New Patient / Initial Consultation and  Treatment

Expect your initial appointment to last up to 90 minutes. It will include a comprehensive health evaluation and an acupuncture treatment. Other healing modalities may be included based on your individual needs.

Follow-Up Acupuncture Sessions

Standard follow-up acupuncture treatments last up to 1 hour.  You will be asked to lie down on a comfortable massage table while needles are inserted. Other healing modalities may be included based on your individual needs.

Healing Modalities

Acupuncture originated in China over 5,000 years ago. This healing art involves the insertion of very fine needles into specific body points in order to access and activate the body’s vital life force, or Qi, and restore the body to balanced health. All needles are sterile, single-use, disposable, and FDA approved. Our needles are never reused.

Auriculotherapy (Ear Acupuncture) consists of inserting superfine needles into specific points on the outer ear. This therapy is widely used for many conditions, including addiction treatment, mood disorders, obesity, pain, and other conditions. Auricular acupuncture may be used as a primary mode of treatment or in conjunction with the other modalities listed on this page. It should be noted that needles are never inserted into the auditory canal.

Chinese Herbal Formulas work synergistically with acupuncture. They may be given in the form of teas, pills, or capsules. This natural method of treatment is similar to Western pharmacology. Formulas are carefully prescribed and based on a patient’s specific and individual needs.

Moxibustion is a technique involving the burning of the herb mugwort (artemisia vulgaris), over acupuncture points or other areas of the body in order to promote warmth, circulation, and strength. It is also used to alleviate pain.

Gua Sha is an ancient healing technique that involves the application of repeated, pressured strokes over lubricated skin with a smooth-edged instrument. ‘Gua’ means to scrape or rub. ‘Sha’ is a “reddish, elevated, millet-like skin rash’ (aka petechiae). Gua Sha is a technique that intentionally raises a Sha rash or petechiae, that should fade within 2 – 3 days. The raising of ‘sha’ promotes normal circulation and function of metabolic processes.

Cupping involves the application of glass cups and heat to create a vacuum effect on specific areas of the body in order to promote circulation, relieve pain, and revitalize tissues. As with Gua Sha, the appearance of a “reddish, elevated, millet-like skin rash’ (aka petechiae) results. This modality does not involve burning of the skin.

Tui Na Medical Massage employs a variety of finger, hand, and arm techniques to manipulate the soft tissues (muscles and tendons) in an effort to bring the body back into balance. This is a deep and strong manipulation that may leave you feeling some soreness after the session. This period of soreness should be followed by a period of deep tension and pain relief that can last for some time.

Qigong is the preventive and self-healing aspect of Chinese medicine. It is the art and science of using breathing techniques, gentle movement, and meditation to cleanse, strengthen, and circulate the life energy, or Qi. Qigong practice leads to better health and vitality and a more tranquil state of mind.

Acupuncture at the Jersey Shore

Patients seen by appointment only.