Acupuncture FAQs


Acupuncture FAQs

Does acupuncture hurt?
Although acupuncture involves the insertion of filiform needles, there is often no sensation when the needle is inserted. The practice of Japanese Acupuncture uses the smallest and most narrow needles with very little, if any, stimulation. This is very different from the Chinese based techniques which often creates a rushing sensation at the site of the needle.

When Trigger Point Dry Needling techniques are used, there is a stronger sensation at the area of the needle, however, the relief of pain and discomfort from the muscular or structural issue far exceeds any temporary discomfort.

Before any acupuncture begins, we will inform you of what to expect. You should not experience any burning, stinging or otherwise uncomfortable sensations. During or after the treatment, you might feel things inexplicably moving, or feel some areas becoming heavy while some areas are becoming lighter. Most commonly, clients have a great night of sleep while their bodies integrate and begin the healing process.

How do I know if acupuncture is for me?
Acupuncture has been used in various forms for thousands of years in many countries for a wide variety of conditions. In fact, East Asian medicine became a formalized system of health for preventive care, not just as a means to fight disease.

–If you are currently seeking a course of treatment to manage your symptoms, we want to help you treat the cause.

–If you are worried that “something just doesn’t feel right,” we want to help you understand the interconnectedness of your body, and treat it.

–If you are concerned that your stress level is causing other problems, we want to stregnthen your body AND help you ease the stress.

–If you have tried other therapeutic modalities and have not had success, we want to help you to find your path to return to your true self.

What makes AXIOM unique?
AXIOM is unique in its approach to create change before the needle is inserted. We test the efficacy of an intended treatment to ensure that you feel the change and know it is working. Then the treatments accumulate as we ‘peel the onion’ of your condition. Generally speaking, each patient will feel a meaningful change within three to five treatments. Please call us to discuss your specific circumstances so we can provide you with a more meaningful level of expectation.

How long is each treatment?
The initial consultation to review your complete medical history can take between 15 and 30 minutes. We do not charge for your medical history intake as this in our investment in you. The initial treatment is approximately one hour and 15 minutes. Subsequent appointments are approximately one hour and 15 minutes. However, if you have less availability, Stephen will work with you to have a complete treatment in your timeframe.

In contrast to many types of acupuncture that have you to lay on the table for most of the session resting with needles, Stephen’s actively works with you for most of the session while still enabling you to rest. Simply, Stephen spends more of his with you than most practitioners as part of his way to ensure that you both know the treatment is working.

How many times do I need to be treated?
There is a general rule: the more acute your condition, the less you need to be treated. The more chronic the condition, the more that is required. However, each person is different and like all rules, there are exceptions. However, at AXIOM we want you to achieve your goals as efficiently as possible. We can reach more people through your satisfied referrals than by trying to string clients along.

Is it possible to have a home visit?
Our number one goal is to accommodate you. If you are unable to come to our office, please call us so we can make special arrangements.



Japanese Herbology
In Japan, Herbology—also known as Kanpo—is only allowed to be prescribed by physicians and dispensed by a pharmacist. The herbal formulas are highly regulated, standardized, and produced by pharmaceutical companies under strict regulations. Unlike the decoctions and raw herbs that often need to be prepared at home, we only use manufacturers that provide a more convenient and highly effective form of granules. The two companies we use are the only manufacturers that distribute in the United States that actually prepare your formula before turning it into a small powder to swallow. Most other manufacturers skip this critical step, and simply reduce the single herbs into powder before packaging.The Kanpo formulas are mostly based on the classics and have been used for thousands of years. They are highly focused to target a specific condition and produce rapid results.

Chinese Herbology
 In China, Herbology has continued to develop and advance over the millennium with different schools of thought. Whereas Kanpo “sticks to what works,” the Chinese have continued to develop and refine their approach. Recently, some imported products from China have not met the highest of standards. As such, we can refer you to a distributor in New York City that has satisfied the highest of FDA standards. Upon request they will provide a free tour of their Manhattan facility, and if asked will provide all relevant documentation.Delivery: For the convenience of AXIOM Holistic clients, herbal formulas can be delivered via USPS, FedEx or messenger.



AXIOM currently has specific practitioners that offer the following services.

Please call 646.633.4606 to inquire. 

Facial Rejuvenation
This noninvasive cosmetic acupuncture treatment includes but is not limited to; improvement of muscle tone and dermal contraction, increases collagen production, improves facial circulation, reduces fine lines, tighten pores and slows the aging process from within.

Kinesio Taping
A tool and technique that helps the body heal naturally while simultaneously supporting and stabilizing muscles and joints. It does this by allowing for the body to continue having a range of motion using a special tape designed for this purpose. Kinesio tape works well for orthopedic, neuromuscular, neurological and other medical conditions.

Private sessions are offered at our office.

NAET: Nambudripad’s Allergy Elimination Technique
This holistic, natural, drug free technique alleviates a vast range of allergies and sensitivities using muscle testing, energy balancing and acupuncture.

NLP: Neuro-Linguistic Programming 
NLP is a  practical technique that uses various tools to help navigate through various feelings, desires and more. It can be infused into an acupuncture appointment when navigating topics that are preventing you from a full, free life or as its own session. 

Private sessions are offered at our office.

Rising Star
The Rising Star healing system was introduced or channeled by Derek O’Neill, and more can be read at SQ Wellness. Rising Star can have a profound and cumulative effect on a person’s process.

Private sessions are offered at our office.




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According to the Vital Choice website, their seafood is very low in mercury
“All of our fish are free of hazardous levels of mercury, for two reasons:
We feature species that are inherently low in mercury:
Salmon, Sablefish, Sardines, Scallops, Prawns, and Crab.
We offer only younger, smaller (therefore, minimal-mercury)
members of predatory species (Halibut and Albacore Tuna).
Tests of Vital Choice seafood show that it is very low in mercury, as shown
in our Mercury Chart.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) was very conservative in setting the legal limit for mercury at 1 ppm (parts per million), which is 10 times lower than the very lowest level associated with mercury poisoning.
The minuscule amounts of mercury in our fish fall very far below this conservative safety level.
For example:
Vital Choice Salmon: At 0.03 to 0.05 parts per million (ppm) mercury, our wild Salmon (Sockeye, Silver and King) has about 25 times less mercury than is allowed under FDA rules (1 ppm).
Vital Choice Tuna: At 0.08 ppm, our small, troll-caught Albacore Tuna has 4 times less mercury, compared with standard canned Albacore (0.34 ppm).
Vital Choice Halibut: At 0.08 ppm, our Halibut has 3 times less mercury, compared with standard Halibut (0.26 ppm).
Vital Choice Sablefish: At 0.07 ppm, our Sablefish has 3 times less mercury, compared with standard Sablefish (0.22 ppm).”