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 received a National Institutes of Health research training grant in the Pediatric Immunology Department of Mount Sinai School of Medicine.
This education was very intensive, covering hundreds of acupuncture points, herbs, and herbal formulations. I also had unique and extensive training in acupressure and Tui na (Chinese medical massage), learning techniques and treatments that other acupuncturists don’t know.
In 2012 I graduated form the Avicenna Diploma in Chinese Medicine Dermatology in London taught by world renown Chinese Medicine Dermatologist Mazin Al-Khafaji.
My experience and training provided an opportunity to develop a specialty in treatment of pain, chronic prostatitis/chronic pelvic pain syndrome, interstitial cystitis, and dermatology.
2. What is their Specialty?
Find our where your acupuncturist has special training in any specific area.
While I worked in China and through my postgraduate training I developed a specialties in a few specific areas.
- Treating and managing chronic pain: shoulder and neck pain, frozen shoulder, migraine, sinus headaches, back pain, sciatica, knee pain
- Skin Conditions: acne, eczema, psoriasis, hives, and shingles.
- Integrative Urology: Interstitial Cystitis, Chronic Prostatitis , Chronic Pelvic Pain Syndrome, and prostate surgery recovery.
- Immunology: Asthma and Sinusitis.
If you are looking for someone who is an expert on issues of pregnancy or mental health, I would recommend my colleague Jessica Yunker. If you are looking for facial rejuvenation acupuncture, then call Jessica Silver. And if you would like support in Cancer Care, you should contact my good friend and colleague Kejian Xiao.
3. Do you like their bedside manner?
Communication is important with your health care provider is very important. Your practitioner should listen to you with patience and compassion and you should feel comfortable asking them to explain their honest opinion about the treatment outcomes and assessment.
4. What do their patients think about them?
You should ask around with your friends and family to see if anyone knows a good acupuncturist. If none of your friends know anyone. You can also look at their website , see if they have a lot of reviews and testimonials.
5. Do they offer free consultations?
Your acupuncturist should be open to discuss your health concerns and situation before you commit to treatment. This will help assure you that Chinese medicine is the right choice for you as not everyone is familiar with the benefits of acupuncture treatment. We are happy to schedule a telephone consultation.
To schedule an appointment, please call us at 917.887.4946 or request an appointment through e-mail.
This post was updated May 17th 2013.