Acupuncture

Office Location:

My office is located in the Flatiron District of New York City on 7 West 22nd Street at 5th Avenue

What is Acupuncture

Acupuncture can be defined in the classical Chinese tradition as the insertion of sterile, extremely thin needles into strategic points in the body. Acupuncture balances the flow of energy or qi through meridians (pathways in the body). Modern medicine has also described acupuncture as having a direct effect on the nervous system, circulatory system, and fascial planes of the body.

What Acupuncture Treats

Chinese medicine and the system of acupuncture is a complete form of medicine that can treat a wide range of ailments, conditions and chronic pain, including, but not limited to:

  • Adverse reactions to radiotherapy and/or chemotherapy
  • Allergic rhinitis (including hay fever)
  • Biliary colic
  • Depression
  • Dysentery, acute bacillary
  • Dysmenorrhea, primary
  • Epigastralgia, acute
  • Facial pain
  • Headache
  • Hypertension, essential
  • Hypotension, primary
  • Support for the induction of labor
  • Knee pain
  • Leukopenia
  • Low back pain
  • Malposition of fetus
  • Morning sickness
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Neck pain
  • Pain in dentistry
  • Periarthritis of shoulder
  • Postoperative pain
  • Renal colic
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Sciatica
  • Sprain
  • Tennis Elbow

(This list was compiled and approved by World Health Organization.)

If you have any questions about whether or not acupuncture treats your condition, contact me here

Patient PRAISE

What you can expect at your first session:

At your first session, I conduct an in-depth intake – we will discuss the reasons you decided to seek acupuncture as well as your entire health history, including areas that may seem unrelated to your current discomfort or disease pattern. In Chinese medicine, everything is connected. We treat the whole body.

During this consultation, we will discuss what areas we can work on together and which modalities will best support you in your goals, including office treatment, herbs, seasonal foods, exercise, rest hygiene, breathing and/or mindfulness practices.

As for the treatment itself, I use a variety of modalities in my office, including needling, acupressure, essential oil therapy, moxibustion, gua sha, cupping, and trigger point needling.

If you have any questions about whether or not acupuncture treats your condition, contact me here.

Virtual Wellness Sessions

Virtual wellness sessions offer a space to customize your health and wellness goals and receive support no matter where you are. During these sessions, I am able to prescribe tailored lifestyle coaching, herbal recommendations, acupressure protocols and movement and meditation practices to help you remedy your health concerns, from pain management to anxiety; digestive problems to fertility, and more. My virtual work has allowed me to empower my clients by involving them more in their own healing process.
Please contact me here to inquire if a virtual session would be right for your condition.

Frequently Asked Questions

Acupuncture can be defined in the classical Chinese tradition as the insertion of sterile, extremely thin needles into strategic points in the body. Acupuncture balances the flow of energy or qi through meridians (pathways in the body). Modern medicine has also described acupuncture as having a direct effect on the nervous system, circulatory system, and fascial planes of the body.

Each person may experience acupuncture differently, but most feel minimal to no discomfort upon needle insertion, as the needles are extremely thin and inserted with care and intention. Once the needles have been inserted, the vast majority of my patients experience no discomfort, but rather deep relaxation and rejuvenation that extends beyond the treatment room.

The most common side effects are feeling rested and energized. Adverse side effects are uncommon. Dizziness and light-headedness are possible. Eating ahead of time usually prevents this. Occasionally one may bruise or feel sore.

This can vary depending on each patient and their unique condition. Patients often report immediate relief from certain symptoms, though root causes often require more time and treatments. If it is an acute problem, it may only take 1-3 sessions. More chronic conditions may take longer, though results should become apparent after a few sessions. I craft specific treatment plans for each case, but everybody responds differently. And many patients prefer to come in weekly or biweekly as part of their optimal health and self-care regimen.

I completed my Masters and Professional Doctorate in Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine (PCOM.) I completed over 5,000 hours of classroom instruction and supervised clinical experience. I received National Board Certification in Chinese herbalism, Acupuncture, Traditional Chinese Medicine Theory and Bioscience. I passed both my national licensure exams and California licensure exams, and I am licensed in both New York State and California. (In California, Acupuncturists are trained as General Practitioners. PCOM’s curriculum is based on California’s standards.) To maintain my license, I complete 50 hours of continuing education every 2 years.

I accept all insurance plans that cover out-of-network acupuncture treatments. We will verify your insurance coverage prior to your visit. Please complete this form before your first visit so that we can understand the range of your coverage with your particular carrier.

If you need to cancel or reschedule, please email me or cancel/reschedule online. In fairness to both new and returning patients, I maintain a 24-hour cancellation policy. Patients who modify appointments within 24 hours of the scheduled treatment time will be responsible for the full cost of the appointment.

I maintain a 24-hour cancellation policy in order to preserve a fair and functioning schedule. Upon booking an appointment, you will be required to provide a credit card number (including a 3 digit CVV code). The only circumstance under which this card will be charged is if you cancel within 24 hours. In that case, you will be charged for a full treatment.

I do not list my entire availability online, so if you are having trouble making an appointment, or if you would like to schedule a virtual consultation, please contact me directly.