Five Seasons Healing

Five Seasons Healing


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Welcome to Five Seasons Acupuncture and Herbs

Sharon Yeung MS, LAc and her associates at Five Seasons Healing in New York City offer acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, massage, qi gong and lifestyle and nutritional counseling to treat all your health concerns.

Traditional Chinese medicine approaches the human body as part of the natural world and thus inextricably linked to natural cycles. When we eat peas in the spring and pumpkin in the fall, when we play under the sun in the summer and cozy up to a fire in the winter, we resonate with the earth’s natural rhythms and achieve a greater sense of health and well-being.

In Chinese medicine, each year is divided into five seasons—spring, summer, late summer, autumn, and winter. Just as different seasons call for different forms of care, so do the different seasons of our lives.

At Five Seasons Healing, Sharon Yeung MS, LAc, recognizes the distinct needs of all patients young and old. She uses the tools of Chinese medicine to restore harmony and balance to their lives.

Acupuncture and Chinese medicine can be especially useful in treating a whole range of women’s health conditions and promote fertility, a healthy pregnancy and childbirth. Sharon Yeung MS, LAc combines her expertise in acupuncture and Chinese medicine with her training as a labor doula to offer the best possible care for her expecting patients.

For a complimentary 20 minute phone consultation or to book an appointment, please feel free to call 917.538.5755 or email [email protected]

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What is your typical process for working with a new customer?

What should I expect during my first visit?

It is best to arrive 10-15 minutes early to your first appointment so that you can fill out the necessary paperwork before beginning your session. The first treatment lasts ninety minutes to two hours. The session begins with a discussion of your chief complaint and a comprehensive health history. This is followed by a physical exam consisting of tongue examination, pulse examination, meridian and/or abdominal palpation. After a diagnosis and treatment plan are established, acupuncture and/or medical massage is administered. If necessary, an herbal formula is prescribed.

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

Sharon Yeung MS, L.Ac., DoulaFounder of Five Seasons Healing

Sharon Yeung is a Licensed Acupuncturist, Board Certified Chinese Herbalist and Childbirth Doula. She received advanced clinical training in hospitals throughout China in gynecology, pediatrics and classical herbal medicine and has worked in the obstetrics, oncology, and neurological & orthopedic rehabilitation departments at Lutheran Medical Center in Brooklyn, NY. Prior to attaining her masters degree in Oriental medicine, Sharon graduated with honors from Wesleyan University.

Sharon is certified with the National Acupuncture Detoxification Association for her work with acupuncture in addiction and recovery. She applies the integrated mind & body Chinese medicine approach to treating adults and children with ADD and other behavioral conditions. Sharon volunteered with the Tibetan Health Care Project in India treating Tibetan refugees with acupuncture. In addition to her graduate work in Chinese medicine and biomedical sciences, her training with Tom Bisio and Frank Butler in Zhenggu Tuina and with Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen in Body Mind Centering has enhanced her ability to recognize the body’s innate signs of harmony and imbalance.

Sharon believes that her role as a Chinese medicine practitioner is to help relieve the suffering of the body as well as of the heart. She is grateful to be in a medical profession she loves and endeavors to offer Chinese medicine’s healing potential to all her patients. Sharon enjoys teaching martial arts to children and is a longtime practitioner of Iyengar and Anusara yoga, Hungga kungfu, and Vipassana Meditation.

Do you have a standard pricing system for your services? If so, please share the details here.

Five Seasons Healing works with many insurance providers.  We are in-network with BCBS and Cigna and out-of-network with many other providers (United Healthcare, Aetna, etc).  Please provide us with your information and our biller will verify your plan’s available acupuncture coverage:

What types of customers have you worked with?

Common Conditions Treated with Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine

or conditions specific to your stage in life, please visit the following pages:

  • Fertility and Pregnancy
  • Infants and Children
  • Adolescents
  • Adults
  • Mature Adults

Gynecological Conditions

  • Amenorrhea (no periods)
  • Breast Lumps
  • Dysmenorrhea (painful periods)
  • Endometriosis
  • Fibroids
  • Infertility
  • Irregular Menstruation
  • Leukorrhea
  • Menopausal Symptoms
  • Ovarian Cysts
  • Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)
  • Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID)
  • Pre-menstrual Syndrome (PMS)
  • Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs)
  • Support with Cancer Treatment
  • Yeast Infections

Pregnancy and Post-Partum Conditions

  • Anemia
  • Anxiety
  • Back pain
  • Body aches
  • Breech presentation
  • Colds and sinus congestion
  • Constipation
  • Delayed labor
  • Depression
  • Digestion irregularities
  • Edema
  • Fatigue
  • Frequent Urination
  • Headaches
  • Healing from incisions
  • Heartburn
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Miscarriage prevention
  • Insufficient lactation
  • Mastitis
  • Morning Sickness
  • Persistent Lochia
  • Preeclampsia
  • Sciatica
  • Sweating
  • Urinary Difficulty
  • Varicose veins

Psycho-Emotional, Cognitive and Behavioral Conditions

  • ADD and Hyperactivity
  • Anxiety
  • Autism
  • Depression
  • Eating Disorders
  • Exam Nerves
  • Insomnia
  • Learning Disabilities
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Stress

Gastrointestinal Conditions

  • Abdominal Pain
  • Bloating/Flatulence
  • Colic
  • Colitis
  • Constipation/Diarrhea
  • Celiac Disease
  • Crohn’s Disease
  • Diverticulitis
  • Food Allergies
  • Gastritis
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
  • Loss of Appetite (anorexia)
  • Nausea/Vomit
  • Reflux
  • Spastic Colon
  • Teething
  • Thrush
  • Ulcers
  • Weight Loss/Gain

Respiratory and Ear/Nose/Throat Conditions

  • Allergies/Hay Fever
  • Asthma
  • Bronchitis
  • Cataracts
  • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
  • Conjunctivitis
  • Colds/Flus
  • Cough
  • Deafness
  • Dizziness/Vertigo
  • Ear Infections
  • Emphysema
  • Fevers
  • Hearing Loss
  • Laryngitis
  • Meniere’s Disease
  • Pneumonia
  • Poor Eyesight
  • Shortness of Breath
  • Sinusitis and Nasal Congestion
  • Tinnitus
  • Tonsillitis
  • Tuberculosis (TB)

Muscularskeletal and Neurological Conditions

  • Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Aphasia/Dysphasia
  • Back Pain
  • Bell’s Palsy
  • Bone Fractures
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Disc Bulges
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Frozen Shoulder
  • Gout
  • Headaches/Migraines
  • Injuries (acute and chronic)
  • Muscle spasms, sprains and tears
  • Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
  • Neuropathy
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteochondritis Dessicans (knee pain)
  • Osteoporosis
  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Polio
  • Postural Defects
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Sciatica
  • Scoliosis
  • Shingles
  • Stroke/CVA rehabilitation
  • Temporaomandibular Joint Syndrome (TMJ)
  • Trigeminal Neuralgia

Immunological and Infectious Conditions

  • Candida
  • Chicken Pox
  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
  • Conjunctivitis
  • Hepatitis
  • Herpes Simplex
  • Impetigo
  • Immunizations and its Side Effects
  • Lupus
  • Meningitis
  • Mononucleosis
  • Ringworm
  • STDs
  • Urinary Tract Infections/Bladder Infections

Genitourinary Conditions

  • Benign Prostatic Hypertrophy (BPH)
  • Bladder Infections
  • Frequent Urination
  • Impotence
  • Incontinence
  • Infertility in Men and Women
  • Interstitial Cystitis
  • Kidney/Urinary Tract Stones
  • Nephritis
  • Renal Dysfunction
  • Sexual Dysfunction
  • Urinary Tract Infections

Dermatological Conditions

  • Acne
  • Athlete’s Foot
  • Dermatitis
  • Eczema
  • Herpes
  • Lyme Disease
  • Psoriasis
  • Rashes
  • Uticaria

Cardiovascular and Peripheral Vascular Conditions

  • Arthrosclerosis
  • Atrial Fibrillation
  • Chest pain
  • Coronary Artery Disease (CAD)
  • High Blood Pressure and Hypertension
  • Hypotension
  • Myocardial Infarction
  • Palpitations
  • Raynaud’s Phenomenon

Miscellaneous Conditions

  • Accelerated/Delayed Development
  • Bedwetting
  • Diabetes
  • Epilepsy
  • Hair Loss
  • Healing from Surgery
  • Help with Smoking Cessation
  • Hospice Care
  • Sleep Disorders
  • Somnolence
  • Support with Cancer Treatment
  • Thyroid Conditions

What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a pro in your area of expertise?

Is acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine appropriate for my condition?

Because traditional Chinese medicine is a complete medical system in its own right, it can address most health conditions. Sharon makes herself available for a complementary 20 minute phone consultation, or she can be reached via email. Feel free to discuss your health concern and see if acupuncture and Chinese medicine is appropriate for your condition.

What is the difference between acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine?

Although many people make the assumption that acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine are one and in the same, acupuncture is simply one of a number of effective tools used by a Chinese medicine practitioner to strengthen and heal the body, mind and spirit.

Does acupuncture hurt?

It is understandable to be apprehensive about the insertion of needles. Acupuncture needles cause minimal to no pain. They are very different than the hypodermic needles used at the doctor’s office to vaccinate or draw blood. Acupuncture needles are hair-thin, sterile and disposable. After insertion, patients often report sensations of tingling, warmth, or heaviness but rarely pain. Many patients report feeling a sense of deep relaxation or increased energy after a treatment. Sometimes the therapeutic changes are not felt until hours or days after a treatment.

Is acupuncture safe?

Acupuncture is extremely safe when administered by a qualified and licensed professional. In fact, when practiced correctly, acupuncture is associated with no side-effects nor iatrogenic (doctor-caused) diseases. Thin, sterile needles are used and disposed of after each use so there is minimal to no risk of infection. Considering the millions of people who are treated with acupuncture each year and the large number of acupuncture needles used, very few complications have been reported to the FDA.

What questions should customers think through before talking to pros about their needs?

What should I expect during my first visit?

It is best to arrive 10-15 minutes early to your first appointment so that you can fill out the necessary paperwork before beginning your session. The first treatment lasts ninety minutes to two hours. The session begins with a discussion of your chief complaint and a comprehensive health history. This is followed by a physical exam consisting of tongue examination, pulse examination, meridian and/or abdominal palpation. After a diagnosis and treatment plan are established, acupuncture and/or medical massage is administered. If necessary, an herbal formula is prescribed.

What is a typical acupuncture treatment like?

After a thorough inquiry into the health concern and a physical examination, the patient rests on a massage table and approximately 1-16 sterile, disposable needles are inserted into different points on the body, depending on the condition. Needles are usually inserted in the extremities of the body as these often have a very strong therapeutic effect. The patient rests with inserted needles for 20-30 minutes in order to allow the treatment to take effect. Certain conditions may call for other Chinese medical techniques such as tuina (Chinese medical massage), moxibustion (heat therapy), cupping and/or guasha (impurity releasing therapies).

What is a normal course of treatment?

The number of treatments varies depending on the severity and duration of the condition as well as the strength and constitution of the patient. In general, acute conditions may take just a few treatments while chronic conditions may take longer to treat. Most patients, however, report feeling changes immediately after one acupuncture treatment. Weekly treatments are advised although some acute cases may require 2-3 treatments a week at the beginning of a course of treatment.

Acupuncture has a cumulative effect. Once symptoms improve and overall harmony and balance are reached, treatments are reduced to once every other week and eventually once a month or less to maintain health and prevent reoccurrence. After the completion of your first visit, the recommended length of treatment will be discussed with you.

Can Chinese medicine be used in conjunction with western medicine?

Absolutely. While Chinese medicine is a comprehensive medical system that can address many health concerns on its own, it can also work synergistically with western medicine and other modalities of healthcare. Sharon works collaboratively with many of her patients’ other healthcare providers.

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