The primary service offered at Hudson River Acupuncture is community acupuncture. See the "About Acupuncture" page for more information. Community acupuncture is not a different kind of acupuncture. Rather it is a business model for operating a clinic in a way that permits the fee to be as low as possible. Most private acupuncture treatments are $75 to $150, and the acupuncturist can usually only see one or two patients per hour. But when the clinic is set up in such a way as to allow the acupuncturist to see six or more patients per hour, then the fee can be set much lower and make acupuncture accessible to a much larger population.
Where appropriate, we prescribe Chinese Herbal formulas. These are usually in the form of pills or powders. The herbs cost in the range of $5 to $35, but there is no additional charge for the service.
In addition to acupuncture we offer the following treatment modalities at the discretion of the Acupuncturist:
Cupping means the placement of glass cups on the body under a slight vacuum. This is an excellent technique for breaking Qi stagnation and is most often done on the back. The vacuum is usually created by igniting a piece of cotton soaked in alcohol, swishing it around the inside of the cup and quickly placing it on the skin. When done this way, it is called "fire cupping". Sometimes the cups simply stay in place for the duration of the treatment. But other times the cups are manually slid along the back so a larger area can be covered. This is called "sliding cupping". Most people find cupping to be a pleasant experience.
Gua Sha refers to a technique where the skin is gently but firmly scraped with a dull object, such as the side of a Chinese soup spoon. An oil or Vaseline is put on the skin first to reduce the friction. This produces redness on the area and is also used to break Qi stagnation.
Moxibustion is the burning of mugwort (moxa) to produce some effect. Moxa is used to drive away Cold and also to break Qi stagnation. It can be done many different ways such as placing a small amount of loose moxa on the end of an acupuncture needle that has already been inserted into an acupuncture point, lighting the moxa and letting it burn out, this adds warmth into the acupuncture point. Moxa is also available in tightly rolled up cigar shaped rolls. The moxa is lit and produces smoke and heat. The acupuncturist holds the moxa stick over the area to be warmed up, ensuring that the patient does not get burned.