Pulse Acupuncture

Pulse Acupuncture

Acupuncture Clifton

Acupuncture in Clifton, NJ

Acupuncture therapy at Pulse Acupuncture Practice, at Clifton, NJ

What Is Acupunсture?

Acupuncture in Clifton

Acupuncture definition is based on a holistic medical treatment which has evolved into an effective system for whole health and wellness. Alongside techniques like aromatherapy in Clifton, acupuncture at Pulse Acupuncture Clifton promotes natural healing through insertion of tiny needles that activate Qi energy throughout the body to help achieve balance within the body and mind. The basis of all traditional Chinese acupuncture is energy. This energy is the force that engulfs every cell. All our cells and tissues conduct and transfer energy through protein molecules, giving us life. This energetic source flows throughout every aspect of our body, invigorating our organs and powering the processes that link them as well. This electromagnetic force directs every chemical and hormonal release.

In the human body, Qi manifests in several different ways. Qi is a kind of bioelectrical force that flows throughout the body, carried by an extensive network of 14 channels called “meridians”. These meridians are invisible to the naked eye, yet they have been mapped out over the course of thousands of years of observation and experimentation by TCM acupuncture physicians. As electrical energy flows from one place to the other, it encounters resistance that builds up from the channels it’s flowing through. When a metal needle which is an excellent conductor of electricity, inserted into an acupuncture point, a resistance is decreased promoting the flow of energy along that meridian. Since the meridian connects a whole series of tissues and organs, an acupuncture point on the leg or arm can regulate the energy through different organs. The meridian pathway flows to provide nourishment to every cell, organ, gland, muscle and tissue in the body. TCM acupuncture is painless, utilizing thin, hair-like needles that are placed at strategic energetic points to activate natural, self-healing abilities of the body. Acupuncture points along the affected meridians will correct the normal flow of Qi and will restore your health and balance.

Features of acupuncture at Pulse Acupuncture Clifton, NJ

Acupuncture therapy promotes natural healing through insertion of tiny needles that activate Qi energy throughout the body to help achieve balance within the body and mind. During the initial examination, a full health history is taken by Marina Doktorman, a licensed acupuncturist. There will be many questions asked about the symptoms, digestion, lifestyle, and sleep. Everything is important, so be ready for detailed questions and lengthy intake. Marina Doktorman at Pulse Acupuncture clinic in Clifton, NJ will examine face, take pulse and tongue diagnosis. Obtaining this information enables us to effectively diagnose and detect any specific imbalances of Qi that affect  a person’s health ailments. A well-structured treatment plan can be then created. 

Acupuncture Clifton

There are various types of acupuncture  offered at the Clifton NJ centers: Esoteric Acupuncture, Electro-Stimulation Acupuncture, Balance Method Acupuncture, TCM Acupuncture, Auricular Acupuncture, Sports Medicine Acupuncture, New Yamamoto Scalp Acupuncture, Neuro-acupuncture, Fascial Acupuncture.

Acupuncture services at Pulse Acupuncture in Clifton, NJ blend other techniques within the treatment which include Cupping therapy (Fire Cupping) and Hijama (Wet Cupping), Onnetsu Therapy of infrared light, Fir (far red), Celluma Red Light Therapy, Tui-Na Massage, Gua-Sha and Moxibustion.

What types of acupuncture do we offer?

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Esoteric Acupuncture

One of the few techniques that differs from traditional approaches as it highlights the importance of well-being, not just the elimination of disease, and focuses on awakening and refining the inner spiritual higher self. This gentle form of acupuncture is designed solely for well-being and aims to balance and harmonize the chakras, ultimately increasing one’s level of consciousness.

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Sports & Orthopedic Acupuncture

This type of acupuncture is a specialized form of treatment aimed at relieving pain and improving athletes’ performance. This ancient Chinese practice involves the strategic placement of tiny needles at specific points on the body to affect injuries, reduce inflammation, and promote faster healing.

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Cosmetic Acupuncture

Facial acupuncture is an age-old technique that has been gaining popularity once again in recent times. This technique involves using tiny needles to stimulate certain points on the face, neck, and head, which balance the flow of energy and promote healing in the body.

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Neuro acupuncture is a life-changing treatment that uses the power of acupuncture to heal the body and mind. This ancient form of therapy has been used for thousands of years, and is more effective now than ever in addressing a range of neurological conditions like migraines, anxiety and depression.

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Acu-Nova (Vision & Eyes conditions)

It is a holistic healing practice that has gained popularity for its effective treatment of various health conditions, including eye-related ailments. Acu-Nova employs a combination of traditional acupuncture techniques and modern technology to stimulate specific points on the body that relate to the eyes, resulting in improved vision and eye health.

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Auricular Acupuncture

Ear acupuncture is a form of alternative medicine that involves stimulating certain points on the ear with small needles. The idea behind auricular acupuncture is that the ear is a microsystem of the entire body, and by stimulating certain points on the ear, doctors can treat various physical and emotional conditions.

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Trigger points and Motor points release

Trigger point and motor point release techniques are effective ways to reduce muscle tension and pain. Releasing these points with targeted pressure helps loosen muscle fibers and promotes blood flow to the painful area, resulting in decreased pain and increased range of motion.

Benefits and Risks of Acupuncture

Acupuncture Benefits:

  1. Acupuncture will improve immune function due to its ability to fight off pathogens. 
  2. Can help clients with long Covid19 symptoms. Special protocol will restore sense of smell and taste. 
  3. It is effective for allergy sufferers. It requires one needle insertion on the right ear and allergies to mold, dust and pets get resolved after one treatment. 
  4. Effective for smoking cessation or chemical dependency. It helps to stop nicotine cravings and other symptoms of withdrawal such as agitation and irritability. It helps to repair lung tissue and aids in detoxification of the body.  
  5. Effective drug-free treatment in pain management.
  6. Increases chances of pregnancy by 60%.
  7. It is the most effective treatment for Anxiety, Depression and Panic attacks.
  8. Enhances energy and stamina.
  9. Helps digestion, aids in weight loss and speeds up metabolism.

Risks of Acupuncture:

Common acupuncture side effects include bleeding at the insertion sites and bruising. Patients may experience dizziness and nausea during the treatment or one day after the treatment. This usually happens if a client has had acupuncture on an empty stomach. Therefore, it is recommended that clients have a light snack before the treatment. Although these side-effects are possible, they happen rarely.

What conditions can you treat with Acupuncture at Pulse Acupuncture in Clifton, NJ?

The World Health Organization currently lists a variety of diseases, symptoms of diseases, or conditions that benefit through treatment from acupuncture. These include:

Pain management

Digestive Symptoms

Women/Men Health

  • Hormonal imbalance
  • PCOS
  • UTIs
  • Frequent urination
  • PMS
  • Infertility
  • Erectile Dysfunction

Pregnancy Support

  • Miscarriage prevention
  • Nausea
  • Baby health


  • Stress
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Trauma Healing
  • Insomnia



  • Acne
  • Eczema
  • Dermatitis
  • Psoriasis
  • Lichen Sclerosis
  • Herpes


  • Cancer support
  • Weight loss
  • Smoking Cessation
  • Detox
  • Tinnitus
  • Long Covid 19 symptoms
Marina Doktorman
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About the Practitioner

Marina Doktorman was born in Ukraine and immigrated to United States at the age of 15. She received her B.A. degree in Psychology from Long Island University, Brooklyn, NY in 1997. Marina Doktorman, L.Ac, Dipl.Ac., is a nationally board certified acupuncturist since 2001 and licensed in NY and NJ states. She first worked in NYC in a multi-specialty clinic before establishing her private practice in 2005, in Clifton, NJ.

Other Services

Pulse Acupuncture in Clifton, NJ

At Pulse Acupuncture we are focused on providing the most comfortable pain-free experience for optimal health: wellness as well as more complex conditions. The treatment will be customized based on TCM diagnosis of pulse and tongue evaluations, face readings, ear evaluation for diagnostic purposes, visual assessment of body’s posture, gait and range of motion evaluation. We also use computer diagnostics such as AcuGraph to determine organ/channel imbalances. Clients receive detailed questionnaires on diet and lifestyle. We provide each client with diagnosis, treatment modalities to be used, herbal and supplement recommendations. Each room at two locations is designed to feel relaxed and comfortable during the treatment. We created a healing environment where everything is considered: from comfortable treatment tables, linens, pillows, heat lamps, heat packs, to gentle technique of painless acupuncture insertion. The purpose of the treatment is to have a unique experience of healing modalities in a safe, clean and soothing environment. The goal of each treatment is to provide the most effective, drug-free relief in pain, stress alleviation, detox and balance.

All acupuncture needles in the practice of Pulse Acupuncture are sterile, non-toxic and for single use only. Acupuncture needles are metallic, solid, and hair-thin. People experience acupuncture differently, but most feel no or minimal pain as the needles are inserted. Some people feel energized by treatment, while others feel relaxed.

Price List

Prices for Clifton

First visit: (includes evaluation, cupping, onnetsu therapy, massage):


Follow-up acupuncture visit (includes cupping, onnetsu therapy, massage)


Package of 5 visits:



Package of 10 visits:



Package of 20 visits:





Cupping (without acupuncture)


Onnetsu Therapy (without acupuncture) 15 min:


Dome Fir-Light
(only for Clifton location)


Cosmetic Acupuncture:

First visit: evaluation, acupuncture, serum, moisturizing
cream, gua-sha fascial massage, Celluma Red Light Therapy:


Follow-Up visits:


Herbal Consultation:


We accept:

Acupuncture Testimonials in Clifton

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Raymond MullerRaymond Muller
18:56 20 Aug 23
Marina/ Pulse Acupuncture has been a tremendous help before my spinal surgery - and after my surgery -Marina greatly assisted me during my painful days before my knee replacement surgery. Her care has been a huge boost to my quality of life. She is a dedicated and caring acupuncturist with amazing fondness for all her patients. Her care has made a tremendous difference within my entire quality of life .
Soloman McDermottSoloman McDermott
19:34 24 Jul 23
Dear Dr.Marina Doktorman,I hope this message finds you well! I am writing to express my deepest gratitude for the incredible impact your acupuncture sessions have had on my life. Your expertise and care have helped me find relief and healing in ways I never thought possible.When I first sought acupuncture, I was struggling with a combination of issues that affected my overall well-being. Chronic back pain was causing constant discomfort, and my restless nights were dominated by persistent night sweats. Additionally, I was battling frustrating skin issues that seemed to resist all other forms of treatment.From the very first session, I knew I was in good hands. Your thorough understanding of my concerns and willingness to explain the acupuncture process put me at ease. The ambiance of your clinic created a serene and comforting space, setting the tone for a transformative healing journey.What amazed me most was the efficacy of acupuncture in addressing my various health challenges. The impact on my sleep was nothing short of miraculous. After a few sessions, I began experiencing deep, uninterrupted sleep, waking up refreshed and energized—a change I had been longing for, but never found through other methods.Furthermore, the improvement in my skin condition was remarkable. Acupuncture seemed to trigger a healing response, and gradually, my skin issues started to fade away. I couldn't believe the visible transformation, and it did wonders for my self-confidence.As for the night sweats and back pain, they became less frequent and intense with each session. Your targeted approach and skillful needle placement directly addressed the root causes of my discomfort, providing much-needed relief and easing the burdens I had carried for far too long.I cannot stress enough how appreciative I am for the positive impact you've had on my life. Your dedication to helping your patients achieve better health and well-being is truly commendable. I wholeheartedly recommend your services to anyone seeking holistic and effective solutions to their health issues.Once again, thank you for your expertise, kindness, and genuine care. You have not only been my acupuncturist but also a catalyst for transformative change in my life. I am forever grateful for the healing journey we embarked on together.Thank you Dr. Marina Doktorman! Special shoutout to Olga for being so welcoming!
Vanessa PVanessa P
20:46 21 Jul 23
Marina is amazing! She truly understands what she’s doing and how to help. I had terrible back pain and sciatica when I was pregnant to the point that I wasn’t sleeping at night. She was able to provide me relief. I felt like a new person walking out of her office.
Jose CastroJose Castro
16:34 21 Jul 23
Today I try the new machine which make me feel into a deep sleep... it was so relaxing!! I felt like my inner soul was moving up and down while I felt rejuvenate.. I recommend this type of treatment if you feel tired, tense, stress, and/or low in energy. You need to experience yourselves 🫶🏻
james zhangjames zhang
00:43 19 Jul 23
Dr. Marina is so professional and gentle. My back pain got a lot better after treatments. It’s so relaxed and pleasure of visiting Pulse Acupuncture. Perfect experience:)
t lauriet laurie
10:38 18 Jul 23
Marina is an amazing acupuncturist she is very knowledgeable listens to your needs and provide excellent services. I always feel great after a treatment. Overall it is a clean, cozy and great place that offers top of the line services.
Teresa LaurieTeresa Laurie
10:03 18 Jul 23
Marina is an amazing acupuncturist she is very knowledgeable and provide excellent services. I always feel great after being treated. Overall it is a clean and comfortable place that offers great services.
E M (E)E M (E)
01:29 30 Jun 23
M.D., the acupuncturist is one of a kind! I’ve been to several people and she is outstanding. She’s kind, thorough, professional and never makes you feel hurried. Her technique is wonderful and effective. She talks to you & explains carefully what she is looking to achieve. She doesn’t mind going the extra mile to assist you with your issue. I also appreciate that she is always professionally developing her craft. She is constantly learning new methods & techniques that she studies, sometimes here, sometimes abroad. I highly recommend Marina Doctorman as a first class acupuncturist, plus!! E.M.
Sergiy GusakSergiy Gusak
11:15 25 Jun 23
Dr. Marina helps me with my neck pain, she is a very professional acupuncture specialist who will pay attention to all your health complaints. It was my first experience with acupuncture and i was a little skeptical from the beginning but now definitely can recommend it.
16:08 20 Jun 23
I recently had the pleasure of visiting Pulse Acupuncture, and I have to say, it was absolutely amazing! Marina, the acupuncturist, is simply fantastic at what she does. She has a great sense of intuition and really takes her time to provide the best treatment possible.Marina's skills in acupuncture are exceptional. She genuinely listens to your concerns and customizes the sessions to address your specific needs. Her gentle and precise technique ensures a comfortable experience, and the results are remarkable. I felt the positive effects almost instantly, and I have been regularly visiting to maintain my overall health.The team at Pulse Acupuncture are professional, friendly, and create a welcoming atmosphere. From the moment I stepped in, I was greeted with a warm smile and made to feel right at home. They are knowledgeable and always ready to answer any questions I have. The office itself is a peaceful and serene space, which adds to the overall relaxation and healing experience.I can't recommend Pulse Acupuncture enough. Marina's expertise, combined with the welcoming and caring staff, guarantees an outstanding experience. I am truly grateful for the positive impact Marina has had on my health, and I will continue to have regular sessions to maintain my well-being. Thank you, Pulse Acupuncture, for providing such exceptional service!
Cecilia McClendonCecilia McClendon
14:39 20 Jun 23
Marina, takes great care of my aches, shevoffers cupping and Accupuncture that provide me with tremendous relief. My only place for alternative medicine. Strongly suggest her practice. She is gentle, thorough and highly qualified. She checks everything and gets me in line. Keeping my Chakra perfect.
14:36 02 Jun 23
Dr. Marina is the best because she listens. She has helped me with my bell's palsy, my shoulder which has 3 tears in it, and my knees. I thank her every visit for keeping me upright. Lol.
Dolly CovarrubiasDolly Covarrubias
20:43 21 Apr 23
Great experience!Dr Marina makes me feel so relaxed and my pain is gone.My knees, my back thank her too.I can live with no meds
Alvaro CovarrubiasAlvaro Covarrubias
18:59 21 Apr 23
I've had gteat experience with Acupuncture at Pulse Acupuncture since I've been coming here with various problems such as anxiety, sciatica, neck, allergies and muscle aches and headaches. My health has improved after treatments greatly! It's helping with my allergies tremendously. I would like to recommend Pukse Acupuncture and Marina Doktorman to anybody because it works and it's natural.
Excel AlwaysExcel Always
14:54 19 Jan 23
This place is awesome! Such a relaxing experience. Marina addresses all my concerns and always makes me feel comfortable. The treatments I received here have solved several of my health issues in just a few sessions after years of OTC medication. I would definitely recommend Pulse for serious health concerns and even if you just want some stress relief or add a new beauty treatment to your regimen! A+ for Marina Doktorman.
Alyssa CohenAlyssa Cohen
01:09 17 Jan 23
Receiving treatments with Marina has been amazing! She is very attentive and intuitive - and the atmosphere is calm, inviting, and relaxing. I walk away from every visit feeling like I just left the spa even though it was more an investment into my health.
Gerri GucciardoGerri Gucciardo
14:54 13 Jan 23
I really enjoy my visits with Marina.The acupuncture has helped with my acid reflux. She also does the hot rocks and cupping that has helped me immensely.
Kevon WrightKevon Wright
01:06 11 Jan 23
Marina is amazing, she listens to the issues you tell her and she is able to apply proper treatment, i have been going there for several months and honestly since i have been going to her all of my issues has been resolved she is by far the best and would highly recommend everyone to her really nice staff and a clean and tranquil setting you will not be dissapointed.
05:20 03 Dec 20
I was a patient of Marina Doktorma for about two weeks (October/November 2020), receiving acupuncture treatments for lower back and knee pain. Marina is a true professional. Before beginning each treatment, she explained the treatment options and made sure that I was well informed and comfortable before beginning. She was very gentle as she administered the treatments, (I feel asleep a few times) communicating with me throughout the process. In addition to the premise being very clean, relaxing music made for a very calming experience. Without hesitation, I would return for future treatments if the pain returns. Kenny.
Haifa ZahroonHaifa Zahroon
01:24 10 Mar 20
I have been seeing Marina for more than 6 years, she is an amazing Acupuncturist. She study and give every case special attention.I have tried other acupuncturist before but no one measured to Marina.She got me through back and neck unbearable pain and forever I’m grateful.I do recommend everyone to go and see for themselves how amazing her techniques.

Pulse Acupuncture - FAQ

Acupuncture is a method of encouraging the body to promote natural healing and to improve functioning. This is done by inserting needles and stimulating the specific points. Traditional acupuncture is a heeling art and science which teaches how to see the entire human being in body minded spirit, how to recognize the process of health and illness and how to go about the restoration of lost health in an individual.
According to Oriental Medical theory, the body has 12 meridians through which energy or Qi flows. Excess, deficient or obstructed Qi causes pain and dysfunction. The meridians can be influenced by needling acupuncture points. Acupuncture unblocks the obstruction and reestablishes the regular flow through meridians. Acupuncture treatments can therefore help the internal organs to correct imbalances in their digestion, absorption and energy flow through meridians. The improved energy and biochemical balance produced by acupuncture results in stimulating the body’s natural healing abilities, and in promoting physical and emotional well-being.
The World Health Organization has confirmed that acupuncture is effective for treating the following: Musculoskeletal disorder, nervous system
  • Lower back pain and sciatica, hip and joint disorders
  • Frozen shoulder, tennis elbow, knee pain, sprains and strains
  • Osteoarthritis, numbness of fingers
  • Headaches, migraines
  • Partial weakness after stroke, inflammation of nerve endings
Gastrointestinal disorders
  • Digestive track problems, hiccups
  • Diarrhea, constipation
Cardiovascular disorders
  • Heart problems
  • High blood pressure
Gynecological and urological disorders
  • PMS, irregular menstruation
  • Premenstrual cramps
  • Infertility
  • Incontinence
Respiratory disorders
  • Asthma
  • Common cold and cough
  • Allergies
Acupuncture can also help treat stress, depression, chronic fatigue and insomnia. Cosmetic acupuncture stimulates facial muscles and decreases appearance of wrinkles, promotes blood circulation, restores collagen, and improves facial complexion and vitality.
That depends upon the nature of the problem, the location of the points selected, patient’s size, age, constitution. Usually needles are inserted from ¼ to 1 inch in depth.
Generally, it is a safe and painless procedure. When the correct stimulus has been obtained, the patients should feel some tingling, heaviness, warming sensation either around the needle or traveling up or down the affected meridian, or energy pathway.

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