Frequently Asked Questions
Do you take insurance?
Metropolitan Acupuncture does not directly bill insurance providers. However, we are considered an out of network provider and you may be reimbursed by your insurance accordingly. Payment can be made via cash, check, credit card or using your flexible spending/ medical benefits card. Upon request, Metropolitan Acupuncture will provide you with an itemized receipt for your insurance reimbursement purposes.
How does acupuncture help treat infertility?
Acupuncture naturally stimulates blood flow to the reproductive organs of the body to improve egg and uterine lining quality, decrease the harmful effects of stress as well as calm an overactive immune system. For male factor problems, sperm motility and morphology can be enhanced.
Does stress have a real impact on my ability to conceive? Can acupuncture boost my fertility by decreasing stress?
Absolutely yes to both questions.
A new study published in Human Reproduction (2014) from the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center found that long-term stress may reduce a woman’s ability to conceive by as much as 29 percent. To measure chronic stress levels, researchers took saliva samples from the women at the beginning of the study and after the women’s first menstrual cycles. For each woman, they recorded levels of the biomarker salivary alpha-amylase, which measures the body’s sympathetic adrenomedullary pathway, also known as the “fight or “flight” response. Researchers found that women with the highest levels of salivary alpha-amylase had a 29 percent reduction in their ability to conceive and more than two-fold greater risk of infertility, compared to women with the lowest levels.
Based on your professional experience, do you feel that 'unexplained fertility' in women may be caused by chronic stress?
Yes, see above. For this reason, I have found that acupuncture treatment has been extremely beneficial in decreasing levels of chronic stress in my female patients thereby positively impacting their ability to conceive and avoid miscarriage.
Is acupuncture safe during pregnancy and do you recommend continuing treatment once I am pregnant?
Yes, so much so that the NIH (National Institute for Health) recommends acupuncture for the treatment of nausea and vomiting associated with pregnancy. Go to Study <—- this will be a link to this page—-> https://www.ncbi.
Yes, once my patient confirms pregnancy, my protocol is to have her continue acupuncture treatment through the first trimester for pregnancy support, to prevent/decrease nausea, prevent/decrease constipation, muscle fatigue/swelling and to decrease the harmful effects of stress. Frequency of treatment depends on a case by case basis as well if she has a history of miscarriage.
When should I start acupuncture treatment for my IVF or IUI and how often should I come in?
These answers depend very much on your medical history and where you are in the process. For a free 15 minute phone consultation, call (347) 565-4255, I would be happy to give you a more detailed and informed answer. Please note that acupuncture is a cumulative process, so generally speaking, beginning sooner rather than later is recommended to maximize your IVF or IUI cycle.
What is the typical age of your patients?
Fertility patients (men and women) age in range from 28 to 44. In addition to specializing in infertility, I have treated many other conditions such as pain, migraines, anxiety, sinusitis, addiction, so I have seen patients as young as 12 and as senior as 84.
Can acupuncture treatment benefit male infertility?
Yes, according to several studies, one of which was published in the July, 2006 issue of Fertility and Sterility, the treatment of idiopathic male infertility can benefit from acupuncture treatment, specifically in the areas of morphology and motility. Since there are few Western medical treatment choices for male infertility, acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine can offer a safe, drug-free and non-invasive method to promote combined fertility for a couple.
What is Chinese herbal medicine and does my session include herbal medicine consultation?
Chinese herbal medicine is an ancient system of medicine which uses various remedies derived from plants, flowers, trees, roots, animals and minerals to naturally regulate 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.
Yes, all of your acupuncture sessions include herbal medicine consultation upon request. In addition to being board certified acupuncturist, I am also a board certified Chinese Herbologist from the N.C.C.A.O.M. Please note that unlike some other practices, at Metropolitan Acupuncture & Herbal Medicine we DO NOT charge extra for this service, it is included in the fee. At least half of all practicing acupuncturists do not have board certification in Chinese Herbology.
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 IVF acupuncture treatments (two specialty treatments) combined are $275.
Please note that we also have DISCOUNTED multi-visit pre-paid packages that offer significant rate reductions. For more information, call (347) 565-4255.
*MAHM is also the official acupuncture infertility NYC center and herbal medicine clinic for the Sher Institute for Reproductive Medicine in NY and a professional member of both the American Pregnancy Association and RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association.