Frequently Asked Questions
TYPE A - NEW TO ACUPUNCTURE
1. How widely accepted is acupuncture in the United
the United States. In 1997 at the Consensus Development
Conference on Acupuncture, held at the National Institutes of Health
(NIH), it has been reported that acupuncture is being "widely"
practiced by thousands of physicians, dentists, acupuncturists, and
other practitioners for relief or prevention of pain and for various other
health conditions. According to the 2002 National Health Interview
Survey, an estimated 8.2 million U.S. adults have used acupuncture,
and an estimated 2.1 million U.S. adults had used acupuncture in
the previous year.
2. Is acupuncture safe?
Acupuncture is a safe procedure. Acupuncture needles were
approved by The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1996.
The FDA requires that at all times sterile, disposable, nontoxic
needles are to be used and labeled for single use only.
In addition, unlike some western medicine and treatments,
acupuncture is absent of serious side effects.
3. Is acupuncture safe for pregnant women as well?
Acupuncture has not been reported to have side effects on pregnant
women, with respect to complications such as miscarriages etc. In
fact, acupuncture has been reported as a safe and effective
treatment for morning sickness, insomnia, lower back pain, breach
presentation and inducing labor.
4. Does acupuncture hurt?
You may feel a slight pinching, tingling, heaviness or warmth at the
needle site or traveling up and down the affected meridian pathway.
This is normal, and in fact can be seen as a good sign- meaning that
is mild and will rapidly go away. If this is not the case, please notify
us so certain adjustments can be made.
9. Even patients taking anticoagulants can receive
Yes. You are not at risk if you take an anticoagulation medication,
and concurrently receive acupuncture, because the needles aren't
aimed at the blood vessels. However, upon removal of the needles,
we will pay special attention to the recently inserted area to make
sure there is no bleeding.
5. What should I expect during my first visit?
Before your first visit, feel free (we highly recommend it) to attend a
Cornerstone Acupuncture informational seminar in order to learn
more about acupuncture, its abilities, meet our current or previous
patients (if available), learn more about me, Dr. Ma, and my work, and
ascertain if our personalities are compatible.
During your first office visit, we will, firstly, discuss at length your
medical history, and may perform a physical examination. Secondly,
we will discuss your necessary treatment plan (prognosis,
progression, duration and frequency of treatments). Thirdly, you will
receive your first acupuncture treatment. In total, consultation and
procedure, will take approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes.
6. Is there anything I should do during my first
Relax and enjoy the treatment. Try not to move excessively during the
session. If uncomfortable, please notify us, we are here to assist you.
7. Is there anything I should do before engaging in
Acupuncture etiquette is the following:
|Try to relax. There is nothing to be afraid of. If you have any |
|pressing concerns about the treatment please be sure to |
address it to us beforehand
|Do not come to an acupuncture session on an empty |
|stomach. Dizziness or fainting can occur during or after |
8. Are there certain people who should not undergo
Acupuncture is practically for everyone. However, a patient with certain
medical conditions, such as a low platelet count, or is undergoing (or
recently undergone) radiation or surgery, must please inform us so
that we can develop an appropriate treatment strategy specifically for
11. What to expect after treatment and what are some
common side effects of acupuncture?
After treatment you will feel relaxed and experience a sense of
well-being. Side effects and after-effects from acupuncture are
actually quite rare. The most common after-effect is, one, drowsiness
and light headedness possibly when you first get up. This is due to
the fact that acupuncture has the capability of releasing large
amounts of endorphins. This after-effect is normal and usually
disappears after 10 minutes. And two, a slight sensation where the
needles were inserted. This sensation will soon disappear as well.
The most common side-effect from acupuncture can be, one, slight
bruising and, or, minimal bleeding. Bleeding after needle removal will
dissipate in a matter of seconds. If bruising does occur, it will
disappear in a few days. And two, slight pain and discomfort on body,
which will no longer be the case after a day.
Pneumothorax, an extremely rare condition, can result from
There is no need to feel discouraged from receiving further treatment
if the common side-effects mentioned above were to take place.
12. What is Chinese Herbal Medicine and how is it
used in conjunction with acupuncture?
Similar to acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine has existed for
more than 3,500 years and is also a component of the ancient
medical system, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). For certain
patients, a herbal prescription will be given in a pill, capsule, or
Chinese herbs are absent of serious side effects. If you are on
medication, we will discuss with you in person the interaction the
herbal medicine will have with your medication. In addition, we will be
more than happy to explain your current treatment to your doctor(s), if
TYPE B - HAVE EXPERIENCED ACUPUNCTURE
1. Can you treat my condition/ How can you treat it/ Do
you have experience in treating my condition?
Refer to the Treatment Plan page. Please note if your condition is not
mentioned on this page, it does not mean we can not treat you. We
welcome you to contact Cornerstone Acupuncture for further
How many cases have you treated such as mine?
Every patient is case specific. Dr. Ma, educated and trained in both
Western Medicine and Traditional Chinese Medicine, can provide a
scientific diagnosis and curative measure when evaluating a
patient's condition and progress. We welcome you to contact
Cornerstone Acupuncture for further discussion.
30 East 40th Street, PH SE
New York, NY 10016
(212) 448 - 9898
clinic because of
increasingly severe chronic
back pain. Serendipitously,
my first appointment was on
and I had the great
treatment. Little did I know
how much this chance
encounter would improve
the quality of my health and
of my life.
Dr. Ma helped me to do what
I had been unable to
accomplish with allopathic
medicine; he helped me to
heal my back. Over the
years, I have changed, and
so too have my needs in a
health care provider. Dr. Ma
has unfailingly adapted to
these needs, helping me to
consistently manage and
overcome illness and
In my late thirties, my husband
and I decided to have a baby.
After trying unsuccessfully for
some time, a visit to the
gynecologist revealed an
pointed towards the probable
causes of our conception
problems. We were given
surgical options for removal
of the endometriosis, and
consultation with a fertility
specialist could be arranged
(to help address other
issues). However, for fertility,
we turned to Dr. Ma. My
husband and I agreed that we
wanted to boost our fertility
using natural methods,
without the use of heavy
interventions. The day after
my surgery, Dr. Ma arrived to
begin treatment. He worked
closely with me, adjusting my
treatment, explaining to me
the therapies, and allaying my
anxiety. After three months of
treatment, I conceived and
subsequently gave birth to a
healthy baby girl.
Thank you, Dr. Ma. Words
cannot express my gratitude.
I am indebted to you for the
wonderful success of my
pregnancy, and for your
effective care over all of
10. Will acupuncture interfere with my current
medication(s) and, or, medical procedure(s)?
Acupuncture is considered to be one of the safest medical
procedures to date. There are no clinical reports indicating
disharmony amongst acupuncture, medications and medical
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severe vertigo, hearing that
there was no cure and that
the best that they could do
for me was to prescribe
medicine which would
help in dealing with the
vertigo. The problem was
that the vertigo episodes
would last for days during
which time I was unable to
move and experienced
severe nausea. Since I
own and run a business
episodes were seriously
affecting both my home
and professional life. A
friend recommended Dr.
Ma. Since seeing Dr. Ma,
the vertigo episodes have
subsided and we continue
to make great progress on
restoring my hearing. In
addition, Dr. Ma has also
been helping me deal with
symptoms, as well as, my
addition, Dr. Ma has also
been helping me deal with
symptoms, as well as, my
general well-being. He is a
remarkable doctor and
healer. I can truly say that I
am walking around today
as a healthy and happy
mother and professional
thanks to Dr. Ma.”