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80 Chambers St
New York, NY 10007


C. Picara Vassallo



What Is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture can appear to be a mysterious method of healing, and in many ways it is! But there is a system at work that makes it so effective.  Acupuncture activates channels in your body called meridians.  Like your veins and arteries carry blood through your body, meridians carry energy.  When the meridians are blocked or imbalanced, your energy gets stuck or wanes and health problems surface.

Acupuncture opens and rebalances the meridians so that energy can flow properly, helping the body to create balance so it can heal itself. Western medicine believes acupuncture affects the nervous system, increases the immune system, and may release chemicals and hormones in the brain that helps regulate blood flow, body temperature, and blood pressure.  My personal experience is that people’s color, voice, emotions, and senses can all become more stable and balanced with treatment, regardless of their reason for coming in for a session.

How Often Should I Get Treated?

The number of treatments needed will vary for each person. Factors involved include the individual’s own response to treatment and the depth and length of the current health concern.

Acute conditions, such as the common cold, can be best treated with a few treatments in one week. For more chronic, long term conditions, patients may be asked to come in once or twice a week at first and then treatments become less frequent.

Often people find that after 3 or 4 treatments, there has been a noticeable shift emotionally or physically. Together we’ll figure out the best course of treatment for you.

Once harmony has been reached, patients often find that treatments are best monthly, at the change of each season, or at times of stress keep them feeling well throughout the year.

What Will My Treatment Be Like?

At the first session, we will briefly discuss your health concerns and past medical history. I will take your pulse and look at your tongue to help me assess and diagnosis your current condition. After that, we will discuss and agree on the best course of treatment for you. I may recommend that we use needles as well as other modalities.

There are different styles of acupuncture and depending on your unique condition, the needles may be inserted and removed immediately after a sensation has been felt or I may decide to leave the needles in for 15 to 20 minutes. Often, I will continue to check your pulse throughout the session.

Studies have shown that 70% of people feel instant results while others notice changes gradually. A sense of calm, wellbeing, and relaxation are very common reactions for most patients. Acupuncture continues to have an effect on your body for hours after you leave the session, but once the needles are out, you are free to return to your normal activities.

Subsequent treatments will follow a similar course involving a review of your current symptoms, viewing your tongue, taking your pulse, and then treating you with acupuncture or other energy work.

Does Acupuncture Hurt?

Don’t worry – it’s nothing like the needles you’ve experienced at your doctor’s office while giving blood or getting an injection.  You will likely feel the tiny hair sized needle when it’s first inserted although most people say, "Is that it? I barely felt it!"  While the sensation of acupuncture is different for each person, generally, once the needle is in you won’t feel anything.  Some people notice gentle sensations around the needle or in the body, which they find pleasant and relaxing.

What Conditions Can You Treat?

Acupuncture, Chinese Herbs and Energy work can help relieve many symptoms or resolve conditions that you might see a Western doctor to treat.  You can click here to see the list of some of the conditions treated successfully according the to World Health Association.   

I focus on auto-immune conditions, hormonal imbalance, stress related health problems such as: insomnia, headaches and gastro-intestinal problems and emotional disorders such as anxiety and depression.  

I also help people who are on a spiritual or personal path move more smoothly through their transitions and growth periods.  

Do You Take Insurance? 

I do not currently take insurance. Superbill receipts are also available upon request.