Fun Facts about Acupuncture

Did You Know That?


  • Acupuncture needles DON’T HURT as much as people fear or imagine. Thin acupuncture needles are almost same or less felt than a mosquito bites in most cases.


  • Before stainless steel needles that used in today’s acupuncture practices, very first acupuncturist used to work with thorns, bamboo slivers, and sharpened bone to stimulate acupuncture points.


  • The oldest acupuncture needles were made of bronze, copper, tin, gold and silver. Oldest needles found date back to A.D. 600.


  • Stainless steel was discovered in 4th Century A.D in China and became the most commonly used material since steel was strong and could make very thin needles.


  • Waichi Sugiyama – a gifted blind Japanese acupuncturist invented the guide tube in 17th This was the biggest step in the development of much finer needles


  • Today’s acupuncture are made of stainless steel of a very fine diameter (approximately 0.015″). These are prepackaged, sterilized, disposable and one time use only.


  • Acupuncture needles were accepted by U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1995 as medical instruments, stating their safety and effectiveness.


  • Acupuncturists look at your body as a whole and treat root cause of the complain rather than masking the symptoms.


  • Acupuncturists can assess your  overall health by checking your pulse and look at your tongue.


  • Acupuncture treatments are different for each individual. Every person will have their own treatment plan based on complete diagnosis performed by their acupuncturists.


  • The World Health Organization endorsed acupuncture for over two hundred symptoms and diseases – low back pain, seasonal allergies, headache, nausea, vomiting, allergic rhinitis, depression, anxiety, side effects of chemotherapy and induction of labor to name a few.
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What can Acupuncturists Treat

What can Acupuncturists Treat

Acupuncture is an ancient healing art that is more than 5000 years old.  Although it is called Alternative medicine in western world, people relied on Acupuncture as a mainstream medicine for a long time.

Acupuncturists go under an extensive training in USA. They have to know about anatomy in western medicine terms as well as eastern medicine. Acupuncturists have to pass a very difficult national exam and obtain their licenses from their states.

Acupuncture compliments the western medicine in many conditions.

In Lifetime Acupuncture we have helped many patients with the following conditions throughout Suffolk and Nassau Counties in Long Island. With three locations in Deer Park, North Babylon and Hauppauge, we are easily reachable from many towns.

Some of the conditions acupuncture is really effective are as follows:

  • Chronic Pain:
  • Arthritis
  • Migraines, Headaches, and Neck Pain
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Anxiety
  • Insomnia
  • Heartburn & Indigestion
  • Bell ’s palsy
  • Weight Loss,
  • Back Pain,
  • Facial Pain,
  • TMJ,
  • IBS,
  • Depression,
  • Diarrhea,
  • Chron’s
  • Colitis,
  • Allergies
  • Asthma
  • Infertility,
  • Digestion,
  • Sciatica,
  • Carpal Tunnel,
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Finding “Best Acupuncturist Near Me”, “Best Acupuncturist in Long Island”

So you are on your favorite search engine whether it is Google, Bing or Yahoo and type “Best Acupuncturist near me”.

List of acupuncturists come out. But how do you know which one is best.

While in many ways, choosing an acupuncturist is similar to choosing any health care provider: location, cost, specialty and personal style are all primary considerations, and there is one big difference that you should look for: Compassion.

Acupuncture is a healing art that involves harmony between the acupuncturist and the patient. Your experience from the moment you call for an appointment until you actually meet your acupuncturist should make you feel that you are in good hands.

Receptionists and administrators should greet you and surround you with the love you need to start your healing process. Once you have this warm welcome, you should now meet your acupuncturist that has the passion and compassion to understand your problems, issues and concerns not only for the symptoms you are complaining at the moment but underlying causes for those symptoms.

When entering your acupuncture clinic, make sure to look if the facility is clean, refreshing and relaxing. Surroundings are important part of your treatment.

Acupuncture is not one treatment for all but customized treatment for each patient. So your acupuncturist should take her / his time to create the treatment plan just for your needs.

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How Acupuncture Helps with Back Pain

Almost eight out of every 10 Americans report low back pain at some point in their life. That’s 80% of population’s complain.  Back pain is one of the most chronic conditions people will look for treatment. Back pain happens to be the biggest reason for people to look for acupuncture treatments.  Great news is that acupuncture is one of the most effective treatments for lower back pain.


Acupuncture for back pain involves inserting very thin needles to various depths into strategic points on your body. Acupuncturists work on balancing the energy pathways called Qi. By Inserting needles to well defined points, acupuncturists stimulate the central nervous system. This in turn triggers the release of useful chemicals and hormones into the muscles, spinal cord and brain.


To put in more western terms, acupuncturists provide body the power to heal itself. Insertion of needles by a licensed acupuncturist releases endorphin hormones that kill pain in the body. Acupuncture causes body to produce natural opioids chemicals in brain that lessen or get rid of pain.


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Acupuncture Treatment Can Help Your Mom

Another Mother’s day was celebrated with joy and happiness around the world and here in Long Island. Mother Nature was kind enough to give us a beautiful sunny Sunday morning after a heavy rain on Saturday.

We are blessed to have our mothers in our life. They are the back bone of our families and communities.

While many of us gave our moms flowers or conventional gifts, have you ever wondered what else would make a great gift for your Mom?

Acupuncture Treatment. Yes it is acupuncture. While it is not a gift that pops up as the first option, acupuncture’s amazing benefits will make your mom appreciate your gift the most. Here are some reasons why Acupuncture treatment will help your mom.

  • Acupuncture balances your body and promotes well-being.
  • Acupuncture is proven to be more effective than most drugs for pain management.
  • Acupuncture can help greatly with weight loss.
  • People who get regular acupuncture treatments tend to sleep better and feel more energetic.
  • Many allergy sufferers turn to acupuncture after exhausting all conventional treatments.
  • Acupuncture has been very beneficial for anxiety and depression by increasing endorphin (happiness hormone) in the body.



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