The city moves at a frenetic pace. Long days of work and late nights of play can drain your energy and damage your health. Here you'll find an island of tranquility, a place to repair the body and reinvigorate the mind.
Prisca Chen is a board-certified and licensed acupuncturist and herbalist in New York City. Originally from San Francisco, California, she brings laid-back west coast vibes and high quality of care to her practice. Expect relaxing one-on-one sessions, pulling from classical acupuncture techniques, herbal medicine, and manual therapies. Each body is unique, so there is no "one size fits all" treatment. You receive full, undivided attention for your entire appointment. If you have any questions in between sessions, Prisca is reachable by phone or e-mail and will respond within one business day.
Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine is an ancient practice which has been perfected over the centuries. It allows for a holistic way to help you recover from the many stresses of your modern lifestyle, and helps to empower you to take charge of your health and well-being.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Why see a board-certified fertility acupuncturist?
If you care about high standards of care, then you would see a board-certified practitioner in any field. Diplomates of Oriental Medicine, certified by the National Certification Commission of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM), are fully qualified to practice herbal medicine, well-versed in biomedicine, and adhere to clean needle techniques and high safety standards, qualifications which go above and beyond the minimum requirements for New York State licensure. You can read more about this certification here: http://www.nccaom.org/visitors/consumers. A board certification by the American Board of Oriental Reproductive Medicine (ABORM) is considered the gold standard amongst fertility acupuncturists in North America. Fellows of the ABORM have advanced training in Eastern and Western reproductive medicine, have passed a rigorous certification exam, and can work collaboratively with other doctors to provide comprehensive, evidence-based care. You can read more about this specialization board here: https://aborm.org/patients/
Does it hurt?
Most people do not feel any discomfort during treatments. Your comfort is very important to me. Some parts of the body are more sensitive than others, so you may feel a slight prick at certain areas. At most, you may feel a heavy sensation around the needle site, which means the point is active and effective. When this happens, we call it "De Qi" -- arriving Qi.
When will I see results?
Depending on what you're being treated for, most patients begin to see improvement within the first one or two treatments. For menstrual irregularities, expect improvements within 2-6 cycles. Recovery times may vary depending on other health complications.
Are there side effects?
Unlike most medications, acupuncture has almost no side effects. Many patients report feeling more relaxed and less stressed.
What's involved in a typical treatment?
I treat from the root, meaning I treat the root cause of the symptoms instead of just alleviating the symptoms. I pull from different treatment styles to come up with the the treatment plan that is most appropriate for you specifically. I can adapt the best methods for my patients to get results rather than use protocols. Depending on your situation, I may use any or a combination of traditional, classical, meridian, trigger point (a.k.a. "Dry Needling"), or ear acupuncture.
I'm a skeptic. Can we schedule a consultation to chat about this?
Absolutely! I am happy to set up a complimentary phone consultation with you to explain how acupuncture and herbal medicine can help, and to answer any questions you have.