What Is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is one of the modalities of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Although
acupuncture consists of several different therapies (i.e. moxibustion and cupping),
mostly, it comprises the insertion of fine needles into the body at specific
energetic-points, which is shown to be effective in the treatment of specific health
problems. These points have been mapped by the Chinese for over two thousand years.
Traditional Chinese Medicine is a complete medical system which has developed over
the last 5,000 years into a complete holistic medical system. It is a subject dealing with
the prevention and treatment of diseases by needling and herbs methods. For thousands
of years, it has been accepted by the general population for its good curative effect, wide
range of indications, simple application, and safety. Millions of acupuncturists have used
this healthcare system to diagnose and treat billions of people in a safe, painless and
effective way, with a focus upon regaining health and addressing a variety of conditions.
Since 1971, when Acupuncture was starting to be aware of in the United States, it has been used by millions of
Americans, and is recognized by the NIH (National Institutes of Health) and FDA (Food and Drug Administration).
The FDA regulates acupuncture needles as medical devices, and rates them in the category of "safe and effective".
After years of studies, the NIH published their Consensus Statement on Acupuncture in 1997. It states that, "The
data in support of acupuncture are as strong as those for many accepted Western medical therapies. One of the
advantages of acupuncture is that the incidence of adverse effects is substantially lower than that of many drugs or
other accepted medical procedures used for the same conditions." The complete NIH statement can be found at
National Institutes of Health Consensus Development Conference Statement on Acupuncture, 1997.
What Is The History Of Acupuncture?
Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine have a history of over 5,000 years. Acupuncture is developed in China,
then spreads through Korea, Japan, Vietnam and Europe. The American public was aware of the power of
Acupuncture beginning on July 26, 1971, when James Reston, Senior Editor of New York Times, published an
account of his emergency appendectomy that took place in Beijing, China. Reston was a part of the Press Corps
that was traveling with then President Richard Nixon in his historic trip to China. While in Beijing, Reston suffered an
acute appendix attack, which required emergency. Acupuncture was used for post operative pain management to
relieve pain pressure and distension of stomach as well as limbs pain.
How Does Acupuncture Work?
Acupuncture is based on an energetic model that encourages your body’s natural healing
abilities. It improves and strengthens overall function, enhances recuperative power and
immunity, and enables you to regain and enjoy physical and emotional health. According
to Oriental Medical Theory, the body has 12 main channels (‘meridians’) which involve
the flow of blood and energy through distinct pathways. Each pathway is associated with
a particular physiological system and an internal organ. This allows blood and energy to
flow to the areas where they are deficient and away from the areas where they are in
excess. In this way, it will regulate and restore the harmonious energetic balance of the
body. When a health problem occurs with a person, this means that the flow of
energy/blood in his/her body is imbalanced due to the blocking in the channels. There
are more than a thousand of energetic-points locating over these channels. Different
energetic-points play specific role with different channels in regulating the flow of blood
and energy. Acupuncture involves the use of very fine, sterile and disposable needles
into energetic-points on the body, which stimulate a healing energy/blood flow and
restore the normal flow of blood and energy circulation in the body to assist in the healing
process and speed up the recovery of the injured tissues.
What Does Acupuncture Treat?
The World Health Organization (WHO) recognizes Acupuncture's ability to treat over 100 conditions, and reported
that “Acupuncture has proven to be effective In the treatment of pain, stress headaches, addictions, chronic fatigue,
anxiety, dysmennorhea, fibromyalgia, allergic sinusitis / rhinitis, depression, insomnia, asthma, chronic cough,
gallstones, Bell’s Palsy, women’s and men’s healthcare, weight gain, weight loss, digestive disorders, kidney
disorders, skin disorders, stroke recovery, decreased immunity and countless other ailments”. See our
section for the details.
Is Acupuncture Safe?
Acupuncture is one of the safest professions in the medical field. It has been used by millions of Americans, and is
recognized by the NIH (National Institutes of Health) and FDA (Food and Drug Administration). The FDA regulates
acupuncture needles as medical devices, and rates them in the category of "safe and effective". With little or no side
effects, the most common finding is little bruises in some needling areas with some patients. That phenomenon
usually doesn’t hurt and goes away automatically within only a few days. At Broadway Acupuncture, P.C., We utilize
only the highest quality, superfine, and individually packaged disposable, sterile needles for every patient. We also
clean and sterilize any areas to be needled with disposable alcohol pads before any needling takes place.

Chinese herbs are generally considered to be very safe also, especially, when given by a Certified Chinese
Herbologist. The NCCAOM (National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine) has
established a high standard for a national examinaton to award Certification in Chinese Herbs.
Does Acupuncture Hurt?
There were millions of Americans who made visits to acupuncturists. How could that be if Acupuncture hurts so
much? In fact, Acupuncture needles are typically not much thicker than a hair, and their insertion is practically
painless if performed by a skilled acupuncturist with good techniques. It’s nothing like receiving an ordinary injection.
In some cases, you will not even know the needles are in place. In others, the sensations during acupuncture range
from soothing warmth, to tingling, to heaviness, or a feeling of the energy (Qi) moving up and down the channels.
Most people find acupuncture extremely relaxing, and many fall asleep during treatments. At Broadway Acupuncture,
P.C., We utilize only the highest quality, superfine, and individually packaged disposable, sterile needles for a more
pleasant and comfortable treatment.
How Many Treatments Do I Need?
That depends on the nature, severity, and duration of the complaint, as well
as the individual health condition and sensitivity to the needling (acupuncture).
Generally, an acute problem needs fewer treatments than a chronic problem.
However, with a similar complaint, times of treatments may vary for individuals
due to different health conditions and needle sensitivities. Some patients may
need only a single or a few treatment(s) for an acute or certain condition(s),
while others may need more. Normally, up to 5-10 continuing treatments may
resolve many chronic problems, or show the measurable improvements. To
help speeding up your recovery, dietary modifications, specific exercise
regimes, relaxation techniques, or self-massage may be advised by our
Acupuncturist accordingly. In some cases, Chinese herbs may also be
suggested to increase the efficiency of Acupuncture if needed.
What Criteria Should I Use In Choosing An Acupuncturist?
Acupuncture is a licensed and regulated health care profession in over 40 states in the US. The NCCAOM (National
Commission for the Certification of Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine) certifies both acupuncturists and Chinese
herbal practitioners. In New York State, Acupuncturists are licensed by Department of State. Please be aware that
Oriental Medical Doctors (Chinese Acupuncturists) are required
2500 hours of Acupuncture Training to get the
acupuncturist license, whereas, Medical Doctors (M.D.) only need
300 hour of Acupuncture Training to have the

Prospective patients should ask where the practitioner trained and for how long he or she has been in practicing
Acupuncture, and, most importantly, what experience the practitioner has had in treating your specific ailment.
What Techniques Besides Acupuncture Do You Use?
In addition to acupuncture needling, other methods may be used accordingly if necessary. These methods
include but are not limited to acupuncture with elec-stimulation, ear point needling/seeding, acupressure,
Tui-Na massage, heat, cupping, moxibustion, Gua-Sha, and herbs.
Further Information
NIH (National Institutes of Health) Consensus Development Conference Statement on Acupuncture, 1997

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