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We all know what acupuncture is, but how much do you REALLY know about its many benefits? To break down this popular Chinese-medicine practice, Robin enlists the help of Dr. Jill Blakeway! Dr. Blakeway was named one of Manhattan's Top Acupuncturists by The New York Times, as well as "a fertility goddess!" She explains how acupuncture works, what it feels like, and the common misconceptions surrounding it. Did you know that acupuncture can fix your allergies, shorten a cold, and kick your hormones into normalcy? Robin also talks about how she successfully used acupuncture to cure her sugar cravings!!! How crazy is that?! Acupuncture is NOT a temporary fix or mask, and Dr. Blakeway describes why. Alternatives for those with a fear of needles are also discussed in great detail. Stay until the end for a game called "Pressure Points!"



Dr. Jill Blakeway is a Doctor of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine, a licensed and board-certified acupuncturist, and clinical herbalist. Jill founded the Yinova Center in 1999 and currently acts as Clinic Director alongside her husband, Noah Rubinstein. As a practitioner, she is known for her intuitive approach to Chinese medicine and particularly for her skills as an acupuncturist and energy healer.

Jill has always been passionate about helping women achieve a healthy pregnancy—so much so that the New York Times described her as a “fertility goddess” and named her as one of Manhattan’s top acupuncturists. She credits much of her success to combining the ancient wisdom of Chinese medicine with modern, conventional biomedicine. To this end, she joined forces with a reproductive endocrinologist to co-author the bestselling book, Making Babies: A Proven 3-Month Program for Maximum Fertility (Little Brown, 2009) about how to conceive naturally. She also authored a second book about women’s sexual health called Sex Again: Recharging Your Libido (Workman Publishing, 2013). Jill’s third book Energy Medicine: The Science and Mystery of Healing (Harper Collins) was published in 2019. In it Jill describes what it means, personally and scientifically, to be an energy healer and draws on cutting edge research to explain how acupuncture and energy medicine work.

Jill’s expertise extends beyond her clinic; she founded the acupuncture program at NYU Lutheran Medical Center in Brooklyn, NY, where she acted as Head of Inpatient Acupuncture Services for many years. She currently teaches gynecology and obstetrics as a visiting professor in the doctoral program at Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in San Diego and in Chicago. She speaks at Chinese medicine conferences and her research has been published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine. Jill was the first acupuncturist to ever give a TEDTalk, at TEDGlobal in 2012.

As a popular authority on alternative medicine and women’s health, Jill often makes media appearances, on-air and in print. Formally the host of a CBS Radio weekly podcast called Grow Cook Heal, Jill has appeared on The Dr. Oz Show, CNN, The Early Show, Good Morning America, NBC News, ABC News, Fox News, the Real Housewives of New York, and The Talk. She has also been quoted in New York Magazine, New York Times, Martha Stewart Living, Elle, W, and Town & Country to name a few titles.

Jill is currently seeing new patients for the first time in 10 years. If you are interested in booking an appointment with her, please email her schedule coordinator, Sam:

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