Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine | About Mike

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.

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 About Mike

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. I have also completed advanced training in Tui Na Medical Massage, Kyojung Physical Manipulation,  and Medical Qi Gong. I am nationally certified to practice Chinese herbal medicine which can be a powerful complement to manual therapies.

The best medicine is the medicine that someone can give themself. I often collaborate with patients on improvements to diet, exercise, and lifestyle in general that can put one in better control of improving their health. Rather than insist on overly ambitious restrictions on how you lead your life, I can  help you achieve reasonable goals, leading to life-long health.

Mike’s Background

I earned the Doctorate in Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine from Pacific College of Health and Science, a very demanding full time five-year program. I continuously advance my knowledge, for example participating in a comprehensive mentorship program in treating Lyme Disease and other complex conditions.

Before becoming an acupuncturist, I worked as a graphic designer for many years with publications and websites. In graphic design I practiced “user-centered design,” keeping your audience central to how things function.  My approach to medicine builds on this, what I like to call “patient-centered medicine.”

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