Lighthouse Wellness Center, East Meadow, NY

Dr. Cariann Perretta
2120 Hempstead Turnpike
East Meadow, NY 11554

Acupuncture is recognized by the National Insitutues of Health (NIH) and the World Health Organization (WHO) as effective in treating these conditions:

  • - Addication, Alcohol
  • - Drug, Smoking
  • - Anxiety
  • - Arthritis
  • - Asthma
  • - Bronchitis
  • - Carpal Tnnel Syndrome
  • - Chronic Fatigue
  • - Colitis
  • - Common Cold
  • - Constipation
  • - Dental Pain
  • - Depression
  • - Diarrhea
  • - Digestive Trouble
  • - Dizziness
  • - Dystentery
  • - Emotional Problems
  • - Eye Problems
  • - Facial Palsytics
  • - Fatigue
  • - Fertility
  • - Fibromyalgia
  • - Gingivitis
  • - Headache
  • - Incontinence
  • - Indigestion
  • - Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • - Low Back Pain
  • - Menopause
  • - Menstrual Irregularities
  • - Migraine
  • - Morning Sickness
  • - Nausea
  • - Osteoarthritis
  • - Pain
  • - PMS
  • - Pneumonia
  • - Reproductive Problems
  • - Rhinitis
  • - Sciatica
  • - Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)
  • - Shoulder Pain
  • - Sinusitis
  • - Sleep Disturbances
  • - Smoking Cessation
  • - Sore Throat
  • - Stress
  • - Tennis Elbow
  • - Tonsillitis
  • - Tooth Pain
  • - Trigeminal Neuralgia
  • - Urinary Tract Infections
  • - Vomiting
  • - Wrist Pain


Lighthouse Wellness Center, East Meadow, NY

Lighthouse Wellness Center, East Meadow Chiropractor, Acupuncture, Massage Therapy

2120 Hempstead Turnpike
East Meadow, NY 11554
Tel:     +1 516 794 0414
Fax:    +1 516 794 0435

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What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is an effective form of health care that hasLighthouse Wellness Center, East Meadow, NY evolved into a complete and holistic medical system. Practictioners of acupuncture and Chinese medicine have used this noninvasive medical system to diagnose and help millions of people get well and stay healthy.

An acupuncturist will place fine, sterile needles at specific acupoints on the body. This activates the body's Qi and promotes natural healing by enhancing recuperative power, immunity and physical and emotional health. It also can improve overall unction and well-being. It is a safe, painless and effective way to treat a wide variety of medical problems.. 


What type of schooling do acupuncturists get?

Today, acupuncturists receive 3 to 4 years of extensive and comprehensive graduate training at nationally certified schools. All acupuncturists must pass a national exam and meet strict guidelines to practice in every state.


Will my insurance cover acupuncture?

Insurance coverage varies from state to state. Contact your insurance provider to learn what kind of care is covered. Here are a few questions to ask:

1. Will my plan cover acupuncture?
2. How many visits per calendar year?
3. Do I need a referral?
4. Do I have a co-pay?
5. Do I have a deductible? If yes, has it been met?


What will my acupuncturist do?

During the initial exam a full healthy history will be taken. Questions will be asked regarding symptoms, health and lifestyle. Your acupuncturist also may check pulses and your tongue and may conduct a physical exam. This information is then organized to create a complete, accurate and comprehensive diagnosis of where Qi has become blocked or imbalanced. After the interview process, you may receive an acupuncture treatment. Visits with your acupuncturist may last from 30 to 90 minutes.


How many treatments will I need?

The number of treatments will vary from person to person. Some people experience immediate relief; others may take months or even years to achieve results. Chronic conditions usually take longer to resolve than acute ones. Plan on a minimum of a month to see significant changes.

Treatment frequency depends on a variety of factors: your constitution, the severity and duration of the problem and the quality and quantity of your Qi. An acupuncturist may suggest one or two treatments per week, monthly visits for health maintenance or seasonal "tune-ups."


What should I expect during treatment?

Where the acupuncture needle has been inserted, you may experience a vague numbness, heaviness, tingling or dull ache. Sometimes people experience a sensation of energy spreading and moving around the needle. This is called the "Qi sensation". All these reactions are good and a sign that the treatment is working. After treatment, you may feel energized or may experience a deep sense of relaxation and well-being.


How should I prepare?

1. Come with any questions you have - we're here to help you.
2. Wear loose, comfortable clothing for easy accesss to acupuncture points.
3. Don't eat large meals just before or after your visit.
4. Refrain from overexertion, working out, drugs or alcohol for up to 6 hours after the visit.
5. Avoid stressful situations. Make time to relax, and be sure to get plenty of rest.
6. Between visits, take notes of any changes that may have occurred, such as the alleviaton of pain, pain moving to areas, or changes in the frequency and type of problems.


Do the needles hurt?

The sensation caused by an acupuncture needle varies. Some people feel a little pain as the needles are inserted, but most people feel no pain at all. The needles are tiny, just a little larger than a cat's whisker or a human hair.


How deep do they go?

The depth of the insertion varies. For example, your acupuncturist will use a needling technique that is dfferent in fleshier areas, such as your buttocks. Typically, needles are inserted at depths ranging from 1/8" to 1 1/2".


How safe is acupuncture?

Acupuncture is extremely safe. It is an all-natural, drug-free thereapy, yielding no side effects except feelings of relaxation and well-being. There is a little danger of infection from acupuncture needles because they are sterile, used once, and then discarded.



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