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Acupuncture Together

Cambridge, MA 02140
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Acupuncture Together opened its doors in 2008 in Cambridge and specializes in community acupuncture. Acupuncture Together primarily uses distal type acupuncture style to treat many conditions including allergies, arthritis pain, auto-immune disorders, sciatica, insomnia, etc. The clinic is a member of People's Organization of Community Acupuncture and uses a sliding pricing scale to make its services affordable, accessible, and convenient. Acupuncture Together won the 2016 and 2014 award for best acupuncture in Boston on the Boston A-List and the 2015 award for best wellness service in Cambridge in Scout Cambridge.

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4.8 / 5 (80)
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Back Bay Acupuncture

Boston, MA 02116
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Back Bay Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine in Boston provides gentle and effective solutions for optimal health. Back Bay Acupuncture offers a safe alternative to conventional medicine or complements current treatments, providing a natural solution without side effects. Back Bay Acupuncture also offers preventative treatments.

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5.0 / 5 (10)
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Boston Acupuncture Center (Chinese)

1410 Highland Ave STE 102, Needham, MA 02492
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Boston Acupuncture Center (Chinese) is located in Needham & Boston (Next to MGH) Massachusetts and serves clients throughout the Boston metropolitan area. The acupuncture therapy center has been in business for more than 20 years and offers a comprehensive list of traditional Chinese medical techniques. Its services include acupuncture, acupressure, Chinese herbal medicine, Guasha, cupping, electric acupuncture, tai chi, and moxibustion. Owner and practitioner Drs. Zhang brings more than 20 years of experience treating patients and is a doctor of acupuncture and Chinese medicine. Boston Acupuncture Center accepts most forms of insurance.

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Boston Chinese Acupuncture

Needham, MA 02492
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Boston Chinese Acupuncture in Needham treats a wide array of difficult or chronic disorders. Acupuncture services include general acupuncture, facial rejuvenation, auricular, fertility, and moxibustion. Boston Chinese Acupuncture also uses acupuncture to relieve side effects of chemotherapy. In addition, herbal medicine often complements acupuncture treatments. Boston Chinese Acupuncture treats anxiety, autoimmune disease, allergies, cardiovascular disease, insomnia, infertility, skin problems, and much more.

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Core Health Acupuncture

39 Freetown Rd. #8, Raymond, NH 03077
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Core Health Acupuncture provides acupuncture for optimal health and performance in Brookline and Boston. Acupuncture treatments include needle therapy and moxibustion. Core Health Acupuncture treats patients with pain, digestive issues, insomnia, anxiety, stress-related issues, and much more. Core Health Acupuncture's method of treatment addresses core constitutional imbalances as well as alleviates symptoms.

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Dedham Acupuncture

Dedham, MA 02026
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Dedham Acupuncture is an acupuncture clinic treating chronic pain and fertility issues. In addition to acupuncture, services include diagnostic testing and herbal supplements. Dedham Acupuncture treats chronic/acute pain, arthritis, sciatica, fibromyalgia, headaches/migraines, neuropathy, as well as gastrointestinal, respiratory, and women's issues.

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5.0 / 5 (3)

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HolliBalance Well-Being Center

Boston, MA 02109
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HolliBalance Well-Being Center is Boston's premier acupuncture treatment clinic. Treatments include traditional Chinese acupuncture, customized Chinese herbal formulas, sports medicine acupuncture, thermal imaging and whole body diagnosis, acupressure and Chinese therapeutic massage, nutrition and dietary recommendations, and unique products. HolliBalance Well-Being Center helps people with infertility, weight loss, neurological conditions, skin conditions, chronic or acute pain, sleep disorders, hormonal imbalances, and sports injuries. HolliBalance Well Being Center consistently receives five-star reviews on Yelp, Google, and Yahoo.

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North End Acupuncture & Chinese Herbal Medicine

256 Hanover St. 2nd Floor, Boston, MA 02113
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North End Acupuncture & Chinese Herbal Medicine provides alternative medicine options and acupuncture services in the Boston area. The business offers holistic acupuncture treatments and individualized herbal care to address a range of medical issues, including leaky gut syndrome, sleep disturbances, digestive complaints, and musculoskeletal pain. Other conditions it seeks to address include women's health issues, skin disorders, psychological distress, and respiratory challenges. The business operates under Phillip Barlow, a licensed herbalist and acupuncturist who also serves as a member of the Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Society of Massachusetts.

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5.0 / 5 (19)
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5.0 / 5 (15)
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5.0 / 5 (4)

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OMBE

Boston, MA 02116
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OMBE (One Mind Body Earth) is an integrative health center in Boston that combines Eastern and Western medicine to develop comprehensive treatment plans. Services include acupuncture, acupuncture for fertility, herbal medicine, integrative nutrition, prenatal massage, and tui na massage. Boston Magazine named OMBE Best of Boston Best Acupuncture Center in 2016 and Best Massage in 2013. OMBE has also integrated green practices into its business.

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4.5 / 5 (26)
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5.0 / 5 (10)

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Open Space Community Acupuncture

Somerville, MA 02143
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Open Space Community Acupuncture is a community clinic designed to bring affordable, effective acupuncture to the heart of Union Square. Open Space Community Acupuncture is part of POCA, the People’s Organization of Community Acupuncture, a rapidly growing cooperative of over 180 community clinics around the country. Patients receive individualized treatment in a quiet and meditative open space. Open Space Community Acupuncture won Somerville Scout's "Best Acupuncture" category in 2014.

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Spine and Sports Injury Center

Boston, MA 02111
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Since 1986, Spine and Sports Injury Center has been providing Greater and Downtown Boston, Copley Square, and South End Communities with state-of-the-art evidence-based chiropractic, physical therapy, and acupuncture services. Spine and Sports Injury Center's acupuncturist specializes in stress and pain management but also treats insomnia, headaches, allergies, anxiety, tinnitus, digestive complaints, gynecological issues, and injury recovery. Spine and Sports Injury Center also use some highly-effective evaluation and treatment techniques to help improve spinal biomechanics and reduce nervous system interference.

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5.0 / 5 (24)

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Sun Wellness Acupuncture

Boston, MA 02132
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Sun Wellness Acupuncture offers acupuncture and Eastern herbal medicine treatments to patients in the Boston area. In addition to acupuncture and herbal medicine, services include auriculotherapy, Eastern nutrition, yoga, and meditation. Sun Wellness Acupuncture treatments include fertility/infertility, facial rejuvenation, pain, stress and anxiety, hair loss, thyroid disorders, autoimmune disease, sleep disturbances, addictions, among others.

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Tom Tam

Boston, MA 02111
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Tom Tam is a licensed acupuncturist in Massachusetts and has practiced acupuncture in Chinatown, Boston for 25 years. Tom Tam has also been practicing Tai Chi and Chi Gong healing with great success. Tom Tam's method of Chi Gong healing, known as Tong Ren, is nationally acclaimed.

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Wellfit Studio

Boston, MA 02116
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Wellfit Studio in Boston specializes in acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine. In addition to acupuncture, Wellfit Studio offers wellness, nutrition, and life coaching. Wellfit Studio is board certified by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) and is licensed to practice acupuncture and herbal medicine in the state of Massachusetts.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Introduction

Acupuncture is an alternative medicine technique. It involves the strategic placement of small, fine needles puncturing the skin on various areas of the body to relieve pain or treat other medical conditions. The needles are left in place for about 10 minutes to half an hour while the patient relaxes. The selection of the proper acupoints requires skill and knowledge.

The practice of acupuncture originated in Asia many centuries ago. Chinese acupuncture may also involve electrical stimulation or heat application for heightened effect. Some Chinese acupuncturists also slowly spin or twirl the needles after insertion. On the other hand, Japanese acupuncture is less invasive, with shallow needle insertion and no needle manipulation. Korean acupuncture focuses on needle placement only in the feet and hands.  

Though acupuncture was highly controversial in Western medicine for many years, most of the medical community now recognizes its effectiveness for pain management. Only anecdotal evidence exists for treatments beyond pain relief.

How does acupuncture work?

Research hasn’t yet determined exactly how acupuncture works, but there are two main theories. One is that it operates on a neurological level by stimulating muscles, nerves, and connective tissues, triggering natural pain relief effects. Others believe acupuncture balances a person’s energies — chi — creating physical, emotional, and mental harmony, which relieves pain and improves health. 

Does Medicare cover acupuncture?

Medicare Part B covers acupuncture solely to treat low back pain. The condition must have no known cause and have lasted for at least 12 weeks. Only a doctor or properly licensed and trained medical provider may perform the acupuncture. Medicare initially approves up to 12 sessions over 90 days. With demonstrated improvement, up to eight more visits may be allowed.

Is acupuncture effective?

Studies by the National Institute of Health confirm the effectiveness of acupuncture for addiction, nausea, headaches, asthma, some stroke rehabilitation, and pain management for various conditions. The NIH studies support the use of acupuncture alone and combined with traditional treatment methods. Additional research by other scientific and medical organizations demonstrates that acupuncture is typically successful in the treatment of pain.

Does acupuncture hurt?

Acupuncture should not be painful. The unfamiliar sensation may be uncomfortable at first, but that typically goes away after the first session. People with high sensitivity levels or low pain tolerance may experience heightened sensations. However, any discomfort should be minor and brief. Some common feelings at the acupuncture points are warmth, tingling, heaviness, or mild achiness.

How much does acupuncture cost?

Acupuncture prices vary greatly, ranging from $50 to $300 per session. Initial sessions usually cost more than follow-up appointments. Initial sessions on the high end of the pricing scale usually include a consultation and medical exam along with the acupuncture session. Some acupuncturists offer membership price breaks or discounts for prepaid multiple sessions. Shop around before deciding on an acupuncturist.

Does insurance cover acupuncture?

Some health care insurance carriers cover acupuncture for specific medical conditions. But it depends on the location, insurance provider, insurance plan, and reason for the treatments. Aetna, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Cigna, United Health Care, Health Net, Banner Health, and Humana are examples of some private insurers that may cover acupuncture with various restrictions. Contact your provider to learn more.

What should you wear to an acupuncture appointment?

Wear loose-fitting, comfortable clothing to your first acupuncture appointment. Shorts or pants you can pull above your knees are a good idea. Short-sleeve tops are also preferable. Slip-on shoes are helpful. If your treatment involves back or torso needle placement, your acupuncturist likely provides gowns. After your first visit, you have a better idea of suitable clothing.

Is acupuncture safe?

Acupuncture is very safe with a certified, reputable, and capable acupuncturist. When the practitioner follows the law using sterile, disposable, single-use needles, adverse effects are rare. The World Health Organization reported no major side effects and only 671 minor adverse events out of 10,000 treatments. Plus, acupuncture has none of the serious side effects of traditional pain medications. 

What is the difference between dry needling and acupuncture?

Dry needling is also called intramuscular stimulation. The procedure involves the insertion of needles to treat muscular pain. Unlike the ancient practice of acupuncture, dry needling is relatively new. It’s not a well-regulated field either, while acupuncture is. Physical therapists and other providers can perform dry needling with no special training, licensing, or certifications.

What are some conditions that acupuncture can treat?

Acupuncture can help relieve pain caused by many medical conditions. Some examples are migraines, menstrual cramps, back pain, arthritis, sciatica, fibromyalgia, tennis elbow, postsurgical dental pain, and carpal tunnel syndrome. Many patients also experience improvement from acupuncture treatment for conditions, such as asthma, addiction, ADHD, and TMD. Plus, acupuncture may also help relieve nausea, stress, and anxiety.

How long does an acupuncture appointment last?

Initial acupuncture appointments typically last longer than routine sessions. They may include an interview about your health issues and a medical exam. With the acupuncture session, the entire appointment may take one to two hours. Successive sessions typically last about 30 minutes to an hour. The needles will be in place for only about 10 to 30 minutes.

How many acupuncture appointments will you need to complete a treatment?

It’s best to discuss how many sessions you’ll need with your acupuncturist during your initial consultation. Most patients who seek acupuncture to help with a medical condition and related pain need several sessions. They may start treatment with one to three sessions per week for a few weeks. Once they see improvement, treatments may taper off to in-frequent maintenance sessions.

What needles are used in acupuncture?

Metal filiform needles are the type commonly used for acupuncture today. These sterile, stainless-steel thread-like needles are available in varying diameters and lengths. The typical gauges range from 0.12 mm to 0.35 mm. Japanese acupuncture calls for thinner needles than Chinese methods. Acupuncture needles are designed for one use before disposal. Some acupuncturists use gold or silver needles.

Do acupuncturists need to be licensed to practice acupuncture?

Washington D.C. and 47 states require some type of licensing to perform acupuncture. South Dakota, Oklahoma, and Alabama don’t regulate acupuncturists. Elsewhere, credentialing requirements and standards vary. Most states with acupuncture legal oversight require National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) exams or certification in compliance with the Acupuncture Practice Act. California has its own licensing exam.

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