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Acupuncture Treatments

The Basics of Acupuncture

Charge The Body for
Optimal Health

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is a medicine that keeps the human body energetically balanced. TCM holds that the optimum flow of body energy, known as Qi in Chinese, underlies the healthy function of the body. Qi flows through the body in a system of energy channels, like blood vessels that deliver nutrients and oxygen through the cardiovascular system.
Illness, dysfunction, and aging are fundamentally the disorders of our energy systems. For example, when qi flow stagnates, it causes pain and organ dysfunction; imbalanced qi causes metabolic and immune dysfunction, and deficient qi energy causes aging and aging-related diseases.
Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine are essential to care for human health, happiness, and longevity, and everyone can benefit from using them as part of primary care.
Understanding Acupuncture

What Does Acupuncture Treat?

Acupuncture has shown that it benefits both body and mind. In addition to a comprehensive array of conditions, our acupuncturists at the Middletown medical center specialize in the following popular areas:
Acupuncture for pain has been shown to assist in chronic pain where other treatments have fallen short. Numerous patients have expressed feeling relief in the first few treatments. In particular, acupuncture can help certain individuals decrease their reliance on painkillers by providing a holistic remedy that does not compromise quality of life in other ways.
Traditional Chinese medicine recognizes the mind and body as one integrated system. As such, there is a vital connectedness between the organ systems in the physical body, the meridian systems of the energetic body, and one’s mood and psychological state. Acupuncture thus provides a relatively simple and side-effects free way to shift your systems in ways that produce better mental health.
Case studies and research have demonstrated that acupuncture can assist in weight loss by promoting healthier digestion and improving metabolism, as well as curbing cravings and stress that often reinforce obesity.
Northern Medical staff have pioneered methods to promote healthy aging and increase vitality in facial appearance. The skin shares a connection between vital organ systems and energy channels in the body that, when restored to proper balance, can promote greater collagen production, circulation, and cell-cycle vitality naturally. As such, cosmetic acupuncture represents a simple, non-surgical alternative to looking your best!
The mind and body interact to signal what is expected in our environment. When our systems learn maladaptive expectations, such as in the case of chronic pain signals, they continue to produce pain despite that it no longer serves a purpose in keeping us safe or avoiding present danger. As blocks are removed in our energetic system, it allows maladaptive signals from nerve pain to be freed from reflexively firing, making it possible to recalibrate the way the body processes pain.

What is acupuncture and its origin?

Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese system of healing that involves stimulating specific points on the body with needles. It emerged in China thousands of years ago, and has been continuously passed down and refined to the present day. Acupuncture has been used to treat a variety of conditions, including pain, depression, aging, and immune system deficiencies.

How does acupuncture work?

In order for the body and mind to function optimally, energy must flow uninterrupted through the body’s meridians (energy channels). An acupuncture specialist will evaluate patients’ meridians and diagnose energy imbalances in the body’s meridian system that contribute to symptoms. Places where energy is obstructed are often tender to the touch. Contributing factors to meridian blockage include injury, lifestyle (diet, substance use, hobbies), mental strain, and environmental factors (temperature, humidity, etc.). After conducting an assessment of these factors, an acupuncture specialist will place very delicate needles on the outer layer of skin at different points on the body, called acupuncture points or acupoints. Acupoints are important “pit stops” along the body’s meridians through which energy flows, that can have an impact on how well the system circulates. To facilitate healing, needles can also be further manipulated by hand, stimulated with mild electrical current, or exposed to heat from moxibustion (a traditional Chinese medical practice involving burning the medicinal herb mugwort).
Other TCM Services

Cupping Therapy/ Ba-guan Therapy

Cupping, also called Ba-guan is an ancient form of alternative medicine that has been practiced for centuries. The technique involves placing cups on the body to create suction, often for therapeutic purposes.
The cups are placed on the skin and then heated or cooled to create a vacuum seal. This creates suction, which releases toxin and sends more blood to the area and prompt the natural healing process of your body.
Common areas for cupping are the neck, back, chest, abdomen, legs and buttocks.
Cupping can help with:
Other TCM Services

Moxibustion Therapy

Moxibustion is a TCM (traditional Chinese medicine) treatment that involves burning mugwort on or near the skin, with the intention of increasing blood flow and circulation and at the same time reduce cold and dampness in order to promote healing.
It’s used to treat an array of chronic conditions including cardiovascular diseases, mental disorders, gastrointestinal problems, and musculoskeletal disorders.
Moxibustion can be used to treat a variety of conditions:

Meet Our Acupuncture Providers

Jingduan Yang, M.D.

Jingduan Yang, M.D.

Dr. Yang is the president and founder of the American Institute for Clinical Acupuncture, which is dedicated to educating and training physicians and other healthcare professionals on clinical acupuncture and ancient Chinese medicine. He is also a founding board member of the nonprofit International Network of Integrative Mental Health, which is dedicated to improving public access to integrative medicine treatments.
Dr. Yang is the author of two books, “Facing East: Ancient Health and Beauty Secrets for the Modern Age” with noted designer and fashion icon Norma Kamali and “Clinical Acupuncture and Ancient Chinese Medicine,” a textbook resource for modern healthcare professionals seeking knowledge about acupuncture and ancient Chinese medicine, with Dr. Daniel Monti. He has authored numerous peer-reviewed articles in his fields of expertise and is frequently a speaker at national and international conferences and academic forums.
In 2017, Dr. Yang was appointed by the mayor of Philadelphia to The Opioid Task Force, a group that has been tasked with developing a comprehensive and coordinated plan to reduce opioid abuse, dependence and overdose in Philadelphia. Through his, and others, efforts, the FDA recently advised doctors to consider acupuncture as an alternative to opioids for pain management.
English and Chinese (Mandarin)

Dr. Serene Feng L.Ac., DAOM

Dr. Serene Feng L.Ac., DAOM

Dr. Serene Feng is a Licensed Acupuncturist and Certified Herbalist with nearly two decades of practice experience in Australia and the United States. In addition to Northern Medical Center, Dr. Feng also practices at the clinic she founded in New York City, the NY Four Seasons Acupuncture and Wellness Center. She has also been working as an herbal specialist and chef tea master in a New York teahouse for over 10 years. Dr. Feng obtained her doctoral degree in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (DAOM) from the Florida-based Atlantic Institute of Oriental Medicine. Her master’s was completed summa cum laude at the New York College of Traditional Chinese Medicine, and her undergraduate degrees in Oriental Medicine and Health Education were obtained in Australia and China. She is licensed to practice acupuncture in both New York and New Jersey.
Dr. Feng has a 5-star rating on zocdoc, an online directory of doctors where patients can leave reviews.
English, Mandarin, and Cantonese

What Our Patients Say Middletown NY​

Northern Medical Center

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At this time, all visits are by appointment only. Our phone lines are open during the following hours:

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To best serve your healthcare needs, we currently see patients by appointment only. Please call us on (845) 800-5118 to schedule an appointment.

Have Some Questions?

Frequently Asked Questions about Acupuncture

Acupuncture is one of the most popular alternative treatments for a variety of conditions. The majority of insurance companies cover acupuncture for chronic pain, as well as a number of other conditions. To learn more about how your personal insurance provider can work with our staff, please feel free to reach out to a patient care coordinator, who can streamline the inquiry process for you.
Acupuncture is considered to be one of the safest forms of medicine, with large studies showing no side effects and minimal risks. For individuals who have negative associations to the word “needle”, acupuncture may conjure up images of unpleasant experiences with blood draws and injections, when in fact nothing could be further from the actual experience in acupuncture. For starters, acupuncture needles are extremely thin, flexible, and hair-like, compared to the thick and hollow needles used for western medical procedures. Additionally, they are only positioned on the very outer surface of the skin, sitting atop it, rather than penetrating deep into the tissues of the body. As such, often people may feel almost nothing during insertion of the majority of their needles. At times, if there is blockage in an area, it may create a mild and dull feeling of discomfort when a needle is inserted. However, this feeling is nothing like the “prick” one experiences with injections. The feeling is fleeting and this is even minimized by a compassionate and well-trained acupuncture specialist.
Each segment of acupuncture session typically last for about 45 minutes. In the first appointment, this is preceded by a comprehensive Traditional Chinese Medicine assessment, which normally runs around 30 minutes to complete.
Acupuncture is a health practice that works cumulatively, over time. While most patients say they begin to feel relaxing and tension-relieving benefits starting with the first session, it may take semi-regular treatments over the course of several weeks before optimal results are achieved. In China, it is common that patients will see a Chinese doctor every other day for several months. This level of care is often not necessary for every client, and the schedule of treatment will be determined after consultation with a Chinese medical specialist. For certain individuals, treatment may take place once or twice a week, while for others who are experiencing acute symptoms, it may be necessary appointments more frequently until results begin to emerge.
Acupuncture is often described as a very relaxing form of treatment. While it can be performed in as little as fifteen minutes sitting upright in a chair, in certain specific cases, it is more commonly delivered on a massage table. Patients are encouraged to rest and relax during their session. Therefore, you may find it most comfortable to wear comfortable, loose clothing. However, even busy business professionals can receive treatment while in dress clothes.
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