The term “acupuncture” describes a family of procedures involving the stimulation of anatomical points on the body using a variety of techniques. Acupuncture originated in ancient China two thousand years ago, but over the past three decades has enjoyed a growing popularity within the United States.
Dr. Kulick is licensed from the Tri-State College of Acupuncture (TSCA) in New York City. He practices two principal styles of acupuncture—Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and Acupuncture Physical Medicine (APM) discussed below.
Since Dr. Kulick is both a medical doctor and a licensed acupuncture practitioner in NYC, you can rely on his diagnosis as to whether acupuncture might help your specific concerns.
Why Acupuncture is important
The benefits of acupuncture are sometimes difficult to measure, but many people find it helpful as a means to control a variety of painful conditions. Since acupuncture has fewer side effects than conventional medicine, it is a low risk method of controlling pain.
Symptoms it treats
You may try acupuncture for symptomatic relief of a variety of diseases and conditions, including:
- Chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting
- Labor pain
- Low back pain
- Menstrual cramps
- Neurological disorders
- Orthopedic conditions
- Dental pain
- Tennis elbow
How it works
Traditional Chinese theory explains acupuncture as a technique for balancing the flow of vital energy or life force — known as qi or chi (chee) — believed to flow through pathways called meridians. There are thought to be 14-20 meridians in your body.
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is used to treat chronic pain, orthopedic conditions, neurological complaints and post-stroke patients. TCM acupuncture is often combined with TCM herbology to treat acute and chronic internal medical conditions.
In contrast, many Western practitioners view the acupuncture points as places to stimulate nerves, muscles and connective tissue. This stimulation appears to boost the activity of your body’s natural painkillers and increase blood flow as well as being able to release muscles that are in spasm.
Acupuncture Physical Medicine (APM) is a modern approach to acupuncture developed by Dr. Mark Seem, founder of TSCA. It draws on “trigger point” release techniques and is applicable to the practice of all forms of physical medicine.
Researchers don’t fully understand how acupuncture works. The theory is it might aid the activity of your body’s pain-killing chemicals. It also might affect how you release chemicals that regulate blood pressure and flow.
In medical conditions and gynecological conditions, traditional Chinese medicine techniques (TCM) are used.
In sports injuries, and chronic pain syndromes Acupuncture Physical medicine ( APM ) alone or in combination with other techniques , is more commonly used .
Acupuncture involves the insertion of extremely thin needles into your skin at strategic points on your body. By inserting needles into specific points along these meridians, acupuncture causes your energy to flow and re-balance.
In most cases, the needles will remain in place for 10 to 20 minutes while you lie still and relax. There is usually no sensation of discomfort when the needles are removed. A common treatment plan for a single complaint would typically involve six to 12 treatments, scheduled over a few months.
The risks of acupuncture are low if you have a competent, certified acupuncture practitioner. A possible side effect may include minor soreness. Infections such as hepatitis are the result of reusing needles. Dr. Kulick uses only sterile, disposable needles.