What is acupuncture?

Acupuncture is a gentle form of therapy that stimulates the body to heal itself. Nothing is added to the body, nothing is taken away. Acupuncture assists the natural healing processes of the body. The body is like a highly intelligent super computer with a complex electromagnetic circuitry which are the acupuncture pathways and points.

PLEASE NOTE: my visits are comprehensive, one hour long, and I utilize far more than acupuncture: acupressure, muscle work, structural  alignment, and constitutional healing–that is whole body healing using acupuncture and advising on power foods and herbs. Herbal medicine is safe and very effective and can do things that regular medicine cannot. I often use herbal medicine for stress, immune weakness, and overall stamina!


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In this country acupuncture is becoming increasingly recognized for its healing benefits. It is cost effective, holistic, safe and beneficial for the body and mind. It works – it’s been around for over two thousand years! The energy of a healthy body is the best source of good health. This is the basis of acupuncture.

What is an acupuncture treatment like?

Treatments are relaxing and comfortable with many people falling asleep. Patients lie on a treatment table, usually on their backs and for the second part of session on their stomachs,  on a comfortable body cushion. The acupuncturist arrives at a treatment plan based on a thorough study, based on medical history, physical exam, and pulse diagnosis.

Treatments generally last from 30-60 minutes with the patient listening to soothing music.  Heat therapy (moxibustion), acupressure and oriental massage techniques are commonly utilized. The needles are extremely small.


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How many treatments will I need?

The number of treatments depends on the duration of the problem. Many chronic problems take between 5 and 20 treatments. Treatments can resolve long-term problems and improve the overall health of the person.  Some patients enjoy wellness treatments, visiting once or twice a month, for rejuvenation and general health.

Is acupuncture safe?

Acupuncture is a safe and gentle treatment. Scientific research and clinical experience have shown acupuncture to be a safe and effective medical treatment. Acupuncturists are regulated and licensed by the Massachusetts State Medical Board. Only sterilized disposable needles are used.

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What conditions are commonly treated by acupuncture? Please remember than I am a holistic acupuncturist and utilize and range of  services! 

Acupuncture can improve general health and energy, as well as treat specific conditions. The World Health Organization lists 47 conditions that can be treated by acupuncture, including:

  • Respiratory: Colds, flu, sore throat, bronchitis, asthma, smoking, emphysema.
  • Digestive: Constipation, ulcers, diarrhea, hemorrhoids, colitis, indigestion, stomach ache.
  • Neurological: Headache, migraines, numbness, Bell’s palsy, neuralgia, shingles, post-stroke symptoms, spinal cord injury.
  • Genito-urinary, gynecological: Premenstrual syndrome, menstrual pain, hot flashes, endometriosis, urinary tract infections, difficult urination, sexual dysfunction, prostate problems, infertility, mastitis.
  • Cardiovascular: Poor circulation, angina, high blood pressure, palpitations.
  • Eye, ear, nose, and throat: Allergies, sinusitis, eye pain, dizziness, sore throat, tinnitus, Meniere’s disease.
  • Musculoskeletal: Arthritis, back pain, bursitis, carpal tunnel syndrome, neck pain, sciatica, joint pain, sports injury, TMJ, fibrositis, tennis elbow, tendonitis.
  • Substance abuse withdrawal: Cigarettes, alcohol, tranquilizers, cocaine/crack, heroin, pain killers.
  • Stress: Anxiety, depression, irritability, fatigue, insomnia.

Will my insurance company cover acupuncture?

Some private insurance companies do cover acupuncture. The general trend is for more companies to cover this type of therapy as they discover its efficacy. Workman’s Compensations and Personal Injury Protection (PIP) covers acupuncture. Please call your insurance company to inquire if they cover acupuncture therapy. If not, ask why not!

Other services provided by American Acupuncture include acupressure, moxibustion heat therapy, chi gong treatment, herbal medicine, and general health counseling.

What is acupressure?

Acupressure is an oriental massage rooted on the flow of life energy in the body. Physical pressure is applied to trigger points to help clear energy blockages.


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What is moxibustion?

This is a gentle heat therapy that can be integrated into an acupuncture therapy session. Moxa treatments help stimulate circulation and induces the flow of blood and qi. It is an age-old practice in the traditional medical systems of China, Japan, and Korea.


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What is Chi Gong / Qigong?

This is a practice involving simple exercises that help align movement with breath for natural healing, and meditation.


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What is herbal medicine?

You can naturally improve your health by using herbal medicines. They are safe and effective, but most people need guidance, not just an ad or a salesman at health food store. The use of herbs to treat disease is now very common and can be  integrated with acupuncture treatments for optimal health. Herbal medicines and vitamin supplements are also available at the Sanctuary. Inquire to find out what is best for your health needs.

Additionally, please refer to Louis Vanrenen’s published books on related medicinal topics including Power Herbs: A Practical Guide to Fifty Healing Herbs from the East and West.

One thought on “FAQ

  1. Please tell me your days/hours that you see patients. I also have this benefit in my insurance plan. Do you bill the insurance?

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