Dana Jane Saltzman, MD LAc -  - Primary Care Physician

Dana Jane Saltzman, MD LAc

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

Stress & Anxiety

For patients throughout New York City dealing with stress and anxiety, Dr. Saltzman can help. At her practice, Dr. Saltzman employs many natural, effective techniques to help patients find relief from stress and its physical effects.

Stress & Anxiety Q & A

Why Does Stress and Anxiety Happen?

Stress is a normal mental and physical response to the ever-increasing burdens of life. When looking at what causes of stress, keep in mind that the brain is constructed with a warning system designed for protection. When the brain senses a threat, it signals the rest of the body to release a surge of hormones to stimulate the capacity for a quick response. This is known as the fight-or-flight response. When the threat is gone, the body is supposed to return to a normal, calm state. Sadly, the nonstop stress of every day life can often cause that alarm system to be active all the time. 

How Can I Manage Stress?

Once a person begins monitoring his or her stress levels, the following action will be to determine the stress triggers. When does most of your stress occur? Under what circumstances? Some triggers are easy to recognize such as job pressures, relationship issues or financial difficulties. However, daily hassles like commuting or being overcommitted at work can contribute to it. Positive events can also cause stress such as wedding and the arrival of a baby. Once triggers for stress have been identified, start thinking about strategies for dealing with it. Recognizing what parts of the situation can be controlled is a good start. Many individuals benefit from daily practice of stress minimizing techniques such as deep breathing, massage, tai chi, or yoga. Several people also manage stress by practicing mindfulness through meditation or being out in nature.

Are there Alternative Therapies for Stress Management?

Acupuncture can improve some of the physical side effects associated with stress such as muscle tension and headaches. Aromatherapy, where calming scents are used to relieve stress can be very help. Lavender has a great calming effect. Additionally, several other aromatherapies are commonly used for relaxation. Valerian herb can also help people to relax as it is a natural sedative and it can reduce stress and its physical effects. Teas of chamomile, marjoram, basil, or rosemary can also help ease stress.

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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