Birch Hill Natural Medicine


Dr. Charles Ventresca, D.C., LAc. & Christina Newman, M.S., LAc.

Great Article: What to Expect at Your First Acupuncture Appointment

Acupuncture is one of the key pillars that support the age old practice of traditional Chinese medicine. This comprehensive system evolving over thousands of years also includes Chinese herbs, cupping (suction cups), gua sha (friction massage), moxibustion (warming), tui na (manipulation), meditation, dietary and lifestyle counseling. Acupuncture is perhaps the most commonly utilized component of Chinese medicine, and has spread throughout the world as a viable mainstream practice.

Acupuncture involves the insertion of extremely thin, flexible, stainless steel, single use, filaments into the surface of the body for the alleviation of pain and support the care of a wide variety of illnesses. Early practitioners of acupuncture discovered a network of pathways on the surface of the body called meridians. These channels contain acupuncture points where the acupuncture needles are most commonly inserted. It was believed that the bioenergy or “qi” that runs our musculo-skeletal systems, nervous systems, and organs could be influenced by needling various combinations of acupuncture points. By unblocking, increasing, or decreasing the flow of qi through the channels one may restore balance and health to the body.

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$25 Ear Acupuncture Clinic

with Christina Newman, MS, L.Ac.

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  • Reduce stress, anxiety and irritability
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  • Increase your energy and metabolism
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Thorough numerous studies conducted we know that acupuncture has both local effects and reflex effects utilizing the nervous system. Locally acupuncture causes muscles to return to a normal relaxed state, and triggers dilation of blood vessels both surface and deep triggering improved circulation. Improved circulation often sets the stage for triggering a local healing response. Reflexively acupuncture works by sending a message in the sensory nerves back to the spinal cord and brain much like tapping on a keyboard creates an effect on the hard drive of a computer. Once neurochemicals in the brain are modified many changes may occur including stress reduction, changes in organ function, hormonal balancing, pain reduction, sleep enhancement, etc.

Many people first come to acupuncture for painful conditions and then find out that it is a whole body approach. Typical conditions treated include:

  • Back and Neck Pain
  • Acute and Chronic Spinal Disc Injuries
  • Upper and Lower Extremity Pain and Injuries
  • Headaches / Migraines
  • Sinus Conditions / Allergies
  • Digestive / Respiratory / Genitourinary Conditions
  • Sports Injuries
  • Infertility / Menstrual Disorders/ Menopause
  • Stress / Anxiety / Depression
  • Insomnia
  • Addictions
  • & More

Please feel free to contact us if you have further questions on whether acupuncture may be helpful for you!

Birch Hill Natural Medicine

Birch Hill Natural Medicine in Locust Valley, NY is the best place on Long Island for Acupuncture, Chiropractic Care, Chinese Herbs, Ayurveda, Massage, Yoga, Nutrition & Wellness Consultations. Dr. Charles Ventresca, D.C., LAc. and his long time staff have moved to this new location and transformed the practice into a Wellness Center where many different types of healing modalities are now offered. Joined by Christina Newman, LAc., Carol Valderrama, LMT, Jill Talvé and Janice Ventresca, CYI, Dr. Ventresca is pleased to welcome you to our new office!

Chiropractic Care at Birch Hill Natural Medicine

Dr. Ventresca is the best chiropractor in the Tri State Region. In fact, some of his patients travel from as far away as Connecticut to see him. He has treated patients for over 30 years blending his knowledge of Chiropractic Care, Acupuncture, Chinese Herbs and Overall Lifestyle Wellness to give his patients the best care possible.

Acupuncture at Birch Hill Natural Medicine

Both Dr. Charles Ventresca & Christina Newman are accomplished and extremely knowledgeable Acupuncturists. Their understanding of causal relations between different systems in the body is immense and aides in their ability to provide the best Acupuncture on Long Island. Recently they were actually voted as Best Acupuncturists on Long Island!

Chinese Herbs at Birch Hill Natural Medicine

The use of Chinese Herbs goes back nearly 6,000 years to Ancient China when the healing properties of plants began to be used systematically to treat a variety of ailments concerning human health and well being. Dr. Chuck and Christina Newman are both studied herbalists and are certified and qualified to diagnose and treat many different conditions using Chinese Herbs. Gan Mao Ling, Yin Chiao, Relax Extract, Bi Yan Pian, Pe Min Kan Wan, Six Flavor, Liver Detox, Pill Culing, & more. Dr. Charles Ventresca & Christina Newman would be happy to speak to you regarding how Chinese Herbs can become part of your medicine chest and used at the first sign of illness. More complicated and customized combinations to treat specific ailments can also be blended especially for you! Visit our page on Chinese Medicine and feel free to reach out with questions!!

Massage Therapy at Birch Hill Natural Medicine

Carol Valderrama is the BEST MASSAGE THERAPIST! A massage from Carol is a true treat! Carol stands at just 5’2″, but her mastery of the modalities she offers feels INCREDIBLE when you’re on her table. Carol also is certified in Cupping, Moxabustion and other topical healing modalities. Carol’s gentle energy and calm demeanor will leave you feeling relaxed and satisfied.

Yoga at Birch Hill Natural Medicine

Janice Ventresca is offering Yoga Privates at Birch Hill Natural Medicine the same way you might have an acupuncture or chiropractic treatment. You get a private room where she guides your every move through asanas designed to challenge and open your body. Whether you’re a well-practiced Yogi or just a beginner, Janice will show you the moves to maintain your physical flexibility as well as open your mind to an attitude of grace and gratefulness.

Nutrition & Ayurveda at Birch Hill Natural Medicine

Our diets determine much of how we feel and how healthy we are on a day-to-day basis. So why not learn how to eat for your constitution? Jill is a certified Ayurvedic Practitioner and offers consultations, cleanses, Ayurvedic Massage, Nutrition Consultations, and more. Don’t know much about Ayurveda? You’re in the right place! Birch Hill Natural Medicine has the information you need.


Ear Acupuncture Clinic

Cost: $25
Location: 194 Birch Hill Rd, Locust Valley, NY 11560

Call (516) 676-4267 to Reserve Your Spot Today

This is great way to calm your nerves and feel more centered so you can get through the rest of your week. If you have never tried acupuncture this is a great way to “get your feet wet” so you may become more comfortable with acupuncture.

The session will focus on relaxing the mind and calming the nervous system. It is wonderful for those who are dealing with any kind of stress in their life. The treatment will be in a group setting at the office. While sitting, acupuncture will be done mostly in the ear and a quiet atmosphere of meditation will be encouraged. This half hour session will leave you feeling relaxed, centered, and confident.