In the heart of New York City, the ancient art of acupuncture stands as a testament to Traditional Chinese Medicine's (TCM) enduring power. As a leading NYC Acupuncture practice, we embrace the 5,000-year-old approach that remains as relevant in today's acupuncture landscape as it was millennia ago. Drawing inspiration from the world's oldest medical textbook, our acupuncture services focus on the energy force or 'qi' flowing throughout the body – a cornerstone of energy medicine. At our esteemed acupuncturist center in New York City, we utilize acupuncture, one of the oldest forms of energy healing, to harness and balance this vital life force, providing a holistic path to wellness.
TCM teaches that the body falls out of balance due to an imbalance of two forces that comprise Qi: Yin and Yang. Yin and Yang are opposite forces, like the positive and negative forces surrounding an atom. Just as an atom is composed of both positive and negative charges and cannot be found alone, so living beings and their components are composed of Yin and Yang that constantly flow among each other to create the Qi. When there is too much Yin or too little Yang or too little Yin and too much Yang, the Qi is disturbed, the body falls out of balance, and there is illness.
Acupuncture is used to restore the imbalance between Yin and Yang and allow the Qi to freely flow throughout the meridians. Acupuncture points are specific locations where the Meridians come to the surface of the skin and are easily accessible by “needling” them. This needling restores the balance of Yin and Yang and improves the flow of Qi.
Acupuncturists used nine types of sterile disposable needles of variance lengths. There are a number of precise techniques used by acupuncturists for inserting the needles. Points can be needled at different angles relative to the skin surface. The acupuncturist can insert the needle using various motions or combinations of motions including thrusting, plucking, and vibration techniques. Depending upon the therapy and treatment, heated herbs may be applied to the needle or electricity may be used to stimulate the points through the needle.
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Acupuncture’s effectiveness has been explained by scientific research studies showing:
Doppler ultrasound shows that acupuncture increases blood flow and circulation.
MRI readings show that acupuncture prompts changes in the brain.
Thermal imaging reveals that acupuncture reduces inflammation.
Certain neurotransmitters such as serotonin and noradrenaline are stimulated by acupuncture
Acupuncture dilates the blood vessels, possibly by stimulating the body to release vasodilators such as histamine
Acupuncture stimulates the secretion of endorphins to reduce pain
Acupuncture affects the ability of the nervous system to perceive pain.
Dr. Ming is trained in both TCM and Western Medicine (she has a post-doctoral degree in cardiology and was Chief of Cardiology at one of China’s leading hospitals) and can provide you with her understanding of the efficacy of acupuncture in today’s modern world.