Acupuncture

Acupuncture therapy - alternative medicineAcupuncture therapy - alternative medicineHealing and wellness of our Long Island patients through Acupuncture has been an amazing success.  

Acupuncture is a treatment based on traditional Chinese medicine, a system of healing that dates back more than 2,000 years ago. Acupuncture is particularly effective for relief of pain associated with post-surgery procedures. It has been proven effective to relieve the side effects associated with chemotherapy such as nausea and vomiting. In addition, the World Health Organization, the National Institutes of Health and the American Academy of Medical Acupuncture recognizes that acupuncture can be a helpful part of a treatment plan for many illnesses.

The technique of acupuncture involves placing hair-thin needles in various pressure points (called acupoints) throughout the body. Stimulating these points is believed to promote the body’s natural healing capabilities and enhance its function.

Two very different theories exist as to how acupuncture works. According to Chinese philosophy, the body contains two opposing forces: yin and yang. When these forces are in balance, the body is healthy. Energy, called “qi” (pronounced “chee”), flows like rivers along pathways, or meridians, throughout the body. This constant flow of energy keeps the yin and yang balanced. However, the flow of energy can sometimes be blocked, like water getting stuck behind a dam. A disruption in the flow of energy can lead to illness.

Illnesses Treated by our Acupuncturists:

• Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

• Parkinson’s Disease

• Multiple Sclerosis

• Lower Back Pain

• Disc Problems

• Osteoarthritis

• Sport Injuries

• Fibromyalgia

• Neck Pain

• Whiplash

• Sciatica

• Infertility

• Migraine Headaches

 

What can I expect?

Needles are sterile, generally cause no bleeding upon entry or removal, with little or no pain being felt; however, slight bruising may be experienced on occasion. The number of treatments necessary will depend upon your condition, if your symptoms are chronic or acute and your health in general. The needles may vary in size, depending upon your condition and the course of treatment prescribed. In addition to needling your treatment may also include a variety of non-needling techniques such as moxibustion (heat), acupressure, herbal formulas, etc. One advantage of acupuncture treatment is the absence of serious side effects which may result from the use of prescription drugs.