Acupuncture has been used for thousands of years to relieve pains, treat diseases, promote healing, enhance relaxation and support well-being.
Acupuncture treatment consists of the gentle insertion and stimulation of thin, disposable, sterile needles at strategic points on the surface of the body.
Each point provides a specific function to regulate a free flow of the blood (Xie) and vital energy, or “Chi.” (Qi). Acupuncture balances this energy and help bring circulation of energy to the area of discomfort, which directs the body’s natural healing ability to where it is needed.
Acupuncture can help people with a broad range of diseases and ailments, such as:
- Musculoskeletal pains, including back pains, sciatica, sport injury pains, joint pains (osteoarthritis) and facial pain
- Post-surgery rehabilitation
- Digestive complaints, such as irritable bowel syndrome, constipation and acid reflux,
- Upper respiratory problems
- Chemotherapy-related nausea
- Menopause symptoms
- Stress and anxiety
- Chronic pains
- Men’s health
- Women’s health
- Stress relief
Does acupuncture hurt?
Acupuncture needles are much thinner than typical hypodermic needles. It is not a painful procedure. When the acupuncturist inserts them, you either feel nothing or may experience a mild sensation at the needle site, such as light numbness or warmth. Many people are surprised at the depth of relaxation and improved well-being they feel during and after a session.
How quickly will I get better?
You may experience relief of your symptoms immediately or over the following days, weeks and months.
How often and for how long will I need acupuncture?
Your treatment frequency and duration depend on the reason you are receiving acupuncture and your other individual needs. Two acupuncture treatments a week is recommended in the beginning, eventually going down to once a week, every other week, monthly or even seasonally, based on the doctor’s re-evaluation.
Acupuncture has a cumulative effect, so we recommend making time in your schedule to receive it consistently. It is also best to begin acupuncture treatment early in the course of your discomfort or to prevent such problems from developing at all, rather than using it as a last resort.
What Sets Us Apart
In our practice, we offer a variety of acupuncture services to meet your health needs. During your first visit, you will be seen and evaluated by Josephine Huang, MD who is a Board-certified physiatrist and a New York State-certified MD acupuncturist. The acupuncture is also performed by Dr. Ying Xu, Lac, a New York State-licensed acupuncturist who has many years’ experience in acupuncture practice, research and teaching. In our practice, we offer a variety of acupuncture services to meet your health needs. Our calm, professional office helps you relieve pain, quiet the mind, improve sleep quality, relax the body and relieve stress to achieve your maximum health and energy level.