The goal of Woodside Acupuncture is to be a neighborhood-friendly clinic that provides an alternative to the rising cost of healthcare. It strives to be integral to the health of the community and provide accessible and effective acupuncture to people of all class backgrounds.
More than 50 million people in the United States are un/under-insured and locked out of the healthcare system. Language barriers and impersonal hospital environments are further alienating and shut out immigrant communities from accessing healthcare. Acupuncture, one of the oldest, most commonly used systems of healing in the world, provides an alternative. It is simple, safe, and sustainable healthcare that treats the person rather than the illness. It offers non-surgical, drug-free treatments for a wide variety of conditions, including - muscular and joint pain, allergies, women's health issues, fertility, and digestive symptoms, as well as detoxification and facial rejuvenation.
Acupuncture does not need to be expensive to be effective. The purpose of the sliding scale at Woodside Acupuncture is to separate the issues of money and treatment. You decide what's right for you on the sliding scale, and feel free to come in as often as you need to get better and stay better.
About Hyun Lee
Hyun Lee earned her Masters degree at the Tri-State College of Acupuncture in New York, and is a New York State licensed and nationally board certified acupuncturist. She is trained in the Kiiko Matsumoto-style of Japanese acupuncture, which uses palpation of the hara (abdomen) as a key diagnostic tool and addresses structural and constitutional imbalances to treat multiple symptoms. She is also trained in the technique of myofascial trigger point release to treat tendinomuscular pain.
Prior to becoming an acupuncturist, she was a social justice activist and a community organizer. She defended low-income tenants and street vendors from forced evictions due to gentrification; trained immigrant youth in community service and organizing; engaged people on the long-term impact of war and militarism through performance and education; and organized against unfair free trade policies that displace small farmers and devastate the environment.
Acupuncture, like social justice, is fundamentally based on the belief that people have an innate capacity to heal themselves. The needles simply stimulate the body to remember its way back to its natural state, just as a good organizer inspires people to arrive at their own solutions through struggle. Hyun is excited to combine healing arts with social justice, and hopes to bring renewal and transformation to survivors of all kinds, struggling in the face of injustice and working toward social change. She is an LGBTIQQ-friendly practitioner, and fluent in Korean.
What to Expect on Your First Visit
The entire treatment takes 1 hour and 15 minutes. Please bring loose clothing, such as shorts and a tanktop. And be sure to eat a light meal before treatment.
On the day of your initial visit, you will first complete a comprehensive evaluation intake form, which asks you to describe your chief complaint as well as your health history. (This can be done before your first visit and the form can be e-mailed to you in advance.)
I will examine your tongue and pulse, as well as palpate (feel around) your abdomen and the area of your chief complaint, which inform the process of differential diagnosis.
My needling technique is gentle, and the treatment points are selected based on your specific patterns of disharmony. After all the needles have been placed, you may fall asleep, enter into a deeply tranquil state, or simply notice your emotions wax and wane.
After the needles are removed, you may notice slight or significant changes in mind, body, and/or spirit. As your body begins to adjust to new flows of energy created by the needles, you may notice further changes in the next few days or weeks.
The number of treatments necessary is unique to each patient and his/her condition. Some patients respond to acupuncture more quickly than others, and it is not uncommon for patients to experience significant effectiveness after one or two treatments. Three to ten weekly treatments is a normal course of treatment, and periodic maintenance treatments may be recommended.