Frequently Asked Questions acupuncture New York City
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What Is Holistic Health?
Holistic health is caring for the whole person. It is tending to your physical, mental, spiritual, and social needs, being aware of how all these aspects affect your overall health.
Is acupuncture covered by insurance?
It depends on your insurance. Please forward the information to us, and we will help you check.
Who can benefit from your care?
Anyone who’s health can improve can benefit from our service. We will work with you to figure out the best way to integrate our holistic care into your current wellness practices.
When would I use the services of a New York acupuncturist?
Many conditions may respond to acupuncture, including those related to the following:
- neurological system
- musculo-skeletal system
- respiratory system
- gynecologic and reproductive system
- digestive system
- genito-urinary system
Acupuncture may also help with:
- acute and chronic pain
- maintaining emotional balance
- stress reduction and detoxification
For more details, check New York State website.
What to expect during a session
After an acupuncturist evaluates your situation and records your health history and lifestyle habits, she/he will determine the best number and location of needles to be used in your procedure. You will be asked to lie in a comfortable position while the needles, which are about the diameter of a human hair, are inserted. Most patients say they don’t feel the insertions at all, and many find the entire roughly 30-minute procedure relaxing. For most diseases, the number of treatments you require will depend upon your rate of improvement.
What's the mechanism of Acupuncture
It’s not fully understood yet. This lack of biological plausibility, and its provenance in theories lying outside of biomedicine, makes acupuncture a highly controversial therapy. The sheer popularity and growing acceptance of acupuncture speaks to both its effectiveness and safety: Americans spend over $500 million annually on 9 to 12 million office visits for acupuncture treatments each year (details).
Many recent studies show that acupuncture works! For example, acupuncture was shown to increase oxygen and blood flow to specific areas of treatment. It also aids production of cortisone and other anti-inflammatory secretions and can increase the internal production of endorphins, the body’s natural painkillers. A 2010 study from the University of Rochester in New York found that acupuncture can help relieve pain by triggering a natural pain-killing chemical called adenosine.
What World Health Organization said about acupuncture
The World Health Organization recognizes acupuncture and Oriental medicine as effective for over 43 common ailments including:
1 Musculo-skeletal Disorders
- Frozen shoulder
- Tennis elbow
- Low back pain
- Osteoarthritis and joint pains
- Stiff neck
- Injuries from auto accidents
- Chronic fatigue syndrome
2 Mental- Emotional Disorders
- Weight control
3 Reproductive System Disorders
- Premenstrual syndrome (PMS)
- Irregular Menses
- Menstrual cramps
- Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID)
- Menopausal symptoms
- Morning sickness
- Urinary incontinence
4 Gastro-intestinal Disorders
- Acute and chronic gastritis
- Acute uncomplicated duodenal ulcer
- Chronic duodenal ulcer (pain relief)
- Acute and chronic colitis
- Acute bacillary dysentery
- Paralytic ileus
5 Neurological Disorders
- Headache and Migraine
- Trigeminal neuralgia
- Facial palsy (within 3-6 months)
- Paresis following stroke
- Peripheral neuropathies
- Meniere’s disease
- Neurogenic bladder dysfunction
- Nocturnal enuresis
- Intercostal neuralgia
6 Respiratory Disorder
- Sinusitis, Rhinitis
- Common cold
- Sore throat
- Hay fever
- Bronchial Asthma
7 Disorders of the Mouth
- Post extraction pain
- Acute and chronic pharyngitis
8 Ear Disorders
- Ringing in ears
- Meniere’s disease
9 Disorders of the Eyes
- Acute conjunctivitis
- Myopia in children
- Cataracts without complications
- Central retinitis
Traditional Medicine – Growing Needs and Potential, World Health Organization Policy Perspective on Medicines; 1 May 2002; World Health Organization, Geneva.
Acupuncture in US Hospitals
In addition to its wide-spread use in private clinics, acupuncture is also currently used in many conventional medical institutions, including hospitals, doctor’s offices and charities. This popularity reflects acupuncture’s excellent efficacy and safety profile and its increasing acceptance by doctors and health care administrators. Below is some example of America medical institutions that use acupuncture.
- UNM Center for Life – A Preventative and Integrative Medicine Specialty Clinic, 4700 Jefferson Street NE, Suite 100, Albuquerque, NM 87109
- Central Vermont Medical Center ( Cancer care ), 130 Fisher Road Berlin, Vermont 05602
- Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center ( Cancer care ), 55 Fruit Street Boston, MA 02114
- The Leonard P. Zakim Center for Integrative Therapies – Dana Farber Cancer Institute ( Cancer care ), 450 Brookline Avenue Boston, MA 02215
- Beaumont Health & Wellness Center ( Comprehensive ), 1555 East South Boulevard Rochester Hills, Michigan 48307
- Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak ( Comprehensive ), 3601 W. Thirteen Mile Road Royal Oak, MI 48073
- Beaumont Hospital, Troy ( Comprehensive ), 44201 Dequindre Road Troy, MI 48085
- Boston Children\’s Hospital ( Comprehensive ), Boston Children\’s Hospital 300 Longwood Avenue, Boston, MA 02115
- Boston Medical Center ( Comprehensive ), One Medical Center Place Boston, MA 02118
- Carolinas Healthcare Center ( Comprehensive ), 4525 Cameron Valley Parkway, Suite 2500 Charlotte, NC 28211
- Center for Integrative Medicine, University of Maryland School of Medicine ( Comprehensive ), University of Maryland Rehabilitation & Orthopaedic Institute 2200 Kernan Drive, 2nd Floor Baltimore, MD 21207
- Children’s Hospital of Orange County(CHOC), (Comprehensive), 1201 W La Veta Ave, Orange, CA. 92868 Phone: 714-997-3000
- Evanstan Hospital, Northshore University HealthSystem ( Comprehensive ), 2650 Ridge Avenue, Evanston IL 60201
- Glenbrook Hopsital, Northshore University HealthSystem ( Comprehensive ), 2100 Pfingsten Road, Glenview IL 60026
- Henry Ford Medical Center Cottage ( Comprehensive ), 159 Kercheval Grosse Pointe Farms, MI 48236
- Henry Ford Quick Care Clinic ( Comprehensive ), 1515 Woodward Ave. Detroit, Michigan 48226
- Highland Park Hospital, Northshore University HealthSystem ( Comprehensive ), 777 Park Avenue West, Highland Park IL 60035
- Johns Hopkins Hospital ( Comprehensive ), 7671 Quarterfield Road, Suite 401 Glen Burnie, MD 21061
- Johns Hopkins Integrative Medicine ( Comprehensive ), The Johns Hopkins Integrative Medicine & Digestive Center Green Spring Station 2360 W. Joppa Road, Suite 200 Lutherville, MD 21093
- Kaiser Permanente – San Francisco ( Comprehensive ), 4141 Geary Blvd. Suite #212 San Francisco CA 94118
- Kossuth Regional Health Center ( Comprehensive ), Kossuth Regional Health Center 1515 South Phillips Street Algona, IA 50511
- Mayo Clinic Arizona ( Comprehensive ), 13400 E. Shea Blvd. Scottsdale, AZ 85259
- Mayo Clinic Florida ( Comprehensive ), 4500 San Pablo Road Jacksonville, FL 32224
- Mayo Clinic Minnesota ( Comprehensive ), 200 First St. SW Rochester, MN 55905
- Mercy Hospital and Medical Center ( Comprehensive ), 2525 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60616
- Northwestern Memorial Hospital ( Comprehensive ), 150 E. Huron Avenue, Suite 1100 Chicago, Illinois 60611
- Providence Health Bradley J Stuvland Integrative Medicine Clinic ( Comprehensive ), 4805 NE Glisan St. First Floor, North Tower Portland, OR 97213
- Providence Health, Zidell Center for Integrative Medicine ( Comprehensive ), 9135 SW Barnes Road Suite 261 Portland, OR 97225
- Providence Medical Group – Central Point ( Comprehensive ), 870 S. Front St. Suite 200 Central Point, OR 97502
- Providence Medical Group Sherwood ( Comprehensive ), 16770 SW Edy Rd., Suite 102 Sherwood 97140
- Providence Medical Group-Oregon City ( Comprehensive ), 1510 Division St. Suite 200 Oregon City, OR 97045
- Skokie Hospital, Northshore University HealthSystem ( Comprehensive ), 9600 Gross Point Road, Skokie IL 60076
- Sutter Health CPMC – Integrative Medicine Specialty Care Marin ( Comprehensive ), 1350 South Eliseo Drive, Ste 120 Greenbrae, CA 94904
- Sutter Health CPMC – Integrative Medicine Specialty Care Santa Rosa ( Comprehensive ), 1210 Sonoma Avenue Santa Rosa, CA 95405
- Sutter Health CPMC – Integrative Medicine Specialty Care SF ( Comprehensive ), Institute for Health & Healing Clinic 2300 California Street, Ste 103, San Francisco, CA 94115
- UCLA Center for East-West Medicine – Torrance ( Comprehensive ), 3500 Lomita Ave, Suite 302 Torrance, CA 90505
- UCLA Center for East-West Medicine – Westlake Village ( Comprehensive ), 1250 La Venta Drive, Suite 101A Westlake Village, CA 91361
- Winchester Hospital ( Comprehensive ), Winchester Hospital 41 Highland Avenue, Winchester, MA 01890
- Yampa Valley Medical Center ( Comprehensive ), 1024 Central Park Drive, Steamboat Springs, CO 80487
- Edward-Elmhurst Hospital ( Integrative Medicine- inside the Specialty Care Clinic ), 155 E. Brush Hill Road Elmhurst, IL 60126 United States
- St. John River District Hospital ( Pain management ), 4100 River Rd. East China Township, MI 48054
- Park Nicollet Medical Center ( Women’s health ), 3850 Park Nicollet Blvd Minneapolis, MN 55416 United States
- Beaumont Gross Pointe , 17000 Kercheval Ave. Suite 205 Grosse Pointe, MI 48230
- Henry Ford Medical Center Novi , 40000 West 8 Mile Road Northville, MI 48167
- Integrative Family Medicine – Montpelier , 156 Main Street Montpelier, VT 05602
- Seattle Children’s Hospital , 4800 Sand Point Way NE Seattle WA 98105
- Sutter Health CPMC – Integrative Medicine Specialty Care Sacramento , 2801 K Street, Suite 502 Sacramento, CA 95816
- Tufts Medical Center, 800 Washington Street Boston, MA, 02111
- UCLA Center for East-West Medicine – Santa Monica , 2336 Santa Monica Blvd., Suite 301 Santa Monica, CA 90404
- Bendheim Integrative Medicine Center, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, 1275 York Avenue, New York, NY 1006
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Whether and how supplements help with anxiety
Q: What’s the general consensus on how helpful vitamin/supplements are for anxiety?
A: Chinese medicine has many ways of dealing with anxiety, including herb and acupuncture. From my personal experience and many clinic trials, they are very effective. I have a page about acupuncture and anxiety (Anxiety).
Herb, as dietary supplementary in USA, is also effective. However, there is no universal supplements for everybody.
Q: Is adding them all you need to do to cure your anxiety or will you need to do more?
A: Absolutely, you need more. Exercise, meditation, etc.
Q: What’s better: Getting these vitamins/minerals from food or taken as a supplement?
A: Herb/supplement is usually much better than the components isolated from them. Nature is much more complicated than we think.
Q: Any other supplements or at home remedies (simple herbal stuff, for example) for anxiety that are backed by research.
A: There is no “simple herbal stuff”, or, if there is some, it won’t work well. Because each person is different, and each anxiety is also not the same. According to traditional Chinese medicine, there are several types of anxiety. For example:
Type 1: Blood deficiency (symptoms such as pale face, fatigue, dizziness, insomnia, weak and thin pulse), need herbs to nourishing blood, such as SI WU TANG, DANG GUI BU XUE TANG, etc.
Type 2: Yin deficiency (symptoms such as red face, thirst, night sweating, red tongue, quick and thin pulse), need herbs to nourishing yin, such as LIU WEI DI HUANG WAN, YI GUAN JIAN, etc.
Type 3: Phlegm/dampness accumulation (symptoms such as heavy body, phlegm, coughing, abdominal distention, slippery pulse), need to dispel phlegm and dampness, such as ER CHEN WAN, PING WEI SAN, etc.
Accurate syndrome analysis is the key to diagnosis and treatment, and this can only be done by licensed acupuncturist or herbalist. There are premade herbs, called patent herbs, which are the only “simple herbal stuff” available.