What can Acupuncture treat?
Recent research by the National Institute of Health (NIH) has concluded that acupuncture is an effective form of therapy. The World Health Organization (WHO) has also recognized over 40 common disorders that can be treated with acupuncture including:
• Disorders of the Mouth
*Even if your condition is not listed above, please inquire if you may still benefit from acupuncture.
Acupuncture works by removing obstructions in the body and facilitating the free flow of Qi and blood. Fine, pre-sterilized, disposable needles are inserted into various acupuncture points on the body to release the blockages, restore balance and activate the body’s own healing mechanisms. From scientific research, acupuncture has been known to stimulate the release of endorphins and enkephalins in the brain, regulate the autonomic nervous system and affect blood concentrations of triglycerides, cholesterol, and phospholipids. Acupuncture can also manipulate the electrical system of the body by allowing the transfer of material and electrical energy between normal and injured tissues to promote healing. The activation of these physiological processes helps the body maintain homeostasis, facilitates the healing process and reduces pain… all without using drugs!
During the first visit, a detailed evaluation of your health and medical history is discussed. Examination using traditional techniques such as pulse taking, tongue observation and palpation are used to evaluate your condition. A treatment plan is then determined using the combination of all the above factors where acupuncture and/ or other modalities may be used depending on your presentation. Needles are then inserted at various points along the meridians and sensations such as heaviness, tingling, warmth, numbness or a dull achiness may occur at the insertion area signaling the arrival of Qi. The needles are left in for 10 - 20 minutes and then removed. In addition, dietary, exercise, and lifestyle suggestions may also be recommended. The first visit usually takes 1 - 1½ hours and follow ups are 45 min. - 1 hour. Follow up treatments may be adjusted according to the patient’s development in their healing process.
If it is your first visit, it is recommended that you come early to fill out your evaluation forms. You should wear loose, comfortable clothing. Shorts are preferable and women should wear a tank top or sports bra. A drape and gown is provided if you need one. It is also advised that you should have a light meal before your treatment and plan not to do anything too strenuous afterwards.
The sensation caused by acupuncture needles vary from person to person. Some people may feel a little pinch or slight pain as the needles are inserted, but most people feel no pain at all. Generally, it is relatively painless and many people report being very relaxed afterwards and some even fall asleep during treatment.
Other modalities that may be used besides acupuncture include Herbal formulas, Moxabustion (warming herb), Gua Sha (rubbing friction), Cupping (suction), and Acupressure. These other forms of treatment are all very safe and have been used for countless generations.
The amount of treatments vary from person to person and is based on their presenting condition. An acute problem can generally be resolved in one to four treatments while chronic problems may take much longer. Generally after a few sessions, the patient should notice a change and improvement in their symptoms. This change may also carry over to other aspects in their lives since acupuncture treats the whole person, not just the condition. As with many forms of healing, the patient’s attitude and lifestyle will affect the outcome of the treatment and each individual is strongly encouraged to
There is a 24 hour cancellation policy. If you cannot make your appointment and do not call within 24 hours to cancel, you will be billed.
You will have to inquire with the office about whether your insurance plan reimburses you for acupuncture services. An invoice which is recognized by insurance companies can also be provided for you to submit to your provider. The philosophy of East Wind is to spend as much time with each patient as possible during the treatments and encourage patients to take an active interest in their own health and healing process. If you are experiencing financial difficulties and think you may benefit from acupuncture, you can call the office for a free consultation to see if we can help you - No patient will ever be turned away because of financial difficulties.
You can contact the office for a free consultation to see if you or your loved one may benefit from acupuncture.
East Wind Healing Arts is conveniently located at 50 Lexington Ave, Suite LL3. The clinic is easily accessible by all subway lines on the 23rd st. station and is on the corner of 24th st. and Lexington Avenue in the lower level.