A good acupuncture place?

acupuncture needles in backRight to the point, Nina emails:

I'm thinking of trying acupuncture. Any recommendations for practitioners?

While we can't vouch for quality, there's a place in Troy that has a most appropriate url: stuckintroy.com.

Clever domain names aside, anyone have suggestions for Nina? Please share!

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I go to Ageless Acupuncture in Saratoga Springs. Bridgette is wonderful, and having no idea of what to expect when I started, I have been extremely pleased with my experience.

I've only tried it once, so I have no basis for comparison, but I went to Dr. Zal on Computer Drive (off of Wolf Road). He seemed to be just fine - hopefully someone with more experience can give you a better recommendation!

Terry Keenan at One Roof on Henry St. in Saratoga has done wonderful things for my wife. I wouldn't have believed it unless I saw it for myself!

http://www.oneroofsaratoga.com/practicioners/terry-keenan

I don't know if Dr. Zal is in the same office as my chiropractor, who is also an acupuncturist. Dr. Singer is really great and she's located on Computer Dr. I haven't tried acupuncture yet but I'd undoubtedly go to her.

Jordan Su. She practices in Delmar across from Hannaford Plaza. 364-5934. I've been going to her for years!

Clarence Lu The Acupuncture Office
15-B Century Hill Drive, Latham, NY 12110 • (518) 785-8999 www.TheAcupunctureOffice.NET
His treatment really helped me with my neck and back after a serious car accident. I went twice and I haven't had to go back since.

Your money is better spent at a doctor. Multiple medical studies have shown that acupuncture has no benefits. This is no more then a placebo. Save your money.

http://skepdic.com/acupuncture.html

You might try shiatsu, similar benefits, and the practitioner is well plugged into the local practitioner community. Ted Tanaka, info can be found at http://artofshiatsu.net/

Michelle Dolan at Dr. Nussbaum's Office 482-6175 is amazing.

I have multiple friends that have recommended Troy Community Acupuncture to me (the link AOA mentions above). It is a community based practice and the price works on a sliding scale, so might be a good place to try it out.. or at least that is what I am thinking of doing!

Acupuncture is definitely not just a placebo, if you go to the right practitioner. I would definitely recommend Dr. P.W. Kong at 2498 Western Ave, near where 146 crosses Western. I have miserable allergies, and she drains my sinuses...which I didn't know was even possible before I met her. She is an MD as well. Good luck - I hope you find the help you are looking for.

@ Paul: Have you ever been to an acupuncturist?

thanks AOA for the link to stuck in troy...i'm going to give that a try. xoxo

@ Paul: I'd LOVE to have a conversation with you about my experience with acupuncture. By no means am I going to be swearing off western medicine anytime soon, but placebo or not - acupuncture has made my wife's life 100% better when her doctors told her there was nothing they could do.

I read through the website you linked to. Not once does it conclude that acupuncture has no benefits (as you state), but instead discusses how a placebo can stimulate the body to have a physiological response. That physiological response can then result in the reduction of targeted symptoms.

In other words: Don't knock it 'til you've tried it.

Thanks for the suggestions, all! I didn't realize so many people (relative to the population of people on All Over Albany) participated in acupuncture. I certainly have a lot of information!

I HIGHLY recommend Troy Community Acupuncture (TCA)... I believe that you found the url from my twitter feed. I have tried acupuncture in the past and realized some benefits, but had to stop going before realizing the full benefits of the treatment because it was too expensive ($60-$70/session). Eric Renaud is the practitioner at TCA and he is passionate about his work and very caring about his clients. The setting is relaxing and for me, I come out of there after an hour feeling refreshed with a new found energy. The sliding scale is what makes his services affordable and I would recommend anyone interested in exploring or trying acupuncture to at the very least, give him a call and schedule an appointment... it will be well worth your time...

I second Dr. Kong on Western Ave. She is amazing and chooses the best combination of treatments for each individual/condition using both western and eastern techniques.

She is both a western MD and an eastern MD as well (and becoming a doctor in China is much more difficult than in the US)

I used to have sinus headaches my whole life. I went to Dr. Kong for several sessions to treat several issues, including my sinuses, and I have never had a single sinus headache since (and I stopped accupuncture treatments over 3 years ago).

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