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Acupuncture in Clifton, NJ

Services from Pulse Acupuncture

Licensed Acupuncturist Marina Doktorman, M.S., L.Ac provides a variety of quality services to those in and around the Clifton, New Jersey community.

Pulse Acupuncture offers:


Acupuncture is painless, utilizes thin, hair-like needles that are placed at strategic energetic points to activate natural, self-healing abilities of the body. Our health is influenced by vital Qi energy. Qi flows in 12 regular meridians and responsible for growth development, maintenance of body temperature, protection against illness and disease. Different stresses affect meridians and organs in different ways, disrupting or blocking Qi flow. A blockage in the meridians will restrict the cells, tissues, muscles, organs and glands. Over time, the body as a whole becomes weakened and its self-healing abilities are compromised. It becomes susceptible to pain and illness occurs.

Acupuncture points along the affected meridians will correct the normal flow of Qi and will restore your health and balance.

All acupuncture needles in the practice of Pulse Acupuncture are sterile, non-toxic and for single use only. Acupuncture needles are metallic, solid, and hair-thin. People experience acupuncture differently, but most feel no or minimal pain as the needles are inserted. Some people feel energized by treatment, while others feel relaxed.


As with traditional acupuncture, needles are inserted on specific points along the body. The needles are then attached to a device that generates continuous electric pulses using small clips. These devices are used to adjust the frequency and intensity of the impulse being delivered, depending on the condition being treated. Electroacupuncture uses two needles at time so that the impulses can pass from one needle to the other. Several pairs of needles can be stimulated simultaneously, usually for no more than 30 minutes at a time.

One advantage of electroacupuncture is that a practitioner does not have to be as precise with the insertion of needles. This is because the current delivered through the needle stimulates a larger area than the needle itself.

Electroacupuncture is considered to be especially useful for conditions in which there is an accumulation of qi, such as in chronic pain syndromes, or in cases where the qi is difficult to stimulate.

In the United States, electroacupuncture has been studied for a variety of conditions. It has been effectively used as a form of anesthesia; as a pain reliever for muscle spasms; and a treatment for neurological disorders. Other studies have examined the role of electroacupuncture in treating skin conditions such as acne, renal colic, and acute nausea caused by cancer medications. There is also some evidence that electrical stimulation of acupuncture points activates the endorphin system, which could lower blood pressure and reduce heart disease.

Trigger Point Release

Trigger point acupuncture (also known as dry needling technique) is unique and highly effective form of acupuncture developed in North America and used as a treatment for pain conditions. It is based on the pioneering work or Dr. Janet Travell. Trigger point acupuncture is more aggressive than traditional acupuncture as it requires direct manipulation of muscular tightness or knots know as trigger points. The manipulation aims at a generation of repeated, involuntary twitching from the muscles and usually leads to an immediate reduction of the tightness as well as elimination in stubborn pain.

An ultra-thin, single use acupuncture needle is inserted into the affected muscles and gently probes, moving the needle at different angles to produce localized involuntary twitching. This reaction has an effect of fatiguing the tight muscle and producing an immediate reduction or elimination of the tightness. It is one of the safest ways to address physical problems and usually involves some short-term muscular soreness caused by the involuntary twitching.

Trigger point release acupuncture method is the most effective modality to restore balance to the muscle and alleviate chronic stubborn pain, especially when other treatment options have failed.

Auricular Acupuncture

Auricular acupuncture is, quite simply, acupuncture done on the ear. As with all forms of acupuncture, the acupuncture points found in the outer ear correspond to other locations in the body. By stimulating these points, called acupoints for short, the acupuncture needle sends electrical impulse messages to the brain, which are then thought to stimulate other areas of the body. In this way, auricular acupuncture can relieve pain in the joints and muscles, stimulate the organs and the brain itself, and achieve a number of other therapeutic effects for the patient.

Auricular acupuncture is thought to be effective in treating mental/emotional disturbances including anxiety, depression, and insomnia. It is also used to treat physical pain such as arthritis, back pain, migraine, headache, tendonitis, and sciatic pain. Through stimulation of corresponding points in the brain and body, auricular acupuncture is also used as a therapy to treat digestive problems such as colitis and indigestion, as well as respiratory and sinus problems like asthma, hay fever and sinusitis. The therapy may also be used to treat obesity, pre-menstrual syndrome, and addiction to drugs, alcohol and cigarettes.

Cosmetic Acupuncture

Since facial acupuncture is based on time-tested principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine, a person's overall health may also benefit. Cosmetic acupuncture is a whole-body treatment.In the Traditional Chinese Medicine view, a person's face is affected selectively by his or her internal organs. Facial features reflect organic strengths, and as internal organs are fortified, one's face reflects the improvement. The remedy cosmetic acupuncture may offer is the reduction or erasure of fine lines and the softening of deeper ones. Additionally, patients may experience the firming of jowls and a reduction in the size of under-eye bags. It is not unusual for clients to report enhanced skin tone, increased energy. Acupuncture needles are inserted on different facial muscle groups and points for overall facial rejuvenation, increased collagen production and cell re-generation. Essential oils and facial massage are also utilized during the treatment.;


Moxibustion is an Oriental medicine technique that involves the burning of an herb, mugwort also known as artemesia vulgaris orai yein Chinese, to warm acupuncture points or meridians.

This warming technique is used on people who have a cold and/or stagnant condition. The warming of acupuncture points and meridians leads to smoother flow of blood and qi and facilitates healing.

"Smokeless" moxa is also used at Pulse Acupuncture PC for the purpose of turning breach babies. Patients will be instructed how to locate the appropriate acupuncture points and demonstrate how to safely apply moxa at home. The acupuncture point UB 67 is the main point that activates the uterus and located on the outer, lower edge of both little toenails. Moxa has a tonifying and warming effect which promotes movement and activity. It encourages the baby to become more active and lift its bottom up in order to gain adequate momentum to move into head down position.

Chinese Herbs

Chinese Herbal Medicine is extremely powerful and a holistic method of healing.

Chinese herbs can be used alone or in conjunction with acupuncture to treat a broader range of medical conditions. The herbs are remarkable in their ability to promote the body to heal and strengthen itself.

Like acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine is tailored to meet the specific needs of the individual. Chinese herbal formulas are designed to treat the symptoms and the underlying health pattern by restoring balance where an imbalance is found, and strengthening the immune system.

Chinese herbs have been used for thousands of years to treat people. As a result, the formulas are well tested and balanced and unwanted side effects rarely occur.

Infra-red heat lamp

Heat therapy is one of easiest and more effective ways to treat pain without medication. Infrared heat lamps radiate heat onto the sore muscle area without disturbing the air around you. Far-infrared lamps break the spectrum of radiation, making you able to adjust the intensity of the frequency.


Cups are applied to the area being treated by suction to the skin. Drawing up the skin and underlying tissue is believed to open up the skin's pores, which helps to stimulate the flow of blood, balances and realigns the flow ofqi, breaks up obstructions, and creates an avenue for toxins to be drawn out of the body.

Cupping is used primarily to treat respiratory conditions such as bronchitis, asthma, and congestion; arthritis; gastrointestinal disorders; and certain types of pain.

Tui-Na Massage

Tui Na uses rhythmic compression along energy channels of the body, as well as a variety of techniques that manipulate and lubricate the joints. Like acupressure, Tui Na directly affects the flow of energy by holding and pressing the body at acupressure points.

Tui Na does not simply work on the muscles, bones, and joints. It works with the energy of the body at a deeper level. As the practitioner senses the client's body with her hands, she is able to assess the distribution of energy and affect its flow. Tui Na is designed to prevent problems, not just correct them. By keeping the body's energy in balance, health is maintained. This is true not just for physical health, but for mental and emotional well-being as well.


Aromatherapy is the use of essential oils from plants to support and balance the mind, body, and spirit. It is used by patients with cancer mainly as a form of supportive care that may improve quality of life and reduce stress and anxiety. Aromatherapy may be combined with other complementary treatments like massage therapy and acupuncture, as well as with standard treatments.

Fragrant plants have been used in healing practices for thousands of years across many cultures, including ancient China, India, and Egypt. Ways to extract essential oils from plants were first discovered during the Middle Ages.

The history of modern aromatherapy began in the early 20th century, when French chemist Rene Gattefosse coined the term "aromatherapy" and studied the effects of essential oils on many kinds of diseases. In the 1980s and 1990s, aromatherapy was rediscovered in Western countries as interest in complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) began to grow.

Contact us today to schedule an appointment with Pulse Acupuncture. Marina Doktorman serves patients from Clifton, Bloomfield, Little Falls, Passaic, Paterson, and the surrounding New Jersey communities. If this will be your first time at Pulse Acupuncture, please take a moment to review the helpful information on our new patient page. We look forward to working with you to provide relief with acupuncture therapy.