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What is Acupuncture?

Several thousand years ago, East Asian practitioners discovered that the body forms disharmonies as a result of the various physical and mental stresses of life. Chinese medical theory explains these disharmonies as an imbalance of opposing forces called yin and yang. This imbalance disrupts the movement of the body's vital energy called Qi along the meridian pathways, which are channels through which the body's energy flows. 

The insertion and manipulating of needles at carefully selected acupuncture points located on these meridian pathways returns the body to its natural balance to promote the body's ability to heal. This balancing act is well suited to address many human (and animal) conditions, whether it be very specific physical conditions such as carpal tunnel or ankle sprain, chronic systemic issues such as fibromyalgia or rhumatoid arthritis, or often challenging, mysterious or undistinguishable conditions often unhelped or confused by Western medicine.

The principle of Chinese medicine is to restore balance. Restoring this balance combats the experienced symptoms. This process is fundamentally opposite of Western medicine, where symptoms themselves are targeted. Isn't it fascinating? 


Does Acupuncture Hurt?
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Many first-time patients are concerned that acupuncture needles will feel like hypodermic injections at the doctor’s office. They won't. Acupuncture needles are hair-thin, flexible needles. The needles are inserted very quickly  and efficiently to ensure very minimal to no discomfort upon insertion. After insertion, they often produce a unique sensation called de qi. Patients often describe de qi as a tingling or electrical feeling. Sometimes there is no sensation,  other times the needles are purposefully manipulated to trigger a physical response in a muscle, such as in some orthopedic cases. Patients find acupuncture sensations satisfying and fall into deep relaxation during treatment. Many find it a most valuable respite from their busy schedules.

How Many Treatments Will I Need?

The benefits of acupuncture are cumulative, so more then one treatment is necessary. For acute conditions you can expect to have 5 to 10 treatments, but you will usually begin to feel relief after just the first few. Chronic conditions may take longer to respond, depending on the type, severity, and duration of the condition. Preventative treatments and treatments for general well-being may also be scheduled on an as-needed basis.

Is Acupuncture Safe?

Yes. Acupuncture is used by millions of Americans every year. My extensitive three year post-graduate training at the New England School of Acupuncture included detailed study of human anatomy and physiology and over 800 hours of clinical internship hours in the student clinic and satellite clinics within Boston area hospitals and community heath centers. I have certification in Clean Needle Technique and have passed comprehensive national board examinations administered by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM). I am licensed by the Massachusestts Board of Registration in Medicine. As required by law, I use pre-sterilized, disposable, single-use needles to ensure your safety.

Your First Visit

Before you arrive for your first acupuncture appointment, I will ask you to complete a comprehensive intake form. The acupuncture intake form asks questions about your current state of health, past illnesses, and family history. These questions are important because the holistic approach of Oriental medicine takes everything into account. Your current symptoms may not seem related to past health issues, but our bodies are complex landscapes and everything that happens to them leaves its mark.

At the begining of the session, we will review your intake form and discuss your condition. At this time, I will be asking many questions to formulate a diagnosis and treatment strategy. I will also examine your pulse and tongue, which are two of the basic diagnostic methods of Oriental medicine. The acupuncture points I choose will depend on your condition and I will gently guide you through the process of needling. Once the needles are inserted, I will leave you to lie comfortably with the needles in place. Many people find acupuncture treatment deeply relaxing, and it is not uncommon for patients to fall asleep during this time.

What Can Acupuncture Treat?

Acupuncture works by activating the body's own healing powers, so it can be beneficial for many health conditions. The World Health Organization (WHO) has documented many symptoms, diseases, and conditions that have been shown in controlled clinical trials to be effectively treated with acupuncture. Below are some common conditions I often treat, but please feel free to contact me about your specific health condition as there are many conditions not listed that can most certainly be addressed

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  • Sports injuries
  • Muscle pain
  • Back, neck and shoulder pain
  • Leg, ankle and foot pain
  • Arm, wrist and hand pain
  • Knee pain
  • Hip pain
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Tennis Elbow
  • Repetitive strain injuries
  • Jaw pain (TMJ)
  • Dental pain
  • Sciatica
  • Arthritis
  • Tendonitis
  • Myofascial pain syndrome
  • Headaches and migraines

Digestive Issues

  • Heartburn, Acid Reflux
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
  • Chronic indigestion
  • Loose stools or constipation
  • Peptic ulcer
  • Acute and chronic gastritis
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • bloating


  • Sinusitis
  • Allergies
  • Cough
  • Shortness of Breath
  • Shallow Breathing
  • Common Cold
  • Asthma
  • Bronchitis

    Mental and Emotional Wellbeing

  • Stress
  • Anxiety
  • Insomnia
  • Depression
  • PTSD
  • Addictions 

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pre-post operation

  • pre-op anxiety
  • assisting optimal scar repair
  • post-op pain
  • post-op mobility


  • PMS
  • painful/irregular menses
  • menopausal symptoms
  • prenatal and postpartum 
  • hormonal imbalances

Acupuncture boosts the immune system for optimal health and wellbeing

Regular Acupuncture and Shiatsu treatments are ideal preventitive care modalities


What is Shiatsu?

Shiatsu is a Japanese form of Asian bodywork therapy based on Chinese medical theory. Shiatsu is a hands-on full body massage, stimulating and unleashing the blocked meridian pathways by use of finger pressure, palming, pressing, rocking, and stretching. Treatments may take place on a massage table or on a futon. You will be dressed in loose, comfortable clothing for your comfort. Shiatsu is deeply relaxing and rejuvenating.