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How safe is Oriental Medicine?

Acupuncture & Chinese herbs are very safe. This medicine has been practiced for many generations and negative side affects are very rare. Even individuals who are highly allergic to Western pharmaceutical drugs respond very well to Oriental Medicine. Acupuncture and Chinese herbs are and have been successfully used with children as well as immunosuppressant patients.

Does acupuncture hurt?

When the thin needles are inserted into the acupuncture points a sensation is felt. Sometimes it feels like a 'grabbing' or 'heaviness' sensation. When a patient feels those sensations it is a good sign! This show that the needles have connected with the body's Qi. That sensation is called Da Qi in Chinese. A few minutes after needle insertion most people experience a very deep level of relaxation. In my practice I have treated many children including babies, and found that for the most part they had no problem with the needle sensation. Remember, the acupuncture needles are very thin, they are very different than inter- dermal needles used for injection and blood drawing.

Why would I see an acupuncturist?

Many patients begin acupuncture treatment to find relief from pain and a wide range of physical conditions. Others who are not experiencing ailments also seek treatment to maximize their wellness and maintain balance, and stimulate the tremendous healing power of the body, mind and spirit.

Are the needles safe?

The needles are very safe.  All  the needles used in the United States today are sterilized.  The sterilized needles are used only once for each treatment, and then disposed like any other medical waste products. 

Are there different styles of acupuncture?

There are many styles of acupuncture. The primary distinction exists within the diagnostic process and the corresponding treatment planning process. To learn more about the distinction between various forms of acupuncture, please feel free to contact me.

Do I have to be ill to benefit from acupuncture?

Absolutely not. Many patients come for regular treatments to achieve increased effectiveness and enjoyment in life. Acupuncture can also be a powerful preventive measure to keep patients healthy throughout the year.

I want to come for treatment, what do I do next?

Contact me at the telephone number displayed on the top of my website. We will discuss your concerns and schedule an initial visit. During your first visit we will explore a treatment schedule that will best meet your needs. You can download the initial visit questionnaire from this website, fill it out and bring it with you on your first appointment.

How do I get the most out of each treatment?

Avoid intense physical activity after your treatment. If you have a chiropractic or other body work appointments on the same day plan your acupuncture appointment to be the last.

What are the surrounding towns near the office?

Mt. Kisco is centrally located in northern Westchester. The few bordering towns are Bedford, Katonah, Chappaqua, Armonk, Pleasantville, Yorktown, Somers, Briarcliff and Ossining.

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Anat Raz, M.S., L.Ac.
25 East Main Street
Mount Kisco, NY 10549