Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, this form of traditional Chinese medicine has been used in Asia for centuries. Your provider will insert very fine, sterile needles into different points on your body, called acupuncture points. By inserting the needles into specific areas, it stimulates energy flow known as Qi (pronounced “chee”), which enhances blood circulation throughout your body. Numerous studies have found acupuncture to be a safe and often helpful treatment for various conditions.

It is one of the most common questions that Dr. Lee frequently receives from her patients. No one likes needles; some are even terrified by them. However, Dr. Lee only uses very thin needles to minimize sensitivity, and some of her needles are thinner than human hair. During the first visit, many patients feel nervous about receiving acupuncture. However, once Dr. Lee begins needling, some report not even feeling the needles. Pain receptors on the human body are located in the epidermis, the outermost layer of our skin. Once the needle passes through, people usually do not feel pain.

Here is a testimonial from one of her patients about their first acupuncture experience:

Susan says " I have always had a phobia of needles and a low pain tolerance. Dr. Lee administered acupuncture, and I am happy to report that it is not painful. This varies depending on where she needs to needle you to treat your condition. If she decides to needle areas with more body fat, you may hardly feel it! If it is in a location where the skin is thinner, you may feel only a small pinch. The needles will then remain in your body for about 30-45 minutes while you lay on the treatment table, relaxing. During this time, you should hardly feel the presence of the needles in your body. Overall, it is a very relaxing experience that there is nothing to fear about. Dr. Lee has helped me overcome my fear of needles and successfully treated my pain."

Yes, Dr. Lee is a certified acupuncturist in Clean Needle Technique. She uses sterile needles, and each needle is for one-time use only. You may experience some tenderness or soreness in the area where the needle was inserted, but that is normal. If you are taking blood thinners, you have a higher chance of bruising with needle insertion, but since Dr. Lee uses very thin needles, the possibility of bruising is very low. Dr. Lee mainly uses distal acupuncture points located on our limbs. In this case, all the major organs, arteries, and veins are safe because they are mainly located in our torso. Please let Dr. Lee know if you are pregnant, have a bleeding disorder, or have a pacemaker, and she will guide you accordingly.

Of course. While acupuncture needles are very tiny and thin, and most people barely feel them, some individuals are still apprehensive about having needles inserted into their bodies. In such cases, I utilize a point stimulator that does not puncture the skin. Instead, the stimulator generates a sensation similar to a mosquito bite through mild electrical currents on the skin. This treatment is effective in addressing pain and discomfort in the body. However, compared to acupuncture needles, the duration of treatment efficacy may be shorter. Additionally, the point stimulator can be used for pediatric patients who are too young to receive needles, as well as for individuals who have a fear of needles.

Acupuncture, as a holistic medicine, can treat many different types of conditions. Here are examples of conditions that acupuncture can help with:

  • Neuropathy pain (nerve damage)
  • Backaches / Back pain
  • Headaches
  • Fibromyalgia pain
  • Neck Pain
  • Shoulder Pain
  • Migraines
  • TMJ
  • Tendonitis pain
  • Dry eyes
  • Women and Men’s infertility
  • Pregnancy support
  • Cancer treatment support
  • Bell’s palsy
  • Seasonal Allergies
  • Tinnitus
  • Burning mouth syndrome
  • Digestive issues
  • Nasal congestion
  • Loss of taste
  • Chronic pain
  • Joint pain


Please click on the link below to see the conditions that Dr. Lee has successfully treated.

☞ Conditions Dr. Lee Treats 

If your condition is not on this list, please do not hesitate to call us at (845) 668-1700 to find out!

Acupuncture is used to treat many different conditions, meaning the timeline for healing can vary from patient to patient. Dr. Lee typically sees patients once or twice a week, and in severe cases, four times a week. She does this because based on studies, the effects of acupuncture treatment last up to 72 hours, and she wants to maintain the treatment's effectiveness in your body. This way, the entire treatment period will be much shorter than just having acupuncture once a week or once a month. Depending on the duration and severity of your condition, the number of treatments can vary from 3 to more than 40. When you regularly receive acupuncture, the benefits begin to provide lasting relief. Once you begin to feel relief, she will recommend a maintenance schedule, consisting of treatments once a week, then once every two weeks, then once every three weeks, and so on.

Before your first appointment, we ask that you fill out the health history forms we email you prior to your arrival. Dr. Lee suggests eating about 2 hours before your appointment, so you are not hungry during the treatment. Lastly, choose a comfortable outfit consisting of loose shorts and a shirt, so Dr. Lee can access the areas she decides to treat.

Your first appointment will begin with a consultation, if you have not had a free consultation with Dr. Lee before, to go over what you wrote in your forms and discuss your general health and personalized treatment plan. You will then proceed to the treatment room, remove your socks and shoes, and lie on the table. Dr. Lee will typically insert between 8 to 15 needles per treatment, depending on what she is addressing that day. You will relax with the needles inserted for around 30-45 minutes, after which Dr. Lee will return to remove the needles. If you feel uncomfortable during the session, it's important to inform Dr. Lee so she can better accommodate you. After removing the needles, she will leave the room for you to change or put your shoes back on. Lastly, you will meet us at the reception area to schedule your next appointment.

Dr. Lee is a certified oncology acupuncturist and has undergone special training specifically for cancer treatments. She has a deep understanding of what cancer patients and their families are going through. Oncology centers such as Memorial Sloan Kettering, Columbia, and New York University Langone Cancer Centers recommend acupuncture as an addition to your cancer treatment regimen. Acupuncture can help manage the side effects of cancer treatment such as chemotherapy or radiation therapy. Some of these treatable side effects include nausea/vomiting, fatigue, low energy, anxiety, pain, dry mouth, diarrhea, constipation, neuropathy, hot palms and soles, and more. It is important to ask your primary doctor if acupuncture is right for you.

Dr. Lee has a special interest in addressing various conditions and issues that women experience. Many patients come with conditions such as amenorrhea, irregular periods, menstrual cramping, PMS, hormone imbalance, infertility problems, pregnancy symptoms, prevention of miscarriage, promotion of inducing labor when the due date is passed, and menopausal symptoms. She has had great success in treating all of these conditions and issues. We encourage you to come in for a free consultation to speak more with Dr. Lee about your specific concerns.

Yes! As an out-of-network provider, we would be more than happy to verify your insurance if you give us a call at (845) 668-1700. Alternatively, you can simply submit your insurance information through the Insurance Verification Link. We accept UHC, NYSHIP, BCBS, 1199, Aetna, Humana and more. Once we verify the information with your insurance company, we will give you a call back with the results within 1-3 days.

*We do not accept Cigna

Absolutely! Not only is she a licensed acupuncturist in the state of New York, but she also obtained her Doctorate in Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine from the prestigious Pacific College of Health and Science in San Diego, California. Additionally, she is a board-certified herbalist by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM). Dr. Lee has been practicing as an acupuncturist for years and has been able to help numerous people along the way.

If you have any questions for Dr. Lee, please contact us at (845) 668-1700, or email us at [email protected]. We would be more than happy to answer any questions that you have about acupuncture treatment. We offer free, 15 minute consultations if you would like to sit down with the doctor to discuss your specific concerns.

By selecting Pearl River Acupuncture, you can enhance your quality of life.

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