Acupuncture – New York – NYC -Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What is acupuncture?
  2. Is acupuncture safe and what are the qualifications to be a Licensed Acupuncturist?
  3. How can acupuncture help me?
  4. What common conditions does acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine treat?
  5. Does acupuncture hurt?
  6. Who can have treatment?
  7. What is Chinese herbal medicine?
  8. How much does a visit cost?
  9. How many treatments will I need?
  10. Do you accept credit cards?

Question: What is acupuncture?


Acupuncture, which has its origins dating back over 2,500 years ago, is a family of procedures involving the stimulation of anatomical locations on or in the skin by a variety of techniques using stainless steel needles to reduce pain and to regulate various internal processes. By stimulating various acupuncture points, the qi (life energy) of the body can be unblocked and brought into a state of balance. As a result, qi can move freely throughout the body, promoting pain-free health, well-being and vitality.

Question: Is acupuncture safe and what are the qualifications to be a Licensed Acupuncturist?


Acupuncture is safe when administered by a licensed acupuncturist. Acupuncture needles are sterile, solid stainless steel, FDA approved and most are hair-thin in diameter. An acupuncture needle is smooth and rounded not hollow with cutting edges like a hypodermic needle. Acupuncture needles are not made to cut the skin. Each needle is used only once, then disposed of, so there is no risk for infection.

Acupuncturists are required to complete a 3.5+ years full-time accredited Master’s of Science Degree program, a minimum of 870 clinical hours, pass a set of rigorous national board exams conducted by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM), pass a state licensing exam and the Clean Needle Technique Certification conducted by the Council of Colleges of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (CCAOM) before they are legally able to practice in any state as a Licensed Acupuncturist.

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Question: How can acupuncture help me?


Acupuncture can help you to promote fertility, reduce the harmful effects of stress, alleviate pain/inflammation, strengthen your immune system and much more by encouraging your body to naturally heal itself. It does this by re-establishing the balance of yin and yang in your body and eliminating stagnation by encouraging the healthy flow of qi and blood. On a medical level, science has proven that acupuncture has the ability to stimulate endorphins in your brain to help you relax and reduce pain. The ancient Chinese learned over two millenia ago that many illnesses and health-related conditions could be corrected or prevented naturally using acupuncture to unblock qi and promote circulation in the body.

Acupuncture is a proven, safe and drug-free alternative for healing and strengthening your mind, body and spirit. By combining ancient wisdom and medical expertise, acupuncture and herbal medicine can treat the root cause of your condition, not just your symptoms, so that you can get the results you want!

Question: What common conditions does acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine treat?


Please click on the “Conditions“ tab above.

Question: Does acupuncture hurt?


When acupuncture is properly performed it should not be painful. One may feel a very brief sensation when a needle is inserted. In many cases, patients often report feeling relaxed. It is common to feel a brief tingling or dull aching-like sensation when a needle is placed in the correct position. In traditional Chinese medicine this is known as “da qi,’” i.e. the arrival of qi, and it is often anticipated.

Question: Who can have treatment?


People of any age or constitution can utilize acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine. Children and pregnant women can safely and effectively be treated as well. Previous or current illness, conditions and medication will be taken into account before treatment is provided.

Question: What is Chinese herbal medicine?


Chinese herbal medicine is a system of medicine which uses various remedies derived from plants, flowers, trees, roots, animals and minerals to harmonize imbalances in the body and treat illness. Often five or more Chinese herbs are made up to make one formula. Formulas are usually made into decocted teas or made into powders or pills to be ingested.

When prescribed by a N.C.C.A.O.M. board certified herbal practitioner, Chinese herbal medicine is a safe, effective and natural way to treat a wide array of health-related conditions.

Question: How much does a visit cost?


The initial visit is $135 and is 1 hour in duration. It includes a full acupuncture treatment and a thorough medical history intake. All subsequent acupuncture treatments are $100 each and up to 45 minutes in duration. IVF-transfer-day Pre and Post acupuncture treatments (two specialty treatments) combined are $275. Please note that we also have DISCOUNTED multi-visit packages that offer significant rate reductions. Call for more information, (347)565-4255.

Question: How many treatments will I need?


The number of treatments differs from person to person because each person’s health-related issue and cause is unique. Generally, chronic conditions usually require more treatments compared to acute conditions.

Question: Do you accept credit cards?


Yes, we accept all major credit cards. In addition we also accept Medical and flexible-spending cards.


We would be happy to answer any additional questions you may have.  Please feel free to contact us or call 347.565.4255.
Michael Bennett, M.S., L.Ac., Dipl. O.M. (NCCAOM)
Michael Bennett is a Licensed New York Acupuncturist and a N.C.C.A.O.M. Board-Certified Chinese Medicine Herbalist. He holds a Master’s of Science in Oriental Medicine from the Graduate Program of Oriental Medicine at Touro College and a Bachelor of Arts in Behavioral Neuroscience from Lehigh University. As a Diplomate in Oriental Medicine by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (N.C.C.A.O.M.), he is board-certified to practice both acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine in New York.

*Metropolitan Acupuncture & Herbal Medicine, LLC is the official acupuncture infertility and herbal medicine center for the Sher Institute for Reproductive Medicine in New York City.
Office Hours
Monday 9:00AM-7:00PM
Tuesday 9:00AM-7:00PM
Wednesday 9:00AM-7:00PM
Thursday 9:00AM-7:00PM
Friday 9:00AM-3:00PM

*By Appointment Only.
Office Location
Metropolitan Acupuncture & Herbal Medicine
10 East 39th St.
New York, NY 10016
(Between Madison Ave. & 5th Ave.)
Office: 347.565.4255