"Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food"
Dr. Mona studied acupuncture, herbal medicine and manual techniques at Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, where she completed a Doctorate in Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine (DACM). She received training in acupuncture and manual techniques for labor and delivery at her alma mater and at NYU Lutheran Medical Center, where she treated laboring women and individuals recovering from stroke. She studies ortho-bionomy, a gentle postural realignment technique, with the Society of Ortho-bionomy. In addition to her clinical training in perinatal health, Mona has also received clinical training in pediatric care, weight management and HIV/AIDS. Mona entered healthcare after a long career as a community organizer and popular educator. She believes that quality, affordable healthcare can empower communities.
"I've been a licensed acupuncturist for some time now. From my brief but rich experience running a private practice, working at various practices around the city and treating people at a local hospital, I've learned a few valuable lessons, the most important being this:
The world is full of people who need acupuncture and herbal medicine. Most of those people don't get acupuncture because their health insurance doesn't cover it or they can't afford expensive treatments out of pocket. What most people don't know is that community acupuncture is
designed to make acupuncture
affordable with treatments for as little as $20.
Your body already knows how to heal. I work side by side with you to figure out what your body needs in order to best be able to heal, even in the face of illness. Chinese medicine is special because:
It treats you as one of many constitutional types.
It treats the root cause of the problem.
With the right treatment, there are no side effects.
In mainstream biomedicine, your doctor might give you a medication to treat your problem; let’s say it’s headaches. You take the medication and you stop feeling so much pain. You stop taking the medicine and the pain comes back. So in effect, the medication is stopping the pain, but your body is still producing headaches.
Chinese medicine figures out WHY your body is producing headaches. You might have 5 other friends who are receiving holistic care for headaches and each of them is receiving a completely different treatment. One person might need cooling and the other, warming. One person might need nourishing while the other needs to fast, etc.
This type of treatment can be used regardless of what type of medical care you are receiving. For example, if you’re taking medication to reduce symptoms, you can use holistic medicine to get to the root of the problem. Your doctor might then reduce your dose or allow you to stop taking the medication completely.
In the face of more serious ailments like cancer, holistic medicine can support your body in its process of healing and in its ability to tolerate or prevent the side effects of medical treatment.
Both biomedicine and holistic care play integral parts in the healthcare landscape. As informed consumers, we can benefit from both.
According to the World Health Organization, healthcare in America ranks 33rd in the world, yet we spend more on healthcare than any other country.
Autoimmune diseases and other chronic conditions are treated with medications that damage the immune system, our only defense, without having first tried less damaging approaches. The body can heal itself when given the right conditions.
As the cost of healthcare in the US grows faster than paychecks and the gap between rich and poor widens, greater disparities in insurance coverage and access to healthcare are expected. To make matters worse, low risk and preventative care are an afterthought within our medical system. They should be the first course of action.
That’s why people are turning to East Asian medicine and other types of integrative and alternative care. I'm committed not only to providing quality affordable healthcare, but also to contributing to the changing face of the healthcare industry. I envision a world where patient-education is a top priority. I believe that on a national level, we will learn to save money by incentivizing good health and the use of low risk interventions as a first course of action, making a place for medicine that is both preventative and minimalistic in its approach.
Before studying Chinese Medicine, I was a community organizer. At that time, two of my loved ones were struggling to maintain their health without access to low risk healthcare. In the spirit of popular education, I decided to prioritise my needs and the needs of my loved ones and become a holistic health practitioner. I remain a popular educator and facilitator at heart, helping people to heal themselves so that we as a society, can thrive. I’m committed to helping people to take control of their health, and ultimately, to supporting the healthcare revolution, engendering a medical system that prioritises good health over profit.
Legal and Testimonial Disclaimer:
Individual results may vary, testimonials are not claimed to represent typical results. All testimonials are from real patients, and may not reflect the typical patient's experience, and are not intended to represent or guarantee that anyone will achieve the same or similar results. Every person has unique level of commitment, experiences, exercise habits, eating habits, and applies the information in a different way. Thus, the experiences that we share from other people may or may not reflect the typical users' experience. However, these results are meant as a showcase of what these patients have achieved. You should not begin our program if you have medical condition that precludes acupuncture or changes to nutritional or exercise habits. Mona Eldahry, L.Ac. is a wellness clinic of Licensed Acupuncturist(s) that provide guidance and treatment within the legal scope of practice as regulated by the New York State Dept Of Education. Our advice is not a substitute for medical advice from a physician, and we do not diagnose medical conditions. Please consult a physician before beginning any exercise or diet program.