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Ithaca Acupuncture
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  • 22 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Eillean M.
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felt very comfortable on the first visit. only problem is the stairs. second visit also very comfortable. he does't just places needles and leave.he comes back to check on you. I am very happy with Neil. I can tell you these visits have already worked in removeing pain.


Traditional Chinese medicine (including Chinese herbal medicine and acupuncture) is a complete medical system that can be utilized to treat majority of any instability in the body including: • Pain • Stress • Fatigue • Weakened immunity • Gynecology • Digestive complaints Amanda is committed to assisting patients of all ages savor greater wellbeing by bringing the mind and body back to a natural state of balance. Amanda's technique is effective and gentle and simultaneously treats multiple medical conditions, promotes health, and prevents illness. She works with every person individually and customizes all treatment to address both the underlying causes of illness and symptoms.


I am a licensed acupuncturist in the State of New York in practice since 1992 and currently practicing in Johnson City (Binghamton area). I graduated from the American College of traditional Chinese medicine, and practiced in California for 6 years before moving to New York. In addition to my state license, I am board certified by NCCAOM, the National Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. My mission is to assist my patients with their health challenges and provide them with guidance towards well-being. I believe that health begins with a healthy lifestyle. When disease arises, my goal is to ease discomfort, address the root cause of the imbalance, and bring the body and mind back to the natural state of health. My practice is located in Johnson City, NY (Binghamton area), near Wilson Medical Center. I'm in a professional office setting, sharing space with a naturopathic doctor, a chiropractor, and a massage therapist. Free consultation is available by phone or in person. From my "complete profile", you can contact me by email. Send me a message, ask a question, or just say hi. I'd love to hear from you!


Back n' Touch is an all-in-one chiropractic, massage therapy, and acupuncture medical wellness center devoted to providing our patients and clients with comprehensive health care. These services range from prenatal to geriatric care, with various diversified techniques and therapies. Unlike most spas in the area, massage therapy is offered in a medical setting, allowing for lower pricing and insurance reimbursement where applicable. We are not only here to help relieve your aches and pains, but also to maintain and elevate your health to new levels.


Masters degree in Acupuncture NYS License Acupuncture Masters degree in Oriental Medicine Nationally board certified in Oriental Medicine Doctor of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine (pending), Pacific College of Oriental Medicine Winner of Shen Nong Herb award at FL School of Acupuncture & OM 2010 Speaker for National Physical Therapy Convention at Thompson Hospital 2012 Training in Dr. Tan's Balance Method acupuncture system, Master Tung acupuncture, Medical Pulse Diagnosis, Motor Points Sports Medicine Acupuncture, Dr. Zhu scalp acupuncture, Dr. Jiao scalp acupuncture, Fu Zhen abdominal system I am an experienced practitioner and am very successful at treating musculo-skeletal pain (more than 93% effective). I have advanced acupuncture and herbal medicine training and have helped thousands of people.


Guided by the classics, informed by the research, and attuned to the patient, Sadie is providing high-quality acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine in Ithaca, NY. Sadie Hays, L.Ac. uses Chinese, Japanese and auricular acupuncture combined with Chinese herbal medicine for a comprehensive approach to mental-emotional concerns, internal medicine, women's health and musculo-skeletal disorders. Additionally, Sadie practices tui-na (Chinese medical massage) as well as nutritional and lifestyle counseling to help patients achieve optimal balance and health. Sadie provides preventative medicine and treatment for chronic and complicated disorders and is especially interested in student health where she aims to educate and empower young people to create healthy habits that will sustain them for a lifetime. "You are a gifted acupuncturist and a wonderful one, and the fact that I have my life back is truly wonderful. I have a life again, and I have you to thank."

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What can be treated with acupuncture?

Acupuncture can be helpful for treating a wide variety of conditions ranging from cancer to headaches to sciatic nerve pain. It may also be useful for:

  • Back pain, neck pain, knee pain, hand and foot pain, wrist and ankle pain, sciatic pain, nerve pain, arthritis, sports injuries, work-related injuries, TMJ, and carpal tunnel
  • Whiplash and injuries from automobile accidents
  • Migraine and tension headaches
  • Menstrual cramping
  • Herniated discs
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Emotional issues: Anxiety, depression, stress and insomnia
  • Women’s health: Prenatal and postpartum care, menstrual cramps, premenstrual syndrome, endometriosis, symptoms of menopause and infertility
  • Pediatric problems such as bedwetting, digestive upset, ear infection, allergies, hyperactivity and injury treatment
  • Digestive disorders such as heartburn, acid reflux, indigestion, ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease, irritable bowel syndrome, diarrhea, and constipation
  • Respiratory problems such as asthma, acute and chronic cough, allergies, and chronic sinus problems
  • Men’s health problems such as erectile dysfunction, impotence, male infertility, urination difficulties and prostate problems
  • Miscellaneous conditions such as fatigue, adrenal fatigue, vertigo and dizziness, eye and vision problems, and tooth, jaw and dental issues

How does acupuncture work?

Acupuncture works by restoring the body’s natural healing powers. Acupuncture involves placing very thin needles into specific points on the body to influence the body’s energy flow and help the body heal itself in a natural way. In traditional Chinese medicine, acupuncture is linked to the belief that disease is caused by disruptions to the flow of energy (called qi in Chinese) in the body. The acupuncturist places whisper-thin needles into the arms, back, neck and other areas where the chi (or energy flow) has been blocked. The acupuncture needles stimulate points on or under the skin called acupuncture points or acupressure points, releasing this qi. These pathways — called “meridians” — become re-stimulated by the needles to bring blood and healing to the body. In Western medicine, acupuncture has been proved to relieve pain and help provide healing and relief from painful symptoms associated with everything from headaches to asthma to cancer. Western medicine sees the use of the needles as a way to stimulate the body’s nervous system, thereby prompting healing.

What are the benefits of acupuncture?

There are many proven health benefits of acupuncture, whether you’re seeking short-term relief or need help with a chronic health condition. This alternative healing is likely why millions of adults nationwide get acupuncture treatments each year. Acupuncture provides pain relief, can help speed the body’s natural healing process, and has also been proved to have positive outcomes on mental health concerns such as depression. Acupuncture can also help relieve discomfort associated with chronic and terminal illnesses. For example, acupuncture has been proved to be effective in helping cancer patients manage pain, nausea and vomiting, fatigue, hot flashes, xerostomia (dry mouth), neuropathy (nervous system problems), anxiety, depression and sleep disturbances, according to Acupuncture is a safe and effective alternative to opioids and other pain medications, which not only are hard on the body but also present the risk of addiction. The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services found that people had less pain or were better able to manage pain when they received acupuncture as part of their health treatment.

What is an acupuncture treatment?

An acupuncture treatment is a type of integrative health care session that uses needles (and sometimes heat and/or electrical stimulation) to stimulate the body’s nervous system to begin a healing process. Long practiced in traditional Chinese medicine and other Eastern cultures, acupuncture has gained widespread acceptance and use as a complementary and integrative part of healing in Western medicine. During an acupuncture treatment, the patient lies in a relaxed position on a table that is very similar to a massage table. The acupuncturist, having done a diagnosis of health concerns and determined a course of treatment, will insert thin stainless steel needles into the prescribed acupuncture points. These points are determined by the patient’s health needs. The practitioner may gently manipulate the needles to trigger a healing response in the body. Typically there is no pain associated with the treatment. A session may use anywhere from 6-30 needles or more, depending on what illness is being treated. The needles can remain in place for 5-30 minutes, with 15 minutes being a common time. Acupuncture treatments are often prescribed in a series, based on patient need.

How often do you need to get acupuncture?

How often you need acupuncture really depends on the health condition that is being treated. Acute issues such as a pulled groin or short-term digestion problems will likely require fewer treatments than a chronic disease such as some types of cancer. Dr. Lee Hullender Rubin, speaking with the Acupuncture Now Foundation, likens acupuncture sessions to a “dose” of medication prescribed by a doctor. If you have a condition like high blood pressure and are prescribed a medication to treat it, you wouldn’t take one dosage and be done. Likewise, for ongoing health conditions, Dr. Hullender Rubin explains that more than one session of acupuncture is likely in order. “For pain-related diseases, it seems 12 to 20 sessions is a reasonable intervention to achieve stable results,” says Dr. Hullender Rubin. For more acute (short-term) conditions, Dr. Tony Chon says that treatment might consist of two to six acupuncture sessions.

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