Acupuncture & Herbs

For an acupuncturist in New York City, there are ample metaphors for how this medicine works. If you try and get on a subway but someone is blocking the door you’re going to have a hard time. Move the obstacle aside and you will sail smoothly onto that train. Same concept applies to acupuncture.  Margaret uses hair-thin, single use, sterile needles which are gently inserted just below the surface of the skin. This helps improve circulation and that enables the body to feel better.

 
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Interested in learning more? Here is a quick list of some of the more common diseases that, through randomized controlled study have demonstrated effective response with Chinese medicine:

 

Stress Management

Results suggest that acupuncture has a therapeutic effect on chronic stress-related diseases such as depression and anxiety.
— https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0304394009006065
 
Research from an international team of experts adds to the evidence that it does provide real relief from common forms of pain. The team pooled the results of 29 studies involving nearly 18,000 participants.
— https://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/acupuncture-is-worth-a-try-for-chronic-pain-201304016042
 
There is preliminary data indicating acupuncture may improve menstrual health and coping for women experiencing delays falling pregnant.
— https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3962314/
 
Additional acupuncture in patients with dysmenorrhea was associated with improvements in pain and quality of life as compared to treatment with usual care alone and was cost-effective within usual thresholds.” American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology
— https://www.ajog.org/article/S0002-9378(07)00920-9/fulltext

Start Now

As Margaret’s found, the path to health is indirect, with roadblocks galore. Making your way includes a fair bit of thought, effort and energy.  Get started with by getting enough sleep, eating and moving.  These essential pillars of wellness are key. 

Oh, and, if you sit at a desk all day, remind yourself (set an alarm!) to get up and move every half hour.  Head, neck and shoulder circles, a set of stairs up and down, go!