Acupuncture at The Inn And Spa At Beacon

Release The Healing Power Within You

with Amie J Castaldo, L.Ac.

AJC Acupuncture

Acupuncture  |  Cupping  |  Gua Sha  |  Bodywork


 Initial Acupuncture Visit

The Intake Exam

The initial acupuncture visit, begins with an intake exam with your healthcare practitioner. The intake exam will include the following:


• A thorough review of your health history form

• Inquiry and assessment of your symptoms

• Inquiry regarding your lifestyle

• Pulse and tongue assessment

• Palpation of the abdomen, acupuncture points and meridians

Your Condition

Depending upon the condition for which you are seeking treatment your practitioner may include the following in your intake exam:

• Postural assessment

• Muscle testing

• Range of motion assessment

• Basic orthopedic or neurologic tests

Your Diagnosis

After your intake exam, your practitioner will review your diagnosis and treatment plan, and answer any questions or additional concerns you may have before beginning your acupuncture treatment.


Initial visits are scheduled for 75 minutes. Follow-up appointments are 55 minutes.




Acupuncture is a traditional East Asian medical practice used to treat and prevent disease. Sterile, stainless steel, filiform needles are inserted into the skin at various depths at the site of acupuncture points to promote and balance qi. Though made of metal, acupuncture needles are very fine and flexible.

After a needle has been inserted into the skin, the patient may feel slight achiness, diffuse soreness, heaviness or distension around the point. These sensations indicate “the arrival of qi”. The function of acupuncture is to regulate meridian qi which, in turn, treats and prevents disease.


Acupuncture is most commonly used to treat the signs and symptoms of the following conditions :

  • Nausea and vomiting

  • Neck pain

  • Pain in dentistry (including dental pain and temporomandibular dysfunction)

  • Periarthritis of shoulder

  • Postoperative pain

  • Renal colic

  • Rheumatoid arthritis

  • Sciatica

  • Sprain

  • Stroke

  • Tennis elbow

  • Hypotension, primary

  • Induction of labour

  • Knee pain

  • Leukopenia

  • Diseases, symptoms or conditions for which acupuncture has been proved – through controlled trials—to be an effective treatment:

  • Adverse reactions to radiotherapy and/or chemotherapy

  • Allergic rhinitis (including hay fever)

  • Biliary colic

  • Depression (including depressive neurosis and depression following stroke)

  • Dysentery, acute bacillary

  • Dysmenorrhoea, primary

  • Epigastralgia, acute (in peptic ulcer, acute and chronic gastritis, and gastrospasm)

  • Facial pain (including craniomandibular disorders)

  • Headache

  • Hypertension, essential

  • Low back pain

  • Malposition of fetus, correction of

  • Morning sickness


For a complete list of symptoms or conditions for which acupuncture has been proved, through controlled trial, to be an effective treatment, and for which the therapeutic effect of acupuncture has been shown, please visit:




Cupping is a traditional East Asian medical therapy that uses glass, plastic or bamboo jars attached to the surface of the skin by way of negative pressure (suction). Cupping therapy gently lifts and manipulates skin, muscle, and fascia to reduce muscular tension, pain, and inflammation.

In traditional East Asian medicine, cupping therapy is utilized to facilitate the free flow of qi and blood through the meridians, to dispel cold and damp from the body, and to reduce inflammation and pain. It may be used as complementary therapy to acupuncture in treating gastrointestinal disorders, and lung disharmonies.


Cupping is most commonly used to treat the signs and symptoms of the following conditions:

  • Common Cold

  • Cough Bronchial congestion

  • Asthma

  • Musculoskeletal pain

  • Arthritis

  • Fibromyalgia

  • Herpes zoster

  • Anxiety

  • Depression

  • Insomnia

  • Eczema

  • Acne


Gua Sha

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Gua sha is a traditional East Asian healing technique defined by instrument-assisted unidirectional press-stroking. This technique is performed to intentionally create transitory therapeutic petechiae called “sha”.

In East Asian medical theory, “raising sha” removes blood stagnation and pathogens from deep within the meridian system to promote wellness. Modern research has proven that transitory therapeutic petechiae produces an anti-inflammatory and immune protective effect following a gua sha treatment, thus supporting ancient theory.


Gua Sha is most commonly used to treat the signs and symptoms of the following conditions:

  • Musculoskeletal pain 

  • Fever 

  • Sinusitis 

  • Influenza 

  • Common cold 

  • Bronchitis

  • Breast engorgement 

  • Difficulty with lactation 

  • Autoimmune disorders (e.g. Crohn’s, Ulcerative colitis, Lupus, and Rheumatoid arthritis)

  • Chronic internal organ disease (e.g. cardiovascular, pulmonary, hepatic, and renal)



Body Work

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Tui Na is a therapeutic form of bodywork that has been practiced in China for over 2,000 years.   This East Asian therapy makes use of various hand techniques, many of which resemble that of a western massage, to manipulate muscles and tendons in order to harmonize energetic and physical pathways of the body.

Practitioners may utilize Tui Na bodywork for its relaxation or energizing effects, depending upon patient needs. Tui Na may be used to reduce pain and inflammation in  both acute and chronic musculoskeletal disorders. It is also effective therapy for arthritis, sciatica, stress related disorders, insomnia, constipation, headaches, and other disorders related to digestive, respiratory and reproductive systems.

Acupressure is an ancient healing therapy developed in Asia over 5,000 years ago.  Practitioners use their fingers to press upon healing points on the body to stimulate its self-curative abilities. Acupressure releases tension, increases circulation, reduces pain, and supports the immune system to bolster overall wellness and vitality.  It is ideal for self-treatment and preventive health care.    


What are some of the different East Asian bodywork techniques?

  • Tui na 

  • Acupressure 

  • Shiatsu 

  • Qi Gong 

Amie J Castaldo Acupuncture


About Amie

Amie is a New York State Licensed Acupuncturist, practitioner of Kampo Herbal Medicine. She earned her Master of Science degree in Acupuncture at TriState College of Acupuncture. A Senior Level Pilates Instructor, Yoga Instructor, and Massage Therapist, Amie is well-versed working with rehabilitative patient populations, musculoskeletal dysfunction, and chronic pain. She incorporates her diverse background into her practice to broaden her diagnostic perspective.

AJC Acupuncture

AJC Acupuncture provides acupuncture as adjunct medical therapy to a diverse patient population experiencing a wide variety of signs and symptoms. We offer a patient-centric integrative healthcare experience facilitating the union of East Asian medicine and Western medical practices.

We believe health outcomes are most favorable when patients and practitioners work in collaboration. We strive to empower patients to become partners in their health care.

We hold ourselves to the highest standards, and pursue excellence with the belief that it is ascertained via the sum of knowledge, simplicity, patience, and compassion.