Patient-centered healthcare with compassion and integrity

Applying the best that Chinese Medicine can offer.  I specialize in orthopedics, Lyme Disease, and other complex conditions. With acupuncture, cupping, bodywork, and chinese herbology I can address a wide spectrum of health issues, with an approach tailored to each patient. 

Está bienvenido si quiere ser atendido en español.

To get in touch with me or to make an appointment, please call 718.302.2123 or email mikekAcu@gmail.com.

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I am currently available for in-person treatments, following medical hygienic standards to minimize exposure to the coronavirus.

You can see me in midtown Manhattan (37th St & 5th Ave), East Williamsburg, and at Tigerlily Holistic, a great community-style clinic in Bushwick, Brooklyn. You can book with me at Tigerlily here: https://tigerlily.janeapp.com/

If you prefer, I also offer virtual telehealth sessions.  Virtually, there are many ways that we can address your health: herbal remedies, acupressure, nutritional advice, moxibustion, and qigong exercises. In addition to usual conditions, Please get in touch at mikekacu@gmail.com to schedule a session.


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Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine

The practice of medicine with acupuncture and herbs has been documented for well over 2000 years. In more recent times, Chinese Medicine has become more practiced in the west where many patients achieve better health by a practice that is more and more supported by clinical research. In Chinese Medicine, the entire patient is considered individually, which means that results are often long-lasting and without harsh side effects. Rather than repressing the symptoms of a disease, Chinese Medicine adjusts the body’s internal mechanism which created the disease in the first place.

Acupuncture and Herbs have been shown to treat a wide range of health issues, recognized by the World Health Organization and shown in many studies to treat the following:

  • Orthopedic problems: acute or chronic
  • Pain management
  • Tendonitis and neuropathy
  • Strengthen immunity, treat immunological disorders
  • Neurological disorders, stroke rehabilitation, Bell’s palsy
  • Respiratory conditions. allergic rhinitis, asthma
  • Improve digestion, treat gastrointestinal dysfunction
  • Metabolic disorders
  • Gynecology & fertility
  • Anxiety and depression
  • Essential hypertension
  • Dependence on pharmaceutical or street drugs
  • Weight loss
  • Cold and flu
  • Insomnia
  • And still other conditions

This is a general list. If you have a question about treating a specific medical condition, just ask.

What to expect in a treatment + tips for preparation

For the first visit, we will take a little more time (60-80 minutes) to get to know your health history better, and the details of your chief concern which brought you here. Follow-up visits are shorter, 50-60 minutes.

The needles used are nothing like those scary hypodermic needles used to take blood or inject medicine. They are much much thinner with a smooth tip, about the width of a human hair. You will often feel a sensation but it’s generally not painful. Most patients find themselves in deep relaxation or even falling asleep during treatments. After the treatment most people feel a sense of relief and well-being. Sometimes some bodywork, or cupping or other modalities, will be incorporated to complement the acupuncture. It all depends on what is best for your condition, how much time we have, and what you are open to.

Before a treatment, eat a normal meal. It is best to avoid coming in either on a completely empty stomach or right after a big heavy meal. Wear or bring some loose-fitting clothes. Shorts and a tank top are ideal.

About Mike

 My approach

As an acupuncturist licensed by the state of New York, acupuncture is a central part of how I treat patients. However, my training and practice goes beyond inserting fine needles in strategic points on the body. Often I will include some body work such as tut na or craniosacral therapy. And I am fully trained and certified in Chinese herbology and will include herbs when appropriate according to a patient’s preferences. I also practice cupping which has become more popular recently, and it can be effective for certain patients.

The best medicine is the medicine that one can give themselves. because of this, I collaborate with many patients on improvements to diet, exercise, and lifestyle in general that can put them in control of improving their health. Rather than enforce arbitrary restrictions on how one leads their life, I help them achieve goals reasonable to what they are capable of.

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Mike’s Background

I earned a Doctorate in Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine from the Pacific College . My study didn’t end there as I am always taking courses, reading, and interacting with other practitioners to build upon what I already know.

Before that, I worked as a graphic designer for many years with publications and websites. In graphic design my approach was what is called “user-centered design,” keeping your audience central to how things function.  How I practice medicine, I like to call “patient-centered medicine,” which uses a similar approach.

I also practice Qi Gong, and love open water swimming in lakes, rivers, and the sea when I have a chance. I lived in Argentina for 9 years so I am fluent in Spanish. Así, si está más cómodo, podemos conducir los tratamientos en español.

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