ABOUT THE PRACTITIONER
Alicia M. Genna, LAc is an acupuncturist licensed to practice in the State of New York. She studied at Pacific College of Oriental Medicine (PCOM) in New York City earning a four year Master of Science degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine. She currently operates her practice from two locations - NYC and the Catskills. Alicia has experience treating a wide range of conditions, primarily focusing on musculoskeletal/neurological issues and women’s health/fertility. With a strong background in both biomedicine and traditional medicine, Alicia offers an integrative approach to healthcare and has framed her technique around the influence of acupuncture on the electrical and chemical processes of the nervous and endocrine systems.
Before she became an Acupuncturist, Alicia earned her B.S. in Biology from Northeastern University, where she developed a strong foundation in human biology and genetics. She has worked internationally as a medical assistant in a recovery center for malnourished infants and children in Antigua, Guatemala and as a public health director at a grassroots organization in the Phrao district of Thailand, developing community health education seminars and public health workshops in under-served communities.
TYPES OF ACUPUNCTURE
Acupuncture is an ancient modality of healing. Extremely thin, single-use needles are inserted in specific points on the body along particular meridians, based on your pre-determined diagnosis. The process is often described as painless, though you may feel a slight pressure or dull aching at the point of insertion. The needles are retained for about 30 minutes while you comfortably relax on the table. You will often feel a sensation of movement within your body during this time. This sensation has been named qi, and is your body’s vital force.
Acupuncture focusing on facial rejuvenation utilizes similar techniques as full body acupuncture with the addition of several points on and around the face. Cosmetic acupuncture is able to nourish and relax facial muscles, reduce fine lines and wrinkles, and diminish puffiness, sagging, and discoloration. These sessions will incorporate innovative modalities using herbs, acupuncture, and dietary recommendations to promote health and longevity, and reveal beauty.
In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) the ear is a microcosm of the human body, just like the abdomen or the bottom of the foot. The entire body, internally and externally, is accessible through certain points on the ear. In a typical session, you will receive a few small needles on each ear. At the end of the session, your practitioner may send you home with something called “ear seeds” to continue stimulating points on the ear.
Botanical remedies are the world’s oldest and most widely used form of medicine. Along with increasing popularity in the United States, clinical research is validating the efficacy of herbal medicine in the treatment and prevention of a broad range of diseases. In Chinese medicine, certain plants and herbs are combined to create customized formulas, perfectly tailored to your individual needs.
This process uses suction to withdraw stagnation and increase circulation in your body. Glass cups are gently heated and placed over an area of muscle tension, where they remain or are moved along your muscles. The cooling of the cups creates a vacuum - it is not painful, and is often described as akin to a massage. Patients can have characteristic circular or elongated markings for a few days afterward, especially over particularly tight or tense areas of the body.
A flat instrument made of horn, jade, or ceramic is pressed onto and pulled across the surface of the skin, creating therapeutic petechiae. Gua sha effectively functions as a technique for removing stagnation and increasing circulation within the body. It is effective in treating a wide variety of ailments. Just like cupping, gua sha can leave darkened marks for a few days along particularly affected areas.
While acupuncture needles have a strong potency on their own, the needles can be connected to an e-stim device to increase their efficacy, particularly in response to pain relief. Once the e-stim device is in place, you will begin to feel what many patients describe as a pleasant buzzing sensation. The correct frequency will be chosen by your practitioner for your particular condition, and the strength of the sensation will be adjusted to your comfort level.