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The story of Martha and I...

I first met Martha a few years ago and she told me she was an Acupunturist.  She never gave me a treatment, and I didn't think I needed one so I never asked for one.  We hadn't seen each other for a few years when one day she walked into my office and asked me what was wrong with my neck.  My neck had been sore for the past two years and I couldn't easily turn it.  I had MRI's and X-rays taken and I even changed my pillows and bed, but nothing worked.  So I told her my story about the pain in my neck, and she smiled and yelled at me saying, "Why didn't you call me! I could've fixed it for you!"  Honestly, I was a little skeptical.  I thought, "How could she fix my neck when my doctor can't even figure out what's wrong with it".  But I had tried so many other things that I thought "why not".  She scheduled me for an acupunture treatment and amazingly, within two days I could turn my neck.  It was still slightly sore but not remotely close to how it felt over the past two years.  Within a few days my neck was 100% pain free.  I became a believer in Acupunture and it was my new source of healing.
Most of my clients that know me know that if I don't believe in a product or service, I don't offer it.  I had to ask Martha to join my team because of the great experience I have had in Acupunture.

WHAT IS ACUPUNCTURE?

Acupuncture is one of five branches of Traditional Medicine. The other branches include nutritional guidance, Tuina ( a form of Chinese Medical Massage), exercise ( Qi Gong and Tai Ji), herbal therapy.
From the Traditional Medical perspective, acupuncture is the manipulation of the body’s energy through the insertion of fine needles at specified points on the body with the goal of helping the body to heal and strengthen. This energy is referred to as Qi (pronounced Chee). When illness occurs it is an external manifestation of weak or disordered Qi. Acupuncture helps to re-order and strengthen the Qi and thereby eliminate the underlying condition and the symptoms. From the Traditional Medical perspective, acupuncture is the manipulation of the body’s energy through the insertion of fine needles at specified points on the body with the goal of helping the body to heal and strengthen. This energy is referred to as Qi (pronounced Chee). When illness occurs it is an external manifestation of weak or disordered Qi. Acupuncture helps to re-order and strengthen the Qi and thereby eliminate the underlying condition and the symptoms.

WHAT DOES ACUPUNCTURE TREAT?

The World Health Organization (WHO) has issued its findings regarding acupuncture in a publication titled "Acupuncture: Review and Analysis of Reports on Controlled Clinical Trials." It states: [G]enerally speaking, acupuncture treatment is safe if performed properly by a well trained practitioner. Unlike many drugs, it is non-toxic, and adverse reactions are minimal . . . acupuncture is comparable with morphine preparations in its effectiveness against chronic pain, but without the adverse effects of morphine, such as dependency. It notes there are numerous conditions for which acupuncture has been shown to be effective. Those conditions include: • Tension headache, • Migraine, • Facial pain • Craniomandibular disorders, • Temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ), • Restricted joint motion, • Muscle spasm, • Arthralgia, • Peri-arthritis • Cervical Spondylitis, • Fibromyalgia • Epicondylitis, • Fascitis, • Low Back Pain • Sciatica, • Osteoarthritis of the knee • Radicular pain syndromes, • Inflammation • Rheumatoid Arthritis, • Gout, • Biliary and Renal Colic, • Traumatic pain, • Post-operative pain • Labor Pain, • Reduction in Duration of Labor • Regulation of Blood Pressure, • Stimulation of Immune System, • Neuralgia, • Sequeale of Stroke • Hemiplegia, • Aphasia, • Bell’s Palsy • Facial Spasm, • Facial Spasm, • Insomnia • Allergic Rhinitis, • Tonsilitis, • Sore Throat • Bronchial Asthma, • Peptic Ulcer • Acute and Chronic Gastritis, • Nausea and Vomiting • Morning Sickness, • Irritable Colon • Chemotherapy induced Leukopenia, • Primary Dysmenorrhea, • PMS, • Regulates hypothalamic-pituitary-ovarian axis, • Induction of Labor • Stimulates Lactation, • Hypotension • Angina Pectoris, • Coronary Artery Disease • Depression, • Stress, • Drug Dependence • Diarrhea  

ABOUT MARTHA MA?

Martha Ma has been practicing Acupunture since 2002.  Her goal is to promote, educate and train people in healing arts forms of acupuncture and massage through different oriental techniques. She says, "Through this process I will promote my inner and spiritual growth as a practitioner". Martha was trained in Classical Acupuncture and in Traditional Chinese Medicine by renown master Jeffrey Yuen, a Taoist Priest 88th lineage of the Jade tradition. Jeffrey is the director of the Acupuncture Program at The Swedish Institute.
EDUCATION
Touro College, New York, NY 1986-1990
B.A., Liberal Arts.
Graduated Magna Cum Laude.
Swedish Institute, Inc. New York, NY 1998-1999.
Massage Therapy Program, completed in April 1999.
Swedish Institute, Inc. New York, NY 1999- 2002
Master’s of Science Degree.
Acupuncture Program, completed in August 2002.
Institute for Integrative Nutrition. NY, NY. Class of 2006
One Spirit Interfaith Alliance. NY, NY. Class of 2009
Professional Affiliations: Member of Acupuncture Society of New York, Member of The National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental medicine, and- Member of The American Acupuncture Council.
Licensures and Certification: Licensed Acupuncturist, NYS, October of 2002
Licensed Massage Therapist, NYS, May, 1999
Languages: English and Spanish.