Active Acupuncture - New York - NYC

Experienced Acupuncturists and Healers Serving New York City

Specialists of Acupuncture for Infertility, IVF, Women's Health,
Immune Disorders, Depression, and Pain Relief.

Appointments / Inquiries: (212) 974-2880

Active Acupuncture

Acupuncture for Backpain

NYC Back Pain AcupunctureFor many people, backpain is temporary and will often get better with time. For the rest, back pain may be a chronic disease that prevents the pursuit of a normal life. The advantage of using acupuncture to treat back pain is that acupuncture not only relieves the pain temporarily, but in many cases, it can also effectively treat the root cause of the pain. In this way, acupuncture can benefit even those who suffer from severe, chronic back pain.

Depending on the cause and severity of the pain, and the overall health of the patient, we will develop a treatment plan consisting of traditional acupuncture or a combination of acupuncture and exercises in accordance with our Active Acupuncture philosophy. Many of our patients see immediate results, increased mobility, and less pain in just several treatments.


I had a disk removed in my back (L4-5) as well as a lumbar laminectomy about two years ago. I had a paralyzed foot (dropped-foot), which did get 75% better after the surgery. However, I was still dealing with regular sciatic pain, and I still had numbness in my foot. After one treatment with Dr. Chen, I was shocked to have more feeling in my toes. I have been seeing her every week and things are improving bit by bit – something my neurosurgeon said was impossible due to “irreparable nerve damage.” I am also now off the painkillers that really never helped and were probably ruining my liver. I decided to give acupuncture a shot, as I was discouraged and running out of options, and I am now a believer.

-Jonathan, Active Acupuncture Patient, NYC Office

I never, write comments about anything, good or bad, but Dr. Chen has saved me from a life of unrelenting pain & deserves to be praised. I had lived with back pain from an injury 25 years ago. over the years the problem spread from my lower back to neck, hips and thighs. all those years, doctors could only give me strong RX, physical therapists didn't help at all, one doctor went so far as tell me that I would just have to learn to live with back pain & take meds everyday to avoid daily spasms that were sometimes literally crippling. no one could diagnose the problem beyond telling me my spine was basically sound & so it must be some type soft-tissue damage. I spend hundreds of thousands over the years on this problem - believe me, I was in hospitals, I consulted highly sought after specialists, I tried all including acupuncture & chiropractic (3 years,) & condition continued to deteriorate. By now, I was scared about my future (unable to sit more than 20 mins at once, had to give up high paying job in management) and depressed about living out the rest of my life this way.

Then one day I walked into Dr. Chen's office & thought I'd try again; I was desperate, at my wits end. WOW! whatever acupuncture I had before was kid stuff! Dr. Chen is the real thing; she is not pussifooting around; is serious about treating her patients & her experience is vast. she told me my problem was so set in, that it would take a long time, but I could get better. for the first months I saw her everyday, and these were very painful treatments, they took all my strengh and focus to endure, like no therapy I experienced before. but I believed her & SHE WAS RIGHT! one year later, I see her twice a month. I can work again, I can travel, I can swim, I can hike, I can live! I am free of unrelenting, daily pain of 25+ years, and I look forward to the future. I'm 90% improved and l love, love, love my acupuncture treatments; now they just feel so, so good. I cannot ever thank her enough.

-DG, Active Acupuncture Patient, NYC Office

"I've been seeing Dr. Chen for my lower back and sacroiliac pain for about 3 months. I came to them desperate for alternative solution when my sport medicine doctor tried to prescribe me a very strong muscle relaxer after seeing me for a few minutes. Dr. Chen is very interested in finding out the root cause of your pains and they educate you about your body along the way. It has been very informative as well as tremendously restorative experience for me. I am feeling immeasurably better compared to the beginning of the treatment. They are passionate and committed healers. I couldn't recommend them and acupuncture for natural healing highly enough."puncture patient

"I asked for help with the rigidity and pain from my severe scoliosis and with the tremors from my Parkinson’s. Both the exercises I was assigned and the acupuncture helped me to reestablish a sense of equilibrium and increased mobility, and an overall feeling of calm. The service is excellent. They made me feel understood and your attention was very individualized and steady.

What is unique about Dr. Chen’s practice is the combination of carefully individualized exercise before the acupuncture, both directed at the immediate problems and the underlying difficulty. The acupuncture is then given several times during the treatment, achieving an amazing degree of relief and effectiveness."

- P.P, Active Acupuncture patient

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Scientific Literature

Key points from recent publications:

  • In a large study consisting of 2564 patients, acupuncture was found to have significant positive effects on patients suffering from chronic low back pain of varying degrees of severity. (more)
  • In a randomized, evaluator-blind, placebo-controlled study, it was found that a single needle induced immediate relief of lower back pain. (more)
Quick Facts:
  • Acupuncture has been clinically proven to have beneficial effects on pain.
  • Acupuncture has been clinically proven to increase mobility in people with severe chronic lower back pain.
  • By treating the root causes of your back pain, we can achieve long lasting results.