My Practice

Where are we located?

253 Garfield Place (7th-8th Ave) in Park Slope, Brooklyn   (718) 622-6755 and

The Serenity Center, 118 E37th St (Park to Lexington), NYC  (917) 375-1655

What can we help?

Acupuncture and herbs, together with tuina and qigong make up a complete health care system.  In the US it is used as complementary to care provided by your doctor. In China, Japan, Singapore and Korea it is used as standard medicine, along side of western medicine.  It was the internal medicine  for thousands of years in the East and continues to modernize.  It provides treatment for people with many conditions including:

  1. Allergies

  2. Autoimmune disease

  3. Blood Sugar Imbalances

  4. Cardiovascular Disease

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    Photo originally published at Is Acupuncture Painful?
  5. Gastrointestinal Disorders

  6. Infertility for Men and Women

  7. Pain Management

  8. Psychological Problems

  9. Respiratory Diseases

  10. Women’s Health Concerns

  11. Pediatric Conditions

I practice in a warm environment where you can enjoy a relaxed treatment, individualized to your condition.  I practice a light needling style using fine needles, and by choice of points am able to get a strong response.  In addition I use essential oils on points, electro stimulation, pressure and hot stone stimulation.

Oriental medicine has many different traditional methods of treatment:

  • Acupuncture – the stimulation of acupoints, commonly using the insertion of fine needles into specific points along meridians or other areas of the body.  Points can also be stimulated by pressure, light, essential oils and sound.
  • Associated Techniques – electrostimulation, infrared qi gong machine, qi machine, EFT, acuaromoatherapy, quartz heat lamp therapy, hydrotherapy, compresses and plasters.
  • Moxibustion – the application of a very direct form of heat from burning mugwort to areas on the body.
  • Tuina Massage – this is an orthopedic massage technique.  I also use hot stone shiatsu therapy.
  • Blood Test Analysis – Chinese medicine looks at blood tests somewhat differently, looking at chemicals associated with yin and yang balance, phlegm and blood deficiency.  I do functional blood work analysis where values that are within the reference range  may indicate problems if they occur with other markers or are outside of optimal levels.
  • Herbalism – the making of medicinal “soups”, tinctures, teas and external applications like compresses, plasters and gaos.  I  have a postgraduate degree in herbal medicine, have worked with western and Chinese herbs for 20 years and am one of very few herbalists with an advanced certification from the American Herbalists Guild.

Acupuncture is one of the oldest medical practices still widely used today; from its traditional home in China, Japan and Korea, acupuncturists can be found in every country of the world, because it gets results quickly and safely. Acupuncture has provided primary health care for literally billions of people over the past few thousand years.  It is currently being used in the US Army because it does not make soldiers groggy to sedate pain like painkillers.

Does it hurt?  Rarely, and the sensation is fleeting.  Should a point continue to fire, I will adjust the needle.  You should not continue to feel the needle much after insertion.

40 Blue-handled Acupuncture Needles in an 18 Guage Hypodermic
40 Blue-handled Acupuncture Needles in an 18 Gauge Hypodermic

For people who are reluctant to try needles, the option is available for Sujok hand acupuncture therapy, essential oil stimulation, auricular (ear) seeds, heat and magnet therapy.

A few of the reasons that you should consider acupuncture:

Cost effective:

Because acupuncture works very quickly and there are no costly tests to be performed prior to treatment, it is considered to be an excellent value for treatment. While treatment does not require expensive medications or supplements, dietary advice is often given and will probably require buying good quality food. Note that certain minerals are no longer common in the food supply and may require supplementation or special foods.

Safe:

Acupuncture is one of the safest health practices around, the side effects are very mild and can include minor bruising or bleeding, light-headedness or fainting. Acupuncture does not interfere with any medications you may be taking and has been used safely on children, the elderly and pregnant women.

Fast Relief:

Positive change is usually seen by the end of the first session. Serious, and/or chronic, problems can require several visits before normal health and function return; but for many only a few visits are required to achieve good results.

Acupuncture needle size comparison- note heavier handle is not inserted.

 

 

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