squareDrop60What  Is  Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is part of a 3,000 year-old system of medicine that includes herbology and acupressure. The placement of sterile, tiny pins on a specific zone on the skin releases the body’s own chemical healers, stimulating circulation and relaxing tense muscles. Acupuncture also helps relieve anxiety, stress and digestive issues, assists with weight loss and is used to stop smoking, among other uses. Please sort through these questions that are frequently asked about acupuncture. Or call for a free 15 minute consultation (212) 777-7191.

Most clients find acupuncture painless, although it’s not uncommon to experience it as a slight pinch followed by a warm, pleasant tingling sensation. Afterward, many people report a feeling of deep relaxation and elevated spirit. It’s a great way to recharge the batteries before, during or after a challenging period in one’s life. For more on acupuncture, click here:
Yes, when performed by a trained professional. The needles are made of stainless steel and are sterile, individually packaged and disposable. No needle is ever used twice, so there is virtually no risk of infection.
The Asian model describes a network of vital energy, called Qi (Chee) that runs through our bodies in pathways. In that model, our health depends upon the free-flow of this energy. When it is blocked is when we become ill. Whether or not one subscribes to that theory, what is true is that our bodies hold electromagnetic energy (all chemical reactions create electricity in us) that circulate through the body along energetic pathways.  Overwork, stress, toxic food/chemicals, systemic immune suppressors, worry and other excesses cause these pathways to become blocked.  By inserting hair-fine pins into specific points we unblock electrical pathways, allow muscles to ease, and blood and lymph to flow.
  •  Habit Control (e.g. Smoking, Weight Control)
  •  Pain Management: Sports trauma. Neck, shoulder, back, knee, elbow, CTS, etc.
  •  Physical Disorders: Allergy, IBS, Nausea, Migraine, Constipation, etc.)
  •  Emotional Disorders: Infertility, Anxiety, Stress, Depression, Panic Disorder)
  • Releases chronic muscular tension and pain.
  •  Enhances the immune system by decompressing lymph vessels
  •  Detoxifies the blood, flushes out waste materials (Lactic Acid, CO2)
  •  Improves the Digestive and Reproductive systems
  •  Increases energy and stamina
  •  Stimulates sense of well being with cumulative benefits
Once given only to Empresses and courtesans, acupuncture is now being used to lift sagging skin including the cheeks, jowls, eyelids, and eyebrows.  Micro-acupuncture restores the smooth flow of Bio-electric nerve impulses (Qi, Life Force) to facial tissues compromised by the aging process. As a result, the circulation of blood, collagen and lymph to the face is increased. This improves muscle tone and dermal contraction of the skin, diminishing the appearance of lines. Acu Face-LiftThe effect is a healthy and radiant glow that lights up the face. This system restores normal sebum secretion to eliminate dry and rough skin. Anti-inflammatory Rejuvenation techniques flush toxins from the skin to eliminate acne. Furrowed brows are reduced or eliminated with facial rejuvenation techniques to release muscle spasms. The brow relaxes, flattens, and the patient experiences a profound sense of relaxation as tension leaves the body. Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture as practiced at Blue Phoenix in New York is a painless, safe, and cost effective treatment that is perfect for renewing your face without expensive, invasive techniques.  Facial Benefits

  • Improves muscle tone, moisture and elasticity
  • Helps eliminate fine lines
  • Helps diminish large wrinkles
  • Improves collagen production
  • Tightens pores and brightens eyes
  • Helps reduce bags and sagging tendencies
  • Helps reduce double chin and lift drooping eyelids
  • Reduces acne and skin inflammation
  • Vibrant and Youthful Appearance
  • Retains Your True Facial Expression

Other Benefits of Facial Enhancement Acupuncture

  • Improves Sleep
  • Helps sinus congestion, headaches and dizziness
  • Helps menopause, PMS and other GYN issues
  • Reduces stress and promotes total health and well-being
  • Reduces Stress, Promotes Youthfulness
  • No Toxic substances injected into the face
  • Follow-up treatments for Cosmetic Acupuncture: $140.00.
  • Packages of 12 treatments are $1250.
The course of treatment varies depending on the severity and duration of the condition. With acupuncture, acute problems can often take 3 to 5 sessions, while chronic ones may take longer . Most patients want to return and get better more quickly. At each follow-up visit, any changes in symptoms will lead to an adjustment in treatment.  For more information on what to expect as a new patient, please see the New Patient Info Page.
Western medical research has reached the conclusion that acupuncture can stimulate the immune system, increase secretion of digestive juices and enzymes, positively affect the circulation, blood pressure, rhythm and stroke volume of the heart, stimulate production of red and white blood cells, and regulate hormonal balance. Recent evidence has shown that it is an effective treatment for pain, in part because of its ability to stimulate the release of endorphins, the body’s natural “feel-good” brain chemicals.  Over the last twenty years, many hospitals, rehab centers, infertility clinics, and well-respected cancer care facilities, including Sloan Kettering, have integrated acupuncture into their treatment services.  For additional scientific information on acupuncture, visit the acupuncture page on the National Institutes of Health – National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, which is conducting ongoing research.
Acupuncture theory and practice are rooted in the premise that our vital energy, called Qi (pronounced Chee) circulates through pathways (meridians) in the body. When one or more meridians become blocked, Qi stagnates and we go out of balance, resulting in illness. One commonly used metaphor for how acupuncture functions is through a description what of happens when a beaver builds a dam on a river, blocking the flow of water. One side of it becomes swamp-like, while the other becomes parched and lifeless. Only by clearing the blockage will the waterway once more flow freely. Stagnation in the body can similarly impact on the fluids in our bodies, including blood, lymph, saliva and, yes, Qi as well. The goal of acupuncture is to restore the body’s natural internal movement and, thus, its vitality. Treatment entails inserting ultra-thin, disposable needles into pre-mapped points along the body to restore circulation. By moving this energy the acupuncturist can balance its flow, thereby ‘rebooting’ the patient’s own recuperative powers. This can affect positive and often dramatic shifts in the patient, both physically and emotionally. The Eastern approach views your health problems as occurring within the context of your life and therefore cannot be isolated or apart from who you are in the moment.
Acupuncture has been accepted and promoted by WHO, the World Health Organization, for its ability to treat a host of illnesses and disorders, including arthritis, rhinitis, common cold, stress and pain. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Consensus Conference on Acupuncture in 1997 stated, “the data in support of acupuncture are as strong as those for many accepted Western medical therapies. One of the advantages of acupuncture is that the incidence of adverse effects is substantially lower than that of many drugs and other accepted procedures used for the same conditions.”
Dry needling is a form of acupuncture and is sometimes practiced by physical therapists as well as acupuncturists. What distinguishes how we acupuncturists do it is in the tiny, filiform pins use (sterile, and one time use only). Physical therapists on the other hand, can legally use only syringe needles for each point. Unfortunately, the average patient perceives syringes to be incredibly uncomfortable.

The difference between acupuncture pins and syringes is this: When seen under a microscope, acupuncture pins are rounded at the end, and therefore part the flesh rather than pierce it. This is why there’s no blood when the pins come out.
Syringes are, when seen under a microscope, extremely sharp. They actually pierce the flesh, and the trauma to the body can lead to bleeding.

For this reason most people prefer to go to licensed acupuncturists when their MD suggests sending them for dry needling.
We hope this helps explain the difference between dry needling done by an acupuncturist, and that done by a physical therapist.
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