Chava Quist DACM- Doctor of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine, Licensed Massage Therapist, CranioSacral Therapist, Herbalist
CHAVA holds a Doctorate in Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine, a Master of Science in Traditional Oriental Medicine, and an Associate of Occupational Studies in Massage Therapy. She is a licensed Acupuncturist and Massage Therapist in the state of New York, and a certified Acupuncture Detox Specialist for support of addiction recovery and mental-emotional health.
Chava has completed postgraduate studies in neurology, trauma recovery, pain management, EENT, and dermatology at Yue Yang Hospital in Shanghai and at Eye Hospital of China Academy of C.M.S.in Beijing. She has served as the Chief Operating Officer of Kamwo Meridian Herbs, a large importer and manufacturer of medicinal herbs and supplements. Chava is a current faculty member of Pacific College of Oriental Medicine teaching Herbal Pharmacy, Mental Health, Dermatology, Immunology, Oncology Support, and Chinese medicine theory.
Her focus of practice is on adult health including mental-emotional balance, scar therapy, skin conditions, pain management, allergies, and conditions of the eyes, ears, nose and throat.
Massage is tailored to patient needs: Myofascial/deep tissue/neurofunctional massage - for musculoskeletal conditions, pain, injury recovery, relaxation.
Craniosacral/Polarity/Reiki/Acupressure/Reflexology work - for relaxation, emotional release, trauma history and similar concerns.
What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is the gentle insertion of thin, sterile needles into the body, influencing nerve and circulatory pathways to support healing.
Acupuncture: a powerful tool in our healing arsenal
Acupuncture is an ancient form of medicine, used for over 8,000 years to treat a range of physical and mental ailments. It’s a safe, natural, side effect-free alternative to pharmaceuticals.
Today, acupuncture is used by Olympic athletes, NFL players, and the US Air Force as an alternative to medication-based pain management. But it is also effective in treating mental health concerns—including chronic and acute depression, anxiety, OCD, bipolar disorder, PTSD, and emotional trauma.
Our Brooklyn-based acupuncturists specialize in treating both body and mind. Your Mind Body Seven therapist may recommend acupuncture as part of your treatment plan, and you can also schedule an appointment independently.
Does Acupuncture hurt?
In general, acupuncture is not painful. Acupuncture needles are very fine, thinner than a single strand of hair, and flexible, meaning they do not create the same sensations as hypodermic needles that are thicker and inflexible. Sensations of acupuncture are related to nerve and circulatory pathway stimulations as well as relaxation of muscle fibers and connective tissue. These sensations can be different for each person, but are commonly described as a heaviness, tingling, or warmth. Acupuncture also stimulates the release of endorphins or "feel good hormones," making a session a relaxing experience for most.
How does Acupuncture work?
The exact mechanism of action regarding acupuncture is not yet fully defined, and research points to multiple ways in which it positively affects the body. Acupuncture stimulates the hypothalamus, the self regulatory part of the brain, to support better functioning of the immune, respiratory, digestive, and endocrine systems, as well as influencing pain sensations and cyclical functions such as sleep and menstruation.
How much Acupuncture do I need?
Individual treatment plans are created for each patient at their initial evaluation. Minor and more acute situations may require acupuncture sessions 1-2 times weekly for 1-3 months as a course of treatment. Chronic and extensive presentations, or those with other internal conditions, may require a 3-6 month course of treatment for the best outcome.
What does Acupuncture treat?
Since acupuncture supports better overall functioning of the body and nervous system, the applications of acupuncture are extensive. The most common reasons patients use acupuncture is for pain management, mental-emotional balance and stress management, improved sleep and digestion, allergies and immune function, menstrual regulation, fertility support for men and women, and cancer care.
What other services do you use?
Adjunctive services often used with acupuncture include thermal therapy and microcurrent (also referred to as electro-acupuncture or e-stim). Thermal therapy is the application of heat around the affected area to enhance vasodilation and improve circulation to the local tissues. Microcurrent therapy is the application of low level electric stimulation to the acupuncture needles around the affected area to improve ATP uptake in the cells, supporting healthy cell function and better healing.
The most common concurrent therapies used with a course of acupuncture are herbal therapy and bodywork. See our Herbs Therapy and Bodywork FAQ pages for details.
Is Acupuncture safe?
Acupuncture is very safe when applied by a licensed practitioner. Acupuncture needles are often finer than a human hair, and are inserted superficially. The most common possible side effect with acupuncture therapy is a local bruising, tingling or numbness at the insertion site. These are temporary and usually require no treatment and resolve on their own. Our practitioners are nationally board certified in Clean Needle Technique and always take proper steps to provide safe and effective care.
Can I use Acupuncture instead of other therapies or prescribed medications?
Acupuncture is a safe and effective therapy that can greatly improve results when incorporated into existing care plans. Patients should not discontinue any therapy or medications prescribed by their primary doctor without their specific instruction. Acupuncture can also be used to address medication side effects, or ease withdrawal symptoms.
Are there some people that cannot receive or benefit from acupuncture?
Acupuncture is not contraindicated in any specific populations or conditions. This therapy engages the self healing processes of the body, and balances the functioning of the nervous system. It is applicable for all ages and persons. Your provider will need to know of any changes in your medical status such as pregnancy, cancer diagnosis, or any changes in medications. These changes may mean your treatment will be modified, but it is still safe and beneficial to receive.
What to expect?
Your acupuncturist will begin by asking you about your health complaints and medical history. You may be asked about other aspects of your life and health, such as sleep habits, digestive functions, emotional issues, and levels of stress. Your acupuncturist will also perform a physical evaluation.
You’ll receive an acupuncture treatment at your first session, immediately after your consultation.
How long is an Acupuncture session?
An acupuncture appointment including intake and treatment will take one hour. Your initial evaluation will include discussing your medical history and treatment needs in depth as well as an acupuncture treatment. Follow up visits will include a recheck evaluation and more focus on the treatment itself. While most people feel relaxed after an acupuncture session, there is no recovery time needed and you can continue with your daily tasks without interruption.
Will insurance cover my Acupuncture?
Many insurance providers now cover acupuncture services, but the specifics depend on the individual policy. If your plan provides out of network coverage for acupuncture, you may be able to have your visits paid by insurance. Note that patients are responsible for all services not covered by their insurance provider.
Preparing for treatment
Patients are asked to wear loose-fitting clothing, so pants and sleeves can be rolled up. The hands, feet, arms, wrists, and lower parts of the legs should be readily accessible.
If you are experiencing pain in a specific area, such as the neck, back, stomach, or joints, these areas should be accessible as well.
Before your session, drink plenty of water, but avoid coffee, colored juices, or other beverages that might stain your mouth and tongue. You should also eat a small meal ahead of time, so you arrive not hungry, but also not overly full.
How it feels
When the acupuncture pins are administered, you may feel a range of different sensations. Patients describe feeling tingling, numbness, heaviness, and warmth. Some patients experience a sense of euphoria or calm.
Your treatment may combine acupuncture with other modes of healing. Our acupuncturists are trained in both traditional and electro-acupuncture, as well as the application of Infrared heat, cupping, moxibustion, and acupressure. Chava is also an expert in Chinese herbology and she practices craniosacral therapy and reiki.
Your treatment will last from 30 to 60 minutes. Many patients find the process relaxing and may even fall asleep.
Your acupuncturist will be on hand to help you through any feelings and sensations that may emerge and will answer any questions you may have.
After your first treatment
After your session, your acupuncturist will make recommendations for an ongoing treatment plan—along with any supplements, diet and lifestyle adjustments, or herbal formulas that may be helpful to you.
Many people feel relaxed and refreshed after their acupuncture treatment. You may also feel a little light-headed; this is usually the case for patients who go into an appointment hungry or dehydrated.
FIGHT THE SIGNS OF AGING BY HEALING FROM THE INSIDE OUT
What is COSMETIC ACUPUNCTURE?
Cosmetic acupuncture is the use of very fine needles, inserted into specific areas of the body to minimize signs of aging and skin damage such as wrinkles, puffiness, uneven complexion, age spots, sagging, or crepe skin.
Is cosmetic acupuncture effective?
Sometimes referred to as a “no surgery facelift”, cosmetic acupuncture can dramatically rejuvenate aging skin and reverse fine lines and wrinkles and tighten areas of sagging. Recent research shows the results of cosmetic acupuncture last almost twice as long as botox.
How does cosmetic acupuncture work?
The actions of cosmetic acupuncture is multi faceted. By using very fine needles to stimulate the dermis, this increases collagen production to reduce lines, wrinkles, and sagging. This process also drives increased blood circulation to problem areas as well as improved lymphatic drainage to revitalize and heal tissues. A series of treatments will provide improved facial muscle tone, skin elasticity and contraction. Acupuncture has a neuro-endocrine effect on the body, increasing the release of endorphins, the “feel good hormones,” minimizing the stress we wear on our face. Acupuncture supports better hormonal balance overall, supporting all the bodies vital functions. A shifting imbalance in hormones as we age are often contributing to aging signs in mature skin.
How much treatment will I need? How long before I see results?
A general course of cosmetic acupuncture is 12 sessions, usually given at once weekly intervals. Changes like a more even and brighter complexion and a decrease in puffiness can usually be seen from the first treatment. Lasting skin tightening and minimizing of wrinkles is usually seen after 5 sessions.
How long will my results last?
Most benefit from a full 12 treatment course of cosmetic acupuncture, then continue ‘tune up’ treatments throughout the year to maintain the changes. For minor maintenance, an initial course followed by a mini course of 3-6 visits 4-6 mos later is appropriate. For more intensive cases, a full 12 treatment course then repeating in 4 months may be recommended before cutting down on treatment frequency. Your practitioner will advise you on the treatment frequency that is best for your situation.
Can I use cosmetic acupuncture with botox?
A course of cosmetic acupuncture can be given prior to botox injection, but you must wait 4 weeks after botox to resume facial acupuncture. Some choose to alternate their use of cosmetic acupuncture treatments with botox. Let your practitioner know if you have recently received botox so your acupuncture sessions can be scheduled accordingly.
When is the best time to receive a course of cosmetic acupuncture?
Changes in season and life stressors can have an effect on your skin. Some choose to minimize this impact by starting treatment prior of during times of the year that their skin is most vulnerable. Others receive a course of treatment to look their best at a special event like a wedding or reunion. Anytime is appropriate to begin treatment, but let your practitioner know if you have a specific goal in mind.
Is cosmetic acupuncture only beneficial for aging signs?
No! Many who seek cosmetic acupuncture, both men and women, are indeed looking to correct signs of aging skin. The same approach can provide relief for a number of skin issues such as acne, eczema, psoriasis, rosacea, or facial scars. Ask your practitioner if a course of cosmetic acupuncture could support your treatment goals.
What other therapies besides acupuncture are used in cosmetic treatments?
There are a variety of tools and therapies that support the effects of cosmetic acupuncture. At the end of every session you will receive specialized acupressure and lymphatic drainage massage of the face, head, and neck. This process assists the treated areas in letting go of metabolic cell waste and receiving new circulation.
Some cases benefit from the use of microcurrent during treatment. Microcurrent is the use of low level current to support facial toning and contouring. The addition of microcurrent increases the use of ATP in the cell to provide better cell function and skin healing.
The use of herbs, both topical face masks and supplement formulas greatly support the effects of cosmetic acupuncture. Your practitioner may use herbal extracts during your session or prescribe you a custom supplement formula to support your treatment goals. See our page on herbal therapy for more details.
For those who seek an intensive anti-aging program, a full integrative medicine consultation is available. Your lifestyle, medical history, stress, and diet will be reviewed to manage any factors having an effect on your well being and signs of aging. Comprehensive lab work will help to identify any contributing nutritional imbalances. See our page on integrative medical care for more information.
What are the possible side effects of cosmetic acupuncture?
Acupuncture, including cosmetic treatments, are largely safe when performed by a licensed practitioner. Because the face is very vascular, the most common side effect associated with cosmetic treatments is minor bruising. While this does not occur with everyone or with every treatment, for this reason it is not advised to receive cosmetic treatment within 3 days of a social event where you want to look your best.
Who should not receive cosmetic acupuncture?
The following is a list of conditions in which cosmetic acupuncture treatment is contraindicated. If you fall under one of these categories, you can still receive and benefit from acupuncture and other anti-aging therapies. Always let your practitioner know your full medical history, current medications including hormonal birth control and over the counter supplements, or any change in your health.
High Blood Pressure
During Active Cold or Flu
During Active Herpes Outbreak
During Active Allergic Reaction
Use of Blood Thinning or Anti-Platelet Medications
Frequent Migraines (more than every 3 mos)
Some Pitutary Disorders
Heart Disorders or Pacemaker
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