Saturday, November 3, 2012

Monday, October 8, 2012

Recent Study Shows Acupuncture Effective for Chronic Pain

Recent Study Shows Acupuncture Effective for Chronic Pain

A new study published last month in the Archives of Internal Medicine demonstrates that acupuncture is more effective for chronic pain than “sham acupuncture,” which is a placebo version of the treatment. This study has been touted as one of the largest, most rigorous and robust analyses to date on the effectiveness of acupuncture treatments for the amelioration of pain.

This study received major news coverage from news entities all over the world, proving that acupuncture has been and will continue to be used for pain management effectively throughout the world. The NCCAOM used the momentum created by this important news to send out a nation-wide press release to promote the safe and effective practice of acupuncture by NCCAOM certified Diplomates with special attention to how to find a certified Diplomate via the NCCAOM website. You can read the press release via the NCCAOM website

Monday, August 13, 2012

Acupuncture Improves Sleep

A recent study shows that acupuncture as a treatment for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) has immediate effects in reducing nocturnal respiratory events, sleep disruptions, and desaturations (low oxygen levels in the blood). The researchers hypothesize that this improvement is due to acupuncture’s effects on serotonergic pathways and also acupuncture’s anti-inflammatory effects. Both manual acupuncture and 10Hz electro-acupuncture techniques were found effective. Both techniques produced superior clinical outcomes compared with 2Hz electro-acupuncture.
Discussion of Acupuncture and Airflow
The researchers note that the acupuncture points of the neck are of specific interest because they stimulate the genioglossus muscle (secondarily, the mylohyoid muscle) on deep insertion. They note that stimulation of this lingual muscle affects airflow dynamics and may be a key reason as to why acupuncture is effective for improving the symptoms of patients with sleep apnea.

To read the full article please click here
Posted by Sharon Wyse L.Ac

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Why Are You Doing That Point? Spleen 6

"Ever wonder why acupuncturists choose certain points? The AcuTake “Why Are You Doing That Point?” series has the answer.
So far we’ve looked at Liver 3 and Large Intestine 4, two popular acupuncture points that are frequently used together; Stomach 36, known for its energizing qualities; and Governing Vessel 20, a conversation-starter located on the top of the head.
This time we’re looking at a very widely used point called Spleen 6.
Spleen 6—also known as Sanyinjiao (Chinese name), Three Yin Intersection (English translation) and SP6 (acupunk lingo)—is located on the inside of the lower leg.
To find it yourself, place the pinkie-side edge of your hand against the high point of your medial malleolous (the big bone on the inside of your ankle). Spleen 6 is directly above the malleolous, at the other, index-finger edge of your hand (see picture below).

Spleen 6 Is a Three-for-One Deal

The location of Spleen 6 is what makes it so widely used. Spleen 6 is the point at which the Spleen, Liver and Kidney meridians intersect—hence the name, Three Yin Intersection.

This means it can be used to address issues having to do with any of the three channels. And that means Spleen 6 is used an awful lot.
John Pirog, in his great book The Practical Application of Meridian Style Acupuncture, says that naming all of Spleen 6′s indications would “require an entire text.”
In A Manual of Acupuncture, author Peter Deadman calls Spleen 6 “one of the most important and widely used of the acupuncture points.”
It’s not just that Spleen 6 is a three-fer. Moreover, Spleen, Liver and Kidney—arguably more than other channels—are principally important in a significant number of functions throughout the body.
Westerners in particular, plagued by our overworked and stressed-out lifestyles, are disproportionately afflicted with patterns that affect the Liver and Spleen meridians. For this reason, Spleen 6 is included in almost all acupuncture treatments for general-wellness, balancing, and stress-reduction.
We could all use a little more Spleen 6 in our lives.

Ladies, Remember This Acupuncture Point

Although Spleen 6 is used for many, many conditions, there are a few for which it is known to be especially effective. Gynecological conditions are at the top of the list.

Anything gynecological—PMS, irregular or painful menstruation, infertility, delayed or difficult labor, genital pain or itching—is from an acupuncture perspective directly related to Spleen, Liver and Kidney. Gynecological issues can stem from any (or all three) of these systems, so a point that influences them all is efficient and effective.
In fact, Spleen 6′s effect on a woman’s reproductive health is so powerful that the point is contraindicated during pregnancy.
Spleen 6 also addresses reproductive health in men. It is frequently used on men who complain of impotence, seminal emission and genital pain.

Spleen 6 Is A Lot to Digest

After gynecology, digestion is the next best-known area that warrants love from Spleen 6.
Often used in combination with acupuncture point Stomach 36, Spleen 6 is particularly focused on resolving digestive and abdominal problems due to what is known as Dampness.
As it pertains to digestive disorders, Dampness can cause diarrhea, undigested food in the stool, abdominal distention or fullness, and weak appetite. Many of these symptoms are seen in that overworked and stressed-out Westerner mentioned above, because Dampness often is a sign of deficiency in the Spleen caused by an overactive Liver.
Spleen 6, in addition to being chosen when digestive or abdominal symptoms suggest Dampness, also is a go-to point for women whose digestive disturbances are accompanied by gynecological problems.
Other uses for Spleen 6 include difficult or painful urination, insomnia, dizziness, low back and knee pain, as well as ankle and foot pain because of its location.
As the connection point for the body’s Spleen, Liver and Kidney energies, Spleen 6 is multifaceted and powerful in its effects. Don’t be surprised if you see it pop up in your next acupuncture treatment.
Next up on “Why Are You Doing That Point?” is Yin Tang. Look for it."
By Sara Calabro
Reposted by Sharon Wyse L.Ac

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Real testimonials from real patients...

Thank you to all my patients who took time to express how Acupuncture and Herbal medicine has helped them overcome their symptoms!

I have Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome and was skeptical about acupuncture at first. However, within four treatments with Sharon Wyse, my menstrual cycle became more regular. I work in health care so I appreciate that Sharon is fluent in both Western and Eastern medical vocabularies. I’m always impressed at how Sharon’s theories and treatments encompass and treat symptoms that seem unrelated to my primary complaint. Sharon is resourceful and uses various approaches and tools simultaneously to achieve the best result, and she is always willing to research a question or condition to provide the most knowledgeable care. I recommend Sharon to anyone dealing with menstrual (or other!) issues. J.A. Brooklyn NY

I have always believed in Eastern medicine, but I also believe in finding the right practitioner...having been on the hunt for a good acupuncturist since moving to NY several years ago, I am so glad I found Sharon Wyse. Not only has each session with Sharon been thoroughly relaxing, but any ache, pain or ailment that I have walked in with, I have well and truly walked out leaving behind. I would highly recommend Sharon to anyone who is both experienced and new to this type of treatment.
~Jen Thomas, Astoria NY
"Sharon’s acupuncture as worked wonders for my asthma.  
As soon as she starts placing the needles I can feel my 
chest begin to open up. I used to take Singulair every day. 
Now I only take it when I really need it. 
I definitely recommend anyone with asthma to give it a try." 
                                                     -New York, NY

If you want to feel a bit of 'Nirvana', I strongly recommend you experience an acupuncture session with Sharon Wyse.   I was suffering from carpal tunnel, and was advised by a surgeon  that my only recourse was surgery.  I chose to try acupuncture first and was referred to Sharon by my physician.  What a God send!   From the start, my experience was wonderful, as Sharon 'connects' with her patients. My sessions not only relieved the pain, but left me feeling  energized and renewed.  I recently underwent two surgeries, and did not hesitate to see Sharon for relief from the discomfort while recovering.   
Sharon is truly concerned, caring and very much in tune with her patients. It goes without saying that I have and always will continue to recommend Sharon to my family and friends. 
Sue, New York

I struggled with pain in my shoulder and arm for years.  I had gone to no less than 5 western practitioners who diagnosed me with various issues and were indifferently suggesting surgery.  Immediately after my first treatment with Sharon Wyse I started to feel better.  She had not only worked on my arm when I started seeing her but approached my ailment in a holistic manor paying attention to my asthma and tendency to hunch over – creating strain on my neck and shoulder muscles.  No one else had ever connected them to my ailing shoulder but it made perfect sense.  Not only did it help my arm and relieve me of that pain, but I found myself craving treatments in general. I have been seeing her ever since for any ailments that come up or even if I just feel unbalanced.  Her treatments are like a day at the spa for me.  I always leave Sharon’s treatments feeling so good and relaxed”.
32y/o  New York, NY

"I started seeing Sharon back in 2003 for a chronic digestive problem (IBS) I had suffered with for about 2 years. I had tried everything and was even told by a medical doctor that it was "all in my head" and that I should "try to relax"  Within 2 treatments I had seen a huge difference in my bowel pattern and bowel consistency; within 2 months of acupuncture treatments and herbs I was back to "normal" I didn't even realize how bad my quality of life was until I was able to look back and compare how I was feeling- I couldn't believe how long I had to suffer for nothing?! Sharon spent time with me explaining what she was doing and I felt like (and still feel like) I was in such great hands and so cared after during her treatments. I still continue to see Sharon for other ailments that come up and she even made me an herbal emergency kit for those times that I come down with a cold! “
Sue F., 34

“As a fellow acupuncturist and herbalist who worked with Sharon for over two years I admire Sharon's expertise in Chinese medicine and her devotion to wellbeing of patients.  She always inspired me to look deeper into patient’s cases and generously shared her extensive knowledge as we discussed treatment strategies.  She sees patients as whole complex beings and treats that way.  I was lucky to have many acupuncture sessions with Sharon.  They were very effective in reducing various ailments such as headaches, colds, backache, digestive problems, and fatigue.  And they always were painless and relaxing!  Sharon's needling technique and bedside manners are exceptional!  I feel confident every time I give Sharon's card to people seeking for a great acupuncturist in the area.”
Angela Gabriel L.Ac.

“I first met Sharon through a friend that was going to see her for acupuncture treatments. At first I was skeptical but I was experiencing so much pre-menstrual pain that I decided to give it a try. My western MD told me that I had endometriosis; he prescribed me pain killers and told me that I would need surgery. I started getting weekly acupuncture and taking the herbal medications that Sharon prescribed. My menses came the following month and I realized that I didn't have the pain like I normally do and even the achiness in my back was gone. I usually have very bad pre menstrual symptoms like tender breast and emotional mood swings but I noticed a huge difference within that first month. After the second month I had no pain what so ever, I couldn't believe that I didn't need to take off of work like I usually had to on the first day of my period. Needless to say I am still pain free and didn't have to have the laparoscopy surgery. I would recommend Sharon to anybody!”
Joanne K.

“Sharon Wyse has helped me in so many ways.  I suffer from anxiety and in the height of it all I was willing to try anything to find relief.  After listening to me patiently, Sharon explained to me what was happening to my body and how acupuncture will help.  For the first time in a long time I had felt a sense of calmness because she cared and made so much sense.  Sharon started treating me with acupuncture and herbs which I have found to be a great help in my recovery. I would recommend and do recommend Sharon to everyone I speak to! “
S.M, 33

“Sharon is one of the brightest people I know. She has a kind heart and a very special way about her that lets you know that you are important and cared for. Sharon is a skilled acupuncturist and herbalist who possess the rare ability to treat her patients with intelligence and kindness at the same time.”
Stephanie Duggins L.Ac.

I had a slight discomfort in one of my testicles, and I went to a urologist for fear
of testicle cancer.  After careful examination, the urologist found nothing wrong, and basically told me to 'live with it' and it 'might go away on its own'.
Well, it did not 'go away on its own'. Nor did it get worse. It just stayed continually uncomfortable. A cousin of mine had recommended acupuncture as a possible cure,  and had highly recommended Sharon Wyse.
I was skeptical, but was willing to give it a try.
I know this may sound crazy, but Sharon cured me in ONE VISIT. I am not joking! Even though I no longerhad any discomfort in my testicle after just one treatment by Sharon, I continued to see her for several months just to keep my body in balance.
It is now almost 9 months later, and I still have no discomfort in my testicle, and feel   terrific.
Thank you, Sharon!!
New Jersey

"Being a Broadway actor, staying healthy is always on the forefront o my mind. Sharon has enabled me maintain incredible physical and mental health, as well as providing me with ways, through acupuncture and nutrition, to prevent all types of sickness" H.H, New York

Sharon is a wonderful acupuncturist. I have been to see her for various ailments including anxiety, pms, chest infections and fertility and she has always been able to help me. Her treatment is pain free and very relaxing. Sharon is extremely knowledgeable in fertility and she is always very helpful and recommends different treatments and sites to look up for more information. I highly recommend her. Diane G., New York

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Relieve your allergies


"An allergy is when your body is hypersensitive and over reacts to a harmless environmental substance. It is a disorder of the immune system
and is characterised by allergic reactions where your body activates your immune system as if it were under attack resulting in an
inflammatory and purging response. This is why allergic reactions lead to swelling, redness, itching, sneezing and watery eyes. Allergic
reactions range from a mild annoyance to extreme and life threatening anaphylactic shock.


This is one of the most common forms of allergy. It is
triggered by tiny particles suspended in the air. Its
scientific name is allergic rhinitis. This includes seasonal
rhinitis such as hayfever, tree and fungus allergies as well
as perennial rhinitis such as pet and dust mite allergies.
These allergies can be made worse by pollutants and
irritants such as car fumes, smoke and strong perfumes.
The symptoms usually include running nose and eyes,
sneezing, swelling and itchy eyes.
(Click here to see pollen and spore calendar) 

If your skin comes into contact with an allergic trigger then it can cause a
skin reaction like dermatitis. Common triggers are materials like latex,
chemical cleaners, insect bites or stings. Symptoms include local redness,
swelling, itchy hives and eczema.

Allergies from eating or drinking a substance can range from mild reactions of discomfort, heartburn
and itchy hives on the skin to life threatening anaphylactic shock. Food allergies can come out of
nowhere and can sometimes go away. Common allergens include dairy, gluten, nuts, shellfish and
certain fruits."

To read the full article on how to relieve your allergies please click here
Re posted from

Friday, April 13, 2012

Now Accepting Blue Cross/ Blue Shield and Cigna insurance!

Not to worry if you do not carry either of these insurances as I will always give you a medical HCFA form to submit to your insurance carrier for reimbursement!

Posted by Sharon Wyse L.Ac.

Monday, April 2, 2012

Relieve Your Seasonal Allergies with Acupuncture

"Acupuncture has been used to treat seasonal allergies for centuries with great success. According to traditional medicine, treatment is directed toward clearing the nasal passages, supporting the immune system and strengthening the systems of the body to prevent allergic reactions from recurring.
What Are Seasonal Allergies?
Commonly called hay fever or allergic rhinitis, a seasonal allergy is an allergic reaction to a trigger that is typically only present for part of the year, such as spring or fall. Pollens that are spread by the wind are usually the main cause of seasonal allergies. People who are allergic to pollens are also often sensitive to dust mites, animal dander, and molds.
Spring is traditionally the main season when allergies blossom because of new growth on trees and weeds. Fall, which ushers in a whole different set of blooming plants, as well as leaf mold, is a close second. Airborne mold spores can be found almost year round, along with other common allergens such as dust, dust mites, and animal dander.
About 26 million Americans endure chronic seasonal allergies, while the number of people with milder symptoms may be as high as 40 million, according to the National Center for Health Statistics.
Seasonal allergies are caused by the body's hypersensitivity to substances in the environment. Symptoms primarily involve the membrane lining the nose, causing allergic rhinitis, or the membrane lining the eyelids and covering the whites of the eyes, causing allergic conjunctivitis.
While there are many Western medications to treat the symptoms of seasonal allergies, these treatments can cause unwanted side effects, such as drowsiness and immune system suppression as well as an over-reliance on medications. These side effects have motivated many people to search for alternative approaches like acupuncture and Oriental medicine to manage their allergies."

To read more of this article please click here 
For more information on how Acupuncture and TCM (traditional Chinese medicine) can help with seasonal allergies and asthma please click here

Posted by Sharon Wyse L.Ac

Monday, February 13, 2012

Free Exercise website

I attended a seminar yesterday and learned about a fabulous free website that can help you in choosing exercises that you can easily do at home. As I always implement self care tips to all my patients I thought I would share this website so that all can benefit :)
Please click here for the free exercise website.
Be well,
Sharon Wyse L.Ac

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Deciphering your blood tests results made easy

Often I have patient come into the clinic with blood work that they cannot read or decipher, here is a good website to help look up ranges and explain certain tests that are performed:
Posted by Sharon Wyse L.Ac

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Acupressure/ Acupuncture for Nausea During Pregnancy

"Nausea during pregnancy is often dismissed as a minor disorder of pregnancy. As it can be compared to the experience of having persistent food poisoning it is not something that one would volunteer to endure for 12 to 16 weeks. As nausea is estimated to affect one third of all pregnancies it is worth considering the alternatives.

In traditional Chinese medicine, although the nausea associated with pregnancy can arise from a variety of conditions, these all involve the stomach’s energy. If pregnancy interferes it affects not only the process of digestion but also the stomach’s energetic nature of aiding the movement of food downward through the digestive tract. Strong upward rebellious energy or a weakness in this down bearing function results in the nausea and vomiting.

While acupuncture treatment is aimed at strengthening the energetic function of the stomach and correcting any underlying disharmonies, dietary advice is directed at reducing the energetic workload of the digestive system."

To read the full article on how TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) can help with nausea during pregnancy please click here 

re-posted from the Essential Guide to Acupuncture in Pregnancy and Child birth

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Acupuncture as an Essential Health Benefit - Public Input!

Essential Health Benefits: In 2010, President Obama signed the Affordable Care Act, a health insurance reform law intended to ensure access to quality and affordable health insurance for all Americans. Starting in 2014, most health plans will be required to offer a comprehensive package of items and services to patients, known as "essential health benefits” (EHB). Under the new law, EHB must cover certain specific services including emergency services, maternity and newborn care, prescription drugs as well as preventive and wellness services, among others.

The AAAOM strongly supports designating acupuncture as an EHB. Our full position statement is available in the Governance section of our website at aaaomonline.orgIf you are able to contribute financial support to this effort, which will be solely used to further publicize and generate action on this issue, please click here or contact us. To participate in committee work or related research projects, please contact us at

Public Input is Needed: The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is currently accepting input regarding their approach to establishing EHBs. A strong public show of support for acupuncture as an essential health benefit will be noticed by policymakers and will lay a solid foundation for future federal acupuncture initiatives.

Take action now: Ask your patients to send an email to the address below to show their support for EHB. Also, send your own email as a patient showing your support. Emails should request that acupuncture be designated as an essential benefit service and should share the benefits of acupuncture and its cost effectiveness. 

To send a message to HHS, visit or send an email directly to: and carbon copy so that we can track the letters sent. The deadline for comments is January 31, 2012.
Thank you for your support of our efforts to serve our profession. If you have any questions or need any assistance, please contact AAAOM at 1-866-455-7999, extension 3, or

To sign this petition please click here

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

"Traditional Chinese medicine makes fertility treatments effective"

Traditional Chinese medicine has long been used to ease pain and treat disease.
Now researchers have found it can also boost fertility if used in combination with fertility treatments.
A team led by Dr Shahar Levi-Ari from Tel Aviv University compared the success rates of couples using intrauterine insemination (IUI) both with and without Chinese herbal and acupuncture therapies.
IUI involves a laboratory procedure to separate fast moving sperm from more sluggish sperm.
The fast moving sperm are then placed into the woman’s womb close to the time of ovulation when the egg is released from the ovary in the middle of the monthly cycle. 
The results, which have been published in the Journal of Integrative Medicine, show a significant increase in fertility when the therapies are administered side-by-side.

To read the full article please click here

posted by Sharon Wyse L.Ac.