Did you know that acupuncture has been shown to be more effective than conventional treatment for migraines, back and knee pain? Acupuncture is also the complementary therapy most recommended by medical doctors (M.D.'s), and is covered under more insurance plans than ever before. No other traditional healing method has ever earned as much world-wide success, recognition and support! Acupuncture is now an established part of the modern medical field.

Physicians and patients alike are becoming increasingly aware of the benefits of acupuncture, which has been shown to be effective for these and many other illnesses:

  • asthma and allergies
  • back, neck and shoulder pain
  • carpal tunnel syndrome
  • chemotherapy effects of nausea/vomiting, aches/pains, insomnia
  • chronic pain
  • colitis
  • depression and anxiety
  • endometriosis
  • headaches
  • high blood pressure (hypertension)
  • infertility and women undergoing IVF treatment
  • insomnia
  • irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
  • menopause
  • premenstrual syndrome (PMS)
  • sciatica
  • skin conditions and aging see facial rejuvenation
  • smoking cessation
  • stress

Acupuncture Treats the Problem at the Root

Typically, patients take some type of western medication either prescribed by their doctor or purchased over-the-counter. Often times, while these medications may temporarily help reduce their symptoms, they do little more than mask the real problem.

With acupuncture, the modern-day technique based upon the ancient method of Chinese acupuncture, you'll start to feel better and resolve your health issues. Acupuncture works so well because it targets the root of your problem by restoring normal body functions.

Our Licensed Acupuncturists

Rebecca Rice and Liza Pollock use acupuncture to treat patients at the Delmar Stram Center. Rebecca and Liza are New York State licensed acupuncturists, nationally certified and has developed a reputation for her effective acupuncture-based healing techniques.

Depending upon the severity and duration of your ailment, acupuncture treatment plans vary. Your practitioner will discuss your condition with you and come up with a plan that is mutually agreeable.

Make an appointment with our acupuncturists

Acupuncture works. It has helped countless numbers of people to improve their health and lead pain-free lives. For this reason, The National Institute of Health has approved acupuncture as an effective treatment for many, many health conditions that Americans face today.

Call The Center at 518.689.2244 and we will be happy to discuss your situation and make an appointment for you.

What is Acupuncture?

The thousands of acupuncture points throughout the body present areas where an individuals qi can be accessed and adjusted. The stimulation of these points brings about a shift in qi flow through the pathways, called meridians, that connect these points to the whole of the body's energetic anatomy.

The acupuncturist uses the specific character of each point, and precise pathway of each meridian to decide where a needle needs to be inserted in order to restore the proper flow of qi in the body. When this is achieved, an immediate increase in wellness is often experienced, with subsequent treatments building and adding upon each other.

Acupuncture needles are extremely thin, sterile, and are not reused. Unlike hypodermic needles, acupuncture needles are solid and hair-thin. In most areas of the body, they are inserted no more than ½ inch. There may be a small amount of discomfort at the initial insertion, but this quickly fades and gives way to the unique sensations of relaxation that typically occur with acupuncture.

Theory of Acupuncture

Acupuncture is a tradition rooted in the awareness of life energy (qi), and the concept of health as a balanced movement of this qi. When qi moves through the body, the physiology of the body responds in many ways. Modern research has found that many acupuncture points are located near neural structures and major blood vessels.

Acupuncture has been seen to affect the transmission of nervous impulses, and it is thought that this effect helps to block pain impulses from reaching the brain. In addition, acupuncture has been seen to effect the dilation and constriction of blood vessels. This affect on blood flow is thought to play a part in the healing and repairing of damaged tissue, as well as the maintenance of healthy body tissue.

The release of endorphins and endogenous opiates, natural pain relievers and mood modulator, has also been observed to play an important role in the therapeutic effects of acupuncture.

History of Acupuncture

Acupuncture, which originated in China more than 3,000 years ago, is one of the oldest, most commonly used systems of healing in the world. The traditional practice of the individual as a whole has led to the rapid expansion of acupuncture in the United States over the last 30 years In 1993, the Food and Drug Administration estimated that Americans made up to 12 million visits per year to acupuncture practitioners.

Throughout its history, acupuncture has been used to both prevent and treat illness. Many centuries of practice, observation, and documentation have combined to make acupuncture one of the most elegant, intricate, artful, and effective systems of healing still practiced in the world.

Modern day acupuncture practitioners draw on the wealth of Chinese medical classics, as well as modern advances in biomedical understanding to provide the most effective and safe therapy possible. Acupuncture continues to evolve today.

Acupuncture is provided at the Center by licensed practitioners. New York State regulates and licenses the practice of acupuncture. To make an appointment with Rebecca Rice or Liza Pollock, call the Center at 518-689-2244