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Doctor Ada Kulagina

I am Ada Kulagina, the owner and acupuncturist behind Healing Acupuncture PC located in the heart of Brooklyn, NY.

I am a Licensed Acupuncturist, certified by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine and New York Board Certified. I recevied my Master of Science in Acupuncture from the Tri State College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in 2002.

Since then I have been practicing in various Pain Management and Well Being centers of Brooklyn and Queens.

My goal is to restore normalcy to the body’s energy balance and it’s free flow.
I work with a wide range of patients from young children to working professional and the elderly. I have a unique approach to each patient. I design a tailored treatment plan to alleviate their ailment.

I am a member of Acupuncture Society of New York and have several Certificates in Pain Management, Stress Release and Emotional Balance, and also Acupuncture Facial Rejuvenation.

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About Acupuncture

Welcome to Healing Acupuncture P.C. We are conveniently located in the heart of Brooklyn at 8635 21st Avenue.

Healing Acupuncture P.C. was founded by New York Board Certified Acupuncturist, Dr. Ada Kulagina. As a fellow New Yorker, Dr. Kulagina understands the fast-paced, stressful environment of the Big Apple. With so many overwhelming daily worries and concerns, living in New York without dealing with stress seems inevitable. That’s why Dr. Ada Kulagina dedicated her life to helping patients relieve their stress and restore their body’s balance. It is vital to maintain a healthy lifestyle amidst the hustle and bustle of New York.

Dr. Ada Kulagina is a NY Licensed Acupuncturist, certified by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. She received her Master’s of Science in Acupuncture from the Tri-State College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in 2002.

Since then, she has opened her own practice in addition to practicing in various pain management and well-being centers throughout Brooklyn and Queens.

“My goal is to restore normalcy to the body’s energy balance and its free flow. I work with a wide range of patients - from adolescents to the elderly. I have a unique approach to each patient and design a tailored treatment plan to alleviate their ailment.” - Dr. Kulagina

Memberships and Additional Certifications:

Acupuncture Society of New York - member since 2002

Pain Management Certificate

Stress Release

Emotional Balance

Acupuncture Facial Rejuvenation

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Classical Acupuncture

Electric Acupuncture



Gua Sha

Infrared Heat Lamp


Treatment Specialties

Pain Management



Emotional Wellbeing

Facial Rejuvenation

Other areas of practice

  • Allergies
  • Imunnue support
  • Colds, Cough and Flu
  • Digestion or Intestine
  • Spinal Problems
  • Chronic Fatigue
  • Cosmetic Acupuncture
  • Muscle Aches
  • Sprains and Strains
  • Sleep/Insomnia Stress
  • Wellness/Healing/Prevention
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List FAQ

  • What is acupuncture? How does it work?Open or Close

    Acupuncture is a powerful method of healing and Dart of a system of healthcare practices used in Asia for thousands of years. The earliest records date back to 1766-1122 BC written on tortoise shell.

    Acupuncture is based on energetic laws and the Taoist principle theory of Yin and Yang, which represents the balance of opposing and interrelated forces.

    Within those forces is the movement of energy or life force called “Qi” (chee). Qi is what flows between energy and matter; it is both energy and matter.

    Yin and Yang represent the cycle of life, day and night, the changing seasons and the body’s internal rhythms.

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  • Are there any side effects to acupuncture?Open or Close

    Qi is a Chinese term for vital energy or life force. In traditional Chinese medicine, qi is believed to regulate a person’s spiritual, emotional, mental, and physical balance, and to be influenced by the opposing forces of yin and yang.

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  • What conditions does acupuncture treat?Open or Close

    Meridian is a traditional Chinese medicine term for each of the 20 pathways throughout the body for the flow of qi, or vital energy, accessed through acupuncture points.

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  • What can I expect in a typical acupuncture session?Open or Close

    Acupuncture uses the application of needles to stimulate various points on meridians on the body that facilitate the movement of Qi.

    Qi moves throughout the body, meridians are channels where the Qi can be accessed.

    The ancient Chinese believed the root of all disease was from the blockage of Qi, by removing the blockage and promoting the free flow of Qi, the body is able to heal itself.

    Stimulating these points help bring the body back into balance (the Yin and Yang within the body). The western understanding would be homeostasis.

    Acupuncture works on strengthening the body’s own natural healing abilities; it increases circulation and stimulates the immune system to facilitate healing.

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  • How widely is acupuncture used in the U.S.?Open or Close

    Acupuncture is a powerful method of medicine that uses the body’s energy or Qi (chee) to treat conditions such as pain, dizziness, nausea, chronic conditions, post-stroke paralysis, drug and alcohol addiction, etc. Established as one of the most important components of Chinese medicine, it promotes natural healing and improved physical and emotional well-being. Today, acupuncture describes a family of procedures involving stimulation of anatomical points on the body by a variety of techniques. The acupuncture technique that has been most studied scientifically involves inserting very fine metallic needles into precise acupuncture points that are manipulated by the hands or electrical stimulation.

    Acupuncture uses very fine, sterile, single-use needles placed in specific locations around the body to manipulate that energy. There are acupuncture points all over the body, including the face and scalp. Where you will have needles placed will depend on your signs and symptoms. Other modalities used in treatment may include electrostimulation, gua sha, cupping, MOXA and “7 Star” needling.

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  • Is acupuncture safe?Open or Close

    While there are no contraindications to receiving acupuncture or other TCM treatment modalities, there may be certain conditions or circumstances that may prevent you from receiving a treatment today. Some conditions may mean that certain acupuncture points or treatments are cautioned or contraindicated, and your treatment plan will be adjusted accordingly.

    If you are pregnant or think you may be pregnant, please notify your acupuncturist immediately. Most acupuncture points are safe to use during pregnancy, but there are a few points that are avoided as a precaution.

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  • What is Cosmetic Acupuncture?Open or Close

    After an acupuncture treatment you will be advised to rest and drink extra water. Most people feel very relaxed and energized after an acupuncture treatment. On occasion you may experience a small bruise where a needle was inserted.

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  • Can acupuncture help cancer patients?Open or Close

    The acupuncture treatments themselves typically do not hurt, because acupuncture needles are extremely fine and flexible. Occasionally you will feel a pinching sensation as the needles are inserted. With the needles in place, you may feel pressure, tingling, or aching. This is the Qi in the body and is a desired response. It is not expected to be uncomfortable or painful. The most common experience during treatment is a deep sense of relaxation and well-being. If you do experience any pain or discomfort, advise your practitioner immediately, as your needles may need to be adjusted.

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  • Does acupuncture increase pregnancy rates in infertile patients? Open or Close

    Research studies have demonstrated that acupuncture can increase pregnancy success rates when going through IVF and assisted reproductive technology (ART) therapies.

    A 2002 study in Germany showed that women who received acupuncture with in-vitro fertilization (IVF) had a 42.5% success rate, compared to a 26.3% success rate for those who did not get acupuncture. In 2006 study found that acupuncture during the second half of the menstrual cycle more than doubled pregnancy rates (33.6% vs 15.6%) for women undergoing IVF or ICSI (intracytoplasmic sperm injection – a type of IVF). A second study in 2006 reported that acupuncture on the day of IVF embryo transfer (with acupuncture treatment administered both before and after the transfer) increased pregnancy rates from 26% to 39%.

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  • How many treatments will I need? Open or Close

    The number of treatments depends upon the duration, severity and nature of your complaint. You may need only a single treatment for an acute condition or more than five for more severe and chronic issue.

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  • Can acupuncture treat my allergies?Open or Close

    Chinese medicine treats both seasonal and chronic allergies. By boosting the immune system with acupuncture and possibly herbs, the body’s allergic response can change, improve and even resolve.

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  • What Can I Expect from An Acupuncture Treatment?Open or Close

    You will meet with professional practitioner for an in-depth conversation about your signs and symptoms and your comprehensive health history. You may be asked some questions about your diet, exercise, and lifestyle. The acupuncturist will insert the needles and leave you to rest for 15 to 30 minutes. There may be an occasional adjustment of needles. Also electrical stimulation may be applied. You may receive other treatments such as gua sha or Moxibustion (MOXA), or cupping at the same time as acupuncture. Undressing is seldom necessary for acupuncture treatments but you should wear loose, comfortable clothes. At the end of the treatment, your practitioner will discuss your treatment plan, nutritional advice, and the plan for your continuing acupuncture treatments.

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  • What conditions can acupuncture treat?Open or Close

    According to the National Institutes of Health, acupuncture may be a useful adjunct in the treatment of adult post-operative and chemotherapy related nausea and vomiting, post-operative dental pain, addiction, stroke rehabilitation, headache, menstrual cramps, tennis elbow, fibromyalgia, myofascial pain, osteoarthritis, low back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, asthma, stress, and anxiety. Our experience suggests that some people do quite well with acupuncture while others less so. For most conditions, patients generally know within the first few visits if it is helpful for them.

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  • What is 7 Star Needling?Open or Close

    “7 Star,” or plum blossom needling, is a technique similar to gua sha that uses a specially designed needle with 7 small tips. Like acupuncture needles, these are very fine, small needles. This technique is often used with early stage cold symptoms, trauma, and long term pain. The practitioner will use the 7 star needle to lightly tap on the affected area, rather than inserting a single needle into the area. There may be slight bleeding.

    Following treatment you will be advised to keep the area covered and avoid windy conditions for a day or two.

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  • Who should perform acupuncture?Open or Close

    Acupuncture should only be performed by a licensed, certified practitioner. Standards to practice acupuncture safely and effectively have been established by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM). In Massachusetts, in order to be licensed, one must graduate from a three-year accredited program, which includes extensive clinical training. To be certified, one must pass a national, three day examination. Practitioners who follow their name with the abbreviation L. Ac. are Licensed Acupuncturists and have attained at least the minimum standard or training, as well as approval by a state or national licensing board.

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  • What can I expect in an Acupuncture session?Open or Close

    Most sessions start with an interview and a deep understanding of your medical history. The practitioner will then discuss with you what you would like treated with acupuncture and what you can expect from the treatment.

    Acupuncture needles are inserted into various points along the meridians. Sensations vary; you may feel a sense of heaviness, warmth, a “dull achiness”, numbness, or tingling in the area of insertion. Most patients find acupuncture treatments relaxing and many fall asleep during the treatment.

    Many conditions treated by acupuncture and Oriental medicine can be relieve rapidly. However some conditions will be relieved with slow and steady progress. Herbal medicine may also be added as part of the treatment.

    With any form of healing each patient’s attitude, diet, and lifestyle will affect the outcome of a course of treatment. Patients are encouraged to actively participate in their own healing process.

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  • Is Acupuncture safe?Open or Close

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved acupuncture needles for use by licensed practitioners in 1996. For safety purposes, the FDA requires that sterile, nontoxic needles be used and that they be labeled for single use by qualified practitioners only.

    In the hands of a extensively trained licensed acupuncturist, your safety is assured.

    Acupuncturists undergo a minimum 3 year accredited program (usually a Master’s degree level) and must pass the NCCAOM boards.

    Acupuncture needles are pre-sterilized and disposable for one use only.

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  • Acupuncture & AllergiesOpen or Close

    More than 35 million Americans suffer from allergies.

    What are allergies?

    According to Chinese medical theory the symptoms and signs that reflect the Western diagnosis of allergies relate to imbalances in the meridian and organ systems of the body. These underlying imbalances can stem from a variety of causes, including stress, poor diet, constitutional weakness or environmental toxins and pollutants.

    Over time, if these imbalances remain within the body, they will affect the functions of the organ systems that are involved in the production of Wei Qi (pronounced “way chee”). In order to sustain a healthy body, it is important to have the correct quality and quantity of Wei Qi circulating through the body via pathways called Meridians.

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  • What can be treated with Acupuncture?Open or Close

    The world Health organization recognizes Acupuncture and Oriental medicine’s ability to treat over 40 common disorders including:
    (tennis elbow, carpal tunnel)
    Respiratory System
    Common Cold
    Gastro-intestinal Disorders
    Irritable Bowel Syndrome
    Reflux Esophagitis (nervous stomach)
    Post partum
    Irregular Menses
    Chronic fatigue
    General Well being
    Weight loss Insomnia
    High/Low blood pressure
    Post stroke
    Substance abuse Cessation of smoking
    Sciatica/Piriformis syndrome
    Urinary dysfunction

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  • What is a goal of your treatment?Open or Close

    – The ancient Chinese believed that there is a universal life energy called Chi or Qi present in every living creature. This energy is said to circulate throughout the body along specific pathways that are called meridians. As long as this energy flows freely throughout the meridians, health is maintained, but once the flow of energy is blocked, the system is disrupted and pain and illness occur. Imagine rivers that flood and cause disasters or an electrical grid short-circuiting that causes blackouts. Healing Acupuncture works to “re-program” and restore normal functions of body and mind by stimulating certain points on the meridians in order to free up Chi energy. My goal is to restore normalcy to the body’s energy balance and it’s free flow.

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  • Who are your patients?Open or Close

    – I work with a wide range of patients from young children to working professional and the elderly. I have a unique approach to each patient. I design a tailored treatment plan to alleviate their ailment.
    – Can Acupuncture treat normally untreatable illness?
    – There are a huge number of health problems that acupuncture helps to solve, but it is not a panacea. And it is not the supporting procedure, as some people think. Everything must work together. Oriental medicine is doing its part, Western is does its part.

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  • Can Acupuncture help to cancer patients?Open or Close

    – Yes, it can. I have had several patients of cancer, those who received chemotherapy. Acupuncture helps to relieve the side effects of chemotherapy – nausea, vomiting, weakness, as well as strengthen the immune system.

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  • The Acupuncture technique is the only one in your treatment?Open or Close

    – I am using the French technique called Nutripuncture as well. It reminds homeopathy, but this is not homeopathy. I often supplement this procedure to Acupuncture. Nutripuncture is to appoint Trace elements for receiving the support of the body. It also returns the balance of the body, but with the help of specially selected minerals.

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  • What is the Acupuncture Cosmetic Therapy?Open or Close

    – Beauty Therapy is a different story. It is for those people who want to look younger. Someone manages to look 5 years younger, someone – 10 after using that. Such procedures useful for anyone, just to improve circulation tissues of the face, head and neck. Using of needles stimulated collagen production.

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  • What is the cost of one visit to you?Open or Close

    – The first visit will cost $100. It lasts for two hours. Usually the first hour takes a conversation with a patient. I have to understand what is happening to him or to her. The second hour is a treatment. The next visit takes an hour and costs $60. We recommend 12-15 sessions of acupuncture. Or more if it needed. Or less. It all is individually. Anyway if the patient takes just 5 visits, he does not pay $340. He will pay $200 for all of them.

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  • Could you give any guarantee?Open or Close

    – Do I sell the TV? It’s your health, my dear. People think that they got their five sessions and then fly to the Moon. It is very difficult to recognize that we get older. Acupuncture is not a panacea; it is the quality of life. If you, for example, take only one pain pills a day instead of five of them, following a course of acupuncture, have you changed the quality of your life?

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