Phyllis Shapiro, L.Ac. | Acupuncture | Columbus Circle | 10019


Frequently Asked Questions

What is acupuncture?
Acupuncture is the insertion of sterile, disposable, fine gauge needles into the body at specific points along the meridian known to be effective in the treatment of the diagnosed problem.
How does acupuncture work?
Acupuncture relaxes and balances the body. It speeds up your own healing process.
What can be treated?
Oriental / Chinese Medicine is a total medical modality. The World Health Organization acknowledges acupuncture as an effective treatment. These complaints usually respond well to Acupuncture:
  • Ear, nose and throat disorders
  • Toothaches and pain following extraction
  • Respiratory Disorders
  • Gastrointestinal disorders
    • reflux
    • ulcers
  • Eye disorders
  • Nervous system disorders
    • Stress
    • anxiety
    • headaches
    • migraines
    • facial paralysis
    • nerve pain
    • weakness after a stroke
  • Muscular & joint pain
    • frozen shoulder
    • tennis elbow
    • sciatica
    • back pain
    • arthritis
What do I need to know to choose an acupuncturist?
  • School attended
  • Degrees received
  • Board certification
  • Years in practice
A graduate from a four year program, with a Masters Degree in Oriental Medicine, who passes the National Commission for Certification Boards, becomes a Licensed Acupuncturist (L. Ac.), and a Diplomate of Acupuncture (Dipl. Ac.) and a Diplomate of Herbology (Dipl. Hb.). This same education is licensed as a "Doctor of Acupuncture" (D.A.) in some states.
How many treatments will I need?
Acupuncture enables your body to heal itself. It is impossible to predict exactly how long it will take to resolve a particular problem. Your treatment plan will be discussed at the initial consultation.
The pain factor
Acupuncture needles are fine gauge, but a needle is inserted into your body. You may feel a sensation similar to a mosquito bite, or you may experience a tingling, heaviness or electrical sensation. This sensation generally subsides as the treatment progresses.
Other questions?
Contact me for more information.