Now In-Network With Blue Cross Blue Shield!

I am pleased to announce that NY Chi Acupuncture is now a participating, in-network provider with Blue Cross Blue Shield. More and more insurance policies are covering acupuncture as its recognition as a safe and effective treatment modality expands. The office is conveniently located in midtown east between Bryant Park and Grand Central Station.

If you would like us to check on whether your BCBS policy covers acupuncture, please contact us by phone at 917-546-4637 or fill out the contact form at the right side of the Appointments page here with your name, insurance ID number, date of birth and the provider services phone number listed on your insurance card. Most of the time we are able to verify benefits within 24-48 hours.

Some types of Blue Cross Blue Shield plans we accept are: HMO, PPO, EPO and Direct POS.

For all other types of insurance such as Aetna, United Healthcare and Cigna we are out of network but do electronically submit claims on your behalf.

Each insurance plan is different- some cover acupuncture at 100% with no restrictions, some limit the conditions for which acupuncture is covered or only allow a set number of visits per year, and others do not cover acupuncture at all. If your plan currently doesn’t cover acupuncture, let your HR department know!

Managing PCOS Naturally

What is PCOS?

PCOS stands for Polycystic Ovary Syndrome. It’s an endocrine (hormonal) disorder characterized by infrequent or absent periods, multiple cysts on the ovaries, obesity and high levels of androgens (such as testosterone and DHEA-S), which leads to excess facial and body hair, hair thinning or male pattern baldness and acne. Many PCOS patients have insulin resistance, which means that your body isn’t able to properly absorb and process sugars and other carbohydrates. Other complications include type 2 Diabetes, high cholesterol, heart disease, depression and difficulty becoming pregnant. Read more

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Having A Healthy 4th Trimester: Q&A with Amber Star Merkens, Postpartum Doula

Before I met Amber Star Merkens, I had no idea postpartum doulas existed. I immediately had a ton of questions for her because I became so excited about the idea that there are professionals available to help new moms out- this is seriously something everyone needs to know about! If you think doulas are only helping during labor, think again, and read on!

 

What is a doula?

The term doula literally means a woman’s helper. Read more

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Cold And Flu Season: 5 Ways To Naturally Boost Your Immunity, Not Including Hand-Washing

Patients frequently ask me how they can increase their immunity this time of year. Everyone knows to wash their hands more frequently, so I won’t bore you with that lecture!

In Traditional Chinese Medicine theory, our bodies have a type of Qi, or energy called “Wei Qi”. Wei Qi is our protective Qi and is located on the surface of the body. You can think of Wei Qi as the immune system- its job is to keep out invaders such as harmful viruses and bacteria. Here are a few things you can do that you may not have realized can improve your immune system…

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Red Wine For Cramps? Traditional Chinese Medicine Says Yes!

In the world of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), each food has medicinal qualities and energetics. This simply means that there are reasons it would help some people and harm others. Makes sense, right? One of my goals as an acupuncturist and practitioner of TCM is to help people begin to think of their food medicinally. For example, if you have a headache or an upset stomach you don’t necessarily need to go into your medicine cabinet. There are foods and herbal teas which can solve the problem just as well. One example that not everyone would think of is red wine! This discussion of red wine will hopefully help you decide when it might be a good idea to have a glass or two, and when you might want to pass. Read more