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My acupuncture perspective

Acupuncture is integral to a modern, vibrant approach to health and healing.


Acupuncture as portrayed in some corners can seem mystical and mysterious. But acupuncture needles are FDA-approved medical instruments. There are thousands of acupuncture articles in respected journals. The US military approves of the use of acupuncture, as do many hospitals, including Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, where I have taken seminars.


The common thread to acupuncture, across time and cultures, is the insertion of needles into the exterior of the body to bring about interior change. Other techniques applied to the exterior include cupping, gua sha and massage, as well as the application of heat. Even temporary reductions in pain can change outlook, affect mood and make life fuller. Reduction in pain immediately creates spaciousness. Longer lasting improvement in pain and function can lead to more profound change. The same techniques that reduce pain can also affect organ function and mentation.


I’ve been in private practice for 22 years. I combine palpation of the body to discover areas of tension or tenderness with an understanding of neuroanatomy to create a mutually understandable treatment plan. Using a palpation-based approach as one of the foundations of a treatment plan facilitates creating a treatment that becomes a collaboration.


In my personal evolution as an acupuncturist, I’ve come to embrace the nervous system as the primary mediator of the action of acupuncture. It’s a framework for clinical decisions that fits our 21st century understanding of the body: a natural object in a natural world described very differently from the worldview of two millennia ago. The ancient philosophy of holism and wholeness, of Yin and Yang, has its own vibrant parallels in the worlds of physics and chemistry, anatomy and physiology.


I am happy to say more. I welcome you to call for an appointment.

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