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Acupuncture

Traditional Chinese medicine explains that health is the result of a harmonious balance of the complementary extremes of “yin” and “yang” of the life force known as “qi,” pronounced “chi.” Illness is said to be the consequence of an imbalance of the forces.

Qi is said to flow through meridians, or pathways, in the human body. These meridians and energy flows are accessible through 350 acupuncture points in the body.

 

Acupuncture involves the insertion of thin, sterile needles at specific body points. The therapeutic effects of those points reestablish energy flow and bring your body back into proper balance. 

 

Acupuncture points are believed to stimulate the central nervous system. This, in turn, releases chemicals into the muscles, spinal cord, and brain. These biochemical changes may stimulate the body’s natural healing abilities and promote physical and emotional well-being.

Hello, I’m Dr. Amy Podhurst,

 

I am a doctor of acupuncture, licensed in New York and Massachusetts, and practice in Huntington Station, New York.

 

After working in Western medicine for two decades, I realized that I wanted to help people heal more holistically.

 

Becoming licensed in Eastern medicine through acupuncture has given me the ability to treat the root cause of my clients’ ailments, instead of simply treating their symptoms. Returning power to the patient makes sense to me.

 

In Western medicine if someone has back pain (for example), a doctor will typically prescribe him or her medication to treat the pain. Eastern medicine looks at why someone has back pain and focuses on treating the root cause of the pain.

 

The sick body knows how to heal itself naturally, but has gotten thrown off track for some reason. Whether from physical trauma, intense emotions, or an outside force (such as the weather).

 

I’m not claiming that I can cure anyone. Instead, I believe that the patient’s body heals itself and I act as a facilitator in that healing.

 

Our bodies want to be in homeostasis. They crave balance. Acupuncture encourages the body back into natural balance. I love when someone receives treatment from me for one problem and finds that other ailments disappear naturally at the same time.

 

Let’s work together to restore balance in your body through acupuncture.

When I was 42, I lost all my hair, including my eyebrows, eyelashes and all over my body. 
Western medicine calls it alopecia universalis and I was prescribed massive steroids.
I knew intuitively it was not the answer to my condition so a friend suggested I try acupuncture.  
Amy
While acupuncture didn’t cure me either, my stress level decreased, some of my hair began to grow a
nd my mood greatly improved and led me to change my career.  The gift of this trauma is greater
sensitivity and empathy for my patients experiencing health crises.

Treatment Modalities

Acupuncture

Acupuncture is a technique in which practitioners stimulate specific points on the body—most often by inserting thin needles through the skin.  It stimulates the release of the body’s natural painkillers and affects areas in the brain involved in processing pain.  Results from a number of studies conclude that acupuncture may help ease chronic,  low-back pain, neck pain, osteoarthritis/knee pain, and carpal tunnel syndrome.  Other studies show reduction of the frequency of tension headaches and prevention of migraine headaches.

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Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine

Electroacupuncture

Electroacupuncture is a form of acupuncture where a small electric current is passed between
pairs of acupuncture needles.It is often very soothing to the patient, providing a soft humming
vibration. Electroacupuncture has garnered good results in the treatment of neurological
diseases, chronic pain, spasms, paralysis and sports medicine injuries.

Moxabustion

Moxabustion involves burning moxa, a cone or stick made of ground mugwort leaves,
on or near acupuncture points (without burning the skin).  The resulting heat helps
stimulate these points, improves circulation which helps a range of health issues,
from chronic pain to digestive troubles.
Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine
Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine

Cupping

Cupping is a technique that uses small glass or plastic cups as suction devices that are
placed on the skin drawing congested blood to the surface in order to improve circulation.
Cupping is much like the inverse of massage – rather than applying pressure to muscles,
it uses gentle pressure to pull them upward. For most patients, this is particularly relaxing.
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Dr. Amy Podhurst

Doctor of Acupuncture, licensed in New York and Massachusetts

I pride myself on helping my patients feel relaxed and comfortable so they can get the most out of their treatments. Many insurance plans cover acupuncture. Call for inquiry or to book an appointment 631-462-4263. Thank you.

Restore harmony in your body with acupuncture

The body knows how to heal itself naturally, but can become unbalanced from physical trauma, intense emotions, diet or stress. Acupuncture encourages the body back into its own natural balance. Often treatment for one problem results in other ailments disappearing naturally at the same time. Let’s work together to restore harmony in your body through acupuncture.

Acupuncture Treatments may help for:

Anxiety / Depression

Headaches

Auto-Immune Disorders

Heartburn

Peripheral Neuropathy

Back / Neck Pain

Hemorrhoids

Pre-Menstrual Syndrome

Cancer

Hot flashes

Sciatica

Constipation / Diarrhea

Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Shortness of Breath

Dizziness / Vertigo

Joint Pain

Smoking Cessation

Edema  Menopause

Tinnitus

Fatigue Morning Sickness

Urinary Incontinence

Fertility

Nausea / Vomiting

Vertigo

Happy Clients

 

“Amy’s gentle touch and professional expertise have helped me greatly. Thank you”.

– Carol C.

Happy Clients

 

“Thank you for truly making a difference in my health this year. I am extremely grateful for

feeling enriched in body, mind and spirit.”
– Carlolyn P.

Happy Clients

 

“Your excellent acupuncture treatments made my so painful cluster headache go away.

I can’t thank you enough!”

– Claudia G. C.