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What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture - Family Acupuncture and Herbals in Middleboro, MASeveral thousand years ago, East Asian practitioners discovered that the body forms disharmonies as a result of the various physical and mental stresses of life. Oriental 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 (qi) along the meridian pathways, which are channels through which the body's energy is thought to flow. Acupuncture restores the smooth flow of qi. By inserting and manipulating needles at specific points on the body, we are able to return the body to its natural balance and promote the body's ability to heal itself.

What Does Acupuncture Feel Like?

Michelle Hamilton, Elizabeth D. Neil offers Chinese medicine, acupuncture, herbs, stress in Middleboro, MAMany first-time patients are concerned that acupuncture needles will feel like hypodermic injections at the doctor’s office. They won't. Acupuncture uses hair-thin, flexible needles that you will hardly feel when they are inserted. When gently stimulated, the needles they may produce a unique sensation that Oriental medicine calls de qi. Patients often describe de qi as a heavy, achy pressure, or spreading, traveling feeling. You may also feel an "electrical" sensation moving down the meridian pathways, though this is less common. Most patients find these acupuncture sensations deeply satisfying and leave the treatment feeling relaxed both mentally and physically.

How Many Treatments Will I Need?

The benefits of acupuncture are cumulative, so more then one treatment is often necessary. For acute conditions you can expect to have 10 or more 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?

Family Acupuncture and Herbals offers safe, effective Chinese medicine, acupuncture, herbs, stress in Middleboro, MAYes. Acupuncture is used by millions of Americans every year. Acupuncturists are required to undergo extensive education, including detailed study of human anatomy and training in Clean Needle Technique.  As required by law, only use pre-sterilized, disposable needles are used at Family Acupuncture and Herbals.  Your Acupuncturists have completed an intensive four year Master’s Degree program, have been board certified through the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) and are licensed by the state of Massachusetts. Additionally, annual continuing education credits are required in order to maintain our license.

Your First Visit

When you arrive for your first acupuncture appointment, you will be asked to complete a comprehensive intake form.  This 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.

Acupuncture - Family Acupuncture and Herbals in Middleboro, MAAfter reviewing your intake form, we will discuss your condition and examine your pulse and tongue, which are two of the basic diagnostic methods of Oriental medicine and are used to plan your treatment. The specific acupuncture points chosen will depend on your personal signs and condition. Once the needles are inserted, you will lay comfortably for 15-20 minutes with the needles in place with a heat lamp warming your feet and soothing music playing. 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  treated with acupuncture, but please feel free to contact us about your specific health condition.

Acupuncture and Oriental MedicinePain

  • 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
  • Postoperative pain

Digestive Issues & Nausea

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

Mental and Emotional Wellbeing

  • Stress
  • Anxiety
  • Insomnia
  • Depression

Respiratory Complaints

  • Sinusitis
  • Allergies

Reproductive Issues

  • Infertility
  • Increased efficacy of In Vitro Fertilization (IVF)

What is Shakuju?

Shakuju Therapy is a Japanese style of acupuncture developed by Master Kobayashi of Toyko that is a completely non-insertive style of acupuncture.  This process utilizes a specialized needle called a teishin to effectively treatment by touching it to specific points on the body.  It is ideal for children and sensitive patients, but is also effective for many of our patients.

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Valentine’s Day: A Matter of the Heart (and Kidneys)

Acupuncture - Family Acupuncture and Herbals in Middleboro, MA

Happy Valentine’s!

It's a celebration of the Heart — whose health depends on strong Kidneys.  In Chinese Medicine, the Heart and Kidneys are the polarized opposites of Fire and Water and need to be balanced.  When stress, overwork, or anxiety affect us, this balance is upset, and diseases begins to set in.  Here at Family Acupuncture and Herbals, we want to make sure that your Heart and Kidneys, (Fire and Water) are in a state of harmony, because they are the foundation of our lives, health and well-being.  Be inspired to show the love in your heart and book a session for yourself and get the second treatment 40 percent off and give it to your Valentine!*

Your thoughfulness has never been sweeter when you give a session at Family Acupuncture and Herbals.

*Sessions must be used before May 1, 2013.

Our office hours:

         Monday 10 am– 5:30pm
          Tuesday 9 am – 5:30pm
          Wednesday 9am – 6:30pm
          Thursday 11am – 7:30pm
          Friday 8:30am – 5:30pm
          Saturday Closed
                    (open by appointment only)
          Sunday Closed


Family Acupuncture and Herbals
25 Centre Street
Middleboro, MA  02346
(508) 344-6655


Acupuncture - Family Acupuncture and Herbals in Middleboro, MA