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Formerly Kingston Community Acupuncture. Our new location is 16 Lucas Avenue, suite 101. Once you pull into the parking lot, keep driving straight towards the back of the building. Our office is the first door in the cinder block extension of the building facing the parking lot.
Please visit our COVID-19 info page for information on our best practices.
We accept Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield please call in advance if possible so we can verify your specific coverage before your next appointment
About The Clinic
Kingston Acupuncture & Wellness offers reduced rate acupuncture treatments and Chinese herbal consultations.
Due to the changes COVID has caused to the operation of the clinic we are no longer able to offer the sliding scale and are transitioning out of the community model, however we are doing our best to keep prices within an affordable range for the time being.
We are only in network with Blue Cross Blue Shield. If you are covered by another carrier we can give you a super bill to submit to your insurer.
Please note that Andrea, Carla and Otis are not currently working at the clinic due to COVID19 circumstances.
Minya DeJohnette is a NY State licensed acupuncturist who earned her Master of Health Sciences Degree from the Swedish Institute of Acupuncture (now part of Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in NY) in 2007.
Her continuing education training includes: Completing the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center course in Acupuncture for the Cancer Patient. She is also continuing her training in advanced pain management, auto-immune disorders, anxiety, depression, inflammatory and digestive disorders. The lineage she trains under is the Taiwanese Balance and Ba Gua Method as taught by the late Dr. Richard Tan and his students.
She is certified in Kampo Herbal Medicine by the NYC Kampo Institute. Kampo is the herbal medicine practiced by primary care physicians in Japan. It is used as primary and adjunctive therapy within Japan’s national health care system.
Click on each image for more information about the technique
The suction and negative pressure provided by cupping can loosen muscles, encourage blood flow, and sedate the nervous system (which makes it an excellent treatment for high blood pressure)*. It is also used traditionally in China for bronchitis, asthma and chronic respiratory issues. If you have been diagnosed with Adhesive Capsulitis (Frozen Shoulder it is recommended that you start your first two treatments with cupping. It is also often used to assist with labor and delivery when a patient is already in pre-labor.
Gua Sha is a myofascial massage technique that uses a ceramic spoon or smoothed edge tool to scrape (within your comfort level) over tight muscles to return proper blood flow to the area and improve oxygenation, break up knots and improve the process of fluid elimination from the area. Gua Sha is also used in the first stage of colds and flus to help bring down fever or improve elimination of toxins. You may have experienced the western adapted version called the “Graston” Technique by your chiropractor or PT.
Moxibustion is a technique that uses the herb Mugwort. It involves the burning of the herb in a cigar-like form above certain acupuncture points of the body, on an inserted needle or sitting on top of a conduit such as dried garlic, ginger, aconite or salt, each having their own property or a protective cone placed on the body with an adhesive. Moxa is said to increase the circulation of Qi and blood in the body and to scatter cold which when trapped in the body can cause pain. We use indirect smokeless Moxa in the clinic.
First Time Acupuncture
First Time Cupping
Follow Up Acupuncture
Follow Up Cupping
First Time Herbal Consultation
Folluw Up Herbal Consultation
For all first time appointments
Please leave at least an hour for the appointment time. For follow-ups, please leave at least forty-five minutes. If you are on a schedule, let us know and we will make sure you are off the table in time.
Please note that if you haven’t been to the clinic for three or more years you are legally considered a new patient. If you are not sure when you last had an appointment, we can check your appointment history for you.
Cupping appointments include acupuncture by default but you have the choice to not include acupuncture.
Even though the World Health Organization recognizes a specific set of disorders that acupuncture can treat, truly answering this question in a western medical context is a challenge. This is due to the fact that acupuncture theory does not treat based on western medical diagnosis. It is based on many different factors that include the person’s description of the symptoms surrounding the diagnoses, tongue and pulse diagnosis, and their individual constitution. An example would be if five different people diagnosed with migraine headaches came for acupuncture. Western medicine will most likely prescribe similar medication for each individual. From the perspective of acupuncture theory, the diagnosis and treatment will be based on an entirely different set of factors. For example, treatment will rarely be successful if an acupuncturist does not take into account the exact location of the migraine. Migraines felt on the side of the head are treated differently than migraines felt in the front, back or whole head. The actual diagnosis will be based on the channel name(s) that runs through the region where the pain is felt. If the person has another set of symptoms such as insomnia, high stress, or say digestive issues, this can change or add to the diagnosis and treatment as well. If someone comes in for sinus issues, treatment will be based on a number of factors similar to the migraine approach. This goes for any other issue a person may be coming in for, including tendino-muscular pain, reproductive issues, emotional issues etc…
Ultimately, success in treatment of an issue is determined by how well an acupuncturist can diagnose the imbalance causing the issues a patient presents with, whether the patient is willing to make appropriate lifestyle changes such as diet or stress management if necessary, and how frequently the person is able to come for treatments during their initial visits.
The only issues that Acupuncture can’t directly treat are bone on bone joint deterioration (we obviously can’t replace lost cartilage) and certain chronic progressive autoimmune disorders. We can treat the symptoms but not reverse the disease.
This is a common and logical concern, and one that we address often in our clinic. The most important thing that you need to know about acupuncture needles is that they are nowhere near the gauge or thickness of the hypodermic needles that you are used to at the doctor’s office. They are close to hairline thin and most of the time you do not feel them going in at all. Depending on your treatment you will feel some sensations, such as heaviness or an achiness around the needle insertion site. You may feel sensations of warmth traveling up and down your limbs as circulation is improved and you may feel sensations of cooling in areas that are inflamed. If you do feel any discomfort beyond a second or two you will be asked to alert your practitioner and they will adjust it to your comfort level immediately.
- Wear loose, comfortable clothing. Loose jeans, sweatpants or leggings are fine.
- Please make sure you fill out the online intake form (included in your appointment confirmation email) and COVID survey before coming in for your appointment.
- Please make sure you have had at least a light snack within 3 hours of your appointment, it is not recommended to receive acupuncture on an empty stomach. It is also not recommended to receive treatment after a big meal.
- PLEASE do not wear heavy perfumes or oils on the day of your appointment as the acupuncturist or other patients may be allergic to them. We cannot stress this request enough as other patients have asked to leave when patients come in wearing strong oils or perfumes.
- Although not always possible, you might want to make sure you have some time to relax after your treatment.
Yes, we treat children but require that you sign a consent form for them. Children often take to and respond to acupuncture very well. We recommend that you bring your child or children with you to observe your treatments at least once before their first treatment so that they see that the needles are not painful. Once they see you relax, they tend to be comfortable with the idea of receiving treatment.
Yes. Acupuncture needles are sterilized, individually packaged and disposed of after each treatment.
Treatments usually last from forty-five minutes to an hour.
For first time patients it is a good idea to leave at least an hour and a half for your treatment as we need to do an initial intake interview before the treatment. If you need to be off the table by a certain time just let us know and we will make sure your treatment ends at a specific time.
Yes, however if a person is in their first trimester we only treat them throughout the first trimester if they are an existing patient, otherwise they will have to wait until their second trimester.
This is determined on a case by case basis. For acute conditions you will usually need to come in for a short duration of treatments. For chronic, long-term issues it can take longer for the issue to improve greatly or resolve. During your first treatment we will discuss a recommended treatment plan with you.
Please be aware if you are experiencing any cold and/or flu like symptoms, even if you feel like they are not COVID symptoms or you have tested negative, our current policy is to ask patients to wait until they are feeling healthy to book their appointment.
The radial pulse diagnosis that we use in Chinese medicine is a very complex system that has been developed for over two-thousand years. At different times in history pulses were also taken and compared with pulses at different locations of the body. The carotid artery(neck), descending aortic pulse (abdomen), the femoral artery (inner thigh),posterior tibial artery (inner ankle) and a branch of the temporal artery that can be felt at the temple were some of the more commonly used pulses for diagnosis.
Over time the changes in culture and rules regarding modesty narrowed the use of the pulse to the wrist. Practitioners of Chinese medicine had to become adept at feeling variations in the radial pulse as opposed to the previously used arterial pulses. Variations in pulse qualities were observed and recorded over time to understand their relationship to a patient’s condition. Over a period of roughly five-thousand years a generalized understanding of what the qualities represented in terms of external and internal diagnoses became the basis of what we are trained to look for when feeling a pulse and translating it into a traditional chinese medical diagnosis.
What we’re feeling for may differ depending on what tradition we were trained in but we are generally looking for variations in width, strength, resistance and lack of resistance of the pulse to tell us how well the communication networks of the body are working. In some ways it can be likened to reading a circuit tester. There are typically twenty eight different pulse positions that a practitioner is trained to feel for.
Qi is generally described as “life force” Or “Vitality” but is often mistranslated as “energy”. It has a much broader application in the Chinese language. As most characters in the Chinese languages do not have one single definition. There are multiple definitions of Qi in the Chinese language dictionary. In fact one of my teachers who is fluent in Mandarin spent ten plus minutes translating different definitions of Qi! So you see how difficult it may be to translate it into one word. Below I give an idea of how Qi is better translated in terms of its relationship to Chinese Medicine. It is also used in many different definitions of objects that have nothing directly to do with the human body.
A couple of basic examples of the myriad definitions of Qi:
Air, gas, vapor, breath, spirit, morale, to influence, to provoke, angry or indignant, smells or odors, Freon as the catalyst for air conditioning
For a more scientific explanation you can read an article by Yin Luo, who holds a PHD in physics and wrote an excellent in depth article explaining Qi and how it can be explained from a western scientific viewpoint: What Is Qi? Can We See Qi?
To get an even better idea I will give you the understanding of how Qi is used in relationship to the human body. Qi manifests on different levels of our anatomy and is defined by its structure and function.
The following are some descriptions of how Qi is understood and used in Chinese Medicine.
Wei Qi(defensive Qi)
The lightest form of Qi; its function is to provide the first line of defense in the body. In structure it is our skin, lungs, and nose. The integrity of our Wei Qi determines how well we fight off external pathogens such as colds and allergies. Sometimes when a person has a chronic internal pathogen that the body is unable to fight off, Wei Qi may try to solve this by moving internally where it is not meant to function and cause an autoimmune reaction because it inadvertently attacks the body as well.
On another level, the integrity of our Wei Qi can be dependent on how well we handle the external challenges of daily life, a person yelling at you or a sudden noise can be another form of external attack.
This is our secondary level of defense, in structure it is represents our blood, red blood cells, lymphatic system, hormones and most of our organs. In function it represents our second line of defense such as mucus, saliva, sweat, tears, stomach acids, and intestinal integrity.
Ying Qi is involved with our emotions and psyche and is responsible for storing them. In fact our spirit and mind (Shen) is said to reside in our heart and our blood. The implication here is that our mental-emotional state directly influences our health.
Jing Qi (ancestral Qi)
This is the vitality we inherit from our ancestors. In structure it would be our DNA, bone marrow, brain and the body’s sexual secretions. In function it is the precursor to blood, similar to how marrow is responsible for the production of red blood cells in western physiology. It provides us with the drive and ambition to survive, it provides our youth, and is likened to a battery pack that has a finite shelf-life. How efficiently these batteries work is determined not only by the strength of the Jing Qi passed on by our ancestors but also how well we take care of ourselves. Stress, trauma, pain, and poor diet can all contribute to the premature loss of Jing.
Most acupuncturists in the US must have an associates-level degree before entering a Master’s degree program in acupuncture school. Depending on whether Chinese herbal medicine is included in their training, acupuncturists will complete their program in 3-4 years. Along with Chinese medical theory and practice, acupuncturists are trained in western pathology, biochemistry, neuro-pathology, anatomy & physiology, patho-physiology, nutrition and the basics of clinical counseling. They are also required to hold current CPR and First-Aid Certificates.
We offer two different types of Gift Cards:
eGift Cards: Delivered to the recipient via email on the date of your choice, they can be purchased by clicking on the link below:
Plastic Gift Cards:
These can be purchased at the clinic, mailed or kept at the clinic for the recipient.
*gift cards are valid for one year from purchase and are non-refundable for cash
Minya is immensely personable, knowledgeable and professional. As a Ktown newcomer, she is on my top 5 list of reasons to live in the area if you are someone who wants to have acupuncture on a regular basis. I can say after my 3rd visit, Minya is a five-star practitioner.
Not only is Minya very skilled in the art of acupuncture, she is also a genuine, good person and does everything she can to help you feel your best. Because of my experience at KCA along with other healing efforts, I am finally starting to feel significantly better. Highly recommended!
Relaxing, not intimidating for a first timer and it works! Shoulder pain practically gone after three visits. Going back to work on it and other areas. Highly recommend Minya.
Minya and her staff were wonderful. The office is relaxing and best of all the treatments were very successful. I really felt confidence in her knowledge of what she was doing.
Minya has established an inspired, generous, and community-minded approach to offering her considerable skills as an acupuncture practitioner. I felt immediate benefits from her treatment. I'm grateful that KCA exists and recommend it unconditionally.
Please use Google Maps if you are using GPS as Apple iMaps will take you to the wrong location. We are not located inside of Spa 21 which is the first business you will see when entering the parking lot, keep driving towards the back of the building until you reach the grey cinder block section. We are the first entrance in that section. There is ample free parking right out front of the entrance.