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  • How long do the benefits of acupuncture last?
    The duration of the benefits of acupuncture can vary depending on the individual and the specific condition being treated. For some, the effects of acupuncture may be immediate and long-lasting, while for others, regular treatments may be necessary to maintain the benefits. Dr. Grace Gao, TCMD, L.A.C., takes a personalized approach to each patient's care, aiming to not only address current symptoms but also to promote long-term health and well-being. Through a combination of acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, and lifestyle recommendations, Dr. Gao strives to not only provide relief but to treat the underlying imbalances that contribute to the patient's condition. The goal is to empower patients to take an active role in their health, allowing them to experience lasting benefits from their acupuncture treatments. Dr. Gao's holistic approach considers the interconnectedness of the body, mind, and spirit, aiming for sustainable results that support overall wellness.
  • How many acupuncture needles are used?
    At Dr. Grace Gao, TCMD, L.A.C, the number of acupuncture needles used during a treatment can vary based on the specific condition being addressed and the individual needs of each patient. As a licensed acupuncturist and practitioner of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Dr. Gao tailors each treatment to the unique constitution and presenting symptoms of her patients. The number of acupuncture needles used may range from a few to several, and their placement is determined by the principles of Chinese Medicine, with the goal of restoring balance and promoting the body's natural healing processes. Patients can trust in Dr. Gao's expertise and personalized approach to acupuncture therapy, ensuring a safe and effective treatment experience.
  • How often should you get acupuncture?
    At Dr. Grace Gao TCMD, L.A.C., the frequency of acupuncture treatments depends on the individual's condition and response to the therapy. For those with chronic conditions, it is common to start with weekly treatments to experience the initial therapeutic effects. As symptoms improve, the frequency of visits may decrease to bi-weekly or monthly sessions to maintain progress. Acute conditions or injuries may require more frequent visits initially. Dr. Grace Gao TCMD, L.A.C. takes a personalized approach to each patient's treatment plan, considering their unique health history, current health status, and treatment goals to determine the optimal frequency of acupuncture sessions. Additionally, lifestyle factors, stress levels, and other health habits are taken into account to provide a comprehensive and holistic approach to healing. It is recommended to discuss your individual treatment plan and frequency with Dr. Grace Gao TCMD, L.A.C. during your initial consultation.
  • Can acupuncture help with fertility issues?
    Yes, acupuncture can be an effective treatment for fertility issues. At Dr. Grace Gao, TCMD, L.A.C., we specialize in using traditional Chinese medicine and acupuncture to help support fertility for both men and women. Acupuncture can help regulate the menstrual cycle, improve sperm quality and motility, reduce stress, and balance hormone levels, all of which can contribute to increased fertility. By addressing the underlying imbalances in the body, acupuncture can support natural conception or enhance the effectiveness of assisted reproductive technologies such as IVF. Our approach is holistic, taking into account the individual's overall health and well-being to create a personalized treatment plan for optimal fertility support. We are dedicated to providing compassionate care and empowering our patients on their journey to achieving their fertility goals.
  • What are the potential side effects of acupuncture?
    Acupuncture is a safe and effective form of treatment when performed by a qualified and experienced practitioner. However, as with any medical procedure, there may be some potential side effects. These can include minor bruising or bleeding at the insertion site of the needles, temporary soreness or pain, lightheadedness, or dizziness during or after treatment. It is important to note that serious side effects from acupuncture are extremely rare when performed by a licensed acupuncturist. Dr. Grace Gao, TCMD, L.A.C., is dedicated to providing safe and professional care to all her patients, utilizing proper techniques and sterile equipment to minimize any risks associated with acupuncture. If you have any concerns about potential side effects, Dr. Grace Gao can address them during your consultation and ensure you are comfortable with the treatment plan.
  • Do acupuncture needles hurt?
    Acupuncture needles are incredibly thin, much thinner than those used for injections or blood tests. At Dr. Grace Gao, TCMD, L.A.C, the insertion of acupuncture needles is generally painless. Some people may experience a mild sensation, such as a pinch or tingling, as the needles are inserted, but this discomfort is typically minimal. Many patients find the overall experience to be calming and relaxing. Dr. Grace Gao, TCMD, L.A.C is known for her gentle technique and compassionate approach, ensuring that your acupuncture treatment is comfortable and well-tolerated. If you have any concerns about discomfort during acupuncture, Dr. Grace Gao will be happy to discuss your options and address any questions you may have.
  • Can acupuncture help with mental health conditions?
    Certainly! Acupuncture, as practiced by Dr. Grace Gao, TCMD, L.A.C., is a holistic approach that can be beneficial for treating mental health conditions. Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) views the mind and body as interconnected, and acupuncture aims to restore balance and harmony within the body, including the mind. Research has shown that acupuncture can help alleviate symptoms of anxiety, depression, and stress by regulating the body's stress response and promoting relaxation. Dr. Gao's approach involves personalized treatments that consider each patient's unique constitution and emotional well-being. By addressing the root cause of mental health concerns, acupuncture at Dr. Grace Gao's practice focuses on promoting overall well-being and emotional balance for her clients.
  • What conditions can Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine treat?
    Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine can effectively treat a wide range of health conditions, including but not limited to pain management, stress and anxiety, digestive issues, insomnia, allergies, women's health concerns, and infertility. By using traditional Chinese medicine techniques such as acupuncture, herbal medicine, cupping, and moxibustion, Dr. Grace Gao TCMD, L.A.c can address the root cause of these conditions and provide holistic, personalized treatment plans for each patient. With a focus on restoring the body's balance and promoting natural healing, patients can expect to experience improvements in their overall health and well-being through these ancient practices.
  • Are there any Dos and Don'ts for me on the day of an acupuncture treatment?
    Yes, there are a few important Dos and Don'ts to keep in mind on the day of your acupuncture treatment. Do make sure to eat a light meal a few hours before your appointment to avoid feeling lightheaded during the treatment. It's also recommended to wear loose, comfortable clothing to allow easy access to the acupuncture points. Additionally, it's important to stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water before and after your treatment. As for Don'ts, it's best to avoid having a heavy meal, consuming alcohol, or engaging in strenuous physical activity before your appointment. Also, try not to schedule any stressful activities immediately after your treatment to allow your body to fully relax and benefit from the effects of acupuncture. Dr. Grace Gao, TCMD, L.A.C, advocates for a holistic approach to wellness through Traditional Chinese Medicine, and following these Dos and Don'ts can enhance the effectiveness of your acupuncture treatment. It's important to communicate any concerns or questions you may have with Dr. Grace Gao to ensure a comfortable and beneficial experience.
  • What should I wear to an acupuncture session with Dr. Grace Gao, TCMD, L.A.C?
    During your acupuncture session with Dr. Grace Gao, it is recommended to wear loose, comfortable clothing. This ensures that Dr. Gao can easily access the acupuncture points on your body without any restrictions. Opt for clothing that can be easily rolled up or removed, such as loose-fitting pants, shorts, or a t-shirt. Avoid wearing clothing that is too tight or constricting, as well as heavy jewelry or excessive makeup. Dr. Gao prioritizes your comfort and relaxation during your acupuncture session, and wearing the right clothing can contribute to a more effective and peaceful experience.
  • What should you expect after an acupuncture treatment?
    After an acupuncture treatment with Dr. Grace Gao, TCMD, L.A.C, you can expect to experience a sense of relaxation and well-being. Some patients may feel immediate relief from their symptoms, while others may notice gradual improvements over time. It's common to experience mild soreness or bruising at the insertion sites, but this should subside within a day or two. It's important to drink plenty of water and avoid strenuous activities after your treatment to support the body's natural healing process. Dr. Grace Gao will provide personalized advice based on your specific condition and treatment plan. Follow-up appointments may be recommended to ensure continued progress. Remember that each individual's response to acupuncture is unique, and Dr. Grace Gao is dedicated to supporting your overall health and well-being throughout your acupuncture journey.
  • Can I have acupuncture with Western medical treatment?
    Yes, you can absolutely have acupuncture alongside Western medical treatment. In fact, many patients find that combining acupuncture with their Western medical care leads to a more comprehensive approach to their health and wellness. Acupuncture is a key component of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), which focuses on restoring the body's balance and Qi flow. By stimulating specific acupoints, acupuncture can help alleviate pain, reduce inflammation, improve circulation, and support the body's natural healing processes. It is important to communicate openly with both your Western healthcare provider and your acupuncturist to ensure that your treatments are coordinated effectively. Dr. Grace Gao, TCMD. L.A.C. is dedicated to providing holistic and personalized care, integrating acupuncture and TCM with Western medicine to support your overall well-being.
  • How long does acupuncture take at Dr. Grace Gao, TCMD, L.A.C.?
    At Dr. Grace Gao's practice, the duration of an acupuncture session can vary depending on the specific conditions being treated and the individual needs of each patient. Generally, an acupuncture session can last anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour. During your initial consultation, Dr. Grace Gao will take the time to assess your health concerns and develop a personalized treatment plan tailored to your unique needs. This may include a series of acupuncture sessions, herbal medicine, and lifestyle recommendations to support your overall well-being. Dr. Grace Gao is dedicated to providing holistic and patient-centered care, ensuring that each acupuncture session is comprehensive and effective in addressing your health goals.
  • Where are acupuncture needles placed?
    In Chinese Medicine, the placement of acupuncture needles is determined by the concept of meridians and energy flow within the body. Dr. Grace Gao, TCMD, L.A.C, uses a holistic approach to determine the specific acupuncture points for each individual based on their unique condition and needs. The needles may be placed on meridians related to the specific health issue being addressed, as well as on related points to rebalance the body's energy and promote overall well-being. Through personalized diagnosis and treatment, Dr. Grace Gao aims to restore harmony and optimize the body's natural healing mechanisms.
  • How much does acupuncture cost?
    At Dr. Grace Gao, TCMD, L.A.C, the cost of acupuncture varies depending on the type and duration of the treatment. As a Traditional Chinese Medicine Doctor and Licensed Acupuncturist, Dr. Grace Gao provides personalized treatment plans tailored to each patient's unique needs, which may affect the cost. During your initial consultation, Dr. Gao will assess your condition and discuss treatment options, including frequency and duration of sessions, to determine the cost. Additionally, Dr. Gao may incorporate other modalities, such as Chinese herbal medicine or cupping therapy, into your treatment plan, which can also influence the overall cost. Rest assured, we are committed to providing high-quality care at fair and transparent pricing. For more specific information about the cost of acupuncture and related services at our practice, we encourage you to schedule a consultation with Dr. Grace Gao, TCMD, L.A.C.
  • How does acupuncture feel?
    Acupuncture is typically painless and often accompanied by minimal sensations such as tingling, warmth, or pressure at the insertion points. Each person's experience may vary, but many patients find the treatment to be deeply relaxing and rejuvenating. Dr. Grace Gao, TCMD, L.A.C. takes a gentle and compassionate approach, prioritizing your comfort and well-being throughout your acupuncture session.




Dr. Gao, Hui also known as Grace Gao, is a Traditional Chinese Medicine Doctor (TCMD) and a licensed acupuncturist (L.Ac.). She holds national board certifications in acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, and Oriental medicine from the National Commission for the Certification of Acupuncturists and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM). Dr. Gao graduated from Tianjin University of Traditional Chinese Medicine in China, where she studied both traditional Chinese medicine and Western biomedicine, specializing in acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine. With a medical degree obtained in 1993, she served as an associate and chief physician at the First Teaching Hospital of Tianjin University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, a renowned institution recognized as the National Acupuncture Clinical Research Center of China for 17 years. In 2010, she relocated to the U.S. to pursue her dedication to providing personalized treatments to help her clients reach their health objectives. With over 30 years of experience in acupuncture and Chinese medicine, Grace effectively addresses a wide range of conditions, including women's health, dermatology, acute and chronic pain (such as headache, knee pain, low back pain, migraine, neck pain, pain in dentistry, spine pain, sciatica, etc.), stress reduction, addiction, facial rejuvenation, infertility, sexual dysfunction, musculoskeletal and neurological issues, emotional balance, respiratory health, and general well-being.
  • Tianjin University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, China.



  • GUA SHA 


高晖医生(女)1993年毕业于天津中医药大学针灸系,1993年至2010年在天津中医药大学第一附属医院 (全国针灸临床研究中心) 针灸部工作,任副/主任医师。2010年11月移民美国,现持有纽约州针灸执照。


主治疾病:各种急慢性痛症(包括:头痛,偏头痛,三叉神经痛,牙痛,胃痛,腰痛,全身关节痛,臂从神经痛,坐骨神经痛,肋间神经痛,痛经,疱疹后疼痛,手术后疼痛,癌症疼痛的辅助治疗),落枕,颈椎病,腰椎病,肩周炎,网球肘,腕管综合症,关节炎,扭伤,面瘫,面肌痉挛,眩晕,中风,偏瘫,吞咽障碍,失语,帕金森氏综合症,高血压,耳鸣,失眠,抑郁症,焦虑症,神经官能症, 疲劳综合症,过敏性鼻炎,鼻窦炎,慢性哮喘,咳嗽,急慢性胃炎,呃逆,恶心呕吐,便秘,慢性腹泻,月经不调,不孕症,经前综合症,绝经后综合症,慢性前列腺炎,功能性阳痿,戒烟,减肥,白细胞减少症,雷诺氏综合征,干燥综合症,针灸美容,养生保健,以及各种疑难杂症。



Dr. Hui Gao L.Ac.,T.C.M.D.


(518) 882-8595

(518) 894-3652


23 Computer Dr. East,
Albany, NY 12205


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