Frequently Asked Questions
I've tried acupuncture before, and it didn't work. How are your treatments different from other acupuncturists?
I do not use protocols. Acupuncture is a powerful medicine that cannot be reduced to protocols and simple symptom-matching thinking. Strategic points are selected based on your diagnoses, syndrome patterns, sensitivity to needles, etc. I've studied under various master practitioners from different backgrounds, and pull from their teachings to come up with the the treatment plan that is most appropriate for you specifically.
When will I see results?
Most patients begin to see improvement within the first one or two treatments. I strive to get results while you're on the table. Yes, you can feel changes immediately. Recovery times may vary depending on other health complications. Please see your doctor to rule out other disorders and illnesses.
Are there side effects?
Unlike most drugs and medications, acupuncture has almost no side effects. Many patients report feeling more relaxed and less stressed.
Does it hurt?
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 the needle site, but most people do not feel any discomfort during treatments.
What sets you apart from other acupuncturists in NYC?
In a nutshell, I aim for effective treatments and fast results. I train for races and still dance, so I understand how important it is to get back on your feet as soon as possible. I was educated at one of the most prestigious TCM schools in the country, and I have worked alongside master acupuncturists and physicians around the country and abroad. I can adapt the best methods for my patients to get results rather than use protocols. Additionally, I am a board-certifited diplomate of Oriental Medicine by the National Certification Commission of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM), the highest certification available in the United States, which means I am fully qualified in clean needle technique and herbal medicine, 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. I am also currently actively pursuing fellowship status from the American Board of Oriental Reproductive Medicine. You can read more about this specialization board here: http://www.aborm.org/About/about.html.
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.