Licensed Acupuncturist in both New York and Connecticut
Nationally Certified Diplomate In Oriental Medicine by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine
Acupuncture, Tui Na (Chinese Medical Bodywork) and Herbology
My Clinic Space:
303 Fifth Avenue, Suite 309 (718) 687-0143
Monday 12-8pm by appointment
Wednesday 12-7pm by appointment
WHAT I PRACTICE:
Acupuncture and Moxibustion
Acupuncture uses fine needles inserted at specific sites on the skin to stimulate the body to relieve pain and heal itself. Conditions I have successfully treated include sprains and strains, post-operative pain, colds, sinusitis and flu, bronchitis, menstrual pain, irregular menstruation, chronic arthritic and back pain, stress related problems including insomnia, acute and chronic knee, ankle and shoulder problems. Numbness and tingling can also be treated with needles and moxibustion. Just as important as acupuncture, moxibustion, where points on the surface of the body are stimulated directly or indirectly by burning an herb called Ai-Ye or Artemesia Vulgaris using the same points acupuncture uses. Moxibustion can often treat problems that acupuncture alone cannot. Moxibustion is expecially effective in treating many chronic diseases. Results from acupuncture and moxibustion are often seen during treatment. Some symptoms begin to be affected as late as a day or two later. People being treated with acupuncture and moxibustion should be seen several times a week initially, tapering off as the situation improves.
Chinese herbal medicine treats disease by using herbal formulas with usually more than one ingredient. Herb formulas can be made by boiling raw ingredients to make a soup-like brew called a decoction, or they can come in forms like powder dissolved in warm water or even pills taken by mouth. The decoctions are the most powerful in their action, followed by granule formulations that dissolve in warm water and the pills are often a little weaker, though they have the advantage of convenience of use. Herbal medicine used together with acupuncture can treat a very large number of problems. I also specialize in the use of herbal poultices applied externally for injury and treatment of arthritic pain.
Tui Na (Chinese Medical Bodywork)
Tui Na literally means push and grasp. It uses pressing, squeezing, rolling and other wave like motions of the fingers, palms, forearms and elbows that stimulate acupuncture points, release spasms and restrictions in muscles, tendons, and connective tissue. Mobilizations and passive range of motion techniques are used to realign the joints and soft tissues to restore balance. Tui Na can most quickly restore normal ranges of motion and proper alignment and joint movement after injury, though it is not restricted to use with musculoskeletal conditions.
Qigong consists of gentle exercises done by the person to do several things:
increase the strength of the life force known as qi
balance the qi of the various channels and internal organs
improve coordination, strengthen muscles, tendons, and bones
foster what is called "whole body power"
mobilize joints and loosen tight muscles and connective tissue
improve overall health
I give Qigong exercises for musculoskeletal problems to help the patient avoid reinjury and help hold the effects of the treatment so that they are more in control of their own health. I also recommend qigong to internal medicine patients to help consolidate the effects of treatment.
Tai Chi is an example of a martial art that also functions as a form of Qigong.
Any one of the above modalities can be used alone, though in my experience, combining the methods together can reduce the number of patient visits the patient needs to get well. Patients also do better when they take charge of their own health by eating right, getting enough rest, balancing work and play, and doing qigong!