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Patients in my New York Acupuncture clinic are always curious how acupuncturists choose the correct acupuncture points.  There are a number of ways to choose the acupuncture points. The basic idea with acupuncture is to correct the underlying imbalance in the body.  This can help to stimulate the body to heal itself.  We acupuncturists will determine the imbalance by our examination.  For example, if there is lack of circulation  of the energy, what we call qi stagnation, we’ll choose points to move the qi.  A common combination for moving the qi is Liv 3 and LI 4. I find that acupuncture is most effective by changing the focus of the treatment overtime. At first, we may focus on releasing tension

The art of electro-acupuncture is in the details of how one uses the therapy.  An effective electro-acupuncture treatment comes from what electric stimulation machine is used, proper selection of acupuncture points, how long you use the stimulation, and the proper frequency. Acupuncture Microstim In our New York City Acupuncture clinic, we use the Pantheon Research microstim machine.  This is one the highest quality machines ensure a safe and effective treatment.  Microstim means that the amplitude of the electric stimulation is much smaller.  This is much more comfortable for the patient. Acupuncture Point Selection Selecting the best acupuncture points is important when using the electro-acupuncture.  The acupuncture points should be chosen based upon the type of pain, the location of pain,

Acupuncture is a constantly evolving art.  Electro-acupunctrue was only developed within the last 100 years. Electro-acupuncture is used to augment the pain relieving and anti-inflammatory aspects of acupuncture Electro-acupuncture is very similar to regular acupuncture.  That is the acupuncture point selection is generally the same and the treatment time is also similar.  Electro-acupuncture provides additional small amount electric stimulation to the acupuncture needles.  The electric stimulation enhances muscle relaxation, the release of natural pain killers in the body, as well as decreases inflammation. Electro-acupuncture is most often used for chronic pain and inflammatory conditions.  The pain relief with electro-acupuncture can be so dramatic it has been used for certain types of surgery in China. History of Electro-acupuncture Electro-acupuncture for pain,

The Meaning of Zhen Jiu ( 针灸) Acupuncture is not just acupuncture.  In fact, the word for acupuncture in Chinese, Zhen Jiu, actually  translates to “acupuncture and moxibustion”  which shows how central moxibustion is within acupuncture. Moxibustion is the warming of acupuncture points or needles.  Most often, this is done through burning an herb called mugwort.  It can also be done with heat lamps as well as herbal lotions. In my office, we use smokeless moxibustion because it is treated and does not create much smoke. How does Moxibustion work? Just like with acupuncture, moxibustion focuses on correcting the underlying imbalance in the body. Because it is warming, generally moxibustion is used when there is cold in the body.  Moxibustion

What does acupuncture treat? During the past year I have been adding a section to my website focusing on the commonly treated conditions in my clinic.  It is not yet comprehensive, but over the next few months I will continue to build this section.  Currently, I have a number of in depth articles detailing the acupuncture treatment. Skin Conditions Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine for Eczema Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine for Psoriasis Chronic Pain Acupuncture for Chronic Migraines Acupuncture for Tension Headaches Acupuncture for Sciatica Urology Acupuncture for Chronic Prostatitis and Chronic Pelvic Pain Syndrome Acupuncture for Interstitial Cystitis  

The other day in my office, a new patient lying on the table asked me, “ Do you like being an acupuncturist?” I was taken back a bit.  “Yes, I love being an acupuncturist.” “Why?” She asks. Wow, she is quite an inquisitive patient. So I thought about it for a second.   I thought about how I love that acupuncture works with the body to heal itself, that it focuses on resetting the body to bring it back to balance, and I love that patients can create their own tool box of techniques to participate in their own healing. But then I thought for another second.  “ I love being an acupuncturist because acupuncture and Chinese medicine can change

Integrative urology is essential.  The field of integrative medicine is about how to best combine mainstream medicine and alternative medicine.   It is essential because many people live with urologic conditions, such as chronic pelvic pain syndrome, chronic prostatitis, interstitial cystitis, and overactive bladder, without help. This impacts their work, education, social life, and overall wellbeing. I have helped many people with these conditions in my New York acupuncture clinic.  The acupuncture and Chinese medicine approach works to correct imbalances that are causing the condition.   Mostly, urologic conditions are caused from inhibition of circulation and weakness of energy. Here are the best posts about how acupuncture can help interstitial cystitis, chronic pelvic pain syndrome, chronic prostatitis, overactive bladder, and recovery

Chronic pelvic pain syndrome (CPPS) is the most common form of prostatitis, yet not many clinicians know how to treat it.  Acupuncture for Chronic Pelvic Pain Syndrome is very effective. A recent research study is also supporting the use of electroacupuncture to relieve chronic pelvic pain in men (1). Electroacupuncture and Chronic Pelvic Pain Syndrome Electroacupuncture is when electric stimulation is attached to the acupuncture needles. It is generally used for pain relief. This is the first randomized study to show that electro-acupuncture reduces pain in men with CPPS.  They used  only six standard acupuncture points on the sacrum and buttock.  There was also a placebo acupuncture group, in which the patients received acupuncture at non-acupuncture points. Lastly, they had

Who is the best Acupuncturist in New York City? This is a great question, but impossible question to answer.  Just like there is no one best physician for every condition, there is no best acupuncturist for every health concern. It is really about finding the best acupuncturist for your needs.  There are a few questions to consider. 1. What is their Education and Experience? Education and experience are obviously important factor for being a good clinician and acupuncturist. After finishing Touro’s Graduate Program in Oriental Medicine, which is a 4 years master’s degree, I continued on to a postgraduate training in China at the Hunan University of Traditional Chinese Medicine. When I came back to become an NYC Acupuncturist, I