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Who Seeks Acupuncture Treatment?

People of all ages and from varied cultural backgrounds come for treatment for help with a specific symptom or condition, sometimes after exhausting other forms of treatment first. Others seek acupuncture as their first choice of treatment, and some, among a growing number of people who take a more active role in maintaining their health, come to acupuncture for a powerful form of preventative care and stress management.

Does acupuncture help pain?

Yes. Acupuncture can be an extraordinary method of reducing or eliminating recent or chronic painful conditions such as: back, neck, and shoulder pain, frozen shoulder, leg, ankle,and foot pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, hip and knee pain, tennis elbow, jaw and dental pain, muscle pain and fibromyalgia, repetitive strain injuries, tendonitis, sciatica, arthritis, headaches and migraines, and post-operative pain. Because acupuncture relieves symptoms by re-establishing balance in the body, it is often effective in relieving tingling, numbness, and other non-specific neuro-sensory complaints that western medicine has not been able to help.

What else does acupuncture help?

The World Health Organization (WHO) has documented many conditions for which it considers acupuncture appropriate and that have been shown in controlled clinical trials to be effectively treated with acupuncture. Aside from the many pain-related conditions named above, the WHO lists conditions such as: asthma, allergies, sinusitis, addictions, insomnia, digestive problems including indigestion, nausea, heartburn and acid reflux, irritable bowel syndrome, mentrual problems, infertility and increased efficacy of In-Vitro Fertilization (IVF), stress, anxiety, depression, and chronic fatigue syndrome. Recently, acupuncture has been an important part of treatment for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) for veterans and others dealing with the aftermath of traumatic events.

What happens at the acupuncturist's office? 

The first visit includes an in-depth interview, the gathering of diagnostic information, such as listening to the pulses, as well as a treatment.
Graham Marks Five Element Acupuncture New York CityIt is during this visit that the practitioner looks to develop a panoramic view of a person and begins to devise a treatment plan that is appropriate for that unique individual. This first visit usually takes an hour and a half. Subsequent office visits last generally an hour and begin with a brief check-in, with questions being asked about what has transpired since the last visit, and listening to the pulses again. With the patient relaxing on the treatment table, the acupuncturist inserts very fine needles into specific points, and/or applies warmth to the point via a process called moxabustion. These are the tools the practitioner uses to release blocked energy and re-establish balance.

So that patients receive his undivided attention, Graham schedules only one person at a time.

Strict adherence to patient confidentiality is maintained at all times 

What about the number and frequency of treatments?

The nature and severity of a patient's imbalance, how long one has had the condition, as well as life-style factors that may be impeding treatment, are all issues that affect the number and frequency of treatments. The benefits of acupuncture are cumulative, so more then one treatment is necessary. Depending on the individual, two treatments per week may be required at first. With others, one visit per week is sufficient until improvement is maintained. The treatments are then gradually spaced further apart, until there is only a need for a periodic check-up or a seasonal tune-up. Some people continue to come for regular treatment to facilitate a sense of well-being, cope with stress, maintain a higher level of energy and equilibrium, or for support in times of transition or intense challenge in their personal lives.

What about the needles? Do they hurt?

Needle is really too strong a word; it conjures images of hypodermics to which acupuncture needles have little resemblence.
They are more like a cat's whisker, flexible, and extremely fine. The needles used in this practice are state-of-the-art, sterile, and disposable. They are discarded after one use to ensure your complete safety. Yes, there might be a fleeting sensation. Surprisingly, it is not the insertion of the needle that is felt, but rather the contact between the needle and the energy at the acupuncture point. This sensation is often described as a dull ache. It is generally acceptable and lasts for a moment. Most people find acupuncture treatments deeply relaxing and it is not uncommon for them to fall asleep during a treatment.

What kind of response can I expect from treatment?

Since every person is unique, the response to treatment is quite individual. Changes can be dramatic or subtle. Some people notice improvement in the area of main concern right away, while for others change may be more gradual and may be noticed first by improved sleep, better digestion, or an increase in vitality. 

Do I have to believe in Acupuncture for it to work?

No. Acupuncture is used successfully on cats, dogs, horses, and other animals. These animal patients do not understand or believe in the process that helps them get better. A positive attitude towards wellness is certainly helpful as we navigate our way through life, but it is not a pre-requisite for successful treatment. Many people come to acupuncture with questions and patients are encouraged to ask them when they arise.

What about my doctor?

If you are under the care of a physician, you will want to tell your doctor that you are being treated by an acupuncturist. Acupuncturists prefer that you do. While the elimination or reduction of certain medications is a desireable goal, this must be done slowly and under proper supervision.

 I want to come for treatment. What do I do next?

Contact Graham Marks at the phone number listed on the right side of this page. You can also send Graham an email if you click on "Contact" at the top of the page. Graham will return your message and be glad to discuss your concerns, answer any questions that you might have about acupuncture, and schedule an initial visit.










                Graham Marks, M.Ac, L.Ac
                928 Broadway Suite 801
                New York, New York 10010