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North Nassau Acupuncture LLC

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Now open 7 Days a week!

Posted on May 2, 2014 at 1:22 PM Comments comments (384)
We are very excited to announce that we are now open 7 DAYS A WEEK!!!

Voted #1 in Great Neck!

Posted on April 30, 2014 at 3:43 PM Comments comments (370)
We are very excited to announce that we have been named #1 for acupuncturists in Great Neck for the 3rd year in a row!

Check out this article our patient sent us on acupuncture and hot flashes!

Posted on February 12, 2014 at 3:44 PM Comments comments (324)

New newsletter on Migraines and Headaches!

Posted on February 5, 2014 at 9:22 AM Comments comments (198)

Qi Mail™
The Acupuncture NewsletterFebruary 2014Meghan Van Dina L.Ac., M.S., Dipl.OM, B.A.
North Nassau Acupuncture LLC
107 Northern Boulevard, Great Neck NY
69 Berry Hill Rd. Syosset NY
516-384-7452Alleviate Your Migraine and Headache Pain
Are you plagued by chronic headaches? More than 45 million Americans (one in six) suffer from chronic headaches, and 20 million of them are women. Scientific research shows that acupuncture can be more effective than medication in reducing the severity and frequency of chronic headaches. 

The pain that headache and migraine sufferers endure can impact every aspect of their lives. Acupuncture is a widely accepted form of treatment for headaches, and can offer powerful relief without the side effects that prescription and over-the-counter drugs can cause. Headaches and migraines, as well as their underlying causes, have been treated successfully with acupuncture and Oriental medicine for thousands of years. They can be used alone in the management and treatment of headaches, or as part of a comprehensive treatment program.

Acupuncture and Oriental medicine do not recognize migraines and chronic headaches as one particular syndrome. Instead, these approaches aim to treat the specific symptoms that are unique to each individual using a variety of of techniques including acupuncture, tui-na massage, and energetic exercises to restore balance in the body. Therefore, your diagnosis and treatment will depend on a number of variables. In diagnosing your individual issues, you may be asked a series of questions, including: 

  • Is the headache behind your eyes and temples, or is it located more on the top of your head?
  • When do your headaches occur (i.e. night, morning, after eating)?
  • Do you find that a cold compress or a darkened room can alleviate some of the pain?
  • Is the pain dull and throbbing, or sharp and piercing?

Your answers to these questions will help your practitioner create a treatment plan specifically for you. The basic foundation of Oriental medicine is that there is a life energy flowing through the body which is termed Qi (pronounced chee). This energy flows through the body on channels known as meridians that connect all of our major organs. According to Oriental medical theory, illness or pain arises when the cyclical flow of Qi in the meridians becomes unbalanced. 

Acupuncture stimulates specific points located on or near the surface of the skin to alter various biochemical and physiological conditions that cause aches and pains or illness. The length, number and frequency of treatments will vary. Some headaches, migraines and related symptoms are relieved after the first treatment, while more severe or chronic ailments often require multiple treatments.

Do you or someone you know suffer from headaches or migraines? Call today to find out how acupuncture and Oriental medicine can help you!
 Relief, Naturally!Here are some natural alternatives to ease your aching head:

The Headache Point - Large Intestine 4 is such a powerful acupuncture point for headaches that it is often referred to as "the headache point." It is located on the padded area of your hand between the thumb and index finger, between the first and second metacarpal bones. Massage this point with your thumb on both hands for approximately 30 seconds.

Peppermint Oil - It has a calming and soothing effect on the body, and is often used to treat headaches. Rub peppermint essential oil across your forehead and temples to relieve a tension headache or inhale a peppermint steam treatment to treat a sinus headache. Adding 10-15 drops of peppermint oil to a warm bath is another great way to relax, reduce muscle tension and relieve a headache.

Ginger - Numerous clinical studies have shown that ginger can be used to relieve headaches. Researchers believe it does so by relaxing the blood vessels in the head and diminishing swelling in the brain. Ginger also activates natural opiates in the brain that relieve pain, and reduce prostaglandins, which are responsible for causing inflammation.  In This Issue
  • Alleviate Your Migraine and Headache Pain
  • Relief, Naturally!
  • Healthy Habits
Healthy Habits
Headache sufferers can reduce the intensity and frequency of their headaches or migraine episodes by following these healthy habits:

Eat regular meals, and avoid foods and drinks that are known to trigger your headache attacks.

Practice good sleep habits. Maintain a regular sleeping schedule, including weekends and vacations. If you have insomnia or have difficulties getting a restful sleep ask how acupuncture can help.

Implement stress reduction techniques into your daily life. If you are having difficulties managing your stress, acupuncture provides a number of tools to help keep it in check.

Be a Partner in Your Care
Stay informed, so you can be a participant in your treatment and an advocate for improving your own headache treatment.

Headache Journal
Keep a journal of when your headaches occur, along with any triggers, and share the information with your healthcare provider.

Stay apprised of the latest treatment options and headache relief news.

See Your Healthcare Provider
Make an appointment with your healthcare provider to specifically discuss your headaches.

Thank you so much to our wonderful patients for their testimonials!

Posted on January 29, 2014 at 4:45 PM Comments comments (621)
I have suffered from severe migraines for the past decade.   Like many people with severe migraines, I couldn't take the pain anymore. It was effecting every aspect of my life, including my career and relationships.  Frequent trips to the neurologists and trying to find medications that would help through trial and error was not helping.  One day my father called me and said he had read about and met an acupuncturist that could help me.  Never in a million years could I see myself trying this or knew that this was an option for migraines. Meeting Meghan and her team at North Nassau Acupuncture pretty much saved my life. It sounds corny and extreme, but anyone who has suffered through severe pain like this knows exactly what I am talking about.  After meeting with Meghan and customizing herbs and acupuncture points to help me, I feel like I have finally gotten my life back.  My business no longer suffers because now I can be there as much as I need to be.  I can finally go out with my friends and maintain relationships, instead of sitting at home in the dark trying to sleep off the pain and suffering. Meghan and her staff are true professionals, caring, empathetic and work very hard to make sure you feel better.  I didn't realize that there are so many things that acupuncture can heal you with.  Even on my most stressful days she is able to find points that calm me down instantly.  For anyone who is hesitant about doing this, trust me, it is worth a try and it doesn't hurt.  You will be glad you did!

Carrie B.Long beach NY

I have been to several different acupuncturists over the course of three years, and hands down Meghan is the best!!!!  This is the first time in my life (since my injury three years ago) that I no longer have constant pain, and that is a direct result of Meghan's skill!   She has a positive, calm and caring attitude, which is what I need from someone in this setting.  She always checks in with me as a patient to make sure things are progressing and getting better. I don't love needles or anything, but look forward to my appointments with her because I know the relief will come after. Also, her professionalism and knowledge of acupuncture is outstanding! I have nothing but wonderful things to say about her! If you want relief from pain, Meghan is who you should see.  Wish I could give her more than 5 stars!  Also, Katie (at the front desk) is super sweet and is always professional as well.  She and Meghan are a great team and are very accommodating of my schedule!
Maryann H.Glen Head, NY

We were voted #1 for acupuncture on Long Island!

Posted on January 20, 2014 at 4:03 PM Comments comments (226)


Posted on November 12, 2013 at 1:39 PM Comments comments (399)
Check out our new newsletter about colds, flus and your immune system!


Posted on July 19, 2013 at 11:33 AM Comments comments (470)
"Rarely does one get to thank someone for returning a quality of life issue to them.  I have Spinal Stenosis and that caused me to only sleep in short spurts because of pain.  A Dr. recommended that I try Acupuncture, luckily for me I picked North Nassau Acupuncture and met Meghan.  She has taken me from hardly any sleep to now going 4 or more hours, for that I am extremely grateful.  I have a goal to get back on the golf course, with the progress she has accomplished with me, I believe I will make it.  To anyone who is considering Acupuncture talk to Meghan, she is the best, at least I think so."
George R. Horn
NYC Fashion News
917 592 6700

Acute Low back Pain

Posted on July 10, 2013 at 9:41 AM Comments comments (499)
Check out this interesting article about how Acupuncture can be more effective in treating low back pain than medications and injections.

If you or someone you know is suffering from any type of pain, contact us for a free consultation and take the first step toward being pain free!

Our Expansion!

Posted on August 29, 2012 at 7:17 PM Comments comments (402)
We are thrilled to announce that beginning September 4th we will be expanding to a new location on the border of Port Washington and Roslyn, in addition to our Great Neck and Syosset locations! We are also so excited to welcome Madeline Melo L.Ac., MS to our team! We are very lucky to have such a skilled and compassionate practitioner aboard!