Follow the ‘Needle’… My Journey in Acupuncture from Patient to Doctor

danett_profile_pic_reduced_sizeWhen a friend of mine suggested that I get acupuncture, I thought it was a bit extreme. Purposely choosing to get needles, didn’t sound like something I was interested in. Childhood memories of needles that seemed as big as my arm… ‘pain and terror’ were all I could think of. At first thought I declined, but something inside of me decided it was time to try something new. I was having difficulty sleeping and needed help.

The acupuncture sessions improved my sleep significantly, but what really got my attention were the other things (that I hadn’t realized were off) also corrected themselves. They weren’t even things I had necessarily thought to mention to my acupuncturist. The state of relaxation I reached while on the table, coupled with the overall improvements I witnessed in myself, were in a word… amazing. I had to help other people experience what I had, or at least their own version. And thus set the path of my love turning into my craft.

Acupuncture is a part of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Asian Medicine, one of the oldest medical systems in existence. Along with nutrition, lifestyle, massage, herbs and Qi gong, it is part of a complete medical system dating back more than three thousand years ago.

Acupuncture is the insertion of thin needles into points along energetic pathways called channels or meridians. Through Asian Medical diagnostics, an acupuncturist is able to assess which organ energies and channels need to be balanced, and thus which acupuncture points to use on a particular patient.

Acupuncture treats a wide variety of conditions from headaches and hypertension to musculoskeletal conditions. You might say to yourself, “Can acupuncture help women’s health conditions? “And the answer is “YES!!!”. Using the same Asian Medical diagnostics (a series of questions, tongue inspection, pulse assessment, etc.) mentioned above, acupuncture points are selected to assist the body’s energy to be more balanced.

In a balanced state, better reproductive health follows, which fosters repair in the full gamut of women’s health concerns including: premenstrual syndrome; painful, irregular, heavy or lengthy periods; endometriosis, PCOS, contraception assistance; labor preparation; perimenopause and menopause.

Contrary to what one might think of when they hear the word “acupuncture”, it can be extremely relaxing, promoting better overall wellness. And with the body’s energies being more balanced, it can help to strengthen the immune system and assist with preventive care.

To find out more, or book an appointment, call Back To The Middle at 718-789-2289 or email us at

Love being a woman,
Dr. Danett