The patient avoided surgery, Reyna said.
Reyda is one of two acupuncturists for the New York state addiction recovery program. New York Supports Opportunities for Accessing Recovery Services (NY SOARS) offers people with addictions help in finding wellness opportunities as a method to recovery.
“There have been studies in the West concerning the result of acupuncture treatment — what it does to the body and what it does to the mind,” Reyda said. “A University of Michigan study linked acupuncture with the opiate receptors in the brain. That is why it is so effective with addiction recovery.”
Reyda became interested in alternative medicine when she was in Peru working as a speech therapist in special education. She knew a career in wellness was her calling.
When she returned to the United States, Reyda went to Finger Lakes School of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, where she spent three years and 160 classroom hours attaining a master’s degree.
Reyda has been in her practice in Oneonta for the past wo years.