Treating Chronic Disorders

Chronic health conditions such as arthritis, headache, hormonal imbalances, pain syndromes, and degenerative diseases often respond well to acupuncture because acupuncture encourages a healthy, natural pattern of function to be restored. The body is designed to function in a specific way in which all the organs work together. Chinese Medicine describes a holistic energetic function of the body and how to restore that natural balance. It is often the case with chronic conditions that minor symptoms resolve quickly while deeper patterns of dysfunction are corrected over time.

What our clients are saying

Neck Pain

I suffer from chronic neck pain from a bulging (herniated) disk . I’ve been in pain for approximately twenty years now. Since I’ve been coming to see Susan the treatment has helped tremendously with pain management. I was skeptical at first but I’m glad I gave acupuncture a chance. Since beginning treatment I have been able to decrease the amount of pain medication that I was taking on a daily basis. Susan is a godsend!” JB

GI Disorder

I had been suffering with digestive issues and anxiety on and off for 5 years. I had acid reflux, diarrhea, abdominal pain and discomfort, bloating, gas, nausea and painful menstrual cramps. The acid reflux was so bad it caused painful swelling in my neck and collarbone area. After my second acupuncture treatment with Susan, the acid reflux and swelling went away completely and has not returned in almost 5 months. With continued acupuncture treatments and a diet change, I have had a significant decrease in my other digestive symptoms as well. I have also noticed a change in my mood; I am less anxious, have more energy, and require less sleep every night to function. Susan recently added points to address my hormones, and my last menstrual cycle was the least painful one I have experienced in years. I highly recommend acupuncture for anyone experiencing these types of issues.” AT

Kidney Disorder

My main health problem is a kidney condition called Nephrotic Syndrome. This illness started at age two. I grew up with frequent relapses and almost continuous steroid therapy. After about five years without any symptoms, I relapsed at the end of 1987. From then until January of 1989 I was on steroids (prednisone) most of the time. My doctors were talking about switching to stronger drugs (cytoxin). I began acupuncture in January and tapered off steroid medication. I have not had a single relapse since beginning acupuncture eight months ago. After several weeks of trace proteins, there has not been a significant degree of proteinuria in urinalysis testing. My doctor asked me what I was doing differently. I told him “acupuncture” and he said to keep on doing it.” AC


This year I had a recurrence of a kidney problem. Seven years ago I had to have dialysis and was hospitalized for three months. My creatinin level was up to 2.9 (normal creatinin level is between 0.1 and 0.4). Ultrasound showed a narrowing of the artery of the right kidney. I decided to see Susan because I was desperate and the options I was facing were not good. I knew acupuncture had worked for me before on knee pain. I had acupuncture treatments for three months and during that time my creatinin level dropped to 1.4 and has stayed there. I feel good. My energy level is up. I intend to return to work.” HS


I want to send a heartfelt thank you for helping me over the last year. I’ve had psoriatic arthritis for the past 15 years and the flare ups started again last spring which was made worse by damp weather. My joints hurt all over and I was barely able to walk up and down steps. The staircase in my house became something I dreaded. I’ve been helped by a practitioner in Chinatown before so I knew acupuncture could help. But I also knew that not every acupuncturist is the right match for my needs.

I knew you were good within the first couple of points and I knew I had found my new acupuncturist! Plus, I love the calmness of your practice. I always feel so much better when I leave your office – physically and mentally. I am so glad I found you, and thank you for helping me solve my pain issues non-pharmacologically. My joint issues have largely resolved and I’m much more active this Spring compared to last year. THANK YOU!” ML


For years I went for epidurals every three months for hip and back pain from arthritis. I did Physical Therapy and tried every topical ointment that was available. The pain persisted until I found Susan, a knowledgeable, caring, sensitive practitioner. The first session resulted in such a notable improvement that I knew that I had finally found the answer. A couple more sessions and I was pain-free. When signs of discomfort start to reappear, I know what I need to do. I will go and see Susan. No more epidurals for me!” JF


I have arthritis in both thumbs and hands which caused me to have limited use of the thumbs and very little strength in the muscles. It was a constant ache in the joints of the thumbs and it was painful to move them. After six acupuncture treatments with Susan the pain began to subside and the strength in the muscles began to return. After ten treatments I was able to use an office stapler again! With less frequent treatments now, the use of my thumbs and hands is dramatically increased and still improving. I didn’t realize how little use I had of my hands until they began to get better!” JC

Rheumatoid Arthritis

I have been treated for rheumatoid arthritis for over 12 years by many doctors and with different medications. I have had some good results but since I started acupuncture with Susan Kane I have been able to reduce my medications almost in half. The movement in my hands, elbows and knees has greatly improved, more so than with other treatments. I had two nodules that were quite large on my arms and they have softened and almost disappeared. I would send anyone I know to Susan. I recommend acupuncture very highly.” GS

Autoimmune Disorder

I started seeing Susan Kane in June 2010. I had been diagnosed with arthritis in my knee and then found out that I have an autoimmune disease. I came to Susan with bilateral knee pain, tingling in my lower legs and arms, random pain in my hands and forearms, and I was an emotional wreck worrying about all my health issues. After my third treatment I started to feel 80% better. By the fifth treatment I realized that I hadn’t even thought of my pains and tingling for several days. I will now be going on a maintenance program of three to four week intervals after just seven treatments. I can’t say enough about what acupuncture has done for me. I am no longer taking ibuprofen daily for my knee pain nor have I started taking any medication for my autoimmune disease. Acupuncture has helped me get back to a pain-free life and I no longer worry about my health issues. I can’t thank Susan enough for her help.” DC


I want to thank you (Susan) for helping me to get through my immune problems. I am convinced that your treatments contributed greatly in getting my skin condition (rashes and itching) under control. I feel so much better. Also, I want to thank you for all you have done for my wife over the past 6 years. She is doing so great and you deserve all the credit for her good health!” AP

Multiple Sclerosis, Back Pain, Stress

I was diagnosed with MS several years ago and, while I am doing well right now, I have had symptoms that were difficult such as numbness on the bottom of my feet and knee pain. I also get back pain and feel stressed out. Acupuncture has reduced my mood swings, decreased the swelling in my legs and feet, and the numbness in the bottom of my feet has been reduced greatly. Sometimes it is not even there! But more important than the treatment itself is the practitioner. Susan is a miracle worker, caring and supportive. It is my belief that the treatment or healing would not occur unless the person administering it conveyed sensitivity, warmth and knowledge plus a great sense of humor. My body is healing. I feel more energetic, calm and clear than I have felt in years. I know that acupuncture is a slow process but I am committed to it. It works and it works well. It gives me such reassurance that I do not have to invade my body with chemicals. What a relief!” NJ