Sunday 3PM-6PM (Arrive By 5:30PM)
$15 for ear balancing treatment.
Ear acupuncture, also known as auricular therapy, is based on the principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Auricular therapy is widely used for many conditions, including addiction treatment, mood disorders, obesity, pain, and other conditions. This medical system emphasizes a holistic approach to medicine, an approach that treats the whole person. The acupuncture points found on the ear help to regulate the body’s internal organs, structures, and functions.
Auricular therapy has a long history of use in China. It was mentioned in the most famous of ancient Chinese medical textbooks, “The Yellow Emperor’s Classic of Internal Medicine.” In modern times, auricular therapy has been shown to stimulate the release of endorphins, the body’s own feel-good chemicals.
Sliding scale of $25 to $75 for full body treatment.
The classical Chinese explanation is that channels of energy run in regular patterns through the body and over its surface. These energy channels, called meridians, are like rivers flowing through the body to irrigate and nourish the tissues. An obstruction in the movement of these energy rivers is like a dam that backs up in others.
The meridians can be influenced by needling the acupuncture points; the acupuncture needles unblock the obstructions at the dams, and reestablish the regular flow through the meridians. Acupuncture treatments can therefore help the body’s internal organs to correct imbalances in their digestion, absorption, and energy production activities, and in the circulation of their energy through the meridians.
The modern scientific explanation is that needling the acupuncture points stimulates the nervous system to release chemicals in the muscles, spinal cord, and brain. These chemicals will either change the experience of pain, or they will trigger the release of other chemicals and hormones which influence the body’s own internal regulating system.
The improved energy and biochemical balance produced by acupuncture results in stimulating the body’s natural healing abilities, and in promoting physical and emotional well-being.
About Our Acupuncturist
Barent Gordinier is a licensed acupuncturist of New York State and a nationally-certified diplomate of NCCAOM. He graduated from the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in New York City in 2012 with a master of science in traditional Oriental Medicine. There he studied acupuncture and herbal medicine, as well as qi gong (therapeutic breathing), and tui na (medical massage). In the student clinic as well as at off-site externships (Beth Israel Cancer Care Center, Housing Works, Fortune Society), Barent treated a wide-range of conditions, including common colds, allergies, asthma, chronic pain, musculo-skeletal issues, gynecological issues, fatigue, urinary difficulties, fertility, stress, depression, side effects of cancer treatment, neurological disorders, addiction recovery, etc. Barent is excited to work in the healing space at Makara and serve as a neighborhood resource for those seeking to address chronic and acute conditions with acupuncture and dietary advice to bring the body back into balance naturally.