16th Street Acupuncture Services
Chinese Medical System – Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) includes a wide variety of therapies (similar to the way Western Medicine offers diverse treatment options) which are individually combined to best address a patient’s specific concern. A treatment plan for an individual will include specific protocols that are meant to gain effect over time, requiring a certain number of regular acupuncture treatments, the number of which are determined on a case by case basis.
Chinese Medical therapies include:
Chinese Herbal Medicine
Traditional Chinese Dietary Therapy
Acupuncture for Pain Management
Pain of all types can be addressed with acupuncture. Studies have shown that when acupuncture is administered, parts of the brain associated with pain management are ‘lit up,’ showing the positive effects of acupuncture on certain pain receptors. It has also been shown that acupuncture reduces site specific inflammation and brings blood flow to painful areas, aiding in faster recovery.
A full health history and an in depth look at the characteristics of the pain are performed to determine the best approach to treatment. At this point, we can advise whether acupuncture and/or bodywork are called for. We typically suggest 3-5 treatments in cases of acute pain (pain experienced for less than a month), while more chronic conditions can be managed with acupuncture in around 5-10 weekly treatments.
Trigger Point Therapy – 16th Street Acupuncture in New York City, is well versed in trigger point needling for pain management. Active trigger points (or bundles of tight musculature and connective tissue) can cause pain at the site of constriction, or refer pain to other parts of the body. It is our task to determine where the pain was initiated. Once an active trigger point is released with an acupuncture needle, the patient may feel immediate relief.
Electric Stimulation (E-Stim) is the application of small scale electric pulsing to trigger points or other inflamed tendino-muscular areas for pain management. It is a gentle and comfortable sensation. Other healthcare practitioners such as physical therapists and chiropractors may use E-Stim in their treatments on top of the skin, however as acupuncturists we can apply E-Stim to an acupuncture needle, allowing the therapy to penetrate deep into the muscle layer for more powerful results. E-Stim helps flush out unwanted inflammation, promotes increased range of motion in an injured area, and stimulates blood flow to aide in faster recovery. It can also be used to help break up scar tissue after a surgical operation, so as to prevent permanent tension in that area.
Back pain has become more prevalent in today’s modern age where sedentary desk work is the new norm. Studies have shown that acupuncture is effective specifically for acute and chronic back pain. In most cases, it is a relatively straightforward condition to diagnose and treat with acupuncture and Chinese Medicine. It’s common for patients with back pain to feel relief with only a few sessions.
To get to the root of the problem, we dig deeper regarding the type of pain and how it feels, what time of day is the worst, and what movements make the pain better or worse. We use all that data to inform our treatments, choosing therapies for each patient dependent on their specific pattern. We also educate the patient as to next steps, and have a large referral network of other practitioners (physical therapy, chiropractic, massage etc.) if we feel another therapy would be beneficial.
Neck and Shoulder Pain
Another common condition treated effectively with acupuncture is neck and shoulder ailments. Issues may include: tension due to long hours sitting in front of a computer (aka ‘Tech Neck), stress holding patterns, poor posture, post operative pain, whiplash, frozen shoulder, or traumatic injury. Our deep understanding of the muscle groups in this area allows us to treat each type of neck and/or shoulder pain with extreme accuracy and effectiveness. We are able to provide more range of motion for frozen shoulder patients by using an effective combination of acupuncture, E-Stim and cupping. We can also treat the side effects of concussion such as nausea, dizziness, sensitivity to light and sound, inability to focus, and PTSD.
Mid Back Pain
Mid back pain may be caused by muscular tension, or result from a curvature in the spine known as scoliosis. Studies have shown acupuncture to be beneficial in treating painful scoliosis, with one study showing some effectiveness for curvature re-alignment.
Low Back Pain
Research shows acupuncture to be highly effective in treating low back pain. By asking the right questions, we are able to pinpoint the exact nature of each patient’s pain pattern, and create a patient-specific treatment strategy that is appropriate for optimal results. We are able to treat sciatica and piriformis syndrome with the aid of trigger point therapy and E-stim.
Acupuncture can be beneficial for any type of hip pain, whether the pain is experienced in the front, side, or back of the body. Some common hip issues include arthritis, piriformis syndrome, sciatica, gluteal tightness & pain, and strained groin muscles. Acupuncture can also help manage pain prior hip surgery, and aide in a faster recovery after an operation.
Studies provide evidence that acupuncture is an effective treatment for pain and physical dysfunction associated with osteoarthritis in the knee. Acupuncture also effectively treats runners knee, patella tendonitis, bursitis, and mild non-surgical collateral ligament injuries. Owner Erika Weber has experienced the power of acupuncture first-hand when she tore her MCL, and saw noticeable results within the first treatment. 16th St Acupuncture can help manage knee pain before surgery, as well as post-op to aid in a faster recovery.
Acupuncture can be beneficial for the pain associated with arthritis in any joint in the body. Hands, shoulders, neck, back, hips, knees, ankles and feet are common areas of concern that are treated regularly at 16th Street Acupuncture. Acupuncture and E-Stim reduce inflammation, bring new blood flow to the area, and stimulate a greater range of motion in stiff joints, all while reducing pain.
Acupuncture can be beneficial for any type of tendonitis in the body. Acupuncture and E-Stim reduce inflammation at the site of tendonitis, and help relieve pain. The pain associated with tennis elbow and golfers elbow can be greatly reduced with an acupuncture protocol.
Acupuncture can greatly help with pain reduction in many cases of facial pain, such as TMJ, trigeminal neuralgia and bruxism (teeth grinding). It can help relax the facial muscles and calm the nervous system, thereby reducing inflammatory markers.
Acupuncture can greatly reduce pain due to plantar fasciitis, as well as a myriad of other types of foot pain. Acupuncture can break down scar tissue formation that comes with Morton’s Neuroma, thereby promoting the tissue rejuvenation. We also effectively treat sprained ankles, bunion pain and any pain in the arch, ball, heel, toe or ankle.
Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine can help with the healing of broken bones, especially in cases where the bone is taking longer than expected to heal. There are effective protocols specifically designed for different stages of bone regeneration, and acupuncture can also help with the stiffness and pain that results from lack of movement, internal scar tissue, and residual local inflammation. Herbal medicine works internally to promote the knitting of bone at a faster pace. We can work with your doctor regarding specific treatment options, so there is full transparency.
Acupuncture can be extremely helpful in optimizing surgical results when performed both pre and post operatively. Acupuncture quiets the sympathetic nervous system (‘fight or flight’ mode) and stimulates the parasympathetic nervous system (‘rest and digest’ mode) which allows the body’s natural healing response to turn on. Once the parasympathetic nervous system is activated, inflammatory markers go down and the body has increased blood flow and ability to regenerate tissue cells for faster healing.
Acupuncture for General Health
Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine can treat seasonal or year-round allergies. By building the immune system, transforming phlegm, opening the sinuses, and regulating organ function, acupuncture and herbal medicine can be very helpful for congestion, shortness of breath, allergic asthma, watery eyes, stuffy nose, malaise and cough.
Anxiety & Depression
Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine are effective forms of treatment, in conjunction with talk therapy, for mild to moderate forms of anxiety and depression.
Acupuncture has been shown to be beneficial in treating certain types of bladder issues including overactive bladder and pelvic pain due to interstitial cystitis. Moxa therapy (see below) has been shown to reduce pain in patients and act as a complimentary treatment to a Western medical protocol.
Studies show acupuncture can be beneficial for relieving pain caused by median nerve entrapment. E-Stim, moxibustion and in some cases sliding cupping can release constraint in the connective tissue on the arm, thereby reducing pressure on the nerve and alleviating pain.
Acupuncture is extremely helpful in treating all types of digestive issues including SIBO, colitis, constipation, loose stools, diarrhea, and IBS. Acupuncture needles are used to unblock and harmonize the digestive tract, and moxibustion can be used to help strengthen the stomach, spleen, and intestines. Chinese herbal medicine may be recommended in stubborn cases, and Chinese Dietary Therapy is utilized to make dietary recommendations to help relieve symptoms.
Along with sleep and plenty of fluids, acupuncture can balance the body’s ability to recover faster and harmonize Liver function. Acupuncture can reduce headache, nausea, and overall malaise.
Research shows that Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine increases nighttime melatonin production and total sleep time. By using our diagnostic tools, we can decipher what type of insomnia you have, and devise a specific treatment plan to treat it effectively.
Acupuncture can help stabilize and harmonize the nervous system in order to overcome jetlag. Certain treatment protocols can help with sleep and digestion to help get the body regulated and functioning properly.
Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine can help in cases respiratory issues, and reduce symptoms for people who suffer from the common cold, asthma, chronic cough and emphysema. Acupuncture and herbal medicine can strengthen Lung function and reduce the severity of phlegm in the body.
Acupuncture has been shown to help with sexual function and vitality in men. Chinese medicine can treat depleted energy, reduced stamina, and lowered libidinal motivation in men. Regular acupuncture treatments not only help increase desire and sexual stamina, they can also increase sperm quality, quantity, and motility and reduce structural defects – all important in treating male-related infertility issues. There is also evidence that acupuncture can be very helpful for men experiencing erectile dysfunction.
In a study reported in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, acupuncture was shown to reduce the occurrence of migraines with potential lasting effects. People experience migraines in many different ways, and at 16th Street Acupuncture we look at the individual presentation of each person to distinguish which pattern of disharmony is at play. We can then utilize a number of treatment methods including acupuncture, moxibustion, and herbal medicine to treat according to our specific diagnosis.
Acupuncture is a safe and effective treatment for the management of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). It alleviates stress, anxiety, depression, insomnia and other common PTSD symptoms. Veterans have been using acupuncture along with cognitive behavior therapy, meditation, yoga, massage and pharmaceutical prescriptions to help them with this debilitating condition, with extremely effective results.
Quitting smoking is incredibly hard, and acupuncture can be an incredible support on the path to quitting for good. In the protocol for smoking cessation, the patient is required to do at least 3 sessions per week to manage cravings and other issues that may come up during the detoxification process (anxiety, insomnia, increase or decrease in appetite etc). Sessions for this are available in packages since multiple times per week are the most effective.
Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine can be very effective in treating tinnitus. Typically, the energetic quality of the Kidneys and Liver are examined, due to their large role in causing tinnitus. Acupuncture and herbal medicine can be used to help reduce the severity of the symptoms.
The acupuncture protocol for weight loss is similar to that of quitting smoking. The treatments revolve around reducing cravings and harmonizing the body’s digestive organ functioning. We use auricular (ear) points which connect to the endocrine system to effect metabolism and food cravings.
Acupuncture and Chinese medicine has been used for centuries to balance women’s hormones, monthly cycle, and aide in the ability to conceive. More scientific studies have been conducted which prove its effectiveness. Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine can work either alongside modern Western medicine or alone to regulate women’s health issues.
Women’s hormones can also be affected by outside factors such as diet, lack of sleep, and stress. Stress can cause changes to our cortisol levels which can lead to other health issues involving the hormones. At 16th St Acupuncture we address all these factors and stress the importance of lifestyle changes when needed.
Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine can effectively treat PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome), dysmenorrhea (Painful Menstruation) amenorrhea (Missed or no periods) irregular menstrual cycles, endometriosis, ovarian cysts and fibroids (dependent on the size).
Pregnancy and Fertility
Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine can aide with every aspect of pregnancy, from conception to post partum:
For difficulties getting pregnant, we start treatment by regulating the menstrual cycle. Weekly treatments are key to balancing the body and supporting a regular cycle. Once a regular cycle is established, acupuncture is used to promote healthy blood flow to the uterus for increased chances of implantation.
In cases of IVF it is important to start acupuncture treatments weekly to prepare for retrieval. After retrieval there may be pain and discomfort in the abdomen and acupuncture can greatly help with this. It is also recommended before and after implantation.
Women can benefit from weekly treatments when they are pregnant for strengthening immunity for herself and the baby.
Morning sickness can be very uncomfortable for the first 3 months of pregnancy. Acupuncture can safely regulate your system and aide in settling the stomach. We also provide literature listing over thirty safe and holistic suggestions for reducing nausea during this time.
Back pain is common during pregnancy and acupuncture is a safe an effective way to naturally treat the pain.
If the baby is breech before delivery, moxibustion is used to help turn the baby so the positioning is correct for delivery. It can be exciting to watch the baby move during these treatments.
If labor has not started by the due date, acupuncture can promote movement in the uterus and aide in stimulating labor.
After delivery, post partum depression may be experienced and can be overwhelming as a new mother. Chinese herbal medicine works incredibly well to support the system during this time with Qi and blood building herbs. This can help with depression, energy, sleep and is completely safe while breast feeding.
Backed by in depth training from the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Texas, 16th St Acupuncture has been treating cancer patients for over a decade. Clinical studies show acupuncture is safe and effective before, during, and after chemotherapy or radiation treatments to help with such side effects as fatigue, insomnia, nausea, neuropathy, hot flashes, dry mouth, loss of appetite and pain. Acupuncture can promote your body’s own healing abilities to enhance the effectiveness of conventional treatments.
We are child and baby friendly at 16th St Acupuncture! There are many conditions children can experience such as digestive upset and sinus issues that can be treated safely and effectively with acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine. If children are nervous about needles we can use other techniques such as moxibustion and pediatric massage to also achieve great results.
At 16th St Acupuncture we offer many types of massage. We do traditional Swedish massage, deep tissue massage, Sports massage, Traditional Thai Massage and CBD infused massage.
16th St Acupuncture has recently added beauty treatments that incorporate facial cupping with acupuncture to stimulate collagen and blood flow to the face. Facial cupping reduces fine lines and wrinkles and give the face a lift and glow.
Chinese Herbal Medicine
Chinese Herbal Medicine plays a large role within the Chinese Medical system. Herbal medicine can treat certain conditions that acupuncture alone cannot. At 16th St Acupuncture we provide herbal recommendations with our acupuncture sessions, or offer one-on-one herbal consultations alone. Chinese herbs can be ingested in a variety of ways such as herbal teas made using raw herbs, tablets, capsules, tinctures, or premade powders that can be dissolved in hot water. We work with you to determine the right fit for your lifestyle.
Cupping therapy has been getting a lot of recognition due to the press around many professional athletes showing cup marks on their bodies. 16th St Acupuncture has been on TV, on social media, and in publications talking about and demonstrating the process and benefits of cupping therapy.
Cupping is commonly used for such pain related conditions as back and shoulder pain, however it can be used on other parts of the body, such as the arm, for certain types of tendonitis. Cupping relieves blood stagnation in the muscle layer, allowing increased blood flow to nourish the affected area. Sliding cups help loosen up the connective tissue and relieve tightness and pain.
When used over the back of the lungs, cupping therapy can relieve cough, chest congestion with phlegm, and shorten the duration of a common cold.
Gua (to scrape) Sha (stagnated blood) has been around for thousands of years. In Chinese villages, people would use a coin to scrape the backs of children or anyone who was developing a cold or chest congestion to release the pathogen. Like cupping, it can purge heat (inflammation) and stuck blood to the surface of the skin and out of the body. Gua sha is used in areas that are hard to cup, such as around the neck and bony prominences.
We recently started using and selling a gua sha tool for facial rejuvenation. Very gently scraping the facial skin reduces fine lines and wrinkles, bring blood and qi flow to the face, aides in lymphatic drainage, and chisels the chin line.
Moxibustion is the process of burning the dried herb mugwort on an acupuncture point. ‘Moxa’ for short, is used to nourish the body and support the immune system. It is used for specific patterns of disharmony for both physical and emotional support. We typically use it during an acupuncture treatment and sometimes send people home with ‘moxa’ to use at home to enhance the effects of the in-office treatments.
Traditional Chinese Dietary Therapy
The way you eat is very important in Chinese Medicine and can have positive or negative effects on your health. Dietary therapy within the scope of Chinese Medicine is a complex and nuanced system. Each person needs certain foods dependent on their constitution, cooked in specific ways that align with the time of year. During your treatment your acupuncturist will go over the best way to eat for your body type, and pa