The practice of acupuncture--the insertion of fine needles into various points on the body in order to stimulate healing--has a rich history as an integral component of traditional Chinese medicine. While acupuncture has been used worldwide for thousands of years, its popularity in the United States has soared over the past two decades, and it is now widely practiced as a therapeutic intervention and for pain management.
Acupuncture may be used to complement conventional therapies or as an alternative treatment. It can be beneficial in treating a wide range of health conditions--including chronic pain, digestive problems, respiratory conditions, nausea caused by chemotherapy, post-operative pain, musculoskeletal conditions, stroke rehabilitation, low-back pain, menstrual cramps, depression, asthma, substance abuse disorders, and many others.
The idea behind acupuncture is that all diseases or pathologies can be described in terms of Qi (or Chi)--the energy that flows through the body. If the circulation of the Qi is interrupted or blocked, illness or pain can result. Acupuncture can stimulate the circulation and restore the natural flow of the Qi so that the body can maintain good health.
There are many different acupuncture styles and treatment approaches. Depending on your symptoms, your acupuncturist will decide which is right for you. Every acupuncture treatment is tailored to each individual patient.
After a thorough exam and review of your health history, an acupuncturist will use single-use, pre-sterilized acupuncture needles to make shallow insertions in the skin at specially selected points on the body. Patients may feel a little pinch or soreness around the needle, or a radiating warmth. Needles may be removed immediately or left in for several minutes, and the number of sessions will depend on the problem and the individual patient--usually at least three treatments are recommended.
The Mount Sinai Health System hospitals offer acupuncture treatment at multiple locations in Manhattan and the New York City area. Please click the links below for information on our highly qualified acupuncture practitioners and their contact information.