Your First Acupuncture Experience: What to Expect and Its Benefits

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Curious about your first acupuncture session? Discover the therapeutic effects of acupuncture for pain relief, stress reduction, energy balancing, and more. Learn about the benefits of acupuncture and what to expect during your initial session with Dr. Yoonyoung Lee at Pearl River Acupuncture in New York.

Are you considering your first-time acupuncture experience? Acupuncture is renowned for its therapeutic effects in pain relief, stress reduction, energy (Qi) balancing, nausea reduction, sleep improvement, and managing various health conditions.

According to the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM), nearly one in ten adults in the U.S. have experienced acupuncture, with approximately 20 million Americans aged 18 or older trying acupuncture at some point in their lives. At Pearl River Acupuncture, situated in Pearl River, New York, we offer acupuncture treatments to alleviate various painful conditions. Dr. Yoonyoung Lee DACM, L.Ac., Dipl. OM., explains how acupuncture can treat chronic pain and its myriad of benefits.

What to expect in the first session with Dr. Lee

Your acupuncture journey starts with an initial consultation. Dr. Lee, the acupuncturist, will thoroughly review your medical history, assess your overall health, and discuss your treatment goals. She will attentively listen to your medical background and details about your current discomfort, ensuring a comprehensive understanding of your needs. Typically, the consultation takes about 15-20 minutes, and the acupuncture treatment lasts around 45 minutes, tailored to the treatment plan designed by Dr. Lee specifically for you.

Does Acupuncture Cause Pain?

Rest assured, the needles used by Dr. Lee are disposable filiform steel needles, known for their flexibility and durability. These needles can be characterized by their width or gauge. The higher the gauge, the thinner the needle. Ranging from 0.12 to 0.3 millimeters wide (between 30-44 gauge), the needles used in acupuncture cause minimal discomfort, with many patients not feeling the needle insertion at all. Dr. Lee prefers to use thinner needles to provide a more comfortable experience during the treatment. The technique involves fast insertion, which has been found to reduce pain compared to slow insertion. Additionally, the removal of the needles is typically painless.

Are There Any Risks to Acupuncture?

When performed by a qualified professional like Dr. Lee, acupuncture is considered safe. While complications are rare, they may occur if the treatment is not delivered properly or if non-sterile, non-single-use needles are used. It’s important to note that the FDA, U.S. Food and Drug Administration, regulates acupuncture needles as medical devices, ensuring their sterility and single-use requirement. Dr. Lee holds a Doctorate of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine (DACM), is a licensed acupuncturist (L.Ac.), and has received additional training as an herbalist. She is designated as a Diplomate of Oriental Medicine (Dipl. OM.), assuring you of her expertise and commitment to your safety. To ensure a safe and effective treatment, it is crucial to seek acupuncture services from licensed professionals like Dr. Lee.

Incorporating acupuncture into your wellness routine can have profound benefits for your overall health and well-being. Experience the healing power of acupuncture and let Dr. Yoonyoung Lee and the team at Pearl River Acupuncture guide you on your path to optimal health.

If you have more questions about acupuncture treatment, call 845-668-1700 or book an appointment online with Pearl River Acupuncture today.

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