Skilled and compassionate experts integrate the wisdom of ancient Eastern healing traditions with Western philosophies in a nurturing environment.

The ancients believed optimal health could be attained by practicing the Dao also known as the Way. They understood the principles of practicing the “Way” as balancing the transformation of the energies of the universe, through physical, energetic, emotional and spiritual levels.

These mysterious ancient traditions connect us to the Golden Age of Eastern Medicine, a time when the relationship of the healer and patient addressed balancing and healing of the entire body as well the community.

We use both Eastern and Western philosophies to treat not only illness but to explore greater states of well being. Acupuncture with other Asian therapies such as Moxibustion, Cupping, GuaSha, and various forms of Massage and Herbal medicine are incorporated to address your health concerns.

Whether you are seeking treatment for a particular imbalance or discover your optimal state of well being, highly skilled practitioners care for you in a relaxing and nurturing environment and experience what is holistic healing.  Contact our clinic in New York City for information about acupuncture and to learn more about our practice.

License & Certification

Who can perform Acupuncture?

In New York state, only a Licensed Acupuncturist (L.Ac.) can administer acupuncture.

To receive a license requires a minimum of 3,000 hours of training in an accredited 3-year Master's-level acupuncture program (Master’s of Science in Acupuncture). The course includes a combination of classroom and clinical training and includes:

  • Safe and effective patient care and diagnosis.
    • Diagnostic techniques of both Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and Western medicine are both taught.
    • Selecting the appropriate treatment with a combination of acupuncture, Chinese herbs and lifestyle counseling.
    • Application of acupuncture techniques in safe and appropriate ways.
  • Integration of Eastern and Western medical techniques for the purpose of informing the practice of acupuncture, communicating with other medical professional and making appropriate medical referrals when necessary.

After passing the National Board Certification Exam, a license can be obtained from the state. Medical doctors and Dentists who have undergone an accredited certificate program of 300 hours may also perform acupuncture.

Education requirements and standards vary from state to state. In deciding which practitioner to use, it is important to ask the practitioner what kind of training they have undergone. Tsao is a NCCAOM (National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine) Diplomat in Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine. She also served as a clinical faculty member of The Eastern School of Acupuncture and on the Board of Directors of ASNY (Acupuncture Society of New York) for 5 years. She trains extensively with Dr. Richard Bandler, the founder of Neurolinguistic Programming. Learn more about Tsao’s background, focus and philosophy here.

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