Every decision that you make regarding your health care is important. Below are answers to some commonly asked questions about Acupuncture, Chinese Herbs, and Eastern Medicine. If you don't see an answer to one of your questions or simply would like to talk to a practitioner, don't hesitate to call.

What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is the insertion of sterile, hair thin needles into specific points on the body. By inserting needles into different areas, a Licensed practitioner sends specific messages to the body to help it readjust and rebalance the energetic pathways in the body. It has been used for over 2000 years by people around the globe to help maintain health. Acupuncture used for musculoskeletal disorders can improve blood circulation to spasming or torn muscles, thus helping to re-establish necessary muscle tone. Increased blood supply nourishes these muscles and hence decreases pain. The insertion of an acupuncture needle creates a small micro-abrasion which notifies the body to trigger a healing response. Our bodies are capable of doing so much on their own. See how acupuncture can help you.


Who performs the Acupuncture?

Dara Barr L.Ac. is licensed by the State of New York to perform acupuncture. She has undergone extensive training in the Eastern and Western medical sciences and takes pride in offering comprehensive, results oriented treatments.


Does it hurt?

Most patients find that acupuncture is very relaxing and helps them achieve a deeper state of calm. Many patients fall asleep during their sessions and others feel energized. The needles are so fine that often there is no sensation on insertion and minimal discomfort if any during treatment. Acupuncture needles are not hollow like the needles used for other procedures. They are so fine that 20 of them fit inside a hypodermic needle.  Treatments often consist of other techniques that do not utilize needles. These include cupping, gua sha, tuina, acupressure, and external herbal liniments.


How many treatments will I need?

The number of treatments will depend on the acute or chronic nature of your health concern. Those conditions that are less severe will require less treatment time to gain results. For more long term health concerns, a regular treatment schedule will be recommended for continued progress. During your first visit, you can expect to get a better idea of what will work best for you and your specific condition.


Is Herbal Medicine safe?

The herbs used in my practice come from a highly reputable, strictly processed, manufacturing facility that follows GMP (Good Manufacturing Procedures) regulations. In addition, they utilize their own more stringent guidelines. The site laboratory uses equipment such as High Performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC) to assure consistent levels of active ingredients. All products are analyzed for the presence of heavy metals and harmful bacteria to ensure the utmost standards. Herb identification is verified by the experts in botanical pharmacology who use sophisticated scientific analysis to validate their findings. This insures that you are receiving the exact herb or plant material that was intended by your practitioner. Additionally, most herbs are sulphur-free, non-genetically modified and processed without corn or wheat making them best suited for all patients, including those who are sensitive to these common allergens.

Be sure to let us know if you are taking medications or if you have any allergies. Herbs can enhance the efficacy of most treatments and are well suited for most patients. Side effects are much less common with plant extracts compared to the isolated constituents that are often used in Western pharmaceuticals. While most patients will benefit from herbal therapies, they are not for everybody. Speak to your practitioner to see if they are right for you.

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Is Acupuncture Safe?

Dara Barr L.Ac. uses only sterilized, disposable, one-time-use acupuncture needles approved by the FDA. Additionally, she strictly follows Clean Needle Technique (CNT) protocol to assure the safety of her patients. As a licensed practitioner, Dara Barr L.Ac. has undergone comprehensive training to provide a safe, accurate implementation of this modality.


What should I expect during my first treatment ?

Initial treatments are approximately 1.5 hours and consist of a detailed health intake and consultation which addresses the entire person, an acupuncture session and any recommended herbal therapies. We will cover all aspects of your physical, mental and emotional state of health. Bring a list of any medications or supplements you currently take. We utilize a tongue evaluation and pulse diagnosis to determine the body's state of health according to Chinese medical patterning. Based on this comprehensive information, a treatment plan is established. The acupuncture treatment will last about 20 minutes and will take place in a clean, private and serene treatment room. Music is available for added relaxation.


Dara Barr L.Ac.

Acupuncture &Herbal Medicine in New York City

Conveniently located near Union Square and the Flatiron District.

900 Broadway, Suite 404 @20th St. New York, NY 10003

      TEL: 917.523.1782         FAX: 484-492-3092


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