Acupuncture

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Acupuncturists 10/21/2020

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Advisory Notice:

As health care providers, all acupuncturists have a responsibility to adhere to infection control guidelines published by the New York State Department of Health (DOH).

DOH also provides a list of key infection control practices and additional resources, as does the national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

An acupuncturist is a licensed health care professional who, based on the concepts of oriental medicine, maintains the health of patients and evaluates and treats their illness and pain.

Using the principles of oriental medicine, the acupuncturist will examine you by looking, listening, asking questions, and touching. This allows the acupuncturist to record a full case history.
Once an evaluation is made, the acupuncturist may insert very fine acupuncture needles into a number of points on your body. The purpose of the needles is to stimulate acupuncture points; the needles do not inject any substance into the body. We encourage you to ask your acupuncturist to use presterilized disposable needles.

In some cases, acupuncture may be accompanied by electrical stimulation or the burning of moxa, a form of heat therapy. Acupuncturists may also use a variety of other techniques to enhance acupuncture treatment.

Many conditions may respond to acupuncture, including those related to the following:

  • neurological system
  • musculo-skeletal system
  • respiratory system
  • gynecologic and reproductive system
  • digestive system
  • genito-urinary system

Acupuncture may also help with:

  • acute and chronic pain
  • maintaining emotional balance
  • stress reduction and detoxification

Read more about this profession.

Last Updated: October 29, 2020