classical acupuncture = complete system of health + healing

Sinew Meridians


Sinew Meridians are the most superficial meridians or pathways of energy on the body . We use these SM to restore balance to the physical body including muscle aches, sprains and pains.  Most effectively performed for acute conditions.

Primary Meridians


Primary Meridians represent our "day to day" energy.  Our digestive energy, our immune system, as well as the connections from the outside acupuncture points to the inner organs happens at the PM channels and points.  

Luo Vessels


Luo Vessels are the varicosities and spider veins we see sometimes occur and they represent the emotional distractions and traumas of our lives.  Clearing the Luos is an incredibly powerful way clear historic wounds and negative emotional and psychic patterns that have hindered our progress.  

Eight Extraordinary Meridians


At our deepest level rests the Jing - our essence in life - given by our parents and heaven, according to CCM.  At times, it is required that we work with conditions which "run in the family" or are impacting the deepest energetic level.  Eight Extraordinary work consists of the Blueprint for Life (Chong Mai), the Maternal (Ren Mai) and Paternal Matrix (Du Mai), the Linking Vessels (Wei Mais), the Heel Vessels (Qiao Mai) which is how we see ourselves now as well as the Belt Channel (Dai Mai) where we hold latency.  

Divergent Meridians


Divergent Meridians (DM) are the communication between the most superficial level of Wei Qi and the deepest level of Jing Qi.  Conditions which are labeled as auto-immune, seasonal, one-sided, or are intermittent are often treated wit the Divergents.  Depending on the relative strength and availability of energetic resources, DM are used to either eradicate the condition from the body or help the body hold the pattern in latency until a future time when resources can be built in order to manage release. 

Classical Acupuncture vs TCM


Classical Chinese Medicine (CCM) is distinct from the acupuncture which is commonly practiced and available known as Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM).  Classical students engage with several separate and unique forms of channel systems (outlined briefly to your left on this site) and are expected to work with individuals rather than patterns and point prescriptions.  It is a great honor to be a student / practitioner of this medicine as it is ancient, yet evolving, complex yet simple and pure.    

acupuncture and you / Answers to questions

Safety of Acupuncture


Acupuncture is a safe, effective, chemical free method of maintaining and restoring health and healing.  Acupuncture has very few side affects when performed by a properly trained Licensed Acupuncturist or Doctor of Acupuncture.  People all over the world have used acupuncture for thousands of years.  Originally utilized for pain conditions in the United States, Dr. Leah works with patients to restore balance in the body, mind and spirit with one of the safest forms of Natural Medicine in practice  today.  

Efficacy of Acupuncture


Acupuncture has been proven effective for hundreds of conditions ranging from pain to anxiety, depression, reduced side affects from chemotherapy, improved outcomes after surgery, PTSD and trauma, digestive and gynecological issues and more.  Dr. Leah treats each patient as an individual and custom crafts a treatment plan and strategy to best meet your goals for wellbeing.  Very often acute conditions can be remedied quickly while chronic complaints may take longer to resolve.  Acupuncture has been proven effective throughout history and now research studies agree

Common Conditions Treated


  Acupuncture is used for more than just pain!

Acne, Allergies, Asthma, Bad breath, Bed wetting, Better life-work balance, Carpel tunnel, Digestive upset, Dental Pain, Emotional imbalance, Fatigue, Generalized anxiety disorder, GERD, High blood pressure, High Cholesterol, Insomnia, Irritability, IBS, Low Back Pain, Migraine Headaches, Menstrual Issues, Mood Disorders, Neuropathy, PMS, Seasonal Affective Disorder, TMJ, Urinary Issues, Vertigo, and more. CCM focuses on you, not your diagnosis.  Dr. Leah creates a custom wellness plan related to your own goals for health.


The Experience of Acupuncture


Acupuncture should feel amazing!  The first sensation is a small pinch which is the stainless steel disposable point being inserted.  The next sensation is less familiar to some of us.  Described as warmth, flow, sensation, or movement this is when we connect to our own energy or Qi.  It's different for everyone and can be powerful.  The last (and best) part is the relaxation of resting and allowing your body's own energy to restore and regulate itself.  Very often even the most nervous of new patients are sleeping or resting comfortably when the session is over.  Acupuncture is a way to connect deeply to ourselves and feels unlike any other experience you might have had.  Even babies tolerate acupuncture as it is relatively pain-free and helps us find a very deep sense of relaxation. 

Profile of a Patient


Dr. Leah works with women, children and men who live and work in and around the Hudson Valley of New York.  Her youngest patients are newborns and she has also worked in end of life care.  She also consults nationally and internationally remotely via Skype and phone.  Each patient is a unique individual but we all have something in common as well.  Dr. Leah believes our healing is all together, meaning, a sense of community is important as we are each on our own healing journey.  

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Acupuncture's Roots + Beliefs


Classical Chinese Medicine has its philosophical and religious roots in Daoism, Buddhism, and Confucianism - three main ideologies present in China from the Han to Song Dynasties.  Dr. Leah has studied with Daoist Master Jeffrey Yuen since 2004 and therefore much of her training is in non-judgment, non-duality, and acceptance.  

While it is important to recognize the origins of this vast medicine, one does not need to share these beliefs for acupuncture to be of benefit.  Belief in your own innate power to heal and be well and an openness to miracles is all we hope you will have.  Studies show that belief in a higher power and prayer (even for those who do not believe) have positive outcomes in health and healing .  This is the magic of the quantum world, something the ancients in China have long understood.