Acupuncture and East Asian Medicine

Acupuncture is a traditional system of medicine, originating in China, thousands of years ago. This complex system of medicine aims to restore balance to the system, to unblock any energetic and/or physical blockages, and to provide tangible symptomatic relief. Acupuncture is based around the concept of qi, which is thought to be the foundational substance that circulates around your body and gives you your vital force (your energy, your sense of wellness, your body's proper functioning, etc.).

Acupuncturists attend a formal graduate program, which awards them a Masters degree in Acupuncture (and Oriental Medicine, for the practice of Chinese herbal medicine). The 3+ years coursework involves Acupuncture and East Asian medicine classes, which teach the history, theory and clinical application of Acupuncture, as well as Western Medicine classes, which include pathology, clinical diagnosis, and pharmaceutical drugs.  Graduates of Acupuncture programs then take several board exams, which enable them to acquire licenses in 46 states in North America. Additionally, Acupuncturists can further their education with even more specialty courses and programs.

Taking into account the seasons and natural elements, diet and lifestyle, the concept of yin and yang (the proper balance of opposites), Acupuncturists use a unique approach to diagnose and treat a multitude of conditions. There are numerous clinical studies demonstrating the effectiveness of Acupuncture in this modern age, particularly in regards to pain reduction, fertility support, and cancer support, just to name a few. Acupuncture is very safe and effective, especially when done by a trained and licensed Acupuncturist. Acupuncture is a simple, yet incredibly powerful tool, that provides overall wellness support as well as symptom relief.

Dr. Naika Apeakorang holds a NYS Acupuncture license in addition to her Connecticut Naturopathic Physician license.

Treatment Modalities

Acupuncture Needles
When most people think about Acupuncture, they think about needles. Acupuncturists use very fine needles, and insert them into one of the hundreds of classically defined points on the body, through the skin, to treat your pathology.  These needles manipulate the flow of energy to create amazing benefits. Most of the time, this process is very much painless, and leads to immediate or gradual symptom relief, and a sensation of relaxation and ease.

Cupping is an incredibly effective technique, which uses specialized suction cups applied to the skin. Cupping causes a local and systemic reaction, which improves circulation, removes blockages, and decreases pain. Most people describe the sensation of cupping as "a warm suctioning massage feeling". Cupping is especially useful for treating pain in addition to acute and chronic infections, and so much more.

E-stim stands for Electric stimulation, and involves the addition of electrical stimulation to acupuncture needles. E-stim is immensely effective for treating pain, neurological diseases (especially paralysis, memory loss, and dizziness), and mental-emotional dysregulation. When indicated, E-stim intensifies the effect of Acupuncture needles to produce a greater effect at opening up blockages and moving blood and energy throughout the body. Most patients report a "buzzing" sensation when E-stim is used.

Moxibustion involves the use of an herb called mugwort or moxa. The process of moxibustion entails placing the herb on certain points on the skin and warming it, to promote circulation, reduce pain, and stimulate the body's healing force. Moxibustion can be a little irritating to those with sensitivities to smells or to those with respiratory disorders. But, it is incredibly useful for digestive issues, immune support, pain, and fertility, amongst other conditions.

Herbal Medicine
Chinese herbal medicine is the culmination of thousands of years of knowledge. Specific Chinese herbal formulas can amplify the benefits of your acupuncture treatments.  They are extremely safe and effective at treating the same conditions that Acupuncture does. If we deem that Chinese herbs are indicated for your condition, I will suggest high quality patent Chinese formulas, which have been studied, tested, and standardized for your use.

** Please note: It is imperative that you have a primary health care provider and/or appropriate specialist to diagnose, treat, and manage your health conditions. My role is to provide adjunctive (supportive) therapies, within the scope of my licenses and education, to help you feel better.