1. Does acupuncture hurt?
Rarely. When most people think of needles, they think of hypodermic needles. The needles used in acupuncture are actually very fine, about the thickness of a hair. Acupuncture consists of gentle insertion and stimulation of thin, flexible, disposable, sterile needles at strategic points near the surface of the body. The needles might elicit a feeling of heaviness, warmth or a feeling of energy moving throughout the body. Most people’s fear comes from experience with the much larger and more painful hypodermic needles used for injections. When the mental hurdles are removed, most people find acupuncture to be therapeutic and quite relaxing.
It does not have any serious side effects, which is one of the reasons for its wide acceptance. Only sterile and disposable stainless steel needles are used. Acupuncture is suitable for almost everyone, including children and the elderly. However, you should not receive acupuncture on an empty stomach, when intoxicated, or if unusually weak and debilitated.
I am Clean Needle Technique Certified under regulations of OSHA.
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3. How should I prepare for treatment?
Loose, comfortable clothing is best, as acupuncture therapy involves palpation and treatment of various parts of the body. Draping will be provided to ensure modesty. Please refrain from wearing excessive jewelry, as some metals may interfere with the efficacy of the therapy.
It is not ideal to have an acupuncture treatment on an empty stomach. The bookstore of the Healing Arts Center has some snacks available in case you have not eaten something before you arrive.
Please refrain from wearing perfume, strongly scented oils or lotions on the days you visit the clinic.
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4. How many treatments will I need?
The number of treatments depends upon the severity and duration of your complaint, and your own specific goals for health. For acute symptoms, one or two treatments may be enough, while chronic or degenerative conditions may take 5-10 significant progress. To help get the most out of your treatments, I may recommend dietary changes, relaxation techniques, or Chinese herbal medicine, all of which can help increase the efficacy of acupuncture and maintain your health between treatments.
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5. Do you do electroacupuncture?
Yes. Sometimes an inserted needle requires constant stimulation. The needles are connected to an ‘e-stim’ machine, similar to a TENS unit. The machine is powered by the almighty 9-volt battery. On your initial intake form please let me know if you have a pacemaker, or have a history of convulsions, or epilepsy.
Laith Naayem L.Ac., MSOM
New Windsor / Newburgh, NY
Glen Rock / Ridgewood, NJ
Our office in Glen Rock also serves the Bergen County communities of Ridgewood, Ho-Ho-Kus, Waldwick, Paramus, Fairlawn, Hawthorne, Midland Park, Wyckoff, and Paterson.
Researchers find acupuncture more effective for the relief of insomnia than estazolam, a benzodiazepine pharmaceutical drug. Using Pittsburgh sleep quality index (PSQI) scores as a basis of comparison, acupuncture outperformed estazolam for the improvement of “sleep quality, efficiency disturbance and daytime dysfunction.” The researchers note that the acupuncture protocol used to achieve the treatment results included a specialized order for inserting the acupuncture Read more...read more
Researchers conclude that acupuncture reduces pain and stiffness while restoring physical functioning for patients with knee osteoarthritis. Using an enzyme-linked immunosorbent assays, the researchers made an important finding. Acupuncture successfully downregulated osteoarthritis related proinflammatory plasma levels of TNFα, IL-6, and apelin. TNFα and IL-6 (interleukin 6) are major proinflammatory cytokines involved in osteoarthritis pathophysiology and are associated Read more...read more
Researchers find acupuncture safe and effective for the treatment of lumbar disc herniations across multiple independent clinical trials. A meta-analysis of investigations reveals that Jiaji acupoints yield significant positive patient outcomes when combined with manual and electroacupuncture techniques. Distal and abdominal acupuncture also demonstrated significant positive patient outcomes. This research review covers rare acupuncture points demonstrating clinical efficacy and details Read more...read more
“Dry needling is indistinguishable from acupuncture.” — American Medical Association (AMA) Here are the facts you really need to know about dry needling: 1. Dry needling is acupuncture. More specifically, dry needling is acupuncture that involves inserting an acupuncture needle (a U.S. Food and Drug Administration [FDA]-regulated medical device) through the skin and into an acupuncture point (a circumscribed area of muscle or connective tissue) Read more...read more
Researchers document that acupuncture produces higher pregnancy rates than fertility medications for women with hyperprolactinemia (HPL). Acupuncture produces a higher rate of pregnancies than fertility medications with significantly less adverse effects. In a controlled clinical trial, researchers document that acupuncture outperforms bromocriptine and bromocriptine plus clomiphene for the treatment of infertility for women with hyperprolactinemia (HPL). Acupuncture produced a 43.3% pregnancy Read more...read more
It began with A List celebrities like Jennifer Aniston and now it seems like this year's Olympics athletes have seen the appeal. Several Team USA Olympians have been pictured with small, circular marks on their backs and shoulders, indicating that they subscribe to the healing technique called cupping. The process dates back to Egyptian, Chinese, and Middle Eastern cultures and works by applying glass cups to the skin along the meridians of the body, creating suction as a way of stimulating the Read more...read more
Acupuncture alleviates dementia more effectively than conventional drug therapy according to researchers at the Wuhan University of Science and Technology. Published in the Journal of Hubei University of Chinese Medicine, their research demonstrates that acupuncture is both safe and effective for the treatment of vascular dementia. Acupuncture achieved a 90% total effective rate when using the Xing Nao Kai Qiao acupuncture protocol. Conventional acupuncture achieved an 80% total effective rate Read more...read more
Acupuncture, herbs, and therapeutic exercises outperformed drugs for PCOS patients resulting in important improvements. Pregnancy rates, ovulation rates, endocrine secretions, and clinical symptoms improved significantly using a Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) protocol. Acupuncture and herbs improve pregnancy rates for PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome) patients. Chengdu University of Traditional Chinese Medicine researchers investigated ovulation and pregnancy rates. Group one received Read more...read more
Research, including both subjective and objective measurements, finds acupuncture effective for improving eyesight.Scientific measures show improvements across several key eyesight indices. Visual acuity and light sensitivity demonstrate significant improvements; visual defects reduced significantly. Researchers conclude, “acupuncture treatment contributed to the recovery of the visual function.” Acupuncture benefits eyesight for patients with vision loss, according to Beijing University of Read more...read more
Researchers find acupuncture effective in both the short and long-term for improving positive patient outcomes for patients ceasing antidepressant medication intake. The total effective rate, short-term withdrawal syndrome rate, and long-term relapse rates improve significantly with the implementation of acupuncture into patient management. Acupuncture alleviates depression and prevents relapses for patients withdrawing from antidepressant drug use. Research conducted at the Anhui University Read more...read more