Dana Jane Saltzman, MD LAc -  - Primary Care Physician

Dana Jane Saltzman, MD LAc

Primary Care Physician & Acupuncturist located in Midtown Manhattan, New York, NY


For patients experiencing pain, muscle tension, and a variety of other conditions, Dr. Saltzman offers acupuncture. At her New York City practice, Dr. Saltzman will work with patients to employ this healing, Chinese medicine.

Acupuncture Q & A

What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is a type of Chinese medicine which has been practiced for centuries. It operates under the theory that energy, also called chi, flows through and around the body along pathways referred to as meridians. Acupuncturists believe that conditions develop when something is blocking the chi or there is an imbalance. Acupuncture unblocks or moves the chi in order to help it regain balance. Acupuncture utilizes very thin needles inserted into the skin of specific points on the body. Occasionally heat or pressure are employed along with the needles. Acupuncture can treat:

  • Skin conditions
  • Injuries and pain
  • Neurological disorders
  • Infertility
  • PMS and PMDD
  • Digestive disorders
  • Cardiovascular disorders
  • Respiratory disorders

What Happens During an Acupuncture Session?

The acupuncture provider will perform an exam and inquire about pain and how well the person’s body is functioning. The doctor will also ask about general health. Then the doctor will identify the points on the body to access the chi which is blocked or not flowing correctly. Each of the points corresponds to certain health issues and body functions. The doctor will search for landmarks on the body, using specific muscles or bones, to locate the points where the needles will be placed. After they are located, the doctor will rapidly tap the needles into the skin. Several needles will most likely be used. Some can be placed deeper than others. This will depend on what the doctor believes is required to restore balance. Every procedure is a bit different however in most cases the session will lasts roughly 15 minutes to an hour. Patients may undergo several sessions to complete their treatment. Some people will go continuously.

What Does it Feel Like?

Patients may feel slight pressure when a needle is inserted. Most individuals find that it does not hurt. The area can tingle, itch, feel numb, or be mildly sore. Providers believe that this is a indication that the chi has been accessed. After the needle is inserted, the doctor may roll the needle slightly back and forth or possibly use heat or electrical current.

Insurance and Billing

We accept most major insurances. Please see the full list of plans that we accept. If you do not see yours, please call our office to see how we can help. However, insurance does not cover addiction treatments.

Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Oxford (UnitedHealthcare)
United Healthcare PPO

Words from our patients

  • Yelp

    "Dr. Dana Jane Saltzman is a fantastic doctor in NYC! She is trustworthy...Every time I see her, she spends time listening to me and...I also trust her referrals."

    Emily H.
  • Yelp

    "I was super impressed with Dr. Saltzman's demeanor, patience, and professionalism...liked that she emphasized a combination of holistic...and...western medicine..."

    Nina S.
  • Yelp

    "Dr. Saltzman has changed my life. She understands holistic practices, and she doesn't just treat a symptom. She will help you treat root causes...to keep you healthy."

    Bambino D.
  • Vitals

    "Real, down-to-earth, empathetic and no nonsense. It was a rare experience to meet a caregiver that was so knowledgeable and easy to talk with."

    Don H.
  • Vitals

    "Dr. Saltzman really got me, understood my issues. She is a great diagnostician and also knows when to refer and who to refer to."

    M. C.
  • Vitals

    "I feel really lucky to have found Dr. Saltzman. She really listens, her staff including her PA are amazing...they take time to handle any of your issues."

  • RateMDs

    "I like Dr. Saltzman's approach of incorporating alternative medicine- I works for me and I don't have cold as often as I used to."

    Verified Patient
  • RateMDs

    "Great. Dr. Saltzman listens and uses traditional and preventative methods for maintaining and treating your overall health."

    Verified Patient
  • Google+

    "Dr. Dana Jane Saltzman is wonderful. Down to earth, extremely professional and experienced in multiple areas. Internal Medicine, Acupuncture...highly recommend [her]."

    Marlee B.
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    This office is a breath of fresh air. The doctor and her nurse practitioner are authentic, personable and extremely knowledgeable. The staff are excellent. Really on it.

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