At Serenity Center NYC we have some of New York’s finest acupuncturists. They practice a variety of styles, from traditional Chinese to Japanese methods. Each practitioner brings their unique personality and gifts to their work. Read about more about all of our therapists to find the one that inspires you the most!
Acupuncture in brief…
Acupuncture is the stimulation of points or meridians (lines of related points) on the body with needles, pressure, liniments, essential oils, light and other forms of stimulation. Together with nutrition, tuina medical massage, qi gong intentional exercise and herbs, Chinese medicine is a complete form of traditional treatment that has been in use for thousands of years and has coordinated with western medicine for at least 150 years.
Acupuncture works in a variety of ways. Acupoints show higher than average levels of electrical conductivity and have more mast cells, vascular and neural element concentrations. Stimulation of points can create a microinjury that stimulates blood flow and starts the immune cascade. Stimulation of the needles until De Qi is obtained increases blood flow at the points. This allows the sphincters of microvessels to open and the areas along muscles to relax. There is also the movement of protons in the interstitial fluids that go around the muscle bellies where meridians are located. Acupuncture may involve recruitment of the body’s own pain reduction system, possibly attended by an increased release of endorphins, serotonin, encephalin, noradrenalin or GABA. Ear acupuncture stimulates branches of the major nerves. Other microsystems and points signal cells. MRIs of the brain show that areas of the brain which control headaches light up when points on the toe recognized as helping headaches are needled. Meridians have been confirmed by Korean radioisotope studies and United States SQUID radiology.
There have been many studies of the effects of acupuncture from all over the world, especially from Japan, China, Korea, Singapore, Great Britain, France, Germany and the United States. While many studies in countries without a long Chinese medicine tradition have problems like using the wrong points, not stimulating points or using “placebos” that inappropriately stimulate the points, the World Health Organization based on scientific studies has endorsed many uses of acupuncture.
What modalities or tools are used?
- Acupuncture needling therapy using single-use, disposable needles
- Cupping therapy (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ Cupping)
- Gua sha (http://guasha.com/whatis.html )
- Moxibustion (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moxibustion)
- Tui na (Chinese medical massage)
- Qigong (or therapeutic yoga) which are intentional exercises with breathing
- Nutritional support, using food as medicine
- Essential oil, singles or formulas chosen for the condition
- Herbal medicine formulas (by acupuncturists so trained.)
Acupuncture, associated modalities and herbs treat people suffering from a wide variety of conditions and imbalances. It rarely hurts, and the sensation is fleeting. Should a point continue to fire, your acupuncturist can adjust the needle. You should not continue to feel the needle much after insertion. We can help you with acupuncture and associated modalities before an imbalance turns into a true illness. And our treatments can help restore you if you suffer from even congenital situations. They help on the physical, emotional and energetic levels.
The World Health Organization recently endorsed acupuncture and has an extensive list of the conditions that it can treat. To read the full report, go to http://apps.who.int/medicinedocs/en/d/Js4926