Acupuncture Q&A


    Acupuncture Q&A

    Meet Paul Kempisty, a New York State licensed acupuncturist and board certified herbalist. Paul studied Traditional Chinese Medicine at Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in New York, receiving a Master of Science degree before studying oncology and gynecology in China.

    In the past 10 years of practicing acupuncture and herbal medicine, Paul has helped patients find relief from seemingly chronic and incurable conditions that may have eluded traditional allopathic methods of treatment. In general, Chinese Medicine, acupuncture and herbal medicine has been used to successfully manage conditions such as chronic fatigue, arthritis, excess weight, all kinds of pain syndromes, metabolic, and hormonal and immune disorders.

    Paul currently runs a private general practice in New York City where he specializes in common ailments, pre and post surgery support, gynecology and fertility support, and pain management. Paul works tirelessly to help his patients achieve “Radiant Health.”

    Q: What is acupuncture and how does it work?
    A:

    An ancient tradition, acupuncture is the stimulation of the body’s sensitive, powerful acu-points with sterile needles composed of surgical stainless steel. These points are based on meridians and the flow of vital energy. This stimulation of the nervous system can reduce pain as well as regulate the immune system and hormone function.

    Q: What type of needles are used and is it painful?
    A:

    The body’s various points have unique tactile qualities and sensitivities, but most of them produce only mild sensations when stimulated. For especially sensitive patients, adjustments can be made to ensure the patient's comfort.

    Q: Will there be marks or bruising from the needles?
    A:

    Usually acupuncture leaves no visible signs, though most patients look visibly relaxed after treatment. Rarely, a patient may experience a small bruise if an acupuncture point is located near a capillary.

    Q: How quickly will I feel/see results?
    A:

    While each patient is different, you can expect to see results within the first few weeks of regular treatment. Many patients feel deeply relaxed after the first session, with concrete results usually quick to follow. In general, acute health complaints respond quickly, while chronic health concerns may take longer. Many patients maintain regular treatments as part of their optimum health and performance strategies, even after their initial symptoms are resolved.

    Q: How many treatments are recommended?
    A:

    The ideal frequency and dosage of acupuncture depends on health history, current condition and its duration, and each patient’s goals. Generally, patients receive one to two treatments per week until their symptoms resolve.

    Q: Is it safe?
    A:

    When performed by a skilled and licensed practitioner, acupuncture is both safe and effective. A detailed health history will help determine the best course of treatment.

    Q: Are there any side effects?
    A:

    Usually, there are no significant side effects. If the treatment addresses a painful condition or injury, the concerned area may experience tenderness as blood and energy flow to that location. With more serious health concerns, patients may experience detoxification symptoms.

    Q: What can I expect after a treatment?
    A:

    Most patients leave each session in a relaxed and energized state. Some experience relief from pain or symptoms right away; others may only feel the full effects in a few days.

    Q: Does anything special need to be done before and after treatments?
    A:

    No, but as many patients like to fully enjoy the unique combination of deep relaxing and energizing that comes with acupuncture, some choose to “take it easy,” but this is not mandatory.