What Is Acupuncture and What Can it Treat?

Every patient at some point has wondered or asked, “How exactly does acupuncture work?” The mechanisms are complex, but idea is simple - every needle supports the body in a cascade of healing effects.

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From a western medicine perspective, research shows that acupuncture:

  • regulates blood pressure

  • Increases endorphins and natural opioids

  • Blocks pain signals from forming

  • Increases blood circulation

  • Lowers inflammation

  • Regulates the autonomic nervous system

From an eastern perspective, acupuncture addresses the flow of qi and blood in the body's meridians. We can look at acupuncture through a few different lenses. No matter which paradigm speaks to you, healing processes are happening.


Acupuncture has a long history of clinical experience. It also has a growing body of scientific research to prove that it is effective for treating a wide range of health conditions.  You can read more about it by exploring the World Health Organization's list.  

Here is a short snapshot of concerns acupuncture can treat:

NYC Specials: Insomnia, anxiety, depression, back pain, tension, stress, headaches, addiction recovery.

Digestive: IBS, ulcers, acid reflux, diarrhea and constipation, bloating, Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis.

Musculoskeletal: post op/injury rehab, tendinitis, joint and muscle aches and pains, strains and sprains, repetitive stress injuries, TMJ, runner’s knee, tennis elbow, sciatica, osteoarthritis, sports injuries, numbness and tingling.

Women’s Health: PMS, painful and irregular periods, PCOS, menopause, fertility support, pregnancy support, hormonal acne.

Autoimmune + neurobiological: thyroid conditions, rheumatoid arthritis, Multiple Sclerosis, Lyme disease, chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia.

Respiratory: asthma, bronchitis, sinus infections, common cold.

This list is by no means comprehensive!  If you don’t see your concerns here, send us an email.  We’re always happy to discuss your specific concerns.