What can Acupuncture treat?

Recent research by the National Institute of Health (NIH) has concluded that acupuncture is an effective form of therapy. The World Health Organization (WHO) has also recognized over 40 common disorders that can be treated with acupuncture including:

Neurological and musculo-skeletal
• Headache and migraine
• Trigeminal neuralgia
• Facial palsy (early stage, within 3 – 6 mths)
• Paresis following stroke
• Meniere’s disease
• Neurogenic bladder dysfunction
• Nocturnal enuresis
• Intercostal neuralgia
• Cervicobrachial syndrome
• Frozen shoulder, tennis elbow
• Sciatica
• Neck pain
• Low back pain
• Knee pain
• Sprains
• Peripheral neuropathies
• Osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis

• Nausea and vomiting
• Gastroptosis
• Acute and chronic gastritis
• Gastric hyperacidity
• Chronic duodenal ulcer (pain relief)
• Acute duodenal ulcer (without complications)
• Acute and chronic colitis
• Acute bacillary dysentery
• Constipation
• Diarrhea

• Sinusitis
• Rhinitis
• Common cold
• Tonsillitis
• Bronchitis
• Bronchial asthma

Disorders of the Mouth
• Toothaches, post extraction pain
• Gingivitis
• Pharyngitis

• Amenorrhea
• Dysmenorrhea
• Irregular menses
• Infertility
• Premenstrual syndrome

• Adverse reactions to radiotherapy and/ or chemotherapy
• Depression
• Hypertension and hypotension
• Postoperative pain
• Male sexual dysfunction (non organic)
• Insomnia
• Substance abuse
• General health and prevention

*Even if your condition is not listed above, please inquire if you may still benefit from acupuncture.

How does acupuncture work?

Acupuncture works by removing obstructions in the body and facilitating the free flow of Qi and blood. Fine, pre-sterilized, disposable needles are inserted into various acupuncture points on the body to release the blockages, restore balance and activate the body’s own healing mechanisms. From scientific research, acupuncture has been known to stimulate the release of endorphins and enkephalins in the brain, regulate the autonomic nervous system and affect blood concentrations of triglycerides, cholesterol, and phospholipids. Acupuncture can also manipulate the electrical system of the body by allowing the transfer of material and electrical energy between normal and injured tissues to promote healing. The activation of these physiological processes helps the body maintain homeostasis, facilitates the healing process and reduces pain… all without using drugs!

What can I expect during my office visit?

During the first visit, a detailed evaluation of your health and medical history is discussed. Examination using traditional techniques such as pulse taking, tongue observation and palpation are used to evaluate your condition. A treatment plan is then determined using the combination of all the above factors where acupuncture and/ or other modalities may be used depending on your presentation. Needles are then inserted at various points along the meridians and sensations such as heaviness, tingling, warmth, numbness or a dull achiness may occur at the insertion area signaling the arrival of Qi. The needles are left in for 10 - 20 minutes and then removed. In addition, dietary, exercise, and lifestyle suggestions may also be recommended. The first visit usually takes 1 - 1½ hours and follow ups are 45 min. - 1 hour. Follow up treatments may be adjusted according to the patient’s development in their healing process.

How should I come prepared for my treatment?

If it is your first visit, it is recommended that you come early to fill out your evaluation forms. You should wear loose, comfortable clothing. Shorts are preferable and women should wear a tank top or sports bra. A drape and gown is provided if you need one. It is also advised that you should have a light meal before your treatment and plan not to do anything too strenuous afterwards.

Do the needles hurt?

The sensation caused by acupuncture needles vary from person to person. Some people may feel a little pinch or slight pain as the needles are inserted, but most people feel no pain at all. Generally, it is relatively painless and many people report being very relaxed afterwards and some even fall asleep during treatment.

I am afraid of needles, are there other modalities besides acupuncture?

Other modalities that may be used besides acupuncture include Herbal formulas, Moxabustion (warming herb), Gua Sha (rubbing friction), Cupping (suction), and Acupressure. These other forms of treatment are all very safe and have been used for countless generations.

How many treatments are necessary?

The amount of treatments vary from person to person and is based on their presenting condition. An acute problem can generally be resolved in one to four treatments while chronic problems may take much longer. Generally after a few sessions, the patient should notice a change and improvement in their symptoms. This change may also carry over to other aspects in their lives since acupuncture treats the whole person, not just the condition. As with many forms of healing, the patient’s attitude and lifestyle will affect the outcome of the treatment and each individual is strongly encouraged to
participate in their own healing process.

Is there a cancellation policy?

There is a 24 hour cancellation policy. If you cannot make your appointment and do not call within 24 hours to cancel, you will be billed.

Do you accept health insurance?

You will have to inquire with the office about whether your insurance plan reimburses you for acupuncture services. An invoice which is recognized by insurance companies can also be provided for you to submit to your provider. The philosophy of East Wind is to spend as much time with each patient as possible during the treatments and encourage patients to take an active interest in their own health and healing process. If you are experiencing financial difficulties and think you may benefit from acupuncture, you can call the office for a free consultation to see if we can help you - No patient will ever be turned away because of financial difficulties.

How can I found out if acupuncture or herbs can help me?

You can contact the office for a free consultation to see if you or your loved one may benefit from acupuncture.

Where are you located?

East Wind Healing Arts is conveniently located at 50 Lexington Ave, Suite LL3. The clinic is easily accessible by all subway lines on the 23rd st. station and is on the corner of 24th st. and Lexington Avenue in the lower level.

East Wind Healing Arts
50 Lexington Ave, Suite LL3
New York, NY 10010


(917) 650 – 2801

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