy movement.

Can Acupuncture help me through seasonal transitions?
Do you get seasonal allergies, or do you have a tendency towards cold and flu in winter, muscle or tendon issues in spring? Schedule an acupuncture appointment just before this period for treatment. You’ll build up your immunity at a moment when you’re not in a health crisis. Of course, acupuncture during your challenging season is extremely effective as well.

Does Acupuncture address stress?
Many people visit regularly for stress relief treatments, or general “tune-ups” to prevent illness. All of this creates a foundation of continued wellness for years to come.

What does western medicine have to say about the benefits of Acupuncture?
The World Health Organization (WHO) recognizes the use of acupuncture in the treatment of a wide range of common illnesses including:

    Upper Respiratory Tract

    • Acute sinusitis
    • Acute rhinitis
    • Common Cold and Flu
    • Acute tonsillitis

    Respiratory System

    • Acute bronchitis
    • Bronchial asthma (Most effective in children and uncomplicated conditions.)

    Eye Disorders

    • Acute conjunctivitis
    • Central Retinitis Myopia (in children)
    • Cataracts (without complications)

    Mouth Disorders

    • Toothache
    • Post Extraction Pain
    • Gingivitis
    • Acute and Chronic Pharyngitis

    Gastrointestinal Disorders

    • Spasms of esophagus
    • Hiccough
    • Gastroptosis
    • Acute and Chronic Gastritis
    • Gastric Hyperacidity
    • Chronic Duodenal Ulcer (pain relief)
    • Acute Duodenal Ulcer (without complications)
    • Acute and Chronic Colitis
    • Acute Bacillary Dysentery
    • Constipation
    • Diarrhea
    • Paralytic Ileus

    Neurologic and Musculoskeletal Disorders

    • Headache and Migraine
    • Trigeminal Neuralgias
    • Facial Palsy (early stage, i.e., within 3-6 months)
    • Pareses Following a Stroke
    • Peripheral Neuropathies
    • Sequelae of Poliomyelitis (early stage, i.e., within 6 months)
    • Meniere’s Disease
    • Neurogenic Bladder Dysfunction
    • Nocturnal Enuresis (bedwetting)
    • Intercostal Neuralgia
    • Cervicobrachial Syndrome
    • Frozen Shoulder
    • Tennis Elbow
    • Sciatica
    • Low Back Pain
    • Osteoarthritis
    • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
    • Back and Knee Pain
    • Fibromyalgia
    • Chronic Fatigue
    • Sports Injuries and Pains

    Reproductive & Gynecological Conditions

    • Premenstrual Syndrome
    • Dysmenorrhea (menstrual cramps)
    • Spotting and Excessive Bleeding
    • Amenorrhea (Loss of Menstrual Period)
    • Impotence
    • Infertility
    • Incontinence
    • Prostatitis

    Mental Emotional Problems

    • Stress
    • Anxiety
    • Depression
    • Insomnia