The New Wall Street Power Lunch? It's Acupuncture.


Working in a high-pressure job can be taxing on your health and can lead to ailments such as mood irregularities, fatigue, insomnia, migraines and muscle tension.

all Street executives are a prime example of those who suffer from such concerns. So what’s the cure? Apparently, it is increasingly popular acupuncture sessions at Advanced Holistic Center. With multiple locations and providers across Manhattan, there’s been a marked demand in seeking out alternative forms and approaches to health and wellness by high-powered finance players such as employees of Goldman Sachs, the Federal Reserve, Deutsche Bank, Bloomberg and Morgan Stanley.

Irina Logman L.Ac, MSTOM. is a New York and Florida State licensed acupuncturist and a Nationally Board Certified herbalist. As an industry leader, she started Advanced Holistic Center nearly two decades ago. Trained in Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine at the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in New York City, she graduated within the top 1% of her class. In coming from a family of medical practitioners and doctors, she marries Eastern and Western medical philosophies to offer proactive approaches to care.

ina explains that “we are recognizing the need to protect against the physical and mental damage of stress. Many are now are choosing to stop by a local acupuncturist during their lunch hour, as it has been proven to help relieve a plethora of medical issues.”

More interesting is that, according to Logman, New Yorkers working in finance are the center’s main source of income. “I’ve definitely noticed an overall growing trend. When I began my practice in Brooklyn 15 years ago, I never imagined that I’d be in the hub of Wall Street treating the finance crowd (with bookings primarily done by males) – but it makes sense. They’re oftentimes overburdened, overworked and stressed. With a wealth of options that go beyond traditional modes of healing, many are willing to explore more holistic/alternative routes. And most recognize that popping a pill to manage anxiety, insomnia, depression and/or concentration difficulties as an acceptable in-the-moment solution; however, it only offers a quick fix. It’s more important to cultivate lifestyle modalities of being that offer lasting benefits, which include regular exercise, a healthy diet and a mindfulness program.”

For skeptics out there, many wonder if it works and if results are instantaneous. Irina says “there’s a large body of clinical research in reputable journals that offer supporting evidence of acupuncture being effective to address pain complaints. These include back, hip, knee pain, and headaches being the most common issues people come to us for. And not only that, it’s able to target the root source of the problem. After the treatment, most people report less strain and a general sense of well-being. It all depends on the patient and his/her condition. Relief can oftentimes be felt immediately following the treatment, but it usually takes a few sessions to get significant results.” And support is being acknowledged and provided by mainstream entities, “it is considered medically necessary by most insurance companies – which implies that the larger community is embracing more well-rounded approaches to pain prevention and/or management.”

How or why does it work? Irina says that “acupuncture releases ‘happy’ hormones called endorphins. It lowers the threshold of pain and allows your body to switch from living in fight/flight mode to rest and digest mode (sympathetic nervous system vs. parasympathetic nervous system).”

Before beginning the session, the first step is establishing a comfortable and trusting relationship. So communicating with your