I consider myself to be a fairly health-conscious person. I try to eat nutritious, unprocessed foods, and I try to exercise regularly with a mixture of cardio, weights and stretching. I thought I was all set in the healthy living department. Recently, however, I've been reading a lot about the importance of incorporating relaxation into daily living through Eastern medicine, like meditation and acupuncture. Although a bit skeptical at first, I started taking a few quiet minutes to breath deeply each morning. It felt so great, I wanted to do more. So when I heard that well-known Manhattan acupuncturist, Jaime Marks, was opening her practice here in Westchester, I knew I had to try it!
I met with Jaime at her Armonk location, which is inside the ProClinix in Armonk Equinox (about 15 minutes from Rye). The room felt spa-like, similar to a massage space, with dim lights and soft music. Before we began, Jaime and I sat down and talked about my medical history, lifestyle, and what the process would involve (for more about acupuncture, see below). Jaime, who is extremely knowledgeable and made me feel totally comfortable, began by feeling my pulse. I then lay down on a raised table, and Jaime inserted small needles in the upper parts of my ears, and parts of my arms and legs. It felt slightly tingly but didn't hurt at all. Jaime left the room and I stayed on the table, with needles in place, for about 20 minutes. It's hard to explain, but I felt both energized and relaxed at the same time. By the time Jaime came back to remove the needles, I felt wonderful - completely refreshed.
Once I got down from the table, Jaime explained that I would continue to feel the relaxation, and she followed up with some fantastic nutrition tips. I will definitely come back again! I highly recommend Jaime Marks.
Jaime Marks is a New York State certified licensed acupuncturist (L.Ac.) by the National Certified Council of Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM).
She believes that there are key synergies between traditional Chinese medicine and western medicine. As she says, "there is no right way to be healed, just what works.” It is her ultimate goal to help change the face of medicine by bridging the gap between the two disciplines.
Jaime Marks Acupuncture PLLC is in network with BCBS, Cigna, United Healthcare, and out-of-network with Aetna and other providers.
More About Accupuncture
Traditional Chinese Medicine has been practiced for thousands of years. Through empirical research, and practical experience, acupuncture is one of the primary modalities used by a Chinese Medical Practitioner to restore balance in the body. Primarily, by inserting thin and sterile needles into acupuncture points along well mapped out channels along the body, a practitioner will access qi (energy.) The concept of qi is analogous for energy flow in the body. In order to achieve optimal health, it is essential that there is a smooth flow of energy along these channels. Only when there is a disruption of energy in the channels, qi and blood circulation is obstructed, creating pain and pathology in the body. Acupuncture can redirect and reestablish the proper flow of energy, unblock accumulations, and allows the body to restore it’s balance at a very deep level.
The benefits of acupuncture extend to a wide variety of conditions: improve sleep, reduce stress, improve digestive complaints (nausea, abdominal pain, flatulence, bloating, constipation, diarrhea) emotional disorders (anxiety and depression,) musculoskeletal conditions (sports injuries, chronic pain, tension/stress, arthritis,) respiratory problems (asthma, allergies, the common cold,) gynecology (infertility, irregular cycles, pregnancy, menopause, fibroids, PCOS), autoimmune conditions (Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Inflammatory Bowel Disease- Crohn’s and Colitis, Lyme’s Disease, Muscular Sclerosis,) as well as many other disease states.
The most common questions regarding acupuncture are generally the following: How does it work? Is it safe, and does it hurt? Can it be used in conjunction with Western Medicine?
Acupuncture, is a comprehensive medical system that can address health concerns on it’s own. It also works synergistically with Western Medicine and other modalities (Physical Therapy, Chiropractic care,) lifestyle modifications (nutrition, exercise, meditation, and exercise programs) can help individuals improve a patient’s overall health, and quality of life.
Many studies indicate that acupuncture has multiple biological functions. The responses that occur are thought to activate pathways in the Central Nervous System and effects various physiological pathways in the brain that can lead to an analgesic effect, and hormone regulation. Furthermore, acupuncture promotes and reestablishes the circulation and flow of blood, promotes the flow of lymph, has an effect on balancing the nervous system, reduces inflammation, and alleviates pain.
Chinese Medical Professionals visually describe acupuncture as a metaphor for a tree. The tree bark represents how practitioners’ see and treat the body as a whole. The root of the tree mirrors the underlying factors that can be contributing and causing the problems/symptoms.. Many of the core imbalances or dysfunctions present in many different branches of the tree and manifest into various symptoms a patient seeks treatment for. Typically the same imbalances will appear in multiple systems of the body and present across various specialties in Western Medicine. In contrast, Chinese medicine treats the root cause, instead of focusing on the branch symptoms.
Acupuncture is extremely safe when administered by a qualified and licensed professional. Thin sterile needles are inserted and disposed of after each use so there is minimal to no risk of infection. There have been very few complications reported to the FDA of people who are treated with acupuncture each year.
Lastly, acupuncture needles cause minimal to no pain. It is very normal for individuals to feel apprehensive about needles. However, acupuncture needles are hair-thin and very different then hypodermic needles used at a medical doctors office to draw blood or get a shot. The sensations and perceptions may vary. Patients report a pleasant sensation of warmth, heaviness, dullness, tingling, or numbness. The patients who report discomfort describe it to be a minor prick feeling that disappears rapidly. Many patients indicate they feel a deep sense of relaxation and increased energy after a treatment. While the responses to treatment may vary, it is not uncommon for the therapeutic effects to appear hours or days after a treatment.