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Margaret answers your questions about Acupuncture:

What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture and Oriental MedicineChinese medical theory explains illness as an imbalance of opposing forces called yin and yang. This imbalance disrupts the movement of the body's vital energy (qi) along the meridian pathways, which are channels through which the body's energy flows. Acupuncture directs the flow of qi. By inserting and manipulating needles at specific points on the body, acupuncturists seek to promote the body's ability to heal itself.

What Does Acupuncture Feel Like?

Acupuncture and Oriental MedicineMany first-time patients are concerned that acupuncture needles will feel like hypodermic injections at the doctor's office. They won't. Acupuncture uses hair-thin, flexible needles. When gently stimulated the needles may produce a unique sensation that Oriental medicine calls de qi. Patients often describe de qi as a heavy, achy pressure, or spreading, traveling feeling. You may also feel an "electrical" sensation moving down the meridian pathways. Many patients find these acupuncture sensations quite profound and leave the treatment feeling physically relaxed and mentally clear.

How Many Treatments Will I Need?

Each person is unique. After your initial evaluation I will present a treatment plan  to you. The number of treatments required in Classical Acupuncture protocols varies tremendously. An acute condition may clear in just 3-5 treatments, while a stubborn chronic condition may require 12 weekly sessions.

Is Acupuncture Safe?

Acupuncture and Oriental MedicineYes. Acupuncture is used by millions of Americans every year. Acupuncturists are required to undergo extensive education, including detailed study of human anatomy and training in Clean Needle Technique. I have passed comprehensive national board examinations administered by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) and I am licensed by New York state. The law requires the use of pre-sterilized, disposable, single-use needles to ensure your complete safety.

Your First Visit

When you arrive for your first acupuncture appointment I will ask you to complete a comprehensive intake form. (You may download the intake form in advance.) The acupuncture intake form asks questions about your current state of health, past illnesses, and family history. These questions are important because the holistic approach of Oriental medicine takes everything into account. Your current symptoms may not seem related to past health issues, but our bodies are complex landscapes and I am trained to see how different issues might be related.

Acupuncture and Oriental MedicineAfter reviewing your intake form we will discuss your treatment goals. I will examine your pulse and tongue, which are two of the basic diagnostic methods of Oriental medicine. The acupuncture points chosen will depend on the protocol I choose. I generally use at most about 20 needles. Once the needles are inserted, I will leave you to lie comfortably for a period of time with the needles in place. Many people find acupuncture treatment deeply relaxing, and it is not uncommon for patients to fall asleep during this time.

What Can Acupuncture Treat?

Acupuncture works by activating the body's own healing powers, so it can be beneficial for many health concerns.

Chinese medicine treats people not conditions. However, most people think of illness in terms of conditions.The World Health Organization (WHO) has documented many symptoms, diseases, and conditions that have been shown in controlled clinical trials to be effectively treated with acupuncture. Below are some common conditions acupuncture can treat, but please feel free to contact me about your specific health condition.

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Pain

  • Sports injuries
  • Muscle pain
  • Back, neck and shoulder pain
  • Leg, ankle and foot pain
  • Arm, wrist and hand pain
  • Knee pain
  • Hip pain
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Tennis Elbow
  • Repetitive strain injuries
  • Jaw pain (TMJ)
  • Dental pain
  • Sciatica
  • Arthritis
  • Tendonitis
  • Myofascial pain syndrome
  • Headaches and migraines
  • Postoperative pain

Digestive Issues & Nausea

  • Heartburn, Acid Reflux
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
  • Chronic indigestion
  • Chronic loose stools or constipation
  • Peptic ulcer
  • Acute and chronic gastritis
  • Morning sickness
  • Nausea and vomiting

Mental and Emotional Wellbeing

  • Stress
  • Anxiety
  • Insomnia
  • Depression

Respiratory Complaints

  • Sinusitis
  • Allergies
  • Asthma
  • COPD
  • Colds & Flu

Reproductive & Women's Issues

  • Infertility
  • Issues relating to libido and sexual function
  • Menopausal symptoms
  • Menstrual issues
  • Endometriosis
  • Uterine fibroids 

Margaret Steele, M.S., L.Ac
Licensed Acupuncturist
NCCAOM Dipl.

25 North Division Street
Peekskill, NY 10566

(914) 772-4589 ( mobile - voice/text)

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